Quick Christmas Telly Review – UK

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Slightly disappointed so far with the UK TV offerings for the Christmas period. A few gems stick out of an otherwise large pile of rubbish – with money tight at home, you would have thought the networks would stretch their budgets a little further to capture the bigger stay-at-home audience this year. Oh well.

BBC – lead the pack with an Have I Got News For You Christmas special on Christmas Eve. Hosted by Alexander Armstrong – by far the best guest presenter of recent years – on fine form accompanied by Noddy Holder and an acerbic Frank Skinner. Great stuff, with Gavin and Stacey and My Family adding to the Eve mirth. Not much in the way of movies but Christmas Day brought out Wallis and Gromit, double helpings of EarBenders, The Royle Family and a retrospective documentary on Blackadder.

ITV – Apart from the Dancing On Ice special to herald in a new series in January, ITV left it to its secondary channels to carry a schedule chock full of older movies, keeping Bean and Harry Potter 3 for itself. No real blockbusters but as much a symptom of Sky’s dominance here as it is a reflection of ITV’s dwindling advertising revenues (spotting the odd sponsorship of programmes by Friends Reunited (aka ITV) and Woolies (RIP) ).

Satellite – Sky’s entertainment channels were lacking much int he way of substance. The obligatory Stargate re-hashes were backed up by Stardust, Transformers and The Golden Compass on Movies.

So far, so what. Even Her Maj toned down the content this year. Nothing much to occupy those couch-bound times letting obscene amounts of poultry slowly digest. Oh well. Better go for a walk instead 🙂

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