Here it is your complete to this year’s Christmas AND New Year TV with a BUMPER TVweek that covers from Saturday 23rd December 2017 all the way to Friday 5th January 2018!
6.15pm Pointless Celebrities Christmas Special BBC1 – A special celebrity Christmas edition of the general knowledge quiz in which four teams try to come up with the answers that no-one else could think of. The show is presented by Alexander Armstrong and co-host Richard Osman, and it features Justin Hawkins and Dan Hawkins, Gareth Malone and Samantha Stevenson, Jimmy Osmond and Ben Haenow, and Mike Batt and Jona Lewie. There is also a festive performance by The Darkness at the end of the show.
7.10pm Even Better Than the Real Thing Christmas Special BBC1 – Five of the world’s greatest professional tribute acts go head to head in this Christmas special hosted by Paddy McGuinness. The acts pay tribute to music legends Michael Buble, Michael Jackson, John Lennon, Kylie Minogue and Bruce Springsteen. Each performer sings an iconic Christmas hit made famous by their musical idol, before the studio audience choose their favourite three to perform again. They then pull out all the stops with a very special collaboration as they are joined on stage by another tribute artist paying homage to an iconic music legend. After the duets round, the studio audience vote again for their favourite act of the night, and that performer is crowned the winner.
7.30pm Ant & Dec Presents: The Missing Crown Jewels ITV – Another chance to see the scripted comedy caper from Saturday Night Takeaway cut together as a standalone show. Ant and Dec find themselves enlisted in a secret service staffed by celebrities, only to have to track down a nefarious thief dubbed Maskface when the crown jewels go missing on their watch – before Maskface sits on the throne and becomes the reigning monarch.
8.00pm The World’s Best Christmas Lights: From Liverpool to Bethlehem Channel 4 -This one-off Christmas special follows four unlikely lads and a lass from Liverpool, as they head to Manger Square to decorate Bethlehem in time for Christmas.
8.00pm Blind Date Five – The classic dating show hosted by Paul O’Grady. In a special Christmas episode, a prince charming from Glasgow chooses between three princesses, who are all wearing full panto costume. Also, a mature gent from Dorset gets his chance for romance.
8.00pm It’s Christmas Live from the Royal Albert Hall Sky1 – Jason Manford hosts this festive concert from the Royal Albert Hall, with performances from the likes of Alexander Armstrong, Melanie C and Ricky Wilson.
9.00pm Christmas Cruising with Jane McDonald Five – Festive travelogue special with former cruise-ship singer Jane McDonald. Jane boards the river cruise boat SS Antoinette for a journey along the Rhine, through Germany, France and Switzerland. Along the way, she visits the world’s best Christmas markets, samples some traditional food and drink, discovers some unique festive customs and joins in the shipboard activities and entertainment.
9.30pm Our Friend Victoria at Christmas BBC1 – Anne Reid presents a very special extended episode of Our Friend Victoria, which celebrates all things festive.
4.00pm Cannonball Christmas Special ITV – Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff is in Santa Claus mode as he presents a special festive edition of the action-packed show in which 24 brave contestants hit the water, taking on a series of challenging inflatable games and obstacles in a bid to win the Cannonball Cup.
5.50pm A Christmas Chase: Celebrity Special ITV – Pull up a chair and roast some chestnuts as Bradley Walsh hosts a special festive celebrity edition of the Chase. It is a bumper Christmas Chase as all five Chasers try to catch Coronation Street star Patti Clare, comedian Matt Richardson, presenter Kirsty Wark and singer Jimmy Osmond.
6.40pm All Star Musicials ITV – Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff hosts an all-singing all-dancing musical theatre extravaganza, as Michael Crawford prepares seven celebrities – presenter Nicky Campbell, Miranda star Sally Phillips, Emmerdale’s Michael Parr, athlete Denise Lewis, Coronation Street’s Lucy Fallon and actor Tony Robinson – to sing on the London Palladium stage, offering them all advice and encouragement ahead of their big moments as they compete to give the best performance. The musical numbers featured come from some of the biggest stage shows around, including Evita, Guys and Dolls, My Fair Lady, Chicago and Les Miserables.
7.00pm Mary, Mel and Sue’s Big Christmas Thank You BBC1 – Mary Berry, Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins join forces to surprise a community centre in the Rhondda Valley, Wales, with a very special Christmas party. The community centre was set up by mum-of-three Buffy after a run of closures, from the school to the post office, threatened to kill off the community spirit. Buffy and her team keep the locals united by bringing together toddlers, teens and OAPs for bingo, food and fun, funded in part by public donations. Mary, Mel and Sue help Buffy throw the locals an unforgettable surprise Christmas party and reveal special surprises that ensure the centre survives and thrives for years to come.
8.00pm Child Genius V Celebrities Christmas Special Channel 4 – Richard Osman presents a Child Genius festive special as four of the show’s most formidable past competitors take on four of the country’s finest celebrity minds, in a test to see who has the brightest brains this Christmas. The celebrity team captain is comedian and actor Rob Delaney. Rob’s joined by Channel 4 News presenter Cathy Newman, comedian Dom Joly, and journalist and broadcaster Janet Street-Porter. The Child Genius team features Rhea, the show’s youngest ever winner; Mog, from Warwickshire, who has amazed in the past with his outstanding memory; mathematical whizz-kid Christopher; and nine-year-old Fabio, who has a passion for science. The tests includes spelling, maths and general knowledge. Only one team can be crowned Christmas champions – can the celebrities take on the Child Geniuses and win?
8.30pm Michael McIntyre’s Big Christmas Show BBC1 – Recorded at a packed Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, in London, the show features performances from soul sensation Seal and comedy virtuoso Bill Bailey, as well as unmissable new stand-up material from Michael himself. Alesha Dixon hands over her phone in Celebrity Send to All, and Father Christmas gets the surprise of his life before delivering a spine-tingling finale as the Unexpected Star.
