Christmas TV (2019)

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Weโ€™ve all got different ‘triggers’ for when ‘Christmas’ officially begins โ€” for many, the first reminder is when the Supermarkets start displaying their Christmas lines! But that’s obscenely early, so how about…
…your first Christmas lunch?
…maybe it’s when the John Lewis Christmas Ad appears?
…or receiving your first Christmas Card?
For TV lovers, it’s probably when the BBC Christmas ident is seen for the very first time, and they start promoting their festive offerings!

For me though, itโ€™s when the Christmas double-issue Radio Times and TV Times first go on sale. Normally it’s around the second week in December, although in recent years, that’s varied a bit. This year, normality returned, and I picked ours up right on cue at the local Tesco’s on the 8th! ๐Ÿ˜

I think my love of these two fine magazines is a throwback to my childhood, when Dad used to bring them home after finishing work for Christmas. As a family, we loved Christmas TV (first, in black & white, then colour, just three channels, then four, then five – then hundreds!) Initially, there was no remote control, so Dad’s choice normally ‘won’. To add to the fun, in those days, there was frequent positioning and re-positioning of the aerial to ensure the best pic! ๐Ÿ”ง

With the magazines taking pride of place in the lounge, our first job back then was to frantically search through the schedules, taking it in turns to circle our favourite programmes.

Itโ€™s much the same now โ€” except we use a highlighter pen or just go online… or just check our phones!!! What progress ehh!? ๐Ÿค”… or maybe not! ๐Ÿ˜‰

The ‘Double Issue’ Covers 2019

292 pages/ยฃ4.95 (Same page count, +5p price increase compared to 2018)
196 pages/ยฃ4.00 (Same page count, +25p increase compared to 2018)

These days, both publications are massive (page count wise) mainly because they both list (more-or-less) the same information. Why’s that? Well, for younger readers here, back in the stone-age (up until 1990?) RT listed only the BBC stuff (including the radio) whilst TVT covered the commercial channels. Fast forward to the satellite age that we live in today, and you have both publications running into hundreds of pages. ๐Ÿ˜

So, just like back-in-the-day, all thatโ€™s left to do now is to plough through them both, highlighter pen at the ready, and our Christmas TV preparations are sorted!

Merry Christmas! ๐ŸŽ…

Previous Publications…


John Lewis Christmas Advert (2019)

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It’s 8am on the 14th and the John Lewis Christmas advert has finally been revealed! Back in 2010, JL were the first of the retail giants to release ‘mega’ adverts for the festive season. It started a trend that continues to this day, and now anyone who’s anyone, makes them – yes, Argos and Aldi, I’m looking at you! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Always being the first makes it difficult to stay in front – and JL’s arrives a little later this year. As a result, the other ‘big hitter’ – Sainsbury’s – released theirs a few days ago entitled: Nicholas the Sweep.

Christmas has now officially begun for me! ๐Ÿ‘ ๐Ÿ˜

Don’t forget to scroll to the end of this post for links to all JL’s previous Christmas ads! ๐Ÿ‘

What’s this year’s about?

Entitled “Excitable Edgar”, this highly-anticipated (by me anyway!) Christmas advert stars an excitable and accident-prone dragon called Edgar who lives in a freezing mythical village with his best friend Ava. Edgar loves Christmas but can’t control his fire breathing.

In typical heart-warming (see what I did there!) and humorous fashion, the pair are forced to quell his disastrous fire-breathing habits after it threatens to destroy the festive period for everyone as Edgar ‘toasts’ a giant Christmas tree, a snowman and the local ice rink! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

Who’s the Voice?

If you’re wondering who’s singing, it’s Dan Smith re-imagining REO Speedwagon’s “Can’t Fight This Feeling”. He’s the lead singer and main songwriter of Bastille, the English rock band. Read more about him HERE.

A Good Cause

As in previous years, the ad encourages engagement with a good cause. This year it is food poverty charity FareShare, with ‘feasts’ to be held in John Lewis shops and community venues ahead of Christmas.


And not to miss a merchandising opportunity, a full range of Edgar bits-and-bobs are available, including a ยฃ15 cuddly toy, a Waitrose & Partners No.1 12 Months Matured Christmas Pudding for ยฃ8, as well as Waitrose Edgar cupcakes, ‘Chocolate Edgars’ and a ยฃ1.50 gingerbread biscuit.

Can’t Get Enough..?

For your viewing pleasure, here are all their previous Christmas adverts…

John Lewis Christmas Advert 2018 – The Boy and the Piano
John Lewis Christmas Advert 2017 – Moz the Monster
John Lewis Christmas Advert 2016 – Buster the Boxer
John Lewis Christmas Advert 2015 – Man on the Moon
John Lewis Christmas Advert 2014 – Monty the Penguin
John Lewis Christmas Advert 2013 – The Bear and the Hare
John Lewis Christmas Advert 2012 – The Journey
John Lewis Christmas Advert 2011 – The Long Wait
John Lewis Christmas Advert 2010 – Sheโ€™s Always a Woman

Enjoy! ๐ŸŽ…๐ŸŽ…๐ŸŽ…๐ŸŽ…๐ŸŽ…