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Octonauts Amazon Adventure

The Octonauts return in a special episode of the animated adventure series, which sees Captain Barnacles Bear, Lieutenant Kwazii Cat, and Medic Peso Penguin ready to dive into action whenever there is trouble under the sea.

In this episode, the Octonauts travel deep down the Amazon River in search of a lost city – and meet Kwazii's long lost grandfather, Calico Jack!

Saturday 22 December

BBC ONE

BBC ONE

Equestrian: Olympia

Clare Balding presents live coverage of the World Cup show-jumping qualifier, part of the London International Horse Show at Olympia, which is celebrating its 40th year since being reintroduced in the 1970s.

Some of the biggest names in the sport will be out in force for the competition, which is the seventh of 12 legs culminating at next April's global final in Gothenburg, Sweden.

There will also be highlights from the week's dressage and puissance events, along with a look back at all the drama from the equestrian programme at the London Olympics.

Commentary comes from Michael Tucker and Andy Austin.

Strictly Come Dancing

The wait is finally over. Sir Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly present the ultimate ballroom battle – it’s the Strictly Come Dancing Grand Final 2012.

After spinning, high-kicking and sashaying their way through 11 weeks of dance, the final four couples take to the floor for a night of show-stopping routines to see who will be crowned the ultimate dancing champion of 2012.

Who has saved their best dance for last and who will outshine the rest with their spectacular showdance? As always, the fearsome foursome of Craig, Darcey, Len and Bruno are on hand to offer their critique but it is down to viewers to choose their champion.

The winner will be announced on Strictly Come Dancing: The Results, which can be seen on the same night as the final, when one couple will lift the Glitterball trophy.

If that wasn’t enough excitement for one night, Strictly will be joined by one of the biggest music acts on the planet.

Merlin

High in the mountains a great horde gathers; Morgana prepares for war with a vengeful Mordred at her side.

Merlin feels the weight of his destiny like never before as the ancient prophecies play out with terrifying accuracy. But before he can save his beloved Camelot, he must save himself. For it is not just the kingdom Morgana wishes to destroy – it is also Emrys.

Do not miss this penultimate episode in the epic final series of Merlin.

Colin Morgan is Merlin, Bradley James is Arthur, Angel Coulby is Gwen, Katie McGrath is Morgana, Richard Wilson is Gaius and John Hurt is the voice of the Great Dragon, Alexander Vlahos is Mordred and Tom Hopper, Rupert Young, and Eoin Macken return as The Knights of the Round Table.

BBC FOUR

BBC FOUR

Arena - Screen Goddesses

In this BBC Four Christmas special, Arena: Screen Goddesses charts the Hollywood studio era from its beginning through to its collapse in the early 1960s, and through the meteoric rise and fall of the screen goddesses that made it.

With the beginning of Hollywood around 1910, the star system was born, with an archetypal bad girl - the vampish Theda Bara - and the good girl – the blazingly sincere Lillian Gish. From the 1920s, the female stars most remembered today are the vivacious ‘It’ Girl Clara Bow and the seductive siren Louise Brooks; but none made the impact of German born, Marlene Dietrich, an icon of mystery or the ‘Great Garbo’ with perfect features and gloomy introspection.

From the power of Joan Crawford and Bette Davis to the beauty and seductiveness of Rita Hayworth and Ava Gardner, Hollywood studios produced their own brand of beautiful, sassy and confident women. But it wasn’t to last.

Arena: Screen Goddesses uses film extracts and archive footage to chronicle an era that drew to a close with the supreme fame of Elizabeth Taylor and the tragic death of Marilyn Monroe. It will chart those final days of the reign of the goddess on the big screen - screen queens whose images will last forever.

Narrated by Elizabeth McGovern

Sunday 23 December

BBC ONE

BBC ONE

David Suchet: In The Footsteps Of St Paul

Two thousand years ago, St. Paul transformed the fledgling Jesus movement into a new global religion and the dominant force in Western civilisation. David Suchet begins a personal journey in search of this enigmatic man.

Travelling from Israel to Turkey, we track Paul’s early life and career, first as an active persecutor and, following his profound conversion experience, the movement’s most ardent supporter.

