What's on TV 18-Dec-2021 Xmas Double issue

Published by TI Media Limited What’s on TV is a value-packed, easy-to-use weekly magazine, full of TV information, features and listings. The Soapweek section gives you in-depth story updates and the double-page Soap Diary gives you a rundown of upcoming plots, complete with "must-see" moments flagged up. The TV Week and Real Life sections cover the best of the week's programmes, and there are seven days of clearly set out listings. ENGLAND edition

United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
51 Issues

in this issue

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eat, drink and be merry!

New THE LARKINS Christmas Day, 9pm ITV ★ There’s always plenty of food, drink and good cheer at the Larkins’ farm, from Pop’s cocktails to the gargantuan meals served up by Ma. So it’s not surprising that, come Christmas, they push the gravy boat out! ‘The dinner table is laden with every item of food you can imagine!’ says Bradley Walsh, who’s back as Pop for a feature-length episode of the heart-warming period drama. ‘Ma starts cooking three days before, and there’s goose, chicken, turkey, pigeon, sparrow… anything they can lay their hands on!’ Meanwhile, Pop and Ma (Joanna Scanlan) get the best possible Christmas present as Mariette (Sabrina Bartlett) and Charley (Tok Stephen) come home. ‘Mariette left to go live in France at the end of the first series,’ says Bradley. ‘She’s come back, so…

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a festive crisis!

New ALL CREATURES GREAT AND SMALL Christmas Eve, 9pm Channel 5 ★ Helen and James are looking forward to spending their first Christmas together as an engaged couple in All Creatures Great and Small’s seasonal special. But James (Nicholas Ralph) thinks they will be celebrating at Skeldale House and Helen (Rachel Shenton) assumes they will be with her family! Meanwhile, there’s worry for the vets when Tricki Woo, the pampered Pekinese of Mrs Pumphrey (Patricia Hodge), falls ill… ‘You don’t want to see Tricki in any other state than his jolly little self,’ reveals Nicholas. ‘The dog who plays Tricki, Derek, is incredible!’…

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a yuletide mystery…

New AGATHA RAISIN: KISSING CHRISTMAS GOODBYE Tue 21 Dec, 8pm Sky Max & Sky Showcase; & From Wed 22 Dec Acorn TV ★ Ashley Jensen is back as Cotswolds sleuth Agatha Raisin for a special Christmas mystery. Agatha is in need of a well-earned break this festive season, but as her eager assistant Roy (Mathew Horne) begins organising an epic Christmas feast and the decorations, Agatha receives a letter from elderly aristocrat Phyllis Tamworthy (Maggie McCarthy). Intrigued, Agatha can’t help but get involved, and events take a sinister turn when Phyllis is poisoned! Can Agatha solve the case and have a perfect Christmas? WORDS: CAREN CLARK, IAN MACEWAN, ELAINE REILLY, VICTORIA WILSON. PHOTOS: BBC, CHANNEL 5, ITV, ACORN TV…

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christmas surprise!

New CALL THE MIDWIFE Christmas Day, 8pm BBC1 ★ Christmas 1966 could be the busiest Yuletide yet for the residents of Nonnatus House in the festive special of Call the Midwife. The nuns and midwives are rushed off their feet as a range of expectant mums are all due to give birth at Christmas and the maternity home is packed to the rafters with tricky patients ranging from a lady with high blood pressure to a troubled gangster’s wife. Loved-up midwife Lucille has other things on her mind, however, as she’s preparing for her Boxing Day wedding to fiancé Cyril (Zephryn Taitte) and their friends are pulling out all the stops to give them a day to remember. ‘Lucille came to Britain to work and she wasn’t thinking about love. Their relationship has been a slow-burner…

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house of horrors

New THE GIRL BEFORE Sun 19 Dec-Wed 22 Dec, 9pm BBC1 All four eps will be on iPlayer after the first ep airs ★ Young couple Emma and Simon move into architect Edward’s modern house after he advertises for tenants in this four-part psychological thriller. But following a string of shocking events, Emma and Simon (played by ex-EastEnders stars Jessica Plummer and Ben Hardy) are suddenly no longer living there. Edward’s next tenant, Jane (Loki star Gugu Mbatha-Raw),is completely unfazed – until she makes an unnerving discovery about Emma. Is Edward (David Oyelowo) dangerous? ‘From the moment Emma meets Edward, she senses he’s a man in control,’ says Jessica, who played Walford’s tragic Chantelle Atkins. ‘She’s drawn to that.’ Great new TV stories daily at whattowatch.com/christmas-tv…

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festive fright!

New A GHOST STORY FOR CHRISTMAS: THE MEZZOTINT Christmas Eve, 10.30pm BBC2 ★ An engraving with a spooky secret provides the chills in this Christmas ghost story, adapted from an MR James tale by Mark Gatiss. It opens in 1922 at an English college, where Edward Williams receives a mezzotint depiction of a country house. When the image begins to change before his eyes, it seems dark forces are at work! ‘Christmas is all about looking to the past,’ says Rory Kinnear, who plays Edward. ‘So an MR James ghost story is perfect for this time of year!’…