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Get ready for a whole host of TV shows and movies to get you through the festive period - it's our look at UK telly...!
We've taken a scythe to the Christmas telly schedule to help you sort the geek from the chav. We hope the listing of shows and films will help brighten your holiday via the warm rays of the living room telly.
If we missed any of your favourites, please have a ho-ho-ho in the comments section, with our thanks and best wishes for a happy holiday.
Thursday December 23rd
Terry Pratchett's Hogfather Part 1 4:00pm Sky1 (repeats through 1st Jan)
24 series 8 6:00am Sky 2 (marathon consecutive run of the series' episodes)
8 Out Of 10 Cats Christmas Special 10:00pm Channel 4 (repeats 00:05am 27th Dec)
The Royle Family Christmas Special (2009) 00:45am Gold (repeats through 30th Dec)
Christmas Eve Friday December 24th
Terry Pratchett's Hogfather Part »
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The Christmas tree isn't the only thing green in this new holiday classic. Shrek is back and trying to get into the spirit of the season. After promising Fiona and the kids a Christmas they'll remember, he is forced to take a crash course in the holiday. But just when he thinks he has everything for their quiet family Christmas just right, Donkey, Puss in Boots, Gingy and the rest of the gang decide to crash the party. Shrek the Halls is the greatest holiday tale that's never been told.until now. »
Shrek and pals celebrate Christmas in their own way with the Paramount Home Entertainment DVD release of Shrek the Halls and M&C.s giving five copies away! Featuring the voices of Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz and Antonio Banderas, Shrek the Halls lets fans join in on the fun as Shrek celebrates his first Christmas with his new family and learns some important lessons about the spirit of the season. Just when Shrek thought he could finally sit back, relax and enjoy his happily ever after with his new family, the most joyous of all holidays arrives. It.s Christmas Eve, and everyone is filled with holiday cheer, except for Shrek. He isn.t exactly the picture of yuletide »
- Patrick Luce
The Big Bang Theory: 12.1 million viewers/$#*! My Dad Says: 9.5 million
Bones: 8.8 million
Shrek the Halls: 6.9 million/Disney Prep & Landing: 7.5 million
Community: 4.7 million/30 Rock: 5.2 million
The Vampire Diaries: 3.1 million
CSI: 13.14 million
The Office: 7.6 million
Fringe: 5.3 million
Nikita: 2.3 million
The Mentalist: 13.35 million
Barbara Walters Presents the 10 Most Fascinating People of 2010: 12.15 million
The Apprentice: 4.5 million
- email@example.com (Matt Richenthal)
Fast National ratings for Thursday, Dec. 9, 2010
A pair of Barbara Walters specials on ABC Thursday gave the network's overall ratings a boost, but not quite enough of one to dethrone CBS from the top spot. "The Office," meanwhile, gave NBC a rare win among adults 18-49 at 9 o'clock.
CBS averaged 12.4 million viewers and a 7.6 rating/12 share in households for the night. Thanks to the Walters specials and a pair of Christmas shows at 8 p.m., ABC (10.8 million, 7.0/11) had a better-than-average night in total viewers. Fox (7 million, 4.2/7) came in third, while NBC (5.7 million, 3.4/6) finished fourth. The CW brought in 2.7 million people and a 1.8/3.
Three networks finished within three tenths of a point of one another in the adults 18-49 demographic. CBS came out on top with a 2.9 rating, followed closely by ABC, 2.7, and NBC, 2.6. Fox posted a 2.1 in the demo, while The CW trailed with a 1.0.
Thursday hour by hour:
8 p. »
12 Men of Christmas (Sugarplum Romance)
Lifetime Movie Network, 8 Pm Et
A public-relations executive (Kristin Chenoweth) uses her media savvy to stir excitement in a small Montana town.
Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town (Naughty v. Nice)
ABC Family, 8 Pm Et
The tale of Santa's early days of delivering toys, where he battles Sombertown's mayor, Burgermeister Mesiterburger.
Shrek the Halls (Mistletoe & Mayhem)
ABC, 8 Pm Et
Everyone's favorite ogre tries to have a quiet holiday with just the family.
The Year Without Santa Claus (Classic Cheer)
ABC Family, 9 Pm Et
Mrs. Claus recounts the time Santa had a bad cold and decided to take a vacation from Christmas.
A Miser Brothers' Christmas (Naughty v. Nice)
ABC Family, 10 Pm Et
When the North Wind sabotages Santa's sleigh and injures the man in red, the Heat Miser and Snow Miser are forced to fill in.
