The first weekend of December is always a traditional kick-start to the festive period. The advent calendar openings are underway, the decorations come out of the attic, half the population charges in one panicking mass to the nearest shopping centre while the other half swear loudly in unison at faulty little fairy light bulbs.
And, increasingly over the past few years, it's also the weekend when all the tabloids and Sundays race to be the first to publish their Christmas TV guides. "Don't miss your free Christmas TV guide in this week's Sunday News of the People in the Mirror
" cry the Friday night TV adverts, as if your Christmas would just collapse without these essential 8 pages of print.
So, with some eagerness, I took a look through Saturday's guide in the Sun
. But it looks as though something has gone horribly wrong with the scheduling as BBC1 and ITV1 have somewhat embarassingly both elected to show the same movie at 3.10 on Christmas Day. Never heard of it myself but it's called "To Be Announced". (This one??
Whatever it is, I guess it must be quite major because both channels are showing numerous shows of the same name in the run up to it on Christmas Day. I'm also particularly looking forward to the ITV1 Boxing Day drama "To Be Announced" and New Year's Day on BBC1 looks great with a double-bill of "To Be Announced" followed by a repeat of the movie "To Be Announced" (must be good if they're showing it twice).
The question, of course, is why do all the papers rush out these guides before they actually know what's going to be on? I appreciate it's a small detail to know the actual programme titles are as well as the timings, but it would be useful.
But I guess the real disappointment is still yet to come - when we pick up this year's Christmas Radio Times
, get the complete rundown of what's on the telly and wish that they really were showing "To Be Announced" instead.~~steve~~www.tellytunes.com