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Australia's David Pocock during the Captain's Run

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Footage Shows Wallaby Fleeing Cars on Sydney Harbour Bridge

A swamp wallaby was filmed fleeing cars after it made its way on to the Sydney Harbour Bridge on Tuesday, January 16.

The male marsupial was eventually rescued on Macquarie Street by former rugby union captain Nick Farr-Jones after it successfully evaded police on the bridge. It was taken to Taronga Zoo.

On its Facebook page the zoo quoted senior veterinarian Larry Vogelnest as saying the swamp wallaby was in stable condition. "At this stage, it doesn’t appear to have any serious injuries, however, it will be carefully assessed over the next 24–48 hours. As with all wildlife brought into our care, our hope is that the wallaby will be able to be released back into the wild. An assessment will be made on the best location for this release in due course.” Credit: Melinda Pavey via Storyful

Footage Shows Wallaby Fleeing Cars on Sydney Harbour Bridge

A swamp wallaby was filmed fleeing cars after it made its way on to the Sydney Harbour Bridge on Tuesday, January 16.

The male marsupial was eventually rescued on Macquarie Street by former rugby union captain Nick Farr-Jones after it successfully evaded police on the bridge. It was taken to Taronga Zoo.

On its Facebook page the zoo quoted senior veterinarian Larry Vogelnest as saying the swamp wallaby was in stable condition. "At this stage, it doesn’t appear to have any serious injuries, however, it will be carefully assessed over the next 24–48 hours. As with all wildlife brought into our care, our hope is that the wallaby will be able to be released back into the wild. An assessment will be made on the best location for this release in due course.” Credit: Melinda Pavey via Storyful

Footage Shows Wallaby Fleeing Cars on Sydney Harbour Bridge

A swamp wallaby was filmed fleeing cars after it made its way on to the Sydney Harbour Bridge on Tuesday, January 16.

The male marsupial was eventually rescued on Macquarie Street by former rugby union captain Nick Farr-Jones after it successfully evaded police on the bridge. It was taken to Taronga Zoo.

On its Facebook page the zoo quoted senior veterinarian Larry Vogelnest as saying the swamp wallaby was in stable condition. "At this stage, it doesn’t appear to have any serious injuries, however, it will be carefully assessed over the next 24–48 hours. As with all wildlife brought into our care, our hope is that the wallaby will be able to be released back into the wild. An assessment will be made on the best location for this release in due course.” Credit: Melinda Pavey via Storyful

Footage Shows Wallaby Fleeing Cars on Sydney Harbour Bridge

A swamp wallaby was filmed fleeing cars after it made its way on to the Sydney Harbour Bridge on Tuesday, January 16.

The male marsupial was eventually rescued on Macquarie Street by former rugby union captain Nick Farr-Jones after it successfully evaded police on the bridge. It was taken to Taronga Zoo.

On its Facebook page the zoo quoted senior veterinarian Larry Vogelnest as saying the swamp wallaby was in stable condition. "At this stage, it doesn’t appear to have any serious injuries, however, it will be carefully assessed over the next 24–48 hours. As with all wildlife brought into our care, our hope is that the wallaby will be able to be released back into the wild. An assessment will be made on the best location for this release in due course.” Credit: Melinda Pavey via Storyful

Footage Shows Wallaby Fleeing Cars on Sydney Harbour Bridge

A swamp wallaby was filmed fleeing cars after it made its way on to the Sydney Harbour Bridge on Tuesday, January 16.

The male marsupial was eventually rescued on Macquarie Street by former rugby union captain Nick Farr-Jones after it successfully evaded police on the bridge. It was taken to Taronga Zoo.

On its Facebook page the zoo quoted senior veterinarian Larry Vogelnest as saying the swamp wallaby was in stable condition. "At this stage, it doesn’t appear to have any serious injuries, however, it will be carefully assessed over the next 24–48 hours. As with all wildlife brought into our care, our hope is that the wallaby will be able to be released back into the wild. An assessment will be made on the best location for this release in due course.” Credit: Melinda Pavey via Storyful

Footage Shows Wallaby Fleeing Cars on Sydney Harbour Bridge

A swamp wallaby was filmed fleeing cars after it made its way on to the Sydney Harbour Bridge on Tuesday, January 16.

The male marsupial was eventually rescued on Macquarie Street by former rugby union captain Nick Farr-Jones after it successfully evaded police on the bridge. It was taken to Taronga Zoo.

On its Facebook page the zoo quoted senior veterinarian Larry Vogelnest as saying the swamp wallaby was in stable condition. "At this stage, it doesn’t appear to have any serious injuries, however, it will be carefully assessed over the next 24–48 hours. As with all wildlife brought into our care, our hope is that the wallaby will be able to be released back into the wild. An assessment will be made on the best location for this release in due course.” Credit: Melinda Pavey via Storyful

Footage Shows Wallaby Fleeing Cars on Sydney Harbour Bridge

A swamp wallaby was filmed fleeing cars after it made its way on to the Sydney Harbour Bridge on Tuesday, January 16.

The male marsupial was eventually rescued on Macquarie Street by former rugby union captain Nick Farr-Jones after it successfully evaded police on the bridge. It was taken to Taronga Zoo.

On its Facebook page the zoo quoted senior veterinarian Larry Vogelnest as saying the swamp wallaby was in stable condition. "At this stage, it doesn’t appear to have any serious injuries, however, it will be carefully assessed over the next 24–48 hours. As with all wildlife brought into our care, our hope is that the wallaby will be able to be released back into the wild. An assessment will be made on the best location for this release in due course.” Credit: Melinda Pavey via Storyful

Footage Shows Wallaby Fleeing Cars on Sydney Harbour Bridge

A swamp wallaby was filmed fleeing cars after it made its way on to the Sydney Harbour Bridge on Tuesday, January 16.

The male marsupial was eventually rescued on Macquarie Street by former rugby union captain Nick Farr-Jones after it successfully evaded police on the bridge. It was taken to Taronga Zoo.

On its Facebook page the zoo quoted senior veterinarian Larry Vogelnest as saying the swamp wallaby was in stable condition. "At this stage, it doesn’t appear to have any serious injuries, however, it will be carefully assessed over the next 24–48 hours. As with all wildlife brought into our care, our hope is that the wallaby will be able to be released back into the wild. An assessment will be made on the best location for this release in due course.” Credit: Melinda Pavey via Storyful

Footage Shows Wallaby Fleeing Cars on Sydney Harbour Bridge

A swamp wallaby was filmed fleeing cars after it made its way on to the Sydney Harbour Bridge on Tuesday, January 16.