What else is showing this season? See our The »
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8:00 Shrek the Halls 8:30 Disney Prep & Landing 9:00 Barbara Walters Special: Oprah, the Next Chapter 12:05 Jimmy Kimmel Live (new, with guests John Krasinski and Rosemarie DeWitt) 8:00 The Big Bang Theory (new) 8:30 $#*! My Dad Says (new) 9:00 CSI (new) 10:00 The Mentalist (new) 11:35 The Late Show With David Letterman (new, with guest Bill O'Reilly) 12:37 The Late Late Show With David Letterman (new, with guest Lucy Liu) 8:00 Bones (new) 9:00 Fringe (new) 8:00 Community (new) 8:30 30 Rock (new) 9:00 The Office (new) 10:00 The Apprentice (new, season finale) 11:35 The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (new, with guests Halle Berry and Natasha Bedingfield) 12:35 Late Night With Jimmy Fallon (new, with guest Robert Plant) 8:00 The Vampire Diaries (new) 9:00 Nikita (new) More TV to watch when you read more. 10:00 The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills (new) 11:00 The Daily Show With Jon Stewart »
Glee climbed to over 11m for Fox on Tuesday night, early viewing figures show. 'Special Education' was seen by 11.61m at 8pm, a huge increase of 1.3m on last week's Thanksgiving episode. Raising Hope and Running Wilde followed with 6.88m and 3.43m, while One Tree Hill and Life Unexpected attracted 1.83m and 1.53m to The CW. Dr Seuss's How's The Grinch and Shrek The Halls delivered 6.89m (more) »
- By Paul Millar
Airing against an all Christmas special-competition on the Big 3 networks, Fox's Glee (4.5/12, 11.6 million) bounced back from last week's season low, up 13% in the demo, and reclaimed its title as the highest-rated program on Tuesday night among adults 18-49. The rising tide lifted all the ships on the network, with freshman comedy Raising Hope (2.7/7) up 8% from last week and Running Wilde (1.4/4), which won't be getting a back order, up 8% from its last original on Nov. 9. Both Glee and Raising Hope posted all-time highs in teens. The Christmas special race at 8 Pm was won by CBS' Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (3.8/11, 12.0 million), which was flat with last year in 18-49, up 13% in total viewers and up 12% in teens. ABC was second with Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2.1/6) and Shrek the Halls (2.4/6) but both specials were sharply down from last year, by 25% and 17%, respectively. NBC's Christmas in Rockefeller Center (1.9/5, 11.3 million) was up »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Glee had another great Tuesday among adults 18-49 (4.5 rating/12 share) and viewers (11.5 million) but the real growth was in the teenage demographic: The drama posted its best-ever rating among teens (a 4.6/16 in first half hour and a 5.1/16 in the second). Last night marked the ninth week in the row that Glee has won in the young demo, not to mention adults 18-34. The drama also won its hour in adults 18-49.
Each 18-49 ratings point represents 1.3 million viewers, while each teens 12-17 ratings point is worth 245,500 persons — or 1 percent of the teen population of 24.5 million.
CBS still finished in first »
- Lynette Rice
From models in lingerie to reindeer with red noses, viewers had eclectic options from which to choose last night...
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: 12 million viewers
Glee (pictured): 11.6 million
Christmas in Rockefeller Center: 11.3 million
One Tree Hill: 1.8 million
NCIS: rerun: 15.1 million
The Biggest Loser: 8.55 million
No Ordinary Family: 6.2 million
Raising Hope: 6.9 million/Running Wilde: 3.4 million
Life Unexpected: 1.5 million
The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show: 9 million
The Biggest Loser: 8 million
Detroit 1-8-7: 7.3 million
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Matt Richenthal)
Fast National ratings for Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2010
"Glee's" trip to Sectionals helped the show rebound some from last week's lower-than-usual ratings, while both "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" and "The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show" brought decent numbers to CBS.
The news was less good for ABC's "No Ordinary Family," which moved to a different timeslot and lost some viewers along the way.
"Rudolph," which has been airing for more than 40 years, led its hour in viewers (and was second in adults 18-49) in helping lead CBS to the top overall spot on the night. The Eye averaged just over 12 million viewers and a 7.0 rating/11 share in households for the night. NBC (9.3 million, 5.6/9) also got a bump from holiday programming and finished second. Fox came in third with 8.4 million viewers and a 4.9/8, while ABC (6.9 million, 4.1/7) was fourth. The CW (1.7 million, 1.1/2) was way off the pace.
