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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

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