Critics’ alternative: A Very British Scandal

Claire Foy and Paul Bettany in A Very British Scandal.
Claire Foy and Paul Bettany in A Very British Scandal. {Photograph}: Alan Peebles/BBC/Blueprint

Plummy diction. Roaming eyes. Pouting crimson lips. Claire Foy is gleefully on-brand as Margaret Campbell, Duchess of Argyll on this three-part drama from Sarah Phelps. Following the duchess’s real-life divorce from the duke (an icky Paul Bettany who will make you wince), it cleverly unpicks the institutional misogyny of the time, which focused Campbell for being a girl who loved intercourse. Actually, it may very well be argued that the duke stealing and utilizing his spouse’s express, non-public pictures in opposition to her in courtroom was an early instance of revenge porn. An exquisite manufacturing with some ugly truths and loads of raunch. HR
Boxing Day, 9pm, BBC One


The fierce, visceral and compelling Neapolitan mob drama returns for its ultimate season. Once we left Gennaro Savastano (Salvatore Esposito), he was hiding in a bunker, together with his goals of civilian life in tatters as predators gathered spherical him. He has no choice however to struggle for his life – what is going to he lose within the course of? PH
Saturday 18 December, 9pm, Sky Atlantic

The Woman Earlier than

Lots of of well-off, seemingly good persons are determined to hire One Folgate Road – a soulless London grand design rented out by a cryptic landlord who has a listing of 100 ridiculous stipulations for tenants equivalent to “no books”. For Jane (Gugu Mbatha-Uncooked), the home is a spot to flee a latest trauma. However this can be a thriller sequence, not an statement on the housing disaster – and Jane quickly learns the destiny of the lady who lived there earlier than (Jessica Plummer). HR
Sunday 19 December, 9pm, BBC One


What began as a darkly comedian retelling of a real crime story turns right into a surprisingly emotional and typically uncomfortable deep dive into the troubled backstories of two convicted killers in love – Susan and Christopher Edwards (Olivia Colman and David Thewlis). Kate O’Flynn is especially good because the seemingly steely DC Emma Lancing. Subsequent week’s ultimate episode particulars the trial. HR
Tuesday 21 December, 9pm, Sky Atlantic

Hansel and Gretel: After Ever After

Hansel & Gretel: After Ever After.
Hansel & Gretel: After Ever After. {Photograph}: Premier Comms/Sky

Sheridan Smith and David Walliams star on this atypical fairytale, following Hansel and Gretel after their escape from the gingerbread home. Walliams can also be a co-writer, which explains a few of the extra grownup humour – such because the villagers being simply as fearful about cancel tradition as they’re in regards to the perils of a child-hungry witch. HW
Thursday 23 December, 8pm, Sky Max

Agatha Raisin: Kissing Christmas Goodbye

Ashley Jensen returns within the refreshingly foolish crime romp. The glamorous sleuth is brightening up the darkish December days with ideas of her outdated flame James Lacey. However her plans to distract herself with the proper Christmas are thwarted by the necessity to clear up a thriller after a pesky poisoning within the village. HV
Thursday 23 December, 10pm, Sky Max

The Superb Mr Blunden

The Amazing Mr Blunden.
The Superb Mr Blunden. {Photograph}: Justin Downing/Sky UK

Tamsin Greig and Simon Callow star on this new TV particular primarily based on Antonia Barber’s fantasy novel. The ghost story with a time-travel twist follows what occurs when a mysterious outdated man enters the lives of youngsters Jamie and Lucy, providing their mum the chance to be the caretaker of a suspiciously haunted nation home. Completely festive household enjoyable for the evening earlier than Christmas, with Callow revelling in his eccentric position. HR
Christmas Eve, 7pm, Sky Max

A Ghost Story for Christmas: The Mezzotint

Within the temper for one thing else a bit spooky? MR James’s traditional ghost story is delivered to life by Mark Gatiss in a chilling half-hour adaptation boasting a solid of Rory Kinnear, Robert Bathurst and Frances Barber. In 1922, Edward Williams receives a curious engraving of an unknown nation home … however what precisely is it? HR
Christmas Eve, 10.30pm, BBC Two

