ONE FOOT IN THE GRAVE LIVE AT THE CHAPEL

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Chan­nel 7 TW0, 8.10pm

★★★★ The Christ­mas spe­cials trot­ted out on the ex­tra free-to-airs can be re­garded as ways of us­ing up air-time, or as golden op­por­tu­ni­ties for us all to visit our glo­ri­ous, and some­times not-so-glo­ri­ous, tele­vi­sion pasts. This 1991 Christ­mas spe­cial falls into the for­mer cat­e­gory as we re­visit the trou­bled world of Vic­tor Mel­drew, a tem­per­a­men­tal old goat with a de­li­ciously black out­look on life.

Chan­nel 9, Mid­night

★★★★ Af­ter hav­ing forced us to suf­fer through in­ter­minable cricket and the un­speak­able Warnie dumb-fest, Nine re­ally owes us. Mer­ci­fully, they de­liver with this ab­sorb­ing per­for­mance by al­ter­na­tive band of the moment, Mel­bourne’s The Tem­per Trap, whose soar­ing gui­tars and in­sis­tent rhythms can help us for­get that while our Test team prob­a­bly still needs Warnie, tele­vi­sion does not.

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