So.. What’s on This Christmas? The Royle Family are back, There’s One Ronnie, The holidaymakers head back to Benidorm and Top Gear travel a sacred journey. Here are the Lisitings from Sunday 19th December all the way to Boxing Day.
6.00pm 100 Greatest Toys with Jonathan Ross Channel 4 – 3 hour countdown of the nation’s favourite toys and games. From Action Man to Yahtzee, Barbie to Trivial Pursuit; inventors and toy-makers tell the inside stories of their creations and success.
6.00pm Noel’s Christmas Presents Sky1 – The Christmas tradition returns.
7.00pm Sport’s Personaility of the Year BBC1
8.00pm The Hairy Bikers Christmas Special BBC2
8.00pm The Truth Christmas Carols BBC4 – Composer Howard Goodall uncovers the surprising and often secret history of the Christmas carol. Far from being accepted as part of the celebrations of Jesus’ birth, over the centuries carols have been banned by both church and state.
8.00pm Got to Dance Sky1 – A Preview of the Dance Competition starting in January 2011.
9.00pm The Apprentice – BBC1 – The remaining candidates fight out to become The Apprentice with Alan Sugar hiring the winner. Followed by a Live You’re Fired.
9.00pm The Many Faces of Richard Wilson BBC2 – Documentary showcasing the One Foot in the Grave and Merilin Star. Richard Wilson talks about his impressive career to date, with archive footage and testimony from friends and colleagues. The show progresses from his earliest appearances on screen, to what drove his choices, for good or ill, and their consequences.
9.00pm David Suchet on the Orient Express ITV – David Suchet – aka Hercule Poirot – unravels a mystery of his own as he sets off to discover why the Orient Express has been the world’s most famous train for over a century.
9.00pm Little Crackers Sky1 – Celebrities share their Christmas memories featuring Dawn French and IT Crowd Star Chris O’Dowd
9.30pm A Leauge of their Own Unseen Sky1 – Unseen bits from the Sports quiz hosted James Corden.
10.00pm Misfits Chrstmas Special E4 – ‘Tis the week before Christmas and all through the estate, not much of anything is happening, until one of the gang sees some graffiti that offers ‘Money for Powers’. At the address advertised they meet Seth, a drug dealer who was also struck in the storm and now has the ability to deal powers.
11.00pm A Christmassy Ted Channel 4 – Another chance to see the classic Father Ted Xmas Special.
5.00pm The Unforgettable ITV – A look at the career of Sir Harry Secombe.
7.00pm The Nativity BBC1 – Four part drama re-telling the classic biblical tale. In Nazareth, Mary counts her blessings when her parents arrange to marry her to a local carpenter, Joseph. He has a good heart, and she grows to love him as he struggles to build them a home under her mother’s watchful eye. In Bethlehem, Thomas the shepherd struggles to pay his taxes while his wife lies ill. And out in the East, the Magi gather to discuss signs in the heavens that herald a great event. Continues all week.
8.30pm Miranda: Christmas Special BBC2 -It’s Christmas and Miranda, for once, would like a relaxing and fun time without her parents. After Penny’s Best Christmas Jumper Party, Miranda and Stevie try to spend Christmas at the shop with Gary, Clive and Tilly. But after online present shopping doesn’t arrive, an infuriating encounter at the post office, a run-in with some carol singers and a couple of arguments with friends, maybe Christmas would be better with her family.
9.00pm Ruth Jones’s Christmas Cracker BBC2 – The Gavin & Stacey Star hosts a Christmas special packed full of music, sketches and interviews with Ricky Gervais, Will Young, Miranda Hart and music from The Script.
9.00pm Come Rain, Come Shine ITV – One-off family drama starring David Jason as cockney ex-docker Don Mitchell. Don is incredibly proud of his son David’s affluent lifestyle. The cars, the detached house and private schooling for the children were things Don could only dream about as a young man. His wife Dora, on the other hand, has doubts about her son’s financial affairs. When David’s life starts to unravel under a mountain of debt, family bonds are tested to the limit. Also stars Alison Steadman.
9.00pm Jamie’s Best Ever Christmas Channel 4 – introduced by Jamie’s daughters Poppy and Daisy and brought to life with animation. This first programme features all the recipes viewers need for the perfect, stress-free Christmas Day: simple and succulent turkey, tasty stuffing, golden roasties, luscious gravy and all the veg. Concludes tomorrow.
