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mr_vivian909 posts since 11 Oct 2015
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Christmas TV has been terrible for years. Doctor Who was the only thing I looked forward to.

The idea that they've run out of ideas for the Doctor at Christmas is absurd. You may as well say you've run out of ideas for Doctor Who altogether.

It must be a deliberate attempt at making us speak to our family Razz
Square Eyes7,663 posts since 31 Mar 2001
I think its a positive. The BBC One Christmas Day line-up had become really predictable. It gives them more scheduling options and they have plenty of other choices. BBC One don't have to continually play it safe.

Doctor Who will do fine on New Years Day.
Brekkie30,722 posts since 4 Jan 2003 Recently warned
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7pm on New Years Day a better slot than 5pm on Christmas Day. Is there a Sherlock this year?


It leaves a hole on Christmas Day though. It's all very well shaking up the familiar schedule but they've removed one of the few Christmas Day traditions that's for the kids. It'll be interesting to see what, if anything, they've got lined up to replace it.

I think they'll put Watership Down across Christmas Day and Boxing Day. It's a two parter and cost too much to throw out on the 27th.

Heck they've spent so much on it maybe they'll pop up in the idents too.
Shouldn't that have been posted in the "John Logie Baird has Invented Television" thread?
DE88681 posts since 8 Jan 2017
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Has Christmas TV ever been that great? There are usually quite a few good specials but has there ever been a day of pure entertainment?


Incidentally, this year is 25 years since ITV infamously offered virtually nothing festive on Christmas Day - not even Corrie...

https://www.tvcream.co.uk/telly/christmas-logs/the-1990s-christmas-logs/christmas1993/

Not only did the press laugh at this schedule, but the ITC felt compelled to rap ITV on the knuckles and tell them to try harder the following year - which they certainly did, with Blind Date and Heartbeat as well as the goings-on in Weatherfield, even if they still lost out to Victor Meldrew and Robin Hood.
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Cando1,370 posts since 8 Mar 2012
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Watership Down pt1 is a dead cert for Christmas day early evening imo.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/latestnews/2018/watership-down

NYD has had more viewers than Christmas day for years btw.


Let's cheer ourselves up on Christmas day with dead rabbits.


Watership Down pt1 is a dead cert for Christmas day early evening imo.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/latestnews/2018/watership-down

NYD has had more viewers than Christmas day for years btw.


Let's cheer ourselves up on Christmas day with dead rabbits.


No dead rabbits in part 1
fanoftv7,987 posts since 4 Jan 2003
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Has Christmas TV ever been that great? There are usually quite a few good specials but has there ever been a day of pure entertainment?


Incidentally, this year is 25 years since ITV infamously offered virtually nothing festive on Christmas Day - not even Corrie...

https://www.tvcream.co.uk/telly/christmas-logs/the-1990s-christmas-logs/christmas1993/

Not only did the press laugh at this schedule, but the ITC felt compelled to rap ITV on the knuckles and tell them to try harder the following year - which they certainly did, with Blind Date and Heartbeat as well as the goings-on in Weatherfield, even if they still lost out to Victor Meldrew and Robin Hood.


Oh wow, I never knew about that.
That’s article and the one about 1992 says about the BBC One schedule being great, but items such as extended Eastenders and a 90 minute Only Fools and Horses doesn’t seem greatly entertaining and varied.
Square Eyes7,663 posts since 31 Mar 2001
Yes they billed it as 'ITV's Christmas Weekend' as show in this promo. The promo makes a point of it being 'Christmas Eve in the Street'.



Arguably the better line-up was on Boxing Day :

6.05pm The Battle of the Gladiators
7.05pm A Tribute to Les Dawson
8.00pm Agatha Christie's Poirot
9.00pm Dame Edna in Hollywood
10.00pm Spitting Image Pantomine
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