6.00pm You’ve Been Framed at Christmas ITV
6.00pm Noel’s Christmas Presents Sky1
6.30pm The Cube: Coronation Street Special ITV Phillip Schofield hosts a celebrity edition of the tense game show. Coronation Street stars Ryan Thomas (who plays Jason Grimshaw) and Julie Hesmondhalgh (aka Hayley Cropper)
7.30pm Text Santa ITV – Ant and Dec and Holly Willoughby present a spectacular night-before-Christmas extravaganza to raise awareness and money for those most vulnerable during the festive period. Special guests from the world of entertainment will be on hand to deliver a sackful of surprises and seasonal cheer in this festive treat. In keeping with the spirit of goodwill, viewers can help those in need by a simple text donation from their phone to this year’s Text Santa charities. The good causes involved are Carers UK, Crisis, Help the Hospices, the Samaritans, WRVS and children’s hospital charities Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity, Noah’s Ark Appeal, Helping Hand and Yorkhill Children’s Foundation.
8.00pm Morecambe & Wise BBC2 – Choice moments and festive fun from a decade of Britain’s beloved comic duo, assembled from the BBC archives. Christmas with Morecambe and Wise launched Angela Rippon’s legs, Shirley Bassey’s boots and Andre Previn’s acting career. Some of our biggest stars would fight to appear – or not appear – in the plays that Ernie wrote.
9.00pm The Many Faces of Les Dawson BBC2 – Profile of the comedian with familiar favourite TV clips and some rare gems from the archives. Together with interviews from friends, relatives and colleagues, the programme unpicks the secrets of his enduring legacy nearly 20 years after his untimely death. After ‘discovery’ on the “Opportunity Knocks” talent show in the 60s he quickly became a regular face on TV. The programme shows how his career unfolded and illustrates the different facets of his comedy genius.
9.20pm Outnumbered Christmas Special 2011 BBC1 -Christmas edition of the family-based comedy. The Brockmans want to go away for Christmas, but they wonder whether they can go with Grandad in hospital; and whether they should go, when Jane is their house-sitter. Meanwhile, Ben causes trouble with his Christmas present: a metal detector.
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10.00pm Lapland BBC1 – Festive one-off comedy starring Sue Johnston. The Lewis family are determined to leave their troubles at home in Birkenhead when they set out to Lapland in search of Santa, huskies, reindeer, and hopefully the mysterious Northern Lights. However, they soon discover that baggage is not so easily left behind, but also that magic can be found in the most unexpected places.
10.00pm Piers Morgan’s Life Stories ITV – Interview with Donny Osmond.
9.00am The Nativity BBC1 – Dramatic retelling of the classic biblical tale, first shown last year.
10.00am Gordon’s Cookalong Live Channel 4 – Gordon Ramsay invites viewers to cook Christmas Dinner Live.
11.40am The Morecambe & Wise Christmas Show BBC1 – The classic 1971 Christmas show featuring the combined talents of Andre ‘Preview’ Previn, Glenda Jackson, Shirley Bassey, and not forgetting the immortal Eric and Ernie.
2.00pm TOTP 2011 BBC1 – Fearne Cotton & Reggie Yates present the Annual Christmas episode of the music series including the unveiling of the Christmas #1. As well as performances from Ed Sheeran, Professor Green, Pixie Lott, Will Young, Olly Murs.
3.00pm The Queen’s Speech BBC1
3.20pm Carry On Marathon ITV3 – A Host of Carry On films.
4,15pm Alternative Christmas Message Channel 4
6.30pm The Gruffalo’s Child BBC1 – A half-hour animated film, based on the best-selling children’s picture book by author Julia Donaldson and illustrator Axel Scheffler. One wild and windy night, the Gruffalo’s child ignores her father’s warnings and bravely tiptoes out into the snow in search of the Big Bad Mouse. She meets Snake, Owl and Fox but no sign of the fabled Mouse
7.00pm Doctor Who BBC1 – Episode set in 1940’s. A madcap caretaker greets evacuee Madge Arwell and her two children and leads them into a magical wintry world. Guest starring Claire Skinner and Alexander Armstrong.
7.00pm All Star Family Fortunes ITV – The stars of ITV’s The Only Way Is Essex take on the cast of Benidorm.
8.00pm Strictly Come Dancing BBC1 – Bruce & Tess present a very special Christmas spectacular, with five brand new celebrities taking up the ballroom challenge on a festive-themed dance floor. Actress Su Pollard, funnygirl Debra Stephenson, EastEnders star Charlie Brooks, boxing legend Barry McGuigan and boyband Blue’s Simon Webbe all rock around the Strictly dance floor, hoping to take home the trophy.
