Kung Fu Panda 7.30pm, Nine, NBN ★★★★ PG. 2008. Panda works in the family noodle shop and dreams of becoming a kung-fu champ. He gets there via Karate Kid training of course. There’s nothing that’s really new here but it’s charming, quite funny and the actors put a lot of work into their characterisations. If you don’t like it you have a heart of stone. Voices: Jack Black and Dustin Hoffman. Movie of the Week It’s a Wonderful Life 10.50pm, ABC2 ★★★★ M. 1946. Frank Capra classic about a civicminded man who decides he’s a failure, until his guardian angel shows him what life in the town would have been like without him. Terrific Christmas fantasy with a wonderful cast. One of the best films ever made and a must-see for all sentimentalists. James Stewart, Donna Reed. Blast From The Past 8.30pm, Go! ★★★ M. 1999. Highly strung family, who took to their underground shelter during the Cuban Missile Crisis 35 years ago, re-enter the outside world of downtown Los Angeles and find it hard to fit in. Wellwritten comedy plays the two cultures off against each other, particularly as grown son Brendan Fraser falls for the delectable Alicia Silverstone. Van Diemen’s Land 10.20pm, SBS ONE ★★★ M. 2009. Escaping from custody for Australia’s early convicts would seem a pointless exercise, given the brutal terrain. Story of real life Alexander Pearce and seven other convicts, who broke out in Tasmania in 1822, is a grim, relentless tale of hardship, doom and cannibalism. A hard slog.