Friday, December 26, 2008

Christmas Day Telly

Just time to fit in a few quick reviews before I continue with my social whirl.

1. Top of the Pops. Adele AND Duffy. Leona AND Alexandra. Take That with their Snow Patrol-lite song AND Ian Anderson lookalike Chris Martin wittering on about Roman Catholic choirs and children singing Christian rhyme. Fearne AND Reggie spouting inanities. But I still miss it.

2. The Queen's Speech. Lizzie spouting inanities. SOSEY. O Little Town of Bethlehem accompanying footage of the baby Jesus Charles with mother Mary Liz at the end. There is no future in England's dreaming.

3. Channel 4's Alternative Christmas Message. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad spouting inanities. Apparently we've got to look forward to a time when Jesus comes back to earth and we're all going to walk around with big smiles on our faces. Except for racists and homophobes, of course, who will receive no mercy.

4. The Royle Family Christmas Special. At the risk of sounding like a Daily Mail reader, I'm really beginning to wonder if the license fee is worth keeping the BBC alive as they continue to take the piss by letting over the hill writers continue to live the high life on our money. It's like being forced to buy David Bowie albums in the 1990s.


  1. Eastenders was rollicking good fun though!!

  2. And it's Easter on Corrie over here!

  3. Why oh why oh why oh why!

    The Royle Family would have been good if edited from 1 hour to 30 mins and incorporated the Royal Family. Prince Philip could keep saying "My arse!" and doing the wind breaking jokes.

  4. Geoff, Geoff, Geoffy, Geoff. I would have told you that all of these would have been crap or at best disappointing.
    Try big fat Quiz of the Year next week. It might even make you smile.

  5. Scarlet - I don't know if it's because I've spent all my life in the London area but I think EastEnders is the most badly written soap ever. It's far too boringly realistic.

    MJ - Then you've got to wait for Roy Cropper's deconstruction of Do They Know It's Christmas? Go Roy!

    Murph - I can see the Queen Mother bauble now. Why was Dave's dad a character from Keeping Up Appearances?

    Vicus - We will watch it though the line up this year doesn't sound too promising. Maybe this will change my opinion of Michael McIntyre.

  6. Good point well made Geoff.

  7. Thanks Geoff - you've prevented me from feeling homesick.
    When's Gavin and Stacey on?

  8. Murph - The family had Keeping Up Appearances on yesterday. And Deal Or No Deal, of course.

    Kaz - It was on on Christmas Eve. It was mildly diverting.

  9. I only saw the end of the Royale Family and what I saw was Tom Courtney and a ukulele. I was wondering what he was up too.

  10. He was killing time with Ricky Tomlinson.

  11. ...'outside' was an excellent album Geoff. (Wasn't it Scarlett??)

    Happy Christmas!!


    crud agnostification: tinve


  12. Was that The Tin Man Project?

    Happy Christmas to you too, Bob.