Name the Midwife

The Call the Midwife Christmas Special.
The Name the Midwife Christmas Particular. {Photograph}: Ray Burmiston/BBC/Neal Road Productions

It’s Christmas 1966 and there’s no room on the Nonnatus inn as 20 additional expectant moms ensure that the annual tearjerking staple is packed stuffed with drama. Fortunately, Mom Mildred (Miriam Margolyes) comes to assist because the infants begin coming out in every single place. In the meantime, Lucille (Leonie Elliott) is getting ready for her marriage ceremony, with a few hiccups. HV
Christmas Day, 8pm, BBC One

The Larkins at Christmas

Following its first season run, right here’s the festive particular of the Darling Buds of Might spin-off. An experimental nativity, a spate of burglaries blamed reflexively on the native ex-con, and the go to of Charley’s austere mother and father are the three threads tied in a neat bow by author Simon Nye for a toasty, undemanding episode. Preferrred turkey-stupor telly. JS
Christmas Day, 9pm, ITV

Across the World in 80 Days

David Tennant as Phileas Fogg in Around the World in 80 Days.
David Tennant as Phileas Fogg in Across the World in 80 Days. {Photograph}: Anika Molnár/BBC

With a second sequence already confirmed, David Tennant was clearly the perfect alternative for Phileas Fogg on this adaptation of Jules Verne’s traditional novel. Within the first 5 minutes, he spots the journey competitors that can take him on the voyage of his life with French valet Passepartout (Ibrahim Koma) and journalist Abigail “Repair” Fortescue (Leonie Benesch). HR
Boxing Day, 5.50pm, BBC One

Dying in Paradise

Good vibes, chilly beers, elaborate slayings: this 12 months noticed tropical murder-fest Dying in Paradise have fun its tenth anniversary. The cherry on prime is that this feature-length festive particular the place present fish-out-of-water cop Neville (Ralf Little) groups up with returning veteran Dwayne (Danny John-Jules) to research the demise of a transport magnate. GV
Boxing Day, 7.30pm, BBC One


Clarice has the unenviable activity of following one among cinema’s most extremely regarded horrors, The Silence of the Lambs. A 12 months after the movie’s occasions, Clarice Starling (Rebecca Breeds) is struggling to deal with her newfound notoriety throughout the FBI when a grizzly killer strikes. Generally schlocky, however moreish. HW
Monday 27 December, 9pm, Alibi

Worzel Gummidge: Twitchers

Mackenzie Criminal steps again into his straw-filled footwear for this persevering with reboot – one which is warmly welcomed. This time, Worzel and his buddies Susan and John have a pesky group of birdwatchers to take care of. HR
Tuesday 28 December, 7.15pm, BBC One

Superman & Lois

Because the reboot rumbles on, it’s Smallville’s first harvest competition since Clark Kent’s mom Martha died; a reminder what the city means to him and his household. In the meantime, Lois makes a breakthrough within the investigation of Morgan Edge, and Kyle tries to reconnect with Lana. HR
New 12 months’s Eve, 5.15pm, BBC One


Critics’ alternative: Ghosts

Ghosts Christmas Special.
Ghosts Christmas Particular. {Photograph}: Guido Mandozzi/BBC/Monumental Tv

On this seasonal particular episode, Alison (Charlotte Ritchie) and Mike (Kiell Smith-Bynoe) are dreaming of a quiet Christmas by the hearth – however an surprising customer who received’t depart places a cease to that. In fact, it was at all times going to be a chaotic affair with their ghostly home company in tow. Preserve an eye fixed out for Jennifer Saunders’s quick however welcome cameo. HR
Thursday 23 December, 8.30pm, BBC One

Rob & Romesh vs Christmas

Having requested the previous’s Instagram followers to recommend a Christmas problem, Rob Beckett and Romesh Ranganathan are coaching to affix the circus forward of a doubtlessly harmful gala efficiency. Acrobatics and knife-throwing are among the many expertise that don’t come simply. JS
Sunday 19 December, 9pm, Sky Max

We Want You a Mandy Christmas

We Wish You a Mandy Christmas.
We Want You a Mandy Christmas. {Photograph}: Richard Harrison/BBC

