BBC’s Christmas schedule is slammed by viewers

The BBC have unveiled their Christmas schedule for BBC One.

On Tuesday, the channel revealed the festive treats they had in store for viewers from Christmas Eve to Boxing Day, but disappointed many when they realised a third of the schedule was packed with repeats and game shows. 

License fee payers were notably unhappy with what was on offer during the Christmas period, and flocked to Twitter to share their discontent as many criticised the ‘tired formula’ that the BBC have used.

Deja view! BBC One unveiled their Christmas schedule on Tuesday but it was slammed by viewers for its ‘tired formula’ as it was revealed a THIRD of line-up is repeats and game shows

The schedule, indeed, features several repeats from the likes of 2019’s Gavin And Stacey Christmas special to classic comedy The Two Ronnies Sketchbook on Christmas Eve.

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Miranda’s Games With Showbiz Names will air on Christmas Eve, while game shows Michael McIntyre’s Christmas Wheel and the Blankety Blank festive special have been placed in prime evening slots on Christmas Day.  

Strictly Come Dancing’s Christmas Special is set to look back on the last 16 years of the show, and will see co-hosts Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman name the programme’s most iconic routines of all time.

New content: A Call The Midwife special is set to air for a mammoth 90 minutes from 7.40PM

Entertaining? Game shows like Michael McIntyre’s Christmas Wheel and the Blankety Blank festive special have been placed in prime evening slots on Christmas Day

Very familiar: License fee payers were notably unhappy with what was on offer during the Christmas period, as many criticised the ‘tired formula’ that the BBC have used

Same old, same old: The schedule, indeed, features several repeats from the likes of 2019’s Gavin And Stacey Christmas special to classic comedy The Two Ronnies Sketchbook

A Call The Midwife special is set to air for a mammoth 90 minutes from 7.40PM before being followed by the annual gloom-fest that is the EastEnders Christmas Day edition, coming in at just under an hour long.

The evening’s festivities will end with a Mrs Browns Boys Christmas Special, another annual occurrence, which is scheduled in at 10.05PM.

Earlier in the day, the festive line-up is packed with animated films to entertain the kids including The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo’s Child, Zog and its sequel Zog And The Flying Doctors.

Copy and paste? The annual gloom-fest that is the EastEnders Christmas Day edition, coming in at just under an hour-long

Expected: The evening’s festivities will end with a Mrs Browns Boys Christmas Special, another annual occurrence, which is scheduled in at 10.05PM

The Queen will make her speech at 3PM, followed shortly by Coco which is a film that would seem more at home over Halloween given its inspired by Mexico’s Day Of The Dead.

Boxing Day is not much more festive, as there will be a Christmas special of The Repair Shop as well as The Great British Sewing Bee, while the night will be rounded off with the dramatic World War II epic Dunkirk.

Twitter was awash with comments from the public responding to the December 25 line-up, criticising the shows that were on offer. 

Reflecting: Strictly Come Dancing’s Christmas Special is set to look back on the last 16 years of the show

Fun for the family: Christmas Day is packed with animated films for kids, including Coco, which seems more at home during Halloween as its inspired by Mexico’s Day Of The Dead

One person criticised: ‘Wish they would stop relying on the tired “call the midwife, Eastenders, and Mrs. Brown’s boys’ formula haven’t we gone through enough these past ten years. (sic)’ 

While another added: ‘Overall hard no from me, I know there is less new material this year but even the repeats could be better?’

One slammed the network for airing the usual shows, as they wrote: ‘Is this a joke? It looks like Christmas 1978’, while another asked: ‘Is this groundhog Day????’ 

Unhappy: Twitter was awash with comments from the public responding to the December 25 line-up, criticising the shows that were on offer

Hitting out at the lack of festive films during the holidays, another viewer hit out: ‘What? Christmas Eve, Day and Boxing Day and all the films shown are…not Christmas films??!?! 

‘Why aren’t you showing Christmas films at Christmas? Home Alone, Grinch, Christmas Carol, Wonderful Life, Die Hard, to name a few (sic).’

And others claimed they would be using other networks and streaming services to get their Christmas Day fix, as one person wrote: ‘Other than The Queen’s usual broadcast, it all looks extremely boring. Netflix and YouTube for me.’

Tradition: The Queen will make her speech at 3PM

Not very Christmas-y: Boxing Day is not much more festive, as the night will be rounded off with the dramatic World War II epic Dunkirk

Love Story stars Ali MacGraw and Ryan O’Neal say they still have ‘chemistry’ 50 years after the film

Ali MacGraw and Ryan O’Neal say they still have ‘chemistry’ a full five decades after the release of their movie Love Story.

The stars of the iconic 1970 romance reunited for the film’s Golden Anniversary for a chat with Town & Country magazine.

Talking about the enduring connection forged by the movie, O’Neal, 79, joked: ‘It’s been a fast 50. I don’t have those relationships with my wives!’

