TV highlights 23/12/12

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Mr Stink | Secret Lives Of The Apostles | Mount Pleasant Christmas Special | Loving Miss Hatto | Homeland | Him & Her: The Christmas Special | Never Let Me Go | Bad Santa

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Mr Stink

6.30pm, BBC1

Children's books are a familiar second-career path for people in public life, from Prince Charles to Ricky Gervais. Happily, even for a busy person, David Walliams's efforts seem a cut above the celebrity norm. The tale of a homeless man befriended by a middle-class schoolgirl, this adaptation features a suitably strong cast. Benidorm regulars Johnny Vegas and Sheridan Smith play the parents of 12-year-old Chloe, who invites a tramp (Hugh Bonneville) to hang out in her family's garden shed. Gentle family comedy, featuring Walliams himself as the prime minister. Jr

Secret Lives Of The Apostles

7pm, National Geographic

Don't expect revelations about what Peter and Paul
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