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Boards Top TV Christmas Special

  • 16-04-2021 8:11am
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    Moderators, Recreation & Hobbies Moderators Posts: 26,589 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Posy


    Okay, let's talk Christmas TV!

    Nominate and discuss- the good, the bad, and the awful. :D


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  • Registered Users Posts: 15,483 ✭✭✭✭ odyssey06


    The Snowman

    And not expecting these to win... more suggestions for people looking for content :)

    Robbie the Reindeer - Hooves of Fire

    Vicar of Dibley - The Christmas Lunch Incident

    Porridge - No Way Out

    Bernard & The Genie - a once off BBC movie starring Rowan Atkinson, Alan Cumming and Lenny Henry

    Blackadder Christmas Carol

    Merry Christmas Mr Bean

    Rising Damp Christmas Special: For the Man Who Has Everything (1975)

    Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads - 1974 Special Christmas Edition
    (this was the last TV episode of the series)


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,720 ✭✭✭ TRS30


    Posy wrote: »
    Okay, let's talk Christmas TV!

    Nominate and discuss- the good, the bad, and the awful. :D

    Clarification- set at Christmas or just called a 'Christmas Special'?? :D


  • Registered Users Posts: 7,696 ✭✭✭ DvB


    Gavin & Stacey 2009
    Gavin & Stacey 2019
    Only Fools & Horses - The Jolly Boys outing
    Father Ted
    "I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year" - Charles Dickens




  • Registered Users Posts: 5,720 ✭✭✭ TRS30


    'allo 'allo'- 'A bun in the Oven'
    Porridge- 'No Way Out'
    The Two Ronnies Christmas Special 1987
    Only Fool & Horses- Jolly Boys Outing
    The Royal Family- 'The new sofa'


    I'll think of some more later.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,992 ✭✭✭ CheerLouth


    There were a few Doctor Who Christmas specials that were good....must look up the episode titles


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  • Registered Users Posts: 15,483 ✭✭✭✭ odyssey06


    Some people like a ghost story for Christmas, how about a little murder?

    Hercule Poirot's Christmas starring David Suchet, aired on Christmas Day 1994.

    * And yes, this was set at Christmas. Murder doesn't stop for Christmas!


  • Registered Users Posts: 7,696 ✭✭✭ DvB


    The snowman
    The snowman & the snowdog
    "I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year" - Charles Dickens




  • Registered Users Posts: 4,065 ✭✭✭ otnomart


    - Downton Abbey - 2011
    - Gavin and Stacey - 2019
    - Royle Family - 1999
    - Two Doors Down - 2020


  • Moderators, Business & Finance Moderators, Recreation & Hobbies Moderators Posts: 21,335 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Loughc


    Right here goes....

    Father Christmas
    The Snowman

    The US Office - "Christmas Party"
    The UK Office - Christmas Specials

    Modern Family - "Undeck The Halls"

    Gavin & Stacey 2009
    Gavin & Stacey 2019

    Parks and Recreation – Christmas Scandal
    Peep Show – Seasonal Beatings
    The Royle Family – Christmas Special 1999
    Malcolm in the Middle – Christmas
    Only Fools and Horses – Christmas Crackers
    Mr. Bean – Merry Christmas Mr. Bean
    Father Ted – A Christmassy Ted
    Brooklyn Nine-Nine's 'Yipee Kayak'


  • Registered Users Posts: 15,483 ✭✭✭✭ odyssey06


    In the awful category... the legendary Star Wars Holiday Special 1978


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  • Moderators, Recreation & Hobbies Moderators Posts: 26,589 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Posy


    TRS30 wrote: »
    Clarification- set at Christmas or just called a 'Christmas Special'?? :D
    I imagine anything called a Christmas special would go. But, as I said in another thread, I could never understand setting a Christmas special during another time of year. I remember a Downton Abbey special was set in the summer, and viewers were outraged!


  • Registered Users Posts: 7,696 ✭✭✭ DvB


    Posy wrote: »
    I imagine anything called a Christmas special would go. But, as I said in another thread, I could never understand setting a Christmas special during another time of year. I remember a Downton Abbey special was set in the summer, and viewers were outraged!

    It's almost up there with Christmas adverts not having anything to do with Christmas!!
    "I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year" - Charles Dickens




  • Registered Users Posts: 5,720 ✭✭✭ TRS30


    DvB wrote: »
    It's almost up there with Christmas adverts not having anything to do with Christmas!!

    Or Christmas movies with nothing about Christmas in them!!


  • Registered Users Posts: 7,696 ✭✭✭ DvB


    TRS30 wrote: »
    Or Christmas movies with nothing about Christmas in them!!

