Who's on TV?
This year brings a Doctor Who special (pictured) with Kylie Minogue courtesy of BBC1. It is also filling a Fools-and-Horses-shaped hole in its schedule by resurrecting a slightly dog-eared To the Manor Born, with Penelope Keith, plus special episodes of Little Britain and The Catherine Tate Show.
ITV is playing against type by laying on a lavish costume drama: a version of The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens. Sir Derek Jacobi (see My Best Teacher, page 12), Toby Jones and Zoe Wannamaker star.
Meanwhile, Channel 4 is up to old tricks, airing an allegedly hilarious The Friday Night Project Christmas and New Year special, Monarchy: Windsors, a history of the Royal Family presented by David Starkey, and the menacingly-titled Christmas with Gordon Ramsay.