We've had to search around for good things but couldn't miss The Royle Family, everyone singing inanely in the car, the satnav dishing out the instructions and Sue Johnson as Barb pipes up from the back seat,
'Isn't it amazing how that woman knows where we're going when we only decided for ourselves on Friday.'
Priceless and unbeatable every year.
Today's book seems about right for the moment, the hysterically funny Shouting at the Telly Rants and Raves about TV by writers, comedians and viewers edited by John Grindrod, and this one is a wry trip down memory lane as well as a look at what's out there today.
Remember Howards' Way?
'...people in pastel clothes having extra-marital affairs and debating the pros and cons of fibreglass boat design. Whole scenes could consist of someone giving a flipchart presentation about tank-testing a lightweight catamaran.'
I could hum the theme tune if someone could give me the first three notes.
Everything gets an airing from Dallas...Lucy, the Poison Dwarf, 'even her fiance avoided her, preferring to stay in a coma' to Corrie and Deirdre's glasses...'the Hubble Space Telescopes' plus lots of hilarious takes on programmes you will have forgotten about but will quickly remember.
The only connection I can make to the theme of French Hens is a reference to The Good Life and Tom and Barbara's chickens and yes I had a pair of dungarees the same as Felicity Kendall's too. Did you see the now annual repeat of the Christmas special with the hand-knitted jumpers the size of billowing spinnakers for Margo and Jerry and they'd bought Tom and Barbara a cow.
My thanks to Faber (and Faber) for four copies of Shouting at the Telly all needing good homes.
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