CBS also led among adults 18-49 with a 3.4 rating. »
Regular viewers have seen Jax tell Stahl: "My club finds out and I'm dead," in the introductions to a number of this season's episodes. Expect a resolution in tonight's 90-minute finale, and while Jax is unlikely to end up dead (the series has been renewed), the viperous Atf rogue (Ally Walker) does hold the whip hand. But as the episode begins, Jax, the pregnant Tara and Abel are a family, and Clay and Gemma and Opie and Lyla are experiencing something approaching domestic bliss as well while the soundtrack plays Joan Armatrading's "This Charming Life." The tune changes quickly. Hell's Angels veteran Sonny Barger has a cameo as a prisoner. — Paul Droesch
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- TV Guide News
8:00 How the Grinch Stole Christmas 8:30 Shrek the Halls 9:00 No Ordinary Family (new) 10:00 Detroit 1-8-7 (new) 12:05 Jimmy Kimmel Live (new, with guests Magic Johnson and Autumn Reeser) 8:00 Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer 9:00 NCIS (repeat) 10:00 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 11:35 The Late Show With David Letterman (repeat, with guest Tracy Morgan) 12:37 The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson (new, with guests Salman Rushdie and D.J. Qualls) 8:00 Glee (new) 9:00 Raising Hope (new) 9:30 Running Wilde (new) 8:00 Christmas in Rockefeller Center 9:00 The Biggest Loser (new) 11:35 The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (new, with guests Chelsea Handler and Kellan Lutz) 12:35 Late Night With Jimmy Fallon (repeat, with guests Zach Galifianakis, Danny Boyle, and Kid Cudi featuring Cage and St. Vincent) 8:00 One Tree Hill (new) 9:00 Life Unexpected (new) More TV to watch when you read more. 10:00 Strange Days With Bob Saget (new, »
Shrek. So thoroughly has the character permeated pop culture and zeitgeist – that no context or explanation is needed with the word. It has an almost pavlovian response on the listener. I say Shrek and images of a green ogre, pop culture references, sight gags, Eddie Murphy and a soon-to-be-eaten ginger bread man pop to mind. This can perhaps be attributed to the character’s ubiquitous nature – from the films to lunch boxes to Halloween costumes to ABC specials to commercial tie ins to action figures, Shrek quite simply is everywhere. DreamWorks will further propel its plan for Shrek domination by releasing all four films in a box set for the very first time December 7th, just in time for the Christmas season. In anticipation of the release of the new digitally remastered Blu-ray, an informal Q&A and discussion was held with the some of the principle visual and audio »
- Tommy Cook
Been missing your favourite Dreamworks characters? Well then you've a lot to look forward to, with Shrek set to make a Halloween appearance and now Kung Fu Panda to get the tinsel treatment. Dreamworks has lead the charge for animated holiday specials, with Shrek the Halls (TV) in 2007 and Merry Madagascar in 2009, this season however... they've gone one step better: 3D!
A member of the Animation Guild via Bleeding Cool confirmed that the original voice cast for Kung Fu Panda were all in place for the special, which is set to air in the Us on November 24th. The Panda crew has of course been working on the sequel Kung Fu Panda : The Kaboom of Doom , due in May next year and we've even heard rumours of a TV series.
For now it looks like we can look forward to regular DreamWorks specials in the holidays, using all the latest technology. »
I rather like the resurgence of new animated programs for the holidays, to support the claymation classics. Disney’s Prep & Landing is an amiable entry, but DreamWorks Animation has led the charge, first with Shrek the Halls in 2007, then Merry Madagascar in 2009. Shrek is slotted for a Halloween celebration in October (titled Scared Shrekless — ick), with a Kung Fu Panda holiday special to follow in December. I was content with the technological leap in from claymation to CGI, but DreamWorks apparently has bigger plans: 3D! More after the jump.
A member of The Animation Guild [via Bleeding Cool] caught a screening of the special at DreamWorks headquarters, where they were in fact projecting it in 3D. The guild rep was impressed, remarking, “Dwa creates kick-ass dimensional cinema. The cuts and transitions were witty, making vivid use of the technology, and the gags played like gangbusters.” He also confirmed that the original voice cast »
- Brendan Bettinger
Chicago – The laziest big budget film of the year, “Shrek Forever After” is the worst kind of family entertainment in that it relies solely on the goodwill engendered by the hit movies that came before to not only get audience members in seats this weekend but to sell them toys, video games, and tickets to amusement parks.
Last year was a landmark one for animation with films like “Coraline,” “Up,” and “The Princess and the Frog” proving that the medium had a wealth of storytelling possibilities that wouldn’t merely result in commercials for other products of films. The pattern continued into early 2010 with the spectacular “How to Train Your Dragon,” one of the most beautiful movies of the year to date.
Read Brian Tallerico’s full review of “Shrek Forever After” in our reviews section.
Perhaps without the recent high quality output in mainstream animation, I wouldn’t »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
18 items from 2010
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