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      13.11.2009 14:18
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      Christmas is coming...

      Call me sad, but one of the things I love most about Christmas is the TV! And with Christmas less than six weeks away I am starting to get excited!

      I'm a big soap fan so I love watching the Coronation Street and Eastenders festive specials - in fact I am already wondering what will happen with the soap storylines. I don't want to give too much away, but there will be a death in Albert Square and I'm looking forward to a classic Eastenders' "Whodunnit."

      Each year I look forward to the classic films: Santa Clause the Movie is a personal favourite and watching The Snowman on Christmas Day has become a family tradition.

      I was always a little disappointed that one of my all time favourite Christmas films - Home Alone hadn't been screened over the past few years, but I now have the film on DVD so problem solved!

      I love the comedy specials too, I've not heard what we'll be treated to this year, but Only Fools and Horses, The Vicar of Dibley and Morecambe and Wise normally make an appearance. Last year more recent comedies did a Christmas special - we were treated to The Gavin and Stacey Christmas one off as well as The Royle Family Christmas special - there has been no confirmation from either of these have or will be making a Christmas 2009 special. However I can confirm that there will be a Doctor Who Christmas special.

      Personally, to make sure that I make the most of Christmas TV I buy a good quality TV guide and mark out what I fancy watching. As soon as one if available I will be buying it!

      This year I own a freeview box so there will be move TV than usual for me to enjoy. I can't wait!

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        10.11.2008 21:42
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        I love christmas specials and christmas movies. I just want to recapture the magic!

        Gosh I love christmas tv.

        I was feeling a little sad thinking about it just yesterday. I was thinking about how reassuringly predictable it is, how you can still watch the same films I loved when I was 8, that felt so exciting and magical because it meant it was CHRISTMAS, the most wonderful time of the year.

        But yesterday it occured to me that christmas tv is, in fact, changing. It needs to of course, to allow todays children to feel the same things I did. perhaps they need the excitement of seeing something from the cinema on tv. But I want to watch Home Alone, not Toy Story.

        It's not like I'm an old fashioned crone who longs for It's A Wonderful Life 5 times a day (though that might be nice). I want Home Alone, The Grinch and Santa Clause the movie. I don't want christmas to become computer animated, and I don't want to have to admit that Christmas is for children and it's time for me to grow up!

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          06.11.2008 19:14
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          Greta offerings for a couple of weeks

          I can't believe it's nearly Christmas yet again! I know, I know, it takes the same time every year for it to come around, yet I'm always shocked when we hit November and it's about 50 days to go! And with Christmas comes Xmas TV, of course!

          For me, it's that feeling of going to get the Christmas version of the Radio Times, with its bumper two weeks instead of one, and memories of going through the TV guide circling which channels I wanted to watch, and then being disappointed when mum and dad commandeered the TV instead.

          Certain favourites seeme to repeat themselves. There are always Xmas specials from the comedians, such as The Two Ronnies, Morecambe and Wise, reruns of Noel's Xmas Presents, clasic films such as Santa Claus - The Movie, White Christmas and the like, and that general feel as kids programmes feature more and more and each channel decides to show more festive intros to programmes and more Xmas related films and reruns of episodes of favourite TV shows.

          Xmas Day itself is naturally full of festvie cheer, and we have the Queen's Speech in the afternoon, just after a huge helping of Xmas lunch with the family, mum telling me I'm not allowed the TV on suring lunch (but mum! It's The Snowman on next! - I'm now 30, by the way!)

          My son is now 4, and loves TV anyway, so I can only imagine how excited he'll be at Xmas with the extra special offerings on TV. He won't be among the disappointed when Xmas and New Year is all over and we are once more subjected to daytime TV during the week and the occasional decent programme in the evenings - he'll be at school or in bed or watching some cartoon channel (only occasionally mind!). The rest of us will have to go back to the boring old same stuff once more, eager for Xmas to come around again so we can have some festive cheer and experience that feeling of nostalgia for yet another year!

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          14.10.2008 13:12
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          Christmas TV is the best!

