I’m easing myself gently into Boxing Day with Sherlock Holmes and the Baskerville Curse. An animated version of The Hound of the Baskervilles with Peter O’Toole as the world’s greatest detective sounds appealing, even though visually it’s a bit on the basic side.
There’s a Comedy Classic (i.e. repeat) of Open All Hours at 5.15 pm on BBC1. It’s S2E6, first broadcast on the 5th of April 1981, which seems a little too recent to be regarded as a classic. But as it features Stuart Fell as a motorcyclist (I sense there must be a stunt) and Patsy Smart it’s on the list.
Bob’s Christmas Full House and The Paul Daniels Magic Christmas Show will both help to move me into the early evening. Bob’s Full House is probably my favourite Monkhouse quiz show (“in bingo lingo clickity click, it’s time to take your pick of the six”) and The Paul Daniels Magic Show has always appealed. Although hand on heart, this wasn’t his strongest Christmas show as a little too much time was spent on the Snow White finale (which was a showcase for the lovely Debbie McGee and rather light on magic). Still, it’s nice to see Sooty make an appearance.
Next up is ‘Allo ‘Allo! It’s the one featuring the pill in the till (and the candle with the handle on the gateaux from the chateaux). Late night I’ll tape Strangers on a Train, so all in all that’s a pretty full BBC1 lineup.
Over on ITV, I’ll tape Coronation Street – The First Twenty Five Years. It’s a decent enough doco, although since it only runs for an hour it can only scratch the surface of the series (and I could have done without the various talking heads picking their favourite moments and characters). ITV also has a big movie premiere – Who Dares Wins – which will also be going on the VCR.