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CHRISTMAS DAY HIGHLIGHTS
Guide written by TV Pundit, Ivor Crimblecock
4:00am Christmas LIVE
Secret cameras record children as they wake up and drag their drunk parents out of bed to watch them rip open mountains of presents and discard them in a corner because they had not been bought the latest Furby. Watch them sulk as they get slippers, watch them shout as they get socks, watch them leave dad to set up that train set he always wanted whilst mother struggles with the turkey and the possibility of coping with family.
10:00am Christmas Day: From Westminster Abbey
Fun and frolics as the donkey goes berserk after sniffing a scented candle during a nativity scene accompanied by the specially rewritten classic budget Christmas carol, Lidl Donkey.
11:00am Chicken Run
Time for a mindless film that nobody will watch as everybody is too busy arguing, drinking, boiling veg or picking up aged relatives.
3:00am The Queen
Her Majesty’s Christmas massage to the nation. In this episode she shows you how to relieve a bad back and why she has worn shoes styled on Minnie Mouse’s footwear for all these years. Warning may feature Corgis.
5:00pm Strictly Come Dancing
Why strictly? It’s quite stern when you think about it, when I was growing up it was called ‘Come Dancing’ a far more gentle feel and it was always from the Blackpool Ballroom in Blackpool, Blackpool Tower which is actually in Blackpool. None of this flouncy, huff puff stuff we get today with its slapped on smiles and unknown, well known celebrities who gained fame for being, well, just for being, we shall leave it there as I feel a rant coming on and are now forming the backbone of our Christmas entertainment as we all sit around having the televisual experience of a full frontal lobotomy.
7:30pm Doctor Who
Not content with episode after episode with no explanation as to what or how the bloody sonic screwdriver works we have a Christmas special featuring, yawn, yet another doctor disappearing and another, yawn, appearing. Get ready for the new doctor, yawn, if, yawn, you can, yawn, stay awake, zzzzzzz.
N.B. May feature some creature or some weird force that ‘kills’ the doctor, but really you know he is always going to regenerate so it kinda takes the fun out of it, albeit this time he comes back as a old person, I hope he’s grumpy with it. Respawn!
In an hour long episode David attacks Carol with a sausage as a tram crashes into Bianca’s hair causing Albert Square to be covered in a strange ginger fur. The Vic gets a new landlord and Nikki arrives at the hospital for the insane after seeing Rolly emerge along with Angie and Dirty Den from Arthur Fowlers kitchen. In other news I’m writing about characters who I have never seen as I have never watched Eastenders but I know Grant will probably still be in it.
7:20am Herbie Goes Bananas
Deciding to show the least entertaining of the Herbie films, the first being Lovebug, the channel is hoping to capture the attention of 0% of the population by showing poor judged films.
11:00am – 9:30pm Morecombe & Wise
In an attempt to recreate the stunning programming of days gone by when Christmas television including the films were special, a mishmash of programs to evoke nostalgia interspliced with surreptitious adverts for Doctor Who masquerading as programs such as Doctor Who at the Proms (Yawn) and An Adventure In Space And Time ( Yawn, yawn) and finishing with The Two Ronnie’s and again Morecombe & Wise.
N.B. I quote from knowledgable fact that Christmas television went downhill from around 1984 as I used to collect the Christmas edition Radio and TV Times. Yes, it’s quite sad I know but as soon as satellite television reached the UK we were doomed from the start and I stopped collecting.
9:25am Santa Claus: The Movie
What a flippin’ surprise, yet again it’s wheeled out of its box and the Betamax tape is run again to please the masses only it doesn’t, it never did, not even in 1985 when it was released. Dudley Moore an Elf, really? Have you ever heard Derek and Clive? Not very Elfish is it? Anyway purveyors of dross will love this film as it singlehandedly makes Jingle All The Way with Arnold Scwartssssyyyyigger look like an Oscar award winning classic.
1:30pm You’ve Been Framed! At Christmas
A repeat. You’ve seen them all, it’s all we have, would be a more apt name as we watch sledge accidents, snow problems and petulant kids in grainy footage. Hilarious, as much fun as having rectal surgery with a stick.
6:15pm Emmerdale vs Coronation Street
Head to head both soaps compete to find who can pack the most misery into one episode, choose from drunks flying into a rage in Coronation street to a drunk who pours petrol on a house in Emmerdale. Looks like someone has been reading each other’s scripts. Don’t worry if it didn’t depress you enough it’s repeated tomorrow so you can carry on weeping.
8:30pm Downton Abbey
Dress up, show off in loud voices that fail to convey the language of the age, have some romantic tryst, giggle, shout at the staff and storm out rakishly. Once I have done that I settle down to watch this gentle program about nothing as I have seen it all before when I used to watch Upstairs, Downstairs in 1979.
I’m not bloody joking, it’s the same every year. The Simpsons (again?), The Snowman (yes) and The Snowman and Snowdog back to back (don’t push it), The Simpsons (can’t you put anything on this channel that doesn’t begin with ‘The’) followed by the person we thought would never get back on Christmas television after the awfully dire House Party, Mr Christmas himself, old Noely and Deal or No Deal. Quite frankly I stopped giving a deal many moons ago dear channel four. What else have you got?
8:30pm Bear’s Wild Weekend With Stephen Fry
Ok, might be ok, does it contain some urine drinking experience, if not it’s not worth watching. Just sayin’
11:05pm Father Ted
It better not be the one where they get trapped in the lingerie department. It flipping is isn’t it! I’m not joking, this has been on more times than the bloody Snowman. It’s a funny episode the first time, it’s amusing the second, by the third it’s getting a little strained, by this fifteenth time I’m ready to stove the television in, I hope your following it with something a little better.
12:15pm Father Ted – Back to Back Episodes
Or should I call you CHANNEL FILM?
Lots of classic films that cost tuppence to show with repeats about Eddie Stobbart and Christmas movies, like we haven’t had enough yet followed by a premier film. Yipee!
9:30pm This Is It
Oh, it’s the Michael Jackson film, just what I wanted to watch on Christmas Day a film about the tour that pushed him to his death, gee, thanks for that, what’s next?
Repeats, glorious repeats!
I’d expect nothing else.
Really, me Ivor Crimblecock being asked to write a guide on such dross, I should be writing tomes on the History Of Belly Fluff or Noses – A Pickers Guide not reviewing mass entertainment waffle.
Instead here’s my Ode to Christmas.
Christmas is a jolly time a bottle of misery a glass of whine,
With a magical feeling my heart gives a flutter as a jolly little bearded chap who really is no sucker,
Climbs down my chimney like a slide covered with butter to have a dump the cheeky little fu
THATS IT YOU’RE FIRED – EDITOR
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