9.25pm Real Stories: Sting BBC Two – The singer-songwriter sits down with Dermot O’ Leary in a cinema to talk about his life and career, viewing some of his most famous performances and interviews from over the years, from his first TV appearance on the BBC’s The Old Grey Whistle Test in 1978, to performing at Live Aid in 1985 and his reunion tour with the Police in 2007.
9.25pm Louis and Edwina: An Unconventional Marriage Channel 5 – Lord Louis Mountbatten, distinguished naval officer and last viceroy of India, is perhaps best remembered as elder statesman of the royals. Uncle to Prince Philip, he had an even closer bond with his great-nephew Prince Charles. But there is a lesser-known – yet vital – part of Mountbatten’s life in his open marriage to multimillionaire Edwina Ashley. This film charts how Louis and Edwina gradually became the `It” couple of their time, despite a series of scandals that caused a sensation in society, but largely stayed out of the newspapers.
10.00pm Capital’s Jingle Bell Ball: Highlights Sky Max – Highlights of the pop concert held at London’s O2, where Justin Bieber, Ed Sheeran, Coldplay, Years & Years, Lil Nas X and Anne Marie are among those performing. Concludes Tomorrow at 10.00pm.
8.00pm Walk the Line ITV – Maya Jama hosts a musical game show in which acts compete for a prize pot of £500,000, with Gary Barlow, Alesha Dixon, Dawn French and Craig David judging. The winner of tonight’s show will be crowned a champion, but then be faced with a tough decision to either cash out of the competition for £10,000 or compete again against four new challengers in tomorrow night’s edition. Continues Tomorrow and all week at 8.00pm. Concludes Friday.
8.00pm Jamie: Together at Christmas Channel 4 – The first of two Christmas episodes features recipes for bramble cocktails, tear-and-share garlic bread, and beef bourguignon topped with Christmassy chestnut and bacon sprinkle, served alongside creamy potato and celeriac mash, and a fresh, citrussy Christmas salad. The party comes to a close with a sparkling winter bombe ice cream dessert, packed full of festive dried fruits and covered in melted chocolate.
9.00pm David Baddiel: Social Media, Anger and Us BBC Two – The comedian and author explores the impact social media is having on people’s behaviour on and offline, with outrage and angry exchanges frequently dominating. He analyses the angry and hateful tweets he receives, interrogating his brain’s responses to these messages in an MRI scan, and goes cold turkey for a fortnight to see if a life free of social media leads him to enlightenment.
9.00pm Strictly The Real Full Monty ITV – Ashley Banjo leads a line-up of celebrities ready to recreate the famous striptease scene from the film to raise awareness of life-saving cancer checks. He helps Laila Morse, James Jordan, Duncan James, Christine McGuinness, Colin Jackson, Brenda Edwards, Martin Roberts, Teddy Soares and Demi Jones prepare for a musical dance extravaganza in front of an audience in Blackpool’s famous ballroom. Concludes Tomorrow at 9.00pm.
Notable Continuing Series: Curb Your Enthusiasm, 9.00pm, Sky Comedy
Succession, 9.00pm, Sky Atlantic
9.00pm The Speedboat Killer: The Killing of Charlotte Brown ITV2 – Documentary examining the case of the woman who died from cold water immersion in December 2015 after the speedboat she was on crashed on the River Thames, with the boat’s driver Jack Shepherd claiming it was an unlucky accident. Concludes Tomorrow at 9.00pm
9.00pm Matt Baker: Our Christmas in the Dales More4 – Special Christmas edition, which sees the family preparing for winter storms. After some trees are cut down, one is chosen to be the courtyard Christmas tree. Matt and his dad Mike are also busy in the workshop building a nativity-themed surprise for the donkeys.
10.00pm The Cockfields: Christmas Special GOLD – Simon and Esther travel to the Isle of Wight at Christmas to visit his doting mother, his controlling yet well-meaning stepfather and his celebrity-obsessed stepbrother.
7.00pm Help! My Pet Hates Me Channel 5 – A lighthearted look at troublesome pets and their escapades, including two dogs in Detroit that accidentally set their owners’ house on fire, a dog that repeatedly drags its owner off their feet on walks, and a cat that attacks its owner whenever she sings.
8.00pm The Yorkshire Vet at Christmas: It’s a Wonderful Life Channel 5 – In a special festive episode, Peter rushes to a friend who has a pet turkey that has been attacked by a dog, and Matt has to operate on a terrier to remove a large tumour. Meanwhile, Julian’s team are a surprised by an unexpected visitor to the practice, a lost parrot that the team try to reunite with its owner.
Notable Continuing Series: Impeachment: American Crime Story, 9.00pm BBC Two
What We Do in the Shadows, 10.00pm BBC Two.
9.00pm Christmas Magic at Kew Gardens Channel 5 – Following the festive celebrations at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, as the team work tirelessly to prepare for one of the busiest times of the year
10.00pm Hot Christmas Channel 4 – An investigation into how and why Britain has become a nation of sexual adventurers. The documentary visits the headquarters of online retailer Lovehoney, where the sex toy developers and lingerie designers have their hands full in the run-up to Christmas, and features contributions from some of their customers.
7.00pm Masterchef USA Celebrity Showdown W – Gordon Ramsay invites celebrities into the MasterChef USA kitchen to show off their culinary skills in head-to-head contests for charity.
8.00pm Kirstie and Phil’s Love It Or List It Channel 4 – Kirstie Allsopp and Phil Spencer help a couple in Poole, Dorset, who cannot agree whether to sell their four-bedroom chalet bungalow or renovate instead. Supply teacher Sue has waited 35 years for builder husband Roy to finish their renovation and would rather they move so they can enjoy their retirement. But he loves the space their house offers and doesn’t think it can be replicated elsewhere.
