Christmas Day TV: Gavin and Stacey are again


Gavin and Stacey Christmas Particular
8.30pm, BBC One
It was inevitable that we’d be making a return to Billericay and Barry to test in on long-distance couple in love Gavin and Stacey. It’s a decade because the collection finale and the pair’s child is now 10 years outdated, whereas Smithy continues to co-parent his 12-year-old with Nessa as each households descend on Uncle Bryn and Gwen for a chaotic Christmas lunch. It’s a comforting return to the cross-cultural format with a show-stealing efficiency from Alison Steadman as Pam. Ammar Kalia
The Snail and the Whale
2.30pm, BBC One
A story of pure marvel and mollusc-based empowerment from this 3D-animated adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s e book. Sally Hawkins is lovable because the voice of the snail, whereas Rob Brydon is the kindly humpback whale who agrees to take her on a experience world wide. AK
Name the Midwife Christmas Particular
7pm, BBC One
Mom Mildred (Miriam Margolyes) feels referred to as by God to the Outer Hebrides and so the Nonnatus Home group head north to arrange an antenatal clinic in a draughty, transformed church. It’s not fairly a manger, nevertheless it’s not that far off. Will the native mums-to-be settle for the assistance they’re being provided? Ellen E Jones
The Nice Christmas Bake Off
7.10pm, Channel 4

Christmas within the tent … Paul, Prue, Noel and Sandi. {Photograph}: Mark Bourdillon/Channel 4
Lashings of faux snow abound on this yearly Bake Off particular, that includes 2017 contestants Yan and Tom and 2018’s Briony and Terry. The 4 are set to creating cake-pops, a sausage wreath and a gingerbread mansion showstopper, however who will get the coveted Hollywood handshake? AK
Dolly Parton: Right here I Am
8.30pm, BBC Two
This feature-length doc heads previous the diamante-studded stetson to get to the guts of one in all nation’s best singer-songwriters. Dolly takes us by way of the genesis of beloved tracks akin to 9 to five, and interviewees akin to Kylie Minogue and Jane Fonda inform us what Parton means to them. AK
Mrs Brown’s Boys Christmas Particular
10.30pm, BBC One
In a Christmas when the entire household’s down on Mrs Brown for being nosy and uncaring, cue a homage to It’s a Great Life. She will get Tasered in her own residence, meets an imposter Mrs Brown and learns some life classes. Then a horrible singalong ensues. Rankings: received. Hannah Verdier
Movie alternative

Aquatic amnesiac … Dory, voiced by Ellen DeGeneres, in Discovering Dory. {Photograph}: AP
Discovering Dory 3.10pm, BBC OneOK, we discovered Nemo, so who’s subsequent? This Pixar sequel is just about a rerun, nevertheless it’s executed with such shimmering magnificence and soppy allure that it’s simply forgiven. Right here, the amnesiac blue tang Dory (Ellen DeGeneres) units out on an ocean-wide quest to search out her household – whereas pals Nemo and Marlin go on the lookout for her. Paul Howlett
Reside sport
NBA: Boston Celtics v Toronto Raptors 5pm, Sky Sports activities Primary Occasion. Jap Convention conflict.
NBA: Milwaukee Bucks v Philadelphia 76ers 7.30pm, Sky Sports activities Primary Occasion. Hoops from Wells Fargo Centre.
Worldwide Cricket: Australia v New Zealand 11.15pm, BT Sport 2. First day of the second Take a look at from Melbourne Cricket Floor.

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