8.00pm Three Men Go to Scotland BBC2 – Griff Rhys-Jones, Rory McGrath and Dara O’Briain head to the Hebrides for another adventure on the high seas, sailing around some of the prettiest and most remote seascapes in the British Isles. Since none of the three men in a boat have any particular connection to Scotland, they decide to use the 16th century travels of dictionary writer Dr Johnson and his biographer James Boswell as inspiration.
8.30pm Celebrity Mastermind BBC1 – John Humphrys hosts a new series of Celebrity Mastermind. Taking part are Mark Lawrenson, Hilary Kay, Samantha Giles and Richard Herring.
9.00pm Upstairs, Downstairs BBC1 – Second part of the remake of the drama. Continues tomorrow.
9.00pm Marple ITV – Brand New Episode the Secret of Chimneys. When Miss Marple accompanies Lady Virginia Revel to a weekend party at country estate Chimneys, she finds herself in the middle of an important diplomatic gathering, which includes a number of Virginia’s suitors. The strange array of guests clashes over dinner and that night Count Ludwig of Austria is found dead. When Miss Marple and Chief Inspector Finch discover a coded message and the remains of a murdered servant, Marple realises the secret of Chimneys is even darker than she imagined.
9.00pm The Most Annoying People of 2010 BBC3 – 2-part look at the most irratating people and stories of the year. Concludes tomorrow.
10.00pm Charlie Brooker’s 2010 Wipe BBC2 – Charlie Brooker takes an irreverent look back at the past year. From the Chilean miners to the general election, from Sherlock to The Only Way is Essex, Brooker unhelpfully points a finger and laughs. With contributors including Doug Stanhope, Grace Dent and Nick Davies, and poetry from Tim Key.
12.30pm Just William BBC1 – Children’s comedy series based on the books by Richmal Crompton starring Caroline Quentin, Warren Clarke and Outnumbered’s Daniel Roche in the title role. When the Bott family move into Croombe Hall, William and The Outlaws are horrified to learn that they are banned from playing in the woods. But the worst is yet to come, in the form of the frilly-but-formidable Violet-Elizabeth.
1.15pm Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Day Out BBC1 – Another chance to see the first Wallace and Gromit film.
8.00pm Penelope Keith: Lady of the Manor BBC2 – Tribute to actress Penelope Keith outlining her life and career. Probably best known for her role as Margo in The Good Life, her other television successes have included To The Manor Born, Executive Stress, Next of Kin and No Job for a Lady. Featuring interviews with some of her collegues and archvie footage.
8.00pm Smile: This Was Candid Camera ITV -One-hour special marking the 50th anniversary of the first screening on ITV of Candid Camera. It looks back at the show’s greatest hidden camera stunts and explores its huge influence on TV across the world.
8.00pm The Institution of Christmas Lectures 2010 BBC4 – Scientist and engineer Dr Mark Miodownik investigates why size matters in animal behaviour. He reveals how the science of materials – the stuff from which everything is made – can explain some of the most extraordinary and surprising feats in the animal kingdom.
9.00pm All About the Good Life BBC2 – contributions from Richard Briers, Penelope Keith, Monty Don, Brian Sewell and John O’Farrell amongst others, All About The Good Life explores the enduring appeal of one of the nation’s best loved sitcoms.
9.00pm The Miracle Baby of Haiti Channel 4 – At barely a year old, Landina Seignon has cheated death many times over and endured agonising injuries that most could only imagine. When she was just a month old, Landina was severely injured in a fire that nearly claimed her life, and her right arm had to be amputated, but critically it was the burns to her skull which placed her under such grave threat.
11.00pm 2010 Unwrapped with Miranda Hart BBC2 – Miranda Hart hosts a look back at the defining cultural, political and televisual moments of the year, remembering events that shaped 2010, or would have done if they had actually happened. Miranda and her guests, including Chris Packham, Rich Fulcher, Isy Suttie, Miles Jupp, Shappi Khorsandi, Vicki Pepperdine, Jason Lewis, Francis Wheen and Chris McCausland
8.00pm Polar Bear: Spy on the Ice BBC1 – Documentary which uses spy cameras to get closer than ever before to the world’s greatest land predator, the polar bear. The cameras are just a breath away when two sets of cubs emerge from winter maternity dens. They also capture the moment when the sea-ice breaks away from the island in the Spring, and follow the bears as they hunt seals, raid bird colonies, dive for kelp and indulge in entertaining courtship rituals.
8.00pm Les Mis at 25: Matt Lucas Dreams the Dream BBC2 – Documentary that follows Matt Lucas as he prepares for the performance of a lifetime, we hear from those involved with the show’s creation including Cameron Mackintosh and Michael Ball, and of course we enjoy wonderful moments from the show itself.
8.00pm Marple ITV – Miss Marple tries to stop a court hearing when she discovers important new evidence about the ‘Blue Geranium’ murder case. Months before, Marple is attending a tense gathering at a village golf club when the dead body of a strange young man is discovered.
