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Network TV Weeks 52/1


Catherine Tate Christmas Special
Entertainment BBC ONE


Is she bovvered? Catherine Tate (centre) with Mathew Horne and Niky Wardley
Is she bovvered? Catherine
Tate (centre) with Mathew
Horne and Niky Wardley

It's Christmas and Catherine Tate arrives on BBC One bearing a great big, beautifully wrapped parcel, full to the brim with the nation's favourite comedy characters.


Fans also get extra stocking-fillers in the shape of special guests George Michael, Kathy Burke and Tamzin Outhwaite.


Bernie the nurse invites a famous patient to the hospital karaoke party; Lauren spits some lyrics and learns to kayak; and Nan invites her daughter and new boyfriend over for Christmas dinner – but just what will she be serving up with the turkey and plum pudding?



Extras Christmas Special
Entertainment BBC ONE


An Extra helping of laughs from (L-R) Ashley Jensen, Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant and Shaun Williamson
An Extra helping of laughs from
(L-R) Ashley Jensen, Ricky
Gervais, Stephen Merchant
and Shaun Williamson

There's "extra" Extras with this Christmas Special – giving a feature-length helping of the hit comedy.


"Fame is a mask that eats into the face, even a pug-nosed face."


Andy Millman is now a big star with a hit TV show and a brand-new, hot-shot agent to replace the hapless Darren Lamb. But it's not enough.


Meanwhile, Andy's best friend Maggie's luck has gone from bad to worse; she's on the bread-line doing cleaning jobs to make ends meet.


Ricky Gervais is Andy, Stephen Merchant is Darren and Ashley Jensen is Maggie.



The Green Green Grass
Entertainment BBC ONE


Marlene (Sue Holderness) and Boycie (John Challis) have a shock while walking their dog
Marlene (Sue Holderness) and
Boycie (John Challis) have a
shock while walking their dog

This Christmas, The Green Green Grass gets a visit from an American cousin, heralding the arrival of guest star George Wendt – whose credits include playing Norm in the hit American sit-com Cheers.


Whilst out in the fields, Boycie and Marlene are horrified when their dog, Earl, unearths an unexploded hand grenade. Everyone rushes for cover behind the nearest tractor.


But this is just the beginning. Close by, they discover other Second World War relicts. And Boycie has grand plans to convert one of the barns into a military museum.


Word of his "heroics" with the hand grenade soon spreads and he starts getting calls from the media, including the Peckham Times.


Meanwhile, American businessman Cliff Cooper arrives in Oakam, intent on revisiting the haunts of his military posting at the local US Army base during the Seventies. He was billeted at the Boyces' home, The Grange, and Boycie and Marlene are quick to welcome him as a guest. Boycie is particularly attentive when he discovers that his guest is president of a large LA corporation.


During an evening in the pub, their guest reminisces about his time in the village. He reveals that he was a bit of a ladies' man and, rumour has it, he left behind a child. Could one of Boycie and Marlene's staff be the offspring of the American billionaire?


John Challis and Sue Holderness star as Boycie and Marlene, with Jack Doolan as Tyler, David Ross as Elgin, Ivan Kaye as Bryan, Peter Hepplethwaite as Jed, Ella Kenion as Mrs Cakeworthy, Paul Bown as Mr Cakeworthy and guest star George Wendt as Cliff Cooper.



My Family Christmas Special
Entertainment BBC ONE


When Susan announces that this Christmas there will be no tree, no decorations and, most importantly, no family, Ben thinks all his Christmases have come at once, in a festive helping of the sitcom starring Zoë Wanamaker and Robert Lindsay, and guest starring John Challis.


Susan whisks Ben away to a relaxing retreat in the country where the rest of the Harper family can't ruin his "festivity free" Christmas. However, Susan has secretly planned her own version of the perfect Christmas and arranges for the whole family to surprise a thoroughly relaxed Ben on the "big" day.


Believing the rest of the family to be a safe distance away, Ben settles into the hotel and begins the Christmas he's always dreamed of. His fantasy, however, didn't include a visit from his crazed stalker, Crystal...


Newly qualified as a massage therapist, Ben's cousin Abi decides to pay for her and husband Roger's room by working in the hotel spa. When Abi turns up for an appointment, she is shocked and horrified to discover who is lying on her table – with little more than a towel to cover his modesty.


Son Nick's friend Alfie, meanwhile, is in charge of "babysitting" his Uncle Idris this year and, with Idris's habit of wandering off, it's not long before Alfie despairs and turns up at the hotel for support.


Despite Susan's insistence on making it a "family" Christmas, son Michael sneaks his new girlfriend into his room and daughter Janey introduces a new addition to the family.


With the Harpers all under one roof, will Ben or Susan manage to have the Christmas they dreamt of – especially when Crystal's angry, jailbird boyfriend turns up?


Susan is played by Zoë Wanamaker, Ben by Robert Lindsay, Crystal by Niky Wardley, Abi by Siobhan Hayes, Roger by Keiron Self, Alfie by Rhodri Meilir, Uncle Idris by Howard Lew Lewis, Michael by Gabriel Thomson and Janey by Daniela Denby-Ashe. John Challis makes a guest appearance as Jacob Marley.



The Omid Djalili Show Ep 6/6
Entertainment BBC ONE


Omid Djalili treats viewers to a feast of sketches and stand-up, showing his talent for seeing the best and worst in cultural relationships, in the last episode of his comedy series.


Giving special insight into his comedy routines with an Iranian twist, Omid offers the audience a taste of his traditional "joke plus music" routine, and tells all about his additional services in after-show talks on the subject of multi-culturalism. He also touches on public perceptions of the Iraq War and so-called friendly fire, while discussing views on the rules of warfare.


