6.00pm You’ve Been Framed at Christmas ITV
6.00pm Noel’s Christmas Presents Sky1
6.30pm The Cube: Coronation Street Special ITV Phillip Schofield hosts a celebrity edition of the tense game show. Coronation Street stars Ryan Thomas (who plays Jason Grimshaw) and Julie Hesmondhalgh (aka Hayley Cropper)
7.30pm Text Santa ITV – Ant and Dec and Holly Willoughby present a spectacular night-before-Christmas extravaganza to raise awareness and money for those most vulnerable during the festive period. Special guests from the world of entertainment will be on hand to deliver a sackful of surprises and seasonal cheer in this festive treat. In keeping with the spirit of goodwill, viewers can help those in need by a simple text donation from their phone to this year’s Text Santa charities. The good causes involved are Carers UK, Crisis, Help the Hospices, the Samaritans, WRVS and children’s hospital charities Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity, Noah’s Ark Appeal, Helping Hand and Yorkhill Children’s Foundation.
8.00pm Morecambe & Wise BBC2 – Choice moments and festive fun from a decade of Britain’s beloved comic duo, assembled from the BBC archives. Christmas with Morecambe and Wise launched Angela Rippon’s legs, Shirley Bassey’s boots and Andre Previn’s acting career. Some of our biggest stars would fight to appear – or not appear – in the plays that Ernie wrote.
9.20pm Outnumbered Christmas Special 2011 BBC1 -Christmas edition of the family-based comedy. The Brockmans want to go away for Christmas, but they wonder whether they can go with Grandad in hospital; and whether they should go, when Jane is their house-sitter. Meanwhile, Ben causes trouble with his Christmas present: a metal detector.
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10.00pm Lapland BBC1 – Festive one-off comedy starring Sue Johnston. The Lewis family are determined to leave their troubles at home in Birkenhead when they set out to Lapland in search of Santa, huskies, reindeer, and hopefully the mysterious Northern Lights. However, they soon discover that baggage is not so easily left behind, but also that magic can be found in the most unexpected places.
10.00pm Piers Morgan’s Life Stories ITV – Interview with Donny Osmond.
9.00am The Nativity BBC1 – Dramatic retelling of the classic biblical tale, first shown last year.
10.00am Gordon’s Cookalong Live Channel 4 – Gordon Ramsay invites viewers to cook Christmas Dinner Live.
11.40am The Morecambe & Wise Christmas Show BBC1 – The classic 1971 Christmas show featuring the combined talents of Andre ‘Preview’ Previn, Glenda Jackson, Shirley Bassey, and not forgetting the immortal Eric and Ernie.
2.00pm TOTP 2011 BBC1 – Fearne Cotton & Reggie Yates present the Annual Christmas episode of the music series including the unveiling of the Christmas #1. As well as performances from Ed Sheeran, Professor Green, Pixie Lott, Will Young, Olly Murs.
3.00pm The Queen’s Speech BBC1
3.20pm Carry On Marathon ITV3 – A Host of Carry On films.
4,15pm Alternative Christmas Message Channel 4
6.30pm The Gruffalo’s Child BBC1 – A half-hour animated film, based on the best-selling children’s picture book by author Julia Donaldson and illustrator Axel Scheffler. One wild and windy night, the Gruffalo’s child ignores her father’s warnings and bravely tiptoes out into the snow in search of the Big Bad Mouse. She meets Snake, Owl and Fox but no sign of the fabled Mouse
7.00pm Doctor Who BBC1 – Episode set in 1940’s. A madcap caretaker greets evacuee Madge Arwell and her two children and leads them into a magical wintry world. Guest starring Claire Skinner and Alexander Armstrong.
7.00pm All Star Family Fortunes ITV – The stars of ITV’s The Only Way Is Essex take on the cast of Benidorm.
8.00pm Strictly Come Dancing BBC1 – Bruce & Tess present a very special Christmas spectacular, with five brand new celebrities taking up the ballroom challenge on a festive-themed dance floor. Actress Su Pollard, funnygirl Debra Stephenson, EastEnders star Charlie Brooks, boxing legend Barry McGuigan and boyband Blue’s Simon Webbe all rock around the Strictly dance floor, hoping to take home the trophy.
9.00pm The Toys that Made Christmas BBC2 – Robert Webb narrates a look at the Toys of Christmas’s gone by.
9.00pm Dowton Abbey ITV – Christmas 1919. Downton Abbey is hosting a lavish Christmas party, yet despite it being the season of goodwill, tensions are rife and Bates’s arrest has cast a shadow over the festivities. Will he be a condemned man or will he be found innocent in time to dance with his new wife at the annual servants’ ball? Mary has to consider her future with Sir Richard Carlisle following a contretemps at the shooting party and Violet has concerns about Rosamund, whose new suitor – the dashing but raffish Lord Hepworth – is not all he seems
9.00pm Alan Carr’s Chatty Man Channel 4 – Guests include David Walliams, Jedward and Steps.
9.00pm Matthew Bourne’s Christmas More4 – For 25 years, Matthew Bourne has been setting theatres and audiences around the world alight with his adaptations of some of the world’s best-known and loved ballets and operas. From The Car Man – Bizet’s Carmen, imaginatively reset as a dance piece in an American garage – to the award-winning Swan Lake.he film celebrates Bourne’s power to imaginatively transform ballet, taking dance and dancers off the stage into the studio, bringing together projections, animation and an intimate shooting style to produce a distinctive new way of presenting dance on screen.
