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ABC tops up audience stockings with some joyous programs

As 2021 comes to an end, the ABC is reaching into Santa’s sack to deliver the best festive stories for the whole family to enjoy.

On ABC Kids, the little ones will be able to enjoy a Christmas episode, from all their favourite shows every evening at 5:55pm, starting with the premiere of The Adventures of Paddington: The Lost Letter on Wednesday 1 December. Then on Monday 13 December we premiere a special Peppa Pig “Aussie Christmas” episode, and on Saturday 4 December don’t miss the premiere of the beautifully illustrated Quentin Blake’s Clown narrated by Helena Bonham Carter.

We have a huge stack of holiday movies on ABC ME including; Shaun the Sheep: Farmageddon , Saving Santa , Elliot the Littlest Reindeer , Spirit Riding Free: Spirit of Christmas as well as much loved favourites Midnight Gang , Dr. Suess’ The Grinch Musical and the Wallace and Gromit films. On Christmas Eve on ABC TV, then encoring on ABC ME, is the premiere special Shaun the Sheep: The Flight Before Christmas .

For the (very) big kids, we kick off with Would I Lie To You? At Christmas on Thursday 9 December at 9pm on ABC TV Plus. Rob Brydon hosts an entertaining episode of the award-winning comedy panel show Would I Lie to You? Jo Brand, Joe Swash, Joe Lycett and Ruth Madeley join Lee Mack and David Mitchell to sort the festive facts from the fibs.

It’s been another year of political scandals, pandemic restrictions, and interstate rivalries - but thankfully Sammy J and his team of troublemakers were there to lighten the load. From the Peter Allen inspired “I Can’t Call Australia Home”, to SJ Paterson’s “Ballad of Locky D”, we look back on the sketches that touched a nation. Or, at the very least, made them chuckle for three minutes every week. Catch Sammy J’s Christmas Special on Thursday 16 December at 9pm on ABC TV Plus.

After a bumper year in the garden, Gardening Australia has a very special final episode to celebrate the year and look forward to the holiday season ahead. The team visit the first family of rock, and roses, Jimmy and Jane Barnes, create some delicious homegrown snacks, and get stuck into some creative summer projects. Flowers, fragrance and fun – dig in on Friday 17 December at 7:30pm on ABC TV.

Christine Anu celebrates Christmas with a special episode of Compass . Christine explores how Australia’s melting pot of traditions, cultures and faiths not only sparks festive joy, but rejoices in the kindness and resilience of Australians on Tuesday 21 December at 8:30pm on ABC TV.

On Wednesday 22 December at 8pm on ABC TV, Tom Gleeson brings his unique Grinch style to the merry season with HARD QUIZ: Has Beens . Tom quizzes four people he believes have left their best days behind them; Tim Rogers, Rhonda Burchmore, Tony Armstrong and Ann-Maree Biggar.

Following at 8:30pm is Charlie Pickering with The Yearly 2021 – G’Déjà vu! Join The Weekly team as they wrap up the year in style. And, if 2021 felt a bit like 2020, let Charlie and a cavalcade of guest stars lead you through a riotous game of spot the difference! Now with added earthquake …

On Thursdays at 8pm throughout December and January, there will be back to back, brand new seasons of in-depth interview series One Plus One with Barrie Cassidy (December) and Kurt Fearnley (January) returning to their hosting roles. Guests across the summer will include veteran radio presenter Fran Kelly, Masterchef host Melissa Leong and Paralympic swimmer Ellie Cole to name a few.

Much-loved series Back Roads returns on Monday 3 January at 8pm on ABC TV, travelling to more of Australia’s most remote regions and towns including the stunning Eyre Peninsula (SA), the wilds of Cradle Mountain (TAS) and outback life in Charleville (QLD). So, embrace your spirit of adventure and join Heather Ewart and Joe O’Brien, Paul West, and Kristy O’Brien, as they discover the amazing people living life just off the back roads of Australia.

Following Back Roads, at 8:30pm we take an in-depth look at China with The China Century , an exploration of the forces that have shaped China’s tumultuous history and powered its phenomenal rise. Using the ABC’s own rich archive and interviews with China experts from around the world, this 5-part series weaves together dramatic and revealing stories of the revolutions, empires, business deals and power plays, and the people that have made modern China. The whole world is in the grips of The China Century. How did we get here? Where is it taking us?