8.30pm Maigret in the Montmartre ITV – Crime drama adapted from the novel by Georges Simenon. Chief Inspector Maigret investigates the random murders of a countess and a showgirl, and discovers a dark secret that links their past lives at the Grand Hotel in Nice.
8.30pm A League of their Own Sky1 – Festive fun is on the menu as James and the boys invite Nigel Havers, Kriss Akabusi and David Seaman to a Yuletide party at Jack’s country pad.
9.00pm Gogglebox 2017 Channel 4 – Britain’s favourite opinionated TV viewers share their sharp, insightful, passionate and sometimes emotional critiques of the year’s biggest and best shows, including Strictly Come Dancing, The One Show, The Crystal Maze, Doctor Foster, the Weakest Link Celebrity Special for Children in Need, The Andrew Marr Show, I’m a Celebrity, Mary Berry’s Country House Secrets, Naked Attraction and Nigella: At My Table. This is a chance to see some of the best moments of the past year of Gogglebox: 2017 in review from the country’s best-loved households, including Leon and June, the Siddiquis, Giles and Mary, Ellie and Izzi, Mary and Marina, and the Tappers.
9.00pm Father Ted – A Christmassy Ted More4 – The classic Father Ted special. It’s a nightmare Christmas when Father Ted and Father Dougal get lost in a department store’s vast lingerie department. Only Ted’s quick thinking can save the Church from another embarrassing scandal, but the incident still has far-reaching and dangerous consequences.
9.30pm Winter’s Weirdest Events BBC2 – Using state-of-the-art science, expert analysis and first-hand eyewitness accounts, Chris Packham examines the evidence, tests the theories and unravels some of the strangest stories our planet has to offer.
9.30pm Trollied Sky1 – Gavin steps up to save the day when a hapless gang of robbers set their sights on the Christmas takings. Festive comedy with John Thomson and Jason Watkins.
9.35pm Not Going Out BBC1 – Can Lee and Lucy agree on the true meaning of Christmas?
10.30pm The Best of the Late Late Show Sky1 – All the year’s best moments from The Late Late Show with James Corden.
12.20pm Top of the Pops BBC1 – Fearne Cotton and Clara Amfo present Top of the Pops Christmas as it returns for a special Yuletide edition featuring the hottest and biggest stars from across the year and, as is tradition, wrap up the show with the Christmas No 1 of 2017. Artists performing on the show include Ed Sheeran, Clean Bandit, Dua Lipa, Rita Ora, JP Cooper, Jax Jones and Raye, The Script, Jonas Blue and William Singe, James Arthur and Anne-Marie. Stormzy makes his Top of the Pops Christmas debut with guest vocalist MNEK to perform Blinded By Your Grace Part 2.
3.00pm The Queen’s Christmas Broadcast BBC1 – HM Queen Elizabeth II delivers her annual address in the Christmas message to the nation and the Commonwealth.
4.45pm The Highway Rat BBC1 – An animated family film based on the much-loved children’s book written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler. The Highway Rat tells the tale of a ravenous rat who craves buns, biscuits and all sweet things. Tearing along the highway, he searches for sugary treats to steal, until his sweet tooth leads him to a sticky end.
5.30pm Doctor Who BBC1 – Two Doctors stranded in a forbidding snowscape, refusing to face regeneration. A British army captain, seemingly destined to die in the First World War but taken from the trenches to play his part in the Doctor’s story. In the final chapter of the twelfth Doctor’s epic adventure, he must face his past to decide his future. Along the way he realises the resilience of humanity, discovering hope in his darkest frozen moment. It is the end of an era, but the Doctor’s journey is only just beginning.
6.30pm Strictly Come Dancing BBC1 – Six favourite stars of Strictly past return to the ballroom to compete for the Christmas trophy. Robbie Savage, Katie Derham, Jeremy Vine, Kimberley Walsh, Judy Murray and Colin Jackson and their professional partners each perform a routine inspired by what they love most about Christmas.
7.00pm Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs ITV – Paul O’Grady returns to Battersea Dogs and Cats Home for a seasonal special.
7.40pm Call the Midwife BBC1 – Boxing Day brings a large snowfall that covers the country. The adverse weather causes major disruption across Poplar as roads become blocked and pipes freeze. Trixie’s holiday with Christopher is cancelled due to the snow. Valerie helps an unmarried couple living in a caravan prepare for their baby. As the labour progresses, unforeseen complications knock Valerie’s confidence in her ability as a midwife. Tom is offered a new position in Birmingham but it would mean him and Barbara leaving Poplar for at least six months. It’s all hands on deck to help during the weather crisis so Shelagh comes back to work. Nurse Crane meets her match in Sergeant Woolf as he challenges her driving ability and Akela leadership.
7.40pm The Great Christmas Bake Off Channel 4 – ‘Tis the season to be jolly. And what better way to celebrate, than with the first of two Yuletide specials of Bake Off? Eight merry bakers from Bake Off past join Sandi Toksvig and Noel Fielding as they do battle in festive-themed challenges. It’s down to judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith to decide who wins the festive Star Baker title. In this episode, Sandi, Noel, Paul and Prue return to the tent for a traditional Christmas get-together. Also invited to the celebrations are Val and Selasi, Paul Jagger and Beca Lyne-Pirkis – all of them ready to do battle in the festive fight for the Christmas Star Baker title.
8.00pm Coronation Street ITV – Billy and Peter have a ding-dong scarily on high. Aidan casts a shadow over the Connors’ festive frolics. Brian feels the long arm of the law.
8.25pm Upstart Crow BBC2 – Will has promised his wife Anne that he will be home in good time for a quiet Christmas with just the family. But when Marlowe, Kate and even the usually horrible Robert Greene look likely to be facing a miserable lonely Christmas in London, Will’s big heart gets the better of him and he asks them all back with him to Stratford.
