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

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

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

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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Christmas 2013 TV to look forward to

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Odd List Louisa Mellor 19 Dec 2013 - 07:00

We’ve scanned the UK TV schedules over the next fortnight and circled a few new Christmas programmes you may enjoy…

Despite this being the time of year when television repeats aren't just tolerated, but welcome (if at no point in the next fortnight does Dermot Morgan get lost in a department store underwear aisle, or a snowman ride a motorbike through a Sussex field, then it just won't feel like Christmas), we've gone for brand new shows in the list below.

There's a selection of new drama, comedy and a few other bits and pieces you may wish to circle in your festive TV listings magazine... Merry Christmas.

Drama Doctor Who: The Time of the Doctor

What is it? It's Doctor Who. Do you need to know anything else?

What’s this one about? This one-hour special is Matt Smith's farewell episode as the Doctor,
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Alan Carr, Educating Yorkshire: Channel 4 unveils Christmas listings

Channel 4 has unveiled details of its Christmas and New Year schedule for 2013/14.

The current series of Homeland and Made in Chelsea will draw to a close over the festive period, while Educating Yorkshire returns for a Christmas special.

On Thursday, December 19, viewers will have the chance to catch up with their favourite teachers and pupils in Educating Yorkshire at Christmas. The festive edition will feature much-loved student Musharaf among others.

On Saturday, December 21, Reese Witherspoon and Vince Vaughn star in Four Christmases at 9pm, followed by the network premiere of Alister Grierson's caving drama Sanctum at 10.40pm.

The third season of Homeland concludes with season finale 'The Star' on Sunday, December 22 at 9pm. It will be preceded by Night at the Museum 2 at 6.55pm and Keira Knightley's Never Let Me Go will follow at 10.25pm.

On Monday, December 23, Food Unwrapped's Christmas Dinner will explore the history of our festive menus at 8pm,
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Noel Fielding: rocking a new look

The Mighty Boosh star Noel Fielding goes glam to relive the golden years of Bowie, Brian Eno and the rest

"People are so boring these days," says Noel Fielding as he hoists himself into his Eno bell-bottoms, slips on an orange wig and struts with a guitar. Fielding, surrealist comic, painter and dandy, is recreating the glam rock 1970s. Just watching his bonkers sitcom The Mighty Boosh, or seeing him coyly flirting with Russell Brand on The Big Fat Quiz Of The Year, you know this must be his era. Fielding is rarely seen without a splash of makeup, big heels and even bigger hair.

Actually, he says, it's his parents' era. They were in their late teens when he was born, adored Bowie and Bolan, wore tight tank tops and flares, and showed him the way sartorially. They were more like an older brother and sister when he was young.
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Alan Davies interview: 'I'm like a fine wine. I'm maturing'

The Jonathan Creek actor on why comedians have become the new fall guys - and why he's returning to standup

Stop blaming the comedians and start blaming the people that make the TV programmes. That seems to be Alan Davies's stance on the recent controversy over the men behaving boorishly on The Big Fat Quiz of The Year. Jack Whitehall and James Corden were accused of making tasteless jokes about the Queen and Susan Boyle, but Davies jumps to their defence, getting into a froth as thick as the one on the coffee he is drinking in a north London cafe.

"That thing with James Corden, it was just vulgarity which the editor should have cut. In the middle of all that banter it was just an exchange, it's not for [newspapers] to be the arbiter of taste." Comedians, he suggests, are society's current fall guys and he wonders why
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