Mandy is again – and he or she hates Christmas. Declining an invite to spend the vacations with pal Lola (Michelle Greenidge), she as a substitute plans to observe Die Laborious whereas getting drunk on Tia Maria (relatable). Will three famous-faced ghosts be capable to encourage some festive spirit? Diane Morgan is, as soon as once more, at her deadpan finest. HR
Monday 20 December, 10pm, BBC Two

Relationship No Filter: Beneath the Mistletoe

The present that marries Gogglebox and First Dates returns. London Hughes, Jayde Adams and Tom Allen are simply a few of the glorious comedians watching movies of individuals occurring festive first dates. The pantomime date is only one second that leaves them cringing behind their palms. HR
Tuesday 21 December, 10pm, Sky Max

Reside on the Apollo Christmas Particular

Live at the Apollo Christmas Special.
Reside on the Apollo Christmas Particular. {Photograph}: BBC/Hat Trick/Ellis O’Brien

Again following a one-year hiatus when Christmas was cancelled, this festive version of the present sees Jason Manford internet hosting. He’s joined by one-time finest newcomer nominee on the Edinburgh comedy awards Maisie Adam and ex-Britain’s Acquired Expertise act Nabil Abdul Rashid. AD
Wednesday 22 December, 10pm, BBC Two

Alan Carr’s Epic Gameshow Christmas Particular

Snowball cocktails on the prepared for this festive gameshow romp. Carr revives The Worth Is Proper for a nostalgic traditional with a Christmas twist. Contestants hoping to win tonight are huge personalities together with Carole the nurse who, as Carr places it: “Everyone at residence goes to be rooting for.” HR
Thursday 23 December, 8pm, ITV

And Simply Like That …

Cynthia Nixon, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kristin Davis in And Just Like That ...
Cynthia Nixon, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kristin Davis in And Simply Like That … {Photograph}: WarnerMedia Direct

Because the Intercourse and the Metropolis reboot continues, Carrie is navigating grief after that Huge shock ending of the opening episode, with the assistance of Miranda, Charlotte and Stanford. And followers have hopefully nearly acquired over the truth that writers dared to recommend Samantha would ever ghost her finest friends (it’s not her type). One other double invoice follows subsequent Thursday. HR
Thursday 23 December, 8pm, Sky Comedy

Not Going Out

A festive-themed episode of the longest-running sitcom on air (not, as assumed, prime minister’s questions). After Lucy declares she has tickets to see Jason Donovan in panto, a cheesed-off Lee falls asleep and goals his whole life’s a pantomime: cue Lee as Buttons, Lucy as Cinders and Mr Particularly for You himself as Prince Charming. AC
Thursday 23 December,10pm, BBC One

Christmas Comedy Membership With Misplaced Voice Man

Higher referred to as Misplaced Voice Man, the uniquely gifted Lee Ridley (who this 12 months discovered a brand new voice courtesy of a geordie voiceover artist) hosts a superbly numerous and inclusive comedy bonanza that includes a few of the better of British standup acts: Invoice Bailey, Rosie Jones, Omid Djalili and future Masked Singer dwell present host, Joel Dommett. AC
Christmas Eve, 10.30pm. ITV

Huge Fats Quiz of the 12 months

Jimmy Carr is again with the favored annual quiz that celebrates, or ridicules, the 12 months that’s been. This 12 months’s contestants are Jonathan Ross, Sarah Millican, James Acaster, Judi Love, Sara Pascoe and Guz Khan. (Small plea to carry again the Goth Detectives.) HR
Boxing Day, 9pm, Channel 4

Jon & Lucy’s Christmas Sleepover

Jon & Lucy’s Celebrity Sleepover.
Jon & Lucy’s Christmas Sleepover. {Photograph}: Amy Brammall/Channel 4

Comedy couple Lucy Beaumont and Jon Richardson try to brighten up the lull between Christmas and New 12 months with this one-off get-together with their closest friends. Becoming a member of them for a boozy feast is Roisin Conaty together with the inescapable Romesh Ranganathan and Rob Beckett. HR
Monday 27 December, 9pm, Channel 4

