Apart from being inelegantly and pointlessly cropped to widescreen, the compilation served as a useful way to whet our appetite for the hugely eclectic year to come, though unless things change we won’t be seeing that Dame Edna performance again, rather thankfully. The most amazing thing is that Barry Humphries didn’t have a massive heart attack on stage. Because we went a month without episodes some of the records here seem to have been around for ages but Rocky Sharpe and The Replays are only now entering the chart, but there’s no stuff too, including what was apparently the Queen Mother’s favourite record. Then it’s repeats of Ever Decreasing Circles!
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Creamguide's Pick of the Day
“Once upon a time, the end!” Really enjoyed this last week, the best episode for ages and Capaldi was great in it. We should have fewer episodes set in space and more set in chic modernist brasseries, because they certainly have more relevance to our lives. Jon P’twee used to say there was nothing scarier than a yeti on the toilet in Tooting Bec, perhaps we can update that to a Cyberman in Café Rouge, or a Sontaran in Starbucks. Apparently this one’s not quite so good.
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