9.00pm EastEnders BBC1 – It is Christmas day in Albert Square and things are set to explode in catastrophic style for Max. Mick and Linda prepare for their vow renewal, but Mick’s day is thrown into turmoil when Aidan plays a very dangerous game.
9.00pm Victoria ITV – Victoria and Albert have very different expectations for a family Christmas, and the arrival of a young African orphan at the Palace puts them at loggerheads.
9.00pm First Dates at Christmas Channel 4 – The First Dates Restaurant throws the festive party to end all parties with a Christmas cracker full of amazing surprises. Ma’tre d’ Fred and his Christmas Cupids celebrate an incredible year that has seen love blossom into wedding proposals, engagement rings and the very first First Dates baby! Some favourite couples return, while some special singletons are hoping for a kiss under the mistletoe or even to meet ‘the one’ at Christmas.
10.00pm Mrs. Brown’s Boys BBC1 – Christmas is a time for rest and relaxation -except in the Brown household. Agnes is worried about Rory, who is undergoing a plastic surgery operation. What will he look like when the bandages finally come off? Cathy has a new date with a handsome man she met on the internet, but Agnes is worried about whether he will measure up in real life. Meanwhile, Grandpa thinks the house is haunted. Buster Brady has delivered Agnes a magical new Christmas tree which he got at a clearance sale. It is coin-operated, although Buster has said not to put any coins into it. Will Agnes be able to resist temptation?
10.00pm Alan Carr’s Christmassy Chatty Man Channel 4 – Turn on the fairy lights, get the mistletoe ready, and pour yourself a large glass of eggnog as Alan Carr kicks off his Chatty Man Christmas special with a host of special guests. Alan is joined on the sofa by musician Noel Gallagher; Christian Slater, John Bishop, star of West End play Glengarry Glen Ross; Lorraine Kelly and Rob Beckett, hosts of Wedding Day Winners; and Gogglebox stars Giles and Mary. Music performance and further chat comes from rock band Kasabian, pop sensation Adam Lambert, and one of the year’s hottest pop stars: Dua Lipa.
10.35pm 300 Years of French and Saunders BBC1 – Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders are back together this festive season for a special thirtieth-anniversary clip show bursting with brand new material, greatest hits, hilarious rarities and even some never-before-seen footage. Reuniting for their first TV show together in ten years, the huge comedy talents that brought the world Absolutely Fabulous and The Vicar of Dibley promise to be on top form, where nothing is out of bounds and no-one is safe. With special appearances from Joanna Lumley, Lulu and one of the presenters from Spotlight South West.
6.30pm Snow Bears BBC1 – The enchanting true-to-life tale of polar bear cubs and their mother on a 400-mile journey from their birth den in Svalbard to the pack ice surrounding the north pole. It’s a fun-packed, snowy adventure as two young bears learn how to survive. The journey is triggered by the arrival of spring when the ice vanishes from the island of their birth and with it, the seals. Polar bears must follow their prey to the year-round pack ice in the far north.
8.00pm Little Women BBC1 – Three-part drama series. It’s 1861, and the March sisters – Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy – and their mother Marmee prepare for Christmas without presents and without their father, a Union army chaplain away at war. Learning to appreciate the smaller things in life, the sisters strike up a friendship with their charming new neighbour Laurie and his tutor John Brooke. After the holiday, Meg and Jo return to work in order to provide for the family. In the new year, Amy and Jo clash over an invitation to the theatre and a rash act of revenge, but a life-threatening event encourages them to put their differences aside. During the summer Beth struggles to overcome social anxiety and Meg grows closer to John. As autumn of 1862 sets in, the family receives the terrible news that Mr March has been taken ill in an army hospital in Washington DC. The girls anxiously await news of their father’s fate, as Marmee, accompanied by John, rushes to his side. Continues Tomorrow, Concludes Thursday.
8.00pm Reindeer Family and Me BBC2 – This Christmas, wildlife cameraman Gordon Buchanan is travelling to the frozen north, deep inside the Arctic Circle, to meet the ancient Sami people and the animals they hold so close – reindeer. Known as the reindeer people, the Sami were traditionally nomadic, relying on their precious animals to help them survive the Arctic’s harsh winters.
8.00pm Travel Man Channel 4 – In an hour-long Christmas extravaganza, Richard Ayoade is joined by Hollywood phenomenon Jon Hamm, star of Mad Men, for a Yuletide yomp around Hong Kong – the most visited and most vertical city on the planet.
8.30pm Dirty Dancing: Making Movie Magic Five – A trip down memory lane to Kellerman’s Resort, to celebrate the movie that remains a phenomenon. Favourite scenes are revisited and cast members Kelly Bishop, Lonny Price and Jane Brucker recall their favourite memories of the film, alongside an army of celebrity fans including Rachel Hunter and Lori Petty. Plus there are behind-the-scenes stories from choreographer Miranda Garrison and the writer, Eleanor Bergstein.
9.00pm The Miniaturist BBC1 – Two-part drama set in 17th-century Amsterdam. Nella Oortman marries a rich merchant, but life in her new home is unfulfilled. Even her cabinet house brings a mystery to the secretive world she has entered. Concludes Tomorrow
9.00pm Dragons’ Den BBC2 – Peter Jones, Deborah Meaden, Touker Suleyman, Jenny Campbell and Tej Lalvani take their seats to face the latest batch of entrepreneurs who dare to enter the Den. A serial entrepreneur pitches his online greeting card business, a Surrey-based inventor is hoping his word game could become a family Christmas favourite, and a duo bring their healthy breakfast and snacking products to the Den in the hope of some warm festive cheer. Finally, three brothers pitch for a stake in their men’s grooming products – will the Dragons see it as the perfect stocking filler and make a bid for the business?