          How to sum up Christmas TV...well I just LOVE it. Granted I do totally love Christmas itself but to sit down and watch a few Christmas specials really takes me back to being a kid and having your last day at school...then theres the wait of the few days or the week before Christmas so what do you do? you watch every single Christmas special and film you can find in the listings or at least thats what I did then and what I still do now.

          Theres just something about it which makes me feel so "Christmassy" hahah! And I haven't even mentioned the best part yet!...the Christmas cartoons, oh gosh how I love them. Anyone ever seen any of the Tom and Jerry Christmas cartoons? aww they are just the sweetest thing ever! they'll rot your teeth faster than candy canes they are so sweet!

          I guess it's only around this time of year I get so soppy, but c'mon if you've had a hard year, I think it's just really nice to sit back and watch these overly cheesy heart warming types of programmes, they are guarenteed to fill you full of Christmas cheer and make you feel better.

          Oh and obviously don't miss Santa Claus the Movie, what a classic! Soaps are always a bit of a laugh too , if you are in any way feeling down at this festive time of year then I'd recommend watching Eastenders as theres bound to be some kind of tradgedy that will make you realise your life ain't so bad! So put on your red hat, slippers on and feet up with a warm mince pie and a cuppa and ENJOYYYYY!

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            05.09.2008 11:04
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            Repeat after repeat after repeat

            Christmas TV, though it should be something that one looks forward to, it is something that i for one, try to avoid. Its all just so...Rubbish. It seems that every year our televisions are forced to project the same programmes over and over and over again.

            Well i wonder what brilliant family film is going to be on this year...Maybe the lion king? Maybe Grease? Or maybe even Herbie? Oh no, you're sorrowfully mistaken. It's going to be Chicken Run of course! We couldnt possibly have a Christmas without watching chickens run around a pen. After the Queens speech at about 4 oclock abit of Wallice and Gromit will plague our screens. Perhaps either channel 4 or 5 will be kind enough to let us watch a bit of Home Alone again (and again and again and again). Or maybe it's be the borrowers...Or maybe, just maybe it'l be both, just like last year and the year before...

            I cant help but think that maybe the planning for Christmas Tv is the day that all the programme 'planners' have their day off...Hence we end up with repeat after repeat after repeat! Ah well, i guess the disaster that happens on Eastenders is some form of compensation.

            Who's for a game of monopoly?

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              09.08.2008 23:35
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              put new things on for us to watch

              Christmas Tv....well it seems to be the same every year, repeats and more repeats. It doesn't really bother us much in our house as we have young children and all they want to do is play with there toys and sometimes it takes us all day to put toys and games together etc. The television is on a lot over hte christmas period but its just really background noise.
              But I can see it from other peoples point of view, espically if you are at home on your own and you want to watch something different rather than things you have already seen. Also if you don't have children and are not a family that likes to sit and play games but just want to relax in front of the television, but don't want to watch dvd's but want something good to watch.
              They really do need to think carefully what to put on the televsion on christmas day and over hte christmas period, there are only so many films you want to watch over again and repeats of christmas shows. why not make some new christmas shows.

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                02.01.2008 12:11
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                Cheap TV...

                Apparently ,Human Beings share a third of their DNA with a lettuce, which is just as well if they had to sit though this years seasonal terrestrial TV. Apart from the brilliant seasonal episode of 'Extras' and great family fun with Dr Who it was slim pickings, the BBC winning the ratings numbers with the top three shows, the above and an angry Eastenders or two dominating the numbers. I won't be including C5 in this review as I still can't get the signal after being promised it for 10 years. Why do I think this is exactly what will happen when digital is finally switched off!