9.30pm Andrew Stone: The Meaning of Christmas Sky1
Alan Carr: Chatty Man Channel 4 – Fifth series of the comedian’s chat show with guests including Michael McIntyre and Cheryl who Cole performs her new single.
8.00pm Chrildren’s Hospital at Christmas ITV – Lorraine Kelly presents a special following staff and patients at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital in the run-up to Christmas.
9.00pm The Accidental Farmer BBC1 – One-off comedy drama starring Ashley Jensen of Extras as high-powered, London advertising executive Erin Taylor who gets revenge on her cheating boyfriend by buying a rundown farm on his credit card. Erin decides to make a go of it without realising just how much work is involved and the difficulty of adapting to an entirely new, rural life.
9.05pm Oz and Hugh Raise the Bar BBC2 – Oz Clarke and Hugh Dennis are on a mission to revive the good old British pub. Their plan: to scour the British Isles for the best independent drinks, soak up pub culture, and then open a pub of their own, packed full of drinks from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. But as they can’t agree on what makes for the best of British and Irish booze, they’re going to open two bars that will go head to head for one night only.
9.30pm Victoria Wood Presents Angina Monolouges Sky1 -Accompanied by some of the country’s funniest female comics, Victoria Wood takes to the stage for a night of calibre comedy in support of The British Heart Foundation.
11.05pm The Family Channel 4 – The third run of the BAFTA-nominated observational documentary series follows the Adesinas, a large black British family from Hackney, around the clock over eight turbulent weeks. This is the sixth of seven episodes the seventh airs tomorrow night.
8.00pm It’s Paul Burling ITV – Britain’s Got Talent finalist Paul Burling hosts a comical look at the showbiz characters who have shaped 2010. He is joined by fellow impressionists Jess Robinson, Eve Webster and Anthony Spargo to present their own take on current stars in a series of sketches, stand-up comedy segments and musical numbers.
9.00pm Panorama: Supermarkets: What Price Cheap Food? BBC1 – Reporter Paul Kenyon looks behind the special offers to examine the true cost of Britain’s cheap food, asking how the leading supermarket chains can afford to keep expanding and slashing food prices in the middle of a global recession.
9.00pm The Comedy Annual ITV – Some of the biggest names in British comedy come together to take a look back at 2010 and deliver their verdict on the brilliant, outrageous and most infuriating moments of the year.
9.00pm Christmas with Gordon Channel 4 – The two recipe-packed shows feature Gordon at home with his family, demonstrating how to prepare his favourite festive recipes
9.30pm Louie Spence’s Showbusiness Christmas Sky1 – Louie Spence, Andrew Stone and co in a televisual treat that puts the camp into Christmas and whets appetites for the follow-up series to Pineapple Dance Studios.
10.00pm Chris Moyle’s Christmas Quiz Night Channel 4 – Chris is joined by guests Pamela Anderson, Kelly Osbourne and Paddy McGuinness
10.00pm Christmas Lights ITV3 – Another Chance to see the festive family drama starring Robson Green and Mark Benton
10.45pm Catherine Tate: Nan’s Christmas Carol BBC1 – Another chance to see last year’s special that sees Tate’s Nan character visted by three Ghosts. Guest stars Ben Miller, Roger Lloyd Pack and David Tennant.
8.00pm How Science Changed the World BBC1 – Professor Robert Winston presents his top ten scientific breakthroughs of the past 50 years. Tracing these momentous and wide-ranging discoveries, he meets a real-life bionic woman, one of the first couples to test the male contraceptive pill, and even some of his early IVF patients. He explores the origins of the universe, probes the inner workings of the human mind and sees the most powerful laser in the world. To finish, Professor Winston reveals the breakthrough he thinks is most significant.
8.00pm Jenni Falconer’s Secret Santa LivingTV
9.00pm Being Ronnie Corbett BBC2 – Documentary charting Ronnie Corbett’s long career in comedy, featuring the man himself and the many comedians who admire him. Includes interviews with Miranda Hart, Rob Brydon, Stephen Merchant, Bill Bailey, Matt Lucas, David Walliams, Catherine Tate, Reece Shearsmith, Bruce Forsyth, Michael Palin, Ben Miller, Jessica Hynes, Jon Culshaw, Kevin Bishop, Tamsin Greig and Stephen K Amos.
9.00pm Live: Who Wants to be a Millionaire ITV – Chris Tarrant introduces a very special celebrity edition of the classic gameshow, which will be broadcast live for the very first time. The stars stepping up to try and win big money for their chosen charities are DJ Chris Evans with TV chef James Martin and Carol Vorderman with fashion stylist Gok Wan.
