16 - Episode 5: Christmas Special

Episode 5: Christmas Special

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Jason Bradbury and Pollyanna Woodward set out to bring viewers the biggest pile of tech they have ever seen in one show, cramming in over 75 gadgets perfect for Christmas into 60 adrenaline-packed minutes!

Jason and Pollyanna are looking into some of the must-have gadgets on everyone’s shopping list this Christmas. First on their list is Apple’s latest foray into the tablet market – the iPad mini. Then they take to the skies in London’s Emirates Air Line cable car, bringing along the Amazon Kindle Fire HD to see how it fares.

Next they check out the latest gaming titles on the move in their bespoke gaming wagon, which is decked out with the latest consoles on multiple screens. Reviews include Nintendo’s brand new Wii U, Xbox 360’s Smart Glass, Halo 4, Forza Horizon, Call of Duty and PS3 slim, not to mention children’s games and the PlayStation Playbook.

From there, they are off to the circus to test the latest high-end televisions from Panasonic, Sony and Samsung –with the help of some jugglers, fire-breathers, motorcyclists and some very special budgies! The fun continues with Jason and Polly next turning their attention to the latest gadgets for the home, including the Phillips Hue, the latest set top box called YouView and a very cool microwave called the Spoutnic!

They even have time to pack in a video-diary review of the latest smartphones, including the iPhone 5,
Nokia Lumia 920 and HTC 1X+.Finally, they are off to Santa’s grotto where they ask a focus group of children to test a haul of toys, including the latest offerings from Hot Wheels, Furby and Attacknids, this year’s must-have fighting robot.


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Comments (39)

  • Tanveer

    5 months ago


    Totally disappointed by your reviews about iPhone 5. I think when you both were not allowed to enter the Apple's headquarter in silicon valley California by the security, you both definitely showed your anger by totally rejecting the iPhone! :/ That wasn't fair... Especially you Polly.

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  • Baljit Singh

    over 1 year ago

    Baljit Singh

    I'm sorry, but how can you test Smartphones without testing 2 of the biggest Android to sell this year? I'm talking about the Samsung Galaxy S3 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 2. Both have inductive charging, both have quad-core A9 chips, both have 2GB of RAM, and both come with Android Jelly Bean. Then there is the S-Pen, which is just remarkable. I have a Galaxy S3 myself, and I find it shocking you guys haven't reviewed. This new format really isn't working. I want Suzi Perry and Mr Bentley back!!!

  • marcin

    over 1 year ago


    I love the new version of Gadget Show. Jason, classic tech junkiee, and Polyanna great new Woman view on tehnology. Keep it up!

  • james

    over 1 year ago


    channel 5 sort your web player out! PLEASE!!! i want to watch the episodes i've missed but the site is so buggy on anything other than IE.. i'm on a MAC, safari can't display the page properly, and i' had to infect my machine with Chrome.. now i get the all the ads.. but still no actual show.. what the?!?! why do you seem to be able get the ads working over and over again, but not the actual content?!? about the actual crimbo show.. i didn't seen anything really crimbo special about it.. not like previous years.. i agree i miss the other presenters and don't think the new format is working.. in relation to IPhone bashing.. that's just typical.. as soon as something bad is said.. it's a conspiracy against Iphone.. can't you accept perhaps they aren't perfect?!? the only reason it had sold so many is because they once made a great innovative phone that attracted a lot of followers and those followers by/upgrade the new version even if it may not be as good, just because it's an Iphone..there are other things better than Iphone. although having said that.. it can't be THAT bad at everything surely?! perhaps operator error?

  • Graeme Roberts

    over 1 year ago

    Graeme Roberts

    The show works for me and my lad who's 11, I teach and the piece on Windows 8 has provided a great introduction to tonight's lesson about laptops and portable devices, thanks TGS.

  • Robert

    over 1 year ago


    Wow. What was that about the iPhone 5? People accused TGS of being Apple fans once upon a time, well guess what, purposely bashing is just as bad. Was no research done before the reviews (e.g. On what the A6 is....) I dont get it GS. I dont get it. It was bad enough that the format change axed so many of the well loved reviewers, but now the reviews are of this standard? Sucks :(

  • Richard

    over 1 year ago


    75 items in 60 mins that take under 45 mins to watch. Now that's trick. Unlike the sound, which still crackles and warbles although you can at least hear them now. Well.. unless the protected content popup stops you watching at all.

  • Nick

    over 1 year ago


    Seem to be a lot of comments removed by moderator, including my one that hinted at a link between Microsoft's sponsorship of of Gadget Show Live and very poor reviews of iPad Mini and iPhone 5. No bad language or insults, mind. Lets see if this comment makes it through....

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  • ThomasSenior

    over 1 year ago


    @Trev the gadget show is sponsored by currys and pc not Microsoft

  • Trev

    over 1 year ago


    Since when has the Gadget Show been sponsored by Microsoft?

  • Ethan Bradshaw (@EthanBradshaw44)

    over 1 year ago

    Ethan Bradshaw (@EthanBradshaw44)

    Polly just wanted to dislike the phone. She was completely delusional. I used to watch this show every week but I feel angry because it is simply a good phone. How can you improve on a beautiful design too? The iPhone has A GOOD DESIGN. Simple!

