SO how did you spend this Christmas and New Year?
Gorging on booze and chocolate? Making your way through some new books and DVD box sets?
One thing you probably didn’t do this festive season was sit in front of the TV, entranced by hour after hour of quality entertainment.
I’m sure I’m not the only person to notice that this year’s Christmas television was the poorest in memory.
Now granted, I’m not a huge telly addict. But each year there are usually a few Christmas specials which I make the effort to watch.
Not this time. Day after day I flicked to the Examiner’s TV pages to see what delights awaited me. And day after day I was disappointed by the tired offerings.
The only programme I made a point of watching over Christmas was Match of the Day. The rest of the Christmas schedule was dominated by repeats and retrospectives.
Yes, I enjoyed watching the documentary about Les Dawson’s life on BBC2 on Christmas Eve. But not as much as I enjoyed watching it when it was first broadcast a few years ago.
There’s nothing wrong with a few repeats, but the evening before Christmas? When did that become OK?
Are you a Morecambe and Wise fan with amnesia? Then you would have loved this year’s Christmas TV, because the dynamic duo were rarely off the screen.
It was the same story over on ITV1 where schedulers pulled out all the stops on New Year’s Eve by treating us to The Nation’s Favourite Bee Gees Song in the run-up to midnight – in case you missed it a few weeks ago.
I won’t spoil it for you by telling you which of the Gibbs brothers’ masterpieces came out on top.
You can find out for yourself next Christmas.