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Still Open All Hours, Avengers lead BBC One to Boxing Day ratings win

27 December 2014 2:45 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

BBC One came out on top in the Boxing Day ratings thanks to Still Open All Hours and Marvel's Avengers Assemble.

The first in a new series of the updated Sir David Jason sitcom attracted 5.69m viewers (26.7%) from 6.30pm, while the comic book movie pulled in 5.28m (24.3%) at 8.30pm.

David Walliams's The Boy in the Dress was seen by 4.80m (21.3%) at 7pm, before EastEnders topped the night overall with 7.41m (33.3%).

A packed Match of the Day rounded off the night with 3.24m (29.7%).

Birds of a Feather's return grabbed 3.95m (17.6%) for ITV at 9pm, before which Bradley Walsh's Christmas Cracker show entertained 2.77m (12.6%).

A festive offering of Keith Lemon's Through the Keyhole tickled 2.74m (12.6%) at 9.30pm.

On Channel 4, the midseason finale of Agents of Shield thrilled 580k (2.6%), an encore showing of Bear's Wild Weekend with Ben Stiller took 870k (4.0%), and The Big Fat Quiz of the Year »

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Boxing Day's best TV

19 December 2014 7:04 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The Big Fat Quiz of the Year returns bigger and fatter than ever, Manchester United look to continue their good form against Newcastle United in this Boxing Day clash and David Walliams’ TV adaptation of his own debut novel. Plus: A feature-length musical written and directed by Victoria Wood, Monty Python’s final 02 show is re-aired in Cleese and Biscuits and Ashley Jensen stars in the comic adventure Agatha Raisin And The Quiche Of Death.

For a brief time in the 1990s this game decided titles. Now its status is diminished somewhat, which isn’t to say that it won’t prove entertaining. Manchester United alone should ensure that: brilliant going forward, they’re often bumbling at the back. Newcastle, meanwhile, look a canny outfit this season. In the early game (12.30pm, Sky Sports 1), Chelsea host West Ham, while, later, Arsenal take on Qpr (5.15pm, BT Sport 1). Gwilym Mumford

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Doctor Who, Downton Abbey, Miranda: Digital Spy's 12 TV picks of Christmas

13 December 2014 7:35 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

It's a helluva good year for Christmas telly.

With so much on the box, you might even struggle to find time for opening gifts or munching down a Turkey dinner.

So in the spirit of giving, Digital Spy presents a handy guide to the top TV shows this festive period - these are the 12 picks you absolutely can't miss.

1. Black Mirror: White Christmas

Tuesday, December 16 at 9pm on Channel 4

Get your Christmas off to a decidedly un-cheery start with the return of Charlie Brooker's brilliantly bleak Black Mirror. Jon Hamm, Rafe Spall and Oona Chaplin star in three interlinked stories exploring the dark side of Yuletide.

2. The Wrong Mans

Monday, December 22 at 9pm on BBC Two

Sam and Phil are back in two hour-long specials, with the second airing same time, same channel on December 23. Hiding out in Texas, the bumbling pair quickly find themselves back in »

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