Curb Your Enthusiasm

Season 11 of Larry David’s acidic comedy of unwell manners dropped hints that it is likely to be the equal of an origin story because the moneyed curmudgeon efficiently bought a profitable streaming sequence about his early life. However because the season concludes, any precise self-reflection on Larry’s half has been in brief provide. GV
Monday 27 December, 9pm, Sky Comedy


After 5 unwaveringly glorious seasons, Issa Rae offers us the final ever episode of her Emmy-winning creation. Particulars are being saved below wraps, however the finale is certain to be an emotional one for each solid (Yvonne Orji, Jay Ellis, Natasha Rothwell) and followers. However no person expects a neat “completely satisfied ending” – this present celebrates life’s mess and gray areas, in spite of everything. HR
Tuesday 28 December, 9pm, Sky Comedy

Mock the Week Finish of 12 months Particular

Yet one more comedy panel present runs the rule over the defining incidents of 2021. And what a 12 months it’s been: we sat at residence and watched TV; we acquired vaccinated; we acquired pinged; we puzzled whether or not to danger occurring vacation. Dara Ó Briain, Hugh Dennis and friends shall be looking for the funnies. PH
Tuesday 28 December, 10pm, BBC Two

Frankie Boyle’s 2021 New World Order

Who higher to unfold some Christmas cheer than … er, Frankie Boyle? He makes an attempt to make sense of the final 12 months – or a minimum of poke an enormous stick at them – on this end-of-year particular. Visitors are but to be confirmed, however their opinions and dialogue of the bewildering 12 months that was 2021 are assured to be brutally humorous (if we don’t snicker, we’ll certainly cry). HR
Wednesday 29 December, 10pm, BBC Two

One Evening in London Zoo

Alex Brooker and Josh Widdicombe spend the evening within the zoo, American Werewolf in London-style – which makes the present’s rule of “Should you break it, you pay for it” sound much more worrying, frankly. Comedians Desiree Burch and Guz Khan be a part of them as they befriend the penguins and sidestep prodigious portions of camel dung. AC
Thursday 30 December, 9pm, Channel 4

I Actually Simply Informed You

Jimmy Carr hosts I Literally Just Told You.
Jimmy Carr hosts I Actually Simply Informed You. {Photograph}: Rob Parfitt/Channel 4

Produced by Richard Bacon, right here’s the primary superstar particular model of the brand new “gameshow with a singular twist” fronted by Jimmy Carr (sure, him once more). As questions are written all through the present primarily based on issues which are stated, Aisling Bea, Asim Chaudhry, Alex Horne and Lorraine Kelly want to concentrate and reply them appropriately to win huge for charity. HR
Thursday 30 December, 10pm, Channel 4

The Final Leg of the 12 months

Adam Hills, Alex Brooker and Josh Widdicombe host a two-hour bonanza of their traditional end-of-week present to have a look again on the highs and lows of what has been a 12 months to neglect, with company together with Joe Wilkinson, Ivo Graham, Nish Kumar and Vick Hope. Home band Alex Horne and the Horne Part present the dwell tunes. HR
New 12 months’s Eve, 9pm, Channel 4

Have I Acquired 2021 Information for You

A New 12 months’s Eve particular by which Ian Hislop, Paul Merton and various company see off the snicker riot that was 2021 in type. However the place to start? With revolting Trumpists? Vaccine sceptics? Racist soccer followers? Racist politicians? With the proviso that moaning about 2021 shall be like taking pictures fish in a barrel, this needs to be entertaining. PH
New 12 months’s Eve, 9.30pm, BBC One


Critics’ alternative: Terry Pratchett’s The Abominable Snow Child

Terry Pratchett’s The Abominable Snow Baby.
Terry Pratchett’s The Abominable Snow Child. {Photograph}: Channel 4/PA

Julie Walters and an enormous pleasant snow child? It’s the Christmas telly we deserve. Terry Pratchett’s quick story is animated in a half-hour adaptation, following Granny (Walters) and her grandson Albert (Hugh Dancy) as they rescue a 14ft furry creature. Not everybody of their city is completely satisfied about it – is a lesson in Christmas spirit so as? HR
Christmas Day, 7.30pm, Channel 4

