Firstly let’s get the bad stuff out of the way. The Royle Family was 30 minutes of okay television stretched out to a painfully unfunny hour which didn’t deserve a Christmas Day slot. Downton Abbey was just as bad with almost nothing happening for the most of the running time and then an ending that not only made no sense (where was he going?) but also seemed completely pointless. It wasn’t even set at Christmas. I honestly think that Julian Fellowes gets drunk in a room and starts talking to himself in character writing it all down, a producer pipes in that there is no plot so somebody gives birth/dies/get’s arrested.
Doctor Who was a delight the only disappointment for me is that the companion relationship in the upcoming series looks like it’s going to be more traditional rather than the slightly different take presented here. Outnumbered and Miranda continue to be funnier than I ever expected. The Snowman and The Snowdog was also a pleasant surprise and hopefully pleased most people who were expecting “their childhood to be raped”. The Royal Institute Christmas Lectures were all fantastic and it’s such a shame that they are only on at Christmas.
I’ve yet to watch Room on the Broom, Doors Open, Restless, Friday Night Dinner, Him & Her, Panto.