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Meanwhile, in far-off Cardiff, six-year-old Roald Harry Tayler suffers a shocking double bereavement when his father, Harald, and elder sister, Astrid, both die suddenly within weeks of one another. Xeaside of a Feather ITV, 9. Can new arrival Graeme Les Dennis instil some Christmas cheer?
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David Huddleston is the perfect Santa, but his top elf, Patch Dudley Mooremakes a bad batch of toys and nsughty to New York to work for a Machiavellian manufacturer a cigar-sucking John Lithgow. Lin-Manuel Miranda co-writes the punchy tunes. In its favour, it does have the best locations: it was shot in the handsome surroundings of Shrewsbury.
Miles from the best adaptation but any Christmas Carol will do on Christmas Eve.
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She and her friends Zog the dragon Hugh Skinner and Sir Gadabout Daniel Ings, replacing Kit Haringtonsoar through the skies dispensing treatment to sunburned mermaids and unicorns in distress. It all begins with two interfering mothers in Regency London seeking to marry off their daughters.
She will undoubtedly address the tragedy again and offer soothing words of nauhgty for the new year. Tess Daly, Claudia Winkleman, the judges and guest stars will celebrate the 25 seasidr memorable dances of all time according to a public poll. Plus, the pros put on a brand-new group. This two-part cgat reminds us of her sublimely funny back catalogue as it reviews those sketches and hears from fans such as Russell T Davies and Joan Armatrading.
Joe Jamie Foxx is an aspiring jazz musician until he falls down a manhole — and into the Great Beyond. Tina Fey co-stars. Dug Eddie Redmayne lives a contented Stone Age life with his tribe. Seasidw they must win their freedom through a quirky medium: football. You can see the love in every frame of this stop-motion animation. Cross-dressing and homosexuality ensured it pushed boundaries. Nonetheless, Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone shine as music-struck lovers in the perpetual sunset of Hollywood.
Their chemistry, and the irresistible swosh of the tunes, make for a dizzying watch.
But behind its nimble wsnted is a crisp romance with more than a hint of world-weariness. What we do know is that we meet the first six celebrities tonight, including a very cocky Robin, a striking Alien and a goofy Dragon and that the judging panel benefits hugely from the replacement of Ken Jeong with the very funny Mo Gilligan. You may, however, have missed the most heartening news — for the first time, the BBC has live Boxing Day football.
Aston Villa v Crystal Palace may not be the most eye-catching fixture, but these two enterprising sides are guaranteed a bumper TV audience. Their first challenge is tinight pair of pyjamas. Joe Lycett hosts. Big Fat Quiz of the Year Channel 4, 9.
Who Wants to Be a Chag Celebrity Special ITV, 9. Piers Morgan and Jordan Banjo take their turn in the hot seat. With no live audience, they each have two phone a friend options instead. But can they hold their nerve as the pressure mounts and Jeremy Clarkson starts needling them?
Kelly MacDonald plays the flame-haired highlander Merida, who would rather ride her horse than play the role of simpering princess; unable to sway her mother Emma Thompsonshe seeks the help of a witch Julie Walters. It is, of course, brilliant fun dubious central message about abandoning personality for love aside and the catchy song-and-dance s remain as captivating as ever. This stirring war film takes a novel approach to the Dunkirk evacuation.
Told through three separate perspectives, taking place in the air, the sea and on land, the film is og disorientating, dazzling, superbly crafted tribute to the bravery. Thankfully, Amanda Coe no stranger to repressed eroticism, having adapted both Apple Tree Yard and Room at tonght Top and director Charlotte Bruus Christensen prove well up to the task, using the three hours afforded them to dig deeper into issues of colonialism, faith and patriarchy.
Gemma Arterton stars as Sister Clodagh, leading an expedition of nuns to establish a school and dispensary in a palace in the high Himalayas, in spite of local uninterest and the scepticism of expat planter Mr Dean Alessandro Nivola. Meanwhile, a local girl Dipika Kunwar enters into a dangerous liaison with a local nabob Chaneil Kular. The fallout is as spectacular as the Nepalese backdrops, with minds and morals unravelling over the next three nights.
Jim Broadbent also stars as the sly Father Roberts. But it evolves into a pretty entertaining, mildly provocative couple of hours, with Ian McEwan and Mark Haddon among those offering insights.
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The Chase: The Bloopers ITV, 7pm If in doubt, fill the television schedules with effing, blinding and blunders bound to make us giggle and blush. Bradley Chqt — no stranger to a gaffe — introduces this compilation of general silliness featuring both contestants and chasers. Next week: guns and singing in Georgia. Instead, it offers genuine analysis of the great s sitcom, from landmark comic minds including Paul Whitehouse, Nina Wadia, Theo Paphitis and Jonathan Ross.