As Paul begins his missionary work, he challenges the world of the classical gods and the might of Caesar in key Roman cities such as Antioch and Ephesus. At the same time he establishes the first churches and, controversially, feels there should be no barriers to membership. This brings him into conflict with the early Christian leadership based in Jerusalem.

David Suchet explores the latest archaeological and historical research associated with the Paul story to help better understand this charismatic man and his mission.

Songs Of Praise

A Feast Of Carols: a festive musical treat with carols by candlelight from London's Maida Vale for the Sunday before Christmas.

Featuring superstar songstress Katherine Jenkins singing Angels From The Realms Of Glory and Sleep Quietly My Jesus, plus Kevin Whately and Tina Hobley tell the story of the first Christmas.

Only Boys Aloud sing a new arrangement of Little Drummer Boy and there's a selection of popular carols, including We Three Kings and Hark! The Herald Angels Sing. The programme is presented by David Grant, who performs a soulful arrangement of O Holy Night.

Mr Stink

A stellar cast of Hugh Bonneville, David Walliams, Sheridan Smith, Johnny Vegas and Pudsey the dog, star in this magical, heart-warming and funny tale, adapted from David Walliams’ bestselling children’s book.

Adapted by Walliams himself with Simon Nye, this 60-minute family comedy tells the story of lonely 12-year-old Chloe (Nell Tiger Free), who invites local tramp Mr Stink (Hugh Bonneville) and his dog Duchess (Pudsey) to hide out in her family’s garden shed.

Chloe also has to cope with an overbearing mum (Sheridan Smith) who is more interested in her own political ambitions and her infatuation with the Prime Minister (David Walliams), than her daughter. ‘Perfect’ younger sister Annabelle (Isabella Blake-Thomas) and nasty girls at school also make Chloe’s life miserable. Chloe’s only allies are her put-upon dad (Johnny Vegas) who is harbouring a secret of his own, and newsagent Raj (Harish Patel).

But Chloe soon discovers she is not the only one harbouring a secret and there is certainly more to Mr Stink than meets the eye… or nose.

In addition to being broadcast in standard definition, Mr Stink will also be shown in 3D on the BBC HD channel – the first time the BBC has filmed a narrative programme in 3D.

Mr Stink is produced by BBC In-House Comedy in association with David Walliams and his production company DEW Productions. The writers are David Walliams with Simon Nye. The director is Declan Lowney. The producer is Jo Sargent and the executive producer is Mark Freeland.

Loving Miss Hatto

Written by Victoria Wood and inspired by an article in the New Yorker magazine, Loving Miss Hatto tells the story of an ‘ordinary’ married couple who managed to pull off the greatest fraud the classical music world has known, all from their modest bungalow in a genteel Hertfordshire town.

It is a story of two young people with high hopes who, like most of us, get knocked back by life – and then get a second chance to put things right. Above all, it is a love story.

In the grey, post-war London of the 1950s, a young chancer named William Barrington-Coupe, known to all as ‘Barrie’, is working at a music publishers but harbours ambitions to become a classical music impresario. One day while delivering music to an orchestra rehearsal, Barrie is bowled over by a young pianist’s playing - finding his first client, wife and future in one moment. The young pianist is Joyce Hatto.

Barrie sets about turning Joyce into a classical music star. Initially things go well but then fate intervenes and realising that they both lack what it takes to really make it, they retire to Hertfordshire and a ‘normal’ life.

But one day, in 2002 fate intervenes again and Barrie is given the chance to revive Joyce’s career, despite Joyce being in her Seventies and suffering from terminal cancer. Within a few years, Joyce is being dubbed ‘the greatest living pianist that almost no one has ever heard of’ and had critics raving about her sublime recordings.

Yet six months after her death, many of Hatto’s recordings were discovered to be those of other pianists; Joyce and Barrie had apparently pulled off the greatest hoax in classical music. This is their story.

BBC TWO

BBC TWO

Dragons' Den

Christmas is big business. In December 2011 our retail spend was 40 billion pounds, an increase of 10 billion pounds since 2000. So it’s no surprise that Christmas drives thousands of entrepreneurs to create new ideas and innovative businesses, aiming to cash in on the large profits up for grabs at this time of year. And if there’s money to be made, the Dragons are always nearby.