Finally, there’s Australia Remastered: Forces of Nature - a wonderful four-part series that explores the ferocious elemental forces that nature inflicts upon the Australian continent, both enriching, challenging and defining the landscape and its hardy inhabitants. Join proud Arrenente and Arabana man, Aaron Pedersen on location on Sunday 30 January at 6pm.

So tune in to the ABC and ABC iview this holiday season. There’s plenty to be jolly about!

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Week commencing 21 November

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Sunday 21 November
7:40pm Death In Paradise: Murder Most Animal Rpt
8:40pm Total Control
9:35pm Noughts And Crosses
10:35pm Stateless: Panis Angelicus Rpt
11:30pm Talking Heads: The Outside Dog Rpt

Monday 22 November
8:00pm Australian Story Season Final
8:30pm Universe With Brian Cox
9:30pm Media Watch
9:50pm The Wimbledon Kidnapping
10:35pm ABC Late News
10:50pm The Business Rpt
11:05pm Mystify Michael Hutchence Rpt

Tuesday 23 November
8:05pm Anh’s Brush With Fame: Dr Richard Harris Rpt
8:30pm Books That Made Us: People Series Premiere
9:30pm Louis Theroux: Selling Sex Rpt
10:35pm ABC Late News
10:50pm The Business Rpt
11:10pm Q+A Rpt

Wednesday 24 November
8:00pm Hard Quiz
8:30pm Gruen
9:10pm Preppers
9:40pm QI: Picnics Rpt
10:05pm Adam Hills: The Last Leg Rpt
10:55pm ABC Late News
11:10pm The Business Rpt
11:25pm Universe with Brian Cox Rpt

Thursday 25 November
8:00pm Following The Drug Money
8:30pm Q+A
9:35pm Doctor Who Rpt
10:35pm You Can’t Ask That: Sex Workers Rpt
10:50pm ABC Late News
11:05pm The Business Rpt
11:25pm Pilgrimage: The Road To Rome Rpt

Friday 26 November
7:30pm Gardening Australia
8:30pm Endeavour: Striker Season Premiere
10:00pm Talking Heads: Bed Among The Lentils
10:50pm ABC Late News
11:05pm The Vaccine Rpt
11:20pm Gruen Rpt

Saturday 27 November
7:30pm The Larkins Series Premiere
8:20pm Ridley Road
9:15pm Total Control Rpt
10:15pm Call The Midwife Rpt
11:15pm Father Brown: The Sacrifice Of Tantalus Rpt

Us

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Saturday 11 December 8.20pm FTA Premiere

Connie and Douglas are set for a grand tour of Europe. It’s one last family holiday before their only son Albie leaves for university. But just days before departure, Connie announces she wants a divorce.

They nonetheless continue with the trip in some of the world’s most beautiful cities – from Amsterdam and Paris, to Venice and Barcelona. Douglas sees this as a make-or-break chance to win Connie back and restore his troubled relationship with their teenage son.

As love takes a detour, will Douglas get his marriage back on track?

Full of humour and heartbreak, this 4-part series stars Tom Hollander (Baptiste), Saskia Reeves (Luther) and Sofie Gråbøl (The Killing).

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Secrets of Althorp with Charles Spencer

Tuesday 14 December 8.30pm

Charles Spencer, Earl, historian and brother of Princess Diana invites an archaeological dig to Althorp, his historical home, in search of a lost Anglo Saxon village.

The 9th Earl of Spencer, Charles Spencer, has always been fascinated by rumours of a lost Anglo Saxon village believed to have been located in the grounds of his ancestral home. Now Charles is determined to discover if the rumours are true and invites an archaeological team to dig for evidence.

While a few traces of the sought-after settlement emerge, something far older comes to light - a Neolithic encampment which experts believe is more than 5000 years old.


Gardening Australia Christmas Special

Friday 17 December 7.30pm

Costa Georgiadis visits Jimmy and Jane Barnes at home, Clarence Slockee transforms a boggy spot into a rain garden, Jerry Coleby-Williams explores fragrant frangipani, and Millie Ross makes a colourful window box.