9.00pm The Big Fat Quiz of 2017 Channel 4 – 2017 is almost over, so what better way to make sense of the past 12 months than via the Big Fat Quiz of the Year? What calamities befell Theresa May during her conference speech? Who were Taylor Swift’s unlikely musical collaborators?
10.30pm Two Doors Down Christmas Special BBC2 – Beth and Eric’s plans for a quiet Christmas are dashed when all the neighbours descend on them. Ian’s new boyfriend Gordon finds his festive day taking an unexpected turn too.
7.00pm Celebrity Mastermind BBC1 – John Humphrys hosts as four famous faces brave the black chair. The contestants are actor Jack Ashton, comedian Rich Hall, Match of the Day commentator Guy Mowbray and poet Pam Ayres.
7.30pm Christmas University Challenge BBC2 – A festive edition of the quiz, featuring distinguished university alumni. In the third match, the University of York, with Daily Mirror associate editor Kevin Maguire and Radio 3 presenter Tom Service, fight it out against the University of Southampton, whose team includes Times columnist Clare Foges and Front Row presenter John Wilson.
8.00pm Six Robots and Us BBC2 – Following six families as they welcome robots into their homes to assist with different needs. In Blackburn, single mum Amanda and her six children take delivery of the TutorBot. It has been programmed to help her son Isaac, who has a rare form of dwarfism and a learning delay. For the next two weeks, it is going to try and help Isaac improve his speech. In Plymouth, the FitBot has been programmed to keep the Rocket family in shape. Over the next month, Plymouth University want to see if it can become a credible fitness and nutrition expert.
8.00pm Supershoppers: Sales Special Channel 4 – Supershoppers Anna Richardson and Sabrina Grant are full of money-saving tips as they investigate the post-Christmas sales. With almost constant promotions and sales on the high street, are there any true bargains left?
9.00pm Alan Partridge: Why, When, Where, How and Whom? BBC2 – To celebrate Alan’s return to his rightful home at the BBC in 2018, this retrospective documentary looks back at his journey from broadcaster caricature to the award-winning study of complexity and pathos that he has become.
9.00pm Miranda Does Christmas Channel 4 – When you’re a kid Christmas is brilliant; when you’re an adult it’s just hard work. In this one-off entertainment special Miranda Hart shows us how to make Christmas just as much fun as it used to be. She’s carol singing with a very special guest singer, hitting the streets to spread Christmas joy among shoppers, rewarding the good deeds of unsuspecting members of the audience, and bringing romance to two singletons. And there’s a gospel choir performing a unique Christmas mash up, plus a spectacular festive version of a Destiny’s Child classic. Special guests include David Tennant, Sam Smith and Prue Leith.
9.00pm Turtle, Eagle, Cheetah: A Slow Odyssey BBC4 – Riding onboard with a cheetah, a green turtle and a white-tailed sea eagle as they show us around their respective homes. With natural sounds and elegant embedded graphics delivering information, this is an immersive journey into their world like no other. Each section rides onboard with one of the animals as it shows us around its world. Revealing how they go through their daily routines, journey across different parts of their homes and introduce us to the other animals they share them with, in this extraordinary immersive show. A trio of cheetahs hunting on the Namibian bushveld, a green turtle cruising the reefs of Indonesia and a white-tailed sea eagle as it soars above the west coast of Scotland.
7.30pm Still Open All Hours BBC1 – Granville must use some of his craftiest wiles to persuade some of his most important customers not to travel over Christmas and leave him at the mercy of Mrs Featherstone’s amorous advances. And will he be able to sell a large number of wonky Christmas crackers?
8.30pm The Secret Life of 5 Year Olds On Holiday Channel 4 – The Secret Life of 5 Year Olds returns for a one-off special, and this time it’s going on holiday! The series that offers viewers a fascinating insight into the lives of our little ones has joined forces with travel company Thomas Cook. Some familiar faces from the previous series are jetting off to the Sunwing family resort in Cyprus, and they’re taking their families along too. Once more the programme provides the opportunity to observe how a group of four, five and six-year-olds interact and play together but this time against the backdrop of sun, sea and souvlaki. The children sample everything that a holiday abroad offers: the frenzied excitement of packing and flying, the adrenaline rush of the water park and the first taste of exotic delicacies.
9.00pm Natural World:Attenborough and the Empire of the Ants BBC2 -David Attenborough is in the Swiss Jura Mountains to discover the secrets of a giant. Beneath his feet lies a vast network of tunnels and chambers, home to a huge empire of ants. It is believed to be one of the largest animal societies in the world, where over a billion ants from rival colonies live in peace. Their harmonious existence breaks many of the rules for both ants and evolution, and raises some important questions. Through winter, spring and into summer, David turns detective to find the answers.
9.00pm What Britain Bought in 2017 Channel 4 – An intriguing, eye-opening one-off look at what the nation’s ú7.5 billion-a-week shopping bill says about us and our collective mood. It’s been a momentous year, jam-packed with gob-smacking events in showbiz and politics; with news stories that have shaken and shocked us, made us laugh and cry, but also influenced how we spent our hard-earned cash. Mary Portas gets the inside track from some of Britain’s biggest retailers, celebrity endorsers, and online trend setters, to find out which products had us splashing out, and which brands got it wrong. From M&S to John Lewis, Superdrug to Poundland, Hobbycraft to Lakeland, Mary examines the retail stories of the year: getting to the bottom of the return of big knickers; the truth behind the unicorn trend; and why the comeback of gin actually shows we are drinking less. There’s also the story on pimping your Prosecco, wearing your politics on your chest and the fidget spinner.
