Top 5 UK TV Shows You’ve Got to Watch This Christmas – December 2017

 

5 UK TV Shows Christmas 2017
Which Christmas shows are your favourite? We talk about some of ours this coming festive season.

Christmas is a time for laughter, fun, and to watch your favourite TV show Christmas special. Let’s face it, would Christmas really be the best time of the year if you couldn’t cuddle up on Christmas day night, have a hot chocolate, and watch the TV. Christmas is all about coming together to share moments you won’t forget. It’s pretty obvious but TV companies know this and make the most of it by bringing out some of the best shows of the year that get everyone talking. From our favourite time-lord regenerating with a new body and face to the hilarious, classic episodes of Gavin and Stacey. Nothing beats Christmas TV, and that’s exactly why we’ve put together some of best TV shows you simply can’t miss this Christmas.

Even if you don’t watch these shows throughout the year, it’s worth relaxing on the best night of the year (for many families!) and flicking on the TV to that beloved channel. Well, because what else would you expect from a British TV but be the best around? It’s why it’s loved everywhere. So, get on your Christmas jumper and strap yourself onto the Christmas train as we discuss a list of TV shows you can’t miss for Christmas in 2017.

Doctor Who

It might be on for most of the year, but the BBC just keep adding more and more twists every year during their Christmas special. From the Darek’s reappearing (like we didn’t know they would anyway!) to the Doctor getting lost in an awkward part of history. This drama is definitely one that will add some mystery, fun and humour to your Christmas Day. It’s such a family-friendly show too, so you don’t need to worry if the kids are around. This year, Doctor Who’s Christmas special sees the departure of the twelfth doctor, Peter Capaldi has been on the show for exactly 4 years and the introduction of the first ever female doctor, Jodie Whittaker. As much as the change will be a big one for the show, it doesn’t make it any less exciting for fans! This episode is set to see the Doctor pairing up with the very first Doctor (now played by David Bradley) to escape the Arctic snowscape. It will air at 5:30 pm on BBC1 on Christmas Day (25th December 2017), and it’s definitely one you can’t miss.

Call the Midwife

Call the Midwife has quite quickly become one of the nation’s favourite TV show with their heart-breaking, dramatic Christmas specials becoming a tradition. It returns again for the fifth year and with even more snow than every other year! Set to tell the story of the ‘Big Freeze’ of 1962/1963, which was one of the coldest winters ever on record for the United Kingdom, the characters must withstand the blizzardy conditions and conquer the coldness despite bringing the beloved London to a complete halt, they must deliver babies left right and centre whilst plans start to be severely disrupted. It’s completely different to last years episode (which was set in South Africa) but this year it will feel even more festive as it’s set with lots of snow. This national treasure is set to air at 7:40 pm on BBC1 on Christmas Day of 2017. You might miss it, but we certainly wouldn’t recommend it.

Gavin and Stacey

Would it even be Christmas if the Gavin and Stacey Christmas special isn’t on our TV’s at least 3 times? The show might not be currently airing new episodes but that doesn’t stop us comedy TV lovers watching this Christmas special every year! If you’ve never seen this, then you’re definitely missing out. It’s Christmas Eve and the Wests are joining the Shipman’s for Mick’s famous turkey dinners, Gavin and Stacey make an announcement that doesn’t exactly fill everyone with joy and a lot of other stuff seems to happen. Although it’s from 2008, the show still airs every year including this year on Christmas Eve (24th December 2017) at 5:00 pm and also on Christmas Day at 7:40 pm, that’s probably just in case you missed it! It’s a hilarious comedy that you surely can’t miss to get everyone in the spirit this festive period.

Snow Bears

If you’ve been an avid watcher of Blue Planet II this year then this documentary is right up your street and you’ve got to be warned, it’ll be cuteness overload. It’s a one-off documentary about baby polar bears and their families, whilst staying pretty light-hearted (it’s family friendly) this show will definitely get everyone in the festive mood, as well as maybe make you want to go and adopt a polar bear immediately! As well as the beloved polar bears, we’ll get to see walruses, arctic foxes and even reindeer on our screen during this Christmas one-off. It’s a must for all animal lovers out there, just to see these beautiful creatures in their natural habitats and keep the festivities going on Boxing Day. It airs at 6:30 pm on BBC1 on the 26th December, so how could you miss this? I mean, who wouldn’t want to venture to the North Pole to see these little fluffy white bears?

