Boxing Day (Saturday)
6.00pm Total Wipeout: Celebrity Special BBC1 – Ten celebrity contestants, including actor Joe Swash, Olympic legend Fatima Whitbread and Strictly Come Dancing couple James and Ola Jordan, compete for 10,000 pounds for the charity of their choice and the accolade of being crowned Celebrity Total Wipeout champion.
7.30pm Ant & Dec’s Christmas Show ITV1 – Christmas special featuring Robbie Williams and surprise celebrity guests.
8.45pm All Star Family Fortunes ITV – The Websters from Coronation Street take on the King’s from Emmerdale.
9.10pm The Morecambe & Wise Christmas Show BBC2 – The special from 1973
9.30pm All Star Impression Show ITV – Stephen Mulhern presents a comedy and entertainment extravaganza in which celebrities show off their hidden talents for mimicry. Featuring Tim Healy, Mackenzie Crook, Bobby Davro, Sally Lindsay, Mark Wingett, Jerry Hall, Liz Smith, Les Dennis, Joe Pasquale, Eamonn Holmes, Claire Sweeney and David Gest, plus a performance by JLS.
10.45pm Above Suspicion ITV – A repeat of one of the highest rated crime dramas of 2009 written by Lynda La Plante. The follow up to which will air in 2010.
6.30pm Comic Relief: The Net Result BBC1
7.30pm Celebrity Mastermind BBC1 – Featuring musician Goldie, presenter Paul O’Grady, former badminton player and Olympian Gail Emms and broadcaster Loyd Grossman.
9.00pm Cranford BBC1 – The second part of the festive special.
9.00pm Steve Coogan: The Inside Story BBC2 – An unconventional look at the best of Steve Coogan’s television work and character comedy. With classic archive moments and some rarely seen early appearances, this one hour special includes interviews with well known faces who have collaborated with Steve, including Julia Davis, Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer, while Steve himself appears as his Irish auntie Peggy and Mickey Gold – his first showbiz agent. Followed by the Knowing Me, Knowing Yule special from 1994 and an episode of I’m Alan Partridge.
9.00pm The Greatest TV Show of the Noughties Channel 4 – The Greatest TV Shows of the Noughties counts down the 20 shows that represent the best of the decade.
9.00pm The Most Annoying People of 2009 BBC3
10.30pm Outnumbered: Christmas Special BBC1 – It is Boxing Day in the Brockman household and Santa has paid a visit, along with some burglars. Seven-year-old Karen is obsessing over a missing hamster, nine-year-old Ben is causing havoc with a mechanical hand, Jake and Mum are trying to find Grandad, and Dad is preparing for dinner guests – some welcome, some not.
7.00pm Wallace & Gromit: A Matter of Loaf & Death BBC1 – Repeat of last year’s special.
9.00pm The Day of The Triffids BBC1 – New 2-part drama based on the John Wyndham novel. The world is struck blind by a solar storm, and millions of man-eating mobile plants are released to roam Britain. As an expert on the Triffids, Bill Masen knows that salvation rests in the hands of the father he hates, who mutated the Triffids in the first place to produce a green source of oil that the world craves. Starring Eddie Izzard, Vanessa Redgrave & Joely Richardson. Continues Tuesday.
9.00pm Not Again: Not the Nine O’Clock News BBC2 – Not The Nine O’Clock News launched the glittering careers of its key performers Rowan Atkinson, Mel Smith, Griff Rhys Jones and Pamela Stephenson, as well as those of many of its writers including Richard Curtis. For the first time, this film tells the real story behind the show.
9.00pm An Englishman in New York ITV – Special one-off drama John Hurt reprises his role as Quentin Crisp. Quentin sets off on the journey of a lifetime to New York, which is to become his home for the remainder of his long life. The Big Apple immediately embraces him and his witty waspish ways, and before long he is being wined and dined by celebrities.
9.00pm The Greatest Songs of the Noughties Channel 4
9.00pm The Many Faces of June Whitfield BBC2 – Comedy actress June Whitfield tells her own story, from her early days in the West End working with Noel Coward, her ill-fated Broadway debut, and with the help of rarely seen archive, her fifty plus years of impeccable comedy performances on radio and TV. She also offers insights into her onscreen relationship with Terry Scott and the secret behind her continuing success.
9.00pm The Turn of the Screw BBC1 – Drama studying the interactions between the living and the dead. A young governess, Ann, is sent to a country house to take care of two orphans, Miles and Flora. Soon after her arrival, Miles is expelled from boarding school. Although charmed by her young charge, she secretly fears there are ominous reasons behind his expulsion. Starring Sue Johnston, Nicola Walker and Michelle Dockery.
9.00pm Three Men go to Ireland BBC2 – Griff Rhys Jones, Dara O’Briain and Rory McGrath return for more comedic water-based travels as they make their way across Ireland to the Limerick Poetry Festival. They begin in Dublin in an original Guinness barge, 80 years old, very heavy, with a temperamental engine and no reverse gear. They soon abandon this to take to a car with a difference.
9.00pm Piers Morgan’s Review of Year ITV
9.00pm Tsunami Channel 4 – On Christmas Day 2004, across the Indian Ocean, tourists from around the globe were enjoying dream holidays in the sun. But none of them knew that the very next day their video cameras would capture one of the most devastating natural disasters in recorded history.
9.00pm Greatest Christmas Comedy Moments Five – Entertainment show featuring a rundown of classic clips, from rib-tickling sketches to farcical sitcoms. Highlights include scenes from ‘Only Fools and Horses’, ‘Dad’s Army’ and ‘The Office’.
10.00pm 2009 Unwrapped with Miranda Hart BBC2 – Miranda Hart hosts a look back at the defining cultural, political and televisual moments of the year, remembering the events that shaped the world in 2009, or would have done if they’d actually happened. Miranda and her guests, including Stephen K Amos, Duncan Bannatyne, Isy Suttie and Rich Fulcher, revel in a made up version of 2009.
11.00pm Victoria Wood: What Larks! BBC1 – Behind the secnes of the making of Victoria’s Christmas Special.
New Years Eve (Thursday)
9.00pm Sleep With Me ITV – One-off drama starring Adrian Lester and Jodhi May. when Richard and his long-time girlfriend Lelia meet the mysterious Sylvie Lavigne. Lelia reveals that she is pregnant and Richard asks her to marry him, but he is gradually seduced by Sylvie’s subtle inexplicable charm.
9.00pm Your Top 20 Celebrity Big Brother Moments Channel 4 – A look back at the memorable moments of previous series before the final series starts in 2010.
Alan Carr: Chatty Man New Year’s Special Channel 4 – Featuring David Tennant, Davina McCall and Spandau Ballet.
10.40pm Graham Norton’s New Years Eve BBC1 – Guests include Sarah Jessica Parker; British actor Dominic West, who discusses his life as the star of hit show The Wire; and comedienne Joan Rivers.
11.00pm Jool’s Annual Hootenanny BBC2
11.45pm New Year Live 2009 BBC1
6.40pm Doctor Who: The End of Time BBC1 – The second and final part of special.
9.00pm Marple ITV – New special starring Julia McKenize in the role. Also featuring appearences from Joan Collins, Maxine Peake, Alexei Sayle and Sarah Smart.
9.05pm The Big Fat Quiz of the Year 2009 – The traditional comedy quiz hosted by Jimmy Carr returns with panelists Charlie Brooker and David Mitchell, Jonathan Ross and Russell Brand, Rob Brydon and Claudia Winkleman.
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