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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

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