And Gavin & Stacey took the Christmas Day slot that year.
Technically slot for slot it was The Royle Family that was the big draw where you might have expected Victoria to be - both hour long Christmas themed specials.
I take your point, although I'm pretty sure Gavin & Stacey gazumped Victoria Wood that year.
All The Trimmings aired 9:20 on Christmas Day 2000 while The Royle Family and Gavin & Stacey aired 9pm and 10pm respectively in 2009.
Clearly The Royle Family was always going to be shown on Christmas Day 2009 (incorrectly IMO - it wasn't great) but the episode of Gavin & Stacey wasn't even a Christmas special. The final series was in the middle of its run and the episode shown on Christmas Day featured the cast visiting the beach in the height of summer.
The series had been airing on Thursdays, and that year Christmas Eve was a Thursday, but that week's episode was moved to the Friday so it fell on Christmas Day.
I think that the intention was for The Royal Family followed by Victoria Wood (or vice versa) but when the Wood special wasn't great they decided to switch it with Gavin & Stacey.
I understand Wood's frustration however - it was clearly designed to be a Christmas Day showstopper.
Although for some reason I always seem to enjoy Christmas Eve television more as there's still a lot of anticipation and excitement for Christmas Day. For instance, more half of the Gavin & Stacey 2008 is set before Christmas Day and I think a Christmas Eve airing suited that better.
I associate Christmas Day night with feeling deflated and bloated simultaneously so it kinda feels like an anti-climax.
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