SATIRE, EH, never as good as it blah blah blah. But this, another of the Beeb’s long procession of post-TW3 late-nighters, was well above average, thanks to somewhat stellar writing/presenting team of CLIVE JAMES, JOHN WELLS, WILLIE RUSHTON and KENNY EVERETT. Legendarily last-minute affair, with scripts knocked up hours before totally live transmission, sometimes not at all, plus sufficiently “laid back” running order so team could drop or cut short anything they got bored with. Which was pretty much everything. Regular guests also showed up, who were basically the gang’s best mates, which made for even more spectacular line-up, including JOHN FORTUNE, ERIC IDLE, RICHARD MURDOCH, MAX WALL, IVOR CUTLER, BARRY HUMPHRIES and VIVIAN STANSHALL in special “Up Christmas” edition as a pissed-up Santa, appearing out of a giant-sized festive hamper, brandishing a pint of Bloody Mary at the camera, before falling over, cutting his hand on the glass and bleeding all over the plain white studio floor.