The first thing on my list today is the Telly Addicts Christmas Special. The champion family of 1985 (the Pains) take on a crack team of celebs – Nina Myskow, Barry Took, Michael Grade and Larry Grayson (called, wait for it, the Aches). The show, as always, is peppered with archive clips (today featuring the likes of Juke Box Jury, Rings on their Fingers and Thunderbirds). It’s probably hard for the young ‘uns to appreciate, but back then these slim morsels of old telly were like gold dust and came highly appreciated. Oh, and the quiz is quite fun as well.
Kenny Everett’s Christmas Carol offers something a little different from his usual shows. At half an hour it doesn’t outstay its welcome and there are plenty of familiar faces passing through (such as Spike Milligan) to brighten up proceedings. Plus it’s always entertaining to see Ken apparently go rogue – for example, when he breaks the fourth wall and harangues the audience for their lack of appreciation.
It’s panto time in Terry & June at 9.00 pm. Our titular heroes end up playing a pantomime cow with the inevitable hilarious consequences. Much derided at the time (especially in its latter years) there seems to be more appreciation for the series now – and why not. You might know exactly what you’re going to get, but I can never say no to a bit of Scott and Whitfield. Plus today you get the chance to see Reginald Marsh in a very fetching bonnet, so it’s a win-win situation.
It’s on a bit late, so I think I’ll video the repeat of The Good Life Christmas Special, Silly But It’s Fun. One of those Christmas perennials, the gaping plot hole (Margo not taking delivery of her entire festive supplies until Christmas Eve) notwithstanding, it’s a lovely half hour in which nothing really happens except that four friends have an enjoyable Christmas day.
There’s a new series of The Wind in the Willows over on ITV, which will be a must watch. The voice work (Ian Carmichael, Michael Horden, Richard Pearson, David Jason, Peter Sallis) is top notch and the animation by Cosgrove-Hall isn’t half bad either.