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The Diary Of Anne Frank January 2009, BBC1 – Five-part drama by Deborah Moggach starring Ellie Kendrick as the Jewish girl who hid with her family from the Nazis in an Amsterdam attic during the second world war. With Iain Glen as Otto Frank, Tamsin Greig as Edith Frank, Felicity Jones as Margot Frank, Roger Frost as Mr Kleiman, Tim Dantray as Mr Kugler, Mariah Gale as Bep, Kate Ashfield as Miep, Ron Cook as Hermann Van Daan, Lesley Sharp as Petronella Van Daan and Geoff Breton as Peter Van Daan.

Your Country Needs You January 2009, BBC1 – Series in which Andrew Lloyd Webber masterminds the search for this year’s UK entry to the Eurovision Song Contest, including his trip round Europe to pick up tips.

The Green Green Grass January 2009, BBC1 – Return of the John Sullivan's sitcom, in a nine-part run, starring John Challis and Sue Holderness return as Boycie and Marlene.

Oz And James Drink To Britain January 2009, BBC2 – Eight-part series in which Oz Clarke and James May enjoy drinks made in Britain.

A History Of Scotland January 2009, BBC2 – Series presented by Neil Oliver exploring Scotland's taking landscapes and landmarks.

Richard Hammond's Blast Lab (previously listed as Richard Hammond's Lab Rats) Saturday 3 January 2009, BBC2 – Children's science game show hosted by the Top Gear reporter.

Half Moon Investigations Monday 5 January 2009, BBC1 – A 13-part children's comedy drama starring Rory Elrick as schoolboy private detective Fletcher "Half" Moon, based on Artemis Fowl author Eoin Colfer's best-selling book. With Seb Charles as Red Sharkey, Olivia Grant as Mia Stone and Nicola Duffell as April Devereaux.

Hustle Monday 5 January 2009, BBC1 – Return of the drama about a team of con artists. Adrian Lester returns as gang leader Mickey Bricks, alongside Robert Glenister as Ash Morgan and Robert Vaughn as Albert Stroller, with Kelly Adams as Sara Naismith, Matt Di Angelo as Aaron and Bill Bailey as Cyclops.

Science And Islam Monday 5 January 2009, BBC4 – Three-parter in which professor Jim Al-Khalili examines the lives and achievements of scientisits in the medieval Islamic world.

MI High Monday 5 January 2009 BBC1 – A 13-part third series of the drama about young spies – Rose (Rachel Petladwala), Carrie (Charlene Osuagwu), Oscar (Ben Kerfoot) and Frank London (Jonny Freeman).

Waterloo Road Wednesday 7 January 2009, BBC1 – Return of the school drama in a 20-part series. Stars Eva Pope as headmistress Rachel Mason, Denise Welch as Steph Haydock, Neil Morrissey as Eddie Lawson, Jason Done as Tom Clarkson, Christine Tremarco as Davina Shackleton, Shabana Bakhsh as Jasmine Koreshi, Chris Geere as Matt Wilding, Philip Martin Brown as Grantly Budgen, Katy Carmichael as Melissa Ryan, the new head of extended services, who is Rachel's sister, Reece Douglas as Denzil Kelly, Adam Thomas as Donte Charles, Reece Noi as Earl Kelly, Thomas Milner as Paul Langley, Tachia Newall as Bolton Smilie and Elyes Gabel as new PE teacher Rob Cleaver.

Legends – The Beverley Sisters: Tickled Pink Friday 9 January 2009, BBC4

Who Dares Sings!
ITV1 – A special edition of the singalong game show hosted by Denise Van Outen and Ben Shephard.

Dustbin Baby Sunday 21 December 2008 BBC1 – A one-off drama adapted from Jacqueline Wilson's novel Dustbin Baby, about April Richards, a girl who has been raised in care after being discovered as a baby in behind a pizza parlour. Stars Juliet Stevenson, David Haig and Dakota Blue Richards. Adapted by Helen Blakeman.

John Adams Channel 4 – Terrestrial airing of the seven-part Emmy Award-winning drama starring Paul Giamatti as the second US president with Laura Linney as his wife Abigail.

Bring Back... Fame Saturday 27 December 2008, Channel 4 – Justin Lee Collins attempts to track down and reunite the cast of the 1980s US series. His targets include Irene Cara, Carlo Imperato, Valerie Landsburg, Erica Gimpel, Lee Curreri, Carol Mayo Jenkins and Debbie Allen.

Celebrity Big Brother: Live Launch Friday 2 January 2008, Channel 4 – With Davina McCall.

