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Byline: MAEVE QUIGLEY

WAGON'S DEN CHRISTMAS SPECIAL RTE ONE, 9.30pm

KATHERINE Lynch is back in the Wagons' Den saddle this Christmas for a seriously celeb-a-licious and totes amazeballs Crimbo Special.

So pop open those corks people, put the chislers to bed, get your tush on the couch and and get ready for an action-packed, showbiz-fuelled, tongue-in-cheek review of the year's greatest showbiz stories.

Sheila Chic, will be joined by honourary Wagon Brian Dowling as they trawl through the year's juiciest celebrity hooplas, happenings and shenanigans from around the planet.

Also surfing the Wagons' Den sofa will be Singing Bernie Walsh, culchie crackpot Liz Hurley celebrity guest Wagons and, of course, our hand-picked celebrity Christmas hunk.

Well it is Christmas after all. Oh and not forgetting some brand new Katherine Lynch characters making their TV debut.

Lashings of showbiz, gallons of gossip and a couch load of celebs up for the craic, Katherine Lynch's Wagons' Den Christmas Special, the best excuse all Crimbo to stay put on the couch and laugh off some Christmas pud.

Joining Sheila and Brian are newly engaged Caroline Morahan and Faye Tozer from Steps, jungle babe Sinitta and Jordan's ex Alex Reid.

Great Christmas fun from one of our favourite ladies.

WE LOVE DRAMA

DOWNTON ABBEY: BEHIND THE DRAMA TV3, 6.30pm

NOW here's a real treat for all fans of Downton Abbey as we go behind the scenes with some of our favourite characters.

Stars like Brendan Coyle, Hugh Bonneville and Michelle Dockery will give fans an inside view of how the classic series is made.

And actor turned writer Julian Fellows says he has no idea why the series is such a success.

He explianed: "If I had a clear understanding of why it had done so well I'd write shows that attracted record viewers for the rest of my life.

"I think we did one or two things right but I think the main reason it was so popular was we are allowed to give equal weight to all characters and don't set them off in a group, so we don't make all the toffs horrible or all the servants funny."

The programme has been nominated for four prestigious Golden Globe Awards in the US and a third series is being planned, which is expected to be set in the early 1920s.

WE LOVE COMEDY

MRS BROWN'S BOYS CHRISTMAS SPECIAL BBC1, 10pm

THE brilliant Irish comedy returns, beginning with a timely Christmas special. Agnes is looking forward to having all her kids home for the first time in four years, as son Trevor will be returning from missionary work.

But as this is the Brown household, things aren't going to go to plan. Trevor suddenly can't make it and Dermot is under pressure to spend his first wedded Christmas at his snobby in-laws.

Those situations aren't unique. Indeed, many of the gags are comedy staples - the tree too big for the lounge, an overdose on decorations, the turkey still being alive, Grandad wearing a crash helmet and being belted around the head with a tin tray. OK, the last one hasn't been seen before.

But even when gags aren't new, they're still funny in the world of Agnes Brown.

WE LOVE SOAPS

EMMERDALE TV3, 6.30pm

CAN pretend grandmothers get post natal depression? Val's utterly bereft that Amy has given away baby Kyle - and tonight Amy has to tell Zak and Lisa the bad news.

Meanwhile, Alicia thought that getting carrots in her hair was about as low as Christmas could get. Tonight her mood nosedives even further when she finds out Debbie and Andy are planning to make a sibling for Sarah the old fashioned way.

CORONATION STREET TV3, 8pm

BECKY is now out of hospital and determined to prove that she didn't push Tracy downstairs.

And the fact that Tracy doesn't want to report the assault to the police backs up what she's saying. Especially as Tracy's never had any trouble lying to the police before now.

EASTENDERS RTE One, 9pm

IT'S all going off in EastEnders' biggie tonight. After yesterday's twists and turns, Masood thinks he's finally got Yusef beat, but he's overlooked the fact that Dr Evil is still nursing a book of matches, a can of petrol and a grudge.

The B&B becomes the setting for an explosive Christmas party, but who will live, who will die - and who left all those fireworks lying around? They look like a fire hazard if you ask me...

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