Monday, 19 December 2011

Christmas TV Picks: 19-25 December 2011 (Absolutely Fabulous, The Bleak Old Shop Of Stuff, Doctor Who, Downton Abbey, Jonathan Ross Show, Strictly Come Dancing, Text Santa, etc.)

Monday, 19 December 2011
Pick of the Week: DOCTOR WHO - BBC1, Sunday, 7PM

The Year The Earth Went Wild (Channel 4, 8pm) Documentary on the many natural disasters that occurred throughout 2011.
PICK OF THE DAY The Bleak Old Shop Of Stuff (BBC2, 8.30pm) Victorian comedy about a businessman who is told he owes a huge debt, which results in his family and shop being imprisoned. Starring Robert Webb & Stephen Fry.
Cutting Edge: King Of Christmas Lights (Channel 4, 9pm) Documentary on Christmas decorations and the people who are obsessed with the annual practice.
The Rob Brydon Show (BBC1, 9.30pm) Christmas special of the chat show. Guests are Noel Fielding, Rhys Darby, Sarah Harding & Angelos Epithemiou.

The Hairy Biker's Christmas Party (BBC2, 8pm) Festive special of the culinary series.
The Butlin's Story (ITV1, 8pm) Documentary celebrating the 75th anniversary of the famous British holiday camp.
Rags To Ritches (Sky1, 8pm) Return of the show where families who have never been sent abroad are given an overseas holiday.
PICK OF THE DAY The Comedy Annual (ITV1, 9pm) 2011 comedy retrospective hosted by Phillip Schofield, with guests Jason Manford, Alistair McGowan, Jason Byrne & Patrick Monahan.
A Year To Remember (Sky Atlantic, 9pm) 2011 news retrospective.
The Only Way Is Essexmas (ITV2, 10pm) Christmas special of the reality-soap This Is Essex.

Nigel Slater's Simple Christmas (BBC1, 7.30pm)
PICK OF THE DAY Downton Abbey: Behind The Drama (ITV1, 7.30pm) Documentary exploring the creation of the hit period drama.
A Night Of Heroes: The Sun Military Awards 2011 (ITV1, 8.30pm) Annual awards ceremony presented by Phillip Schofield & Amanda Holden.
Rick Stein's Spanish Christmas (BBC2, 9pm) Festive special of the cookery show.
Obsessive Compulsive Hoarder (Channel 4, 9pm) Documentary about a man with a compulsion to hoard items, resulting in a detached bungalow full of property worth around £1 million.
Argumental (Dave, 11pm) Christmas edition of the argumentative comedy panel show.

PICK OF THE DAY The Sports Personality Of The Year 2011 (BBC1, 8pm) Annual awards ceremony.
Lorraine's Last Minute Christmas (BBC2, 8pm) Festive culinary show from Lorraine Pascale.
London's Burning (Channel 4, 9pm) Drama interpretation of the rioting that shocked the nation in August 2011.
How Not To Live Your Life (BBC3, 9pm) Christmas special of the sitcom.

Gordon's Christmas Cookalong (Channel 4, 7.45pm) Preparation for Sunday's festive special where chef Gordon Ramsay will coach the nation in a live event to create the perfect Christmas dinner.
Raymond Blanc's Christmas (BBC2, 8pm) Festive cooker special.
Celebrity Come Dine With Me (Channel 4, 8pm) Celebrity special of the dining gameshow, starring Sean Hughes, Gina Yashere, Paul Tonkinson & Duncan Norvelle.
The Many Lovers Of Miss Jane Austen (BBC2, 9pm) Documentary about the renowned English author, who made a worldwide impact with just six novels.
PICK OF THE DAY The Jonathan Ross Show (ITV1, 9pm) Christmas special of the chat show, with guests Tom Cruise, Jessica Brown Findlay, Laura Carmichael, Michelle Dockery, Simon Bird, Joe Thomas, James Buckley, Blake Harrison, Tim Minchin & Il Divo.
8 Out Of 10 Cats: Christmas Special (Channel 4, 9pm) Festive edition of the comedy panel show. Guests are Micky Flanagan, Liza Tarbuck & Greg Davies.
Morecambe & Wise Christmas Special (Channel 5, 9pm) Repeat of the famous double-act's 1980 Christmas show.
Tommy Cooper's Christmas (Channel 5, 10.05pm) Repeat of the comedian's Christmas show from 1974.