9.00pm Rock and Chips BBC1 – Period comedy drama and prequel to Only Fools and Horses, following the exploits of the Trotter family in sixties Peckham. It is Christmas, 1960, and Cupid’s little arrows are flying through the wintery skies over Peckham. Fred is in love with his new charlady; Joan is in love with her new baby, Rodney; and Del is about to get engaged three times in the same week.
9.00pm Most Shocking Celebrity Moments 2010 Five – A light-hearted look at the 50 most outrageous occurrences in the world of the rich and famous this year. Among the bombshells examined are Cheryl and Ashley Cole’s divorce, George Michael’s spell in prison, and Robbie’s return to Take That.
7.10pm Kirstie and Phil’s Embarrasing Bits Channel 4 – To celebrate ten years on Channel 4, property gurus Kirstie Allsopp and Phil Spencer present an evening of special property-themed programmes. The evening kicks off with Phil and Kirstie taking a light-hearted look back over the last ten years, revealing moments from Britain’s best-loved property series previously unseen. A collection of howlers, gaffes, trips and slips, as well as an insider’s guide from Kirstie and Phil to getting buyers to make decisions
7.55pm Location, Location, Location: A Decade in Property Channel 4 – A look back of 10 years of the property series.
8.55pm Phil and Kirstie’s Homes for Heroes Channel 4 – In the last of this evening’s property-themed programmes Phil and Kirstie attempt a challenge they’ve never done before, helping three sets of first-time buyers who have all served their country in the British armed forces.
9.00pm Toast BBC1 – One-off drama starring Helena Bonham Carter, Ken Stott, Victoria Hamilton, Freddie Highmore, Oscar Kennedy, Matthew McNulty. Adaptation of chef Nigel Slater’s autobiography, providing a nostalgia trip through everything edible in 1960s Britain. After tragedy strikes food-obsessed young Nigel and his family, he is horrified when his father announces they are moving to the country.
9.00pm The Rob Brydon Show BBC2 – Cristmas edition of the chatshow with guests Alice Cooper, Jack Dee, Jo Brand and Welsh opera superstar Bryn Terfel
9.00pm Ad of the Year ITV – A look back at some of the best TV ads that have been on our screens this year. Viewers have been asked to vote for their favourites of 2010. The top 20 will be counted down and celebrities including Lorraine Kelly, Keith Lemon and Emmerdale’s Danny Miller reveal their own favourites.
10.00pm Shooting Stars Christmas Special 2010 BBC2 – Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer host a special Christmas episode of the comedy quiz show, with guests Ronnie Wood, Thandie Newton, Ricky Tomlinson and Joanna Page.
10.30pm Bill Bailey: Tinselworm Channel 4 – Repeat of Bill Bailey’s Tinselworm show, filmed at Wembley Arena, includes Bill’s trademark musical inventiveness and verbal brilliance, plus films and animation by award-winning film-maker Joe Magee.
New Year’s Eve
8.40pm Jonathan Creek: The Judas Tree BBC1 – Another chance to see the most recent special first broadcast at Easter. When a young woman becomes seemingly possessed by the spirit of a Victorian sorceress, illusionist Jonathan Creek and intrepid investigator Joey Ross must fight to prove she is innocent of murder
9.00pm 100 Years of the Palladium BBC2 – Sir Cliff Richard, Bruce Forsyth, Michael Crawford and Andrew Lloyd Webber are among the stars sharing the gossip, of the world’s most famous theatre as it celebrates its 100th birthday.
9.10pm Channel 4’s Comedy Gala Channel 4 – Another chance to see the Comedy show featuring, Alan Carr, Lee Evans, Michael McIntyre, Catherine Tate, Rob Brydon, Jonathan Ross, Jimmy Carr, Bill Bailey.
10.40pm The Graham Norton New Year’s Eve Show BBC1 – Graham prepares to welcome 2011 with special guests.
11.00pm Jools’ Annual Hootenanny BBC2 – Kylie Minogue returns to the show to duet with Jools on a Blossom Dearie tune and perform a classic hit or two; reggae star Toots Hibbert performs classic hits like Monkey Man and Pressure Drop; and Wanda Jackson rocks the house with her blend of rockabilly and country and offers her take on Amy Winehouse’s You Know I’m No Good. Cee-Lo Green performs a special version of his Forget You smash and shares his love of Jackie Wilson with the Orchestra. Rumer performs songs from her hit debut album Seasons of My Soul, The Who’s Roger Daltrey sings Muddy Waters, and Rhythm and Blues Orchestra regulars Ruby Turner and Rico Rodriguez sing gospel-soul and ska respectively. Plus appearances from Vampire Weekend, Bellowhead, Plan B and an introductory acoustic spot from Nashville’s Secret Sisters.
11.20pm That was 2010 ITV – Mark Austin looks back at the momentous news stories of 2010, including Haiti’s disastrous earthquake, the uplifting rescue of the Chilean miners, the historic developments that led to the coalition Government and of course, the announcement of the royal engagement. He speaks to ITV’s award-winning correspondents, who were there as history unfolded.
11.50pm New Year Live 2010 BBC1 – Live from London, Jake Humphrey sees out the old year and rings in 2011 with the chimes of Big Ben and the spectacular New Year’s fireworks display.