Festive Viewing – Fail?

by Lynn Connolly

I’ve been pretty disappointed by the TV line-up for the three main days of telly Christmas – that is, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

Yesterday, I spent the entire day watching re-runs of Fools and Horses on GOLD, as I did on Christmas Eve too.

In fact, the only two highlights for me have been The Royle Family’s new special, The Golden Egg Cup and EastEnders, and as you’ll see from my previous post, EastEnders was a total let down…

I have to say though, The Golden Egg Cup was a precious gift. It was back to Royle Family form with some brilliant lines that had me gasping for air. Such as Dave pointing out that Twiggy’s Thai bride had balked – or has he put it, “Pulled her face” – about rubbing anusol into Jim’s piles.

The scenes in the car on the way to the Pearl of Prestatyn and then in the caravan were equally as funny. However, did anyone else notice that Sue Johnston appears to have taken on the facial features of a hamster? I wonder if she’s had some cosmetic surgery or if she had mumps?

Anyway, moving on, Gavin and Stacey was relatively funny and not entirely a waste of time to watch, unlike Catherine Tate’s Nan’s Christmas Carol which was full of clichés and tired humour.

I’m not a Doctor Who fan so that wasn’t even a contender and both Corrie and Emmerdale were pretty singularly dull. Yes we had the whole Sally’s cancer revelation, but it didn’t really add much by way of drama, apart from willing Kevin to text or ring Molly before she told Tyrone.

So what about you? Did you get all you wanted tellywise for Christmas or were you too left thinking the TV line-up was the pressie equivalent of socks or bath salts?


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.