Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Enjoy Yourself
Winding down and tidying up, over the last day or so, I’ve been listening to the new podcast The Rest Is Entertainment, with hosts Marina Hyde and Richard Osman. By episode three the podcast really hits its stride, and for me, the fourth episode on phone hacking, the recent Netflix ‘data dump’ and Hallmark Christmas films, is the most interesting so far. If you like pop culture, TV, film, music, journalism and gossip, you’ll love this.
For holiday entertainment, on Christmas Day I’ll be watching Caroline Aherne: Queen of Comedy (when I first introduced my mum to the telly-loving, The Royle Family she laughed and said, ‘It’s just like us!’) and I’m not a dedicated Whovian, but I will be tuning in to see the new Doctor, Ncuti Gatwa.
The second series of BBC crime thriller Vigil is better without the submarine, and Suranne Jones is always, always worth watching. The excellent 1980s Australian drama, The Newsreader is also back with a second series leading up to Christmas ’87, and spoiler alert it’s not merry. But my favourite series right now is Slow Horses on Apple TV+ starring Gary Oldman and Kristin Scott Thomas. This adaptation of Mick Herron’s Slough House Series, about a bunch of ‘washed-up MI5 spies’, is brilliant and funny and at times, revolting (Gary Oldman take a bow).
It’s unlikely I’ll manage to drag myself off the sofa and to the cinema, so Wonka, might have to wait till January. And there’s always Paddington 2. Meanwhile, House of Gucci is on Apple, Amazon Prime and BBC, and at two and a half hours long, that’s Boxing Day sorted. Maestro, the Leonard Bernstein biopic is on Netflix, and Kenneth Branagh’s 2021 movie Belfast, starring Jamie Dorman, is on Netflix and BBC2.
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