christmas 2009 tv top ten

By the way, you can see the Morecambe and Wise 1973 special on Boxing Day at 9:10pm on BBC Two.

We’re a strange bunch, the British. In most countries around the world, television plays virtually no part in Christmas tradition. While TV stations in most other countries fill their Yuletide schedules with repeats, old movies and very little else, the Christmas special is something we’ve all grown up with over here, from Morecambe and Wise to The Office. We seem to plan our entire Christmas Day around the big programmes which get many millions of viewers, often some of the biggest audiences of the year. Every December up and down the country we would buy the bumper two-week Radio Times and start highlighting programmes in a complicated colour coded system… oh, was that just me?

So, what’s in store for us this year? I’ve picked out ten highlights from the festive schedules you should try not to miss. Click on to the next page to continue reading…

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