I never miss Nine’s carols — one of television’s great traditions — broadcast by the network since 1979. In a sense it’s one of the last links with the beginnings of TV in Melbourne when the city was spoken of as “Hollywood by the Yarra”. It’s primetime live variety TV, something we see too little of these days. Lisa Wilkinson and David Campbell return to co-host, with performers such as Anthony Callea, Marina Prior, Dami Im, Sheppard, Shane Jacobson and Kate Ceberano. tradition of the Doctor Who Christmas Special. This year’s instalment, The Return of Doctor Mysterio, will screen on Monday night and is also fast-tracked via ABC iView on Boxing Day morning. Of course it stars Peter Capaldi as the Doctor, alongside Charity Wakefield as an investigative journalist, Justin Chatwin as Grant the superhero and Matt Lucas as Nardole, among others. In addition, a new six-part animation titled Doctor Who: The Power of the Daleks will screen, based on the surviving 50-year-old audio of a film recording of the same name, and brought back to life by talented comic book artists Martin Geraghty and Adrian Salmon. Stones in Exile Monday, 8.30pm, ABC Two Extraordinarily intimate, almost voyeuristic, this classic doco, written and directed by Stephen Kijak, tells the story of the Rolling Stones’ masterpiece Exile on Main Street — often voted the greatest rock ’n’ roll record by music critics — and does it in the band’s own words and through extensive archival footage. It’s the early 1970s and the Stones are battling an ex-manager over massive royalties and the rights to their music; according to Mick Jagger, it was “a byzantine mess”. Then there was the problem that none of the Stones had ever paid tax and it seemed impossible they could make enough money to pay the Inland Revenue what they owed. So, after a farewell tour of Britain, the band ruefully left their homeland, reluctant exiles fleeing the Labour government’s punitive 93 per cent tax on big earners. They took up residence in France and recorded the album at Nellcote, a villa in Villefranche-sur-Mer rented by Keith Richards. In Renny Harlin’s action thriller Die Hard 2 (Sunday, 8.30pm, Ten) Bruce Willis’s John McClane is involved in another terrorist plot, not long after the last one, this time at Washington Dulles International Airport, where he is waiting for his wife (Bonnie Bedelia). Once again he comes face-to-face with a murderous lunatic and manages heroically with the usual spectacle, strong language and violence. Joe Wright’s Pride & Prejudice (Sunday, 6.30pm, Eleven) is the classic Jane Austen tale of love and misunderstanding directed as a piece of British realism, according to the director, “rather than going with the picturesque tradition, which tends to depict an idealised version of English heritage as some kind of heaven on earth”. It stars Keira Knightley as Elizabeth Bennet and Matthew Macfadyen as the handsome and upper-class Mr Darcy, alongside Carey Mulligan, Brenda Blethyn, and Donald Sutherland. Joel and Ethan Coen’s wildly funny and wickedly irreverent The Big Lebowski (Tuesday, 9pm, Eleven) is one of the great mistaken-identity caper movies, with Jeff Bridges in super-cool form as the immortal “Dude”, a wonderful kind of 1960s leftover, alongside John Goodman and Julianne Moore.
Peter Capaldi as the Doctor