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: Breakfast

With Bill Turnbull. (S)


Presenter: Bill Turnbull

: CBBC: Ingenious

Drama about three kids who find a genie. (S) (AD)

: Christmas Day Eucharist

Live from Chester Cathedral, a service of traditional carols and hymns. (S)
The Archbishop of York on carols: page 55

: CBBC: The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Wedding of Sarah Jane

David Tennant guests. (R) (S) (AD)


The Doctor: David Tennant

: BBC News; Weather


: The Santa Clause

Seasonal fantasy starring Tim Allen and Judge Reinhold.
Review p76 (1994, U) (S) (W)


Director: John Pasquin
Scott Calvin: Tim Allen
Dr. Neil Miller: Judge Reinhold

: Top of the Pops Christmas

Rundown of the year's most successful songs. Hosted by Fearne Cotton and Reggie Yates.
Repeated at 8pm on BBC3 (S)
There's a special Top of the Pops on New Year's Eve at 6.30pm

(Digital viewers can press red to see all the lyrics and sing along)


Presenter: Fearne Cotton
Presenter: Reggie Yates

: The Queen

Her Majesty addresses the Nation and Commonwealth.
Rptd at 6.50pm on BBC2 (S)
Simulcast on BBC HD channel (see p163)

: The Incredibles

Animated comedy adventure from Monsters, Inc and Toy Story studio Pixar, featuring the voices of Craig T Nelson and Holly Hunter. (2004, U) (S) (AD) (W)
Barry Norman's Film of the Day: page 76
Simulcast on BBC HD channel (see p163)


Director: Brad Bird
Bob Parr (voice): Craig T Nelson
Mr Incredible (voice): Craig T Nelson
Helen Parr (voice): Holly Hunter
Elastigirl (voice): Holly Hunter

: Shrek the Halls

Festive animated short featuring the full cast of the hit film series.
Repeated at 10.45pm on BBC3 (S) (AD)
Simulcast on BBC HD channel (see p163)

5.20 News (S)

: The Gruffalo

Enchanting animation based on the classic children's picture book written by Julia Donaldson.
Rptd tomorrow 7pm on BBC3 (S) (AD)
Simulcast on BBC HD channel (see p163)
My brilliant scribble: p20
Children's Pick of the Day: p158


Author: Julia Donaldson

: Doctor Who: The End of Time: 1/2

It's Christmas Eve and the Doctor's nemesis, the Master, is reborn. Reunited with Wilf, the Time Lord faces his old enemy as the battle rages from London's wastelands to the mysterious Immortality Gate.
Doctor Who Confidential follows on BBC3, while The End of Time concludes New Year's Day at 6.40pm.
For cast see see page 230
Repeated on Sunday 27 December at 7pm on BBC3 and on New Year's Day at 12.55pm on BBC1 (S) (AD)
Simulcast in HD on the BBC HD channel (see page 163)
David Tennant's Hamlet is tomorrow at 5.05pm on BBC2
The new face of David Tennant: page 26, plus Doctor Who giant poster token collect: page 28

Today's Choices: PICK OF THE DAY
Doctor Who 6.00pm BBC1, BBC HD

DRAMA Preparations for Christmas are in full swing, but menace enfolds the Earth. Its inhabitants are haunted by dreams of an unknown man's insane laughter, and Wilfred (the splendid Bernard Cribbins) in particular is suffering - seeking peace in a church, away from his daughter and granddaughter, the Doctor's former assistant Donna (Catherine Tate).
It's a quiet start to the first of David Tennant's two valedictory episodes, but then in so many ways this isn't, of course, any "ordinary" Doctor Who, because we all know that the Doctor's death is coming. Russell T Davies's thoughtful story is thus suffused with melancholy as the Doctor struggles to come to terms with his mortality.
There's a lot of introspection as the Doctor prepares for his final great battle, after an Ood tells him "something vast is stirring in the dark". It's the Master (John Simm). He's back and he means to enslave us all! The End of Time concludes on New Year's Day. (Alison Graham) The new face of David Tennant: page 26

