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All the highlights for TV this Christmas

24 December 2009 2:20 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

It's David Tennant's last Doctor Who, Victoria Wood and Julie Walters are sharing a midlife crisis, Wallander reaches for his trusty cagoule – and there's a Gruffalo on the loose.

Christmas Eve

The Snowman

(Channel 4, 1.35pm)

Twenty-seven years after it first wedged its slipper in the door of Christmas TV tradition, Raymond Briggs's stunning tale of a young boy's friendship with a snowman remains one of the few repeats not to elicit a howl of exasperation. A dialogue-free treatise on the fleeting nature of innocence, its wobbly, pastel-hued evocation of childhood still induces a chorus of scraped-back chairs as a million dads dash to the loo on the grounds of having "chopped too many onions".

Carols from King's

(BBC2, 6.15pm)

In their annual concert from Cambridge, the chapel choir of King's College present highlights from The Best Non-Secular Xmas Album in the World . . . Ever! While parishioners stifle sneezes beneath the late-gothic fan vaulting, »

- Sarah Dempster

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