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Christmas TV 2018

Schedules and programme discussion (November 2018)

MR
mr_vivian UTV Newsline
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
SE
Square Eyes Founding member
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.
CA
Cando London London
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.
FA
fanoftv Central (West) Midlands Today
BBC One don't have to continually play it safe.


Yet they do.


Christmas TV has been terrible for years.


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?
JA
james-2001 Central (East) East Midlands Today
Cando posted:
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.
BR
Brekkie Wales Wales Today
JCB posted:
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.
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JV
James Vertigan Founding member London London
Cando posted:
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.


Wonder if it will get as many complaints as when Channel 5 wheel out the animated version!
DE
DE88 UTV Newsline
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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CA
Cando London London
Cando posted:
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.


Cando posted:
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
FA
fanoftv Central (West) Midlands Today
DE88 posted:
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.
SE
Square Eyes Founding member
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
JK
JKDerry UTV Newsline
For 2018 with can predict the Christmas Night line up on ITV will be Paul O'Grady For The Love of Dogs, Emmerdale, Coronation Street and Victoria.

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