After a bumper year in the garden, Gardening Australia has a very special episode to celebrate and look forward to the holiday season ahead.

Costa Georgiadis visits the first family of rock’n’roll, Jimmy and Jane Barnes, to see their beautiful country garden and learn how they’ve enjoyed spending time at home this year.
Sophie Thomson joins a community project working with schools to restore habitat for a special rare butterfly.

Millie Ross gets stuck into a perfect summer project, constructing a window box from salvaged timber to create a flower-filled view.

Hannah Moloney makes a delicious summer garden snack – nasturtium leaf dumplings – using homegrown and homemade ingredients.

Clarence Slockee turns a problem damp area into a plant-filled feature, known as a rain garden.
Jerry Coleby-Williams explores an incredible collection of one of his all-time favourite plants, fragrant frangipani.

Tino Carnevale explains why there are different styles of garden hoes and shows which is the best one for each job.

We meet a specialist bulb grower, who responded to Covid lockdowns by gifting some garden joy.

Sammy J - Full Credit to Christmas

Thursday 16 December 9.00pm

Sammy J and his team of troublemakers look back on the sketches that touched a nation. Or, at the very least, made them chuckle for three minutes every week.

It’s been another year of political scandals, pandemic restrictions, and interstate rivalries - but thankfully Sammy J and his team of troublemakers were there to lighten the load.

From the Peter Allen inspired “I Can’t Call Australia Home”, to SJ Paterson’s “Ballad of Locky D”, we look back on the sketches that touched a nation. Or, at the very least, made them chuckle for three minutes every week.

Week commencing 28 November

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Sunday 28 November
7:40pm Death In Paradise: Wish You Weren’t Here Rpt
8:40pm Total Control
9:35pm Noughts And Crosses
10:35pm Stateless: The Seventh Circle Rpt
11:30pm Talking Heads: Bed Among The Lentils Rpt

Monday 29 November
8:00pm Australian Story Summer Series Rpt
8:30pm Universe With Brian Cox
9:30pm Media Watch
9:50pm The Wimbledon Kidnapping Series Final
10:35pm ABC Late News
10:50pm The Business Rpt
11:05pm Books That Made Us: People Rpt

Tuesday 30 November
8:05pm Anh’s Brush With Fame: Anna Meares Rpt
8:30pm Books That Made Us: Place
9:30pm Australia Remastered: Nature’s Great Divide Series Premiere
10:35pm ABC Late News
10:50pm The Business Rpt
11:05pm Q+A Rpt

Wednesday 1 December
8:00pm Hard Quiz: Battle of the Duds
8:30pm Gruen
9:10pm Preppers
9:40pm QI: Plants Rpt
10:05pm Adam Hills: The Last Leg Rpt
10:50pm ABC Late News
11:05pm The Business Rpt
11:25pm Universe with Brian Cox Rpt

Thursday 2 December
8:00pm Barrie Cassidy’s One Plus One: Fran Kelly Season Premiere
8:30pm Q+A
9:35pm Doctor Who Rpt
10:35pm You Can’t Ask That: Transgender Rpt
10:50pm ABC Late News
11:15pm The Business Rpt
11:35pm Pilgrimage: The Road To Rome Rpt

Friday 3 December
7:30pm Gardening Australia
8:30pm Endeavour: Scherzo
10:00pm Talking Heads: Nights In The Garden Of Spain
10:50pm ABC Late News
10:55pm The Vaccine Rpt
11:10pm Gruen Rpt
11:45pm Preppers: The Bunker Rpt

Saturday 4 December
7:30pm The Larkins
8:20pm Ridley Road Series Final
9:15pm Total Control Rpt
10:10pm Call The Midwife Rpt
11:15pm Father Brown: The House Of God Rpt
11:55pm rage Guest Programmer

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Anthony

Sunday 19 December 8.40pm FTA Premiere

From BAFTA Award-winning writer Jimmy McGovern, this powerful one-off feature examines the impact of the murder of black teenager Anthony Walker by exploring what may have happened had he not been murdered.

