The TV Week – 20-26 December 2008

by | Dec 7, 2008 | All, TV Week


4.30pm Britannia High Behind the Scenes ITV1
5.30om Britannia High Finale
7.00pm Swing Night
BBC4 – Featuring Louis Prima – King of the Swingers; Judy, Frank and Dean: Once in a Lifetime; Count Basie and his Orchestra; Pal Joey; Artie Shaw: Quest for Perfection; and Second Chorus.
7.55pm All Star Mr & Mrs
ITV1 – A Christmas special edition of the quiz fronted by Philip Schofield and Fern Britton, featuring Ronan Keating, Terry Venables and Tamzin Outhwaite and her actor husband Tom Ellis.8.55pm For One Night Only ITV1 – Starring Sir Tom Jones, Myleene Klass, Cerys Matthews, II Divo, Escala, Milton Jones, Jimeoin and Will Smith.

Sunday10.45am Lewis Hamilton – World Champion ITV13.25pm Dustbin Baby 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.

6.00pm Noel’s Christmas Presents Sky1 – With Noel Edmonds.
6.05pm After You’ve Gone Christmas Special BBC1
6.30pm Alan Titchmarsh at Christmas ITV1 – Features Julie Walters, Andrea Bocelli and Will Young.
7.30pm You’ve Been Framed Christmas Special ITV1
7.30pm Sacred Music – The Story Of Allegri’s Miserere 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.
7.30pm Gladiators: The Legends Strike Back Sky1
7.45pm Lark Rise To Candleford 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.
8.00pm The Xtra Factor: Winner’s Story ITV1
9.00pm All Star Don’t Forget The Lyrics Sky1 – Seasonal special of Shane Richie’s singalong show featuring Gareth Gates, Cerys Matthews and David Gest.
9.00pm The Sunday Night Christmas Project Channel 4 – Justin Lee Collins and Alan Carr are joined by guest host Simon Pegg.
9.00pm Clash of the Santas ITV1 – One-off comedy drama reuniting competitive brothers in law Colin (Robson Green) and Howie (Mark Benton). With Alex Rimmer.
9.00pm Greatest Christmas Comedy Moments Five9.30pm Ten Best Sacred Christmas Classics 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.

10.00pm The Charlotte Church Nutcracking Christmas Special Channel 4 – With guests Ronnie Corbett, James Corden, Ruth Jones, Jo Brand, Jeremy Edwards and Rhydian.
11.10pm Russell Brand’s Christmas Ponderland Channel 4

9.00pm QI Christmas Special BBC1 – Stephen Fry and Alan Davies are joined by Dom Joly, Clive Anderson and Rob Brydon.
9.00pm Comedy Songs: The Pop Years
Monday 22 December 2008, BBC4 – Documentary about comedy pop songs from the Goons to 1980s novelty numbers.
10.30pm Crooked House 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. Continues Tuesday, Wednesday
11.00pm The Comic Songbook: Timeshift BBC4 – Featuring Michael Palin, Terry Jones, Neil Innes, Bill Oddie, Mitch Benn, Cameron Mackintosh, Nicholas Parsons, Ed Stewart and Kit and the Widow.
11.00pm TOTP2 Christmas Special
BBC2 – Eight new editions of the archive music show linked by Steve Wright.

8.00pm Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?
ITV1 – Featuring Antony Cotton, Suranne Jones, Gary Lineker and Austin Healey.
9.00pm Rab C Nesbitt
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.
9.45pm Mock the Week
BBC2 – Christmas special with Dara O’Briain, Frankie Boyle, Hugh Dennis, Russell Howard and Andy Parsons.
10.00pm Alan Carr’s Christmas Ding Dong
Channel 4 – A battle between panto goodies – Adele Silva, Paul Daniels, Debra Stephenson and Barbara Windsor – against panto baddies – Claire Sweeney, John Thomson, Michelle Collins and Joe Pasquale.10.55pm The Peter Serafinowicz Christmas Show BBC2 – Special edition of the comedy sketch show.
Wednesday5.30pm Star Of Bethlehem – Behind The Myth 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.6.30pm Carols from King’s BBC2
8.00pm Johnny Cash Christmas Special 1976
Sky Arts
8.30pm Midsomer Murders: Days of Misrule ITV1
8.30pm The Book Quiz Christmas Special BBC4 – Kirsty Wark hosts as Andrew Motion and Jan Ravens take on Charlie Higson and Joan Bakewell.9.00pm The Family at Christmas Channel 4 – Special edition of the observational documentary series following the Hughes family from Kent.
9.30pm Have I Got News for You Christmas Special
BBC1 – Ian Hislop and Paul Merton are joined by guest host Alexander Armstrong, Frank Skinner and Noddy Holder.
9.30pm Greatest TV Comedy Moments
10.00pm Gavin and Stacey Christmas Special
BBC1 – Sitcom starring Mathew Horne, Joanna Page, Steffan Rhodri, Alison Steadman, Larry Lamb and Ruth Jones.10.00pm Charlie Brooker’s Screenwipe: Review of the Year BBC4

