Llanelli Star - - Christmas Tv Guide -

CHRISTMAS is the most won­der­ful time of the year – on the box any­way. And there is plenty to keep you en­ter­tained. Here are some of the best bits on of­fer across the fes­tive pe­riod:

BBC1, Satur­day, De­cem­ber 22, 7pm MANY of us will re­mem­ber sob­bing to the orig­i­nal ver­sion of this film in 1978 – and this year the BBC have made a 21st cen­tury up­date, split into two fea­ture-length episodes.

The lead rab­bit broth­ers Hazel and Fiver are voiced by James McAvoy and Ni­cholas Hoult, with the cast also in­clud­ing Sir Ben Kings­ley, John Boyega, Macken­zie Crook, Olivia Col­man, Peter Ca­padli, Rosamund Pike and Gemma Chan.


Sky One, Christmas Eve, 6pm

AN adap­ta­tion of the book by Adrian Mole writer Sue Townsend, star­ring David Wal­liams, Sa­man­tha Bond, Amanda Ab­bing­don and Johnny Ve­gas. The Queen (Bond) and fam­ily end up in the run-down cul-de-sac Helle­bore Close. It’s all be­cause Jack Barker (Wal­liams) has seized a shock elec­tion vic­tory and de­cided to ditch the Roy­als for a repub­lic.

BBC1, Christmas Day, 4.50pm

THE Gruf­falo cre­ators Ju­lia Don­ald­son and Axel Sch­ef­fler bring to life an­other clas­sic, Zog. View­ers will see the en­dear­ing dragon fac­ing his lat­est task: cap­tur­ing a princess. Nar­rated by Sir Lenny Henry, it will see Hugh Skin­ner voice Zog and fea­ture the vo­cal tal­ents of Tracey Ull­man and Game Of Thrones star Kit Har­ing­ton. BBC2 Christmas Day, 6.35pm

AF­TER host­ing Mary Berry’s Christmas Party on BBC1 last week, this is the sec­ond fes­tive out­ing for the queen of bak­ing. Mary vis­its Hare­wood House in West York­shire to dis­cover how a grand coun­try house cel­e­brates the season.

BBC1, Christmas Day, 7.45pm

SIS­TER Juli­enne’s got a prob­lem – ev­ery­one wants her to be­come the new Mother Su­pe­rior but Jenny Agut­ter’s head nun would rather stay with the gang at Non­na­tus House. Miriam Mar­golyes guest stars as Sis­ter Mil­dred, ar­riv­ing with four Chi­nese or­phans. Also on the doorstep is a re­turn­ing Trixie – hur­rah!

BBC1, Christmas Day, 10.15pm

THE Mar­mite com­edy is back with an­other two fes­tive spe­cials. In the first one, Agnes strug­gles when she is given a wi-fi as­sis­tant. In the sec­ond, Agnes and Cathy dis­cover that liv­ing with friends isn’t the pic­nic they’d imag­ined when Sharon and Win­nie move in, while Agnes has to write a eu­logy for a neigh­bour she dis­liked.

ITV, Christmas Day, 9.15pm

THIS is a film that nar­rates Jayne Torvill and Christo­pher Dean’s early years and what drove them to Olympic fig­ure skat­ing glory, ex­plor­ing their part­ner­ship from both a per­sonal and artis­tic per­spec­tive. Game of Thrones ac­tor Will Tu­dor (Hu­mans, Shad­owhunters,) will take the role of Christo­pher Dean, and Poppy Lee Friar (Ack­ley Bridge, Eve, In the Club) will play Jayne Torvill.

Chan­nel 4, Christmas Day, 8pm

NOEL and Sandi wel­come four old friends back into the tent for Christmas, in­clud­ing break­out star Liam Charles, who is forg­ing a ca­reer as a TV pre­sen­ter. He’s com­pet­ing against his fel­low 2017 grad­u­ate Flo Atkins as well as 2016’s Jane Bee­dle and An­drew Smyth for the ti­tle of Christmas Star Baker.

BBC2, Box­ing Day, 7.50pm

FANS of the com­edy duo are in for a treat – two “lost” episodes of More­cambe and Wise have been un­earthed. Orig­i­nally shown in black and white, but thanks to the won­ders of tech­nol­ogy, they will be trans­formed into colour.

BBC1, Box­ing Day, 9pm

MOVE over David Suchet, here’s John Malkovich hav­ing his first go at play­ing ev­ery­one’s favourite Belgian, Her­cule Poirot.

In the clas­sic Agatha Christie tale from 1936, a killer is trav­el­ling all over Bri­tain by train, al­ways leav­ing the ABC rail­way guide at the scene of each crime as a call­ing card. It’s tough for Poirot, but at least he has Ru­pert Grint play­ing Inspector Crome.

BBC1, Sun­day De­cem­ber 30, 9pm FOR those who don’t like mu­si­cals, this may be the ver­sion for you as there is not a song in sight. Do­minic West is Jean Val­jean and David Oyelowo is Javert. Lily Collins plays Fan­tine and Olivia Col­man is both Mon­sieur and Madame Thenardier.

BBC1, New Year’s Day, 7pm

AS the New Year bells ring out, a ter­ri­fy­ing evil is stir­ring from across the cen­turies of Earth’s history. As the Doc­tor, Ryan, Gra­ham and Yaz re­turn home, will they be able to over­come the threat to the planet?

Lily Collins plays Fan­tine in Les Mis­er­ables David Wal­liams in The Queen And I Ju­lia Don­ald­son’s Zog is brought to life Wa­ter­ship Down gets a mod­ern makeover John Malkovich and Ru­pert Grint head a starry cast in The ABC Mur­ders Poppy Lee Friar as Jayne Torvill, Will Tu­dor as Christo­pher Dean Mrs Brown’s Boys is back Jodie Whit­taker as Doc­tor Who

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