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The Incredible Adventures of Professor Branestawm

The Incredible Adventures of Professor Branestawm

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Your pick of the festive TV.

MONDAY

Michael Buble’s Christmas 2014 (Channel 5, 9pm)

THIS festive special will see the Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter celebrating Christmas by taking to the stage of the Radio City Music Hall in New York with some very special guests_Barbra Streisand, Ariana Grande, the Rockettes and Miss Piggy (because apparently nothing screams ‘Christmas’ like a singing muppet).

Expect him to be belting out festive classics including It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas and All I Want for Christmas is You, as well as performing songs chosen from requests posted by his social media followers.

TUESDAY

Man Down Christmas Special 2014 (Channel 4, 10pm)

DRAWING on past experiences clearly works wonders for stand-up comic and actor Greg Davies.

He knows the teaching profession inside out, having worked as a drama teacher for 13 years before stepping into the world of comedy, and it’s provided him with plenty of material for this hilarious offering, which returns for a Christmas special.

CHRISTMAS EVE

The Incredible Adventures of Professor Branestawm (BBC One, 8.30pm)

HARRY Hill makes his official acting debut in this comedy drama, which has been adapted by Charlie Higson from the classic children’s books by Norman Hunter.

For the uninitiated, Professor Branestawm is an absent-minded professor, whose creations have a habit of going disastrously wrong.

Luckily, his long-suffering housekeeper Mrs Flittersnoop and his dim, but loyal, best friend Colonel Dedshott are usually on hand to stop him blowing himself up, but not everyone is convinced that’s enough of a safeguard.

CHRISTMAS DAY

Doctor Who: Last Christmas (BBC One, 6.15pm)

THE Doctor, Peter Capaldi and Clara, Jenna Coleman, meet Santa Claus, actor Nick Frost.

BOXING DAY

That Day We Sang (BBC Two, 9pm)

WHEN Victoria Wood was 22 she saw a documentary about the reunion of members of a children’s choir. It was still on her mind in 2011, when it inspired her to the write the made for TV musical That Day We Sang. Set in 1929 and 1969 it boasts tap-dancing children, singing coalmen and possibly even a tram.

SATURDAY

Top Gear Patagonia Special (BBC Two, 8.30pm)

THIS year’s special features the most gruelling car exploits yet, as the boys take three V8 sports cars on a 1600 mile trek through Patagonia.

The usual habitat for a Porsche 928, a Lotus Esprit and a Ford Mustang is the civilised world of tarmac, but in the hands of Jeremy, Richard and James, these three sports bred machines face swamps, deserts, forests, beaches and ski slopes as they try to get to the southernmost city in the world, in order to stage an epic game of car football against Argentina.

Along the way there are broken bones, epic backdrops, mechanical calamities and cows, plus a climax that wasn’t exactly the one that was expected.

SUNDAY

Vic & Bob’s House Of Fools (BBC Two, 10pm)

IT’S Christmas Eve Vic (Jim Moir) and Beef (Matt Berry) can’t wait to get the party started. However, Bob’s celebrations are cut short when the special present he organised for his sulky son Erik (Daniel Simonsen) is unexpectedly engulfed in flames. To find a suitable replacement they join Julie (Morgana Robinson) and Bosh (Dan Skinner) on an underground boat journey to none other than pop icon Phil Collins’ mansion. A final surprise awaits them all when Santa appears on the scene.