From BAFTA award-winning writer Jimmy McGovern, this powerful one-off feature examines the impact of the murder of black teenager Anthony Walker by exploring what may have happened had he lived.The racist murder of Anthony in Liverpool in 2005 was a hate crime that shocked the nation. One innocent life snatched away, and so many others ruined by an act of hatred. What hopes would Anthony have had? What dreams would he have chased? What loves would he have lost? What lives would he have changed? What man would Anthony have become?

The story begins with Anthony accepting an award for helping his friend Mick turn his life around by overcoming his alcohol addiction. Anthony’s surrounded by his family, including his wife Katherine and his young daughter. As we go back in time, we witness the love story of Anthony and his wife Katherine told in reverse order. We also see how Anthony managed to help his friend Mick overcome his problems while also finding out how Mick, father to a young daughter himself, ended up homeless on the streets of Liverpool.
Told in reverse chronology, this distinctive drama presents a unique perspective on this devastating crime and the life it took away.

Production credits: Executive Producers: Colin McKeown, Jimmy McGovern, Terry McDonough. BBC Executive Producer Lucy Richer.

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo: Celebrating 70 Years

Monday 20 December 8.30pm

A special look back at the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo’s rich 70-year history revisiting many of the standout moments.

Every August, thousands of visitors from all over the world come to marvel at the spectacular sights and sounds of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

In place of this year’s event, sadly cancelled due to Covid-19, this new program looks back at the Tattoo’s rich 70-year history and revisits many of the standout moments.

Featuring massed pipes and drums, and an international array of marching bands, military displays and dynamic dances, the show always draws to a poignant close with a lone piper on the ramparts of Edinburgh Castle.

Production credits: Narrated by Kirsty Wark; Producer: Samantha Peters; Executive Producer: Guy Freeman; Produced by Livewire Pictures for REMT in association with the BBC.

Christmas In Australia With Christine Anu

Tuesday 21 December 8.30pm

Celebrate Christmas with Christine Anu as she explores how Australia’s melting pot of traditions, cultures and faiths not only sparks festive joy, but rejoices in the kindness and resilience of Australians.

From hot, sunny summer days and motorbike riding Santas to the vibrant mix of cultures that have contributed their own flair to the annual tradition, join Christine Anu as she uncovers what makes Christmas in Australia like nowhere else in the world.

Christine shares memories from her childhood in the Torres Strait and shows how Christmas songs first inspired her to sing. She also joins children from around Australia in a special performance of her iconic song ‘Island Christmas’.

Celebrating the resilience of Australians, Christine visits families around Australia. She learns how migrant families use Christmas to connect with their community and recreate traditions from home. In the Adelaide Hills, Christine hears how a community rallied together when the 2019 Summer Bushfires cancelled a decades-long Christmas light tradition. Before reconnecting with her own family as they sing the Christmas carol ‘Silent Night’.

Heading back in time, Christine shows us how to make a traditional Christmas Pudding recipe from the 1800s, while food historian Jacqui Newling tells us the history of our edible traditions. And we discover the earliest example of an Aussie Christmas carol, our very own ‘Australian Christmas Song’ from 1863.

Get in the Christmas spirit with Christine Anu this December as she explores the reason for the season.

Production Credits: Producers: Louise Heywood. Editors: Deb Prince, Philippa Byers. Researchers: Mary Tran, Wendy Boynton. Executive Producer: Jessica Douglas-Henry.

Shaun the Sheep: The Flight Before Christmas

Friday 24 December 6.30pm

Shaun’s seasonal excitement turns to dismay when a farmhouse raid to get bigger stockings for the Flock inadvertently leads to Timmy going missing.

It’s Christmas Eve at Mossy Bottom Farm and Shaun’s seasonal excitement turns to dismay when a farmhouse raid to get bigger stockings inadvertently leads to Timmy heading off to a Christmas market in the back of the Farmer’s truck.

Shaun mounts a rescue mission to the local town where the Farmer is trying to make a quick buck from selling his homemade festive fizz, and Farmer Ben, a local celebrity and influencer, is turning on the Christmas lights. Shaun’s mission becomes critical when a gift box containing Timmy is given to Farmer Ben’s feisty daughter, Ella.

