You turn your back for an instant and suddenly it's all over. After weeks of increasing anticipation, Christmas has been and gone and the New Year's Eve hangovers are barely more than a dim ache already. Time really does fly - and it's only 357 days until Christmas!
It seems like only yesterday that subversive comedy series It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (above) introduced us to the wild and wicked ways of Dennis, Dee, Charlie, Mac and Frank. But as the show returns for its 11th season (Thursday at 11pm, on FX; with a 12th series already confirmed), the Sunny gang are marking more than a decade on our screens. That's a good run by any standard; classic sitcom Cheers ran for 11 seasons while Seinfeld only made it to nine.
Thankfully, in all that time, Sunny's dark, anarchic humour hasn't changed much, and if this season's teasers and trailer are anything to go by, the feuding patrons of Paddy's Pub are far from mellowing with age. It's delightful insanity as usual.
After killing Mac's dad and starting a cult last year, Charlie (Charlie Day; Horrible Bosses) and his hedonistic buddies are now mainlining white wine and quaffing paint, making a dodgy smut movie and playing another round of their depraved board game, Chardee MacDennis. Some things never change and I'm more than grateful that it's continuously bright in Philly.
Adventurer Bear Grylls returns to our screens for a second series of Running Wild (Discovery Channel, Tuesday, at 10pm) but the macho survivalist had better watch his back, because there is a new beefcake on the scene and he's knocking back the blood smoothies like they're going out of fashion. While Grylls spends adrenaline-fuelled weekends flouncing around with the likes of Kate Winslet, James Marsden and special guest Barack Obama, 40-year-old Hazen Audel stars in new series Survive the Tribe (National Geographic Channel, tomorrow, at 10pm).
You won't catch this biologist-turned-wilderness explorer bedding down in a posh hotel for the night. In the coming weeks, Audel will join some of the world's most isolated tribal communities to learn how they have survived for thousands of years in some of the planet's toughest environments. From the rainforests of Ecuador (where an 18-year-old Audel spent time with the hunter-gatherer Huaorani people) to the lands of Canada's Inuit tribe, the adventurer learns traditional lifestyles while battling whatever Mother Nature throws at him. Embedded with Mongolia's Kazakh population he learns to hunt with eagles and in Namibia it's poison-tipped spears that will help him catch his dinner.
The Samburu people of Kenya provide Audel with his toughest challenge. A stomach-churning cocktail of milk and cow's blood, often taken directly from the vein, allows them to live in one of the driest and hottest places on Earth, and goes to show that our rugged and charismatic guide is up for pretty much anything, giving Mr Grylls a run for his money.
You may have noticed, while shovelling down mince pies and glugging eggnog, that a certain movie concerning intergalactic battles has enraptured the film-going public over the festive season. It is, of course, the first of a trio of movies that follow on from the original Star Wars trilogy, released back in the 1970s. The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby is also a film trilogy, and one with a highly original concept.
The idea is that, with each full-length movie, the viewer will experience a different version of the same story. Beginning with Him (tonight on FX, at 10pm), we learn about the disintegrating relationship between Conor Ludlow (James McAvoy; X-Men) and our titular heroine (Jessica Chastain; The Martian) as told from his perspective. At the same time next Sunday, Her will tell it from the opposing side of the relationship, before a distilled version of the two films, Them, is screened the following week.
If you're thinking of skipping the first two and just watching the combined effort, you'll end up kicking yourself, because Him and Her are both compelling, and much more enjoyable than the edited Them.