CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN ADVENT BLOG Wednesday 9th December 2020
12 RAMBLINGS OF CHRISTMAS
ONLY 16 SLEEPS TO CHRISTMAS
- A CHRISTMAS QUOTE
O! You better watch out. – From “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town” is a Christmas song, written by J. Fred Coots and Haven Gillespie.
AN HISTORIC DAY THE FIRST COVID VACCINE IN ALL THE WORLD IS GIVEN IN THE UK!!!
- CHRISTMAS FEATURE – TODAY 9th December CORONATION STREET IS 60 YEARS OLDThe series’ first episode was broadcast in black and white at 7.00pm on Friday 9th December 1960 -Coronation Street (often referred to as Corrie) is a British soap opera created by Granada Television and shown on ITV since 9 December 1960. The programme typically centres around the residents of Coronation Street – a cobbled, terraced street in Weatherfield, a fictional town based on inner-city Salford.
Originally broadcast twice weekly, the series now airs six times a week: Monday, Wednesday and Friday 7:30–8 pm and 8:30–9 pm. The programme was conceived by scriptwriter Tony Warren and entered production at Granada Television in Manchester in 1960. Warren’s initial proposal was rejected by the station’s founder Sidney Bernstein, but he was persuaded by producer Harry Elton to produce the programme for 13 pilot episodes, and the show has since become a significant part of British culture.
Coronation Street is made by ITV Granada at MediaCityUK and shown in all ITV regions, as well as internationally. On 17 September 2010, it became the world’s longest-running television soap opera and was listed in Guinness World Records. Initially influenced by the conventions of kitchen sink realism, Coronation Street is noted for its depiction of a down-to-earth, working-class community, combined with light-hearted humour and strong characters. The show currently averages around seven million viewers per episode. The show premiered its 10,000th episode on 7 February 2020. The programme celebrates its 60th Anniversary in December 2020.
Episodes in the 1960s, 70s, and 80s, regularly attracted figures of between 18 and 21 million viewers, and during the 1990s and early 2000s, 14 to 16 million per episode would be typical. Like most terrestrial television in the UK, a decline in viewership has taken place and the show posts an average audience of just under 9 million per episode as of 2013, remaining one of the highest rated programmes in the UK. Since EastEnders began airing in 1985 on the BBC, the two programmes have constantly battled it out for first place in the ratings.
Over the show’s history, Coronation Street has highlighted a wide range of different social issues, including: rape, incest, arson, Stockholm syndrome, murder, serial killing, hit-and-run, cancer, adultery, sexual exploitation, child grooming, revenge porn, prostitution, poverty, homelessness, domestic violence, parental abuse, teenage pregnancy, late in life pregnancy, surrogacy, abortion, stillbirth, premature birth, miscarriage, adoption, fostering, child abduction, male rape, alcoholism, drug addiction, psychosis, gambling addiction, terminal illness, euthanasia, suicide, depression, postpartum depression, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, pyromania, homosexuality, homosexuality in Islam, child sexual abuse, miscarriage of justice, being transgender, HIV, deafness, epilepsy, osteoporosis, childhood cancer, Ehlers–Danlos syndrome, brain aneurysm, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, organ transplant, sepsis, amputation, myotonic dystrophy, identity theft, compulsive hoarding, drink driving, coercive control, psychological abuse, skin whitening and mitochondrial disease.
Coronation Street rates as one of the most watched programmes on UK television for every day it is aired. The episode that aired on 2 January 1985, where Bet Lynch (Julie Goodyear) finds out she has got the job as manager of the Rovers Return, is the highest-rated single episode in the show’s history, attracting 21.40 million viewers. 25 December 1987 episode, where Hilda Ogden (Jean Alexander) leaves the street to start a new life as a housekeeper for long-term employer Dr Lowther, attracted a combined audience of 26.65 million for its original airing and omnibus repeat on 27 December 1987. This is the second-highest combined rating in the show’s history. The show attracted its highest-ever combined rating of 26.93 million for the episode that aired on 15 (and 19) March 1989, where Rita Fairclough (Barbara Knox) is in hospital and Alan Bradley (Mark Eden) is hiding from the police after trying to kill Rita in the previous episode.
3. CHRISTMAS MOVIE
4 CHRISTMAS SONG
- Merry Christmas Baby Ike And Tina Turner 2:04
5. CHRISTMAS CHILDREN’S BOOK
Where Snow Angels Go by Maggie O’Farrell (Author), Daniela Jaglenka Terrazzini (Illustrator)
Hardcover : 72 pages
Publisher : Walker Books
Age Range: 5-7 years old
Have you ever woken up suddenly, in the middle of the night, without knowing why? Best-selling and award-winning master storyteller Maggie O’Farrell weaves an extraordinary and compelling modern fairy tale about the bravery of a little girl and the miracle of a snowy day.
Sylvie wakes one night, suddenly, without knowing why. Then she sees the most spectacular sight – a pair of wings, enormous in size, made of the softest snow-white feathers imaginable. An angel in her bedroom … a SNOW angel! He tells her that he is here to look after her, for Sylvie is not as well as she seems… Many months later, as Sylvie recovers from her illness, she longs to see her snow angel again. He saved her life! There is so much she wants to tell him, so much she wants to know! Will he ever come back to her? And how can Sylvie make sure that everyone she loves has their own snow angel, to keep them safe, too?
6. CHRISTMAS CAROL
7. IT’S A CRACKER (CHRISTMAS CRACKER JOKE)
What do you get if Santa forgets to wear his undercrackers? St Nickerless
8. EVERY CHRISTMAS TV TIMES COVER
9. A FAMOUS SCROOGE
10. SOMETHING TO LAUGH ABOUT – A TOP TV CHRISTMAS SPECIAL FROM THE PAST
Meet The Richardsons Christmas Special 2020
Yet to be seen on Dave Christmas 2020
Meet the Richardsons is a British comedy television series that premiered 27 February 2020, on Dave. It stars husband and wife comedians Jon Richardson and Lucy Beaumont as fictionalised versions of themselves discussing their lives in a mockumentary format. Various comedians and celebrities make appearances, ostensibly also as fictionalised versions of themselves. No. of series 1 No. of episodes 6
11. NICE LITTLE CHRISTMAS NUMBER
81 2 months in advance – Japanese people traditionally eat at KFC for Christmas dinner, thanks to a successful marketing campaign 40 years ago. KFC is so popular that customers must place their Christmas orders 2 months in advance.
82 11.48am – The time the average Brit start to sip their first alcoholic drink Christmas Day
83 34 years – British women do not attempt their first Christmas lunch until the age of 34
84 28% of British men admit that their partner’s Christmas dinner is better than their mother’s.
85 7000 – The average Brit consumes around 7,000 calories on Christmas day, and you’ll reach your recommended daily allowance at about 2pm.
86 £650,000 – The UK Brussels Sprouts industry (and yes, it’s Brussels sprout, not brussel sprout) is worth £650 million
87 31 – Sprout fan Linus Urbanec from Sweden is the current world record holder for the most sprouts eaten in a minute. He managed 31 on 26th November, 2008
88 750 million – Supermarkets sell approximately 750million individual Brussels sprouts at Christmas time, but if you estimate how many are eaten, it’s only about half of that.
89 £13.6 million – A traditional favourite proving enduringly popular are model trains or construction sets – sales of which have nearly doubled in the last ten years. In 2017 British manufacturers sold £13.6 million-worth, up from £8.6 million in 2008.
90 £633 million worth of books sold in December.
12. CHRISTMAS TV ADVERT