Printer Friendly

The Best shows on TV this Christmas: TWENTY BELLS A-RINGING.

Byline: NICOLA METHVEN MIRROR TV EDITOR

It's Christmas time again - and for once there's no sign of the Trotter family! This year it's Dawn French's turn to dominate the Christmas Day schedule after the BBC decided to bring back The Vicar Of Dibley for the first time in five years. Other returning favourites include Auf Wiedersehen Pet, in which the lads are sent off for their last ever adventure in Thailand, and Absolutely Fabulous featuring Edina as a grandmother. Meanwhile, Robson Green stars in the festive ITV film Christmas Lights. There will be plenty of opportunity for laughs this season, thanks to The British Comedy Awards hosted by Jonathan

Ross, and BBC1's Big Impression with Alistair McGowan and Ronni Ancona.

VICAR OF DIBLEY CHRISTMAS SPECIAL BBC1

Five years since her last outing and 10 years since Geraldine became the village's first female vicar, everyone is determined to celebrate her anniversary in style. But one thing is certain - nothing will go to plan. In the New Year special, meanwhile, Geraldine is determined to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Live Aid, and it's her 40th birthday.

STARS IN THEIR EYES CHRISTMAS SPECIAL ITV

Another year, another round of celebrities dressed up as singing legends and belting out Christmas songs. Hosted by Cat Deeley, the stars taking part include former Atomic Kitten Kerry McFadden, love-rat James Hewitt and Heartbeat's Tricia Penrose.

ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS BBC1

Edina is now a grandma but, in this new one-off Christmas special, she doesn't let that put her off her latest passion - interior design. When she can't decide how to do the kitchen, however, she calls in a therapist to help her regress and recall what she really wants.

MIDSOMER MURDERS - A GHOST OF CHRISTMAS PAST ITV

In this two-hour special, the problematic Villiers family stir up ghosts from the past, while a riddle in a cracker is more than it first appears. DCI Tom Barnaby (John Nettles) and Detective Sergeant Dan Scott (John Hopkins) have their festive plans disrupted to follow the crime trail.

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS ITV

Robson Green and Mark Benton star in this one-off comedy drama about two brothers-in-law who battle to dress their homes with bigger and better Christmas lights.

SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE DEADLY SEASON BBC1

Rupert Everett takes the title role for the first time in this original mystery, assisted by Ian Hart as Dr Watson. The story is set in 1902 and Holmes has been drawn out of retirement to try and catch a serial killer who is preying on young debutantes.

BRITISH COMEDY AWARDS ITV

The biggest battle of the night - hosted by Jonathan Ross - is between last year's Christmas episodes of The Office and the second series of Little Britain. Former Labour leader Neil Kinnock will present an award with the help of Tony Blair - courtesy of impressionist John Culshaw.

STRICTLY COME DANCING CHRISTMAS SPECIAL BBC1

The top couples from the first two series go head-to-head to see who will be crowned overall champions. In Strictly Come Dancing On Ice, six celebs and their professional partners take to the ice rink and attempt to impress a panel of frosty judges.

THE FINAL QUEST ITV

And talking of Frost (well, Jack at least), Christmas wouldn't the same without David Jason. No Only Fools, but he does star in the third and final part of this hit show. With Hywel Bennett and Roy Hudd, the three lads reminisce over their adolescent sexploits during the Swinging Sixties and lusting after posh Annabelle (Rachel Stirling). As they each try to win her, she reveals her own secret agenda.

AUF WIEDERSEHEN, PET: HUT ON THE RIVER KWAI BBC1

In this two-part special, the boys swap Tyneside for Thailand as they repair the famous bridge over the River Kwai in the last-ever outing for the Geordie builders.

AFTER THEY WERE FAMOUS ITV The cast of the 1968 film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang are reunited for the first time since the film was made. Dick Van Dyke, Sally Ann Howes, Adrian Hall, Heather Ripley and the Chitty car itself will meet once again for this show, narrated by Philip Schofield. Footage from the making of the film is seen for the first time.

ROLF ON ART CHRISTMAS SPECIAL BBC1

Rolf creates a painting for this year's official Children In Need Christmas card in Lapland. While he works, he tells the stories behind some of the most enduring Christmas legends and looks back at some of the most popular images to have featured on Christmas cards since their invention in 1843.

