Holiday TV: May the force be with you this Christmas
It is that time of year when families gather around the warming hearth, by which I mean the television, to enjoy the traditional favourites. Charlie Brown and his little tree. Rudolph and the misfit toys. Itchy the Wookiee and his eroticized dream featuring Diahann Carroll.
No dice on that last one? Your family does not roast up some chestnuts and settle down for a seasonal viewing of The Star Wars Holiday Special? That’s understandable, since it only aired once: in 1978. I missed it the first time around, possibly because I was five years old and not on top of the TV listings, but the Internet being the world’s depository of strange detritus that it is, one can now easily view the two-hour extravaganza in its entirety.