This year for the first time the den opens its doors purely for commerce at Christmas. Nine entrepreneurs representing six businesses will descend the stairs and pitch their festive businesses in the hope of securing a much needed cash injection from the five multi-millionaires.

Alongside normal proceedings, there will be business insight into this interesting and unique trading period and how this changes an entrepreneur’s and investor’s approach, as well as revealing the pitfalls that can also come with seasonal success.

Following on from the den we’ll catch up with a few of the entrepreneurs, some who succeeded in gaining the Dragons’ support and some who did not. Will they be this year’s festive hit? Or will this most competitive of trading times have swallowed them up and had them for Christmas dinner?

James May's Toy Stories: Flight Club

In this epic Toy Stories Christmas Special, James May gets to the heart of the nation’s childhood love-affair with the model plane, and sets out to achieve what seems an impossible dream: the first cross channel flight ever achieved by an engineless, homemade supersized toy. If it survives the perilous 22-mile journey, James’s classic toy glider lovingly built from over 1,000 pieces of balsa will smash the British distance record.

Underpinned throughout by James’s own infectious passion for flight, his mission is dedicated to making the dream of flight come true for the generations of children who, like James himself, slaved for hours over balsa and glue only to see their fragile and much-loved planes smash tragically onto the unyielding concrete of reality.

During his quest, James turns Indiana Jones to unearth surprising new evidence that identifies children as the true pioneers of flight, and wrestles with an underperforming glider that threatens to barely leave the ground. From a visit to a mysterious and barely inhabited island to helicopters lost in the fog and missing speedboats, Flight Club is an epic journey into the unexpected, culminating in a thrilling and visually stunning last throw of the dice.

The Sarah Millican Television Programme Christmas Special

Sarah Millican returns to BBC Two for a Christmas Special of her hit comedy series, The Sarah Millican Television Programme.

The award-winning comedian combines brilliant stand-up, inspired by what she has seen on screen, and her unique interviews with some of her favourite TV stars.

To celebrate the festive season Sarah is joined by Downton Abbey star Hugh Bonneville and EastEnder Shane Richie.

Monday 24 December

BBC ONE

BBC ONE

David Suchet: In The Footsteps Of St Paul

Two thousand years ago, St. Paul travelled the Mediterranean world as Christianity’s first international ambassador. He was a man on a mission travelling many thousands of miles by foot and many more by sea.

His journey brings him from Asia Minor to Europe. In Greece, Paul establishes churches and brings new converts to the Christian faith. He deals with the issues that the new church communities have to confront, such as the role of women.

In key locations such as Athens and Corinth, David is keen to hear from local historians and archaeologists who help him better understand Paul and the world in which he lived. His radical message of a new Christian world order brought Paul into conflict with the Roman authorities. Tradition says he was executed in Rome but not after he had sown the seeds that would see the eventual establishment of Christianity.

Merlin

And so it seems the Prophets did not lie. As the great battle rages on Camlann's mighty plain, Merlin faces his moment of destiny.

Can he find the strength to save the man he made a King; the Camelot they fought to build; and the brotherhood they shared?

Don't miss the very last episode of Merlin as the legend draws to a spectacular and emotional end.

Colin Morgan is Merlin, Bradley James is Arthur, Angel Coulby is Gwen, Katie McGrath is Morgana, Richard Wilson is Gaius and John Hurt is the voice of the Great Dragon. Tom Hopper, Rupert Young, and Eoin Macken return as The Knights of the Round Table.

EastEnders

Max is livid when he hears the full extent of Derek’s manipulation of Tanya and sets to put his brother in his place but being the head of the family, Derek does not heed Max’s warning and sets to blow the Brannings world apart...

Alfie desperately tries to hold things together for the sake of Tommy but with his heart broken will he be able to?

Max is played by Jake Wood, Derek by Jamie Foreman, Tanya by Jo Joyner and Alfie by Shane Richie.

Mrs Brown's Boys

With the festive season fast approaching, Agnes Brown finds herself facing her busiest Christmas yet.