A high-speed snow chase ensues as the Ben family head home in their 4x4, oblivious to the sleigh full of sheep that’s following them, which itself is being pursued by Bitzer on make-shift skis.A quick-thinking Timmy manages to convince Ella that he’s just a toy, but he can’t escape the clutches of the cute tearaway. Shaun urgently needs to gain entry into Ella’s high-tech house, avoid her parents and get her to give up her new favourite possession.

Can Shaun save the day and get Timmy home in time to open his stocking? Or has Shaun finally met his match in pocket rocket Ella? Prepare for an explosive high-wire ending as everyone learns the true value of Christmas!

Production credits: Produced by Aardman Animation.

Week commencing 5 December

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Sunday 5 December
7:40pm Death In Paradise: Frappe Death Day Rpt
8:40pm Total Control
9:40pm Noughts And Crosses
10:35pm Harrow: Actus Reus Rpt
11:30pm Talking Heads: Nights In The Garden Of Spain Rpt

Monday 6 December
8:00pm Australian Story Summer Series Rpt
8:30pm Universe With Brian Cox Black Holes
9:30pm Media Watch
9:50pm Hunting The Essex Lorry Killers The story of one of the biggest manslaughter inquiries the UK has ever seen. Spanning Britain, Europe and Vietnam, it cracked open a multi-million pound people smuggling ring.
10:50pm ABC Late News
11:20pm Books That Made Us: Place Rpt

Tuesday 7 December
8:05pm Anh’s Brush With Fame: Sophie Delezio Rpt
8:30pm Books That Made Us Season Final
9:30pm Australia Remastered: Nature’s Great Divide Series Premiere
10:40pm ABC Late News
11:10pm Q+A Rpt

Wednesday 8 December
8:00pm Hard Quiz: Battle of the Duds
8:30pm Gruen
9:10pm Preppers
9:40pm QI: Pain and Punishment Rpt
10:10pm Adam Hills: The Last Leg Rpt
10:50pm ABC Late News
11:05pm The Business Rpt
11:20pm Universe with Brian Cox Rpt

Thursday 9 December
8:00pm Barrie Cassidy’s One Plus One: Jane Barnes
8:30pm Designing A Legacy Rpt
9:35pm Doctor Who Rpt
10:30pm You Can’t Ask That: Terminally Ill Rpt
11:00pm ABC Late News
11:30pm Pilgrimage: The Road To Rome Rpt

Friday 10 December
7:30pm Gardening Australia
8:30pm Endeavour: Terminus Season Final
10:00pm Talking Heads: The Hand Of God
10:30pm ABC Late News
11:00pm The Vaccine Rpt
11:15pm Gruen Rpt
11:50pm Preppers: The First Annual, Semi-inaugural Eden 2 Rpt

Saturday 11 December
7:30pm The Larkins
8:20pm Us Series Premiere
9:20pm Total Control Rpt
10:20pm Call The Midwife Rpt
11:20pm Father Brown: The Blood Of The Anarchists Rpt

Australian production FIRESTARTER – The Story of Bangarra won in the Arts category, tells the story of how three young Aboriginal brothers — Stephen, David and Russell Page — turned a newly born dance group into a First Nations cultural powerhouse. Crossing the globe, I’m Not A Monster , a joint venture between the UK’s BBC Panorama and US’s FRONTLINE PBS, took home the Audio Entertainment award – for one journalist’s work over four years, telling the story of an American family who ended up in the heart of the ISIS caliphate.

ABC documentary Firestarter: The Story of Bangarra wins Rose d’Or Award

ABC TV arts documentary Firestarter: The Story of Bangarra has won a prestigious international prize for its portrayal of Australia’s leading First Nations dance company.

Firestarter, which is available to watch on ABC iview, was named best arts program at the Rose d’Or Awards, which honour excellence and achievement in international television and audio programs.

The stirring documentary, produced by In Films and directed by Nel Minchin and Wayne Blair and distributed internationally by ABC Commercial and theatrically by Icon Film Distribution, tells the story of how three young Aboriginal brothers – Stephen, David and Russell Page – turned a new dance group into a First Nations cultural powerhouse. The program also won the 2020 AACTA Award for Best Documentary.