                December 23rd

                With the decorations up, all the presents purchased and around the bottom of the tree, and the relatives on the way, the 23rd of December is when we begin to feel snug around the TV and push work very much at the back of our minds. The BBC kicked it all off with a Top Gear evening and tidied up the excellent 'Royal Family at Work' series. What a woman our queen is and even the most ardent republican has to respect the old gal for her efforts to keep the country on top. It's been a beautifully filmed and surprisingly revealing show-for royalty-and has increased my respect of the Queen. The hilarious and rather sad 'royal watchers', a gaggle of eccentrics and weirdoes who follow the queen everywhere she goes, presumably in the hope the Queen will invite them in for tea one day, were the highlight of the five hour long episodes. They gaggle of bedraggled middle aged losers would even push kids out of the way to make sure they have the best spots to take their pics and wave those little Union Jacks.

                The BBC couldn't resist some reality TV dirge early on in the night with a catch up as we see how the winners of the shows 'Maria and 'Joseph' have got on this year. To pass this off as reality TV was scandalous as most of the competitors were anything but amateur, many working in musicals at the time. Please tell me what the point of the exercise was? Andrew Lloyd Webbers face makes me vomit.

                Christmas Eve

                The Eve of Christmas was pretty lame with the schedule anything but Christmassy, core ratings winner in the excellent 'Ramseys' Kitchen Nightmares USA' and a Ken Dodd biog the only two watachble shows for me. Old 'Doddy' turned out not to be the weirdo we all thought he is behind the scenes and gave as an entertaining look at his 50 years in the biz. Ramsey, of course, is always watchable, here trying to turn around a traditional New Jersey family restaurant, seemingly run by the Sopranos. Yes some of the scenes are staged but my word its great TV, Ramsey a genius in any mans book. He really does turn these places around. The groan of the night was the French & Saunders remake show. Girls, it's so over it hurts.

                Repeats are nothing new over the festive period, especially movies. With the BBC cost cutting they are promising even more. How many times have we seen the Porridge and Dads Army films over Christmas! But we always flick them on as they are so wonderfully British and festive, giving you that warm feeling all over. With the kids tucked up snug so not to see Santa, Channel Four had two cracking violent gangster classics back-to-back for dad as Sexy Beast and then Old Boy took them into the wee small hours with a likewise tot or two!

                The Big Day

                Christmas Day was again 'lite' for those not into angry soaps. Dr Who delivered as expected, its big budget and the loveable Kylie-stealing a kiss from David Tennant-good wholesome family fun. The Beeb couldn't resist flogging their other flagship show one more time with another Strictly Come Dancing Special whilst the tedious Harry Hill was put up against it on ITV. I'm still confused how having a big collar and a bigger autocue card makes you funny. Christmas specials for Dragons Den and Catherine Tate just kept the schedule above the waterline. Bringing back 'To the Manor Born', a hit twenty years ago, was bizarre as it was painful to watch. There's retro cool and then there retro f** ups! Somebody needs to be fired for that call.

                Boxing Day

                The words My Family Christmas special has many a viewer reaching for the remote and the pills it's that shockingly bad. With suicides at their highest over the holidays it's never a good idea to put this one. They say for all those who have a brain there's someone that doesn't, and that's why My Family is very popular and so gets made. It didn't get much better on BBC2 with Lead Balloon, an ironically titled as you can get Jack Dee vehicle. Ricky Gervais brilliantly parodied The Larry Sanders Show with Extras but Jack Dees attempt to do Curb Your Enthusiasm is not great. With Graham bloody Norton on straight after I hit the spirits early. Camp gays guys and comedians are the first to jump down your throat if you make the slightest homophobic comment yet they make a whole career out of stereotyping themselves to the same straight people who are allowed to laugh at the very same homophobic comments. The fact I have never laughed at a camp comedian, I suppose makes me not homophobic.

                Channel Four had a very poor line-up, going with royal documentaries all night, but ironically not doing the alternate Christmas message, Bin Laden otherwise occupied.
                Q.I was ok on BBC Two but it was a compendium of the year's shows, not a Christmas special. The thing with this show is its pretty clear that it's rehearsed and more 'Call My Bluff' than an intellectual show. I'm bloody sure the guests are given the answers. If they are then what's the point? If they aren't then they aren't going to be able to get many right meaning dull TV. If I se Phil Jupitus in one more silly hat in 2008 I will refuse to pay the license.