: Strictly Come Dancing Christmas

A chance for six couples to sparkle again as they compete for the title of Christmas champions of 2009, including Gethin Jones and Flavia Cacace, Rachel Stevens and Vincent Simone, and Austin Healey and Erin Boag. With Tess Daly and Bruce Forsyth. (S)
Simulcast in HD on the BBC HD channel (see page 163)
Strictly panto: page 10


Dancer: Gethin Jones
Dancer: Flavia Cacace
Dancer: Rachel Stevens
Dancer: Vincent Simone
Dancer: Austin Healey
Dancer: Erin Boag
Presenter: Tess Daly
Presenter: Bruce Forsyth

: EastEnders

Archie and Janine have the Vic to themselves at last. Bianca has a question for Ricky, and there's a surprise for Max.
More tomorrow at 7pm
Cast on pages 120/220
Repeated at 12 midnight on BBC3 (S) (AD)

8.00pm BBC1
The Queen Vic must be one of the most dangerous places in the world. Just ask Den Watts, Tiffany Mitchell, Pauline Fowler, Eddie Royle and Dennis Rickman. Oh, you can't - they all died either in or a few yards from the Walford pub. Scheming Archie Mitchell's not worried, though - he's enjoying the nasty treasure hunt he's set up for his co-conspirator, Janine.
But I'd look out, Archie. Someone wants to give you a Christmas present to die for. (JR)
Soaps: page 57


Writer: Simon Ashdown

: The Royle Family: The Golden Egg Cup

by Caroline Aherne, Craig Cash and Phil Mealey.
Jim and Barbara have received the gift of money from their children - but what to do with it? Barbara wants to finally go abroad, while Jim favours buying an HD satellite box. (S) (AD)
Simulcast in HD on the BBC HD channel (see page 163)
The quiet genius: page 36


Writer/director: Caroline Aherne
Writer: Craig Cash
Writer: Phil Mealey
Producer: John Rushton
Denise Best: Caroline Aherne
Dave Best: Craig Cash
Jim Royle: Ricky Tomlinson
Barbara Royle: Sue Johnston
Antony Royle: Raff Little
Cheryl Carroll: Jessica Hynes
Joe Carroll: Peter Martin

: Gavin & Stacey: 5/6

Series three. The Essex contingent decamp to the beach on a sunny Bank Holiday Monday.
The final episode is on New Year's Day at 9pm
For cast see page 233
Repeated at 1am on BBC3 (S) (AD)
Simulcast in HD on the BBC HD channel (see page 163)

Gavin & Stacey
10.00pm BBC1, BBC HD

SITCOM It's a madly unseasonal episode, but a superb one. Picture a bank holiday with all the regulars in Barry for a day on the beach. Soon Uncle Bryn is rubbing sun cream onto Mick, while Nessa and Smithy make sand castles with the baby.
The only fly in the candyfloss is poor Gavin, who is still down in the mouth, at least until a chat from his dad puts things in perspective - the kind of scene this series conjures out of nowhere that can have you blinking away tears before you know it.
Don't miss the next episode on New Year's Day. (DB)

: Catherine Tate: Nan's Christmas Carol

It's Christmas Eve and Nan receives unexpected visitors in the forms of the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future. Shown the error of her ways, will Nan cast off her Scrooge-like misery? Guests include David Tennant and Ben Miller. (S)
Simulcast on the BBC HD channel (see page 163)
Catherine the great: page 34


Writer: Catherine Tate
Director: Gordon Anderson
Producer: Geoff Posner
Nan: Catherine Tate
Ghost of Christmas Present: David Tennant
Ghost of Christmas Past: Ben Miller

: BBC News; Weather


: On Christmas Night

The story of the first Christmas from Matthew's Gospel. (S)

: Speed

Edge-of-the-seat action thriller starring Keanu Reeves, Dennis Hopper and Sandra Bullock. An unhinged bomber plants a deadly device on board a commuter-filled bus.
Review page 77 (1994, 15) (S) (W)
Followed by Weatherview (S)


Director: Jan de Bont
Jack Traven: Keanu Reeves
Howard Payne: Dennis Hopper
Annie Porter: Sandra Bullock

: BBC News


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