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Edition No. 179

Date:- 11 December 2004

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Written for us by Caren Clark of TV & Satellight Weekly
For the week Saturday 18 December to Friday 31 December

1. The Real Face of Santa BBC2 Saturday 18 December 8.30pm.

What was St. Nicholas really like? This fascinating documentary  profiles the Christian bishop and reconstructs how he may have looked using forensic science and CGI.

2. Big Brother Panto E4 Monday 20 December - Christmas Eve 9pm.

                                                     Tuesday 28 – Thursday 30 December 9pm.

Oh yes they are! Former BB housemates including Alex Sibley and Jade Goody move into together to rehearse and perform their own updated version of Cinderella. Also shown on Channel 4 the following morning.

3. Christmas Lights ITV1 Monday 20 December 9pm.

This comedy drama sees Mark Benton and Robson Green as ultra-competitive brothers-in-law who go all out to have the best Christmas decorations. Maxine Peake and Nicola Stephenson star as their long-suffering wives.

4. The Smoking Room BBC3 Monday 20 December 10.30pm.

The chain-smoking colleagues are bullied into performing a Christmas variety show for local pensioners by boss Sharon (Siobhan Redmond), but will a sly ciggie calm their nerves?

5. Teachers Channel 4 Tuesday 21 December 10pm.

Dig out the confetti for the final episode of the series, which sees hapless Bob (Lloyd McGuire) and his Thai bride marry in a yuletide ceremony in the school playground and Clare (Gillian Bevan) deal with an Ofsted inspection.

6. The BBC3 Christmas Musical: AD/BC BBC3 Tuesday 21.

December 10.30pm.

Nighty Night’s Julia Davis and Little Britain’s Matt Lucas are among the BBC3 comic talents joining together to perform this unique rock opera take on the nativity.

7. Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special BBC1 Wednesday.

   22 December 8pm & 10pm.

    Strictly Ice Dancing BBC1 Boxing Day 6.30pm.

Brucie and Tess are back to see the top couples from the last two

series team up for a special dance-off, while famous faces including David Seaman and Carol Smillie put their skates on and take to the ice.

8. The British Comedy Awards ITV1 Wednesday 22 December 9pm.

Will it be the stars of The Office or the Little Britain boys who end up clearing yet another space on their mantelpiece as they do

battle in this year’s ceremony hosted by Jonathan Ross?

9. Shameless Channel 4 Thursday 23 December 9pm.

Prior to a second series in the New Year, the outrageous Gallaghers celebrate the season of goodwill by causing a full-scale riot when they steal a lorry-load of contaminated meat to sell on the estate.

10. The World of Nat King Cole BBC4 Christmas Eve 9pm.

      Stevie Wonder and Whoopi Goldberg are among the stars offering

      their views on the life and career of the velvet-voiced crooner.

11. The Simpsons’ Christmas Message Channel 4 Christmas Day.


Queen of Springfield Marge Simpson gives Her Majesty a run        for her money as her dysfunctional clan gather round to present this year’s Alternative Christmas Speech.

12. A Christmas Carol: The Musical Hallmark Christmas Day 7pm.

Kelsey Grammer swaps grumpy Frasier for equally miserable Scrooge in this musical version of Dickens’ classic tale. Jennifer Love Hewitt and Seinfeld’s Jason Alexander co-star.

13. The Vicar of Dibley BBC1 Christmas Day 9.25pm.

After an absence of five years, Dawn French returns as the

chocolate-loving cleric in a seasonal special which sees her coming to terms with the chilling thought that she has spent a decade in the country’s most eccentric village.

14. Absolutely Fabulous BBC1 Christmas Day 10.30pm.

Meanwhile French’s comedy partner Jennifer Saunders also makes a festive comeback as bolly-swigging Edina Monsoon who undergoes regression therapy after deciding her kitchen needs a makeover.

 15. Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Silk Stocking BBC1.

Boxing Day 9.25pm.

Rupert Everett finds it’s elementary as he stars as the famous Baker Street sleuth in a classic murder mystery concerning the body of a young woman found floating in the Thames.

16. Surreal Life VH1 from Monday 27 December 9pm NEW SERIES.

Bridget Nielsen and former New Kid on the Block Jordan Knight are among the ‘stars’ sharing a Hollywood mansion in this Big

      Brother-style reality show.

17. Auf Wiedersehen Pet BBC1 Tuesday 28 & Wednesday 29.

       December 9pm.

In a two-part special, the building buddies bow out for good with a madcap final fling taking in an job in Laos, a journey on the Orient Express and a trip to Thailand.

18. The Truth About Britain’s Favourite Toys Five Wednesday.

 29 December 8pm.

This entertaining documentary looks back at the playthings which weren’t a big hit with the kids due to bad luck, poor marketing and even political incorrectness.

19. The Beatles’ Biggest Secrets Five Wednesday 29 December


Friends, colleagues and relatives of the Fab Four share memories of their heyday and provide revelations about their lives and loves.

20. Roman Road ITV1 New Years’ Eve 9pm.

Alan Davies and John Gordon Sinclair star in this one-off comedy drama about a thief who teams up with a long-lost pal to walk an ancient Roman Road when he realises he’s being followed. Anna

Chancellor co-stars.


Teachers S4C Tuesday 21 December 11.05pm.

Shameless S4C Thursday 23 December 10.30pm.