9.00pm The Toys that Made Christmas BBC2 – Robert Webb narrates a look at the Toys of Christmas’s gone by.
9.00pm Dowton Abbey ITV – Christmas 1919. Downton Abbey is hosting a lavish Christmas party, yet despite it being the season of goodwill, tensions are rife and Bates’s arrest has cast a shadow over the festivities. Will he be a condemned man or will he be found innocent in time to dance with his new wife at the annual servants’ ball? Mary has to consider her future with Sir Richard Carlisle following a contretemps at the shooting party and Violet has concerns about Rosamund, whose new suitor – the dashing but raffish Lord Hepworth – is not all he seems
9.00pm Alan Carr’s Chatty Man Channel 4 – Guests include David Walliams, Jedward and Steps.
9.00pm Matthew Bourne’s Christmas More4 – For 25 years, Matthew Bourne has been setting theatres and audiences around the world alight with his adaptations of some of the world’s best-known and loved ballets and operas. From The Car Man – Bizet’s Carmen, imaginatively reset as a dance piece in an American garage – to the award-winning Swan Lake.he film celebrates Bourne’s power to imaginatively transform ballet, taking dance and dancers off the stage into the studio, bringing together projections, animation and an intimate shooting style to produce a distinctive new way of presenting dance on screen.
9.05pm Eddie Stobart: Trucks, Trailers & Tinsel Five – The festive season is the firm’s busiest time of year – and the weather is not always on its side. As blizzards hit the UK, the trucks need to keep rolling to get Christmas trees to garden centres, turkeys onto dinner tables and sacks of presents under the trees.
10.00pm Absolutely Fabulous BBC1 – The first of three Brand new episodes.
10.00pm Rude Tube Channel 4 – Special hosted by Alex Zane.
10.00pm The Nation’s Favourite Christmas Songs Five
10.30pm Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow BBC1 – Special edition of the stand-up comedy series hosted by the former Britain’s Got Talent judge. Joining Michael on stage for this festive viewing extravaganza are Jack Dee, Miranda Hart, Sean Lock, James Corden, Rob Brydon, David Mitchell and Rhod Gilbert, with music from Kylie
5.40pm Jim’ll Fix It With Shane Richie BBC1 – The EastEnders star helps make viewers Dreams come true.
7.30pm The Borrowers BBC1 – Family adventure based on Mary Norton’s classic children’s books. The borrowers are tiny people who live under the floorboards, resourcefully surviving by borrowing bits and pieces from the large residents who dwell above. After being discovered by ‘human beans’, borrowers Pod and Homily and their daughter Arrietty are forced to leave their home while attempting to evade the clutches of obsessive scientist Professor Mildeye. Starring Stephen Fry, Sharon Horgan and Christopher Eccleston.
7.30pm The Unforgettable.. ITV – The series profiling comedy legends returns with a look at Ernie Wise.
9.00pm Poirot: The Clocks ITV – Poirot arrives in Dover to help Lieutenant Colin Race determine if Sheila Webb is responsible for the murder of a middle-aged man found stabbed at 19 Wilbraham Crescent.
9.00pm The Most Annoying People of 2011 BBC3
9.00pm Bear’s Wild Weekend with Miranda Channel 4 – Bear Grylls takes comedy writer and actress Miranda Hart on a once-in-a-lifetime expedition to the spectacular Swiss Alps for an exhilarating new programme. Adventurer, Chief Scout and best-selling author Bear challenges novice Miranda to go far beyond her comfort zone with a series of exhilarating adventures during an intense two-day expedition. Miranda traverses a glacier, crosses crevasses roped to Bear, tackles deep snow in snow shoes and completes a huge boulder scramble. She also faces her greatest fears when she flies in a helicopter and abseils down a waterfall
9.30pm The Royal Bodyguard BBC1 – New sitcom starring David Jason as an ex-guardsman who, thanks to a terrible misunderstanding, is put in charge of royal security. Guy Hubble’s first assignment as the royal bodyguard is to investigate a planned assassination attempt on a member of the royal family at the Commonwealth Conference in Scotland.
10.00pm Mrs. Brown’s Boys BBC1 – Seasonal special of the Irish comedy. Agnes Brown is depressed. Her son Trevor is on the missions in Canada, and can’t possibly afford to make it back. With Maria’s posh mum Hillary pressing the newlyweds to spend Christmas at her place, Agnes decides to compete for their love by providing an even more lavish Christmas celebration than Hillary’s – even if Buster is having trouble delivering the turkey.