The Brits Are Coming

Adjustments are afoot for this 12 months’s Brit awards, with 4 new classes together with hip-hop/grime/rap act and dance act. It’s additionally the primary 12 months they’re taking out gendered classes. About time. On this one-hour particular, Maya Jama and Clara Amfo announce the nominations, whereas Anne-Marie and Swedish pop starlet Mabel carry out. AD
Saturday 18 December, 5pm, ITV

Strictly Come Dancing: The Last

After an emotional and extremely uplifting competitors, this 12 months’s Strictly lastly reaches its finish. The final three {couples} hotfoot it on the dancefloor in sequins and sparkles, giving all of it they’ve acquired one final time. Look out for the festive spectacular on Christmas Day, too. HR
Saturday 18 December, 7pm, BBC One

Paul O’Grady’s Saturday Evening Christmas Line Up

Paul O’Grady with Dame Joan Collins.
Paul O’Grady with Dame Joan Collins. {Photograph}: Ken McKay/ITV Image Desk

Dame Joan Collins is in the home for O’Grady’s superstar hurrah, together with Julian Clary, Sunetra Sarker and Paddy McGuinness. One of many duties given is to rearrange themselves from finest to worst. Awkward a lot? HR
Saturday 18 December, 9.30pm, ITV

The Royal Selection Efficiency

Within the second of his Christmas telly specials, Alan Carr hosts an evening of performances by stars equivalent to Rod Stewart and Elvis Costello. Then maintain on to your hats: the solid of Moulin Rouge carry out. HR
Sunday 19 December, 7.20pm, ITV

Michael Bublé’s Christmas within the Metropolis

Girls and gentleman: the Christmas Crooner has arrived, celebrating 10 years since his chart-topping festive album (it feels a lot, for much longer to be trustworthy). Anticipate an hour of comforting, dependable leisure. HR
Sunday 19 December, 10.15pm, ITV

Christmas College Problem

Jeremy Paxman presents Christmas University Challenge.
Jeremy Paxman presents Christmas College Problem. {Photograph}: Rachel Joseph/BBC/ITV Studios

Nothing says “yuletide” like Jeremy Paxman hurrying alongside conferring quizzers. In tonight’s first episode of the festive run, a face-off between alumni-based groups from Edinburgh and Leicester. Cookery author Thomasina Miers and actor Miles Jupp represents the previous; creator Jeffrey Boakye and presenter Dallas Campbell the latter. AD
Monday 20 December, 8.30pm, BBC Two

The Huge Cleaning soap Quiz: Coronation Road vs Emmerdale

The vibe may appear jolly however make no mistake: this smackdown between ITV’s huge cleaning soap manufacturers has develop into a keenly contested annual fixture. With the present rating 4-3 in Emmerdale’s favour, can Corrie captain Jack P Shepherd lead his workforce to victory over Mark Charnock’s farm fam? GV
Monday 20 December, 9pm, ITV

The Nice British Stitching Bee: Celeb Christmas Particular

From left: Esme Young, Sara Pascoe and Patrick Grant.
From left: Esme Younger, Sara Pascoe and Patrick Grant. {Photograph}: James Stack/BBC/Love Productions

New host Sara Pascoe brings us healthful content material with a stitching extravaganza. Anneka Rice, the Rev Kate Bottley, Antony Cotton and Kiell Smith-Bynoe are tasked with remodeling a charity store bundle into fancy-dress outfits. A New 12 months particular follows subsequent Thursday. HR
Wednesday 22 December, 8pm, BBC One

Madame Tussauds: The Full Wax

Even one of the best digital deepfake can not maintain a candle to a very good outdated waxwork. This documentary goes behind the scenes at 190-year-old Madame Tussauds to see what goes into crafting doppelgangers of Twenty first-century celebrities together with Little Combine, whereas there may be additionally a go to from a talismanic Liverpool FC participant to view his super-sub. GV
Wednesday 22 December, 9pm, ITV

