A short summary of some of the Christmas telly this season (apart from Great Expectations which is still on the DVR)
Outnumbered: Lame. I don’t know if there is going to be another series, but it just isn’t particularly funny anymore. And it used to be brilliant. That makes me sad.
Absolutely Fabulous (First Episode): Surprisingly good although lots of misjudged jokes especially at the outset. Great cameo by Sofie Grabol (Sarah Lund) in the first episode.
Agatha Christie’s Poirot: The Clocks: Really good. Lots of suspense from the start. An interesting use of the cast that included Lesley Sharp, Tessa Peake-Jones, Anna Massey, Geoffrey Palmer, Jaime Winstone, Russell Tovey’s girlfriend in Being Human, and Phil Daniels.
The Big Fat Quiz of the Year: The success of this depends on the casting – and this was not as good as previous years.
Top Gear: India: I only ever watch their Christmas specials but this felt off. Maybe I’ve been watching too much Stewart Lee and reading too much of The Guardian, but I just wanted to smack Clarkson and The Hamster throughout the programme. It was far too scripted, but not funny or informative.
The Angelos Neil Epithemiou Show: A whole show for the Burger-Van comedy creation from Shooting Stars‘ Dan Skinner. The new 11 o’Clock Show for Channel 4? Although he let himself be outshone by ‘Gupta’ (Adeel Akhtar (see Four Lions)).
Charlie Brooker’s 2011 Wipe: Brilliant. Charlie Brooker excels in this format. Because “2011 was more like an end of season finale for all of mankind”. Forget all those other end of year reviews and ‘best ofs’, just watch this. Watch it. Now.
I’ve thoroughly gorged on telly and chocolates this Christmas. Earthflight was a gorgeous programme, lots of good films have been on, there’s been some quite good animation, and there’s been too much Stephen Fry. It seems like the best programmes have been reserved for the New Year instead of Christmas this time around, so looking forward to more feasting over the coming weeks.