10.00pm Chris Moyles’ Christmas Quiz Night Channel 4 – Festive edition of the quiz featuring James Corden, X Factor’s Olly Murs and Pineapple Studio’s irrepressible Louie Spence as each endeavours to win their supporters in the audience a share of a festive thousand pounds. As it’s Christmas, the line-up delivering the questions is massive: N-Dubz diva Tulisa and legendary funnyman Frank Skinner will put their fellow celebrities to the test. Plus, Britney Spears will be quizzing Chris and co too, and she could ask them literally anything.
8.00pm You Have Been Watching.. David Croft BBC2 – From Dad’s Army to ‘Allo ‘Allo!, Are You Being Served? to It Ain’t Half Hot, Mum, David Croft, who died earlier this year, had a hand in them all. This programme pays tribute to his comedy genius through the friends, family and colleagues who knew him.
9.00pm Great Expectations BBC1 – Lavish three-part adaptation of the classic Charles Dickens novel. A terrifying encounter on the marshes with an escaped convict and a summons from the mysterious Miss Havisham change orphan Pip’s life forever. He dares to believe he might be destined for a future beyond the marshes – a future linked to that of the beautiful Estella. Starring Gillian Anderson, David Suchet, and Ray Winstone.Continues Tomorrow, Concludes Thursday.
9.00pm Three Men Go to New England BBC2 – Rory McGrath, Griff Rhys Jones and Dara O Briain head to America to join a birthday party flotilla celebrating the 125th anniversary of the Statue of Liberty, in New York harbour. They start in the cradle of American history, New England, and have just 10 days to find a suitable vessel and get to New York. Their first stop is America’s oldest boat shop Concludes tomorrow
9.00pm Fast Freddie, The Widow & Me ITV – One-off drama starring Lawrence Fox as a wealthy car salesman forced to do community service with under privileged children at the Moonbeam Club. There he meets 18yr old Freddie who has a life threatening condition which means he won’t live to see another Christmas. The pair bond and the self styled car salesman could be Freddie’s Angel. Also stars Sarah Smart.
9.00pm The Big Fat Quiz of The Year 2011 Channel 4 – Jimmy Carr hosts the Quiz of 2011 with teams including Jonathan Ross, Russell Brand, Simon Pegg, Noel Fielding, David Mitchell, Ruth Jones and Alan Carr to vie for the coveted Big Fat Quiz crown.
10.30pm I’ve Never Seen Star Wars BBC2 – Special episode of the series hosted by Jo Brand where celebrity experience ordinary things they’ve never seen or done. The episode showcases Stephen Fry who has never experienced Ear piercing, Flat Pack furniture or comedy Only Fools & Horses.
7.00pm Frozen Planet BBC1 -Special episode that brings together the very best highlights of the series, taking viewers on a spectacular journey through the entire polar year – from the depths of winter to the melting world of the polar summer. In the south, spring starts with the comical stone-stealing Adelie penguin males. In summer the females return and the parents struggle to raise their chicks before the big freeze of autumn.
7.00pm Sir Jimmy Saville at the BBC: How’s About Then? BBC2 – An affectionate tribute to Jimmy Savile via the BBC archive courtesy of Top of The Pops, plus rarely seen footage of Clunk Click, the Saturday night entertainment show which eventually made way for his series Jim’ll Fix It.
8.00pm Top Gear Christmas Special 2011 BBC2 – Clarkson, Hammond & May set out to boost the British economy by embarking on a trade mission to India. Equipped with three old British cars and a range of uniquely British products, they set off on an epic road trip across one of the world’s most fascinating and challenging countries, devotedly promoting Britain with distinctly mixed results.
8.00pm Ad of the Year ITV – Programme celebrating the best TV ads from the last 12 months and revealing the fascinating stories behind them.
8.00pm Jon Snow’s 2011 Channel 4 – Jon Snow turns his eye and mind back on an extraordinary 12 months of news in Britain and abroad and reflects on some of the other stories that have directly affected him. This is not a classic compendium of major events but a very personal recollection of the news stories that mattered to Jon Snow.
9.00pm It’ll Be Alright on the Night ITV – Griff Rhys Jones Returns with more outtakes from Phillip Schofield, Holly Willoughby, Ant and Dec, Harry Hill, Bradley Walsh and many more as well as moments from top TV shows including Doc Martin, Celebrity Juice and Come Dine with Me.
