What Christmas TV did you watch?

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Stephen Nolan may have the biggest show in the so-called ‘country’ but he doesn’t have the most generous show in the actual country. That honour goes to RTÉ and Ryan Tubridy’s Late Late Show. It has been part of Irish life since 1964 when presenter Gay Byrne was young.

On Nolan’s quiz show, ‘Three Gold Rings’ (BBC1 last week) there was only a Stephen Nolan calendar for each member of the audience. Gaybo, Pat Kenny and Ryan Tubridy have all been much more generous. They made the phrase, “One-for-everyone-in-the-audience,” part of Irish life.

What other TV did you watch?

The Royle Family Christmas Special was good craic and we’re not talking about the Queen’s speech. Next door neighbour, Joe lost his wife Mary some time ago, so he put an ad in a lonely hearts’ column for a ‘vacant lady’. The other woman in his life, daughter Cheryl (36) was of an age where she was looking for a little independence, Joe explained. She struck a blow for independence by purchasing a lovely fridge freezer for her bedroom.

Meanwhile, Joe wined and dined an impressive selection of vacant women chez the Royles’. The only ‘mishap’ came when promisingly vacant Philomena requested Stilton from the cheese board. Quick-thinking Barbara came to the rescue. “Would madam care to enjoy a Dairylea triangle while having a sniff of Jim’s old socks?” she asked.