Tuesday 20 December 9.30pm
Join comedian and host Nazeem Hussain for the Compass Christmas Cabaret! it’s Christmas like you’ve never seen before. One hour of multi-faith comedians and guests including Paul Kelly, and Kate Miller-Heidke.
A Muslim, a Christian and a Jew walk into a bar and talk about Christmas – only this isn’t a bar, and this isn’t the traditional Compass Christmas special!
Join comedian and host Nazeem Hussain for the Compass Christmas Cabaret on Tuesday 20 December 9.30pm, ABC TV & ABC iview.
It’s Christmas like you’ve never seen before. One hour of multi-faith comedy and songs celebrating Christmas - or not.
With guests Paul Kelly, Kate Miller-Heidke, Claire Hooper, Steven Oliver, He Huang, Suraj Kolarkar, Sara Saleh, Jude Perl plus, Vika and Linda Bull.
A rollicking journey of what Christmas means to modern Australia. What’s it like to be a non-Christian during Australia’s biggest cultural and religious festival?
With Christianity on the decline in Australia is Christmas really for everyone? Do perhaps the non- Christians love Christmas more than the Christians?
With Christmas messages from Magda Szubanski, Jeremy Fernandez, Courtney Act, Benjamin Law, and other well-loved Australians. Plus, Jacqui Lambie in a Santa Suit!
Production credit: An ABC Production, Compass EP: Amanda Collinge
Malory Towers Christmas Special
Part One: Thursday 22 December 6.00pm
Part Two: Friday 23 December 6.00pm
Adapted from the iconic novels by Enid Blyton, Malory Towers returns with a two-part Christmas special and will feature the festive shenanigans of Darrell Rivers and pals and welcomes Great Granny Mary to Malory Towers along with Ron’s younger brother Fred Gilson, who is soon on hand to help the pupils with local pirate legends.
Christmas at the boarding school is sure to delight families with the Malory-style Christmas spirit.
Production credit: A WildBrain and King Bert production. Executive producer: Jo Sargent
All Creatures Great and Small Christmas Special
Friday 23 December 7.30pm
James and Helen question their future together in the run up to Christmas Day, while things look grave for one of Darrowby’s most beloved animals.
It’s Christmas in Darrowby and Helen and James realise they haven’t agreed on where they’re spending Christmas Day. Mrs Hall is expecting them at Skeldale and Jenny at Heston Grange, and the pair are reluctant to disappoint either of them. The situation raises bigger questions about what their lives will look like in the future.
When a beloved local pet is taken seriously ill, Siegfried has to bring them into the practice for emergency treatment. In the face of such an emergency, Helen ends up feeling like a spare part at the Skeldale Christmas Party, but fellow farmer Dave Kitson could end up being the solution to Helen finding her place at Skeldale and the key to the animal’s survival.
Tristan learns that it might be time to take himself more seriously and reveals some important news, while a card from James’ father asking him to phone them on Christmas Day leaves James on tenterhooks about whether he can make amends.
Production credit: A Playground Television & All3Media Production
Office Christmas Party
Friday 23 December 8.30pm
When the CEO (JENNIFER ANISTON) tries to close her hard-partying brother’s branch, he (T.J. MILLER) and his Chief Technical Officer (JASON BATEMAN) must rally their co-workers and host an epic office Christmas party to save their jobs.
An A-list comedy cast including Jennifer Aniston, Jason Bateman, T.J. Miller and Kate McKinnon star in Office Christmas Party, the hilarious film from the makers of Blades of Glory.
When CEO Carol Vanstone (Jennifer Aniston) tries to close her hard-partying brother’s branch of the business, he (T.J.Miller) and his Chief Technical Officer (Jason Bateman) must rally their co-workers and host an epic office Christmas party in an effort to impress a potential client and close a sale that will save their jobs.
Production credit: Directed by Josh Gordon, Will Speck.
Extraordinary Escapes Christmas Special
Saturday 24 December 6.10pm
In this magical Christmas special, broadcaster and national treasure, Sandi Toksvig travels to snowy Norway in search of more Extraordinary Escapes, this time Scandinavian style. And as it’s the festive season, she has invited, not one, but three of Britain’s most fabulous and fascinating women to join her in these awe-inspiring locations - star of Dragon’s Den, Deborah Meaden, actress Fay Ripley and space scientist Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock who knows a thing or two about the Northern Lights.
Two hundred and fifty miles north of the Arctic Circle Sandi and Maggie go in search of killer whales during a stay in an architectural gem designed for guests to enjoy the wonders of the Aurora Borealis from their sofa – if they come out!
Deborah Meaden swaps the Dragons for a face-to-face meeting with a pack of wolves when Sandi treats the businesswoman and keen conservationist to a unique and luxurious stay in northern Norway.
And it really is Cold Feet for actress Fay Ripley when in sub-zero temperatures she and Sandi venture to a mountain top glass cabin where they take in breath-taking fjord views, cut down their own Christmas tree, take a trip to the local village in search of decorations and are treated to a choir singing Christmas carols.
Production credit: Tuesday’s Child Scotland
Doc Martin - Final episode
Saturday 24 December 7.30pm
The village are throwing the Ellinghams a farewell party. Ruth is helping Mrs Tishell deal with the news and encourages her to attend, but it seems that Martin and Louisa aren’t going to make it because a farmer has spotted their lost dog!
It’s the drama’s final emotional episode.
The For Sale sign is up outside Portwenn Surgery. Ahead of leaving for London, the Ellingham’s are hosting a jumble sale to raise money for the Lifeboats. A horologist has come to see Martin’s clocks, but Martin is reluctant to sell any of them, so is relived to be interrupted by a patient, Arthur, who isn’t sure where Wadebridge Surgery is and is in a lot of pain.
Ruth comes to collect some books Martin has put aside for her and catches him having a funny turn. She isn’t convinced he’s as fine as he says he is and comes clean about writing a medical paper about his blood phobia. She offers to leave the manuscript for him to read as she believes he’s been misdiagnosed.
Penhale, however, is taking the farewell party very seriously. Everyone has their bit to play. While preparing for the farewell, Bert tells Al he misses Caitlin, but instead of telling Caitlin how he feels he initially ends up ordering a thousand napkins before he gets the words out. The farewell party doesn’t go to plan when it is interrupted by Mrs Tishell climbing onto the mover’s van at the surgery – she needs to do something! She cannot let the Doc leave the village!
Meanwhile, Martin is in search of Chicken, who unbeknown to Martin escaped at Arthur’s farm after his house-call. Louisa and Martin have gone to collect him ahead of their farewell, but they don’t get back in time to celebrate because things go from bad to worse.
When they try to catch Chicken, who is chasing rabbits, Martin ends up tearing his brachial artery. He instructs Louisa on how to tie off his artery, given he cannot do it himself, but she needs to hurry as he is losing a lot of blood. Louisa rushes him to hospital just in time and with Martin admitted she heads home to see the children.
Before she has a chance to visit Martin, he arrives back in the village – hospitals are for sick people! Portwenn has given them everything, it isn’t holding them back, but is rather their future, maybe moving to London is the wrong decision.
Production credit: An ITV drama