7.30pm Tim Vine Travels Through Time Christmas Special BBC1 – Comedy in which Tim Vine journeys back in time to Tudor England in a quest to find a silver lion and bring Christmas to Henry VIII’s court. It is Christmas time at Tim’s antiques shop, and Emma Bunton needs his help. Can he make an antique silver lion as good as new? Thanks to his time-travelling grandfather clock, the answer is always yes. Tim travels back to Tudor England, arriving in the court of Henry VIII just as the Christmas celebrations are getting under way. But finding a silver lion isn’t going to be as easy as it seems. Catherine of Aragon has a new lady-in-waiting, Anne Boleyn, who is desperate to impress by arranging a fantastic Christmas party for the king. When Tim meets the king, he is mistaken for the new court jester and immediately put in charge of the entertainment. Looks like the search for a new silver lion will have to wait. Can Tim pull off a party fit for a king? And can he find the silver lion and get back to his shop before Christmas?
8.00pm Eric & Ernie’s Home Movies BBC2 – This one-hour documentary takes an in-depth look at the early days of the legendary double act – both on and off screen – using previously unseen footage from Morecambe and Wise’s own home movie collection. The archive footage, shot in the 1950s and 1960s by both Eric and Ernie, their wives and friends, provides a unique insight into the pair and their lives at home and abroad, on holiday and relaxing between work engagements – the first time that the collection in its entirety has been made available to documentary makers. The new footage is combined with fresh interviews with those who knew them best and who also appear in the home movies – from family and friends to colleagues who worked with Eric and Ernie during the early stage of their care.
9.00pm Vic & Bobs Big Night Out BBC2 – Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer return for a one-off special. Shot in a studio in front of a live audience, this high-octane half hour features songs, sketches and silliness in buckets. Novelty Island is open for business once again, while a very popular television show gets the Reeves and Mortimer makeover treatment. The show also features Matt Lucas, and Mel Gibson and Idris Elba as you have never seen them before.
9.00pm 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown Channel 4 – Jimmy Carr hosts a special Christmas edition packed with comic conundrums, festive surprises and laughs aplenty. Jon Richardson and Catherine Tate team up against Sean Lock and Joe Wilkinson, while Joe Lycett joins Susie Dent in Dictionary Corner, and maths whizz Rachel Riley is in charge of the numbers and letters.
9.00pm Eric, Ernie & Me BBC4 – For over a decade, the Liverpudlian ex-market stall trader Eddie Braben penned Morecambe and Wise’s material, reshaping the double act into the Eric and Ernie that the nation took to its heart. But it wasn’t all sunshine. This comedy-drama follows the story of how The Golden Triangle was formed and celebrates the man behind Morecambe and Wise’s greatest successes. Year on year a new series, a new Christmas special, incredible celebrity guests and the never-ending commute from home in Liverpool to work in London saw Eddie work himself to the point of exhaustion. A man desperate for a break, but driven by perfection and the need to make people laugh. The film culminates in a journey to the iconic 1977 Christmas Show, celebrates a decade of enormous success for both Braben and Morecambe and Wise whilst not shying away from the pressure and pain Eddie went through to help create the screen work of Britain’s most beloved double act.
9.00pm Delicious Sky1 – Dawn French and Emilia Fox star in a second helping of the hit drama. Business is booming at the Penrose but life isn’t set to run smoothly for Gina and Sam.
10.00pm Frankie Boyle’s 2017 New World Order BBC2 – Frankie Boyle and guests dissect the bewildering year that was 2017. The show features Frankie at his brilliant, satirical best with stand-up, review and discussion – all in an attempt to make sense of the last 12 months.
10.00pm Elvis: The Rebirth of the King BBC4 – The widely accepted Elvis narrative is that the Vegas period was the nadir of his career, but this film argues that Elvis reached his peak both as a singer and performer in the first few years of his Vegas period. He became, in those short years, the greatest performer on earth. The film tracks this five-year renaissance with some of his key musical and artistic collaborators of the period, including the creator of his most memorable jump suits, to celebrate the greatest pop reinvention of all time.
10.00pm Music Legends we Lost Sky1 – From George Michael and Chuck Berry to Glen Campbell and Tom Petty, this moving film pays tribute to the music greats who passed away over the last 12 months.
7.00pm Guess the Star ITV – Jonathan Ross presents a hilarious one-off game show filled with music and celebrities. Famous faces put on unforgettable performances while disguised as their favourite pop stars as three celebrity teams – including the cast of Coronation Street, Jordan and Perri from Diversity, Eamonn Holmes and Stacey Solomon – compete to figure out who is behind the wigs, the make-up, and the music.
7.00pm Blind Date Five – Return of the classic dating show hosted by Paul O’Grady. One lucky single chooses from three suitors by personality alone. Singles bring their dogs along for the first time in the hopes of getting some puppy love, and self-titled ‘diva’ Devorshka chooses between a plumber, a banker and an accountant.
7.10pm A Christmas Carol Goes Wrong BBC1 – With Derek Jacobi, Diana Rigg, Henry Shields, Jonathan Sayer, Greg Tannahill, Henry Lewis. The Olivier Award-winning Mischief Theatre Company return to the small screen with their take on Dickens’s famous festive fable. Blacklisted by the BBC after ruining Peter Pan, the Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society do not take their ban lying down and force themselves back on the BBC by hijacking the jewel of the Christmas schedule, a live production of A Christmas Carol, staged by a professional cast.
8.00pm The Price is Right Channel 4 – Alan Carr invites five lucky members of the studio audience to ‘come on down’ for a Christmas special of the legendary world’s longest-running TV game show. Each person standing on Contestants Row must guess the price of a series of weird and wonderful prizes, hoping to win the chance to spin the Big Wheel and play in the Showcase showdown at the end of the show. Alan guides them through a host of classic Price Is Right games including Time Flies, Plinko and Cliffhanger.
9.00pm Spiral BBC4 – Double bill of the sixth series of the French crime drama series. The detective squad must identify a murdered male torso to keep the case as Laure returns early from maternity leave. A high-profile criminal trial tempts jaded Josephine, while magistrate Roban grows distracted.