Connection: Ali MacGraw and Ryan O’Neal say they still have ‘chemistry’ a full five decades after the release of their movie Love Story

Opposites attract: The heart-wrenching film dives into the unlikely romance between O’Neal’s preppy Oliver and MacGraw’s free-spirited Jenny

The heart-wrenching film dives into the unlikely romance between O’Neal’s preppy Oliver and MacGraw’s free-spirited Jenny, who meet while he is a student at Harvard and she studies at the sister school, Radcliffe College.

After a tumultuous relationship leads to marriage, the film eventually ends in tragedy when Ali’s character dies of an unnamed illness.

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Love Story was a bona fide hit, raking in an impressive $130million worldwide as well as earning seven Oscar nominations.

After MacGraw’s initial casting, the filmmakers knew they had to find the perfect match.

No sorries: After a tumultuous relationship leads to marriage, the film eventually ends in tragedy when Ali’s character dies of an unnamed illness

On screen magic: ‘The chemistry has managed to sustain itself for 50 years,’ explained O’Neal

Hoping to transition for TV to film, a young O’Neal knew he had to set himself apart from the 1000 other potential Olivers wrangled in a casting call.

During his audition the Paper Moon actor gave it his all, sharing a passionate kiss with his future on-screen love.

‘The chemistry has managed to sustain itself for 50 years,’ explained O’Neal, although it’s said MacGraw put in just as much effort during other actor’s screen tests, according to T&C.

And onscreen they were electric, rocketing the picture to legendary status.

Instant: ‘By the [day after the release], there were lines around the block all over the country, and then the world,’ said MacGraw. ‘It was just stupefying. Totally insane’ 

‘By the [day after the release], there were lines around the block all over the country, and then the world,’ said MacGraw. ‘It was just stupefying. Totally insane.’

Though it’s been 50 years since the film came out, Harvard still embraces the story by screening it for freshman yearly.

‘It’s a little bit like Rocky Horror,’ MacGraw dished ‘where they scream, “Love means never having to say you’re sorry!” at the screen.’

Love Story is available to premium Hulu subscribers and Amazon Prime users. It can also be rented via YouTube or iTunes.

Watch! Love Story is available to premium Hulu subscribers and Amazon Prime users. It can also be rented via YouTube or iTunes

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Addison Rae confirms that she is in a relationship with fellow TikTok star Bryce Hall

Kourtney Kardashian’s best friend Addison Rae is not letting a pandemic slow down her love life.

On Monday, the 20-year-old TikTok personality posted a photo shoot to her Instagram account showing her kissing fellow TikTok favorite Bryce Hall.

The brunette beauty confirmed the two are back together after they dated for only three days last year.

Back on: Kourtney Kardashian’s best friend Addison Rae is not letting a pandemic slow down her love life

So tactile: On Monday, the 20-year-old TikTok personality posted a photo shoot to her Instagram account showing her kissing fellow TikTok favorite Bryce Hall

In the photo set, photographed by celebrity photographer Cibelle Levi, the two were seen kissing in a pool.

Hall, 21, opted for a pair of patterned trunks and Rae was pictured in a red bikini. 

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Interspersed with the pool photos were another two shots depicting the two holding each other.

The Sway House resident was wearing a purple velour jacket, which was contrasted by his girlfriend’s paisley blouse. 

It’s destiny? These two TikTok wonders have been linked romantically before

So close now: She confirmed the two are back together after they dated for only three days last year

At ease: Here the social media darling put her hands on her shirtless beau

That same day, Hall posted a duo of photos, again photographed by Cibelle Levi, with the first depicting the two hanging out in a cabana together.

The caption for the pictures simply read: ‘baby.’ 

The caption for the pictures told Rae’s followers to follow a link in her bio that led to a YouTube video entitled THE TRUTH ABOUT US, where the pair answered questions about their relationship.

When prompted about if Hall felt love at first sight for his now-girlfriend, the Maryland native answered ‘of course,’ to which his fellow TikTok star affectionately responded ‘okay, no, that’s not true.’

They can’t get enough of each other: The star wore a dress that flashed some of her chest

Someone to lean on: The two posted a video to YouTube on Monday detailing the status of their relationship; they are seen in November

The two later went into details regarding the traits that they picked up from one another and what they have learned from spending time with each other, before Rae finally confirmed that the pair have been dating since October 13. 

Rae is also known for her high-profile friendship with Kourtney Kardashian, which she expanded upon in a September interview with Entertainment Tonight.

When asked about why she looked up to the 41-year-old reality personality, the TikTok star stated: ‘I think she has great energy as well and she has so much experience in her life that I can really just look at and kind of learn from.’ 

Rae also noted that she still tries to stay grounded while experiencing fame and a high level of public interest in her personal life.

‘I’m kind of just living life day by day and going through everything with a happy heart and humble mindset. It’s all been really exciting.’

Staying close: The personality also shared a notable friendship with reality TV star Kourtney Kardashian; the pals are seen in an Instagram post from June

 

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