Below are my picks of the most notable new shows, returning or premiering on UK screens over the next 7 days...
★ Bette Midler: One Night Only (ITV, 9pm) Music special featuring a selection of her greatest hits.
Russell Brand: End the Drugs War (BBC3, 9pm) Factual special where the comedian challenges the UK's drugs policy.
Steph & Dom Meet Nigel Farage (Channel 4, 10pm) Gogglebox couple Steph and Dom spend time with UKIP leader Nigel Farage.
The Supervet: Christmas in the Clinic (Channel 4, 8pm) Festive edition of the veterinary fly-on-the-wall documentary.
The Choir: New Military Wives (BBC2, 9pm) Series 2 of the show where choirmaster Gareth Malone puts together a choir consisting of military wives. (1/2)
★ Black Mirror: White Christmas (Channel 4, 9pm) Feature-length special of the dark anthology series, splicing together three creepy tales. Starring Jon Jamm, Rafe Spall, Oona Chapln, Natalie Tena, Jane Montgomery, Dan Li & Rasmus Hardiker.
★ The British Comedy Awards 2014 (Channel 4, 9pm) 25th annual awards ceremony. Hosted by Jonathan Ross.
The Fight for Saturday Night (BBC4, 9pm) Documentary about the rivalry over Saturday night ratings in the UK.
Release the Hounds: Jingle Hell (ITV2, 9pm) Christmas special of the horror gameshow, with dance group Diversity participating. Hosted by Reggie Yates.
My Phone Sex Secrets (More4, 11pm) Documentary following women who work in the phone-sex industry because of the economic downturn.
★ Rik Mayall: Lord of Misrule (BBC2, 10.05pm) Celebration of the late comedian's career. Narrated by Simon Callow. Featuring Alexei Sayle, Greg Davies, Ruby Wax, Andy de la Tour, Rowland Rivron, Lloyd Peters, Lise Meyer, Ben Elton, Lenny Henry, Tim McInnerny, Jools Holland, Michael Palin, Simon Pegg, Jon Plowman, John Lloyd, and more.