First Dates at Christmas

It’s been brutal on the market for a lot of singletons through the pandemic, so Fred Sirieix is again to heat up some cockles. Tonight, 25-year-old Dan is a jobbing Father Christmas who, regardless of spreading pleasure every year, struggles to sprinkle magic on his personal love life. HR
Wednesday 22 December, 9pm, Channel 4

Shaun the Sheep: The Flight Earlier than Christmas

Shaun the Sheep: The Flight Before Christmas.
Shaun the Sheep: The Flight Earlier than Christmas. {Photograph}: Ardman Animations/BBC

Laborious-to-resist household enjoyable with a well-recognized, pleasant face. This time, Shaun must rescue little cousin Timmy after he’s taken away. HR
Christmas Eve, 6pm, BBC One

Carols from Kings

The final phrase in conventional Christmas Eve atmosphere as your mum will get the mince pies prepared and the squeaky voiced Cambridge choirboys bust out the festive bangers. Anticipate pleasure to peak with a showstopping rendition of O Come All Ye Devoted. And crack out the mulled wine. PH
Christmas Eve, 6.15pm, BBC Two

The Biggest Snowman

A easy and foolish format that, surprisingly, hasn’t been carried out earlier than: celebrities in a snowman-building contest. Sue Perkins presents, whereas Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen, Johnny Vegas, Dani Dyer and Liam Charles get grafting. HR
Christmas Eve, 8pm, Channel 4


Superworm. {Photograph}: Magic Gentle Photos/BBC

Whereas we lay in a High quality Road-induced coma, Superworm and Butterfly have been busy serving to their buddies all day – till the depraved Wizard Lizard comes alongside. Olivia Colman and Matt Smith lend their voices for some easy-going enjoyable for the younger ’uns. HR
Christmas Day, 2.30pm, BBC One

All Star Musicals at Christmas

Gyles Brandreth, Fern Britton and ex-Blue Peter host Radzi Chinyanganya shall be backed by a West Finish choir as they try to encourage pleasure by not mangling songs from Cats and Moana. AD
Boxing Day, 8pm, ITV

All I Need(ed) for Christmas

Jonathan Ross, Huge Narstie and Martine McCutcheon reveal which toys have at all times been on their Christmas record and eventually get the prospect to unbox them. An train in delayed gratification. HW
Boxing Day, 8pm, Channel 4

The Voice Youngsters

The expertise present for teenyboppers returns, and Sporty Spice herself Melanie C joins Danny Jones, will.i.am and Pixie Lott on the judging panel. The three-part competitors will proceed tomorrow and Wednesday. HR
Monday 27 December, 7.30pm, ITV

MasterChef: The Professionals Rematch 2021

Masterchef: The Professionals Rematch Special.
Masterchef: The Professionals Rematch Particular. {Photograph}: BBC/Shine TV

Nervously serving up posh festive eats to critics Grace Dent, Jimi Famurewa and Jay Rayner are 2020 finalists Philli Armitage-Mattin, Santosh Shah and Bart van der Lee, and 2017 runner-up Jamie Park. JS
Monday 27 December, 8pm, BBC One

Journey Man: 96 Hours in Iceland

Joe Lycett makes his Covid-delayed bow as the brand new Journey Man. A visit with Invoice Bailey consists of visiting a punk museum in a public rest room and husky sledding. HR
Monday 27 December, 8pm, Channel 4

Celeb Quizness

Tom Allen hosts a famed-up model of the foolish, intelligent quiz that calls for nimble pondering. Keen to look mildly silly are Siobhán McSweeney, Jo Model, Robert Rinder and AJ Odudu. JS
Wednesday 29 December, 10pm, Channel 4

Girl Gaga on the BBC

Lady Gaga at the BBC.
Girl Gaga on the BBC. {Photograph}: Man Levy/BBC

Girl Gaga will get precisely what she needed for Christmas: an “on the BBC” therapy. Anticipate to revisit renditions of her belters, together with Shallow and Paparazzi. HR
Wednesday 29 December, 11.20pm, BBC Two

High of the Pops New 12 months Particular

Clara Amfo and Jordan North co-host a particular TOTP, with the sounds of Sam Fender, Lola Younger and Mabel, plus clips from the previous 12 months from artists equivalent to Billie Eilish and Arlo Parks. AC
New 12 months’s Eve, 4.15pm, BBC One