                Thursday 27th

                Channel Four seemed disinterested with the festivities with nearly all their output being repeats of normal weekly programming. ITV had a rapid repeat of the film The Queen for their big film of the night, I presume so not to contest Gervais on BBC1 as the Christmas 'Extras' delivered pure genius. The reviews for this were split in general and again its women that tend not to like him and get the show. They think he's just some pug faced pig of a man taking the p*ss out of everyone where as men see him as that voice in their heads at work and play. The celebrity cameos were top dollar and unexpected and who didn't laugh at Clive Owen complaining about the standard of prostitute extra on the show. I think Gervais has single handedly saved risky comedy and, like the Simpson's, still manages to crack jokes on race, disability and sexism with out actually offending anyone.Im sure the Brent and Millman characters are Gervais in real life if you put them together and he's not the nicest guy, but you have to keep your comedy real and taboo or the sophisticated audience of today that get far worse in viral emails are not going to laugh.

                Friday 28th

                Good old 'Dads Army' the movie set the evening rolling with Mainwaring`s wonderfully incompetent Home Guard platoon upsetting the area commands general at every step. The enjoyable History Boys did a quick turnaround from cinema to DVD to normal TV on BBC2, with the option to see 'Meet the Fockers' on BBC1, the big film of the night and happily made me laugh more than the first film. That subtle Jewish humor was allowed to come through this time and DeNiro had finally got the point of his character. It's never good seeing DeNiro do comedy, unless it's his self parody stuff in Analyze bla bla bla...

                Omid Djalili continued to agonies over being risqué with Muslim gags or play it straight and wreck his show with that thing they call can-laughter for his final show of a so-so but welcome series. Jonathan Ross's Films of the Year were the predictable ones; carefully not dissing films that will scupper next years star interviews, dutifully slaughtering the low budget film actors and directors that are never invited on to his show. Channel Four scored their first hit of the holidays with the enjoyable League of Gentleman's Apocalypse, the film of the brilliant series, the plot being that the cast escape into the real world through a time twisting portal to confront the writers on the decision to end the sitcom, the reason why they made the film of that very predicament, clever stuff if you think about it.

                Saturday the 29th

                This is the quietest Saturday night on the town all year yet ITV and C4 failed to capture that big audience. Everyone's back from their tacky Christmas breaks expecting to be entertained. All ITV could come up with was an awful soap quiz for soap fans (would you be proud of that to want to go on TV?) and then this look back at Christmas TV thing with an out of place 6ft 5 Des Lynam and chubby Fern Britton. Both were dire stuff and exactly why Ricky Gervais parodies of celebrity are so biting and effective. Things didn't improve with some cheeky chappie Irish illusionist called Keith Barry (who was pitched as the new David Blain by ITV in the trailers, but the reality looking like some sort of reject from Westlife) doing cheap card tricks and distraction stuff learnt from a Christmas cracker, the whole hour based around a live escape trick with explosives. For a start what show is going to risk broadcasting an Irishman being blown up on live prime-time TV in the current War on Terror climate? Needles to say the shed did blow up and he wasn't in it-unfortunately.

                Channel Four were woefully cheap on the night, again resorting to a top 100 films list to write the night off for most. It wasn't listed as a repeat but it surely was, the excuse to reshow the Top 100 movies-the American Film Instuite version-saying it had been 'refreshed' from the last time it was on some ten years ago. But if Morgan Freeman says its ok then it's ok. The BBC didn't bother to put anything up of note, just an awful clip show of newscasters messing up, the men waiting for Match of the Day and sleep.

                December 30th

                A Year in the Life of JK Rowling was surprisingly intelligent TV for ITV and a solid hour. No one really knows anything about this very rich and sweetly pretty gal and it proved intriguing viewing. For us lot it was motivational to say the least, a single mum with an average university education going from damp flat to super author status with Harry Potter. She really was the girl next door and the spur for all of us to stick with the writing thing if we feel we have the talent, and more importantly for the fiction guys and girls on dooyoo to stick with that 'good idea' you have had for ages for a book. I finished my screenplay last year on the simple ideal that if you don't write it you will never know.