To Be or Not to Be... in Shakespeare Thursday 25 December 2008, More4 – Documentary in which actors including Ian McKellen, Diana Rigg and Zoe Wanamaker discuss the challenge of playing Shakespeare's great heroes.

King Lear Thursday 25 December 2008, More4 – The RSC's production starring Ian McKellen, Frances Barber, Monica Doalan, Romola Garai and Sylvester McCoy.

Othello
Thursday 25 December 2008, More4 – The RSC's production starring Ian McKellen, Willard White and Imogen Stubb.

Richard III Friday 26 December 2008, More4 – The RSC's production starring Ian McKellen, Annette Bening and Robert Downey Jr.

Macbeth Saturday 27 December 2008, More4 – The RSC's production starring Ian McKellen and Judi Dench.

World's Strongest Man Sunday 28 December 2008, Five – Coverage from Charleston, West Virginia.

The Royal Institution Christmas Lectures Monday 29 December 2008, Five – Professor Chris Bishop explores humankind's relationship with computers .

Lewis Hamilton - World Champion Sunday 21 December 2008, ITV1

Alan Titchmarsh at Christmas Sunday 21 December 2008, ITV1 – Features Julie Walters, Andrea Bocelli and Will Young.

Clash of the Santas Sunday 21 December 2008, ITV1 – One-off comedy drama reuniting competitive brothers in law Colin (Robson Green) and Howie (Mark Benton). With Alex Rimmer.

Dancing On Ice at Christmas Thursday 25 December 2008, ITV1 – Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean compete against each other as they train two teams of Dancing on Ice stars. Team Torvill - Clare Buckfield, Suzanne Shaw and Zaraah Abrahams – takes on Team Dean – Chris Fountain, Duncan James and Kyran Bracken. Hosted by Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby.

Britain's Weirdest Phobias Tuesday 30 December 2008, ITV1 – Documentary featuring people afraid of knees, peas, tree roots and snow.

Lark Rise To Candleford Sunday 21 December 2008, BBC1 – A Christmas special begins a second 11-part series of the drama series adapted by Bill Gallagher from Flora Thompson's literary trilogy depicting 19th-century life in the Oxfordshire hamlet of Lark Rise and the neighbouring market town of Candleford. Stars Olivia Hallinan, Julia Sawalha, Dawn French, Brendan Coyle and Mark Heap, with Sheridan Smith guesting as Cinderella Doe in the festive special, and new characters hotelier James Dowland played by Jason Merrills and post office worker Minnie played by Ruby Bentall.

QI Christmas Special Monday 22 December 2008, BBC1 – Stephen Fry and Alan Davies are joined by Dom Joly, Clive Anderson and Rob Brydon. for a festive edition of the comedy panel quiz where the aim is to be interesting. (T) (S)

Have I Got News for You Christmas Special Wednesday 24 December 2008, BBC1 – Ian Hislop and Paul Merton are joined by guest host Alexander Armstrong. and guest panellists for a festive edition of the topical panel show. (T) (S)

Gavin and Stacey Christmas Special Wednesday 24 December 2008, BBC1 – Sitcom starring Mathew Horne, Joanna Page, Steffan Rhodri, Alison Steadman, Larry Lamb and Ruth Jones.

Doctor Who – The Next Doctor Christmas Day 2008, BBC1 – A special episode set in 1851 in which The Doctor (David Tennant) comes face to face with another Doctor, played by David Morrissey. With Dervla Kirwan as Miss Hartigan and Velile Tshabalala as Rosita.

Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special Christmas Day 2008, BBC1 – Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly present performances by Jill Halfpenny, Kelly Brook and Alesha Dixon, plus music from Russell Watson.

Wallace And Gromit – A Matter Of Loaf And Death Christmas Day 2008, BBC1 – A new comedy animation featuring Wallace And Gromit by Nick Park. Features the voices of Peter Sallis, Sally Lindsay and Geraldine McEwan.

The Royle Family – The New Sofa Christmas Day 2008, BBC1 – Christmas special starring Ricky Tomlinson, Sue Johnston, Caroline Aherne and Craig Cash. Inspired by Nigella Lawson, Denise decides to cook Christmas dinner for the family.

Blackadder Rides Again Christmas Day 2008, BBC1 – Documentary marking the 25th anniversary of the historical sitcom featuring Edmund Blackadder and his sidekick Baldrick. Features interviews with Rowan Atkinson, Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie, Richard Curtis, Ben Elton, Miranda Richardson, Tim McInnerny and Tony Robinson.

TOTP2 Christmas Special Monday 22 December 2008, BBC2 – Eight new editions of the archive music show linked by Steve Wright.