Jennifer Collins, ABC Head of Factual & Culture, said: “Congratulations to everyone involved in Firestarter at In Films and the ABC, particularly ABC Commissioning Editor Kalita Corrigan, and our funding partners, for such an important story about First Nations culture and creativity.

“The ABC is the place that Australians come to for the best arts content and coverage and we are proud to share this remarkable documentary about the power of art as a force for inspiration, healing and resilience.”

In Films producer Ivan O’Mahoney said he was “absolutely delighted” to win the Rose d’Or Award. “The stated mission of Bangarra Dance Theatre is to create inspiring theatrical experiences that promote and help raise awareness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture.

“Bangarra has been at the forefront of reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australia for over 30 years and are a vital part in our cultural landscape, and this is where the value in winning the Rose d’Or lies for us. The kudos that comes with an award like this will hopefully help us and allow us to spread Bangarra’s word even further and wider around the world.

“Thank you to all of the people who believed in the project and invested in it – the ABC, Screen Australia, Screen NSW and Icon Film distribution, as well as a whole range of philanthropic organisations that stood with us.”

The ABC received four nominations for the 60th annual Rose d’Ors, including the insightful Australia Talks for the Best Studio Entertainment Award and empowering Love on the Spectrum and You Can’t Ask That, which were both nominated for the Best Reality and Factual Entertainment Award.

This year’s award for Firestarter continues a stellar run for the ABC at the Rose d’Ors, including wins in 2020 for ABC Children’s First Day and vertical-viewing drama Content.

Click here for the full list of the 2021 Rose D’Or award winners.

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ABC TV programming has changed tonight for a special showing of David Dalaithngu documentary 9.30pm .

09:30 pm David Dalaithngu documentary

In his final film, the great Australian actor David Dalaithngu faces his extraordinary, dizzying past and, staring down death, his own, mortal future.

11:10 pm ABC Late News
11:25 pm The Business Rpt
11:40 pm Q+A Rpt

Week commencing 12 December

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Sunday 12 December
7:40pm Death In Paradise: Beyond The Shining Sea (Part One) Rpt
8:40pm Total Control Season 2 Final
9:40pm Noughts And Crosses Season Final
10:40pm Harrow: Ex Animo Rpt
11:30pm Talking Heads: The Hand Of God Rpt

Monday 13 December
8:00pm Australian Story Summer Series Rpt
8:30pm Universe With Brian Cox The Big Bang Series Final
9:35pm Catching a Predator The inside story of the investigation into serial male rapist Reynhard Sinaga, the biggest rape case in British legal history. Sexual violence against men remains one of the most under-reported crimes.
10:35pm ABC Late News
11:05pm Books That Made Us Rpt

Tuesday 14 December
8:05pm Anh’s Brush With Fame: Jack Thompson Rpt
8:30pm Secrets of Althorp with Charles Spencer
9:20pm Australia Remastered: Nature’s Great Divide
10:15pm You Can’t Ask That: Chinese Australians Rpt
10:45pm ABC Late News
11:15pm Designing A Legacy Rpt

Wednesday 15 December
8:00pm Hard Quiz
8:30pm Gruen Season 13 Final
9:10pm Preppers
9:40pm QI: Potpourri Rpt
10:10pm Adam Hills: The Last Leg Rpt
10:55pm ABC Late News
11:25pm Universe With Brian Cox: Before the Dawn: The Big Bang Rpt

Thursday 16 December
8:00pm Barrie Cassidy’s One Plus One
8:30pm Joanna Lumley’s Unseen Adventures Rpt
9:20pm Nigella’s Christmas Table Rpt
10:35pm ABC Late News
11:05pm Christmas At St Paul’s Rpt

Friday 17 December
7:30pm Gardening Australia: Christmas Special Season Final
8:30pm Midsomer Murders: The Ghost Of Causton Abbey Rpt
10:00pm Talking Heads: Miss Fozzard Finds Her Feet Rpt
10:40pm ABC Late News
11:40pm Gruen Rpt

Saturday 18 December
7:30pm The Larkins
8:20pm Us
9:20pm Total Control Rpt
10:20pm Call The Midwife Christmas Special Rpt
11:50pm Father Brown: The Skylark Scandal Rpt

The War of the Worlds

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From Friday 7 January 9.00pm

When a mysterious capsule lands in Surrey, George and Amy are caught in a Martian invasion, fighting for their love and their lives against an enemy beyond their comprehension. CAST: Rafe Spall, Eleanor Tomlinson.