                The 'Big Fat quiz of the Year' saw Channel Four return to type with some risqué and alternative comedians answering easy questions, the only requirement to do it with unrehearsed frivolity and japes, seemingly easy for Jimmy Carr. Is it me or is Russell Brand some sort of wind up. I have yet to laugh at anything he has ever said and I presume the ones that have are the ones that have seen his tiny penis- allegedly. Talking of repeats the Extras was rerun on just 48 hours later and was again the best thing on.

                New Year Eve

                The busiest night of the year on the town should have been the weakest TV line up, which proved the case this time, although it's, had plenty of competition over the last week. The Spice Girls were wheeled out to plug their tour with a girly reveal all on BBC1 at 7pm (not the same as a reveal all if it was on at 11pm girls!), whilst the same side has kicked off the always enjoyable Celebrity Mastermind series, only the brainy and good sports entering. Benjamin Zephaniah, the self styled people's poet, managed to get the same amount of questions right to parry with hic convictions for street robbery and thuggery, the only man in Britain who has been given an MBE whilst having some serious criminal convictions on his rap sheet. He finished last.

                War continued to rage in Eastenders and Coronation Street whilst I had the button welded down on C4 for the repeat of Monty Python Night. It doesn't matter how many times you see the Life of Brian it's just brilliant, ITV cheekily continuing the theme with the Meaning of Life on at midnight. Up until that point ITV had never shown a Python film in its history.

                After another hour of whining from the compulsory variety show from Graham bloody Norton the Hogmanay (no idea how to spell that) shows across the channels were as woeful as ever, families across the nation lumbered with Jools Holland and his bloody piano and friends with warm and bitter wine as an alternative, leaving a similar taste of disappointment in the mouth. What sort of celebrity does a live gig on New Year Eve? The answer, of course, is Madness and Knick Knowles. A quick flick back to C4 and you could have seen the New Year in with me with the brilliant 'Planes, Trains and Automobiles, wildly believed to be Steve Martins last funny film.

                New Years Day

                Comedians Dara O'Brian and forgotten man Rory McGrath joined Griff Rhys Jones on his swanky boat, the three attempting the scary celebrity feat of sailing from Dover to Portsmouth, occasionally being a whole mile from the shore! Dara decided this wouldn't be too risky and so wore a nice silk jacket under his life preserver, and sea sickness coming from excessive boozing on your license fee. Just before this was aired Jeremy Clarkson and the Top Gear team were becoming the first people to drive to the North Pole. What comedians will do to stay on TV! But this was TV heaven compared to the woeful Fantastic Four movie on Channel Four.'The Thing' looked like it was as extra from the Fantastic Four theme park in the cheapest imaginable costume whilst the acting was down there with an afternoon soap on Living TV.
                The seasonal telly was completed as it started with a festive edition of C4s 'Friday Night Project', which could be a great show if it had a twist of irony, but is ruined by Yeti Justin Lee-Collins and the insufferable C4 'camp gay' in Alan Carr (son of ex Northampton Town manager in the great Graham Carr no less). I now know what my new year's resolution would be. No more camp double-entendre on British TV at Christmas!!!

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                  06.01.2007 21:59
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                  Why not what paint dry, you will have more fun

                  When i was younger I loved watching the telly around christmas and 1 film stuck in my head, it was on EVERY christmas eve for years The Wizard Of Oz, I loved this film (I can hear you all going SAD) but it was. t hasn't been on for years then suddenly this christmas it was on, but it was on TCM and for some who have just normal ariel or free view you can't see it, which I thought was wrong.

                  This year I decided to go out and buy a few christmas dvd's because I knew there really wasn't going to be a lot of christmas films on. The only film that was on that I thought was Christmassy was Santa Claus 2 with Tim Allen AND they showed it Christmas Eve late afternoon, which I thought was good for the children.

                  Christmas Day the usual soaps did there hourly show in the evenings, but what happened in the day??????

