40 years ago

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( , 9.30pm) – and Arnold Sch­warzeneg­ger on The Box – ( , 8.30pm) and ( 10.30pm) and home­grown box of­fice smash (8.30pm, Maori TV).

And while there might be no It’s A Won­der­ful Life or Mir­a­cle on 34th St, Can­ter­bury view­ers can en­joy a clas­sic dou­ble bill of Shirley Tem­ple star­rer

( , 8.50pm) and Sherlock Holmes’ mys­tery

( , 10.30pm)

And what would Christ­mas Day be with­out an Only Fools and Horses episode, or in this case the pre­quel se­ries

that has re­placed it. UKTV has got an episode en­ti­tled

(8.30pm) and the New Zealand pre­miere of

on Box­ing Day at the same time. Just for fun, we looked up what was air­ing on New Zealand tele­vi­sions in De­cem­ber 1971.

In those days, there was only one chan­nel and view­ers had to en­dure slices of Frank Capra’s The Pocket Full of Mir­a­cles as well as va­ri­ety spe­cials hosted by the likes of Carol Bur­nett, Ed Sul­li­van and Flip Wilson with Sha Na

Keith Holyoake: Forty years ago the PM’S mes­sage pre­ceded Queen’s.

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