A three-part sci-fi series, The War of the Worlds is a new adaptation of HG Wells’s classic space odyssey of the same name.

England 1905. When a mysterious capsule lands on Earth at Horsell Common, George (Rafe Spall) and Amy (Eleanor Tomlinson) are among the first to examine it. However, this is no inanimate object but a transport for a living organism from outer space. As more people gather to study it, its movements kills scores of people. Martians have arrived.

And so begins a terrifying ordeal as more capsules land in Britain and release murderous Martian tripods, which stalk England exterminating and consuming everything in their wake.

Episode One – Friday 7th January at 9pm on ABC TV and ABC iview

  1. George and Amy are new to Woking and short of friends except for Ogilvy, a scientist and fellow outcast. When a mysterious capsule lands on Horsell Common the trio are the first to examine it. But a terrifying menace lurking in the capsule is unleashed.

Amy and George survive the slaughter, but as they prepare to flee to George’s brother Frederick in London, the Martian invader takes its full form and unleashes further destruction. Amy and George become separated in the chaos and are faced with a fight not just to find each other but for their very survival.

I think this version of The War of the Worlds has aired on pay TV before.

That’s already been broadcast by ABC, final was on Saturday.

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The Larkins Christmas Special

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Saturday 15 January 7.30pm

World Premiere

The Larkins are preparing for Christmas, but there’s been burglaries in the village. Pop and Ma are overjoyed to have Mariette and Charley back for Christmas, but when Charley’s parents arrive chaos descends on the farm.

It’s Christmas and the decorations are going up, but the Larkin family are sad at not having Mariette at home for Christmas. Until Mariette and Charley suddenly return, back for good from France.

There has been a spate of burglaries in the village and determined to get to the bottom of things, Pop enlists lifelong underachiever PC Harness. Miss Pilchester is struggling to direct the village’s nativity-panto combo, not helped by a disastrous power cut. Will the villagers get their precious stolen knickknacks back? Will the power be back in time for Christmas, and the pantivity go ahead? And can Charley’s strict parents be won over by the Larkins?

As usual the Larkins rally and entertain the whole village with food, booze and warmth and allow the play to go ahead in their barn. To top it all snow is on the horizon… Will it be a Merry Christmas in Larkins Land?

Production credits: Writer and Executive Producer Simon Nye. An Objective Fiction, Genial Productions and Objective Media Group Scotland in Association with All3Media International. Starring Bradley Walsh, Joanna Scanlan, Sabrina Bartlett, Tok Stephen, Peter Davison and Amelia Bullmore.

Royal Variety Performance 2021

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Saturday 25 December at 7.40pm

Presenter and one of the UK’s best loved comics, Alan Carr, hosts this year’s The Royal Variety Performance from the magnificent Royal Albert Hall in London. Filmed on Thursday 18th November, the spectacular show features exceptional performers, world class theatre, outstanding singers and top notch British comedy.

Stars lined up to appear include multi award-winner Ed Sheeran, international sensation Sir Rod Stewart, the cast of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s phenomenal Matilda The Musical who are celebrating an incredible 10 years in the West End, chart topper Anne-Marie and music from Years and Years.

Also returning to the RVP stage with a mesmerizing performance of their latest show Luzia are Cirque du Soleil. Brit Award winner James Blunt will play some of his greatest hits, following its Tony award winning success the sensational Moulin Rouge The Musical joins for an exclusive performance, plus Germany’s The Messoudi Brothers will showcase their breathtaking hand to hand act.

The evening will also feature performances from respected musicians and Grammy Award winners Gregory Porter and Elvis Costello. A special collaboration from actress Keala Settle and the Some Voices choir with the amazing, award-winning song ‘This is Me’ and comedy from Judi Love, Bill Bailey, Chris McCausland and Josh Widdicombe.

