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    There's no doubt in my mind that Christmas TV especially during the golden era of the 70's was so much better than what is shown these days. Is it just me wallowing in nostalgia or has the Christmas TV schedules gone down over the past 20 years or so? Didn't BBC2 used to show classic comedies of Chaplin, Harold Lloyd and even Laurel & Hardy in the morning over the holidays? What a great start to a day that was. Why aren't they shown anymore? What's happened to variety over the holiday period? James Bond movies used to be special as you know they would only be shown over the holidays, now they're shown over the whole year.

    Would you rather sit down and rewatch the entire BBC1 Christmas Day 1977 schedule from morning till closedown or are you happy enough with what's shown now? I don't have to think twice about that one.

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    HERE IS THE TV LISTINGS FROM 1977 CHRISTMAS DAY.



    Christmas Day 1977 - Sunday 25th December 1977 - BBC-1 Television
    8:55am Star Over Bethlehem, Christmas music
    9:55am Playboard
    10:10am Appeal, Wells Cathedral
    10:15am Christmas Worship from All Saints Parish Church, Kingston-upon-Thames
    11:15am The Bear who Slept through Christmas (cartoon film)
    11:40am National Velvet (film) starring Elizabeth Taylor, Mickey Rooney
    1:40pm Are You Being Served?
    2:10pm Top of the Pops '77 (part 1)
    3:00pm The Queen speaks to the Commonwealth
    3:05pm Billy Smart's Christmas Circus
    4:05pm The Wizard of Oz (film) starring Judy Garland
    5:45pm Basil Through the Looking Glass, with Basil Brush and Howard Williams
    6:15pm News
    6:25pm Family Carols from the Albert Hall
    7:15pm Bruce Forsyth and the Generation Game
    8:20pm The Mike Yarwood Christmas Show
    8:55pm The Morecambe and Wise Christmas Show
    10:00pm News
    10:05pm Funny Girl (film) starring Barbra Streisand, Omar Sharif
    12:30pm Weather

    Christmas Day 1977 - Sunday 25th December 1977 - BBC-2 Television
    12:45pm Sing All Ye Faithful: Carols from St Mary's College, Strawberry Hill
    1:30pm News Review presents a continental holiday with deaf children
    2:15pm The World About Us: The Predators (wildlife film)
    3:00pm Alpha Omega (cartoon)
    3:10pm The Lively Arts-in Performance: Coppelia, ballet, music by Delibes
    4:40pm In Deepest Britain: Plants and animals by the sea
    5:10pm Celebration: Portrait of the Queen's summer Jubilee tour
    5:40pm The Queen speaks to the Commonwealth
    5:50pm Storm Boy (film) starring Greg Rowe, Peter Cummins, David Gulpilil
    7:15pm Thanks for the Memory: The viewer's view of television
    9:35pm Christmas Past, introduced by James Cameron
    10:05pm Country Holiday: Music with Crystal Gayle, Larry Gatlin, George Hamilton IV, Pete Sayers
    10:50pm News
    10:55-12:45am The Big Sleep (film) starring Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall (b-w)

    Christmas Day 1977 - Sunday 25th December 1977 - ITV - London Weekend Television (LWT)
    8:45am Carol Concert, from Wells Cathedral
    9:45am Cartoons
    10:00am Parish Mass, from Our Lady of St Oswin's Tynemouth
    11:00am A Merry Morning, with Jimmy Tarbuck, Guy Kent, The Wurzels, Roger Stevenson
    11:45am Cartoons
    12noon Robinson Crusoe and the Tiger (film) starring Hugo Stiglitz
    2:00pm Just William
    3:00pm The Queen speaks to the Commonwealth
    3:10pm To See Such Fun: Four decades of film fun
    4:40pm Emu's Christmas Adventure
    5:40pm News
    5:45pm The Muppet Show: with Julie Andrews
    6:15pm Sale of the Century
    6:40pm Stars on Christmas Sunday: Bing Crosby, Gracie Fields, Mary O'Hara, Harry Secombe
    7:15pm Young Winston (1972 film) starring Robert Shaw, Anne Bancroft, Simon Ward
    10:05pm News
    10:05pm Stanley Baxter's Greatest Hits (repeat)
    11:30pm Celebration: The Joys of Christmas in Words and Music
    12:30am Christmas Message from the Archbishop of Cantebury

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    PERHAPS ONE REASON THEY ARE NOT SHOWN NOW IS THE BBC HAVE WIPED THEM FROM THERE OLD REELS.
    THAT WAS QUITE COMMON BACK THEN.

    OR THE TV COMPANIES JUST THINK IT WOULD NOT APPEAL TO KIDS ETC NOW.

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    I think it's changes in viewing habits over the years.

    Old films normally only appeal to film buffs, & variety shows are one of those things that became stale by the 1970s & never had a retro following unless it's for charity.

    With DVD & Blu Ray along with dedicated film channels & on demand services film premiers don't have the same pulling power.
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    Thanks for the Christmas Day 1977 TV listings Darren. Much appreciated.

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    I think I would sit through the 1977 schedule over what is on today. But I think it's right that viewing habits have changed tremendously thanks to the internet and on-demand services. The big audiences BBC and ITV used to get are now diluted by dozens of other channels plus watching catch-up. It makes me wonder if the traditional TV schedule that we have had up till now will survive the next 40 years. Maybe by then the current model will have ceased to exist or be very much more diluted and most will be creating their own schedules via the internet.

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    The Marx Brothers was also aired during Christmas.

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    There was an article a couple of years ago in The Guardian newspaper that lamented the sorry state of Christmas TV and blamed it all on Thatcher!! Basically it was saying it was her fault for destroying the gentler and more family orientated TV programmes of the 70's and starting the more aggressive and nastier style of programming we have now such as alternative comedy and The Apprentice for example that encourage people to stab each other in the back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by akb48fan View Post
    Thanks for the Christmas Day 1977 TV listings Darren. Much appreciated.
    ITV was pants then and it's pants now! BBC were so much better at Xmas!
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    My family rarely watches ITV on Xmas day, normally only if there is a film we want to watch or something decent like Downton Abbey.
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    I haven't watched Christmas Day telly for years now. I look at the schedules to see what's on just in case, but little interests me.

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