what to watch: 19-23 december


It’s the week before Christmas and some old favourites return, some new ones start and a Corrie legend is remembered.

Here are the 7 shows you have to watch this week…

1. Last Tango In Halifax (Christmas Special) | Monday 19th December, 9pm 0n BBC One


Set two years after Kate’s tragic death, the new two-part Christmas special of Last Tango In Halifax will see Caroline come to terms with yet more changes in her life.

With a new job at a very different school, a new family home in Huddersfield and a chance encounter with a potential love interest, could things be looking up for her and her children?

A possible move is less welcomed by Celia and Alan but their attentions are more focused on setting the world of amateur dramatics alight as Celia lands a leading role in the local production of Blithe Spirit.

Meanwhile, Gillian is struggling to come to terms with issues from her past that are coming back to haunt her. Can she be strong enough to stop them affecting her relationship with Robbie?


2. Trollied (Christmas Special) Monday 19th December, 9pm on Sky 1


As the sixth series of Trollied comes to an end, it’s only right that it finishes with a festive special.

In the episode, we meet the Valco gang on Christmas Eve. With their relationship back on track, Gavin has an important proposal for Cheryl. But when a bid to throw her off the scent spectacularly backfires, Gavin is left desperate to make amends.

Meanwhile, Brian returns to the store and is clearly unimpressed with humble new pharmacist Alan. Elsewhere, Colin and Lisa witness something horrifying and with romance in the air at the Valco Christmas party, the spark between Katie and Daniel becomes clearer than ever.


3. Celebrity Advice Bureau | Monday 19th – Wednesday 21st December, 9pm on W

Celebrity Advice Bureau - Series 1 Episodic

Fresh from finishing second in this year’s I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here, comedian Joel Dommett is just one of a number of famous faces put to work as agony aunts and uncles in Celebrity Advice Bureau, a brand new show for W.

From the every-day to the downright bizarre, the cast of famous faces, some in couples, some on their own, will try and solve a number of common problems.

Drawing on their personal experiences of disguising killer hangovers, changing dirty nappies at 3am and seeking revenge on cheating boyfriends the celebrities in the advice bureau will show themselves to be as flawed and as frank as the rest of the viewing public as they weigh up each dilemma.

So who are the famous faces? Well, joining Joel Dommett will be Rick Edwards, Alice Levine and Laura Jackson, David Baddiel and Fay Ripley, Ellie Taylor and Matt Richardson, Louis Walsh, Ricky Tomlinson and Jessica Hynes, London Hughes, Roisin Conaty and Ed Gamble, Richard and Chloe Madeley, Angellica Bell and Michael Underwood, Mark Foster and Colin Jackson and Gogglebox’s Steph and Dom!


4. Alan Carr’s 12 Stars Of Christmas | Monday 19th December, 9pm on Channel 4


Not content with a new Friday night show, Alan Carr’s Happy Hour and two Chattyman specials, one for Christmas and one for New Year, Alan Carr is back on Channel 4 with his 12 Stars Of Christmas a star-studded quiz stripped across a week

In each show, playing for one third of the audience, will be three celebrity guests who will take it in turns to choose doors from Alan’s giant Advent Calendar. Behind each door will be a famous face armed with a question about the highlights (and lowlights) of the year.

Getting Christmas off to a great start the audience take home the prizes, if their celebrity rep knows what’s what from 2016.


5. Hilda Ogden’s Last Ta-Ra – A Tribute To Jean Alexander | Tuesday 20th December, 8pm on ITV


2016 has seen many well-loved people from the world of entertainment pass away, and one of those names was Jean Alexander who for over 20 years, played one of the most popular Coronation Street characters of all time, Hilda Ogden.

The tribute features contributions from her family, friends and Coronation Street stars like William Roache, Michael Le Vell and Sally Dynevor, who also enjoy watching classic Hilda moments in a special recreation of Stan and Hilda’s famous living room – flying ducks, ‘muriel’ and all.

Younger members of the Coronation Street cast also celebrate Hilda’s legacy plus we hear from famous fans like Paul O’Grady – Jean made a rare public appearance on his chat show in 2005.


6. Who Do You Think You Are? | Thursday 22nd December, 8pm on BBC One


When you think of people who have taken part in Who Do You Think You Are?, Ricky Tomlinson is probably a name you’d assume has already taken part, but apparently not.

Ricky Tomlinson is well known for playing the archetypal Scouser and it turns out that his Liverpool roots run deep.

By doing Who Do You Think You Are?, Ricky discovers that he comes from generations of carters, who transported goods on Liverpool’s docks when the city was the British Empire’s busiest port.

Ricky’s rage and sorrow build as he discovers how dangerous conditions were for his ancestors, eerily echoing his own fight for workers’ rights in the 1970s.


7. Stella (Christmas Special) | Friday 23rd December, 9pm on Sky 1

Key Art for Stella Christmas Special

Ruth Jones might have decided to rest Stella for a little bit, so I’m sure that news of a brand new Christmas special will surprise (and delight) fans of the comedy drama set in Wales.

In the Christmas special, Mayor Aunty Brenda and the council plan a welcome for delegates from Pontyberry’s twin town.

Stella tries to act as if she’s not extremely pregnant so partner Michael secretly invites his mother-hen-ish sister Val to stay, played by the brilliant Josie Lawrence.

But with Stella about to pop, will we see a Christmas birth?


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