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Christmas TV Guide

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The festive season always promises a bumper selection of stellar TV, and this year is no exception. So plump up the sofa, stock up on Quality Street and get planning your daily Christmas viewing - or else set the Sky+...

DEC 22 (Wednesday)

Ruth Jones’ Christmas Cracker

When: 10.50pm, BBC2

What: Will Young, Miranda Hart and Ricky Gervais join Ruth for festive fun and, we imagine, more than a few risqué jokes.

DEC 23 (Thursday)

All About Ronnie Corbett

When: 9pm, BBC2

What: As part of an evening marking the diminutive comedian’s 80th birthday, this documentary sees celebrity fans as diverse as Rob Brydon, Bruce Forsyth and Michael Palin wax lyrical about his achievements.

DEC 24 (Christmas Eve)

The Many Faces Of Alison Steadman

When: 9.55pm, BBC2

What: Following last year’s festive special on June Whitfield, another beloved Brit actress talks about her career, from Abigail’s Party in the Seventies to playing Essex mum Pam-La in Gavin & Stacey.

DEC 25 (Christmas Day)

Doctor Who

When: 6pm, BBC1

What: There’s a Dickensian flavour to the Time Lord’s Christmas Special as Matt Smith travels back to Victorian England in order to help a lonely old miser. Guest stars include Michael Gambon and Katherine Jenkins.

DEC 26 (Boxing Day)

Upstairs, Downstairs

When: 9pm, BBC1

What: Downton Abbey fans will love this stylish update of the classic drama set in a Belgravia townhouse in the Thirties. Starring Ed Stoppard, Keeley Hawes and original cast member Jean Marsh as house parlourmaid, Rose.

DEC 27 (Monday)

Agatha Christie’s Marple

When: 9pm, ITV1

What: A stellar cast including Ruth Jones, Mathew Horne and Dervla Kirwan join Julia McKenzie as the eponymous detective in another new Marple mystery set during a diplomatic gathering at a country mansion.

DEC 28 (Tuesday)

2010 Unwrapped With Miranda Hart

When: 11pm, BBC2

What: It’s been quite a year for the comedy actress, and here she casts a satirical eye over 2010 with the help of archive footage and special guests.

DEC 29 (Wednesday)

Rock & Chips

When: 9pm, BBC1

What: The Only Fools And Horses prequel returns for its second year with The Inbetweeners’ James Buckley as the young Del Trotter, who this time inadvertently becomes engaged to two women at the same time.

DEC 30 (Thursday)

Toast

When: 9pm, BBC1

What: Based on cookery writer Nigel Slater’s bestselling memoir, this brilliant adaptation set in Sixties Wolverhampton stars Freddie Highmore as teenage Nigel and Helena Bonham Carter as the stepmother who turns his world upside-down.

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