The Christmas dinner has been eaten, arguments have probably taken place, and some family members have already had more than enough to drink. But it’s only just turning 3pm. The TV is turned on and the Queen’s Speech begins.
The longest tradition in my house is the viewing of the Speech on Christmas Day. I don’t know what it is about it. Often it’s just a summary of events that have taken place or a focus on one area of British occupation, such as the armed forces or the government. We do still have a monarchy and I think the Speech is a nice reminder of that.
The strange late afternoon hours of Christmas Day soon arrive when the TV is full of repeats, as well as a variety of christmas specials. This year will see Christmas episodes of a number of comedies including Not Going Out, Would I Lie To You?, and Never Mind the Buzzcocks.
But by early evening it’s time for a newer tradition: the Doctor Who Christmas Special. Since 2005 this has been the other ‘must-watch’ of the day. The specials are far from brilliant but what more could you ask for on Christmas Day than an alien invasion?