The Highway Rat

Something a lot more child and family-friendly this Christmas is the animated adventure of a funny, mischievous rat (voiced by David Tennant), a slightly crazy squirrel (voiced by Tom Hollander) and a super girly duck (voiced by Nina Sosanya) as they all want lots of sweeties. It’s a half an hour special that will leave the kids laughing after their delicious Christmas dinner and is sure to tickle the adults a little too. The show is perfect for anyone who loved the ‘Stick Man’ as both shows have the same producer. The show is an adaptation of the popular children’s book by Julia Davidson and airs right before the kid’s bedtime – airing at 4:45 pm on Christmas Day on BBC1. It’s set to be one of the best, family Christmas TV specials on this year so if you’re looking for something to relax too after everyone is stuffed off the turkey, you can always try this!

 

First Impressions of The Apprentice 2017

 

First Impressions of The Apprentice 2017

This year the fiery contestants on Lord Sugar’s TV show The Apprentice are competing for a £250,000 investment from the millionaire himself. He’s obviously expecting them to turn his money into a lot more in the long term but the initial money is a lot. It is evident from the previous years that not all the candidates have made back how much Lord Sugar requires but the contestants this year are coming back with the biggest bang ever. After the first episode aired at the start of this month, we’ve now had some time to reflect on this year’s show and everything that has already started happening. In case you’re not updated yet, one contestant has already been fired. That’s Danny Grant, a 32-year-old online retail store owner from Kent. Although he claimed that he was honest and straight forward, also stating that he can get on people’s nerves as “the truth is hard to hear” well, the truth is Danny, you’ve already been fired.

The other contestants look very passionate and promising though. They include; Joanna Jarjue, aged 23 who is a digital marketing manager from Manchester. Elliot Van Emden, aged 31 who is a legal firm owner who lives in London. Siobhan Smith, a 34-year-old wedding company owner who is also from London and 14 others. The new candidates are never safe though, and Lord Sugar made sure that no one was under the wrong illusion. The programme runs for around 12 weeks and the show starts with 18 candidates, that’s more than one person getting the dreaded ‘you’re fired’ line every week. We might be graced with a double whammy one week or even a triple one if Lord Sugar is prepared to go back to his strict and stern ways of business. We definitely expect nothing less than the best from this year’s show, especially with a potential of the contestants, Karren Brady and Claude Littner working for the boss of course Lord Sugar, and then The Apprentice legend himself, Lord Alan Sugar.

Make sure you’ve got your eyes peeled for the shows every week as they will be airing at 9pm on Wednesdays on BBC one, they will be put onto the catch-up iPlayer later on in case you aren’t up to date (if so, sorry about the spoiler earlier!). The show's spin-off ‘The Apprentice: You’re Fired’ also airs on BBC Two at 10pm on the same day if you just find yourself wanting more. If you’re unfortunate enough to not live in the UK or you’re away on holiday and can’t stand being away from your favourite programme (because who doesn’t LOVE The Apprentice?) then you can always use our trusty site to watch your programmes including this!

What are your thoughts on this year’s show? Have you already got a few in mind who you think will go far with Lord Sugar or are you unsure? We love knowing what you think so share, comment and debate what you think this year will bring!

 

Battle of The Soap Operas

 

Everyone loves a good soap opera, they're one of the most shown TV programmes on British TV these days. Soaps are essentially our daily life blown 10 times out of proportion. They're based on real life and follow the journey of multiple people and families during their life. Some of them have been going as long as 50 years or more whilst there are some newer ones. There are always debates and battles about which of these soap operas is the best, which ones are worthy of awards and which ones people are hating. Personal preference is a huge factor when considering the battle of the soap operas but the facts do show for themselves. Before we get into the juicy bits, do you have a preference? The main titles we'll be talking about is Coronation Street, East Enders, Emmerdale and Hollyoaks. Despite other soap operas coming and going through the years, these are the ones everyone knows about and either loves or hates. The beauty of soap operas is that you can think one is the best thing to ever come onto your TV then you can hate the other one with all your heart. It's TV and that's what makes it great.

