Call me Scrooge, but I have to admit that I don’t like Christmas TV. There’s always a build up to Christmas specials, but they’re never actually very good. Even as a child I was always disappointed by the Doctor Who Christmas specials. But this post isn’t going to be all doom and gloom. Here’s a few of my favourite things to watch at Christmas:
This is one of my favourite British sitcoms, but as much as I love it, the Christmas specials just aren’t as good as the rest of the series. Having said that, I am particularly looking forward to this year’s Christmas special. It’s been 4 years since we last saw the Brockmans, and nearly 10 years since the series began, so things will have changed drastically and I’m hoping it’ll be a good one. The star of the show is arguably Karen, and she’s now 15, as unbelievable as that may be. I hope she’s still as hilariously blunt as a teenager as she was as a 5 year old.
You can catch it Boxing Day 2016 22:00 on BBC One.
The Good Life
Ok, so this is an oldie. ‘Silly, But It’s Fun’ is the Christmas episode of the 1970s British sitcom. Anyone familiar with the series will know that there’s a constant clash between friends and neigbours, The Goods and The Leadbetters; the former being a modest do-it-yourself couple and the latter typical middle-class, Conservative social climbers. The Christmas episode from 1977 is a classic and doesn’t fail to make me laugh every time. It’s easy viewing, with the odd bit of subtle humour, like when Margot Ledbetter wears a paper Christmas hat made out of The Telegraph.
You can catch it Christmas Day 2016 13:55 on BBC Two.
Charlie Brooker’s 2016 Wipe
While not a Christmassy programme as such, it’s part of the end of year festivities. Every year Brooker reminds us of all the good, bad, and down-right stupid things that have happened throughout the year. I think we can all agree that this year has provided him with some very good material. Looking back on 2016 might put a damper on the festivities, but not to worry, Philomena Cunk will make it all better. A must-see, I reckon.
You can catch it next Thursday 21:00 on BBC Two.