Rab C Nesbitt Tuesday 23 December 2008, BBC2 – A one-off 45-minute special starring Gregor Fisher as the string vest-wearing Glasgow philosopher. With Elaine C Smith as his wife Mary "Mary Doll" Nesbitt, Andrew Fairlie as Gash, Tony Roper and Barbara Rafferty as Jamesie Cotter and Ella, Gary Lewis as Mary's old boyfriend, Frank, and Kathleen McDermott as Lorna. Written by Ian Pattison.

Mock the Week Tuesday 23 December 2008, BBC2 – Christmas special with Dara O'Briain, Frankie Boyle, Hugh Dennis, Russell Howard and Andy Parsons.

The Peter Serafinowicz Christmas Show Tuesday 23 December 2008, BBC2 – Special edition of the comedy sketch show.

Star Of Bethlehem – Behind The Myth Wednesday 24 December 2008, BBC2 – Documentary in which astronomers reveal new evidence to support the view that the story of the Star of Bethlehem was based upon a real event.

Arena: Paul Scofield Wednesday 24 December 2008, BBC2 – A tribute to the actor featuring Peter Brook, Vanessa Redgrave and John Hurt.

The Truth About Carols Christmas Day BBC2 – Documentary fronted by composer Howard Goodall featuring performances by folk star Bella Hardy, the Purbeck Village Choir and the Truro Cathedral Choir.

Maestro – The Inside Story Christmas Day 2008, BBC2 – Documentary about Sue Perkins's success in the celebrity conductor competition.

The Man Who Made Eric and Ernie Friday 26 December 2008 – A tribute to entertainment impresario Sir Bill Cotton featuring contributions by Ronnie Corbett, Sir Michael Parkinson and Bruce Forsyth. Followed by The Morecambe and Wise Christmas Show 1975, The Generation Game Christmas 1973 and The Two Ronnies: Old-Fashioned Christmas Mystery.

The 39 Steps Sunday 28 December 2008, BBC1 – Feature-length adaptation by Lizzie Mickery of John Buchan’s spy thriller set in the run-up to the outbreak of the first world war. Stars Rupert Penry-Jones as Richard Hannay, Alex Jennings as Captain Kell, Eddie Marsan as Scudder, Patrick Kennedy as Harry Sinclair and Lydia Leonard as Victoria Sinclair. The 39 Steps also stars David Haig as Sir George Sinclair, Patrick Malahide as Professor Fisher, Stephen Elder as the Vicar, Werner Daehn as Ackerman and Peter Stark as Engel.

Christmas on the Frontline Monday 29 December 2008, BBC1 – Matt Allwright visits the British military base Camp Bastion in Afghanistan.

Around The World In 20 Years (previously listed as Eighty Days Revisited) Tuesday 30 December 2008, BBC1 – One-hour off special in which Michael Palin takes a dhow journey from Dubai to Bombay, 20 years after he made the same trip in Around the World in 80 Days.

Last of the Summer Wine New Year's Eve 2008, BBC1 – Return of the sitcom starring Russ Abbot, Burt Kwouk, Brian Murphy, Peter Sallis, Frank Thornton and Trevor Bannister.

New Year Live BBC1 – Nick Knowles and Kate Silverton host a party aboard the HMS Belfast in London featuring Alesha Dixon, Simply Red, Russell Watson, Only Men Aloud and Jodie Prenger.

Doctor Who At The Proms Thursday 1 January 2009, BBC1 – A concert of music from the scifi series at London's Royal Albert Hall, hosted by Freema Agyeman with a guest appearance by Catherine Tate.

Jonathan Creek Thursday 1 January 2009, BBC1 – A special episode of the drama starring Alan Davies as the creator of magic tricks who becomes embroiled in crime solving. The Grinning Man features Sheridan Smith as sceptical Joey Ross and Stuart Milligan as illusionist Adam Klaus.

Morecambe and Wise: the Show What Paul Merton Did Friday 2 January 2009, BBC1 – Paul Merton hosts a celebration of the comedy duo.

The Perfect TV Detective Monday 29 December 2008, BBC2 – Celebration of Britain's TV detectives.

A Study in Sherlock Monday 29 December 2008, BBC2 – Documentary exploring the appeal of the fictional detective with contributions by Minette Walters, Kim Newman and Edward Hardwicke.

Shooting Stars Night Tuesday 30 December 2008, BBC2 – Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer present a celebration of their comedy quiz show, beginning with Shooting Stars: The Inside Stor, a documentary featuring contributions by Will Self, Ulrika Jonsson, Lenny Henry, Amanda Donohoe, Michael Winner, Paul Whitehouse, Tim Healy, Charlie Higson, Johnny Vegas, Matt Lucas, Gary Rhodes, Noel Fielding and Martine McCutcheon. Followed by a brand-new edition featuring Ulrika Jonsson, Jack Dee, Peter Jones, Kate Garraway, Christine Walkden and Dizzee Rascal.

