Monday, 20 December 2010

Christmas TV Picks: 20-26 December 2010 ('Come Fly With Me', 'Doctor Who', 'Peep Show Night', 'Top Gear', 'Upstairs, Downstairs', 'Whistle & I'll Come To You', etc.)

Monday, 20 December 2010
The Nativity (BBC1, 7pm) Four-part drama retelling the Biblical story of the birth of Jesus. Continues Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday.
Miranda: Christmas Special (BBC2, 8.30pm) Festive episode of the sitcom about a single woman in her mid-30s.
Ruth Jones's Christmas Cracker (BBC2, 9pm) Seasonal special where the writer-actress hosts a celebration of Christmas. Guests are Ricky Gervais, Will Young, Miranda Hart and music from The Script.
Come Rain, Come Shine (ITV1, 9pm) Drama about an ex-docker who grows suspicious of his affluent son's finances. Stars David Jason & Alison Steadman.
Jamie's Best Ever Christmas (Channel 4, 9pm) Yuletide culinary special from the chef. Concludes tomorrow.

Children's Hospital At Christmas (ITV1, 8pm) Special episode from the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital. Presented by Lorraine Kelly.
The Accidental Farmer (BBC1, 9pm) Drama about a highflying ad exec who avenges her cheating boyfriend by buying a farm using his credit card. Starring Ashley Jensen.
Oz & Hugh Raise The Bar (BBC2, 9.05pm) Special episode where Oz Clarke and Hugh Dennis travel the UK looking for the best independent drinks.
Victoria Wood Presents Angina Monolouges (Sky1, 9.30pm) Comedy special in aide of The British Heart Foundation.

It's Paul Burling (ITV1, 8pm) Impressionist Paul Burling, finalist on Britain's Got Talent, hosts this comedy mix of sketches, impressions and stand-up.
The Comedy Annual (ITV1, 9pm) Retrospective on 2010 by a variety of comedians.
Christmas With Gordon (Channel 4, 9pm) Festive special with Gordon Ramsey.
Louie Spence's Showbusiness Christmas (Sky1, 9.30pm) Seasonal precursor to Louie Spence's new dance reality show.
Chris Moyles's Christmas Quiz Night (Channel 4, 10pm) Festive edition of the comedy quiz. Guests are Pamela Anderson, Kelly Osbourne & Paddy McGuinness.

How Science Changed The World (BBC1, 8pm) Countdown of the 10 biggest scientific breakthroughs, according to Sir Robert Winston.
Being Ronnie Corbett (BBC2, 9pm) Documentary celebrating the comedian's career, with guests Rob Brydon, Bill Bailey, Miranda Hart, Reece Shearsmith, Bruce Forsyth, Tamsin Greig, Jon Culshaw, Ben Miller, Stephen Merchant, and many more.
Live: Who Wants To Be A Millionaire (ITV1, 9pm) Special edition of the popular big money quiz show, played live for the very first time. Hosted by Chris Tarrant.
A League Of Their Own Christmas Special (Sky1, 9.30pm) Festive edition of the sports quiz. Guests are Chris Evans, James Martin, Carol Vorderman & Gok Wan.
The Two Ronnies: The Studio Recordings (BBC2, 10pm) Unedited footage of sketches from The Two Ronnies comedy series.
8 Out Of 10 Cats – Christmas Special (Channel 4, 10pm) Yuletide special of the comedy panel show. Guests are Jack Dee, Josie Long, Lorraine Kelly & Christopher Biggins.
Celebrity Juice: Christmas Special (ITV2, 10pm) Festive edition of the comedy panel show, with Jedward, Westlife & Russell Kane.

The Santa Flies With John Sergeant (ITV1, 5.55pm) Christmas special tracing the origins of Santa Claus.
One Born At Christmas (Channel 4, 8pm) Documentary special, broadcast from live from the Princess Ann hospital's maternity ward.
My Family (BBC1, 8.30pm) Christmas special of the family sitcom.
Paul O'Grady's Christmas (ITV1, 9pm) Festive edition of the chat show. Guests are Bette Midler, David Hayes, Cilla Black, Emmerdale's Danny Miller and music from The Soldiers.
Peep Show Night (Channel 4, 9pm) An evening themed on the BAFTA-winning comedy Peep Show, featuring documentaries, interviewes and the latest episode at 10.40pm.
Greatest Christmas TV Moments (Five, 9pm) Three-hour countdown of the best festive moments from the TV archives.
QI (BBC1, 9.30pm) Christmas edition of the comedy panel show. Guests are Daniel Radcliffe, Lee Mack & Graham Norton.
Whistle & I'll Come To You (BBC2, 9pm) Classic Edwardian ghost story. Starring John Hurt.
The Many Faces Of Alison Steadman (BBC2, 9.55pm) The actress discusses her career.
Have I Got News For You? (BBC1, 10pm) Festive special of the satirical panel show.
The Graham Norton Show (BBC1, 10.30pm) Christmas special, with guests Matt Lucas, David Walliams & Matt Smith.

Top Of The Pops (BBC1, 2pm) Retrospective of 2010's music hits.
The Queen's Speech (BBC1, 3pm) Queen Elizabeth II addresses the nation in her annual speech.
Louis Spence's Christmas Message (Channel 4, 3.10pm) Alternative Christmas message from the flamboyant dancer.
The Making Of David Attenborough's Flying Monsters (Sky1, 5pm) Documentary on the creation of this 3D natural history series.
The One Ronnie (BBC1, 5.10pm) Sketch show special with Ronnie Corbettm, joined by a host of stars.
Doctor Who – "A Christmas Carol" (BBC1, 6pm) Festive special of the sci-fi drama. Guest stars Michael Gambon & Katherine Jenkins.
Strictly Come Dancing – Christmas Special (BBC1, 7pm) Special edition of the dance show, with a group of brand new celebrities: Fern Britton, Vince Cable, Ronni Ancona, John Barrowman & June Brown.
All Star Family Fortunes (ITV1, 8pm) Coronation Street versus This Morning.
The Only Way Is Essexmas (ITV2, 8pm) Christmas special of the reality series.
The Royle Family: Joe's Crackers (BBC1, 9pm) Christmas special of the family comedy-drama.
Poirot (ITV1, 9pm) Murder On The Orient Express.
Greatest Christmas Adverts (Five, 9pm)
Come Fly With Me (BBC1, 10pm) Six-part character-based comedy set in a busy airport. Stars Matt Lucas & David Walliams.
Jamie's Christmas Lock In (Channel 4, 11.05pm) Culinary entertainment show. Guests are Jonathan Ross, Louis Spence & Charlotte Church.

Top Gear Special (BBC2, 8pm) Christmas adventure special, where Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May travel across the Middle East.
Upstairs, Downstairs (BBC1, 9pm) Remake of the '70s Emmy-winning drama about the servants and gentry of a 19th-century house.
When Harvey Met Bob (BBC2, 9pm) Dramatisation of the events leading up to Bob Geldof and Harvey Goldsmith creating the Live Aid concert in 1985.
Benidorm (ITV1, 9pm) Festive special of the comedy-drama.