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10 Christmas TV shows to circle in the Radio Times

20 December 2012 1:39 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Odd List Louisa Mellor Dec 20, 2012

We’ve put a spotlight on some of the UK Christmas telly specials you won’t want to miss this festive season…

You know that pub conversation we’ve all had, the one about what you’d show an alien race on the brink of wiping out planet Earth to convince them we are essentially a well-meaning, productive, and often beautiful species that deserves to live? No contest: a Christmas issue of the Radio Times.

In 1969, an astronaut walked on the moon and someone thought up the Christmas Radio Times, both of them landmarks of brilliant stuff achieved by humans. They must have been thinner then - not astronauts, copies of the Radio Times - back when there were fewer TV channels than there are now Shrek films.

Between the covers of that hefty double edition sits the industry and imagination of generations. It »

- louisamellor

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Comedy box sets to ward off the gloom

3 August 2012 5:45 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

There's no better way to cheer yourself up over a cold, wet weekend than to hunker down with a classic comedy series

Oh look, it's raining again. The economy is down the pan. The nights are drawing in. But that week of summer we fleetingly experienced was brilliant, wasn't it? There is no better way of cheering yourself up over a cold, wet weekend than hunkering down with a comedy box set. Work your way through these five chuckle-cluttered classics – detailed below in no particular order – all of which should stand up to multiple watches. By the time you emerge the economy will probably still be down the pan, but the sun might possibly be putting in an appearance. Possibly.

The Office – Special Edition Box Set

While The Office made a splash when it aired in 2001, many thought it would date, particularly as the mockumentary format quickly became well-trodden TV terrain. »

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