Made for the Destination America network, this has to be one of the weirdest reality TV series around. It is a show in which a couple of “seasoned” ghost hunters, Nick Groff and Katrina Weidman, confine themselves in some of the most haunted and long-abandoned places in the belief that the longer they hang around with their state-of-the-art ghost-hunting gear the more the spirits will attempt to communicate with them. The first episode takes us to a dilapidated building in an isolated clearing in rural northwest New York known as Hinsdale House, which has a long history of ghostly activity and once even witnessed an exorcism. Next week, they investigate Franklin Castle in Cleveland, Ohio, a Victorian mansion built in 1860. In an almost perfect piece of yuletide programming, this Foxtel channel is airing marathons of Christmas-themed classic episodes from the long-running hits The Simpsons, Family Guy, Futurama and American Dad, celebrating the unique talents of creators Matt Groening and Seth MacFarlane. The season begins with Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire, which first went to air in December 1989. Glastonbury Highlights 2016 Thursday, 10.40pm, Arts The BBC takes us to Pilton, Somerset, for all the festivities of the 2016 bash, capturing the best of the musical action. This year’s event came just as the result of the referendum on whether to leave the EU was announced. While the festival is famous for its engaged and socially liberal stance, this film leaves out the Brexit politics and speeches delivered from the stages and concentrates on the music, the crowd obviously determined to enjoy itself. And while it was the Futurama worst rain and mud in the festival’s 46-year history, there’s no sign of any misery as artists such as Beck, Cold Play, Jeff Lynne and PJ Harvey, in full glam-grotesque mode, easily help everyone forget the discomfort. Adele opens the show, and what a start, the great singer framed by large close-ups of her eyes on the gigantic screens surrounding the Pyramid Stage as she sings Hello with that perfect pitch, the crowd barely contained in the field chorusing back in unison. Frank Capra’s It’s a Wonderful Life (Sunday, 8.30pm, Fox Classics) from 1946 and starring James Stewart, is one of the great holiday movies; it’s also one of the most controversial with critics. While it is often viewed as sentimental and just a little corny, Capra’s movie possesses darker themes, working out of moral concerns about the fragility of happiness and the American dream. Stanley Kramer’s classic Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (Monday, 8.35pm, Fox Classics), from 1967, is the story of a couple whose world is turned upside down when their daughter brings home her black fiance. Sidney Poitier is as poised and confident as ever, and Katharine Hepburn took home the best actress Oscar for her rousing performance. Australian director Jennifer Peedom’s Sherpa (Wednesday, 8.30pm, Masterpiece) was planned as a documentary about climbing Mount Everest from the perspective of the Nepalese Sherpas, focusing on a veteran of 21 ascents, Phurba Tashi. Then an avalanche occurred, killing 16 Sherpas, and bringing tensions into stark relief. The film also features archival footage of Edmund Hillary, Tenzing Norgay and his children.
is part of an animated Christmas special on Fox 8