So we're well into December and all the horrors the festive period brings to the TV schedules can't be avoided any longer. During the coming few weeks I'm going to be picking out the odd gem, but, more importantly, warning you about the worst of telly coming our coming way. Think of it as an early present...
Must watch... During the last couple of months I've made sure not to recommend the X Factor. Why? Because it's crap, of course. But if we're going to watch one episode it might as well be the last one in the current run. To be rid of it for another year is a cause for celebration, after all. Despite the best efforts of Dermot O'Leary, whose soul seems to ebb away a little more every time he punches the air in time with the end of his entrance music, the show's been dying a slow death for years.
Attempts to revive its flagging fortunes have this year involved tweaking the format, but any hope of reigniting the X Factor was fatally undermined from the start by the insane decision to let Sharon Osborne back on the telly. Still, the two-part final on Saturday and Sunday nights should be a laugh. As well as finding out who wins the battle of being the most "relevant" (one of two children or a warbly woman), there'll also be live performances from One Direction, The Killers, and, in a marvellous reverse ferret, Elton 'I'm not a fan of talent shows' John. The nation, or if the viewing figures are to be believed, a diminishing part of it, can't wait.
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