I agree that there needs to be more comedy. My golden year for comedy was 1996. They may not have all been on Christmas Day but you had Only Fools and Horses, The Vicar of Dibley, Father Ted, The Fast Show and Shooting Stars. This year, you had...Mrs Brown’s Boys and that’s it really. Additionally, it’s fallen into the OFAH habit of having no full series for over 5 years. Like other shows in the schedule, it just does Christmas on auto-pilot.
You've just compared a list of shows that 'may not have all been on Christmas Day' with the list of shows that were on Christmas Day. Hardly a fair comparison!
Let's try again:
• Upstart Crow
• Click and Collect
• The Misadventures of Romesh Ranganathan
• Not Going Out
• Mrs Brown's Boys
• Would I Lie To You?
I don't think all of these are from BBC One, but it's a better comparison. That's also alongside Christmas repeats from the archive, and a whole raft of stuff on iPlayer, seasonal or otherwise.
I take the point that Christmas scheduling is a little different to years gone by, but one can't deny that there's now more choice than ever before. There are still big programmes to get excited about (Torvill and Dean, the Midnight Gang and the ABC Murders were big talking points amongst my friends and family) and if none of those suit, there's a barrage of things old and new on demand. We've never had it better!
Hmm, have we though? More choice doesn’t necessarily mean better quality, although I take both your points about that and the comparison.
I will say, however, that the panel shows and the Romesh Ranganathan thing don’t have huge repeat value. I honestly don’t think they’ll be as fondly remembered as the 1996 examples.
I just get a feeling that the quality of programming isn’t as high, at least in the BBC’s case. A lot feels very lazy and by the numbers. And yes, I’m aware of the obvious cliché of “it’ll never be as good as the old days” and rose-tinted spectacles and whatever, but having never experienced the 70s and the lack of choice with just two channels, I kind of wish I had. And I’m only 30. Eh, go figure.