Jools' Annual Hootenanny BBC2 – Featuring Martha and the Vandellas, Dizzee Rascal, Annie Lennox, The Ting Tings, Dave Edmunds, Duffy, Svang, Adele, Sam Sparro, The Hold Steady, Rico Rodriguez, Stereophonics frontman Kelly Jones and Lily Allen.

Three Men in More Than One Boat Thursday 1 January, 2009, BBC2 – Griff Rhys-Jones, Dara O'Briain and Rory McGrath sail from Plymouth to the Isles of Scilly.

Around The World In 80 Faiths Friday 2 January 2009, BBC2 – Series in which part-time Anglican vicar Peter Owen Jones explores the world's religions and observes the most important rituals of 80 of the world's faiths.

Gavin and Stacey: 12 Days of Christmas Christmas Day 2008, BBC3 – A look at the making of the Gavin & Stacey Christmas Special, featuring interviews with Ruth Jones, James Corden, Mathew Horne, Joanna Page, Rob Brydon, Alison Steadman, Larry Lamb and Melanie Walters.

Sacred Music – The Story Of Allegri's Miserere Sunday 21 December 2008, BBC4 – Simon Russell Beale tells the story of one of the most popular pieces of sacred music ever written, plus a performance of the piece by the award-winning choir The Sixteen, conducted by Harry Christophers. Ten Best Sacred Christmas Classics Sunday 21 December 2008, BBC4 – Musicians and music-lovers talk about 10 much-loved pieces of Christmas music. Features Billy Bragg, Katherine Jenkins, Reverend Giles Fraser, Michael Portillo, Trevor Pinnock, Stephen Cleobury, Jonathan Ansell, Sharon Clarke, Robert Saxton and David Soul.

Comedy Songs: The Pop Years Monday 22 December 2008, BBC4 – Documentary about comedy pop songs from the Goons to 1980s novelty numbers.

Crooked House Monday 22 December 2008, BBC4 – Three-part supernatural drama set on the site of the demolished Geap Manor, which is reputedly haunted. Written by Mark Gatiss who stars as a museum curator alongside Derren Brown as Sir Roger Widdowson, Lee Ingleby as Ben, Philip Jackson as Joseph Bloxham, Ian Hallard as Felix de Momery, Jennifer Higham as Ruth, Julian Rhind-Tutt as Noakes, Andy Nyman as Duncalfe, Jean Marsh as Lady Constance de Momery, Samuel Barnett as Billy, Anna Madeley as Katherine and Daniela Denby-Ashe as Hannah.

Prog Rock Britannia – An Observation In Three Movements Friday 2 January 2009, BBC4 – Feature-length documentary about progressive rock music featuring bands such as Yes, Genesis, ELP, King Crimson, Jethro Tull, Caravan and Egg. Contributors include Robert Wyatt, Mike Oldfield, Pete Sinfield, Rick Wakeman, Phil Collins, Arthur Brown, Carl Palmer and Ian Anderson. Narrated by Nigel Planer. Preceded by Prog at the BBC. The Krypton Factor Thursday 1 January 2009, ITV1 – Revival after 13 years of the mental and physical game show, with Ben Shephard as the host.

For One Night Only ITV1 – Starring Sir Tom Jones, Myleene Klass, Cerys Matthews, II Divo, Escala, Milton Jones, Jimeoin and Will Smith.

Agatha Christie's Marple: Nemesis Thursday 1 January 2009, ITV1 – Features guest stars Richard E Grant, Dan Stevens, Johnny Briggs, Laura Michelle Kelly, George Cole, Adrian Rawlins and Lee Ingleby.

Elton John's New Year Eve Party Wednesday 31 December 2008, ITV1 – A concert at The O2 arena in London hosted by Kate Thornton.

Stanley Baxter Now and Then Christmas Day 2008, ITV1 - One-off special featuring old and new performances by the 82-year-old Scottish comedian. With contributions by Victoria Wood, Rory Bremner, Ronnie Corbett, Ben Miller, Eddie Izzard and Paul O’Grady.

Aled Jones' Ultimate Christmas Carols Wednesday 24 December 2008, ITV1 – Aled Jones visits Assisi, Bethlehem and the first world war battlefields of Belgium to learn about the origin of carols.

Coleen's Christmas at Alder Hey Christmas Day 2008, ITV1 – Coleen Rooney visits the children’s hospital in Liverpool.

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