9.00pm I’m a Celebrity: Legends of the Castle ITV – Ant and Dec present a one-off special combining highlights from the latest series with interviews from the famous faces taking part after they left Gwrych Castle in Abergele on the North Wales coast.
9.00pm Christmas at Castle Howard Channel 4 – The first of three programmes providing behind-the-scenes access as England’s grandest stately homes celebrate the festive season. First up is Castle Howard in North Yorkshire, where creative director Charlotte Lloyd-Webber and her team are decorating the interior on a Narnia theme, while owner Nicholas Howard is hands on with photographing the annual Christmas card. However, when the tree arrives late and proves too big too fit, it requires emergency surgery with a chainsaw.
9.00pm Murder in Suburbia Channel 5 – Two-part documentary exploring twists and turns of the investigation into Rachel O’Reilly’s murder in 2004, and the devastating impact it had on her loved ones, featuring testimony from those who were closest to the case. The opening episode looks closely at the start of the investigation and how, as it progressed, Rachel’s husband Joe become the focus of the police’s investigation. Concludes Tomorrow at 9.00pm.
11.00pm Mark Kermode’s Christmas Cinema Secrets BBC Four – Mark Kermode celebrates one of the most perennial of all movie genres – the Christmas film. He unwraps a glittering selection of festive cinematic treats, from Hollywood blockbusters to family favourites, revealing the techniques and storytelling secrets that make them so successful. Touching on styles ranging from fairy-tale fantasy to high-octane action, family drama to horror, Mark considers how the best of these films are able to capture something magical – the Christmas spirit. But how do they do it?
8.00pm The Dog House at Christmas Channel 4 – Documentary set inside Wood Green animal charity during the run-up to the festivities as staff seek permanent homes for their charges. Michael the lurcher has never had a family of his own and is hoping to spend his first ever Christmas in his `forever home”. He’s matched with Nhung and her two children, so will need to use all of his doggy senses in the pen to make friends with everyone. Meanwhile, Bentley the portly pug is introduced to widower Ramesh. At first, sparks don’t fly but things start to look up when they discover a mutual love of Christmas treats. Plus, Clarence the one-eyed dachshund has to overcome his shyness when he meets nurse Holly and boyfriend Dom.
8.00pm There’s Something About Christmas Movies Sky Max – Alan Carr hosts a festive special of the film quiz, with Thomas Brodie Sangster, Susan Wokoma and James Acaster joining Michael Sheen, Jennifer Saunders and Tom Allen. One round sees the panellists recreating Christmas classics including Miracle on 34th Street, It’s a Wonderful Life and Die Hard.
9.00pm One Night in Alton Towers Channel 4 – Alex Brooker and Josh Widdicombe spend the night at some of the UK’s most exciting attractions with no other visitors around, starting inside major theme park Alton Towers where they are joined by comedian Roisin Conaty. The trio roam the Staffordshire facility’s grounds and enjoy after-hours high jinks, but whether they will be brave enough to ride some of the world’s most thrilling and scariest rollercoasters – such as Oblivion – remains to be seen.
10.00pm I Literally Just Told You Channel 4 – Jimmy Carr hosts this game show in which contestants are given every answer with the questions written, literally, as the show is happening. With each correct answer adding more cash to a prize pot of a maximum £25,000, the competitors have to keep their focus and remember the things they’ve seen and heard just minutes before. In the dramatic finale, the remaining two contestants set each other questions. Those compiling the posers include The Sky at Night’s Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock.
8.00pm Celebrity Gogglebox 2021 Channel 4 – Memorable moments of the year, featuring some of the country’s favourite celebrities critiquing TV shows that they have watched. The line-up of famous faces includes Clare Balding and Alice Arnold, Gyles Brandreth and Maureen Lipman, Lorraine Kelly and her daughter Rosie, Nick Grimshaw and his niece Liv, Mo Gilligan and Babatunde Aleshe, Tom Jones and Anne-Marie, and Shaun Ryder and Bez. Shows appraised include Masked Dancer, First Dates, Quizness, The Handmaid’s Tale, Secret Crush, Extreme Sisters, Sex/Life and Celebrity Karaoke Club.
9.00pm The National Comedy Awards for Stand Up 2 Cancer Channel 4 – A look back at a year of much-needed laughter, as legends of comedy and rising stars gather at the red-carpet ceremony at the Roundhouse in Camden, north London. Categories – including Best Scripted Comedy, Best Comedy Podcast, Comedy Breakthrough Performer and Outstanding Comedy Actor and Actress – feature nominations for an array of stars, including Ricky Gervais, Sarah Millican, Mo Gilligan, Daisy May Cooper, Aisling Bea, Greg Davies and Rosie Jones. Alongside the viewer-voted categories, there are two additional special recognition awards, chosen by a prestigious group of comedy VIPs. Hosted by Tom Allen.
9.00pm Gregg Wallace’s Magical Christmas Market Channel 5 – Gregg explores the spectacular Tivoli Gardens in the heart of Copenhagen. Here, he finds out how designers use more than a million lights to create a festive show unlike anywhere else in the world, before visiting one of the city’s oldest bakeries to take a special tour of the factory. Back onto the bustling streets of Copenhagen, he visits some of the other famous Christmas markets, including one dedicated to Hans Christian Andersen.
9.35pm It’ll Be Alright on the Night ITV – David Walliams returns with more TV disasters featuring the world’s most famous faces. Joanna Lumley nearly falls off a ship, the Good Morning Britain Studio is invaded by ants, and Katy Perry is interrupted by a fire alarm. Plus, there are TV nightmares for the cast and crew of Love Island, Coronation Street, Catchphrase, and I’m A Celebrity.