So I probably wouldn’t have decided to stay up and watch the US election if I’d known it meant staying awake for an endless five weeks, but now that we’re finally done and dusted, I’m left to reflect on one of 2020’s cultural trends; Skype, Zoom and Facetime news contributions that reveal dishevelled journalists and their strange home/lifestyle/decoration choices. I feel like I’ve spend more time considering the drab interiors of MSNBC’s Jonathan Lemire’s house than he has, and I’ll be glad when everyone can get back to the studio and I can stop looking at their oven-hobs, bookshelves and other domestic arrangements.
I made my own small contribution to these stakes by broadcasting for BBC Scotland’s news programme The Nine on Thursday night, as close as Scotland gets to a Saturday Night Live-style show, except rather than Live from New York, we’re Live from Blanefield, Scotland. The topic is that hardy perennial, ‘Is Die Hard a Christmas Movie?’, and my Dickensian co-contributor in the Santa hat is the legendary scene-stealer Ian Hoey.
Merry Christmas, everyone, and enjoy!
Is Die Hard a Christmas film?🎄
— The Nine (@BBCScotNine) December 17, 2020