The male marsupial was eventually rescued on Macquarie Street by former rugby union captain Nick Farr-Jones after it successfully evaded police on the bridge. It was taken to Taronga Zoo.

On its Facebook page the zoo quoted senior veterinarian Larry Vogelnest as saying the swamp wallaby was in stable condition. "At this stage, it doesn’t appear to have any serious injuries, however, it will be carefully assessed over the next 24–48 hours. As with all wildlife brought into our care, our hope is that the wallaby will be able to be released back into the wild. An assessment will be made on the best location for this release in due course.” Credit: Melinda Pavey via Storyful

Footage Shows Wallaby Fleeing Cars on Sydney Harbour Bridge

A swamp wallaby was filmed fleeing cars after it made its way on to the Sydney Harbour Bridge on Tuesday, January 16.

The male marsupial was eventually rescued on Macquarie Street by former rugby union captain Nick Farr-Jones after it successfully evaded police on the bridge. It was taken to Taronga Zoo.

On its Facebook page the zoo quoted senior veterinarian Larry Vogelnest as saying the swamp wallaby was in stable condition. "At this stage, it doesn’t appear to have any serious injuries, however, it will be carefully assessed over the next 24–48 hours. As with all wildlife brought into our care, our hope is that the wallaby will be able to be released back into the wild. An assessment will be made on the best location for this release in due course.” Credit: Melinda Pavey via Storyful

Autumn Internationals - Scotland vs Australia

Rugby Union - Autumn Internationals - Scotland vs Australia - BT Murrayfield, Edinburgh, Britain - November 25, 2017 Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend during the warm up before the match Action Images via Reuters/Craig Brough

SYD. Sydney (Australia), 14/01/2018.- Australia Rugby Union (ARU) CEO Raelene Castle speaks to the media after a traditional welcome by representatives from the Lloyd McDermott Rugby Development Team on her first day in office at the ARU headquarters in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 15 January 2018. EFE/EPA/DANIEL MUNOZ AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT

SYD. Sydney (Australia), 14/01/2018.- Australia Rugby Union (ARU) CEO Raelene Castle speaks to the media after a traditional welcome by representatives from the Lloyd McDermott Rugby Development Team on her first day in office at the ARU headquarters in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 15 January 2018. EFE/EPA/DANIEL MUNOZ AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT

SYD. Sydney (Australia), 14/01/2018.- Australia Rugby Union (ARU) CEO Raelene Castle (L) is given a traditional welcome by representatives from the Lloyd McDermott Rugby Development Team on her first day in office at the ARU headquarters in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 15 January 2018. EFE/EPA/DANIEL MUNOZ AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT

Australia’s female rugby players are going to be paid the same as men

Australia’s female rugby sevens team are the reigning Olympics champions. Until now, they weren’t paid the same as their male counterparts. Rugby Australia, the sport’s governing body in the country, and the Rugby Union Players’ Association struck a deal yesterday (Jan. 10) that would pay both the men’s and women’s seven-a-side teams the same. Under…

Australia’s female rugby players are going to be paid the same as men

Australia’s female rugby sevens team are the reigning Olympics champions. Until now, they weren’t paid the same as their male counterparts. Rugby Australia, the sport’s governing body in the country, and the Rugby Union Players’ Association struck a deal yesterday (Jan. 10) that would pay both the men’s and women’s seven-a-side teams the same. Under…

Australia’s female rugby players are going to be paid the same as men

Australia’s female rugby sevens team are the reigning Olympics champions. Until now, they weren’t paid the same as their male counterparts. Rugby Australia, the sport’s governing body in the country, and the Rugby Union Players’ Association struck a deal yesterday (Jan. 10) that would pay both the men’s and women’s seven-a-side teams the same. Under…

Australia's women's rugby union team will be paid for Test matches under a new bargaining agreement.

Australia's women's rugby union team will be paid for Test matches under a new bargaining agreement.

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Australia's women's rugby union team will be paid for Test matches under a new bargaining agreement

New rugby union CBA introduces pay parity for women and Super Rugby changes

Australia’s women’s rugby sevens team won the gold medal final against New Zealand in Rio 2016, Brazil.

Australia's women's rugby union team will be paid for Test matches under a new bargaining agreement.

Australia's women's rugby union team will be paid for Test matches under a new bargaining agreement.

What's on TV this Christmas and New Year: A Christmas Carol Goes Wrong, Guess the Star and more