The world’s longest running entertainment show, 2021 marks the 109th event and this year, the Royal Variety Charity is celebrating 100 years of our reigning Monarch being their Patron, commencing with His Majesty King George V in 1921. Once again, the event will be held in the presence of senior members of the Royal Family

Production credits: Produced by Lifted Entertainment part of ITV Studios.

Week commencing 19 December

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Sunday 19 December
7:40pm Death In Paradise: Beyond The Shining Sea (Part Two) Rpt
8:40pm Anthony
10:10pm Doc Martin: Mysterious Ways Rpt
10:55pm Harrow: Hic Sunt Dracones Rpt
11:50pm Talking Heads: Miss Fozzard Finds Her Feet Rpt

Monday 20 December
7:30pm Outback Ringer Rpt
8:00pm Australian Story Summer Series Rpt
8:30pm The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo: Celebrating 70 Years
9:45pm Nigella’s Cook, Eat, Repeat Christmas Special Rpt
10:45pm Secrets of Althorp with Charles Spencer Rpt
11:35pm Call The Midwife: Christmas Special Rpt

Tuesday 21 December
7:30pm Outback Ringer Rpt
8:00pm Anh’s Brush With Fame: Layne Beachley Rpt
8:30pm Christmas In Australia With Christine Anu
9:30pm The Day Will And Kate Got Married Rpt
10:35pm Joanna Lumley’s Unseen Adventures Rpt
11:25pm Christmas Sounds Better This Year Rpt

Wednesday 22 December
7:30pm Outback Ringer Rpt
8:00pm Hard Quiz Battle of The Has Beens
8:30pm The Yearly With Charlie Pickering 2021
9:30pm QI: Rejoice! Rpt
10:05pm Would I Lie To You At Christmas Rpt
10:35pm A Berry Royal Christmas Rpt
11:35pm Father Brown: The Skylark Scandal Rpt

Thursday 23 December
7:30pm Outback Ringer Rpt
8:00pm Barrie Cassidy’s One Plus One Melissa Leong
8:30pm Joanna Lumley’s Unseen Adventures Rpt
9:20pm That Christmas Rpt
10:20pm Lucy Worsley’s Christmas Carol Odyssey Rpt
11:20pm Call The Midwife: Christmas Special Rpt

Friday 24 December
7:30pm Outback Ringer Rpt
8:00pm Would I Lie To You?: At Christmas Rpt
8:30pm Midsomer Murders: Death Of The Small Coppers Rpt
10:00pm Talking Heads: The Shrine Season Final
10:30pm QI: Quizmas Rpt
11:00pm Sammy J: Full Credit to Christmas Rpt

:christmas_tree: Saturday 25 December

9:00am ABC News Summer
9:30am The Pope’s Christmas Mass 2021
11:30am Maggie Beer’s Christmas Feast Rpt
12:00pm ABC News Summer
12:30pm A Berry Royal Christmas Rpt
1:30pm Lucy Worsley’s Christmas Carol Odyssey Rpt
2:30pm Would I Lie To You?: At Christmas Rpt
3:00pm Hard Quiz Battle of The Has Beens Rpt
3:30pm Christmas In Australia With Christine Anu Rpt
4:30pm Midsomer Murders: The Christmas Haunting Rpt
6:00pm The Penguin King With David Attenborough Rpt
7:00pm ABC News on Christmas Day
7:40pm Royal Variety Performance 2021


9:40pm Call The Midwife Rpt
10:40pm Father Brown: The Honourable Thief Rpt
11:25pm rage Guest Programmer

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Firestarter will air on BBC Four next year.

Good seeing the first Christmas Week schedule out there. Very efficient from the ABC.

I assume 7.30 is airing on Monday 20 December? And Outback Ringer starts on the Tuesday? Does 7.30 usually take a break over the Christmas period? I can’t remember.

Nice seeing that the ABC News is airing a 40 minute edition on Christmas night (Saturday).

We have received up to week 3 of ABC Schedules so they are well ahead in their planning.

Outback Ringer starts Monday

The Queen’s Christmas Message will probably start at 7:30pm - it’s TBA at the moment though so not included in schedule.

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