Spiritual son Trevor is visiting from the missions, grandson Bono is sleeping over on Christmas Eve, and there are three new faces to feed on Christmas Day now that Agnes’s youngest son Dermot is the father of triplets. But first things first – Agnes must finish the simple task of decorating the tree.

And it seems as though Christmas in the Brown household is only going to get busier. When visiting, priest Father Damien announces that the Finglas Nativity play has been cancelled. Agnes vows to stage a Nativity play of her own in the local community centre. However, she meets stiff resistance from Father Damien, who is wary of meddling mothers like Agnes and refuses to ask permission from the Bishop. But nobody ever says no to the formidable Agnes Brown.

Cathy is furious when she discovers that Agnes has been reading her mail and decides to play a prank on her interfering mother. Convinced that she has been entered into a ‘Best Christmas Mother’ competition, Agnes starts being unusually nice to everyone – even Granddad! And Cathy isn’t the only one playing tricks. Agnes gets her hilarious revenge on Dermot’s snooty mother-in-law Hillary Nicholson after she scoffs at the idea of Agnes playing the Virgin Mary.

Plus there are plenty of other Christmas crises for the Brown family. Who will Buster and Dermot get to play Santa in their Christmas Grotto? Will Rory take Dino to the hairdressing award ceremony? But most importantly - will Agnes ever get to play the Virgin Mary?

Midnight Mass from Leeds Cathedral

BBC One heralds the start of Christmas Day with the traditional Midnight Mass for Christmas Eve live from St Anne’s Cathedral in the vibrant city of Leeds in West Yorkshire.

The Mass is celebrated by the Dean, Monsignor Philip Moger and will include the blessing of the crib. The homily is given by Monsignor Michael McQuinn.

The Mass setting is the tuneful and majestic Grande Messe Solonelle, by Louis Vierne. Other music includes: O Come All Ye Faithful, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, O Little Town of Bethlehem, The Sussex Carol, It Came Upon a Midnight Clear, Today a Saviour Has Been Born to Us and Mary’s Magnificat.

The cathedral choirs are conducted by the Diocesan Director of Music, Benjamin Saunders, and the organist is Thomas Leech.

BBC TWO

BBC TWO

Equestrian: Olympia Grand Prix Highlights

Clare Balding introduces highlights of the final day's action from the London International Horse Show at Olympia.

Among the highlights is the Olympia Grand Prix, one of the most prestigious events in the equestrian calendar.

Commentary comes from Michael Tucker and Andy Austin.

Carols From Kings

This traditional celebration of the birth of Christ is the television programme that for many marks the true start of Christmas. The sight and sound of a lone choirboy singing Once in Royal David's City amid the candlelit, fan-vaulted splendour of the Chapel of King's College, Cambridge is the beginning of a feast of Christmas words and music.

The Christmas story is told in the words of the King James' Bible and in poems by Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926), William Austin (1587-1634) and Laurie Lee (1914-1997).

The world-famous Chapel Choir, under the direction of Stephen Cleobury, sing carols old and new, including: Once in Royal David’s City, Good Christian Men, Rejoice, The Angel Gabriel, Joys Seven, I Sing Of A Maiden, Ding Dong Merrily On High, It Came Upon The Midnight Clear, Cherry Tree Carol, Away In A Manger, Three Angels, The Holly And The Ivy, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, We Three Kings, In The Bleak Midwinter, Silent Night, Nowell, Nowell (Sir Christemas), Love Came Down At Christmas, All Bells in Paradise (a new carol by John Rutter) and Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

Director of Music: Stephen Cleobury; Dean: The Rev. Dr Jeremy Morris

Tuesday 25 December

BBC ONE

BBC ONE

Christmas Day Eucharist

The traditional Christmas Day service comes live from St Mary Redcliffe, which has stood in the city of Bristol for the last 800 years and which was once described by Elizabeth I as ‘The fairest, goodliest, and most famous parish church in England’.

This year, the story of the Nativity is reflected within a family communion led by the Revd. Wendy Hough, with the Revd. Gwyn Owen, Area Dean for South Bristol giving the address.

Along with the local congregation, will be others from Bristol churches and the surrounding area. They will be joined by the Church Choir to sing traditional carols which will include O Come All Ye Faithful, Away In A Manger, In The Bleak Midwinter, Ding Dong Merrily On High and Hark The Herald Angels Sing.

