Christmas TV Season – Last Downton, Victorian Sherlock, Mr & Mrs Who? & Midwife!
The supermatket ‘seasonal’ isles have been growing for months. Most towns hold the Christmas lights off till after Armistice Day and Christmas jingles are best kept till December.
Is it the right time to talk about the Christmas TV schedule? At Digital Direct Aerials we are already seeing the seasonal switch with more large screen installations and extra points for multiroom in addition to TV aerials repairs and installations. Indeed the engineers are already working flat out so now would be a great time to book your viewing upgrade ready for Christmas.
Well, the arrival of the Christmas Preview Radio Times has triggered this post.
The Last Downton Abbey and Call the Midwife
How will the various loose ends be tidied up? Well one thing that has been irritating me has been the glitch at the start of the theme tune. This has been the UK’s Sunday theme tune, a signal to get the cuppa in place and settle into our seats. We always watched a bit behind to skip most of the Ads but we always run the titles through. It seems that the music has been scored for every episode and recorded by the Chamber Orchestra of London. The final episode’s music was put ‘in the can’ at the Abbey Road studios.
Midwife has moved on to Christmas 1960. Another bleak Christmas? We know that the BBC are in town to record a carol concert for an early outside broadcast and there will be babies.
Mr & Mrs Who? Sherlock back in Victorian Setting?
Clara gone? The Doctor Who Christmas special sees the return of River Song. Steven Moffat speculated that he may never write for The Doctor again so this Alex Kitson episode could be a good goodbye to the series. Meanwhile Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman are whisked back to an original Victorian-era Sherloch Holmes snowy ghost tale.
Early Christmas at Mottram Hall, What’s Happening?
What is happening in the photo above? Back in late September I woke and looked out of my hotel bedroom window to see a snowy scene. A film crew aided by Snowboy system’s snow machine were filming a family group walking through a winter scene. We were on the lookout among the Christmas TV Ads and thought we seen all the likely candidates. Then we saw the PayPal Ad and spotted the two boys and the snow scene in what is said to be one of the more controversial Ads this year. Given the age of the youngest boy you can see why that crisp sunny September morning was perfect for the shoot as they had to walk that path dozens of times in their winter coats.
Now how did that picture of Luke in his Christmas hat get in?