Three post Christmas items. No, Christmas has not gone away yet! First is about what we were watching on TV, then the possibility of HMV going into administration and finally M/s Christmas, Mariah Carey of course breaks even more Christ music records. All three items fall very neatly into the “Didn’t Know That Last Week” category.

6.3 million tune in to watch the Queen’s Christmas Day address

Apparently BBC won the Christmas TV ratings battle. I’m not sure whether they won it or ITV in particular just did not turn up.

ITV just did not try and gave up before they started. Their schedule was basically non existent.

Around 6.3 million people tuned in to watch the Queen’s speech on Christmas Day.

Some 5.2 million people tuned in on BBC One while 1.1 million watched on ITV. It was also broadcast on Sky.

The figures dropped from the 7.5 million that the broadcast attracted on BBC One and ITV last year.

In her address, the Queen highlighted the importance of people with opposing views bridging the gap between one another, by being civil and acting with common decency.

The 92-year-old said: “Even with the most deeply-held differences, treating the other person with respect and as a fellow human being is always a good first step towards greater understanding.”

Michael McIntyre’s Big Christmas Show on BBC One was another hit of the day.

6.1 million viewers tuned in to watch the show on BBC One. Michael McIntyre’s Big Christmas Show, on BBC One, was the surprise hit of the day.

Top 10 Christmas Day shows

  1. The Queen’s Christmas Broadcast, 6.3 million
  2. Michael McIntyre’s Big Christmas Show, BBC One, 6.1 million
  3. Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special, BBC One, 5.8 million
  4. Call The Midwife Christmas Special, BBC One, 5.5 million
  5. The Jungle Book, BBC One, 5.2 million
  6. EastEnders, BBC One, 5 million
  7. BBC News, BBC One, 4.7 million
  8. Mrs Brown’s Boys Christmas Special, BBC One, 4.7 million
  9. Coronation Street, ITV, 4.6 million, includes plus-one
  10. Zog, BBC One, 4.5 million

The Michael McIntyre’s Big Christmas Show beat the Strictly, Call The Midwife and Mrs Brown’s Boys’ Christmas specials.

The BBC features in nine of the top 10 shows of the day, with ITV’s highest rating programme going to Coronation Street, which was watched by 4.6 million, including plus-one.

Its Torvill and Dean biopic had glowing reviews but did not make the top 10 – with 2.9 million viewers.

Other shows in the top 10 include The Jungle Book film, EastEnders and children’s favourite, Zog.

McIntyre’s Big Christmas Show, the top-rated single channel show, was recorded at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, and featured live music from Welsh soprano Katherine Jenkins.

Charlotte Moore, director of BBC content said: “We’re happy so many people chose to watch BBC One this Christmas Day.

“Whether it be entertainment shows such as Michael McIntyre and Strictly Come Dancing, drama like Call The Midwife or comedy with Mrs Brown’s Boys we want to offer something for everyone.”

The one rating I do not understand is Eatenders. Christmas is supposedly a happy time. Why would you want to sit Christmas Day watching miserable wretched folk shouting, falling out and being violent and abusive towards one another. Those viewers obviously have not suffered from it in real life as a child.


2,200 jobs at risk with HMV on brink of collapse

HMV, Britain’s biggest high street music retailer, is on the brink of becoming the first post-Christmas victim of Britain’s brutal high street environment by collapsing into administration for the second time in six years.

Sky News has learnt that HMV Retail filed a notice of intention to appoint administrators last week amid desperate last-ditch talks with suppliers.

Sources said that the chain, which trades from 130 shops and employs about 2,200 people, had been in talks in recent days with leading names in the recorded music industry to seek financial support from them.

However, those discussions are not thought to have produced sufficient assurances to underpin HMV’s finances, casting doubt on the survival of a retail name due to mark its centenary in 2021.

An announcement about KPMG’s appointment as administrator is expected later today, 28th December 2018, according to insiders.

The disappearance of the last major specialist music retailer on the high street is something the ‎record labels have been keen to avert for years.

HMV, which was then a publicly traded company, fell into administration in January 2013.

Hilco, which this year bought Homebase, purchased the group’s debt and acquired the business in a‎ £50m deal.

Music industry sources said the rise of streaming services had “decimated” HMV’s business and made its future operation unsustainable.

The chain’s likely collapse into administration comes amid expectations of a bloody Christmas trading period for the retail industry, with sales having been impacted by last month’s Black Friday promotional bonanza.

2018 had already seen tens of thousands of jobs disappear from the high street following the collapse of Maplin, Poundworld and Toys R Us UK.

Other retailers including Carpetright, Mothercare and New Look‎ have shed stores and jobs through agreements struck with creditors.

Next will be the first of the major high street chains to update the City on its Christmas trading performance when it issues a statement on January 3.

A report by the KPMG/Ipsos Retail Think Tank published this week said the sector would face renewed pressures this year because of shifts in consumer behaviour, an over-supply of shops, high levels of debt and the cost of regulation.

Paul Martin, the UK head of retail at KPMG, said: “It is too easy to point the finger at Brexit as the singular cause of all the woes in the industry.

“There is a much wider array of forces at play. These forces are by no means new.”

The news of HMV’s impending collapse comes just two days after Jake Berry, the high streets minister, launched a £675m Future High Streets Fund‎ earmarked for modernising town centres across the UK.

Coincidentally, the music and entertainment retailer’s move to file for administration also comes within hours of a government announcement that it would seek to strengthen protection for consumers who prepay for products in the event of a company’s insolvency.

Retail sources cast doubt on the likelihood that a buyer would want to acquire the whole of HMV in its current form.


Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ Just Smashed Another Record

Mariah Carey’s Christmas juggernaut “All I Want for Christmas” is the gift that keeps on giving.

The singer’s holiday classic, which was released 24 years ago, set a new one-day streaming record on Spotify on Christmas Eve.

The song was played 10.8 million times Monday on Spotify, beating the record previously set by rapper-singer XXXTentacion, whose song “SAD!” had 10.4 million streams on the day after his death in June, according to Spotify’s Chart Data.


Spotify did not immediately respond to a request for comment if Carey is the new record holder. The singer seemed surprised by the news, calling it “an amazing Christmas gift” in a tweet on Tuesday.


Earlier this month, “All I Want For Christmas” hit another milestone, becoming the highest-charting yuletide hit in 60 years on the Billboard Hot 100.

The song’s official music video has racked up more than half a billion views.



Egotism is an odd disease. It makes everybody sick but the one who has it. Anon


Happiness is…chilling when all Christmas celebrations are complete


I didn’t fight my way to the top of the food chain to be a vegetarian.


Love is…singing in the car together to your favourite tracks


We Built This City –  Ladbaby

Highest Chart Position: No.1 21st December 2018


Friday 28th December 2018

Card Playing Day

Day: 25,467



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