Christmas crackers in short supply on traditional TV channels

Audiences are fragmenting, but ‘Late Late Toy Show’ remains shiny and bright for RTÉ

Young Irish fan Evan Hoban's dream came true last night when he was presented with an Irish jersey by Jamie Heaslip on The Late Late Toy Show. Video: RTÉ

Endless clip shows have a way of creating fake television memories, but I will swear on the faltering life of my Virgin Media box that on Christmas Day in 1986, I saw Den serve divorce papers on Angie right before the EastEnders’ “doof-doofs” kicked in. This divorce thing they had in other countries certainly seemed dramatic.

The episode was watched by an astonishing 30.1 million viewers in the UK, a figure that stomps all over the kind of audience that can be expected today.

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