9.30pm A Leauge of their Own Christmas Special Sky1 – Referee James Corden welcomes his Gavin and Stacey co-star Ruth Jones, as well as boxer Ricky Hatton.
10.00pm The Two Ronnies: The Studio Recordings BBC2 – For the first time ever, the unedited takes of some famous and not so famous sketches from the classic comedy show, The Two Ronnies.
10.00pm 8 Out of 10 Cats Christmas Special Channel 4 – Jimmy Carr hosts a Christmas edition featuring Jack Dee, Lorraine Kelly, Josie Long andChristopher Biggins, the teams are led by captains Sean Lock and Jason Manford.
10.00pm Celebrity Juice Christmas Special ITV2 – Keith Lemon hosts the special featuring Jedward, Westlife and Russel Kane.
10.30pm Ronnie Barker: A Bafta Tribute BBC2 – Another chance to see the tribute with guests including Peter Kay and David Jason.
10.50pm Carols at Christmas ITV – A candlelit Christmas carol service from CHASE Children’s Hospice in Guildford. The remarkable residents and staff are joined by patrons Keeley Hawes, Matthew Macfadyen and Max Clifford to celebrate the nativity story. Simon Cowell shows the children around the X Factor studios and Jimmy Osmond sends a message from Bethlehem
5.55pm The Santa Flies with John Sergeant ITV – John goes on an journey which begins in Turkey, goes north to Scandinavia and crosses the ocean to New York. Along the way, he goes to Santa School, where he learns how to climb chimneys, and visits Santa’s grotto.
8.00pm One Born at Christmas Channel 4 – The BAFTA Award-winning documentary series One Born Every Minute returns this festive season for a Christmas Special. Tonight’s programme is presented live from the Princess Anne hospital, as the race for the first yuletide baby begins
8.30pm My Family BBC1 – Christmas edition of the family sitcom.
9.00pm Paul O’Grady’s Christmas ITV – Christmas special with guests Bette Middler, World Heavyweight boxing champion David Haye, Cilla Black, Emmerdale Actor Danny Miller and singing group The Soldiers.
9.00pm Peep Show and Tell Channel 4 – Starting a night celebrating Channel 4’s longest running comedy series this behind the scenes documentary features interviews with the cast and crew and look at the show’s worldwide success. Countinuing with episode 5 of the new series at 10.40pm and then an episode chosen by the viewers at 11.15pm
9.00pm Greatest Christmas TV Moments Five – A three-hour countdown of some of Christmas TV’s greatest moments. Highlights include scenes from ‘Only Fools and Horses’, ‘Morecombe and Wise’ and ‘The Royle Family’.
9.30pm QI – BBC1 – Daniel Radcliffe, Graham Norton and Lee Mack Join Stephen Fry and Alan Davies for a festive QI.
9.00pm Whistle and I’ll Come To You BBC2 – Single drama starring John Hurt based on the Edwardian Ghost Story. James Parkin has just left his wife in the care of a nursing home. Pensive and in emotional turmoil, he travels to their old favourite destination for rambling in an off-season British seaside town. There he encounters an apparition on a desolate beach, which begins to haunt him.
9.55pm The Many Faces of Alison Steadman BBC2 – Alison Steadman discusses her career, featuring archive footage and testimony from friends and colleagues. The programme progresses from her earliest appearances on screen, to what drove her choices, for good or ill, and their consequences.
10.00pm Have I Got News For You BBC1
10.30pm The Graham Norton Show BBC1 – Graham chats with Matt Lucas and David Walliams, and The Doctor himself – Matt Smith.
10.55pm Gavin & Stacey BBC2 – Another Chance to see the 2008 Christmas Special which sees Gavin & Stacey and co spend Christmas together in Essex.
12.00pm One Born at Christmas Channel 4 – Fist of three live visits to the maternity Ward at Princess Anne Hospital, Southampton. Continues at 2.50pm, 4.50pm and 9pm
2.00pm Top of the Pops BBC1 – A look back on the year in Music plus the Christmas # 1 is revealed.
3.00pm The Queen’s Speech BBC1 – Her Majesty address the nation.
3.10pm Louis Spence’s Christmas Message Sky1 – In an inspired twist on tradition, self-proclaimed queen, Louie Spence, addresses the nation. Expect the unexpected as the fabulously flamboyant star talks about his eventful year.
