BBC blasted yet again! This time for Christmas repeats

by Lynn Connolly

We reported yesterday that the BBC had come under fire for naming a panda in their list of 2011’s Top 12 Women, and today, the Daily Star reports that the broadcaster has once again angered viewers over airing repeats of shows over Christmas.

Specifically, viewers used the example of Strictly Come Dancing and The Gruffalo’s Child, which were both shown on Christmas Day, and then again on Boxing Day.

Likewise, Rick Stein’s Spanish Christmas and Lorraine’s Last Minute Chistmas were repeated within 15 hours of their original airings.

The Doctor Who Christmas special also had a second screening just two days after it premiered on Christmas Day.

Energetic game show Winter Wipeout was shown on Christmas Eve and Boxing Day, and the new episode of Absolutely Fabulous, which aired on Christmas Day, was shown again last night.

However, ITV followed suit and aired Michael Bublé: Home For Christmas and The Jonathan Ross Show within hours of their original broadcast, but at least ITV are commercially sponsored.

And there’s the rub; the BBC are of course funded by licence payers, and it’s these good folk who are up in arms over the repeats.

One viewer wrote on an internet forum, “There is no need for it as most people have a digital recorder.

“On top of that there were numerous repeats of the Morecambe And Wise specials.

“Can’t the Beeb spend the licence fee on some new programmes?”

But a BBC spokesman replied, “Over 91% of our programming on peak-time on BBC1 is brand new and has never been shown before.”

BBC viewers have also criticised the general line-up of show over Christmas, branding them “the worst in history.”

And I have to say, over that, I agree. The only things that I made a special effort to watch and/or record were Ab Fab, Downton and the soaps. Nothing else in the Christmas line-up of shows really grabbed my attention.

What did you think of the Christmas programming this year on the major channels?


Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, I'm A Celeb and Big Brother.