what to watch: boxing day


This Boxing Day there’s something for all the family, some family friendly animation, a documentary about Lego, the final outing of Bake Off, a new Agatha Christie drama and some much-loved comedy.

Here are the 7 shows you have to watch this Boxing Day…

1. Revolting Rhymes | 6:30pm on BBC One


The first of two animations based on the much-loved rhymes written by Roald Dahl and illustrated by Quentin Blake.

Snow White and Red Riding Hood become lifelong friends as Snow White takes on the might of the wicked Queen, while Red is called home to deal with a pair of hungry wolves – one who has eaten her grandma and then dressed in her clothes, and another who can’t stop himself from eating some unsuspecting pigs.

Featuring the voices of Tamsin Greig (Babysitter, Miss Maclahose, Grandma), Dominic West (Wolf), Rob Brydon (King, Rolf, Banker Pig), Bertie Carvel (Mirror, Hunstman, Senior Dwarf), Gemma Chan (Snow White), Rose Leslie (Red Riding Hood), David Walliams (Rex, Twig Pig, Bystander), Dolly Heavey (Young Red Riding Hood), Eden Muckle (Young Snow White), Dylan Issberner (Boy) and Amelie Forester-Evans (Girl).


2. The Great Christmas Bake Off | 7pm on BBC One


In the second and final episode of The Great Christmas Bake Off, four more bakers return; Chetna from Series 5, Howard from Series 4, James M from Series 3 and Janet from Series 2.

The judges have set three festive challenges, starting with a savoury signature to get the Christmas party started. In the technical, Paul has a gifted them a bread challenge that’s not for the faint-hearted.

The final challenge, the showstopper, is huge, as the judges lay the festive gauntlet and ask the bakers to make a trio of Christmas favourites. But who will hold their nerve and produce the perfect desserts?

See first look pics here!


3. A Big Lego Christmas | 8pm on Channel 4


Lego started in Denmark in the 1930s as a small family business making wooden toys. It’s now the most profitable toy maker in the world.

But with great success comes great stress, with Lego staff under huge pressure to think bigger and better, especially in the run-up to Christmas. A Big Lego Christmas goes behind the scenes as the world’s biggest Lego store prepares to open in London’s Leicester Square.

The one-off film also follows Duncan, Britain’s only certified Lego professional, who is attempting to build the largest Lego model ever – a giant Tower Bridge, using nearly six million bricks. There’s also Sophie and Michael, two adult fans of Lego (Afols), who unashamedly maintain their love for the brick.

And Lego designer Justin’s first kit – a re-imagining of The Beatles’ Yellow Submarine – is about to hit the shelves.


4. Still Open All Hours | 8:30pm on BBC One


Still Open All Hours is back for a third series, and opens with a Christmas special where Granville and Gastric (Tim Healy) find themselves playing marriage counsellors, whilst Leroy (James Baxter) adopts a festive disguise to avoid relationship trouble of a different kind.

Meanwhile, Mrs Featherstone (Stephanie Cole) struggles to get into the Christmas spirit and Kath (Sally Lindsay) attempts to bring the street together as one harmonious choir of carollers and beat Finkle Street once and for all – but does Granville have a trick up his sleeve to help them out?

They will be joined by series regulars Maggie Ollerenshaw as the love of Granville’s life, Mavis, plus Johnny Vegas as Eric, Kulvinder Ghir as Cyril, Brigit Forsyth as Madge, Nina Wadia as Mrs Hussein and Geoffrey Whitehead as Mr Newbold.

See first look pics here!


5. The Witness For The Prosecution | 9pm on BBC One

Witness For The Prosecution

The Witness For The Prosecution is this year’s major new Agatha Christie adaptation for BBC One. The two-part drama reunites the team behind last year’s And Then There Were None, which became a ratings smash last Christmas.

Adapted from Christie’s short story of the same title, The Witness For The Prosecution is directed by Julian Jarrold (The Crown) and produced by Colin Wratten (The Musketeers).

The all-star cast includes Toby Jones, Andrea Riseborough, Kim Cattrall, David Haig, Billy Howle and Monica Dolan.

Set in 1920s London, a murder, brutal and bloodthirsty, has stained the plush carpets of a handsome London townhouse.

The victim is the glamorous and rich Emily French (Kim Cattrall). All the evidence points to Leonard Vole (Billy Howle), a young chancer to whom the heiress left her vast fortune and who ruthlessly took her life. At least, this is the story that Emily’s dedicated housekeeper Janet McIntyre (Monica Dolan) stands by in court.

Leonard however, is adamant that his partner, the enigmatic chorus girl Romaine (Andrea Riseborough), can prove his innocence. Tasked with representing Leonard is his solicitor John Mayhew (Toby Jones) and King’s Counsel, Sir Charles Carter KC (David Haig).

See first look pics here!


6. An Audience With Victoria Wood | 9pm on ITV3


This year has sadly seen many a great entertainer pass away and the magnificent Victoria Wood was just one of the many names we’ve lost in 2016.

In this repeat of An Audience With… Victoria Wood performs before a star-studded audience including Julie Walters and Dave Allen, answering some light-hearted questions.


7.  Outnumbered | 10pm on BBC One

Outnumbered Christmas Special

Outnumbered is back, and the kids are all grown up! It is Boxing Day, and the Brockman family have to carry out a special mission for Grandad.

They encounter car problems, child problems, parent problems, emotional problems and World War Two. If the adults can’t sort things out, the children will have to.

Like all families, everything has changed and everything remains the same.

See first look pics here!


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