   New Year's Eve New Year's Day Tuesday 2 January Wednesday 3 January Thursday 4 January Friday 5 January Saturday 30 December A Christmas Carol Goes Wrong BBC One, 7.10pm It begins like many other starchy BBC period dramas: with a knight of the realm declaiming familiar dialogue while teetering dangerously close to self-parody. In this case, the latter is entirely deliberate. Derek Jacobi’s take on Scrooge is rapidly hijacked by members of the Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society, still smarting from their disastrous staging of Peter Pan last Christmas on BBC One (in which David Suchet was the thespian gamely offering himself up for ritual humiliation). Needless to say, the cast disputes and professional incompetence remain very much intact. A Christmas Carol Goes Wrong is the Mischief Theatre Company’s latest diligently staged, intricately planned catastrophe, steered once again by Henry Lewis, Henry Shields and Jonathan Sayer. Unlike Peter Pan Goes Wrong, this has been created specifically for television, so the team makes hay with technological disasters and broadcasting faux pas, while Jacobi and Diana Rigg (playing the narrator and no less willing to send herself up) have a ball as the snooty theatrical grandees appalled at the surrounding chaos. It’s family-friendly fare, an old-fashioned, uproarious and good-natured farce. Gabriel Tate Premiership Rugby Union: Harlequins v Northampton Saints Channel 5, 3.30pm Big Game 10 heads to Twickenham as Harlequins host Northampton. Both of these sides have had indifferent starts to their campaigns, and will be looking for a morale-boosting victory here. When they met back in September, the Saints came out on top, winning 30-22. Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway Presents: Who Shot Simon Cowell? ITV, 6.30pm Cobbling together the skits from 2016’s run of Saturday Night Takeaway, this half-hour special recounts the indefatigable pair’s attempts to clear their name after the music mogul is shot at a party. Guess the Star ITV, 7.00pm Jonathan Ross hosts this new game show in which three celebrity teams (led by Coronation Street’s Anthony Cotton, Eamonn Holmes and Diversity’s Jordan Banjo) must guess which famous faces are busking as Bruno Mars, Lemmy, Freddie Mercury, and many more. Grand Tours of Scotland’s Lochs BBC Two, 8.30pm; not NI Paul Murton resumes his travels north of the border by exploring the wilds surrounding Loch Etive, watching kayakers negotiating the Falls of Lora and camping on high to catch a spectacular sunset. Feud: Bette and Joan BBC Two, 9.00pm & 9.45pm; NI, 10.45pm & 11.30pm Ryan Murphy’s hysterical and ludicrously enjoyable melodrama approaches its climax as Oscar season arrives. The rivalry between Joan Crawford (Jessica Lange) and Bette Davis’s (Susan Sarandon) hits new heights as Crawford attempts to thwart her Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? co-star hopes of bagging an award. GT Spiral BBC Four, 9.00pm & 10.00pm When we last saw harried Parisian cop Laure Berthaud (Caroline Proust), she was heavily pregnant and had been stabbed and half-drowned. As we return for a welcome sixth series of the superbly knotty and harsh policier, Berthaud has since had her baby but is returning to work a mere four weeks later, enticed by the discovery of a dismembered corpse in a skip. Liam Gallagher: Live in New York Sky Arts, 9.00pm Liam Gallagher’s return is one of 2017’s more unlikely musical comebacks, and it is documented in this, his first solo concert in the US. Expect hits such as Morning Glory, Rock ’n’ Roll Star and Wall of Glass. 2017: a Year in the Life of a Year BBC Four, 11.05pm This enjoyably puerile, scattershot spoof from Rhys Thomas joins the dots between Jeremy Corbyn, CBeebies and King Kong. GT WTA Tennis: Shenzhen Open Saturday, BT Sport/ESPN, 5.00am The road to the Australian Open, the first grand slam of 2018, begins at the Shenzhen Longgang Tennis Centre, with world number one Simona Halep leading a field, that includes five-time Grand Slam winner Maria Sharapova. All About Eve (1950, b/w) ★★★★★ BBC Two, 3.20pm  One of Hollywood’s greatest films explores Tinseltown’s inherent ageism towards its female stars. Bette Davis gives a riveting performance as fortysomething actress Margo Channing, whose ascendancy is usurped by ingénue Eve Harrington (Anne Baxter). The film oozes wit as Margo puts on a brave face with lines that have since become classics, such as, “Fasten your seat belts, it’s going to be a bumpy night.” Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) ★★★★☆ BBC One, 8.00pm Joss Whedon’s superhero film gives you a pop-culture sugar rush, stacking characters, conflicts, subplots and background treats. But the structure holds and the film flies past at speed, perhaps because Whedon values humour as much as a spectacular set-piece. This time the all-star Avengers (Iron Man, Captain America, etc) do battle with the all-powerful Ultron.  Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964, b/w) ★★★☆☆ BBC Two, 10.30pm; not Northern Ireland The rivalry between Bette Davis and Joan Crawford continued on set of this heady horror film, with Davis having a Coca-Cola machine placed on film lot to infuriate Crawford, who was married to the CEO of Pepsi. But Crawford bowed out due to illness and was replaced by Olivia de Havilland. The story follows two cousins warring over an inheritance. New Year’s Eve Going out with a bang: the New Year fireworks in London Credit: Getty Images Countdown to 2018 BBC One, BBC Two & ITV, from 11.20pm More than ever the field for these shared national events is left clear for the BBC, which offers two choices to ring in 2018, both beginning at 11.20pm. On BBC One, there’s Nile Rodgers & Chic: Good Times, a live relay from London of the American funk outfit’s concert at Westminster’s Central Hall, getting the celebrations off to an upbeat start with disco classics such as Everybody Dance, Le Freak and Good Times. There’s a break, at 11.55pm, for the annual New Year’s Eve Fireworks from the River Thames and a round of Auld Lang Syne as Big Ben strikes the midnight hour, before the band starts up again.  On BBC Two, the year-end staple Jools’ Annual Hootenanny sees pop megastar Ed Sheeran headline the celebrations, with performances also from erstwhile Gossip frontwoman Beth Ditto, and a selection of vintage gospel, soul and R’n’B stars including Mavis Staples, Soul II Soul, George McCrae and Ruby Turner, among others. The pipes and drums of the Scots Guards will play in the New Year. And if music is not to your change-ringing taste, there’s always ITV’s more sober offer: a news bulletin at 11.45pm, followed by the bongs. Happy New Year! Gerard O’Donovan Bee Gees: Live in Melbourne 1989 Sky Arts, 5.15pm From the group’s One for All world tour in 1989, this packed out stadium concert sees the brothers Gibb yodel a full slate of hits, from New York Mining Disaster 1941 and Massachusetts to Jive Talkin’ and Stayin’ Alive.  