There are moments during the Christmas run-up that are very special among the middle classes. The release of the legendary Radio Times Christmas double issue is one of them. The glossy, chunky magazine offers us much more than simple TV and film listings: it gives us permission to care about nothing but self-indulgence, entertainment and relaxation for a whole two weeks. Our Christmas leave might as well kick in as soon as we get our hands on a copy because, from that moment, the only thing we’re going to ‘action’ is the highlighting of films and programmes we intend to watch between now and New Year’s Day.
This year the Radio Times is showing off its awareness of our undying love for its Christmas issue, by showcasing two specially illustrated covers which have a nostalgic feel to them, hand-drawn in red and green by artist Kate Forrester. And in this year’s issue: Sir David Attenborough, Julian Fellowes, Professor Brian Cox – and a free copy of The Gruffalo. Our cup runneth over.