Monday, 12 December 2011

TV Picks: 12-18 December 2011 (A Night With The Stars, Big Love, Home For The Holidays, This Is England '88, Winter Wipeout, Just Henry, Young James Herriot, etc.)

Monday, 12 December 2011
Pick of the Week: THIS IS ENGLAND '88
Tue, Wed & Thu, Channel 4, 10PM

PICK OF THE DAY Christmas Coach Trip (Channel 4, 5pm) Seasonal run of the travel gameshow. (1/15)
Celebrity Eggheads (BBC2, 6pm) Series 4 of the celebrity edition of the trivia quizshow. Hosted by Dermot Murnaghan. Featuring Willie Thorne, Paul Nixon, Joe Egan, Peter Shiltin & Geoff Capes. (1/4)
Countrywise Kitchen: Stocking The Winter Larder (ITV1, 8pm) Paul Heiney and Mike Robinson produce traditionally preserved seasonal foods. (1/3)
The Great Treehouse Challenge (Sky1, 8pm) Series where Charlie Luxton helps a neighbourhood build an environmentally friendly community facility. (1/3)
The Xtra Factor: Best & Worst (ITV2, 8pm) Each X Factor judge pick their best and worst contestants of this latest series. (1/5)
Jimmy's Grown Your Own Christmas Dinner (Channel 4, 9pm) Special episode looking at how a family's traditional Christmas dinner is made.
The Real Thumbelina (ITV1, 9pm) Documentary about four-year-old and seven-year-old girls born with Russell-Silver syndrome, a rare form of dwarfism.
I Had The X Factor... 25 Years Ago: A Wonderland Special (BBC2, 9pm) Documentary catching up with finalists of New Faces in 1986, The X Factor of its day.

PICK OF THE DAY This Is England '88 (Channel 4, 10pm) Brand new miniseries follow-up to This Is England '86, catching up on the characters two years later. Starring Andrew Ellis, Andrew Shim, Joe Gilgun, Hannah Walters, Michael Socha, Rosamund Hanson, Thomas Turgoose & Vicky McClure. Continues Wednesday, concludes Thursday. (1/3)

PICK OF THE DAY A Superscrimpers Christmas (Channel 4, 8pm) Documentary showing how you can have a frugal but fun Christmas.


Imploders (ITV4, 7pm) Documentary series on demolition expert Eric Kelly. (1/3)
Big Love (Sky Atlantic, 9pm) Season 5 of the US drama. Starring Bill Paxton, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Chloe Sevigny & Ginnifer Goodwin. (1/10)

Winter Wipeout (BBC1, 6pm) Special edition of the physical gameshow. Hosted by Richard Hammond & Amanda Byram.
Westlife: The Last Time (ITV1, 9.15pm) Music special with the best-selling Irish group before they disband.
PICK OF THE DAY Catherine Tate: Laughing At The Noughties (Channel 4, 10pm) The comedian takes a look at a decade of comedy highlights. Featuring Alan Carr, David Tennant, David Walliams, Noel Fielding, Leigh Francis, Miranda Hart, Matthew Horne, Dom Joly, Al Murray, and many more.

Noel's Christmas Presents (Sky1, 6.30pm) Return of the festive specials where members of the public are rewarded for good deeds in the year.
Just Henry (ITV1, 7pm) Drama adapted from Michelle Magorian's novel, about a 15-year-old boy living in WWII Britain.
James May's Man Lab: Christmas Special (BBC2, 8pm) Festive edition of the science series.
Home For The Holidays (Channel 4, 8pm) Brand new live series where an engaged couple bring their two families together over the Christmas period, spending 24-hours a day together to win £500,000. Hosted by Vernon Kay. (1/7)
Young James Herriot (BBC1, 9pm) Prequel drama to All Creatures Great & Small about a Scottish vet. Continues Monday, concludes Tuesday. (1/3)
PICK OF THE DAY A Night With The Stars (BBC2, 9pm) Professor Brian Cox gives a lecture from the Royal Institution of Great Britain, with an audience of celebrities like Jonathan Ross, James May, Simon Pegg & Sarah Millican.
Michael Buble: Home For Christmas (ITV1, 9pm) Music special with the Canadian singer.
Barbara Windsor's Little Cracker (Sky1, 9pm) First in another run of special festive dramas.
Jack Whitehall's Little Cracker (Sky1, 9.15pm) Second in another run of special festive dramas.
Take That: The Progress Tour (BBC1, 10.25pm) Recording of the boyband's 2011 tour, which saw Robbie Williams rejoin the lineup.