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TV Times

TV Times


Published by Time Inc. (UK) Ltd TV Times delivers unique and exclusive access to the UK's favourite TV personalities and shows. The magazine goes behind the scenes to bring you great features, exclusive photos, soap news and story updates. Includes a guide to the week's top films and seven days of easy-to-read TV listings plus two pages of TV highlights per day. ENGLAND edition.

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51 Issues


4 min.
baby, it’s cold outside…

NEW DRAMA Call the Midwife CHRISTMAS DAY / BBC1 / 7PM Christmas with the midwives and nuns of Nonnatus House always delivers festive warmth and good cheer. But – brrr! – brace yourselves, because there’s a chill in the air in this year’s seasonal special of Call the Midwife as the team leave an already-bracing Poplar to venture to the much colder climes of the Outer Hebrides. Some of our favourite characters have had flu and forthright Mother Mildred (Miriam Margolyes) wants to help them convalesce by taking them to set up a new branch house and clinic on the Scottish islands to assist a community who have a shortage of doctors and nurses. Here, stars Jenny Agutter, who plays Sister Julienne and turns 67 on 20 December, Helen George (Trixie), 35, Jennifer Kirby (Valerie), 31,…

4 min.
o come, all ye graceful!

You can’t imagine how excited I am! DEBBIE McGEE NEW ENTERTAINMENT Strictly Come Dancing CHRISTMAS DAY / BBC1 / 4.40PM It wouldn’t be Christmas without watching sequin-clad celebrities and professionals swirling and twirling around the dance floor while we’re flaked out on the sofa, stuffed to the gills with festive treats! Yes, the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas special is back with six more familiar faces looking to lift the coveted Silver Star trophy. Among those heading back to the ballroom is TV Times favourite and 2017 finalist Debbie McGee, swapping original partner Giovanni Pernice for Kevin Clifton. Here, in an exclusive interview, Debbie, 61, tells us about dusting off her dancing shoes, and why Christmas will always be a special time, even without her beloved late husband, Paul Daniels… Are you pleased to be back? Yes! You can’t imagine…

1 min.
debbie’s rivals!

GEMMA ATKINSON 2017 finalist with Aljaž Škorjanec Dancing with: Gorka Márquez Gemma says: ‘Every time we’re in rehearsal and [my boyfriend] Gorks reminds me I went wrong, I remind him that I birthed his child!’ RICHARD ARNOLD Ninth place in 2012 with Erin Boag Dancing with: Luba Mushtuk Richard says: ‘I can’t wait to throw shapes beneath the glitterball once again. I just can’t promise you’ll recognise them or they’ll be in a particular order!’ MARK WRIGHT 2014 finalist with Karen Hauer Dancing with: Janette Manrara Mark says: ‘It’s been a while since I was on the dance floor but I’m very much looking to forward to dusting off the dance shoes for Christmas!’ JOE SUGG 2018 finalist with Dianne Buswell Dancing with: Dianne Buswell! Joe says: ‘We’re rehearsing in the same rehearsal rooms that we did on the show and it’s just such…

3 min.
the spirits of christmas

“What Scrooge has experienced made me feel utterly heartbroken” NEW DRAMA A Christmas Carol SUNDAY 22 DEC / BBC1 / 9PM MONDAY 23 DEC / BBC1 / 9.05PM CHRISTMAS EVE / BBC1 / 9PM On a warm June day, TV Times is standing outside a former aircraft hangar in Hertfordshire. But as we step inside, we are transported straight into a Victorian street scene at Christmas time. As snow drifts down into a cobbled yard, Neighbours legend turned Hollywood star Guy Pearce, wearing a grey dressing gown and muffler as Ebenezer Scrooge, faces the ominous Ghost of Christmas Future, played by Jamestown actor Jason Flemyng. We’ve been invited on set to watch filming for BBC1’s spine-tingling three-part adaptation of Charles Dickens’ festive masterpiece, A Christmas Carol. But although the story of sour miser Scrooge and his journey of redemption…

1 min.
meet the ghosts…

JACOB MARLEY Stephen Graham Scrooge’s dead business partner can rest in peace if Scrooge repents their communal sins. ‘Marley has to persuade Scrooge to do the right thing in order to be set free,’ says Stephen, 46. ‘But I’ll never live up to [1992 film] The Muppet Christmas Carol!’ CHRISTMAS PAST Andy Serkis The chilling spirit confronts Marley before encouraging Scrooge’s repentance. ‘He’s committed murder and is atoning for his sins,’ says Andy, 55. ‘He collects the detritus of souls but Scrooge piques his interest and he transforms into different characters to prick Scrooge’s conscience.’ CHRISTMAS PRESENT Charlotte Riley Scrooge is stunned when his late sister, Lottie, appears as the Ghost of Christmas Present. ‘It’s exciting that she’s Scrooge’s sister. She shows a different side to him,’ says Charlotte, who turns 38 on 29 December. ‘Her love allows…

4 min.
it’s a wonderful mammy!

NEW COMEDY Mrs Brown’s Boys CHRISTMAS DAY, NEW YEAR’S DAY / BBC1 / 10.30PM Every family has their own festive traditions. Here at TV Times, we’re particularly partial to a mince pie (or two!), a Morecambe and Wise rerun and, of course, tuning in to see Agnes Brown’s annual Christmas-tree reveal! And as we call Mrs Brown’s Boys creator and star Brendan O’Carroll, 64, for a natter about all things festive, we’re pleased when the lovely star promises we won’t be left disappointed by this year’s two seasonal episodes as there’s more tinsel than you can shake a stick at… What can you tell us about the much-anticipated Christmas Day special, which pays homage to the classic 1946 movie It’s a Wonderful Life? It’s a lovely, funny and warm story called A Wonderful Mammy. Agnes is…