11.05pm 2017: A Year in the Life of a Year BBC4 – Following the success of last year’s parody review of 2016, Emmy Award-winning director Rhys Thomas has done the same thing again, but about a different year. And it’s timely that the year he’s doing it about this year is the year that has just happened, 2017. The Brian Pern creator seamlessly re-edits film and television footage from the top twelve months of 2017 to create a spoof take on the year’s cultural events, entertainment smashes and other things.
New Year’s Eve
3.20pm A Right Royal Quiz ITV – Fern Britton presents the UK’s first ever panel show about the royal family, taking a celebratory and affectionate look at their lives and the country’s obsession with them. Fern presides as two teams – consisting of comic legend Joe Pasquale, TV presenter Angellica Bell, funny man Hal Cruttenden and model and presenter Jodie Kidd – compete over a series of entertaining and funny rounds which test their royal knowledge. Royal expert Jennie Bond is on hand to help the teams, alongside some royal superfans and some special royalty-inspired surprises.
6.50pm Cannonball ITV – Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff presents highlights from the past series of the action-packed show in which brave contestants hit the water, taking on a series of challenging inflatable games and obstacles in a bid to win the Cannonball Cup.
Notable Continuing Series:The Real Marigold on Tour, 9.00pm, BBC1
9.00pm Alan Carr’s New Year Specstacular Channel 4 – Alan Carr welcomes in 2018 with his inimitable brand of unpredictable madness, hysterical sketches, party games and a cracking guest list including Big Narstie, Jonnie Peacock, Keith Lemon, Caroline Flack, Alex Brooker, Binky Felstead, Tom Davis, Charlotte Dawson and Kim Woodburn. Music is by Stefflon Don and Pete Tong with Becky Hill and The Heritage Orchestra, conducted by Jules Buckley. Alan’s special guests appear in various guises including a raft of sketches, entertaining games and musical performances along with his raucous studio audience who participate in the New Year festivities.
11.20pm Nile Rodgers and Chic: Good Times 2017 BBC1 – Roman Kemp presents live from the heart of London, as Nile Rodgers and Chic stage an exclusive concert to welcome in the New Year. As well as Chic classics including Good Times, Everybody Dance and Le Freak, multiple Grammy Award-winning composer, producer, arranger and guitarist Nile Rodgers has also contributed to a string of other worldwide hits, including Let’s Dance by David Bowie, Diana Ross’s I’m Coming Out, Sister Sledge’s We Are Family and Get Lucky with Daft Punk and Pharrell Williams. Nile and Chic perform many of these massive hits to begin the build-up to midnight and the start of the spectacular, world-famous fireworks display over the River Thames.
11.20pm Jools’s Annual Hootenanny 2017 BBC2 – Joining Jools to welcome in 2018 are Ed Sheeran, Mavis Staples, Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue, Jessie Ware, Soul II Soul, Beth Ditto, The Beat starring Dave Wakeling, George McCrae, Jose Feliciano, Ruby Turner and the Pipes and Drums of the 1st Battalion Scots Guards.
New Year’s Day
6.55pm Grandpa’s Great Escape BBC1 – Tom Courtney, Jennifer Saunders and David Walliams star in this year’s Walliams adaptation about a former WWII flying ace with Alzheimer’s who is admitted to an old people’s home when his family are no longer able to care for him. However, he soon realises that the home is being mismanaged for ulterior reasons and determines to make a daring escape with the help of his grandson.
9.00pm McMafia BBC1 – James Norton in this brand new drama series. After a tragic event, Russian exile Alex Godman is drawn into the murky world of global crime, as he tries to protect his family from their dark past. Continues Tomorrow Night.
9.00pm Sue Perkins and The Chimp Sanctuary BBC2 – Animal lover Sue Perkins travels to America to meet a group of newly retired female chimpanzees at Chimp Haven, the US national chimpanzee sanctuary. After a recent change in US law, decades of medical testing on chimpanzees has been brought to an end and cameras follow as Jill, Whitney, Paula-Jean, Tessa, Martha and Ariah settle in to the sanctuary after an 800-mile journey from a laboratory in New Mexico to rural Louisiana. And after seeing undercover footage of conditions in one of the labs Jill once lived, Sue travels to meet a representative from the National Institutes of Health, the government agency responsible for federal chimpanzee testing. She wants to know if they think the medical advances to human health have been worth it, and how the US government defends the conditions in which the animals were kept.
10.00pm Mrs. Brown’s Boys BBC1 – When a crimewave hits Finglas, Father Damien and Maria put together a neighbourhood watch scheme which Agnes and Winnie promptly sign up to – but are they really the best people to tackle crime in the area? After Cathy goes on yet another disastrous date, Agnes is determined to put Cathy’s man troubles to rest once and for all. Betty and Mark lock horns over whether Bono should go to his school disco.
8.00pm The Greatest TV Moments of All Time ITV – Paddy McGuinness presents an exciting new awards show that pays homage to the greatest ever clips from the last 50-plus years of incredible TV history, as the best-loved and most moving, hilarious and shocking moments ever seen on the small screen face off. The competing clips are whittled down to six final frontrunners, which then go head-to-head at the end of the show – but which TV memory will prove to be the most enduring?
8.00pm Diet Secrets and How to Lose Weight Five – Infotainment series giving the skinny on what makes us fat and the surest way to successfully lose weight. Celebrity dieters try out the latest fad diets – will they stay on course?
8.30pm Harry Hill’s Tea Time Sky1 – Harry Hill serves more madcap recipes.
8.30pm Superstore ITV2 – America Ferrera stars in this critically acclaimed US comedy. New Cloud 9 superstore employee Jonah makes a terrible first impression on long-standing floor supervisor Amy, but assistant store manager Dina develops a crush on him. Elsewhere, pregnant Cheyenne’s boyfriend proposes to her in front of the whole store.