5.00pm The Making of David Attenborough’s Flying Monsters Sky1 – Eye-opening documentary that whets appetites for the pioneering 3D TV event, Flying Monsters. Join Sir David Attenborough as he sets out to unlock evolutionary secrets.
5.10pm The One Ronnie BBC1 – Comedy sketch show, the octogenarian comic legend appears alongside some of the biggest names in British comedy, in sketches featuring everything from a superannuated super-hero to a stage-struck dog. Featuring a sprinkling of one-liners, and a brand new Ronnie monologue in the famous chair.
6.00pm Doctor Who BBC1 – Festive edition of the time-travelling drama. Amy and Rory are trapped on a crashing space liner, and the only way The Doctor can rescue them is to save the soul of a lonely old miser. But is Kazran Sardick, the richest man in Sardicktown, beyond redemption? And what is lurking in the fogs of Christmas Eve?
7.00pm Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special BBC1 – Broadcaster Fern Britton, comedienne Ronni Ancona, business secretary Vince Cable, EastEnders legend June Brown and star of stage and screen John Barrowman all compete on the dancefloor.
8.00pm All Star Family Fortunes ITV – The Cast of Coronation Street take on a Team from This Morning.
8.00pm The Only Way is Essexmas ITV2 – Christmas episode of the Fly on the wall documentary.
9.00pm The Royle Family: Joe’s Crackers BBC1 – New Christmas episode of the comedy. It is Christmas Day in the Royle household and Barbara is up to her eyes in it, as Jim is out of action following an unfortunate incident in the precinct. Dave and Denise are feeling the affects of the recession the most, and worry that Anthony’s lavish gifts will eclipse their gift of a fridge magnet. Joe reminisces about a tipsy evening of naked wrestling in front of the fire with Bobby Carter, while Cheryl recounts her romantic encounter in the local supermarket car park.
9.00pm Poirot ITV – New episode of the iconic crime series. Murder on the Orient Express.
9.00pm Greatest Christmas Adverts Five – Featuring the good, the bad and the ugly of festive ads, alongside commentary from the actors who starred in them and the people who were convinced to part with their hard-earned cash.
10.00pm Come Fly With Me BBC1 – Start of a brand new six-part comedy series from Matt Lucas and David Waliams set in a busy Airport. 80-year-old Hetty Wolf takes her first ever flight with Great British Air, husband and wife pilots Simon and Jackie sort out their marriage at 35,000 feet above Sweden, and Omar Baba, owner of low-cost carrier FlyLo, is forced to do something about the lack of life-jackets on his planes.
11.05pm Jamie’s Christmas Lock In Channel 4 – Jamie is joined by special guests, including Jonathan Ross, Louie Spence and Charlotte Church, as well as family and friends, who all muck in to make this the best Christmas party ever.
8.00pm Top Gear Special BBC2 – In a special extended version of the programme, Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May embark on an appropriately seasonal road trip as they attempt to follow the path of the Three Wise Men across the Middle East. They do so in a trio of open top sports cars, each wholly unsuited to the conflict ridden mountains of southern Turkey, the dangerous warzones of Iraq and the searing deserts of Syria. Along the way they test the limits of mechanical and physical endurance as well as asking the vital question, what exactly is myrrh and where do you buy it?
8.30pm Harry Hill’s Best of Christmas TV Burp ITV
9.00pm Upstairs, Downstairs BBC1 – Revival of the iconic period drama series. Sir Hallam Holland and his beautiful wife Lady Agnes inherit a dilapidated 165 Eaton Place, and set about restoring the house to its full glory. Former housemaid Rose Buck finds herself back in the house where she was happiest, but the arrival of an unwelcome guest puts a strain on relations, both upstairs and down. Starring Keeley Hawes, Jean Marsh, Eileen Atkins, Anne Reid and Claire Foy.
9.00pm When Harvey Met Bob BBC2 – Feature-length dramatisation following the story of how Boomtown Rats singer Bob Geldof and promoter Harvey Goldsmith put together Live Aid, the global charity music event. Set between the winter of 1984 and the summer of 1985, it focuses on the extraordinary relationship between Geldof and Goldsmith as they created the concert to ‘feed the world’.
9.00pm Benidorm ITV – It is Christmas on the Costa Blanca and the Garveys are staying with Mel and Madge in their luxury hilltop villa – but will Mel make it back from a business trip in time for Christmas dinner? Noreen finds a travel companion, but he may not be all he seems. There is confusion at the Solana when Donald and Jacqueline check in with a group of close personal friends – including king of the swingers Marvin.