CBeebies Bedtime Stories CBeebies, 6.50pm Queen of country music Dolly Parton pays a return visit for the seasonal storytelling series, reading Garry Parsons and Jane Clarke’s delightful tale Stuck in the Mud. Robot Wars Special 2017: the world series BBC Two, 7.00pm Dara O Briain and Angela Scanlon present a special “world series” edition in which four of the UK’s top battle bots thrash it out with an international team of champions from Ireland, the Netherlands, Belgium and Portugal. Andre Rieu: New Year’s Eve in Vienna Sky Arts, 7.30pm Where better than the banks of the Danube for the king of waltz and his Johann Strauss Orchestra to ring in the New Year. The year in question was, admittedly, 2005, but no matter, it’s a timeless mix of Viennese favourites. And if you simply can’t get enough strings, his 2003 Hanover concert Andre Rieu’s New Year’s Eve Punch follows at 9.45pm. GO Antiques Roadshow BBC One, 8.00pm This showbiz special from the Albert Square set of EastEnders in Elstree focuses largely on TV and film memorabilia – an original Muffin the Mule puppet, a key script from Doctor Who and a staggeringly valuable collection of discarded props – plus items relating to Andy Warhol, Marc Bolan and Jimi Hendrix. World Darts Championship Monday, Sky Sports Main Event / Sky Sports Darts, 8.00pm After 15 days on the oche, the biggest tournament in darts comes to an end with its final at Alexandra Palace in London. There is £400,000 waiting for the eventual champion, alongside the Sid Waddell Trophy. Sixteen-time world champion Phil Taylor made a record 29th consecutive appearance at a world championship as he brings an end to his glittering career. Last year, world number one Michael van Gerwen won his second world championship title by defeating two-times defending champion Gary Anderson 7-3. Alan Carr’s New Year Specstacular 2017 Channel 4, 9.00pm The chat show host’s annual New Year’s bash is bigger and louder than ever with Caroline Flack, Keith Lemon, Jonnie Peacock and Alex Brooker among those participating in madcap sketches and party games, plus music from The Voice star Becky Hill with Pete Tong and the Heritage Orchestra. The Graham Norton Show BBC One, 10.20pm Helping to get us in the mood for the bongs is an all-actor line up with guests Hugh Jackman, Suranne Jones, Gary Oldman, Zendaya and Zac Efron, plus music from West End stars The Leading Ladies, Beverley Knight, Amber Riley and Cassidy Janson. GO Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971) ★★★★☆ BBC One, 1.40pm; Scotland, 2.10pm Three Cockney orphans are billeted in an English village with apprentice witch Angela Lansbury in this delightful live-action Disney yarn set during the Second World War. Along with charlatan magician David Tomlinson, they visit Portobello Road on a flying bed and watch an all-animal football match before a magical showdown with sneaky German invaders. Into the Woods (2014) ★★★☆☆ BBC Two, 8.00pm Stephen Sondheim’s 1987 musical, which sees the likes of Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford), Cinderella (Anna Kendrick) and Rapunzel (Mackenzie Mauzy) cross paths, gets the Hollywood treatment. James Corden plays the baker who must find several items (red cape, golden slipper, lock of hair) so that he and his wife can have a child. Meryl Streep is the archetypal old crone. It’s wonderful, wintry fun. An American Werewolf in London (1981) ★★★★☆ Film4, 11.35pm Scary/funny is a hard one to pull off but John Landis does so impressively in this witty horror that scares and amuses in equal measure. David Naughton and Griffin Dunne play American backpackers attacked by a beast on the Yorkshire Moors. One boy survives, only to undergo a terrifying transformation. What follows is eerie music and some creative dream sequences. New Year’s Day Family connections: Maria Shukshina and James Norton Credit: BBC McMafia BBC One, 9.00pm This slick, smart thriller about Russian gangsters, banking greed and the globalisation of organised crime is the BBC’s flagship drama for the new year – and deservedly so. Taking Misha Glenny’s fascinating account of the spread of crime since the break-up of the Soviet bloc as its starting point, the addictive McMafia spins a tense web of lies, betrayals and deceit revolving around James Norton’s Alex Godman, the English-raised, private-school educated son of Russian exiles who has turned his back on his family’s less-than-reputable past to forge a “respectable” career in banking. When that past comes rushing in, Alex soon discovers that he’s not the man that he thought he was – can he break free of family ties or will he lose everything that he’s worked for?  It would be easy to see McMafia as another glossy thriller in the same mode as The Night Manager, but it’s more interesting than that. Hossein Amini (who wrote the film Drive) and James Watkins’s subtle script delves deep into the realities of being an outsider and Norton makes for a charismatic, complex leading man. Watkins also directs with verve, allowing us to see that far more is at stake than one man’s soul. Sarah Hughes Grandpa’s Great Escape BBC One, 6.55pm There’s just time to squeeze in one last festive treat with this lovely adaptation of one of David Walliams’s most enjoyable books. Tom Courtenay plays the eponymous Grandpa, a former Second World War pilot living with Alzheimer’s disease and stuck in a dreadful care home. Can grandson Jack (Kit Connor) help him mount one final escape? New Year’s Day Concert from Vienna 2018 BBC Four, 7.00pm The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra’s New Year’s concert is one of the highlights of the classical music year and this year’s should be no exception. Riccardo Muti conducts a performance of polkas, waltzes and marches composed by the Strauss family and their contemporaries. Followed by two performances from the Vienna State Ballet to mark 100 years since the death of Austrian architect Otto Wagner. The Great Festive Bake Off Channel 4, 7.40pm They’re still wringing every last drop of Bake Off goodwill from a successful season. The second of two specials sees former contestants, Benjamina, Rob, Rav and Sandy take on winter-wonderland challenges. The Two Ronnies: In Their Own Words Channel 5, 8.00pm They used to dominate Christmas schedules so what better time of year to honour The Two Ronnies than on New Year’s Day? This is a straightforward recap of the careers of Messrs Barker and Corbett featuring best moments and contributions from family and friends. Sue Perkins and the Chimp Sanctuary BBC Two, 9.00pm This week Perkins travels to the US to examine laws on using chimpanzees in medical research, a practice only recently outlawed. She is rightly outraged, particularly after spending time the chimps in question. SH The Story of Bohemian Rhapsody BBC Four, 9.00pm BBC Four gives over the rest of the evening to a celebration of Queen. First up is a 2004 documentary on the story behind the band’s best-known song with rare footage of Freddie Mercury. That’s followed by Queen: Rock the World, which looks at the band’s 1977 tour of North America, and Queen: The Legendary 1975 Concert, which sees the band performing at London’s Hammersmith Odeon. SH Shrek Forever After (2010) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 2.05pm The fourth and final episode in DreamWorks’ green ogre franchise is an animated variation on It’s a Wonderful Life, with Shrek conned into signing away the day of his own birth; his wife and friends no longer know who he is, and the