Notable Continuing Series: McMafia, 9.00pm, BBC1
9.00pm The Real T Rex with Chris Packham BBC2 – Chris Packham explores a childhood fantasy – discovering the true animal behind centuries of Hollywood misrepresentation. Using knowledge from groundbreaking paleontological discoveries and utilizing the latest CGI wizardry, Chris creates the most authentic T rex ever.
9.00pm 24 Hours in A&E Channel 4 – The RTS Award-winning documentary series returns for a new run following patients treated in the same 24-hour period at St George’s in southwest London.
9.00pm Celebrity Big Brother Five – Live coverage of the launch of the latest series of Celebrity Big Brother, as another group of famous faces enter the house.
9.00pm The Blacklist Sky1 – Fifth season of the US drama starring James Spader.
9.00pm Educating Essex W – Another chance to see the series that started in ‘educating’ strand from 2011.
10.00pm Inside No.9 BBC2 – Series four of the dark comedy anthology series from Reese Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton.
10.00pm Prince – The Last Year of a Legend Channel 4 – This documentary goes behind Prince’s public persona to reveal a man hitting a new creative peak both as an artist and activist during the 12 months leading up to his tragic death from an overdose at the age of 57. Through interviews with Prince’s closest friends and music stars like George Clinton and CeeLo Green, the programme examines the key events of the music legend’s last year, beginning with the Rally 4 Peace concert for riot-torn Baltimore in April 2015. Prince followed that with a secret gig at the White House playing for the Obamas and guests, two new albums, and the Piano and A Microphone Tour where he played solo for the first time in his career. The programme ends by unpacking what led to his unexpected death from an overdose of a powerful opioid painkiller at his home Paisley Park in April 2016.
10.00pm Trollied Sky1 – Join the Valco gang for a seventh series of supermarket shenanigans. A big announcement means a shake-up at the store and Gavin’s not happy. Jason Watkins stars.
10.30pm One Night With my Ex Five – Former couples are reunited for to talk about what went wrong. Jay met Sandy in a club and they instantly hit it off. But after six months Sandy heard rumours about Jay with another woman, and ended the relationship. Amy and Tom met online and were together for over a year, but Amy grew tired of Tom’s jealousy.
8.00pm Tom Kerridge’s Lose Weight for Good BBC2 – Tom Kerridge comes to the rescue of a group of local dieters to help them lose weight – for good. Tom meets his gang of 13 dieters for the first time over a reduced calorie breakfast in one of his pubs. He lays out what the dieters can expect from him and what he expects in return. They must stick to daily calorie limits for the next 12 weeks and he is going to give them amazing recipes and cooking tips to help them. But that is not all. Because he has been through weight loss himself, he is going to mentor them every step of the way. As a self-confessed former comfort eater, Tom knows only too well the trials, tribulations and temptations which lay ahead for the group. So comfort eating is where he wants to begin.
8.30pm Trust Me I’m a Doctor BBC2 – Michael Mosley finds out why fizzy drinks make you eat more. GP Dr Zoe Williams investigates whether caffeine boosts your physical performance. Geneticist Dr Giles Yeo discovers what men can do about baldness. Surgeon Gabriel Weston looks into the new artificial pancreas that could transform life for diabetics. And Dr Alain Gregoire gives the psychiatrist’s guide to obsessive compulsive disorder.
8.00pm Kirstie & Phil’s Love it Or List Channel 4 – Phil Spencer and Kirstie Allsopp are back for a third series as they compete to convince homeowners to either sell their home or refurbish it – the show that aims to reunite a divided Britain, one house at a time. Kirstie tries to convince homeowners to transform their current house, whereas Phil reckons that selling up is the easier option. In the first episode of the new series, they meet the Olliers, a cricket-mad family from Stenhousemuir in Scotland’s central belt.
8.00pm The Goldbergs E4 – The US comedy returns for a fifth season.
9.00pm Miriam’s Big American Adventure BBC1 – Miriam Margolyes embarks on an epic road trip through middle America, heading almost a thousand miles from Chicago to New Orleans to meet the people whose voices and votes are reshaping the nation.
9.00pm Girlfriends ITV – Miranda Richardson, Zoe Wanamaker and Phyllis Logan star in this new six-part drama from Kay Mellor about a group of three female friends who pull together to support each other after a tragedy. Linda is celebrating her anniversary with husband Micky on a cruise, only for events to take a tragic and unexpected turn, changing Linda’s life forever. Once back home, she turns to lifelong friends Sue and Gail for support as she tries to sort out her family’s affairs. Meanwhile Gail is caring for both her aging mother and demanding grandson while she awaits her son’s release from prison, and high-flying Sue gets some devastating news at work that makes her question the choices she has made.
9.00pm 20 Kids and Counting Channel 4 – Britain’s biggest family are back and it’s their biggest year yet. The Radfords are celebrating their silver wedding anniversary and Sue is pregnant with baby number 20. However, since having a stillborn baby boy three years ago, Sue’s health is increasingly at risk through pregnancy and birth. Now 42 years old and having given birth to 19 children, doctors want to keep her under close supervision and consider this birth high-risk. Parents Sue and Noel realise they have a big decision to make about the future of their family. With another Radford child on the way and the house bursting at the seams, the older kids increasingly need space and privacy from the relentless noise and chaos. In a bid to bring the whole family together for quality time and bonding, Sue and Noel plan a surprise trip to Florida.
10.00pm The Complaint’s Department More4 – The Department of Complaints is a one-stop shop for when the white goods go wrong, the warranty’s not watertight, or the computer says No. Consumer journalist Harry Wallop leads a team featuring tech expert Lucy Hedges, with scientists Fran Scott and Steve Mould in the product-testing lab, as they bring companies to book on behalf of consumers with a problem and nowhere else to go. This programme features a glass table that spontaneously shattered; a washing machine costing more to repair than to replace; and a wedding dress that fell apart before the big day.
