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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Christmas TV Party 2015: Martin Kelly

Christmas TV Party 2015: Martin Kelly

1) What Christmas program/movie have you seen more times than any other?
Two Ronnies Christmas special 1982  also The Snowman.

1982's The Snowman

2) What is your favorite musical Christmas TV special, variety performance, or holiday song in a movie?
The opening song and credits to National Lampoons Christmas Vacation.

3) What's your favorite TV or movie adaptation of Dickens' A Christmas Carol?
We watch them all but the original Black and white Alistair Sim one is best.

1951's A Christmas Carol with Alistair Sim.
4) What do you think is the worst Christmas program/movie--or your least favorite, the most disappointing or most overrated?
Not really a fan of the Doctor Who Christmas specials as I love the show but not that made on a Christmas special.

5) If you were asked to give advice to a TV network executive in charge of holiday programming, what would you suggest?
More and more light entertainment shows.  Something for the whole family is what it's all about and much much less of those countdown shows they do such as fifty greatest Father Christmas shows and also less Benefits Christmas shows ( I hate them ).


  1. I enjoyed reading your responses, Martin. The Snowman is so lovely... all action, no words, and such beautiful music. It is certainly a sweet story. I have an official stuffed snowman from the cartoon, & he has the green hat and everything! Due to my love of Christmas, it was such a thoughtful gift, that I still treasure!

    I also agree with your assessment that family shows are what we need at Christmas! :)

  2. I too love The Snowman. Glad it got mentioned in this blogathon. I also connected with your preference for the opening music to Christmas Vacation. Hearing the intro music to a favorite movie is always a feel-good cue. That's so true. Thanks for participating, Martin.

  3. I need to rewatch The Snowman this year!