9.00pm The Untold Tommy Cooper Channel 4 – This one-off special looks at the untold life of British national treasure, comedian and magician Tommy Cooper. Drawing on details from the meticulous diaries of his life-long manager Miff Ferrie, The Untold Tommy Cooper features previously unheard audio and unseen archive footage from Cooper’s personal and professional life, including material never performed before. Fans as diverse as Johnny Vegas, Damien Hirst, Ozzy Osbourne, Sir Roger Moore, Alfred Molina and Reece Shearsmith talk about their love of Cooper, while voices never heard before – including the man who tried to save Cooper’s life – reveal their stories about and passion for this comedy giant.
9.00pm Ben-Hur Five – Lavish biblical adventure of betrayal and revenge. Two former friends are pitted against each other during the Roman occupation of Judea.
10.35pm Felix & Murdo Channel 4 – Comedy duo Ben Miller and Alexander Armstrong star in their brand new sitcom Felix and Murdo. This one-off Christmas comedy, written by Simon Nye, is set in Edwardian London in 1908, the year the Olympic Games first came to the city. Murdo and Felix are ‘modern’ men and best friends who indulge in a drink and drugs spree while simultaneously competing in the Olympics… with no training whatsoever.
11.10pm The Best of the Armstrong & Miller Show Channel 4
7.30pm That Was 2011: The ITV News Review of the Year ITV – Mark Austin presents the first of two programmes looking back on what has been an extraordinary 12 months of news and events both home and abroad. Using film footage, reportage and a behind-the-scenes viewpoint, this is a fascinating document of what has been a memorable year.
8.00pm Earthflight BBC1 – Documentary series giving a bird’s-eye view of some of the world’s greatest natural spectacles. This episode takes flight across North America, as a flock of millions of snow geese discover what it is like to be on the hit list of America’s national bird: the bald eagle. In California, pelicans reveal devil rays that perform astonishing somersaults and find bizarre grunion fish that wriggle ashore to spawn. In Alaska, bald eagles swoop among brown bears fishing for salmon. And on the Great Plains, cowbirds duck and dive under the feet of fighting bison.
8.00pm Dragons’ Den BBC2 – A profile of new Dragon Hilary Devey.
9.00pm QI BBC2 – Christmas episode of the Quiz with a look at Ice.
9.00pm Paddy’s 2011 Show and Telly ITV – Paddy McGuiness presents a brand new quiz show which pits three celebrity pairs against each other to test their knowledge on the past year’s TV shows. How much attention have the stars been paying to the biggest dramas, documentaries, comedies, reality series and game shows? The contestants face a series of three elimination rounds before they reach the grand final and the chance to win up to £20,000 for the charity of their choice.
8.00pm The Many Faces of Dame Judi Dench BBC2 – Documentary tracing the career of Dame Judi Dench using excerpts from performances and interviews with friends and colleagues. The programme shows very early recordings of Dame Judi performing Shakespeare and her first television appearance in Z Cars.
9.00pm Mrs Dickens’ Family Christmas BBC2 – Looking at the marriage of Charles Dickens through the eyes of his wife, Catherine, Sue Perkins exposes the lesser-known reality of the Dickens family Christmas.
9.00pm A Royal Year to Remember ITV – Alan Titchmarsh presents a documentary looking back at a year in the life of the royal family and revealing what went on behind the scenes. 2011 has been a year of celebrations, marked by two very different royal weddings
9.00pm The Angelos Neil Epithemiou Show Channel 4 – Studio-based comedy entertainment show written by and starring Dan Skinner as his comic character Angelos Epithemiou. Come and join a modern-day clown living in an oversized world of pure fun. With a full menu of slapstick, jokes, high-energy dancing, catchy singing and sophisticated magic, it will involve the studio audience, introduce new comedy characters and muck around with celebrities
9.00pm The Most Shocking Celebrity Moments 2011 Five
10.15pm Tweets of the Year ITV2 – Russell Kane narrates a fast-paced review of 2011 as seen through the eyes of the Twitterverse. The show features interviews and contributions from celebrities, journalists and the people whose lives were changed by Twitter, and it promises to entertain and shock in equal measure.
10.30pm Charlie Brooker’s 2011 Screenwipe BBC4 – Charlie Brooker takes a comedic look back at the hectic events of 2011 – a mad year of royal weddings, Gypsy Weddings, riots, phone-hacking and Desperate Scousewives. With contributions from Doug Stanhope, Adam Curtis and Brian Limond.