  • Jason Ball

    over 1 year ago

    Jason Ball

    Heard about the poor review and had a look. Absolutely pathetic. Now I know the reason I stopped watching a few years ago. No science used at all. Not worth the air time. Shelve it

  • Gadget show's ex-lover

    over 1 year ago

    Gadget show's ex-lover

    Nexus 7 does not exist then? I'm bored of the new series, it's lost its edge. Rushing through products, not comparing all products.

  • Bob Moore

    over 1 year ago

    Bob Moore

    Glad I wasn't on the road when they were reviewing those toys.

  • Charles Gillham

    over 1 year ago

    Charles Gillham

    Just a quick not iPad Mini is 1024x768 Not 1024x648 Other than that great.

  • James Tate

    over 1 year ago

    James Tate

    I thought it was great, and guys its a review, they can say what they think :)

  • Barry Christie

    over 1 year ago

    Barry Christie

    I used to enjoy the Gadget Show and would place some faith in reviews but the comments about the iphone 5 were shocking....Polly must have been given a cheap chinese copy, enough people have rubbished her review already as do I with my experience so sorry guys you have lost me as a viewer for I no longer have any faith in any review / comments you have re any gadget!

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  • Tom Webb

    over 1 year ago

    Tom Webb

    The iPhone 5 bashing is ridiculous. The end comment about 'poor build quality' must be said as a joke, surely? As someone else has said, you reviewed it positively when it came out and now suddenly it's the worst in every area? You also compare it to it's previous models rather than as a stand-alone phone against it rivals, but don't do that with the others? The problem with the whole show though is that you mainly review gadgets that barely anyone can afford, and most reviews seem to be skimmed over and done with in a minute or two. The current show is so much worse than the previous format.

  • Paul

    over 1 year ago


    Disgraceful TV first episode of this series i have watch will not be watching again

  • nathaniel watkins

    over 1 year ago

    nathaniel watkins

    Epic Christmas tech is so good

  • Joe

    over 1 year ago


    What the...? Why wasn't Nexus 7 covered? Or the SIII? This show has been getting worse and worse.

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    over 1 year ago



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  • Jimbob

    over 1 year ago


    I'm afraid you've lost it on the reviews tonight. What can only come across as iPhone 5 bashing, where you big up the One X's graphics as nearly this generation of consoles (none of them are even close yet), when the iPhone 5 is demonstrated to have 3x the graphical power of it in proper benchmarks! The iPhone 5's battery life is so terrible that it's flat by 3pm, yet the One X is mostly full at 10pm. Even though all the battery tests show the iPhone 5 battery to be good at 10 hours for wifi browsing, vs 8-9 hours for the competition.. in short they're all as good/bad as each other.. use them with heavy games and keep the screens on and they use the battery a lot. Then, the iPhone 5 apparently can't make any phone calls, ANY calls.. every one the person on the other end of the phone couldn't hear Polly properly. I've not heard any negative description of the call quality... perhaps the handset you had was defective. Jason kept silent about his experience of the phone in this regard. Finally you close the bashing review of the iPhone 5 by saying "the build quality is poor" In the same show as you reviewed the iPad mini a little more favourably by ending that review with "it's got a superior build quality, it is a thing of beauty" The iPad mini is built with exactly the same design cues and build quality as the iPhone 5. Something that every reviewer and person who holds one has stated is at least exemplary about the 5, almost jewellery-like, ahead of anything Apple has made before, or anyone else in this area. I'm sorry but this whole experience came across as a needless bashing, that wasn't even consistent within itself on terms of the build quality description. Let's not even talk about consistency with your very own iPhone 5 review from back in September. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JOKZBps7XzA Seriously guys, get your act together, and please cut down on the American styled cut away edits where Polly and Jason tell us what we've just seen and are about to see.. it worked better in voice over, it worked even better in the studio when the presenters were explaining the gadgets to fellow presenters. We all miss the old format, including the full set of presenters!!

  • Bilbo Biggin

    over 1 year ago

    Bilbo Biggin

    Disappointment at the "Christmas Special" that was billed to look at tablets. Only three. I want to buy two this Christmas and I am none the wiser. ipad will not be on my list but Galaxy note 10.2 might be, but you did not feature it. Were you paid by Apple, Asus and Amazon ? Shame on you.

  • James andrews

    over 1 year ago

    James andrews

    Bring back the old presenters and get rid of Polly. She sucks. Also who changed the format to include useless items noone can afford. espec in these times!?

  • Ronan Duffy

    over 1 year ago

    Ronan Duffy

    give me one of those gadgets please.!!!:)

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  • Thomas Bastien

    over 1 year ago

    Thomas Bastien

    YESSS!!! is 8pm Im wachin the christmas special write know on TV!!!!

  • John Lilley

    over 1 year ago

    John Lilley

    Check out the Gadget Show's very own Game Wagon used during the show. We have just been showing this off at the Gadget Show Live Xmas event. What a great weekend.

  • mr heinz lucas

    over 1 year ago

    mr heinz lucas

    a very good show i wactch it evryweek