                  When I was younger my dad came down and always put some christmas cartoon on in the background while we opened our presents, as I got older and children of my own the only thing that you could ever find was the sort of program like songs of praise, but NOT this year. We have cable so have a number of choices to choose from, but it seems that even the television is taking christmas out and calling it holidays. I looked through a few channels and even tried the children's channels but nothing but your usual channels, no churchy programmes either which was shocking. Last year a do remember Miracle on 34th street being on, on christmas day, what did we have this year a load of rubbish, so I decided to turn the telly off and have music on all day until the evening.
                  Also what about DEAL OR NO DEAL now I do like watching this but on christmas day and 2 showings, erm how to avoid a family christmas day with the children what deal or no deal. I found that quite bad, there was nothing that you could sit with the children and enjoy.

                  So as you can see from this in my opinion television as gone to the dogs at christmas, if fact you may as well go to the dogs at christmas you may have more fun.

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                    Christmas with Disney is a must.

                    CHRISTMAS TV – shall we start taking bets now as to what programmes we will be offered over the festive period?

                    What about Disney cartoons for the kids? Ah well, I have to admit Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without these (the cartoons I mean, as well as the kids I suppose). In my own childhood the highlight of Christmas Day was to watch Disney cartoons on the box, usually introduced by good old Walt Disney himself.

                    Mind you, that was the only time the TV was switched on, apart from at 3 pm for the Queen’s speech. We made our own entertainment, something a lot of families seem to have lost the knack of these days. There are people whose lives revolve around the telly all year round, so why should Christmas be any different?

                    Of course, I know for those who are old or lonely, watching television at Christmas is a godsend. But surely, if only for that reason alone, we deserve some decent programmes? I have lost count of how many times The Sound of Music has been on, not to mention African Queen! I bet Dooyooers can think of hundreds more programmes that are repeated year after year.

                    Then there are the adverts. As soon as we have all put our feet up on Christmas Eve after a hard day, the holiday ads start. As if you have any money left for holidays after spending all that cash on pressies!

                    Christmas is supposed to be a Christian religious festival, but usually all we get on the tv is a carol concert on Christmas Eve.

                    It will only be a few weeks before the Christmas TV magazines are for sale and out will come the highlighter pens circling every programme each member of the family wants to watch. But hang on a minute – wasn’t that film on the other week on a different channel? And why do have to put up with those silly celebrity contestants taking part in our favourite quiz shows?

                    Can someone tell me why every year we have to be subjected to repeats of Morecambe and Wise? I never could stand these two, but am I the only person in the whole of the country who dares to admit to it? “Christmas wouldn’t be the same without Morecambe and Wise” is an old excuse trotted out year after year, but to me it would be a lot better without them. But then maybe I am being selfish, I did mention earlier that old people might find tv useful at Christmas, so perhaps that is who the TV companies are thinking of. Christmas spirit and goodwill to all etc, so sorry for mentioning it.

                    Ah well we will just have to wait and see what this year brings, “a great new line up of shows” no doubt the tv companies will boast, I wait with bated breath! In the meantime, I won’t bore you with writing much more about Christmas TV, otherwise you might find my review as boring as the topic itself!

                    As for watching Disney cartoons, I think I might take the family on a trip to Disneyland as a Christmas treat and see the cartoons come to life. It will be better than watching tv anyway!

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                      I think the way in which Christmas is still associated with religion (Christianity) in the country is a joke when it really is all about consumer fetishism. Christmas hasn’t been about Jesus for years (as a society) and all the religious programs and Queen’s Speech etc. are a façade to hide the truth that Christmas is just about money. Too many boring repeats also appeared over Christmas and the soaps just get worse. I think next year though, Corrie and Eastenders should do 12 hour long live shows so when people get fed up with their own Christmas they can watch someone else's.

