4 items from 2013
Darts: World Pdc Championship | George Clarke's Amazing Christmas Spaces | The 12 Drinks Of Christmas | Educating Yorkshire At Christmas | Byzantium: A Tale Of Three Cities | Dynamo Revealed | Him & Her: The Wedding | Utopia
Darts: World Pdc Championship
7pm, Sky Sports 1
Live coverage from Alexandra Palace, where the first round concludes. It was at this stage last year where the Ally Pally crowd were first alerted to the talents of Dutch prodigy Michael van Gerwen, who downed Paul Lim 3-0. Van Gerwen would go on to lose to Phil Taylor in the final, two days after coming inches away from consecutive nine-dart finishes in his semi-final victory over James Wade. Wade is in action today, up against Darren Webster, with 2004 finalist Kevin Painter also in competition. Gwilym Mumford
George Clarke's Amazing Christmas Spaces
8pm, Channel 4
- Gwilym Mumford, John Robinson, Jonathan Wright, David Stubbs, Hannah J Davies, Hannah Verdier, Rachel Aroesti
The cold war submariners were full of daring – but what was the point of it all?
It could be that the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President Kennedy has concentrated a few minds. Or it could just be there is only one thought available to be shared by TV's commissioning editors at any one time. Either way, the cold war has been as hard to avoid on television in recent weeks as it was during the 1960s and 70s.
The Silent War (BBC2), the story of the undersea warfare between the Us, Soviet and British navies, has been the best of the lot – primarily for the testimonies of the submariners themselves. No longer bound (too much) by the need for secrecy, they revealed an unexpected world of adrenaline junkies, where the excitements and thrills of the chase were as much the submariners' raison d'etre as global realpolitik. Sixty per »
- John Crace
Charley Boorman's USA Adventure | Rugby Union: Worcester v Biarritz | Keeping Britain Safe 24/7 | The Silent War | Getting Rich In The Recession: The Man Who Buys Anything | Byzantium: A Tale Of Three Cities | Him & Her: The Wedding | The Audience
Charley Boorman's USA Adventure
7pm, Channel 5
Having visited Hawaii and North Carolina, the erstwhile actor goes potholing in Georgia and learns about the logging industry in Mississippi. Then he finds out about the formation of modern America in New Orleans, catches frogs in Lafayette, does rodeo-riding in Texas, before journeying to New Mexico. It's quite the roster of action-man activities, and Boorman has boundless enthusiasm: perfect if you're looking for vicarious thrills from a man's midlife gap year experience. Rachel Aroesti
Rugby Union: Worcester v Biarritz
7pm, Sky Sports 3
The first leg of this Pool One European Challenge Cup fixture could prove to be a case of the movable object against the resistible force, »
- Rachel Aroesti, David Stubbs, John Robinson, Martin Skegg, Andrew Mueller, Hannah Verdier, Julia Raeside
It is a mystery that gripped the nation. Finally the BBC will reveal how Sherlock Holmes survived falling to his apparent certain death, in a festive TV lineup that will also include the first outing for Peter Capaldi as the Time Lord in the new Doctor Who.
The BBC's Christmas and new year holiday season of programmes, announced on Tuesday, will include Pd James' Pride and Prejudice sequel, Death Comes to Pemberley, starring Matthew Rhys as Mr Darcy; an adaptation of David Walliams' children's book Gangsta Granny; and festive editions of Strictly Come Dancing, Call the Midwife and The Great British Bake Off.
- John Plunkett
4 items from 2013
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