    Pet hate territory!!
    "I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year" - Charles Dickens




  • Registered Users Posts: 8,742 ✭✭✭ Caranica


    Absolutely Fabulous 2002
    Absolutely Fabulous 2004
    Absolutely Fabulous 2011 (Parts 1&2)
    Absolutely Fabulous Cold Turkey


  • Registered Users Posts: 21,239 ✭✭✭✭ Autosport


    Downtown Abbey
    Call the Midwife


  • Registered Users Posts: 15,483 ✭✭✭✭ odyssey06


    Not sure if the Box of Delights would count... it was a chrismas special but a mini series.
    There were 6 episodes with the finale airing christmas eve - as the plot reached its climax at midnight mass.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Box_of_Delights_(TV_series)


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,351 ✭✭✭ Littlehorny


    The Office UK Christmas special.
    The two Gavin and Stacy Christmas specials.
    The early Only Fools and Horses Christmas episodes.
    Celebrity Juice put on a few Christmas editions.
    The Late Late Toy Show.
    It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.
    Simpson's episodes.
    Bottom Christmas special.

    Also like to add that I love Christmas cookery specials, do they count?


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,485 ✭✭✭ Jude13


    Gavin & Stacey 2009
    Simpson's episodes.
    Noël - The West Wing


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,720 ✭✭✭ TRS30


    The Late Late Toy Show.

    Oh, never thought of this. Must be an early strong contender?!


    Only Fools and Horses – Christmas Crackers
    Brooklyn Nine-Nine's 'Yipee Kayak'
    Simpson- 'Roasting on an Open Fire'
    The Goldbergs- 'A Christmas Story'


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  • Registered Users Posts: 4,065 ✭✭✭ otnomart


    A few more from me:
    Mum - 2016
    Motherland - 2020
    Peter Kay's Car Share - 2016 (Kayleigh is one of us)


  • Registered Users Posts: 7,696 ✭✭✭ DvB


    TRS30 wrote: »
    Oh, never thought of this. Must be an early strong contender?!

    Which year though? Surely each has to stand by itself? Or do we lump 40 odd years of them in as one entry?

    If thats the case, Only Fools & Horses, the Simpsons, Gavin & Stacey etc will be classified as one entry & not individual ones.

    May need some MOD clarification on this one.
    "I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year" - Charles Dickens




  • Registered Users Posts: 5,720 ✭✭✭ TRS30


    DvB wrote: »
    Which year though? Surely each has to stand by itself? Or do we lump 40 odd years of them in as one entry?

    If thats the case, Only Fools & Horses, the Simpsons, Gavin & Stacey etc will be classified as one entry & not individual ones.

    May need some MOD clarification on this one.

    Good point.

    Guess we ever have to pick a particular year for it to get in the mix!

    I'm sure our every vigilant mods will sort it out :)


  • Registered Users Posts: 15,483 ✭✭✭✭ odyssey06


    Late Late Toy Show, Jools Hootenanny are annual christmas 'events' but I couldn't vote for them in the context of this thread... like would anyone ever go back and re-watch one? Whereas the other faves are ones people re-watch again and again over the years.


  • Moderators, Recreation & Hobbies Moderators Posts: 26,589 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Posy


    Yeah, we definitely need specific years! :)
    'Royle Family Christmas special' for example, could refer to about 6 episodes!


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,720 ✭✭✭ TRS30


    Posy wrote: »
    Yeah, we definitely need specific years! :)
    'Royle Family Christmas special' for example, could refer to about 6 episodes!

    That's it Prez, wield that power :D


  • Moderators, Business & Finance Moderators, Recreation & Hobbies Moderators Posts: 21,335 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Loughc


    Posy wrote: »
    Yeah, we definitely need specific years! :)
    'Royle Family Christmas special' for example, could refer to about 6 episodes!

    Complete agree with this, opens up to more choice too :)


  • Registered Users Posts: 8,742 ✭✭✭ Caranica


    Late Late Toy Show 2020 has to be the most special of the lot. Other years may have been more entertaining, but 2020 was about the magic of children and Christmas, despite tough times.

    Edit: for clarity, even though it has no connection to Absolutely Fabulous, I'm nominating this specific episode. Think of it as a hug for you ;)


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,720 ✭✭✭ TRS30


    Caranica wrote: »
    Late Late Toy Show 2020 has to be the most special of the lot. Other years may have been more entertaining, but 2020 was about the magic of children and Christmas, despite tough times.

    That sounds like a nomination :)


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  • Registered Users Posts: 7,696 ✭✭✭ DvB


    Think it was the 2018 LLTS that was also one of the stand out ones (the one with the kids ripping the wrapper paper off a box with their dad inside who they though was away with the Army) that one brought a little tear to my eye.
    "I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year" - Charles Dickens




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