Coronation Street

A nations favourite, the ITV evening programme started on a cold December night around 57 years ago. At the time, none of the other soaps were around to compete so it was a people favourite for many years. It's set in a fictional town called Weatherfield which is meant to be in the inner city of Salford in the North West of the UK. The cast is made up of around 100 members, 70 of those being regulars and the other 30 being recurring cast with or some without names. These cast members can portray so many different characters who all have completely different backgrounds. Whilst some are narcissistic and nasty others are fun-loving and confident with lots to offer the storylines. Over the last 57 years of being in production, this soap opera has won 98 awards (as of 4th October 2017) which include titles such as best actor, couple, and episode.

Even though this programme is the longest-serving it isn't everyone favourite. There have been some very bad storylines over the last 50+ years but there have similarly been good storylines. This includes the equally as hateable/loveable characters that come with these storylines, but we'll tackle the depths of this programme later.

EastEnders

Possibly the next best competitor to the longest running soap opera in history is good, old EastEnders. They have a lot fewer wrinkles than Coronation Street as the soap has only been running for 32 years. It's also a completely different setting, taking place in the South of the UK in a small town called Watford. The programmes are also on rival channels with EastEnders broadcasting on BBC 1 most weekdays whilst taking up similar controversial storylines. EastEnders tackles controversial topics like intermarital rape, transphobic bullying and love affairs. The cast is slightly smaller than Coronation Street as it tends to focus more on certain characters in certain storylines. There are 58 regulars whilst there are 36 recurring characters and 4 named extras making the cast a total of 98.

EastEnders always make sure they do their research on storylines and try to use real-life examples to base their stories on making them very realistic. Although it's only been running for just over 30 years it has won around 365 awards in that time (as of 4th October 2017.) This makes it the most popular, award-winning soap opera of them all. Whether that means it's a winner for us is another question. The programme has dealt with some of the most loved characters in TV history like Alfie Moon and some of the worst, villain characters like Dennis Rickman and Archie Mitchell.

Emmerdale

Taking it back to ITV again, this 45-year-old soap opera is a much-loved favourite in the North. Emmerdale is set in the Yorkshire Dales on a fictional farm. Although it's younger than Coronation Street people have seemed to love this soap opera just a bit more, family orientated and focusing on families that live in and on the farm. The show is all about unity and a lot of the time breaking it. It's the smallest cast out of the previous two talked about with only 55 regular characters and 32 recurring cast members making it only 87 cast currently involved. The history of the show includes many characters being killed off by friends, lovers and sometimes their own family. What makes Emmerdale unique to other soap operas is the individuality every character has, even though they are part of a family unit – all the characters have a part to play.

Instead of focusing on individual characters or families like EastEnders and Coronation Street do, Emmerdale includes the all the cast. This can be a bad thing or a good one, bad because sometimes storylines are hard to follow when there is a lot of them. Missing one episode could mean you're sat through the next wondering what on earth is going on. However, it's also good in the sense that the cast has a lot of diversity amongst the characters and something that separates them from each other. Since its first broadcast in the early 1970's, it has managed to pick up 89 awards including best actor/actress, best newcomer and best continuing drama (as of 4th October 2017.) Yet, does it really win it for us as the audience and biggest critiques?

Hollyoaks

This soap opera is very much still in the limelight with the fact that it's the youngest out of all the soaps and the biggest hit with the younger generation. Hollyoaks only broadcast for the first time in October of 1995 but despite its mistakes and storyline errors, it has been able to actively strive to be the best soap opera for over 20 years. This Channel 4 programme has stolen the hearts of so many people through its love triangles, deaths, and births. Not only is it the youngest of all the soap operas, it also has the smallest cast of only approximately 50 main characters and 19 recurring cast members. Equalling 69 cast members throughout the show, this has been lower and higher in the past but as of 2017, this is the number!

Filmed and set in a suburb of Chester called Hollyoaks, the show follows many young and old people throughout their journeys in life. The ups and downs are all documented through the cameras and it's arguably the most realistic of all the soap operas discussed. It's won a grand total of 71 awards in the 22 years it's been running and for a relatively new show, that's rather impressive (as of 4th October 2017.)