You've Been Framed At Christmas (ITV1, 6pm) Festive home video calamities.
Noel's Christmas Presents (Sky1, 6pm) Annual series where Noel Edmonds rewards folk of the UK who are deserving of a special treat.
The Cube: Coronation Street Special (ITV1, 6.30pm) Celebrity special of the gameshow, with soap stars Ryan Thomas & Julie Hesmondhalgh.
Text Santa (ITV1, 7.30pm) Christmas extravaganza, presented by Ant & Dec with Holly Willoughby.
Morecambe & Wise (BBC2, 8pm) Compilation of festive clips from the beloved comedians.
The Many Faces Of Les Dawson (BBC2, 9pm) Profile of the comedian.
PICK OF THE DAY Outnumbered Christmas Special (BBC1, 9.20pm) Festive edition of the sitcom.
Lapland (BBC1, 10pm) Festive drama about a family who travel to Lapland from Birkenhead to search for Santa.
Piers Morgan's Life Stories (ITV1, 10pm) '70s pop star Donny Osmond is interviewed by the journalist/broadcaster.

Gordon Ramsay's Cookalong Live (Channel 4, 10am) Festive special where chef Gordon Ramsay coaches the nation in a live event to create the perfect Christmas dinner.
The Morecambe & Wise Christmas Show (BBC1, 11.40am) Festive special from 1971.
TOTP 2011 (BBC1, 2pm) Christmas edition of Top Of The Pops, presented by Fearne Cotton & Reggie Yates.
The Queen's Speech (BBC1, 3pm) Live broadcast from Her Majesty The Queen with her annual Christmas Speech.
The Alternative Christmas Message (Channel 4, 4.15pm)
The Gruffalo's Child (BBC1, 6.30pm) Animated sequel based on the best-selling children's book.
PICK OF THE DAY Doctor Who (BBC1, 7pm) Christmas special of the sci-fi drama. Starring Matt Smith, Claire Skinner & Alexander Armstrong.
All Star Family Fortunes (ITV1, 7pm) The Only Way Is Essex vs Benidorm in this special edition.
Strictly Come Dancing (BBC1, 8pm) Christmas one-off starring Su Pollard, Debra Stephenson, Barry McGuigan, Simon Webbe & Charlie Brookes.
The Toys That Made Christmas (BBC2, 9pm) Documentary on some of the most beloved Christmas toys.
Downton Abbey (ITV1, 9pm) Christmas special of the period drama.
Alan Carr's Chatty Man (Channel 4, 9pm) Festive edition of the chat show, with guests David Walliams, Jedward & Steps.
Matthew Bourne's Christmas (More4, 9pm) Documentary on the playwright Matthew Bourne and his award-winning theatre adaptations.
Eddie Stobart: Trucks, Trailers & Tinsel (Channel 5, 9.05pm) Christmas edition of the documentary series.
Absolutely Fabulous (BBC1, 10pm) Christmas special of the award-winning sitcom. Starring Jennifer Saunders & Joanna Lumley. (1/3)
Rude Tube (Channel 4, 10pm) Festive edition of the internet clips compilation show.
The Nation's Favourite Christmas Songs (Channel 5, 10pm) Countdown of the UK's most popular festive tunes.
Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow (BBC1, 10.30pm) Christmas edition of the standup show, with guests Jack Dee, Miranda Hart, James Corden, Rhod Gilbert, David Mitchell, Rob Brydon & Kylie Minogue.