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So, I had the grumpies last night and probably this afternoon too (since I just grumped at laerad for nothing in particular) - apologies to anyone I got a bit overly narky with in Who discussions :) I'm blaming it on lack of sleep due to crappy camp bed. But it means I get to use my Bertie Wooster sulking icon.

General question, though - why do people seem to dial their quality control knobs right down at Christmas? Is it because anything's better than having to talk to your family, or what?! About 80% of the positive comments about Who haven't been "It was a great ep", but "It was a great Christmas ep," the criteria for which seem to be different, somehow.

Viewing figures were 8.7 million, apparently, down 1.1 million from last year. I need to remember to check out the 15-minute breakdown, though. And the Vicar of Dibley beat Eastenders - it seems to have been a great episode, too.

I'm going to see Happy Feet with my mum tonight or tomorrow. Yay, cute penguins! Right, I'm off to watch QI, if my parents aren't watching TV.

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pickwick
Dec. 26th, 2006 04:13 pm (UTC)
Oh, probably. I'm being unreasonable about this, I know. At the very least, I'm arguing the exact opposite than I do about Torchwood, which is that it's brain-off entertainment and should be appreciated as such :)

I never watch Vicar, but I've heard so much good about this one that I'm wondering if it's repeated...
thessalian
Dec. 26th, 2006 03:55 pm (UTC)
Common consensus here at home is that yesterday's Who was bad even for a Christmas ep, but that's just us.

As to why quality of TV goes down so far at Christmas, I'm not sure that's necessarily because 'anything's better than talking to your family'. After all, how many people get DVDs for Christmas? If I had to state a theory, it'd be something to the order of "There's a certain 'anti-cool' to Christmas - it's bright and glitzy and utterly cheesy in its good cheer and people can't generally admit to liking that sort of thing. Also, Christmas obliges everyone to put up with a hell of a lot from family, shops and the world at large. A combination of increased patience and an entertainment paradigm shift is required to keep people from going insane and throttling all and sundry with a string of fairy lights. So people cultivate that combination and will consequently tolerate just about anything because of their newly patient frame of mind."

This is my excuse for watching White Christmas every year.
pickwick
Dec. 26th, 2006 04:14 pm (UTC)
Heh. Yeah, I do watch plenty of crap around Christmas, but at least I admit it's crap :D I like your explanation, though.
andrewducker
Dec. 26th, 2006 04:06 pm (UTC)
At Christmas people just want fun, and don't want their brains engaged. Therefore, so long as it makes them feel good they don't care about the intellectual problems with something.

Still aint gonna watch Torchwood though...
pickwick
Dec. 26th, 2006 04:16 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I realise that when I'm talking about TW I use the same arguments as people are using to say Runaway Bride was good. Which is annoyingly inconsistent of me :)
andrewducker
Dec. 26th, 2006 04:18 pm (UTC)
There's a quote that googling for consistency and hobgoblin will get you :->
sloopjonb
Dec. 26th, 2006 04:20 pm (UTC)
That's only for a foolish consistency, mind.
pickwick
Dec. 27th, 2006 01:59 am (UTC)
Ha. Indeed :D I do love that quote...
poliphilo
Dec. 26th, 2006 04:49 pm (UTC)
Surely it's because Christmas TV is so dumbed down and stupid and fake that anything half way intelligent is like manna from heaven.

I enjoyed the Who. I thought it was a lot better than last year's special. I'd rate it as a good, solid, middle-ranking episode- not a great one, but better- say- that that one about cats dressed as nuns or any of the ones involving Cybermen.
pickwick
Dec. 27th, 2006 01:59 am (UTC)
I have no idea why it worked me up into such bile-filled rage. I'll probably re-watch it and decide I actually quite like it, and have to post a slightly sheepish addendum.
kniblet
Dec. 26th, 2006 08:37 pm (UTC)
I wouldn't complain. In the US all new episodes of everything stop for the two weeks surrounding Christmas or any other big holiday. The idea of starting a major series on Christmas Day is unthinkable. It's like the networks are convinced that people are too busy celebrating the joy of whatever to watch TV. Poor deluded sods.

pickwick
Dec. 27th, 2006 02:01 am (UTC)
Ah, it's not a new series, unfortunately, just a Christmas special. So they give us an exciting preview of the new series that doesn't start till April.

But yes, I hate the American "mid-season break". I'm having Veronica Mars withdrawal symptoms just now - last episode was, I think, in the last week of November, and I have to wait till near the end of January for a new one.
kniblet
Dec. 27th, 2006 03:10 am (UTC)
Yup, I need my Smallville, Heroes and Gilmore Girls episodes.

And I need to catch up on Sarah Jane. Fast.
tanngrisnir
Dec. 26th, 2006 09:28 pm (UTC)
Alcohol + vast quantities of food = complete lack of discrimination
pickwick
Dec. 27th, 2006 02:01 am (UTC)
Yeah, it seems like "I want to be able to follow it when I'm pissed, there are four-year-olds using me as a climbing frame, and I fall asleep for the middle half hour."
arborophile
Dec. 27th, 2006 02:23 pm (UTC)
It does seem wierdly ironic to me that DW being a 'family' orientated drama tones down the darkness and death count for Christmas..whereas all the soaps are merrily laying on the misery content and the deaths..would Eastenders have got so many people watching if they hadnt killed Pauline off?
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