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                        I wonder if anyone can tell me what exactly I pay my television licence for? It certainly wasn't for so-called Christmas viewing. I think my licence paid for Christmas viewing about 5 years ago, and nothing has changed since. Still the same repeats, old films and other equally exciting programmes. Of course, there is one major advantage to this lack of imaginative programming. Families are actually talking to one another again, (or falling asleep, depending on how much sherry has been consumed!). Board games definitely made a reappearance in our household, and conversation was flowing throughout the whole day. But really, is it necessary to continue with the same old films and programmes year in, year out? If so, it looks like the sales of computer and board games will be on the increase next Christmas, (and I am not talking about the youth in the family!!)

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                          How long are we going to be ripped off by television companies? The programmes over Xmas and the new year period were abysmal. Which spoilt Xmas for a lot of people. It's time we spoke out and stopped putting up with the same old repeats year after year. Christmas should be the highlight of the TV companies schedule. Instead we get the same old soaps and "Who Wants to be a Millionaire" that we get all year round. Nothing wrong with them, but they could have changed the record for one day surely! What has happened to the good old Christmas Specials, like "Only Fools and Horses"? If we purchased goods from a shop that were past their sell-by date, we would demand a refund. So how can the television companies gets away with taking are money and giving us drivel on the t.v?

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                          06.01.2001 22:00

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                          I thought that christmas day had some very good stuff on. One of the things that impressed me is that we got our regular action-packed premiers on terrestrial t.v. On sky we some very interesting alternatives as well, like the Sci-fi channel's anti-christmas and Bravo's action weekend. The BBC is one channel that I enjoyed very much because of programmes like the Royle family christmas special. I thought ITV though was very boring because all they were showing was the regular programmes. Overall I thought that christmas was very entertaining on sky and terrestrial t.v.

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                          06.01.2001 16:14

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                          Year in, year out we all do it, and it goes roughly like this: get stressed because you don't know what to get the 'they have it all' family, end up buying bath salts & a pair of socks, spend more on the wrapping & card than you did on the present. Gather round on Christmas day to indulge in cakes with tea, biscuits with tea, scones with tea, Christmas lunch with anything but tea. Clear the table, settle in the sofas with a nice cup of...yes, tea - and start opening the presents. This is when affected smiles and over-acted explosions of joy suddenly mount into family arguments ... after all, we're not used to spending the whole of 10 hours all together, cooped up in a small living room drinking tea! Raised voices, arguments and pointed fingers suddenly stop as the magical TV is switched on and Julia Andrews either sings 'The hills are allive' or 'Supercali...(you know the rest!)'... the family is mesmerised, everyone sings along and the Christmas spirit has been restored - TV has just saved Christmas. With this in mind and to conclude, I found Christmas TV programming to be varied, although it still had the good old classics everyone associates Christmas with. Having experienced years of foreign TV programming before moving to the UK, I can tell you one thing's for sure: British Television is in a league of its own. (however you may interpret this!)

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                          05.01.2001 01:08
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                          I may be a bit late, posting this comment but I feel I need to. You see my parents pay their TV licence like many of you, never to watch TV. Well, they do watch TV but not terrestrial with the exception of the soaps. I have been really busy this Christmas period so I didn’t watch that much of TV, but what I did was boring and total rubbish. The only good thing was Frank Spencer who always seems to come on, he’s good but when you have watched the same nativity play every Christmas I suppose it can wear off a bit. So, I just have to say what does the BBC spend our money on, surely they know that everyone we’ll be expecting good viewing but what could they do…… Titanic most of us have watched that at cinema and for some who didn’t ok it was good. But, was their another movie on. NO. That’s it nothing else unless you wanted to watch Victoria Wood. The soaps were really poor, why do they have to be so depressing. I mean why can’t they be nice, happy and festive. At lease it will cheer people up. Watching Peggy smash up the pub wasn’t very festive. And Channel 4 were no better, poor Mike injuring himself in the car accident, and with a dead corpse in the front room of Max’s house. It wasn’t very cheerful. So, the Christmas TV this year was not very good, I could think of stronger words but what’s the point. I feel sorry for the people who spend Christmas Alone and have to watch the boring shows. Will next year’s Xmas TV schedule be any better? I don’t think so. They’ll shove some repeats on and expect us to be happy.

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