land of Far Far Away is ruled by the evil Rumpelstiltskin. It’s no classic, but more fun than Shrek the Third and an entertaining flourish to finish the franchise. Maleficent (2014) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 5.00pm Angelina Jolie stars as the titular Maleficent in Disney’s live-action reimagining of Sleeping Beauty, which follows her from a young, carefree fairy to Mistress of All Evil, muddling the distinction between hero and villain. Maleficent is happy in a kingdom of peculiar CGI beasts until her heart is broken by Stefan (Sharlto Copley), who inherits the throne. Seeking vengeance, she curses his baby, Princess Aurora (Elle Fanning). Spectre (2015) ★★★★★ ITV, 8.00pm The 24th movie of the James Bond franchise is a swaggering show of confidence from director Sam Mendes. It combines hold-your-breath action and ghosts of Bond films past, trailing tingles of nostalgic pleasure in their wake. A cryptic message leads Bond (Daniel Craig) to Mexico City and Rome, where he uncovers the existence of the sinister organisation Spectre. Tuesday 2 January A blazing talent: Prince, who died in 2016 Credit: Getty Images Prince: Last Year of a Legend Channel 4, 10.00pm Confidants, famous fans and protégés pay tribute to a musical genius in this peculiar documentary which has plenty of good material but only a sketchy idea of what to do with it all; the strain of trying to understand such a studied enigma is tangible. Proceeding from April 2015 through the following 12 months of frenetic gigging (including jamming with Stevie Wonder at the White House) and recording to his death from an accidental overdose of painkillers, Last Year of a Legend is from the show-and-tell school of documentary making.  Zawe Ashton’s narration is a case in point: “Prince plays his famous rock anthem, uniting and inspiring his audience,” we’re told, over footage of the singer performing Purple Rain to a demonstrably rapt crowd. Nothing Compares 2 U is described thus: “Often appearing on lists of the greatest songs, it’s a testament to Prince’s skill as a songwriter”. It then takes a curious turn into true-crime territory as “Prince’s last hours turn murky”. Yet it’s essential viewing for fans, both for the behind-the-scenes peak at the singer’s home Paisley Park and for the reminder, courtesy of scintillating concert footage, of what a blazing talent we have lost. Gabriel Tate Sex, Drugs and Murder: a Year in the Red Light Zone BBC Three, from 10.00am Here’s another excellent new documentary from BBC Three. This one follows the lives of sex workers in the Holbeck area of Leeds and exposes some grim truths about life on the margins. Kate Humble: Off the Beaten Track BBC Two, 7.00pm Kate Humble and her sheepdog, Teg, learn about old-style shepherding, mushroom-picking, skinny-dipping and life-saving as they travel from mainland Wales’s most northerly farm through Snowdonia in the first episode of a new series. The Greatest TV Moments of All Time ITV, 8.00pm It’s pure bathos as Paddy McGuinness, of all people, hosts this two-hour rundown of classic small-screen moments as voted for by viewers. Guests include Keith Lemon and Holly Willoughby.  Harry Hill’s Tea-Time Sky One, 8.30pm The closest vehicle yet to Harry Hill recapturing that indefinable TV Burp magic, spoof cookery show Tea Time returns for a second series. Trevor McDonald is the first game celebrity guest, who belts out songs and makes sausages. The Real T. Rex with Chris Packham BBC Two, 9.00pm Naturalist Chris Packham travels the globe to gain a greater understanding of the Tyrannosaurus Rex through fossils, CGI reconstructions and the dinosaur’s nearest living descendants. Was it a pea-brained scavenger or sophisticated predator? Packham’s conclusions are characteristically forthright. Inside No 9 BBC Two, 10.00pm Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith’s wonderful comic-horror anthology returns for a fourth series with another estimable ensemble cast: Rory Kinnear, Hattie Morahan and Kevin Eldon are among those checking into a luxury hotel for a night that brings rather more than anticipated. GT Trollied Sky One, 10.00pm Following last week’s Christmas special, the sitcom begins its seventh series proper with budget supermarket Valco facing radical upheaval with poor grace as the CEO (Simon Delaney) pays a surprise visit. A fine ensemble, led by Jason Watkins and Sarah Parish, keep things watchable. GT A Monster in Paris (2011) ★★★☆☆ E4, 9.00am In 1910 Paris, an experiment goes wrong and results in a flea growing until it’s seven feet tall. As it turns out, the flea’s also a fantastic guitar player and becomes a cabaret act with a beautiful singer, Lucille (voiced by Vanessa Paradis in both the French and English versions). Very cute and surprisingly cheeky in parts, this 3D animation, directed by Bibo Bergeron and produced by Luc Besson, is a treat. Die Hard 2 (1990) ★★★☆☆ Film4, 9.00pm Bruce Willis returns as humble-yet-invincible cop John McClane in this action film sequel. Once again, it falls to McClane to save the day (and a skyscraper full of executives, and an airport of hapless tourists) from terrorists. It’s not a patch on its 1988 predecessor, but there’s one-liners and violence abound and it remains streets ahead of the more recent efforts from the franchise. Yippee-ki-yay, indeed. Clueless (1995) ★★★★☆ ITV, 11.10pm Loosely based on Jane Austen’s Emma, this gently amusing high-school satire launched the Hollywood careers of Alicia Silverstone, Brittany Murphy and the ubiquitous Paul Rudd. The plot follows the travails of Cher (Silverstone), a bubbly 15-year-old shopaholic who is the most popular girl at Beverly Hills High and wants to make the world a better place. Jam-packed with pop culture gags, Clueless has become a cult classic. Wednesday 3 January Zoe Wanamaker, Phyllis Logan and Miranda Richardson Credit: ITV Girlfriends ITV, 9.00pm Writer Kay Mellor has been busy: hard on the heels of BBC One’s Love, Lies & Records, here comes another new six-part drama, this one exploring the tangled lives and relationships of three middle-aged friends. It’s not entirely clear how such different personalities as Linda (Phyllis Logan), Gail (Zoë Wanamaker) and Sue (Miranda Richardson) came to be such fast friends, other than in vague references to meeting at Greenham Common protest camp in the early Eighties. No matter, as homemaker Linda, lollipop lady Gail and magazine features editor Sue have drifted apart over the years anyway. The set-up here is how tragedy brings them back together and forces them to take a more active interest in each other’s life trials and family problems once again.     