Andrew Kirk is the Director of Music and organist. Andrew was appointed in 2003 and holds a full time position at the church.

Top Of The Pops Christmas Special

Top Of The Pops returns with a special festive one-hour show on Christmas Day, jam-packed with the best music and brightest pop stars of the year.

Hosted by Fearne Cotton and Reggie Yates, the biggest pop party on TV will feature exclusive performances from many of the young acts who've topped the charts this year and the all-important recap of who has secured the coveted Christmas Number 1 spot.

Room On The Broom

The premier of the half-hour animated film Room On The Broom, based on the magical children’s picture book written by Children’s Laureate Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler.

Room On The Broom is an enchanting tale about friendship and family from Magic Light Pictures, the producers of the hugely successful The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo’s Child.

It tells the story about a kind witch who invites a surprising collection of animals to join her on her broom, much to the frustration of her cat. The gang ultimately saves the witch from a fearsome dragon, and in gratitude she rewards them with a magnificent new broom which has room for everyone.

The film is joyously narrated by Simon Pegg and the six lovable characters are voiced by stellar acting talent - Gillian Anderson as the Witch, Rob Brydon as the Cat, Martin Clunes as the Dog, Sally Hawkins as the Bird, David Walliams as the Frog and Timothy Spall as the dastardly Dragon.

Room On The Broom is produced by Michael Rose and Martin Pope of Magic Light Pictures (The Gruffalo, The Gruffalo’s Child, Chico & Rita); and René Aubry (The Gruffalo, Gruffalo's Child) has composed the music.

Doctor Who - The Snowmen

Christmas Eve 1892, and the falling snow is the stuff of fairytales.

When the fairytale becomes a nightmare and a chilling menace threatens Earth, an unorthodox young governess, Clara, calls on the Doctor for help. But the Doctor is in mourning, reclusive and determined not to engage in the problems of the universe. As old friends return, will the Doctor really abandon humankind or will he fight to save the world – and Christmas – from the icy clutches of this mysterious menace?

Starring Matt Smith, Jenna-Louise Coleman, Richard E Grant and Tom Ward.

Executive producers - Steven Moffat and Caroline Skinner; produced by Marcus Wilson; written by Steven Moffat.

Call The Midwife - Christmas Special

Christmas is coming and in Poplar the nuns and midwives of Nonnatus House are busier than ever.

When an abandoned baby is discovered on the steps of the convent, the whole community rallies round to provide food and clothing and to try to trace his mother.

Nurse Jenny Lee, meanwhile, gets caught up in the heartbreaking mystery that surrounds an elderly, semi-vagrant local woman, Mrs Jenkins.

For newly married Chummy, other challenges await, as she pulls out all the stops to mount a truly memorable children's nativity play.

Jenny is played by Jessica Raine, Mrs Jenkins by Sheila Reid and Chummy by Miranda Hart.

EastEnders

The Brannings pull out all the stops for a wonderful Christmas but one member of the family sets out to do everything they can to destroy the day.

As deep family secrets get exposed, the Brannings world is turned upside down with one member of the family making their last Christmas speech.

The Royle Family

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the Royle's and Barbara's gone overboard with the presents. "If you can't spoil your family at Christmas, when can you?" she asks, having spent a whole two hours in Poundland.

A new neighbour moves onto the street with an impressive cleavage, but will she be welcome on the sofa?

In a flash of seasonal entrepreneurial spirit, Dave reveals the idea he intends to pitch to Dragons' Den. Will it take off and make them rich? Or is Jim's scratch card more likely to bring in the Christmas cheer?

Joe next door is looking for love, and places an advert in the Lonely Hearts column, 'Vacant Lady Wanted'. Who could resist?

Jim is played by Ricky Tomlinson, Barbara is played by Sue Johnston, Dave is played by Craig Cash, Denise is played by Caroline Aherne and Joe is played by Peter Martin.

BBC TWO

BBC TWO

Arena: Sister Wendy And The Art Of The Gospel

The arresting sight of Sister Wendy Beckett - all teeth and glasses - burst on to our screens in the 1990’s. An instant star, she glided around the world in her habit telling us the story of painting. But she revealed nothing of her own, extraordinary story.

