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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.
A packed Match of the Day rounded off the night with 3.24m (29.7%).
A festive offering of Keith Lemon's Through the Keyhole tickled 2.74m (12.6%) at 9.30pm.
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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- Guardian Staff
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.
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.
Monday, December 22 at 9pm on BBC Two
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