Linda has money troubles, Gail has a nice-but-dim criminal son, and Sue is struggling with ageism at work and a soulless ex-lover who happens to be both her employer and the father of her child. There’s nothing subtle about it – Richardson’s portrayal of overwrought journalist Sue is magnificently hammed up – but it grips from the start with a twist-packed storyline that tugs the heartstrings. Gerard O’Donovan Premier League: Arsenal v Chelsea Wednesday, Sky Sports Main Event, 7.00pm Arsenal go head to head with rivals Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium. Both of the previous meetings between the sides this season have ended in draws in regulation play, though Arsenal did go on to win the Community Shield on penalties back in August. They also claimed a 3-0 win when the sides met here last season when Alexis Sanchez, Theo Walcott and Mesut Ozil all scored in a dazzling first-half performance for the Gunners. Tom Kerridge’s Lose Weight For Good BBC Two, 8.00pm Having lost 12-stone, chef Tom Kerridge has certainly walked the dieting walk. He did so by “cutting out carbs, kicking the booze and hitting the gym”. But that wouldn’t make a great TV series (or, indeed, a tie-in book) so he’s come up with some “mouth-watering calorie-controlled recipes” for those keen to eat well while dieting. Rather handy in January, too. Kirstie and Phil’s Love It or List It Channel 4, 8.00pm New year, new house? Allsopp and Spencer return with the show that challenges people to renovate their home before deciding to move. Chasing the Nazis Yesterday, 8.00pm A harrowing two-part documentary telling the story of Simon Wiesenthal, a survivor of the concentration camps who dedicated his life to tracking down fugitive Nazi war criminals and responsible for bringing many of the most prominent, among them Adolf Eichmann and Josef Mengele, to justice. Trust Me I’m a Doctor BBC Two, 8.30pm Michael Mosely’s medical magazine brings good tidings for diabetics with news of a new artificial pancreas, why fizzy drinks make you hungrier, new treatments for baldness, plus a guide to obsessive-compulsive disorder. Hunting Down A Stitch in Time BBC Four, 8.30pm Art, dressmaking and politics combine engagingly as historian Amber Butchart explores – and recreates – how people have expressed wealth, power and politics in the way that they dress, beginning with that well known Restoration clothes horse, King Charles II. Miriam’s Big American Adventure BBC One, 9.00pm; Scotland, 10.45pm Leaving her Real Marigold Hotel chums behind, actress Miriam Margolyes heads across the pond for a terrifically entertaining two-month road trip through the heart of Middle America. “I go with an open mind, a warm heart and a beady eye,” she says, putting the latter to particularly good use in Chicago where she begins her journey. GO The Complaints Department More4, 10.00pm New Watchdog-style show with Harry Wallop and a team of product testers taking on companies on behalf of consumers stuck with faulty goods, such as a wedding dress that fell apart. GO Live Ashes Test Cricket: Australia v England BT Sport 1, 10.30pm Having already relinquished the Ashes to the Australia, England continue to play for pride as they head into the first day of play in the fifth Test, at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Made in Dagenham (2010) ★★★★☆ BBC Four, 9.00pm Industrial action in pursuit of equal pay for women doesn’t sound too thrillinga subject, but Nigel Cole’s (Calendar Girls) film, based around the real-life strike from 1968, turns out to be a rousing crowd-pleaser. Sally Hawkins plays the reluctant ringleader of the workers who sew car seats at Ford’s Dagenham plant; Bob Hoskins is a union rep; Miranda Richardson is wonderful as Labour MP Barbara Castle. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011) ★★★☆☆ ITV2, 9.00pm Guy Ritchie’s vigorously silly second Sherlock film has next to nothing in common with Arthur Conan Doyle’s work save a handful of character names and the odd pipe, but what it lacks in authenticity it makes up for in sheer swashbuckling brio. The action set pieces plus Holmes (Robert Downey Jnr) and Watson’s (Jude Law) camp squabbling more than sustain it. Pretty Woman (1990) ★★★★☆ BBC One, 10.45pm; Scotland, 11.45pm Initially intended as a dark drama about prostitution in Nineties Los Angeles, this romcom has been a huge success. Edward (Richard Gere), a millionaire mogul, takes a wrong turn in his Lotus Esprit and asks for directions from Vivian (Julia Roberts), a carefree call-girl. She steers him back to his hotel, he pays her $3,000 to be his escort for the week and they, improbably, fall head over heels in love. Thursday 4 January Word on the street: David Olusoga in Liverpool Credit: BBC A House Through Time BBC Two, 9.00pm  The best ideas are often the most deceptively simple. So it proves with this wonderful new four-part documentary series from David Olusoga, which aims to trace the history of 62 Falkner Street, an ordinary terraced house in Liverpool, from its creation in the 1840s until the present day. The choice of Liverpool is an astute one – this bustling city has seen both boom and bust many times over the course of history and the stories that Olusoga, patiently trawling through records and archives, uncovers about the house’s many occupants illustrate that.  Among the highlights are Richard Glenton, an ill-starred wastrel son who lived life on the high until the funds dried up, and the astute, sharp-minded James Orr, who climbed the social ladder from butler to businessman and left his wife a fortune when he died.  “History isn’t just about what happens in battlefields and in palaces, it is also the story of millions of ordinary people who lived in houses just like this,” says Olusoga. He’s right and the great joy of this series is the way it not only illuminates the lives of those who lived in this particular house but also the history of city and a time. Sarah Hughes Wartime Crime Yesterday, 8.00pm Yesterday’s latest documentary series sets its focus on violence and bloodshed on the home front with a look at the criminals who flourished during the Second World War. The first episode (of six) takes place in London, where petty robber Billy Hill expanded into wide-scale organised crime.    Death in Paradise BBC One, 9.00pm  Ardal O’Hanlon’s relocation to the fictional Caribbean island of Saint Marie in the long-running detective show was met with mixed reviews. But he’s back for the new series as DI Jack Mooney, and is soon investigating the death of a billionaire’s fiancée inside a room locked from the inside.  Hunted Channel 4, 9.00pm Celebrity Hunted was fun but the original is the real deal. This new series has some great candidates including competitive Sandra, chatty Carlene, and Magid, who is also the deputy Lord Mayor of Sheffield. Best of all, though are father-and-son team Bob and Alex, whose conversations about Alex’s depression are genuinely moving.   The Secret Life of Sue Townsend (Aged 68 3/4) BBC Four, 10.00pm   A welcome repeat for this engaging profile of Sue Townsend, the celebrated creator of Adrian Mole. Narrated by Julie Walters, the film is both heartbreaking and hilarious, an honest account of an often-difficult life, and one blighted with poor health. Townsend was a struggling mother of three living on a Leicester council estate when she wrote her first novel, The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole aged 13 and ¾. It would go on to become one of the bestselling and most-loved books of the Eighties. Few authors have deserved the success more. SH Derry Girls Channel 4, 10.00pm  Lisa McGee’s sprightly comedy is set in Northern Ireland towards the end of the Troubles in the Nineties and provides a welcome antidote to the standard depictions. The heroine is 16-year-old Erin (Saoirse-Monica Jackson), who’s more concerned with navigating school than with the bombs that make up her everyday life.   