10.15pm Arena: Paul Scofield BBC2 – A tribute to the actor featuring Peter Brook, Vanessa Redgrave and John Hurt.
10.45pm Christmas Carols From Alder Hey

9.25am Coleen’s Christmas at Alder Hey ITV1 – Coleen Rooney visits the children’s hospital in Liverpool.
2.00pm Top Of The Pops
BBC1 – The top hits of the year, hosted by Fearne Cotton and Reggie Yates.
5.00pm The Truth About Carols
BBC2 – Documentary fronted by composer Howard Goodall featuring performances by folk star Bella Hardy, the Purbeck Village Choir and the Truro Cathedral Choir.
5.00pm Hollywood Singing And Dancing
Biography – Celebration of a century of Hollywood musicals.
6.00pm Doctor Who – The Next Doctor
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.
6.00pm Maestro – The Inside Story
BBC2 – Documentary about Sue Perkins’s success in the celebrity conductor competition.6.45pm The Alternative Christmas Message Channel 4
7.00pm Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special BBC1 – Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly present performances by Jill Halfpenny, Kelly Brook and Alesha Dixon, plus music from Russell Watson.
7.00pm Doctor Who Confidential Christmas 2008 BBC3
7.00pm The Nativity Decoded Channel 4 – Theologian Robert Beckford examines the Nativity story.
7.55pm 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.
8.00pm Dancing On Ice at Christmas 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.8.00pm Johnny Cash Christmas Special 1977 Sky Arts8.00pm Doctor Who: Top 5 Christmas Moments BBC3

8.30pm Wallace And Gromit – A Matter Of Loaf And Death BBC1 – A new comedy animation featuring Wallace And Gromit by Nick Park. Features the voices of Peter Sallis, Sally Lindsay and Geraldine McEwan.
8.30pm Dragons’ Den Around the World BBC2
9.00pm King Lear More4 – The RSC’s production starring Ian McKellen, Frances Barber, Monica Doalan, Romola Garai and Sylvester McCoy.9.00pm The Secret Millionaire Changed My Life Channel 4
9.00pm A Technicolor Dream Sky Arts – Documentary about a legendary 1967 concert at Alexandra Palace featuring Marc Bolan, The Pretty Things and Pink Floyd.
9.30pm The Royle Family – The New Sofa 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.
9.30pm It’ll Be Alright on the Night ITV1 – With Griff Rhys Jones.
9.30pm Most Shocking Celebrity Moments of the 21st Century Five
10.30pm Blackadder Rides Again 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.
10.30pm Stanley Baxter Now and Then 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.
11.30pm Gavin and Stacey: 12 Days of Christmas 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.
midn’t Othello More4 – The RSC’s production starring Ian McKellen, Willard White and Imogen Stubb.

7.00pm Harry Hill’s TV Burp Review of the Year
7.00pm The Mystery of the Roman Treasure: A Time Team Special
Channel 4
8.00pm Sinatra: A Song For The FBI
Sky Arts
8.00pm World’s Strongest Man: 30 Years of Pain Five
8.30pm The Man Who Made Eric and Ernie BBC2 – 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.
9.00pm Caught in a Trap ITV1 – Drama starring Connie Fisher, the winner of How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria, as Gemma Perkins, a woman obsessed with Elvis Presley, who goes on a spending spree buying Elvis memorabilia after coming into some money. With Jim Carter as Gemma’s father, Geraldine James as her stepmother and Joe Absolom as her love interest. Written by James Graham.
9.00pm Elvis: Aloha From Hawaii Sky Arts
9.55pm Richard III More4 – The RSC’s production starring Ian McKellen, Annette Bening and Robert Downey Jr.
10.00pm The King Of Kong Sky Arts – Documentary about the battle to become the world champion at Donkey Kong.10.25pm 8 Out of 10 Cats Christmas Special Channel 4

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