If you’re short of time or cash, though, I recommend you give one of the biopics a body-swerve, and I ain’t talking about Lincoln.
Spielberg’s epic feature about Honest Abe’s final months in office and the behind-the-scenes politics behind the 13th Amendment to abolish slavery may be talk-heavy and verging on hagiography, but it’s literate and doesn’t presume its audience has the attention span of a gnat.
This week, the programme won Best Sitcom at the National Television Awards (or the NTAs, if you’re in the biz, dahling), beating Absolutely Fabulous, Benidorm and The Big Bang Theory.
These gongs are unique because they’re voted for by viewers, who have already given it the most important award of all - record viewing figures. One estimate of the cumulative audience for the show is an anstonishing 15 million. The Christmas Eve special beat Eastenders, Downton Abbey and Call the Midwife, and it’s overtaken Miranda in the Monday night ratings.
Not cleaning or DIY. No, my staff will wait in, and take delivery of the many items that you’ve bought on-line.
It’s brilliant, isn’t it? After all, you work so that you can afford to buy stuff, but then you’re too knackered working to be bothered going to the shops, and everything you could ever want is just a click away.
The thesp is playing the title role in Bob Servant Independent - the new TV comedy about the ridiculous, larger than life, local businessman, which follows on from the popular books and radio series written by Neil Forsyth (no relation).
In the TV series, the self-aggrandising Dundee Mr Big launches himself into the world of politics by running as an independent candidate in the local by-election. The problem is that the so-called 'man of the people' doesn't actually like people. Not like real-life politicians at all, then.
Or, after the expense of Christmas, was that one treat you just couldn’t stretch to? Because it is a stretch for many families, as, unlike our national museums and galleries, entrance to our science centres is not free. At the centres in Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow, ticket prices range from £5.75 to £11.50 for adults and £4.50 to £7.50 for children. Multiply those by the number of people in your group, add on transport/parking, snacks, and the pester power of the gift shop, and you might be ready to jump off the nearest fiscal cliff.