Great Art ITV, 10.45pm  ITV returns to highbrow arts programming with this promising new series which profiles some of the world’s great artists, and is presented by Tim Marlow. It begins with Venetian master Canaletto. SH The Boss Baby (2017) ★★☆☆☆ Sky Cinema Premiere, 3.55pm Based on a 40-page children’s book about a taxing tot (here voiced by Alec Baldwin) who treats his parents like zero-hour flunkeys, Tom McGrath’s film is charming for as long as it can keep that premise spinning without embellishment, which is around 15 minutes. Rackety 3D antics is the only item on the agenda, with tired pop-culture nods and moderate toilet humour. Dumb and Dumber To (2014) ★★☆☆☆ Film4, 9.00pm This sequel to Dumb and Dumber finds Jeff Daniels and Jim Carrey older, no wiser and much less funny. Harry (Daniels) and Lloyd (Carrey) are back, gurning, grinding and punching one another in the groin. There’s a storyline of sorts, in which Harry hunts down his daughter (Rachel Melvin) because he needs a kidney transplant, which in turn sees them become embroiled in a poisoning plot. 22 Jump Street (2014) ★★★★☆ ITV2, 9.00pm Channing Tatum’s charisma and the best malapropisms ever make this sequel to 21 Jump Street a joy. Instead of infiltrating high school to arrest the suppliers of a drug, Jonah Hill’s Schmidt and Tatum’s Jenko infiltrate college to do… exactly the same, and their chemistry is sublime. The film is directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (The Lego Movie), who are becoming the handiest duo since the Coen brothers. Friday 5 January Double act: Andrew Graham-Dixon and Giorgio Locatelli Credit: BBC Rome Unpacked BBC Two, 9.00pm; Wales, 9.30pm “I cannot imagine anything in life better to do than this,” says the chef Giorgio Locatelli as he speeds around Rome on a Vespa with art critic Andrew Graham-Dixon. Here they return for another of their Italian jaunts, this time taking in the culture and cooking of the Italian capital, and its “divided, opinionated, passionate and unpredictable” inhabitants. The pair make an engaging double act: effervescent, witty and knowledgable. Their journey opens at Rome’s Capitoline Hill, the ancient meeting place of the “great and powerful and the mob”, as Graham-Dixon and Locatelli marvel at the work of Michelangelo before visiting that magnificent display of papal showmanship, the Trevi fountain. “As famous as Italian cream,” says Graham-Dixon, who adds that it was Federico Fellini who gave the fountain cinematic resonance in La Dolce Vita, before he explores how another artist, Caravaggio, captured the city’s soul.  Never far behind with a quip or insight, Locatelli comes into his own in the market of San Giovanni di Dio, where he prepares a staple Roman dish – skate with broccoli soup. “This is Rome,” says Graham-Dixon. “Intenso.” Simon Horsford Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency Netflix, from 8.00am This US adaptation of Douglas Adams’s outlandish detective stories returns for a second season with Dirk Gently (Samuel Barnett) on the run from the CIA, while his sidekick Todd (Elijah Wood) attempts to save him.  Live FA Cup Football: Liverpool v Everton BBC One, 7.30pm Four weeks after they met at Anfield in the Premier League, Merseyside rivals Liverpool take on Everton once again, this time in the FA Cup third round. The previous match finished in a 1-1 draw and Toffees manager Sam Allardyce believes that his side are capable of claiming a place in European football’s club competitions, as well as reaching the domestic cup finals. But first he must steer his side past their cross-city rivals. That may be easier said than done, as Liverpool have been on fine form going forward, scoring five goals in their last game alone. But for as good as they are going forward, the Kop have been inconsistent at the back – which is something that manager Jurgen Klopp is keen to rectify. River Monsters ITV, 8.00pm; not UTV or Wales Fearless host Jeremy Wade heads to New Britain in Papua New Guinea, where he hears from fisherman about a mysterious big-headed black fish that has on occasion attacked them.   Costa Del Celebrity Channel 5, 8.00pm Celebrities used to present “travel” documentaries on their own – now they do it in groups. The latest on the treadmill sees Anne Diamond, Nick Owen, Ainsley Harriott, Christine Hamilton and Vicki Michelle head to the Costa Blanca.  Breaking a Monster Sky Arts, 9.00pm A charming rockumentary detailing the machinations of the music industry and the rise of three African-American children in Brooklyn, from heavy-metal street band to securing a million dollar record deal. Luke Meyer’s film follows the remarkable ascent of Unlocking the Truth, a personable bunch of seventh graders with distinctive personalities. Will & Grace Channel 5, 10.00pm American sitcom Will & Grace was groundbreaking for its depiction of gay characters on TV. It now returns after an 11-year absence to a very different world. The question is, does it match up? To an extent, it does. Will (Eric McCormack), Grace (Debra Messing), Jack (Sean Hayes) and Karen (Megan Mullally) deliver with the same zest, but with added relevance – there are references to Grindr, Melania Trump, and fake news. In the first episode, Will and Grace’s political beliefs are put to the test. Graham Norton’s Good Guest Guide BBC One, 10.35pm Graham Norton has a knack for attracting “A-listers” to his sofa but what makes a good guest? Here he gives his advice to the stars. SH Radio 2 in Concert: Tears for Fears BBC Four, 11.00pm Jo Whiley presents as the Eighties synth-pop masters perform a set at London’s BBC Radio Theatre. It includes such era-defining hits as Mad World and Shout. SH Triple Cross (1966) ★★★☆☆ BBC Two, 12.10pm This slow-paced Second World War drama is loosely based on the exploits and autobiography of Eddie Chapman (Christopher Plummer), a British safe-cracker who offered both the Third Reich and British Intelligence his services as a spy while he was a prisoner in the Channel Islands. The lack of suspense makes you wonder if this is really the same director – Terence Young – who did the quick-fire early James Bond films. The Beatles: Eight Days a Week: The Touring Years (2016) ★★★☆☆ Channel 4, 9.00pm While you watch this peppy documentary from Ron Howard, which focuses on the band’s notoriously hectic touring period, from 1962-66, you feel pop history whistling past at speed. “We were force-grown, like rhubarb,” John Lennon observes in one of many well-chosen snippets. It’s a line that chimes with every step Howard shows us the band taking. Bridesmaids (2011) ★★★★★ ITV2, 9.00pm This sharply written and hilarious comedy combining bad taste with good humour is a valiant backlash against sugary chick flicks, but also a poignant evocation of loneliness. Annie (Kristen Wiig) agrees to be her best friend Lillian’s (Maya Rudolph) maid of honour, but finds herself competing with a richer, more elegant bridesmaid (Rose Byrne) when it comes to plea   Television previewers Toby Dantzic, Catherine Gee, Simon Horsford, Sarah Hughes, Clive Morgan, Gerard O'Donovan, Vicki Power, Patrick Smith, Gabriel Tate and Rachel Ward

