Completely accept that it was fun, and certainly the creativity and willingness to do new things is to be admired.
That said, it was incredibly cringe and I found it a struggle to watch as a result! Mind you, I’m not the target audience. I think it was the atmosphere – jokes just hung there with little reaction, some of the delivery was way off, and the technical delays on the remote didn’t help!
It just went on too long, but also this year they weren't able to do the usual end of year gathering with the shows contributers which would normally take up the last half hour. Interesting though they took the programme strap away for most of the panto - that's usual unnecessarily ever present nowadays.
The theme variation was brilliant though, as is the Christmas theme. And the Genie Lamp area looked pretty decent in the panto too - arguably better than their main sofa area.