PM eyes TV in bedroom for Christmas
Published 05/12/2011 | 12:52
David Cameron wants a television set for his bedroom for Christmas - with a special edition of BBC spy drama Spooks his ideal festive viewing.
It seems the gift will not appear under a tree the Prime Minister has decorated himself however - as he is banned by wife Samantha from wielding the tinsel and baubles.
The insight into the Cameron family Christmas came in an interview with Radio Times in which he also revealed some of his small-screen likes and dislikes.
"We take Christmas very seriously in our house, especially the decoration of the tree," he said. "Sam won't let me anywhere near it - in fact one year she made me remove the lights I'd strung up and start again."
Asked if the couple had a television set in their bedroom, he told the magazine: "No TV in the bedroom... but I'm hoping Santa might come up trumps."
Mr Cameron said his children were starting to adopt his own childhood "ritual" of watching a James Bond film on Christmas Day, though nothing would interrupt watching The Queen's Speech.
Asked to name his ideal Christmas night TV schedule, he said: "I'd have a Spooks reunion episode with all the old characters back from the dead: Adam Carter, Ros Myers, Ruth Evershed.
"Then one of those great costume dramas like Jane Eyre or Bleak House, then a film - Goldfinger or The Sound of Music, which I still love watching."
That gives him at least one thing in common with shadow chancellor Ed Balls, who admitted recently that one scene in the latter film brings tears to his eyes.
Mr Cameron's TV turnoff would be anything presented by Labour peer Alan Sugar, he said, and he also had a snub for Jeremy Clarkson in the aftermath of his friend's controversial comments about shooting striking public sector workers - choosing David Attenborough's Frozen Planet series over Top Gear.