And the names of the TV winners are. . .
If it was before Christmas, there was a choice of five with motorcycle ace Carl ‘Foggy’ Fogarty leading the field to add his laurels in I’m a Celebrity . . . Get me Out of Here! (ITV).
Then Ben Haenow sang his way to success in a long-winded The X Factor (ITV1), quickly followed by Caroline Flack, whose fancy footwork took the Strictly Come Dancing crown on BBC.
The Beeb also featured two other victors with digital salesman Mark Wright’s business plan taking Lord Sugar’s £250,000 “prize” in The Apprentice while St Andrew’s chef Jamie Scott impressed the palates of the judges to savour success in Professional MasterChef.
Winners over the Christmas and New Year holidays weren’t all that easy to decide with not enough hours in the day or night to catch up on festive offerings galore, plus more than 4,500 feature films to watch . . . or miss, even if you’ve heard of them.
Christmas Day - Frozen at Christmas (Channel 4). Revealing insight into Disney’s highest grossing animated film.
Boxing Day - The Day We Sang (BBC2). Musical magic from Victoria Wood with this TV adaptation of her stage hit criss-crossing the decades from 1929 to 1969.
Saturday 27th - Top Gear Patagonia Special (BBC2). Not an AA man in sight as the “petrol heads” encountered problems galore on their gruelling road trip in South America.
Sunday 28th - The Queen’s Garden. TV gardener Alan Titchmarsh checks out the Monarch’s London greenery.
Monday 29th - Mapp and Lucia (BBC1). Fans of E. F. Benson’s comedy of social manners weren’t disappointed with this starry retelling of rivalry between bitchy small town divas Elizabeth Mapp (Miranda Richardson) and Emmeleline Lucas (Anna Chancellor).
Tuesday 30th - Elvis by the Presleys/Elvis: ‘68 Comeback Special (Channel 5). Three-hour, double tribute was star entertainment.
New Year’s Eve - Britain’s Favourite Sitcoms (Channel 5). Another three-hour marathon as Mel Giedroyc guided us through a compilation of favourites from both sides of the Atlantic.
New Year’s Day - Miranda (BBC1). Bittersweet start to the New Year as the last-ever episode of this comedy sitcom showed what a gem this series had been.
Friday 2nd - The Musketeers (BBC1). Sexy swashbuckling seemed to be the in-thing as the leather-clad friends returned to rescue a French general from a high-security Spanish fortress.
Saturday 3rd - Take Me Out (ITV1). TV trash at its best as Paddy McGuinness tried to find dream dates to the Isle of Fernandos for gamekeeper Ash, school bus driver Scott and magician Steve and Leamington Spa student Craig.
Sunday 4th - Into the Volcano (BBC2). Kate Humble felt the heat as she headed to the island of Tanna in the South Pacific.
Monday 5th - Broadchurch (ITV1). ITV’s claim that it is “same town, new secrets” proved correct as the second series of this must-see thriller returned with David Tennant and Olivia Colman as the cops on a mission.