Strictly, X Factor and Downton mean the run-up to Christmas

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How can you tell we’re in the run-up to Christmas? Nights drawing in? Leaves on trees turning brown?

No, Strictly Come Dancing, X Factor and Downton Abbey are back on the telly and for me, it makes the changing of the season that much more bearable.

I’m loving the return of Sharon Osborne and the ‘wait for it, here comes the punchline’ of the legendary Bruce Forsyth and his joke-telling.

It’s great all-round family entertainment that we’ve missed on the box during the ’90s and Noughties.

‘If you lost a bit of weight you’d look just like Gary Barlow’ my wife exclaimed.

I bit my lip when we turned to BBC1 and Vanessa Feltz appeared!