9.05pm Eddie Stobart: Trucks, Trailers & Tinsel Five – The festive season is the firm’s busiest time of year – and the weather is not always on its side. As blizzards hit the UK, the trucks need to keep rolling to get Christmas trees to garden centres, turkeys onto dinner tables and sacks of presents under the trees.
10.00pm Absolutely Fabulous BBC1 – The first of three Brand new episodes.
10.00pm Rude Tube Channel 4 – Special hosted by Alex Zane.
10.00pm The Nation’s Favourite Christmas Songs Five
10.30pm Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow BBC1 – Special edition of the stand-up comedy series hosted by the former Britain’s Got Talent judge. Joining Michael on stage for this festive viewing extravaganza are Jack Dee, Miranda Hart, Sean Lock, James Corden, Rob Brydon, David Mitchell and Rhod Gilbert, with music from Kylie
5.40pm Jim’ll Fix It With Shane Richie BBC1 – The EastEnders star helps make viewers Dreams come true.
7.30pm The Borrowers BBC1 – Family adventure based on Mary Norton’s classic children’s books. The borrowers are tiny people who live under the floorboards, resourcefully surviving by borrowing bits and pieces from the large residents who dwell above. After being discovered by ‘human beans’, borrowers Pod and Homily and their daughter Arrietty are forced to leave their home while attempting to evade the clutches of obsessive scientist Professor Mildeye. Starring Stephen Fry, Sharon Horgan and Christopher Eccleston.
7.30pm The Unforgettable.. ITV – The series profiling comedy legends returns with a look at Ernie Wise.
9.00pm Poirot: The Clocks ITV – Poirot arrives in Dover to help Lieutenant Colin Race determine if Sheila Webb is responsible for the murder of a middle-aged man found stabbed at 19 Wilbraham Crescent.
9.00pm The Most Annoying People of 2011 BBC3
9.00pm Bear’s Wild Weekend with Miranda Channel 4 – Bear Grylls takes comedy writer and actress Miranda Hart on a once-in-a-lifetime expedition to the spectacular Swiss Alps for an exhilarating new programme. Adventurer, Chief Scout and best-selling author Bear challenges novice Miranda to go far beyond her comfort zone with a series of exhilarating adventures during an intense two-day expedition. Miranda traverses a glacier, crosses crevasses roped to Bear, tackles deep snow in snow shoes and completes a huge boulder scramble. She also faces her greatest fears when she flies in a helicopter and abseils down a waterfall
9.30pm The Royal Bodyguard BBC1 – New sitcom starring David Jason as an ex-guardsman who, thanks to a terrible misunderstanding, is put in charge of royal security. Guy Hubble’s first assignment as the royal bodyguard is to investigate a planned assassination attempt on a member of the royal family at the Commonwealth Conference in Scotland.
10.00pm Mrs. Brown’s Boys BBC1 – Seasonal special of the Irish comedy. Agnes Brown is depressed. Her son Trevor is on the missions in Canada, and can’t possibly afford to make it back. With Maria’s posh mum Hillary pressing the newlyweds to spend Christmas at her place, Agnes decides to compete for their love by providing an even more lavish Christmas celebration than Hillary’s – even if Buster is having trouble delivering the turkey.
10.00pm Chris Moyles’ Christmas Quiz Night Channel 4 – Festive edition of the quiz featuring James Corden, X Factor’s Olly Murs and Pineapple Studio’s irrepressible Louie Spence as each endeavours to win their supporters in the audience a share of a festive thousand pounds. As it’s Christmas, the line-up delivering the questions is massive: N-Dubz diva Tulisa and legendary funnyman Frank Skinner will put their fellow celebrities to the test. Plus, Britney Spears will be quizzing Chris and co too, and she could ask them literally anything.
8.00pm You Have Been Watching.. David Croft BBC2 – From Dad’s Army to ‘Allo ‘Allo!, Are You Being Served? to It Ain’t Half Hot, Mum, David Croft, who died earlier this year, had a hand in them all. This programme pays tribute to his comedy genius through the friends, family and colleagues who knew him.
9.00pm Great Expectations BBC1 – Lavish three-part adaptation of the classic Charles Dickens novel. A terrifying encounter on the marshes with an escaped convict and a summons from the mysterious Miss Havisham change orphan Pip’s life forever. He dares to believe he might be destined for a future beyond the marshes – a future linked to that of the beautiful Estella. Starring Gillian Anderson, David Suchet, and Ray Winstone.Continues Tomorrow, Concludes Thursday.
9.00pm Three Men Go to New England BBC2 – Rory McGrath, Griff Rhys Jones and Dara O Briain head to America to join a birthday party flotilla celebrating the 125th anniversary of the Statue of Liberty, in New York harbour. They start in the cradle of American history, New England, and have just 10 days to find a suitable vessel and get to New York. Their first stop is America’s oldest boat shop Concludes tomorrow
9.00pm Fast Freddie, The Widow & Me ITV – One-off drama starring Lawrence Fox as a wealthy car salesman forced to do community service with under privileged children at the Moonbeam Club. There he meets 18yr old Freddie who has a life threatening condition which means he won’t live to see another Christmas. The pair bond and the self styled car salesman could be Freddie’s Angel. Also stars Sarah Smart.
9.00pm The Big Fat Quiz of The Year 2011 Channel 4 – Jimmy Carr hosts the Quiz of 2011 with teams including Jonathan Ross, Russell Brand, Simon Pegg, Noel Fielding, David Mitchell, Ruth Jones and Alan Carr to vie for the coveted Big Fat Quiz crown.
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