❉ With retro comedy-horror ‘Inside No.9’s recent Christmas special still fresh in our minds, we look back at its antecedents…
❉ A revolutionary piece of television written by and for comedy obsessives first appeared on TV thirty years ago this month.
❉ We look at ‘Black Mirror’ and its antecedents in speculative fiction, from Frankenstein to Doomwatch…
❉ The Doctor, Steven and Sara find themselves caught between the Space Security Service and the Sontarans. Verdict? “It doesn’t get better than this!”
❉ Doctor Who spin-off Counter-Measures returns for a new series, channelling the vibe of fast-paced ITC spy dramas.
❉ Big Finish delivers the goods with an epic tale of two Doctors.
❉ We look back on the festive tradition of the BBC’s A Ghost Story for Christmas series, which was revived in 2005.
❉ What happened to the mini-episode of Monty Python’s Flying Circus scheduled for Christmas Day 1969?
❉ ‘Crackanory’ returns from Monday 30 January on Dave, previewing exclusively on UKTV Play from Monday 23 January.
❉ Sam Michael plays showrunner.