It’s only a day to go and after the food and the presents the most important thing about Christmas is obviously the television so here at UnrealityTV we’re offering you several previews to guide you through the three biggest TV days of the year kicking off with Christmas Eve.
Well, confirming what we basically already knew, it’s reassuring to finally have an official episode synopsis for the Doctor Who Christmas special, The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe.
Yes, it dives right back to Steven Moffat’s favourite era, which is World War II in case you hadn’t picked up on that already. And just as last year’s Christmas Special played on Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, this one will be *ahem* borrowing from C.S. Lewis’ The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. Let’s face it, if you were Moffat, you wouldn’t be able to resist the parallels between the blue box that’s bigger on the inside and the wardrobe with mystical land called Narnia inside it, would you? Read more & comment »
So, I was browsing through Toys R Us today and noticed John Barrowman’s visage on the front of a board game. Ah, celebrity endorsements, money for old rope, innit?
Well, no, not when your management can’t be arsed reading the text on the front of the box, which effectively encourages people to beat kids for money! Imagine what would happen if the tabloids got hold of this? The headlines:
Torchwood star encourages child beatings
No John, The Kids Aren’t Alright
Damn, I thought I could stretch that out a bit further before the ideas ran out. Any ideas from the floor?
Well I hope you all made the most of last night’s ER because that episode and next week’s will be the last of the Christmases in County’s ER!
In case you missed it, in last night’s episode, as often happens in windy, cold Chicago, a snowstorm left a trail of devastation and injuries in its wake but the ER had to do without Morris and Banfield who got stranded in Omaha so ended up doing a spot of bonding over a drink or ten… Read more & comment »
We love a good film at Christmas don’t we and there’s a great choice of them this year over the festive period. Here are our top choices of films on the five main channels during Christmas week.
The Nightmare Before Christmas, BBC2, 11.50am
This darkly humourous animation is based on characters created by Tim Burton and tells the story of Halloween town resident Jack Skellington who stumbles upon a bizarre and fascinating place called Christmas town. Jack decides that he and his scary spook friends will invade the town and he will become Santa.
December 15th, 2008 by Lisa McGarry. Tags: Christmas
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe is the most likely recent movie to become a Christmas classic in years to come according to a recent poll.
More than 3,000 parents took part in the survey which asked participants to select their favourite festive movies to celebrate the launch of the new premium family movie channel Disney Cinemagic HD. Respondents were asked to choose their films from a shortlist compiled by a panel of media and TV experts and the findings provide a unique insight into the nation’s viewing habits over the yuletide season.
December 5th, 2008 by TV Writer Lynn. Tags: Christmas
Christmas Radio Times 1990
Following on from yesterday’s Christmas in the 80′s article, today, we are looking at the next decade on. The hairdos hadn’t improved much by the 90s but TV graphics were getting so much better as this clip from Christmas Eve on BBC1 in 1990 shows…
December 4th, 2008 by TV Writer Lynn. Tags: Christmas
Radio Times cover from 1987 courtesy of Radio Times
The eighties for me – speaking as a person who has Nine Inch Nails, Rage Against the Machine and Type O Negative on her mp3 player – was a time of torture musically and as this clip from Top of the Pops Christmas special from 1983 ably demonstrates, I had every reason to be horrified…
The path of telly history is littered with Christmas specials and for many of us, it simply wouldn’t be Christmas without them, so today, we’re taking a look at the contribution that Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders have made to this grand old tradition.
In 1987 Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders launched their own sketch show which would go for six series and would produce some of the funniest Christmas specials of all time. We’ve gathered together a few clips for you to enjoy again the magic that is F&S.
December 1st, 2008 by TV Writer Lynn. Tags: Christmas
Can you believe it’s the 1st of December today! How fast has this year gone?! However, the good news is that all through the month, we’ve got lots of Christmas goodies for you lined up, and we’re kicking it all off with a look at Christmas specials from the 70s.
Let’s start with the brilliant Frank Spencer – here’s a clip from the 1975 Christmas special episode of Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em