Lining up the big guns for great day of festive TV entertainment
GORGEOUS adaptation of beloved children's author Julia Donaldson's brilliant rhyming book. It's all about a kindly witch and the motley crew of animals who join her on her broom. Featuring the voices of Gillian Anderson and Rob Brydon.
JOIN the Time Lord in 1892 as a chilling menace threatens a picture postcard Christmas Eve scene. Unorthodox governess Clara (Jenna Louise Coleman) calls on the Doctor for help – but is he too busy mourning to care about the problems of the universe?
DELICIOUSLY sentimental episode of this year's biggest new drama and as the festive season approaches, a baby is abandoned on the steps of the convent. Meanwhile, for one wretched old lady, Christmas is just another painfully lonely day. Oh dear, something in my eye I think.
AFTER the poverty of 1950s London, switch straight over to the glamorous life in this two-hour festive special. Well, actually it's set in summer and the Crawleys decamp to the Highlands for a holiday, while the servants are left behind to prepare for a country fair.
BABY-faced Gareth Malone returns to the small chapel at Chivenor military base where last year he helped set up a choir for the wives of soldiers serving in the forces. The gang recall the momentous events that followed, including a Christmas number one single and lunch at Number 10.
IF you were disappointed at a lack of a Christmas visit to the Royle household last year, the good news is they're back with a bang in 2012. And it looks like Barbara (Sue Johnston) has gone overboard with presents – from the pound shop.