Was she in fact a real nun? How did she know so much about art? And how could this consecrated virgin and hermit justify appearing on television and keep her rule of silence?

Arena goes in search of the ‘real’ Wendy, who, at 82, talks frankly and humourously about her life – and death (“not too long now, I hope!”) for the first time. The film's director, Randall Wright, met Wendy over 20 years ago, living in a caravan in the middle of a wood, abiding by a strict timetable of nightly prayer. That meeting led to her hugely popular TV programmes, but while they told us a great deal about art they told us little about her. Now Wright revisits Sister Wendy to offer her the chance to make a film on her own terms.

Her Carmelite monastery gave Arena unprecedented access to their grounds in Quidenham, Norfolk, where Sister Wendy still follows her strict and eccentric regime: praying every night for six hours from midnight, then joining the other Sisters for mass via electric scooter. Sister Rachael is the former prioress at the monastery: “I would say if you expressed it in the old jargon, she could read souls.”

Typically, Sister Wendy set her own unusual ground rules for the programme: she would – albeit reluctantly - talk about her own life, but also wanted to share with us a carefully chosen selection of paintings by the greatest old masters – mostly in the National Gallery and Louvre – in an attempt to connect us to the big emotional insights in the Gospel stories they depict. These are the stories that are at the core of her faith and have formed her unique rebellious spirit. Yet these same stories - that were once universally familiar - and formed the moral template of Western civilisation – are now largely forgotten.

“I have noticed it in museums,” she says: “People looking at the kind of Christian stories that they would have been told in Sunday school in the past. Now they just don’t know.”

As we rediscover both the stories and the paintings, we also discover how Wendy found God, aged four, sitting under a table. How she left her parents aged 16 – without a backward glance - to become a nun. She tells us she has never experienced sexual feelings, and so felt being a nun was no real sacrifice. She reveals how her first job, as a teaching nun, led to a physical and nervous breakdown. And how living as a hermit ironically gave her the strength to face the outside world again, and encourage people towards the beauty of art.

The Choir: A Year With The Military Wives

In February 2011 Gareth Malone went to the Military Base at Chivenor to set up a choir for the wives who are left at home alone, while their men are on duty for months at a time. In this film Gareth goes back to the small chapel where he first started the choir that was to change their lives.

We hear from Gareth and key members of the choir as they reflect on their extraordinary journey culminating in their performance at The Royal Albert Hall, of a song specially written by Royal composer Paul Mealor.

This seemed like the pinnacle of their achievements, but the film shows how this was the beginning of something much bigger. We see the women as they embark upon launching what was to become a No.1 Christmas single, as they visit 10 Downing Street, perform at the Golden Jubilee and then win a Classical Brit.

We also hear of the legacy of the Choir with the setting up of a charitable foundation that provides the support for a growing network of over 60 military wives choirs in bases across the UK, Europe and the Falkland Islands.

As soloist Sam says at the end: “This was Gareth’s dream and it came true and not many people can say their dreams have come true in life. I don’t even think I could express to Gareth how grateful we all are for it, it’s just, he’s really changed our lives.”

Producer/Directors: Steve Jones and Anna Sadowy; Executive Producers: Alannah Richardson and Lucy Hillman

Wednesday 26 December

BBC ONE

BBC ONE

EastEnders

News spreads around Walford of the eventful Branning Christmas but can the family survive or will the recent events rip the family apart forever?

Kim wakes up ready to celebrate Christmas only to discover she slept through the whole day due to suffering from the effects of Mo’s punch.

Kim is played by Tameka Empson and Mo by Laila Morse.

Miranda

Penny is threatening to cancel Miranda’s Christmas if she doesn’t sort her life out.

Among other things, she forces her daughter on a detox. Stevie has a new executive job and Miranda tries to follow her into an office job, but it all proves too much. Meanwhile, are Gary and Miranda able to just be friends?

Starring Miranda Hart as Miranda, Patricia Hodge as Penny, Sarah Hadland as Stevie and Tom Ellis as Gary.