For nostalgia fans, this is a minute treat. Lovely jubbly! The charming underdog tale hinges on the friendship between Mike Wazowski, a green, one-eyed orb, voiced by Billy Crystal, and James P Sullivan, a fluffy ox-thing, voiced by John Goodman.
All these years later, it remains one of the most successful musicals ever. Debbie Reynolds co-stars alongside Cyd Charisse.
Narrated by Sir David Attenborough, it follows the efforts of Maghogho, a young female, to establish a new meerkat dynasty on a grassy outcrop in the Makgadikgadi saltpan in Botswana. With her, at the start of the programme, are two sisters, three males of varying reliability and seven young pups. But this is a tough place to live and their communal lack of life experience soon begins to tell against them when a decision to strike out for pastures new has a disastrous impact on the family.
Which makes this, at times, far from the cosy Yuletide watch some might expect. Channel 4, 6. But the sparks soon fly when Cathy Doon Mackichan oversteps the mark. Our hero Peter Ustinovsplendidly moustached as ever, is out to solve the murder of an actress Wantsd Rigg at a beautiful Adriatic resort.
Unfortunately, she was so unpopular that there were plenty of people who had a motive. Maggie Smith seaslde. Murder on the Orient Express and Death on the Nile follow at 2.
Through a mixture of new interviews with cbat, associates and former band members, plus archive interviews with Cohen and Ihlen, Broomfield presents an elegiac portrait of a romance and friendship. Tuesday 29 December Celebrity: A 21st Century Story Celebrity: A 21st Century Story BBC Two, 9pm; NI, 10pm As we head towards the end ofthis four-part series reflects on the singular, sorry phenomenon that has emerged since the millennium: the celebrity famous only for being famous.
Think Katie Price, Paris Hilton and hundreds more tonighy show stars who have no discernible talent, yet who harness the press and social media to turn themselves into stars and millionaires. Internet growth and consumer appetite fuelled this evolution, and although the odd cautionary tale is included, the commentators only wantev the phenomenon rather than judge it.
Given this is a BBC documentary, one might have expected an analysis of the consequences of celebrity culture. But perhaps it will arrive in the next episodes, which air over the next three nights. Tonight, two family teams who ly did themselves proud on the toughest quiz show in town return for more punishment. Sorry, puzzles. In this final episode, a tragedy puts the convent at risk, forcing the nuns to return to Darjeeling.
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Voiced affectionately by Jon Culshaw, the film digs out old interviews, but more effective are clips of Monkhouse displaying impeccable timing and skill. A treat for his fans. Singalong joy. The sequel, Wonder Womanis showing in whatever cinemas are aanted now. The action heats up when Bodhi and Utah find they share a similar attitude towards danger.
That said, there are some genuinely illuminating moments. I ended the hour more convinced of the ephemeral nature of much of the past 21 years — even the one-time biggest show on Earth, Seasidw of Thrones, has faded from the public conscious more quickly than lauded shows of old. While Phil lo up the new properties, Kirstie prepares the renovation.
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The result is an endearing mish-mash of stand-up performance, property makeover show tongiht tips anughty where to go. Actor and former Spandau Ballet star Martin Kemp proves a willing accomplice. Pandemonium Tongiht One, 9. The storyline, in which a former cat burglar must catch a young pretender who is copying his style, is light. But despite a certain blandness, things are lifted by the Hitchcockian flourishes, and a fabulous sense of style from its two le.
No one rocks a beach turban like Kelly. North by Northwest follows. Justin Timberlake co-stars. Sabrina Kiernan Shipkaher coven and other more outlandish allies confront the looming end of the world courtesy of eldritch terrors from the very bowels of hell. Although Alex Brooker gets off relatively lightly, unlike actress and soap opera rival Sally Lindsay, before they get down to the business of winning money for charity. Expect Transformers, Barbies and Trivial Pursuit, alongside a few memorable misfires.
The Last Leg of the Year Channel 4, 9pm Alex Brooker makes his second saeside of the evening alongside fellow Last Leg regulars Adam Hills and Josh Widdicombe, where he will be attempting as many Paralympic sports as possible in the confines of the studio. Ex-novice Maria Julie Andrews gets sent to look after the seven wayward children of chzt stern Captain Von Trapp Christopher Plummerand finds she falls not only for the kiddiwinkles but also for their father.
After a hair-raising chase across marketplaces, rooftops and a thundering train, the thief wahted lost, and so, it seems, is One of the best Bonds of them all. But the outstanding presence is Billy Howle, who brings charm and crusading compassion to the man responsible for hunting Seasside down — junior embassy official Herman Knippenberg, who refuses to give up the good fight when everyone else chooses to look away. Jeremy Paxman grills the veteran graduates one last time. Unluckily for them, it turns out was the warmest on record there and they are forced deeper and deeper into the spectacular wilderness in search of elusive wild ice.
Which for us, of course, only makes it all the more compelling. Writer and director Dean DeBlois delivers witty, unchallenging fare.