TV: Lost Christmas

Posted on December 24, 2011

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Over the last few month’s of writing this column, it occurs to me that I have acknowledged that I am grumpy-face, a sourpuss and clearly the owner of the world’s greatest sense of sarcasm. There is a time of year however where I throw all of these personality traits, endearing as they obviously are, to one side and lighten the chuff up. As you can probably guess, that time is Christmas, and I bloody love it. So, read on, and know me better, man! ….Sorry.
Away from all the religion versus consumerism debating and posturing, I believe that the festive period (lets just stick to calling it Christmas, eh?) is a time for families and friends to see each other often and to enjoy each other’s company just that little bit more. Having worked several torturous years in retail however, I am fully aware that not everybody shares my mulled-wine and tinsel view of the season, but hey, each to their own/ I’ll carry on trying to enjoy Christmas to my own rose-tinted standards and you can continue harassing bored and skint shop assistants.
For many years now though television has taken it’s place alongside tinsel and mince pies as an integral part of the festive experience. Specialist Christmas programming, which started with the Queen’s annual address to the nation being televised, has now, through luminaries such as Morcambe and Wise, mutated into the unstoppable juggernaut of TV scheduling. Its nigh-on impossible to even pull a Christmas cracker without elbowing somebody’s Christmas special right in the baubles.
Whether or not Christmas specials have gotten out of hand is a debate for another time (look forward to that column in 2012) but there certainly is a lot of chaff outgrowing the wheat these days; not every quiz show and chat show should automatically receive a Christmas special. Thankfully though there is always the odd one-off or piece of programming to compliment the the season’s established big hitters like Doctor Who (and this year’s other likely ratings smash, Downton Abbey), and this year’s winter warmer was an unlikely little afternoon drama on BBC One.
Lost Christmas, shown in the afternoon of December 18th was produced by CBBC but featured incredibly adult themes of loss, change, redemption death and, er, time travel, and also featured spot on performances from Eddie Izzard and young unknown Larry Mills. To say too much about the plot would spoil it, but like all the best Christmas tales it’s melencholic, dark and ultimately uplifting (its a tad corny at the end, but hey, it’s also a massively adult film for a CBBC production).
So, if you’ve got kids (or not) and iPlayer, settle down with the mulled wine and enjoy something a bit dark and different while it’s still online. Hopefully it’ll become a fixture for a good few years yet.
Oh, and have a Merry Christmas.
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