The Graham Norton New 12 months’s Eve Present

Chatshow host Norton by no means fails to impress together with his guestlist on NYE. Claire Foy, Peter Dinklage, Michael Sheen, Cush Jumbo, Joe Lycett and Jessica Chastain (phew!) present the anecdotes. The Divine Comedy present some dwell music, whereas the Huge Crimson Chair goes international. HR
New 12 months’s Eve, 10.20pm, BBC One

The Huge New Years & Years Eve Celebration

It’s time to say “so lengthy” (or “good riddance”) to 2021. Olly Alexander – who helped numerous us ease into this 12 months with It’s a Sin – takes the internet hosting reins for an hour. Kylie Minogue and Pet Store Boys assist out with the music, with a pause for the countdown to midnight. HR
New 12 months’s Eve, 11.25pm, BBC One

Jools’ Annual Hootenanny

It’s Jools and his annual shindig, which is likely to be the closest many people get to a celebration this 12 months. Ed Sheeran performs, whereas Lulu indulges in a number of of her best hits. One in every of 2021’s breakout stars, Pleasure Crookes, additionally stops by. HW
New 12 months’s Eve, 11.25pm, BBC Two


Critics’ alternative: Christmas at Liberty

Christmas at Liberty.
Christmas at Liberty. {Photograph}: Channel 4

The one method Liberty division retailer may very well be any extra Christmassy in December is that if Mariah Carey herself utilized to be the shop Santa. Right here, we get a behind-the-scenes peek at how the groups put together for the season throughout a pandemic (enjoyable!). There’s not way more to this one-off present than it being a really aesthetically pleasing wintry wonderland, however typically a phenomenal window show and a few carolling by the Homosexual Males’s Refrain is all it’s good to spark up that festive feeling. HR
Monday 20 December, 9pm, Channel 4

A Lake District Farm Store at Christmas

What higher approach to kick off the festivities than with a visit to, er … Tebay companies on the M6. However removed from being a pit cease for quick meals and the toilet, Tebay is a farm store that embraces its Lake District environment. Right here, we see how they put together for the busiest time of the 12 months throughout a pandemic. HR
Saturday 18 December 6pm, Channel 4

Christmas at Chatsworth Home

British stately houses take Christmas preparation to a different stage. Within the first of a trio of episodes that go behind the scenes of estates, we go to Chatsworth Home. After Covid problems, can workers put together Chatsworth in time for yuletide guests? HW
Saturday 18 December, 7pm, Channel 4

Daniel Barenboim: In His Personal Phrases

Daniel Barenboim.
Daniel Barenboim. {Photograph}: Christophe Simon/AFP/Getty Photos

From his roots as a piano youngster prodigy in Buenos Aires to his meteoric rise to fame in classical music, the conductor and pianist speaks candidly about his music and life, in addition to his relationship with Jacqueline du Pré. HR
Sunday 19 December, 9pm, BBC 4


Not-so-festive enjoyable. In 1969, eight-year-old Californian Susan Nason was kidnapped and murdered whereas strolling to high school. The crime remained unsolved for 20 years, till Susan’s childhood good friend Eileen Franklin claimed, through a “buried” reminiscence, that her personal father George Franklin was the perpetrator. This four-part documentary unpicks the case. AC
Sunday 19 December, 10pm, Sky Crime

Chateau DIY Christmas

As a result of there’s no larger pleasure than watching different households do up their homes at Christmas in greater and higher methods than you, listed below are a handful of British {couples} who’re renovating their French chateaux in time for the festive season. HR
Monday 20 December, 4pm, Channel 4

Mary Berry’s Festive Feasts

Berry is again at it, this time tasked with educating three novices how you can cook dinner a festive feast of salmon paté, clementine-glazed ham with garlic potatoes and crimson berry tiramisu trifle (wipe away that drool). HR
Monday 20 December, 7.05pm, BBC One