Characters and Storylines

Throughout the years of all the soap operas being on the air we have loved characters and storylines whilst we have hated them. A lot of the anticipation of the shows is that people have a love or hatred for a certain character or actor themselves. There are the characters we hate because they're evil, vindictive, and narcissistic. Whilst other we don't like purely because they're played by awful actors. Whatever your reason, every show aims to please but it doesn't always succeed. Producers and directors want their audience to really feel the energy of the characters and they do this by using a variety of methods. From Coronation Street's villain Richard Hillman to Hollyoaks much loved Max Cunningham, some characters couldn't be more apart in personality and likeability.

The best characters are both good and bad, this is more of a reflection of how well the characters are played and portrayed rather than whether we like the character or not. Whereas the worst characters are good or evil but are played by lesser liked actors or actors we don't quite like as much. In Coronation street, many people have a love for Roy Cropper and Sophie Webster as they're both good characters and actors meaning they really make the onscreen experience for the user a good one. Whereas the best, bad characters ever are arguably Tracey Barlow and Richard Hillman. All of these ‘good' actors play characters that have had intense storylines in the past and continue too, to this day yet the worst characters (such as Rosie Webster and Kylie's ex-boyfriend Callum) are awful to watch on screen. It's kind of ironic how Rosie and Sophie are both sisters in the show but they're completely different, to the point where Rosie isn't liked by the public who watch Corrie and Sophie is. Perhaps it's down to their storylines then? Quite possibly.

Some of East Enders most famous storylines have shocked their viewers, like the time when Dirty Den came back from the dead (we didn't approve of this either) or the Sean Slater and Roxy love story (including their gorgeous wedding which stole the hearts of everyone.) It's all about the character portraying their storylines to make them even better than they are written and that takes a very skilled actor. Emmerdale is another soap that focuses on storylines a lot since the show is very family-orientated as everyone seems to either be related, together or know each other it always makes the storylines even more exciting. In terms of the best and the worst storylines in Emmerdale, that's debatable. Possibly the best three storylines have been the who killed Tom King? Story, Ashley Thomas's dementia and the Woolpack Siege. They're the ones who made us cry a little more than the usual. Whilst we (the audience) found ourselves hating the who attacked Cain? Story, Holly Barton's death and the village fire.

Hollyoaks focuses more on the building of their characters as they love to produce storylines that are hard-hitting and modern. They are the newest and youngest soap opera and often it's found they work hard to create modern, and relatable characters as well as storylines so they can approach a completely different audience than all of the others, what makes Hollyoaks different is that they succeed and that's why their audience is typically a lot younger than the other shows. Characters such as Tony Hutchinson and Max Cunningham have stolen our hearts whilst divas and bad girls Lauren Valentine and Theresa McQueen have completely made us hate everything about the soap.

The point is, every soap tries their hardest to get ratings and get new people watching their show. Eventually, that's what it all comes down too, ratings. In the last 5 years, Coronation Street has seen their show decreasing in view dramatically, especially between 2012 and 2013. Since 2012 the show has decreased by over 2 million viewers (who watch most/every night.) However, East Enders has only been rising. The Christmas day episode in 2012 got a staggering 9.4 million viewers (as a one-off, obviously) but the show has still been doing extremely well compared to Coronation Street with there being a 3.5 million increase of viewers from 2012 (till the end of 2016.) Emmerdale is much like East Enders as their ratings have been on the rise for the past 5 years with their average viewings dipping between years. Ultimately, they have had a rise of around 6 hundred thousand in since 2012 till now in 2017. Hollyoaks ratings haven't been released so we can only assume what we will, but my point is that ratings can go either way. It's all do to with the storylines, characters and how well the show engages and relates to the audience.

The real question is, what show is the best? After all, it's the battle of the soap operas. Personally, it would be too hard to call but we want to know what you think. Do you have characters you hate with a passion who appear in these programmes? Do you know the secrets of how much each show is making? It doesn't matter if you don't, what you think is what we want to know! Let us know in the comments, and on our Facebook page how you feel, even if soap operas aren't your thing. Even if you've been an avid soap opera watcher for over 30 years and you've seen it all. We want to know!

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Naked Attraction: Is It the WORST dating show ever?