His sketch show characters this week include an over-zealous couple keen to place their daughter in a brilliant school regardless of the faith required; Steve "the Dragon" muscleman is back to teach middle-class fighting; and Donny Chicago puts in a physically-charged performance beating crime in the world of disco – indulging the audience with more of Omid's fancy footwork, not least his swimming stroke on the dance floor.



Strictly Come Dancing
Entertainment BBC ONE
Press pack


Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly host the sparkling grand final
Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly
host the sparkling grand final

Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly host the sparkling grand final of Strictly Come Dancing and, after 12 weeks of glamour, drama, laughs, tears and sequins, it's time to crown the next Strictly Come Dancing champion.


The remaining three couples go head to head on the dance floor to compete against each other for the much-coveted Strictly Come Dancing trophy.


The couple with the most points after the judges' scores and viewers' votes have been combined will emerge the winners.


Judges Craig Revel Horwood, Arlene Phillips, Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli are on hand once again to oversee proceedings.



Strictly Come Dancing
Entertainment BBC ONE
Press pack


There's an extra-special helping of Strictly Come Dancing over the festive period as Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly host a one-off extravaganza.


Four couples from Strictly Come Dancing 2007 will compete against two previous Strictly winners – 2006 winner Mark Ramprakash and 2005 winner Darren Gough.


Also returning are judges Len Goodman, Arlene Phillips, Bruno Tonioli and Craig Revel Horwood.



To The Manor Born
Entertainment BBC ONE


Penelope Keith and Peter Bowles are reunited for a one-off special episode of the classic British comedy
Penelope Keith and Peter
Bowles are reunited for a
one-off special episode of
the classic British comedy

Penelope Keith and Peter Bowles reunite as the aristocratic Audrey fforbes-Hamilton and the dashing, self-made businessman Richard DeVere, as the classic British comedy To The Manor Born returns for a one-off special. Viewers last saw Audrey and Richard in 1981, when the couple finally married following a turbulent relationship conducted over three much-loved and high-rating series.


A quarter of a century on, a major event threatens to disturb life at the estate in Grantleigh as the couple prepare to celebrate their Silver Wedding Anniversary. With the help of her schoolfriend, Marjory, a fearless Audrey goes into battle to defend a community, safeguard 400 years of history and save her marriage.


Penelope Keith stars as Audrey, Peter Bowles as Richard and Angela Thorne as Marjory.



Top Of The Pops Christmas Special
Entertainment BBC ONE


Fearne Cotton and Reggie Yates present the year's smash hits and the Christmas No. 1
Fearne Cotton and Reggie
Yates present the year's hits
and the Christmas No. 1

Top Of The Pops resumes its place at the head of the pop table for its traditional, end-of-year special, featuring a selection of 2007's smash hits and the Christmas No. 1.


Fearne Cotton and Reggie Yates present the hour-long programme, with studio performances from some of the most popular acts of the year and the latest addition to the esteemed roll-call of Christmas chart-toppers.


Al Martino had the first festive No. 1 with Here In My Heart in 1952, and Leona Lewis had the last one with A Moment Like This in 2006. Other artists to have enjoyed Christmas No. 1 status include: Rolf Harris, the Spice Girls (three times in a row), Slade, Girls Aloud, Sir Cliff Richard (three times), Conway Twitty, Renee & Renato, The Beatles (four times) and Band Aid (three times).




Jools' Annual Hootenanny 2007
Entertainment BBC TWO


Jools Holland welcomes in 2008 with a star-studded Hootenanny
Jools Holland welcomes in 2008
with a star-studded Hootenanny

Jools Holland welcomes in 2008 with his 15th annual Hootenanny, featuring a host of stars and acts that have made their mark on the musical landscape of 2007.


Joining Jools's Rhythm & Blues Orchestra are some very special guests.


Sixties soul icon Eddie Floyd is on hand to perform classics such as Knock On Wood; Mika, whose album, Life In Cartoon Motion, has helped him become one of the biggest new acts of 2007, performs his chart-topping Grace Kelly; Robbie Coltrane pops in to become Frank Sinatra for the evening; and also helping get the party started is Kylie Minogue, who returns after a tough period to celebrate 20 years in pop and the release of her 10th album, X.


Also, Kaiser Chiefs perform tracks from their No. 1 album, Yours Truly, Angry Mob, including smash hit Ruby; British pop icons Madness dip into their 25-plus years of hits for a classic or two; and returning, following a chart-topping triumph after her Later debut earlier this year, is Kate Nash, whose hit, Foundations, from the album Made Of Bricks, became this summer's soundtrack. The show also features the Pipes And Drums of the First Battalion of the Scots Guards.


The Hootenanny is an idealised New Year's Eve party with a line-up that would surely be impossible to deliver on 31 December. The stellar cast and audience are, therefore, assembled to record the show in mid-December. The show is recorded "as live", with a midnight countdown led by Jools.



Lead Balloon
Entertainment BBC TWO


Rick (Jack Dee) lands a cameo role in a film
Rick (Jack Dee) lands a cameo
role in a film

Jack Dee plays Rick Spleen in the critically-acclaimed series Lead Balloon.


Tonight, Rick lands a cameo role in a film, appearing alongside a famous Hollywood actress. When it turns out that café owner Michael's father is her biggest fan, Rick promises to get her autograph – a task which proves easier said than done.


Things at his wife Mel's work, meanwhile, are less glamorous as one of her clients presents a new series of Geriatric Ward.


Elsewhere, on the domestic front, things grind to a halt as Rick has to deal with a sluggish, football-obsessed electrician.


Jack Dee plays Rick, Tony Gardner plays Michael and Raquel Cassidy plays Mel.





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