THE BILL ITV

It's Christmas, but that doesn't stop the criminals and it certainly doesn't stop the Sun Hill coppers from falling into each other's arms. Their Christmas party sees Mark proposing to Lance, which later leads to The Bill's first gay marriage. Meanwhile, Amber flirts with a WPC, much to Steve's amazement, and PC Andrea Dunbar (Natalie J Robb) ends up with a fellow officer. So is this the end of her relationship with DI Neil Manson (Andrew Lancel)?

CASUALTY AND HOLBY CITY BBC1

The two shows merge for a double festive special as doctors from both the emergency and surgical departments are thrown together to save lives when a fuel tanker crashes into the hospital. Connie and Harry work with the emergency services while Rosie, Mubbs, Donna and Ric work alongside Jim, Josh, Luke, Tess and Bex. In the explosive second instalment, a blast rips through Nightingale Wing leaving several of the show regulars trapped inside. Will they be able to get out alive?

HEARTBEAT CHRISTMAS SPECIAL ITV

Local girl Rachel Godwin is making her way back to Aidensfield from London, having absconded from a maternity ward with her baby which she had signed over for adoption. She hitches a ride with a down-on-their-luck blues band, but when she jumps out to make a phone call they drive off without her - and end up with more than just her luggage. Stars include Tricia Penrose and Jonathan Kerrigan.

THE 100 GREATEST TV MOMENTS OF THE YEAR C4

A celebration of all the best bits from 2004 as voted for by the British public. This year's clips include Peter Kay in Corrie, Gordon Ramsay's Hell's Kitchen meltdowns and the final episodes of Friends, Frasier and Sex And The City. You can also relive Kelly Holmes' double victory at the Olympic Games.

WHAT NOT TO WEAR CHRISTMAS SPECIAL BBC1

This time around, it's the turn of talk-show host Trisha Goddard to be given the Trinny and Susannah treatment. The pair take her from committed tomboy to red-carpet showstopper as she attends the National Television Awards.

PRIDE BBC1

A star-studded cast provides the voices for this dramatic tale of love and survival featuring real African lions. Kate Winslet is the voice of the young, rebellious Suki while Sean Bean plays Dark, her dangerous, magnetic suitor. Other voices are provided by John Hurt, Martin Freeman, Robbie Coltrane and Helen Mirren.

JOOLS' HOOTENANNY BBC2

One of the best ways to see out the old year and bring in the new is with Jools Holland. Probably the finest show on the box for any serious music fan, he is joined by Basement Jaxx, Franz Ferdinand and Natasha Bedingfield. And playing in Jools' Rhythm And Blues Orchestra is a guitarist called Eric Clapton. Now how cool is that?

BIG IMPRESSION 2004 CHRISTMAS SPECIAL BBC1

Alistair McGowan and Ronni Ancona send up some of their favourite celebrities along with a few new faces. Alistair's version of Alan Titchmarsh will provide the link between sketches and his new impressions will include Colin Firth, Vernon Kay, Graham Taylor, Kelly Holmes, Raj Persaud and Dirty Den. Ronni's new characters include Renee Zellweger, Rebecca Loos and EastEnders' Nana Moon.
COPYRIGHT 2004 MGN LTD
No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.
Copyright 2004 Gale, Cengage Learning. All rights reserved.

 
Article Details
Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback
Title Annotation:Features
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Nov 25, 2004
Words:1281
Previous Article:The Best Films on Tv this Christmas: MOVIE MAGIC.
Next Article:Reader Offer: FREE HOME ALONE DVD; PLUS FREE 14-DAY TRIAL OF WE LOVE FILMS.


Related Articles
FREE Christmas TV guide; FOR YOU THIS THURSDAY.
HARK HOW THE BELLS ACTON SCHOOL KIDS TO RING IN CHRISTMAS EVE ON TV.
ME AND MINE.
LANAIS RUSSIAN TOTHE ALTAR.. Scandal hits soap at Xmas.
Ding-dong not so very merrily on high; Unusual bell ringing from St Peter's has neighbours up in arms.
Poochie-Bells.
50 BEST TV SHOWS; The only guide you'll need to plan your festive viewing.
A festive fantasia - with bells on! REVIEW.
The 12 days of Ex-mas; YESTERDAY the Commons released their expenses claims:.

Terms of use | Privacy policy | Copyright © 2018 Farlex, Inc. | Feedback | For webmasters