Since airing in 2016 on Channel 4, Naked Attraction has rapidly become one of the most popular shows on TV. Perhaps it’s the controversy of everyone on the show getting naked at some point. (except the presenter!) or maybe it’s just how unique the setup is. If you weren’t aware it is a reality dating show that is presented by Anna Richardson. The basic principle of the show is for a fully-clothed person to choose between six naked people who bodies and faces are revealed in parts. The person must whittle the six down to two then get undressed themselves and choose one of the others. The two then go on a date the following day. During the filming of the show, it can take up to 12 hours to complete it so everyone on the show must go around with another person.

The show inspiration came from the US version of a similar name that got discontinued. The difference is though being that we actually show the naked bodies on TV whilst the American blurred out the ‘naughty’ bits. What it comes down to really is the question of, are Brits obsessed with dating and crazy reality TV shows that show naked bodies? From Love Island to Big Brother and now this? There’s becoming a regular popularity of shows that showcase nudity and sex. 1.4 million viewers tuned into the start of the new series that aired in June this year which is better than Big Brother which only managed to get 1.2 million. Topping them all is Love Island’s first show this year which came in at 1.8 million viewers which is around 3% of the UK tuning in to see it.

You may be disgusted by those naked figures but the fact of the matter is, these types of shows bring viewers and that’s essentially money for the company who make it and the channel that air it.

Is Naked Attraction the WORST TV reality dating show ever? Well, the statistics show that it’s probably one of the most popular but when you research it on the internet there is nothing but bad reviews. However, if look more closely at other shows like the soaps and Sherlock it doesn’t even come close to their views. East Enders get a regular 5.2 million most nights whilst DIY SOS wins the 9 pm slot with 4.4 million. From a viewing point of view, there is a lot more interesting plots behind the shows that get more viewers but it’s still shocking the number of people that view it. Why do people still watch the show after two series where it’s the same layout every show? Doesn’t it get boring? Well as a personal viewer of Naked Attraction I can tell you, it’s not all knobbly and wobbly bits…

Despite the debut episode of the show showing an average of five penises and two vaginas a minute, it’s not classed as exploitative nudity (despite the complaints) which practically means anything can be shown on TV now. Is this just a media stunt or do they really want to entice viewers with naked bodies? Do other shows compare to this utterly ridiculous show or is it really one of a kind? The fact that it’s already on its second series in under a year just shows its popularity.

Do you watch Naked Attraction or shows like it? Let us know what you think of the whole ‘naked’ ordeal. Is it your cup of tea or does it make you spit it out? Are movie romances more of your thing or are you glad that our modern society is turning more towards being body confident naked? Personally, I think it’s a rather controversial ordeal…

Bruce Forsyth Dies Peacefully at Home Aged 89.

Bruce Forsyth Dies Aged 89 Image
Bruce Forsyth Dies Aged 89 Dies Peacefully at home at the Age of 89

 

Britain's most well-known and experienced TV entertainer, Bruce Forsyth, dies at home 89 following previous ill health from a chest infection. His family friends and fans pay tribute to him online.

Bruce Forsyth has been one of the most recognisable faces as a presenter on UK TV for 3 generations. Whether you were watching him in the 50s or since the millennium you will know him as one of the most lively and funny personalities in broadcasting.

Known for his smart dressing, dancing and snappy one-liners such as the iconic, "Nice to see you, to see you nice!". He will be remembered as much for his catch-phrases as he will be for being the star of British programming for several decades. 

His first big TV show was Saturday Night at the Palladium and he just got more and more successful and wealthier right up to recent times when he was the frontman of Strictly Come Dancing. His unique brand of charisma and laughter on our screens will be sorely missed by all real British TV fans.

 

Social Media Reacts to the Death of Bruce Forsyth.

People close to him and from all over the world are taking to social media to express their gratitude and condolences.

 

Ant and Deck, 2 of his closest friends and colleagues remember the good times with him.

 

 

Fans from Twitter sharing a classic episode of The Price is Right. The Show that rocketed him mega-stardom.

Bruce never stopped working it seemed. People remembering his work effect.

Alf Garnet's account. Bruce was also a sports lover.

And of course, we can always trust the BBC to make a great remembrance video.

 

What are your favorite shows that he presented? Let us know below in the comments.