7.00pm Baby Ballroom Five – Reality series following the young dancers of Zig Zag Dance Factory in Wolverhampton. Max and Olivia are setting the competitive circuit alight with their flashy footwork and irresistible charisma. Meanwhile Grace and Olivia are an all-girl couple, since there are not enough boys to go round.
8.00pm DIY SOS: The Big Build BBC1 – In the summer of 2015, Amanda crashed on her bicycle, breaking 11 bones, puncturing a lung and snapping her collarbone and back, whist training for an iron man event. The mother of four and wife to local builder Vic, was left paralysed. With Vic now tending to the children, Amanda spent the next six months at Stoke Mandeville spinal unit. After two gruelling 12-hour back operations, she returned home in a wheelchair. Her home was now unsuitable, so that is where the DIY SOS volunteers come to the family’s rescue.
8.00pm Hairy Bikers’ Mediterranean Adventure BBC2 – The Hairy Bikers go off the beaten track in search of authentic flavours of Italy, from simple, local ingredients to spicy n’duja pate and some of the best gelato to be found.
8.00pm Food Unwrapped: Diet Special Channel 4 – A bit bloated after Christmas? Got the January blues? Kick off 2018 with a health boost from Jimmy Doherty, Kate Quilton, Matt Tebbutt and Dr Helen Lawal as they share surprising tips for staying healthy, and little-known ways of getting body and mind back on the rails through food.
9.00pm Death in Paradise BBC1 – Seventh series of the gentle crime drama set on a Caribbean island. DI Mooney and his team are tested when a hotel billionaire’s fiancee falls from a balcony the day before her lavish wedding and everything points to suicide… except for the fact that the victim only painted one fingernail.
9.00pm A House Through Time BBC2 – The story of those who lived in one house, from the time it was built until now. In the first episode, presenter David Olusoga follows the stories of the first inhabitants of the house in the 1840s and 1850s. David discovers how the house came to be built as a merchant’s residence by a canny property developer at a time when Liverpool was one of the great trading ports of the British Empire.
9.00pm Piers Morgan’s Life Stories ITV – Catelyn Jenner interview.
9.00pm Hunted Channel 4 – Channel 4’s hit factual thriller returns for a third series as nine British citizens turn fugitive and go on the run. Following a dramatic launch and helicopter chase in Manchester, the fugitives are pursued across the UK by an elite team of hunters, drawn from some of the world’s best investigators and led by former Scotland Yard detective Chief Peter Bleksley.
9.00pm A League of Their Own Sky1 – James Corden, Jamie Redknapp, Freddie Flintoff and Jack Whitehall kick off a new series of the hit show with guests David Walliams, Andy Carroll and Melanie C.
9.00pm Murder Made me Famous W – Documentary series which examines killers and their crimes. This edition explores the case of a media mogul and his wife who were murdered by their sons.
10.00pm Derry Girls Channel 4 – Six-part comedy from acclaimed writer Lisa McGee who mines her own experiences to create a candid, one-of-a-kind, family-centred comedy set against the spectre of The Troubles in Northern Ireland. It’s the early 90s and the first day of a new school term and a terrible start for 16-year-old Erin as she wakes up to find her cousin Orla reading her diary. Not so great for everyone else either as Granda Joe announces there’s a bomb on the bridge. The Quinn family are distraught – it’s a huge inconvenience and Aunt Sarah may not even be able to get to her sunbed session. Erin and Orla head to school picking up their friends Clare, who’s doing a sponsored fast for Ethiopia, and Michelle, who has her cousin James in tow.
10.00pm Celebrity 100% Hotter Five – Celebrity take on the entertaining makeunder series. The team offer serious assistance to Big Brother and Ex on the Beach star Chanelle McCleary, and the X Factor finalist and rapper Honey G. Will the stylists manage to make them 100% hotter?
10.45pm Great Art ITV – The Royal Academy of Arts artistic director Tim Marlow introduces a new series offering an in-depth look at some of the world’s most iconic artists. This edition presents an immersive journey into the life and art of Venice’s famous view-painter Canaletto.
8.00pm Costa Del Celebrity Five – Five famous friends travel to Spain to sample life on the Costa Blanca. Anne Diamond reunites with old presenting colleague Nick Owen and chef Ainsley Harriott. They are joined by politician’s wife and TV personality Christine Hamilton, and ‘Allo ‘Allo actress Vicki Michelle. During their first few days they explore Valencia, and meet with a local legend to cook an authentic paella. They also join local partygoers on a parade, and explore the stunning and historic town of Altea.
9.00pm Rome Unpacked BBC2 – Giorgio Locatelli and Andrew Graham-Dixon explore Italy’s iconic capital, discovering the generations of ordinary Romans who have left their mark on the city’s culture and gastronomy.
9.00pm The Big Soap Quiz: Coronation Street v Emmerdale ITV – Stephen Mulhern hosts the titanic clash between ITV’s biggest soaps for quiz supremacy. Tensions run high as the casts of Coronation Street and Emmerdale battle it out to find out who knows their soap best.
10.00pm Will & Grace Five – Return of the popular US sitcom about two gay men and their best gal pals. Politics come between Will and Grace when he crushes on a Republican senator and she gets a new interior design contract – for the White House itself.
10.35pm Graham Norton’s Good Guest Guide BBC1 – Graham Norton presents his guide on how to be a good talk show guest with a set of easy to remember rules and classic clips from his back catalogue featuring the world’s biggest stars to illustrate his advice. Graham also hears the thoughts of a selection of his guests, including Ricky Gervais, Miriam Margolyes and Dame Julie Walters, on how they faced the challenge of sharing his sofa.