Mrs Brown's Boys

With Christmas finally over, most mothers would seize the chance to relax – but not Agnes Brown.

After getting permission from the Bishop to stage her Nativity Play, Agnes has now finished her script and rehearsals are in full swing. Having cast herself in the lead role of the Virgin Mary, Agnes is determined to make her version of the Nativity unforgettable. And judging by the unusual props she’s created, it most certainly will be…

But prop-making is the least of Agnes’s worries: friends and family are nagging her for parts and Father Damien still hasn’t approved the script. And, seeing as Agnes has taken quite a bit of dramatic licence with the traditional Nativity story, it’s looking like he might never approve it. But worst of all is the news that Father Damien has offered the part of the Narrator to Agnes’s posh nemesis Hillary Nicholson!

As if there wasn’t enough going on, poor Agnes is suffering from rheumatism in her wrist. When Dr Flynn’s remedy fails to improve the situation, an unlikely hero in the form of Buster Brady appears with a homeopathic solution. However, as with all of Buster’s ideas, his solution isn’t particularly standard…

But nothing is going to stop Agnes from putting on her Nativity Play. With some surprising casting decisions and ambitious stunts, her unique take on the old-time tale will be a show that the residents of Finglas will never forget. Fire extinguishers at the ready.

BBC TWO

BBC TWO

The Girl

Alfred Hitchcock was at the height of his fame and creativity when, in 1962, he chose an unknown fashion model to star in his most ambitious film - The Birds.

But as he sculpted Tippi Hedren into the perfect Hitchcock blonde of his imagination, he became obsessed with the impossible dream of winning the real woman’s love.

His failure pitched them both into an emotional nightmare and damaged both of their careers. Screenwriter Gwyneth Hughes has interviewed Tippi Hedren and surviving members of Hitchcock’s crew.

This film tells their full tragic story for the first time.

Alfred Hitchcock is played by Toby Jones, Tippi Hedren by Sienna Miller, Alma Hitchcock by Imelda Staunton and Peggy Robertson by Penelope Wilton.

CBBC

CBBC

Operation Ouch

It’s the final episode of medical series Operation Ouch this week, as Dr Chris and Dr Xand van Tulleken conclude their exploration into the fascinating world of medicine and biology and the amazing things that our bodies can do.

The Doctors investigate how amazing your skin is at protecting your body, and they'll also demonstrate a cool body trick to amaze your friends. Meanwhile over in Accident and Emergency, one patient has a very peculiar broken arm and another has a nasty burn on her foot.

Thursday 27 December

BBC ONE

BBC ONE

EastEnders

Tensions continue to run high in the Branning household following the Christmas bombshell and Tanya demands answers.

Lola gets excited about planning Lexi’s Christening but when she hears what Phil is planning she worries that her daughter is slipping away from her.

Bianca puts all her effort into spending some quality time with the kids but she is shocked when she realises what Liam has been up to.

Bianca seeks advice about how to handle things with Liam but will her plan to do the right thing be thwarted?

Billy tries his best to assert his authority with Phil over Lexi’s christening but they are all surprised when Lola gives Phil an ultimatum.

Bianca is played by Patsy Palmer, Liam by James Forde, Billy by Perry Fenwick and Phil by Steve McFadden.

Lola is played by Danielle Harold, Phil by Steve McFadden, Tanya by Jo Joyner, Bianca by Patsy Palmer and Liam by James Forde.

Restless

What becomes of your life when everything you thought was solid and certain about it turns out to be a fantastically complicated lie?

This happens to Ruth Gilmartin (Michelle Dockery) when, one day in 1976, her mother Sally (Charlotte Rampling) suddenly tells her she has been living a double life. She is not respectable Sally Gilmartin but in fact Eva Delectorskaya, a spy for the British Secret Service who has been on the run for 30 years.

Eva’s story begins in Paris in 1939. Eva (Hayley Attwell), a beautiful Russian émigrée, is recruited for the British Secret Service by Lucas Romer (Rufus Sewell), a mysteriously alluring Englishman. As Romer trains Eva to become the perfect spy their love affair begins.

