Christmas television.

  Chronos the 2nd 08:48 14 Dec 2012

As it is little more than ten days to the festivities begin and there has been minimal previews of the Christmas television viewing. Can we assume that this year, as with the previous few years the TV channels will be showing nothing more than a diet of repeats interspersed with a rare Christmas special? And the reason that there has been little advertising of this televisual boredom is finally the channels have accepted that we are possibly not quite as thick as they usually see the viewing public and have shown much welcomed common decency by not trying to convince us that programs over the festive period will be great.

Unusual I know but possible perhaps?

  Quickbeam 09:21 14 Dec 2012

The classic age of festive family TV with viewing in the 20+ millions faded away sometime in the '80s.

You can put it down to multiple TVs in houses whereby the kids watch their stuff and the adults watch theirs. We all do our own thing now, we no longer sit as a family group to watch the Two Ronnies and Morecambe & Wise Christmas specials and are no longer torn between whether to watch The Towering Inferno or Earthquake network premiers.

When there were no video recorders and only 3 channels you got the years best material offered on all 3 channels. Now we watch 57 channels and find that there is nothing on. We seem to have reaped what we have sown...

  Forum Editor 09:56 14 Dec 2012


Good post - I think you've summed up the situation perfectly.

  interzone55 11:07 14 Dec 2012

I'm looking forward to the ITV showing of Ian Rankin's Open Doors on Sunday 23rd.

It was a very good book, with a few nice twists. As it stars the ever excellent Stephen Fry, and has been endorsed by the author it should be good

  Aitchbee 11:27 14 Dec 2012

I've shaken off the addiction of television in general ... except for "Homes Under the Hammer". BUT, at this time of year, I now purchase the Radio Times Christmas Edition or whatever it's called ... to plan, in advance exactly what programmes I will not be watchin' ... usually all of 'em, but find even these tactics never work, and always toon in to the Royal Christmas Science Lectures For Young Persons or the Orchestral Concert from Vienna on New Year's Day.

  Quickbeam 13:11 14 Dec 2012

Do I get a book merit FE:)

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 16:20 14 Dec 2012

Christmas lectures and Homes under the Hammer now that's a good compilation :0)

Wonder if Martin and Lucy are doing a Christmas Special?

As for the rest don't think I'm really missing anything and if I do, I can always use the catch up TV :0)

  QuizMan 16:40 14 Dec 2012

The only things that I am guaranteed to watch are Doctor Who and Jools Holland's Hootenanny on New Year's Eve (which, I assume, has already been recorded).

  rdave13 18:30 14 Dec 2012

Christmas T.V.

Now that's a thing of the past. Same as Christmas, really, children have what they want through out the year, so the extras on the Day aren't as exiting as it was. Could be me just being miserable though.

  Mr Mistoffelees 19:47 14 Dec 2012

Fortunately! Watching the television, at Christmas, is not compulsory.

  Chegs ®™ 05:22 15 Dec 2012

I'm looking forwards to missing as much TV as I can,I have even resorted to reading to fill in the days.I will watch The Christmas Lectures if I find them on,but doubt I'll bother searching the scheduling as the one or two trails I've seen do not appear to contain anything worthwhile.

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