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Christmas TV 2019

Programmes, schedules etc. (November 2019)

JA
JAS84 Yorkshire Look North (E.Yorks & Lincs)
Christmas TV guides are out... and I had to laugh at the one in The Sun on Sunday. Not only did they only include highlights and not full listings (saving that for the Saturday edition's TV Mag I guess), they also completely ignored Channel 5 and got all four of the other main channels' logos wrong! BBC One and Two were the original Gill Sans box logos from 2001-2 to 2006-7 - over a decade out of date! ITV was the five colour logo, replaced in January this year with a three colour version that they do correctly use on their daily TV listings page. Channel 4 used the All 4 logo. It would've only taken five minutes to look up the correct logos... Rolling Eyes
BR
Brekkie Wales Wales Today
5 minutes looking up the logo is where they probably went wrong.

Picked up my Xmas guide last Friday, probably the earliest I ever have.
Turns out nobody had 2020 vision.
NJ
Neil Jones Founding member Central (West) Midlands Today
Well I suppose it was a good job they didn't google BBC Parliament previously, otherwise this could have ended up in the TV Guide:
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(with apologies to VMPhil who originally created this, and then Google decided for some reason that it was an official logo!)

14 days later

GE
thegeek Founding member London London
STV are going down the traditional route this Hogmanay: http://www.stvplc.tv/blog/2019/12/bring-in-the-bells-with-sean-batty-this-hogmanay

The trailer for BBC [One] Scotland's effort makes it look like at least some of it will be prerecorded:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p07yrp8w/player
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NJ
Neil Jones Founding member Central (West) Midlands Today
Channel 4's annual tradition of The Snowman on or close to Christmas Day continues, still using the version that's introduced by David Bowie. Which is nice.

When was the last time they used the Mel Smith as Father Christmas introduction to this? I know there was another intro with Raymond Briggs but I don't think that's been seen on Channel 4 since David Bowie replaced it in was it 85?
NW
nwtv2003 Granada North West Today
Channel 4's annual tradition of The Snowman on or close to Christmas Day continues, still using the version that's introduced by David Bowie. Which is nice.

When was the last time they used the Mel Smith as Father Christmas introduction to this? I know there was another intro with Raymond Briggs but I don't think that's been seen on Channel 4 since David Bowie replaced it in was it 85?


I believe the last time they used the Mel Smith/Father Christmas intro was in 2012, which I believe was the last time they showed The Snowman in 16:9 albeit cropped. For some reason they reverted to the Bowie intro in 2013 and the 4:3 version. 2013 was also the Mel Smith died, I’m not sure if that had anything to do with it either.

The Bowie introduction was recorded for when it was first shown in America, I’m not sure when Channel 4 began to adopt it.

It’s a shame they never show the film Grandpa anymore, as they showed that at Christmas for a few years in the early 1990s. Said film was made for TVS, the less said about that, the better.
steve
steviegTVreturns
JA
james-2001 Central (East) East Midlands Today
I've seen a recording of Channel 4 showing the Briggs version from, I think, 1988.

The Mel Smith version was cropped to 16:9, so it's a good thing they don't use it any more.
NJ
Neil Jones Founding member Central (West) Midlands Today
After I posted I found a Guardian article that was written in the wake of Bowie's passing in 2016, that the his introduction for The Snowman seems to date from 1984 as apparently it needed a sponsor or a big name, otherwise the US wouldn't "get it":
https://www.theguardian.com/music/2016/dec/22/how-the-snowman-melted-david-bowies-heart-raymond-briggs
AS
Asa Admin Meridian (South East) South East Today
Not TV as such.
But as a heads up, Matt Lucas is playing three hours of TV theme tunes on Friday on Radio 2 and there’s a celebration of Tony Hatch’s music later in the evening.
VM
VMPhil Granada North West Today
The Raymond Briggs introduction is the best. Honestly I don’t know why they still use the Bowie version, it’s not very good.
TV
TVArchive Founding member Granada North West Today
The scarf is the hook in that Bowie intro. The Bowie intro was used on the VHS release. I grew up believing this Bowie's intro was always the case because of the VHS release.

Member since May 21, 2001
UK
UKnews
I remember the Briggs introduction (which is the best one) from the late 80s, possibly early 90s but can’t say when then Bowie version replaced it. I’d still take the Bowie intro over the Father Christmas one.

I’m also glad they’ve gone back to the 4:3 version, the 16:9 crop is awful. It’s just a shame it seems to be 16:9 remastered or 4:3 I remastered, shame.

I didn’t catch it this year, have they continued to put an ad break in the middle where there never was one originally?

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