Hayley Atwell plays Eva Delectorskaya and Rufus Sewell plays the younger Lucas Romer while Michael Gambon plays the older Lucas Romer. Michelle Dockery plays Ruth Gilmartin and Charlotte Rampling plays her mother Sally Gilmartin.

Restless is written by William Boyd, directed by Edward Hall and produced by Hilary Bevan Jones and Paul Frift. The executive producers are Matthew Read for BBC, Christian Vesper for Sundance and William Boyd. Restless is an Endor Production for BBC and Sundance Channel.

BBC TWO

BBC TWO

Racing Legends

Racing Legends follows two high-profile car enthusiasts as they retrace the steps of Great British racing legends.

Through a combination of revealing interviews and fascinating archive footage, each celebrity fan will pay tribute to the racing legend by spending time with them and the people who knew them best. They’ll learn about the vehicles they drove and the engineering they employed, and they’ll try to understand what put them in pole position. Their ultimate mission: to emulate the legend by re-enacting one of their greatest-ever races, in a rare classic car. With the original team of mechanics re-assembled, and the racetracks re-opened, this is the enthusiasts’ opportunity to remind the world just how special the racing legend really was.

Former Captain of the USS Enterprise and renowned Shakespearian actor, Sir Patrick Stewart tells the enthralling story of Sir Stirling Moss’s glittering race career. The pair travel to Florence in a classic Mercedes to retrace the route of Italy’s most famous road race – the Mille Miglia – and discuss how Stirling’s near-fatal crash may have been the best thing that ever happened to him.

But how will Sir Patrick cope when he drives a 1957 Formula 1 car at the scene of Stirling’s historic British Grand Prix victory?

Friday 28 December

BBC ONE

BBC ONE

Holby City

A Vegas-bound Ric swings by Holby and reveals he has a new job in the Pharma-industry. But, when his expertise is needed on an emergency patient, Ric is drawn in. Can he really leave the hospital behind, and with Imelda on his case, is it too late anyway?

As Jac finds herself embroiled in a family crisis, Jonny desperately wants to appeal to her better nature. Is Jac’s Christmas spirit sprouting or is it just the same old Naylor?

Ma Levy is in town and Chrissie is doing her best to stay sane amid the chaos of Luc’s cooking and Daniel’s piano playing, while Sacha tries his hardest to delay joining her.

Ric is played by Hugh Quarshie, Imelda is played by Tessa Peake-Jones, Jac is played by Rosie Marcel, Jonny is played by Michael Thomson, Chrissie is played by Tina Hobley, Luc is played by Joseph Millson and Sacha is played by Bob Barrett.

Restless

When a crucial mission collapses in the USA and Eva finds herself in terrible, fatal jeopardy she knows she has no option but to run and hide - forever.

Once a spy always a spy. No-one can be trusted. But now Sally Gilmartin yearns to end her years of restless watching and waiting. Thirty years on, the only man who can bring this about is her former lover and spymaster, Lucas Romer, now Baron Mansfield of Hampton Cleeve (Michael Gambon), and the only person she can call on for help is her daughter, Ruth.

The final chapter of this epic story of love, duplicity and betrayal is about to end – and who will pay the greatest price remains to be discovered.

Hayley Atwell plays Eva Delectorskaya and Rufus Sewell plays the younger Lucas Romer while Michael Gambon plays the older Lucas Romer. Michelle Dockery plays Ruth Gilmartin and Charlotte Rampling plays her mother Sally Gilmartin.

Restless is written by William Boyd, directed by Edward Hall and produced by Hilary Bevan Jones and Paul Frift. The executive producers are Matthew Read for BBC, Christian Vesper for Sundance and William Boyd. Restless is an Endor Production for BBC and Sundance Channel.

BBC TWO

BBC TWO

Racing Legends

Chef and host of BBC One’s Saturday Kitchen, James Martin tells the story of one of Britain’s greatest ever motor racing drivers, Sir Jackie Stewart.

The pair take a road-trip through the Alps in a classic supercar to re-trace the life of ‘70s icon, before self-confessed motor racing fanatic James discovers how Sir Jackie’s relentless safety crusade lives on in the Formula 1 cars of today. But will James prove himself capable of driving one of Sir Jackie’s grand-prix winning cars around the Formula 1 circuit in Monza?

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