These are the Christmas TV shows we all watched 20 years ago

If you’re like us, you’re currently going to be looking at Christmas TV shows, picking out all the must-see shows you have to see this year.

And while the BBC, ITV, Netflix and the like have whipped up a veritable buffet of TV goodies for us this holiday season, we all feel nostalgic for Christmas TV past.

So join us as we travel back in time to 2001, to see what we were all sitting down to watch (and maybe fall asleep) 20 years ago …

CHRISTMAS EVE

Dale National Lottery Christmas Cracker

The late Dale Winton hosted a special edition of his national lottery show, which saw him joined by Will Smith and Vinnie Jones, while Westlife, S Club 7, the Corrs and Cher were on hand to provide the music.

O’Connors tonight at Christmas

Des O'Connor and Will Smith
Des O’Connor and Will Smith

There was a double dose of Will Smith on December 24, as he was also a guest on a special festive edition of Des O’Connor’s talk show.

He joined a star group consisting of Victoria Beckham, Elton John, Anastacia and uh, Harry Hill.

Parkinson’s at Christmas

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It was a cat-show extravaganza on Christmas Eve in 2001, as no sooner had Des finished his ITV show than Parky greeted a host of famous faces in his iconic interview series.

Dame Edna Everage dropped in to chat, while Robbie Williams teamed up with Lenny Henry to perform big band numbers in support of her album Swing When You’re Winning, while Charlotte Church was on hand to sing along. Christmas special.

But the absolute highlight was Geri Horner (then Halliwell) performing an acoustic medley of Spice Girls songs, mixed with his own hits and a few Christmas classics (with beatboxing), for reasons we’re not entirely sure.

THE DAY OF CHRISTMAS

The big breakfast

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While Christmas editions of the day’s favorites like This Morning and Lorraine have become more mainstream in recent years, Channel 4’s now-defunct (and much-missed) breakfast show served up a TV treat to open your bottom there. at 20 years.

Top of the pop

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In 2001, Top Of The Pops was still a part of the weekly TV lineup, compared to the annual festive event it now follows its ax back in 2006, but it still drew the biggest names in the charts for its episode of the day. of Christmas.

In what is truly a marker of the era, the performer roster included Shaggy, S Club 7, Wheatus, Westlife, Atomic Kitten, Hear’Say, Kylie Minogue and Afroman, as well as a rendition of Christmas number one from that year by Robbie Williams and Nicole Kidman with Something Stupid.

EastEnders

5:55 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. on BBC One

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The EastEnders Christmas special was further split into two 30-minute parts in 2001.

That year, Phil Mitchell discovered he was Louise’s real father, with Lisa Shaw and Mark Fowler making the Square believe the baby was his.

Elsewhere, the story of domestic violence between Trevor Morgan and Little Mo reached new heights as he pushed his wife’s face into her Christmas dinner and made her eat leftovers from the carpet.

There was joy to be had, however, when Jim Branning proposed to Dot Cotton, but not before confusion with Sonia Fowler, who believed Jamie Mitchell was about to ask him the question after finding the ring.

The lost World

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It was BBC One’s big Christmas drama in 2001, with the two sides being set on Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

Based on Arthur Conan-Doyle’s novel, it followed a maverick professor who led a party from London to South America in search of a set where rumors say dinosaurs roam.

Coronation Street

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Christmas Day 2001 marked one of Corrie’s most iconic – and unexpected – storylines, as it marked the start of Deirdre Barlow’s affair with Dev Alahan.

It was not a peaceful Christmas at the Barlow’s, as a drunkard Peter accused his mother-in-law of being responsible for the death of his sister Susan.

After slapping him in the face and rushing to leave the family to cook their own Christmas dinner, she found herself at her boss Dev Alahan’s house where they wallowed in on the disaster of their respective days. But as the wine started to flow, it wasn’t long before they found themselves in bed together…

Elsewhere in the street, justice caught up with Terry Duckworth as he was arrested trying to take Daddy Jack to the hospital with chest pains.

The great impression of Alistair McGowan

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Current impressionist Alistair McGowan landed a prime-time slot on Christmas Day, as he and Ronnie Ancona took out celebrities such as Davina McCall, Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen, Des Lynham, Pete Waterman, the cast of EastEnders and Helen and Paul from Big Brother 2.

Only fools and horses

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The Only Fools And Horses Christmas special was a long-standing tradition, with the 2001 catching up with the Trotters five years after their last television appearance.

He saw Del and Rodney return to Peckham after losing the wealth they accumulated in the 1996 special after making a bad financial investment that saw them declared bankrupt. But they did have a chance to win their fortunes back when Del Boy appeared on a game show, but things didn’t quite go as planned.

Stars in their eyes

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Oh, how we miss the stars in their eyes.

The show faced off against Only Fools And Horses in the Christmas Day ratings war, and more and more audiences are stepping through these famous doors to become their pop icons – although this time around they’re performing classics. festive.

Among them were Shakin ‘Stevens’ Merry Christmas Everyone, Karen Carpenter and Merry Christmas Darling, and, uh, Gloria Gaynor and Aretha Franklin doing It’s Raining Men – how well that fits into the theme of the party, we can’t. tell you because it’s not on Youtube.

Snow Graham Norton

Snow Graham Norton

To round off Christmas Day, Channel 4 aired a late-night rehearsal of the festive edition of Graham Norton’s pre-BBC talk show, which saw the comedian joined by Kate Beckinsale, Martine McCutcheon, Alison Moyet and S Club 7.

BOXING DAY

Surprise from Cilla Surprise

Cilla went to Disneyland for the 2001 Surprise Surprise Christmas Special
Cilla went to Disneyland for the 2001 Surprise Surprise Christmas Special

Cilla Black was on hand to bring festive surprises to an unsuspecting audience with a special edition of Surprise Surprise, which saw her make her way to Disneyland Paris.

Ultimately, this would be the last episode of Cilla hosting the long-running show, which has aired since 1984.

A 20th anniversary episode that was meant to be broadcast in late 2003 was never aired after Cilla sensational left ITV live on an episode of Blind Date earlier that year. However, the lost episode eventually aired over the Christmas period some 12 years later.

Graham goes to Dollywood

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There was even more Graham to be had at Christmas 2001, with the cat-show legend traveling to Dollywood, Tennessee, at the invitation of the grande dame herself – Dolly Parton.

It’s also one of the few shows on this list to still be available in full, with the episode on All4.

Jonathan Creek

Jonathan Creek

Bill Bailey and Steven Berkoff have joined Alan Davies on a new adventure for Jonathan Creek as part of BBC One’s Boxing Day program.

The latest supernatural mystery saw him team up with the police to solve the murder of an actress on a film set, bewildered by how the window through which she was shot had managed to remain intact.



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