Sarah Beeny’s New Life within the Nation at Christmas

Having struggled to get their Somerset pad in form, t4he Beeny household will hope for a festive payoff. However they wouldn’t be the Beenys in the event that they didn’t make life harder for themselves for leisure functions. Accordingly, they’re constructing a tree home and brewing some selfmade mead. PH
Tuesday 21 December, 8pm, Channel 4

A Style of Christmas With Andi Oliver

A Taste of Christmas with Andi Oliver.
A Style of Christmas with Andi Oliver. {Photograph}: Julian Benjamin/BBC/Define Productions

The extremely affable TV chef meets three very completely different households from Glasgow as they create feasts for his or her nearest and dearest, and inform the story of their metropolis with meals. HR
Tuesday 21 December, 9pm, BBC Two

Philip: Prince, Husband, Father

This tribute to the long-serving royal consort, who died in April on the age of 99, makes a lot of his forthrightness, sense of responsibility and love of household. However whereas the tone is reverent it doesn’t draw back from Philip’s contentious relationship with the trendy media. Gyles Brandreth and Joanna Lumley are amongst these paying respect. GV
Tuesday 21 December, 9pm, ITV

The Bushy Bikers Go North for Christmas

A sequence that’s powered by the heat of the hosts’ friendship is properly suited to a festive particular, as is the present’s emphasis on impartial producers in northern England. Todmorden pork, artisan marshmallows in Leeds, and Sheffield’s scorching sauce all look heavenly. JS
Wednesday 22 December, 8pm, BBC Two

Our Victorian Christmas

Nostalgia isn’t removed from the British thoughts. This festive actuality present by which a household makes an attempt to recreate a late Nineteenth-century Christmas looks like a protected wager. No digital gizmos and TV specials for them – simply handmade toys and carols around the piano. PH
Wednesday 22 December, 9pm, Channel 5

The Queen’s Christmas Broadcast

In occasions of royal upheaval the Queen has tended to rise above it. However this was the 12 months she misplaced Prince Philip, her husband and royal consort of 73 years, so there could be a extra private dimension to the tackle. GV
Christmas Day, 3pm, BBC One

Quentin Blake: The Drawing of My Life

The illustrator who has introduced so lots of our beloved characters to life will get the documentary he deserves. As he fills a 30ft-long canvas, followers equivalent to actor Peter Capaldi and comic Josie Lengthy have fun his legacy. HR
Christmas Day, 4.10pm, BBC Two

Royal Establishment Christmas Lectures With Jonathan Van-Tam

Jonathan Van-Tam.
Jonathan Van-Tam. {Photograph}: Paul Wilkinson

One of many extra reassuring presences of the Covid period, Professor Jonathan Van-Tam delivers the primary of three addresses as regards to viruses. A heist-themed have a look at immunity and a supersized lateral circulation take a look at are among the many instructional stunts. JS
Tuesday 28 December, 8pm, BBC 4

JFK: Future Betrayed

Oliver Stone dives into the world’s most well-known whodunnit, which stays shrouded in conspiracy theories. In episode one of many four-parter, Stone examines the early formation of Kennedy’s overseas coverage worldview and builds a portrait of the chief he was. HR
Tuesday 28 December, 8pm, Sky Documentaries

Billionaire Blooms

Florals? For winter? This one-off present follows a few of the world’s most celebrated high-end florists as they put collectively Christmas shows. Put together to really feel ashamed of that drooping poinsettia. HR
Wednesday 29 December, 7pm, Channel 4

Britain’s Most Costly Homes

What higher time of 12 months to consider extra? This new sequence profiles the palatial abodes on the books of one of many world’s largest luxurious property businesses. Suppose a 102-room neoclassical mansion in north Wales. AD
Wednesday 29 December, 9pm, Channel 4

Attenborough and the Mammoth Graveyard

Attenborough and the Mammoth Graveyard.
Attenborough and the Mammoth Graveyard. {Photograph}: Julian Schwanitz/BBC/Windfall Movies

True, this title may not immediately evoke seasonal photos of sparkles and sweet canes. But it surely’s a relaxing dose of Attenborough nonetheless. On this documentary, he meets a pair who by accident discovered a mammoth fossil in Swindon and retraces what occurred subsequent. HR
Thursday 30 December, 8pm, BBC One


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