What's on TV this Christmas and New Year: A Christmas Carol Goes Wrong, Guess the Star and more

   New Year's Eve New Year's Day Tuesday 2 January Wednesday 3 January Thursday 4 January Friday 5 January Saturday 30 December A Christmas Carol Goes Wrong BBC One, 7.10pm It begins like many other starchy BBC period dramas: with a knight of the realm declaiming familiar dialogue while teetering dangerously close to self-parody. In this case, the latter is entirely deliberate. Derek Jacobi’s take on Scrooge is rapidly hijacked by members of the Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society, still smarting from their disastrous staging of Peter Pan last Christmas on BBC One (in which David Suchet was the thespian gamely offering himself up for ritual humiliation). Needless to say, the cast disputes and professional incompetence remain very much intact. A Christmas Carol Goes Wrong is the Mischief Theatre Company’s latest diligently staged, intricately planned catastrophe, steered once again by Henry Lewis, Henry Shields and Jonathan Sayer. Unlike Peter Pan Goes Wrong, this has been created specifically for television, so the team makes hay with technological disasters and broadcasting faux pas, while Jacobi and Diana Rigg (playing the narrator and no less willing to send herself up) have a ball as the snooty theatrical grandees appalled at the surrounding chaos. It’s family-friendly fare, an old-fashioned, uproarious and good-natured farce. Gabriel Tate Premiership Rugby Union: Harlequins v Northampton Saints Channel 5, 3.30pm Big Game 10 heads to Twickenham as Harlequins host Northampton. Both of these sides have had indifferent starts to their campaigns, and will be looking for a morale-boosting victory here. When they met back in September, the Saints came out on top, winning 30-22. Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway Presents: Who Shot Simon Cowell? ITV, 6.30pm Cobbling together the skits from 2016’s run of Saturday Night Takeaway, this half-hour special recounts the indefatigable pair’s attempts to clear their name after the music mogul is shot at a party. Guess the Star ITV, 7.00pm Jonathan Ross hosts this new game show in which three celebrity teams (led by Coronation Street’s Anthony Cotton, Eamonn Holmes and Diversity’s Jordan Banjo) must guess which famous faces are busking as Bruno Mars, Lemmy, Freddie Mercury, and many more. Grand Tours of Scotland’s Lochs BBC Two, 8.30pm; not NI Paul Murton resumes his travels north of the border by exploring the wilds surrounding Loch Etive, watching kayakers negotiating the Falls of Lora and camping on high to catch a spectacular sunset. Feud: Bette and Joan BBC Two, 9.00pm & 9.45pm; NI, 10.45pm & 11.30pm Ryan Murphy’s hysterical and ludicrously enjoyable melodrama approaches its climax as Oscar season arrives. The rivalry between Joan Crawford (Jessica Lange) and Bette Davis’s (Susan Sarandon) hits new heights as Crawford attempts to thwart her Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? co-star hopes of bagging an award. GT Spiral BBC Four, 9.00pm & 10.00pm When we last saw harried Parisian cop Laure Berthaud (Caroline Proust), she was heavily pregnant and had been stabbed and half-drowned. As we return for a welcome sixth series of the superbly knotty and harsh policier, Berthaud has since had her baby but is returning to work a mere four weeks later, enticed by the discovery of a dismembered corpse in a skip. Liam Gallagher: Live in New York Sky Arts, 9.00pm Liam Gallagher’s return is one of 2017’s more unlikely musical comebacks, and it is documented in this, his first solo concert in the US. Expect hits such as Morning Glory, Rock ’n’ Roll Star and Wall of Glass. 2017: a Year in the Life of a Year BBC Four, 11.05pm This enjoyably puerile, scattershot spoof from Rhys Thomas joins the dots between Jeremy Corbyn, CBeebies and King Kong. GT WTA Tennis: Shenzhen Open Saturday, BT Sport/ESPN, 5.00am The road to the Australian Open, the first grand slam of 2018, begins at the Shenzhen Longgang Tennis Centre, with world number one Simona Halep leading a field, that includes five-time Grand Slam winner Maria Sharapova. All About Eve (1950, b/w) ★★★★★ BBC Two, 3.20pm  One of Hollywood’s greatest films explores Tinseltown’s inherent ageism towards its female stars. Bette Davis gives a riveting performance as fortysomething actress Margo Channing, whose ascendancy is usurped by ingénue Eve Harrington (Anne Baxter). The film oozes wit as Margo puts on a brave face with lines that have since become classics, such as, “Fasten your seat belts, it’s going to be a bumpy night.” Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) ★★★★☆ BBC One, 8.00pm Joss Whedon’s superhero film gives you a pop-culture sugar rush, stacking characters, conflicts, subplots and background treats. But the structure holds and the film flies past at speed, perhaps because Whedon values humour as much as a spectacular set-piece. This time the all-star Avengers (Iron Man, Captain America, etc) do battle with the all-powerful Ultron.  Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964, b/w) ★★★☆☆ BBC Two, 10.30pm; not Northern Ireland The rivalry between Bette Davis and Joan Crawford continued on set of this heady horror film, with Davis having a Coca-Cola machine placed on film lot to infuriate Crawford, who was married to the CEO of Pepsi. But Crawford bowed out due to illness and was replaced by Olivia de Havilland. The story follows two cousins warring over an inheritance. New Year’s Eve Going out with a bang: the New Year fireworks in London Credit: Getty Images Countdown to 2018 BBC One, BBC Two & ITV, from 11.20pm More than ever the field for these shared national events is left clear for the BBC, which offers two choices to ring in 2018, both beginning at 11.20pm. On BBC One, there’s Nile Rodgers & Chic: Good Times, a live relay from London of the American funk outfit’s concert at Westminster’s Central Hall, getting the celebrations off to an upbeat start with disco classics such as Everybody Dance, Le Freak and Good Times. There’s a break, at 11.55pm, for the annual New Year’s Eve Fireworks from the River Thames and a round of Auld Lang Syne as Big Ben strikes the midnight hour, before the band starts up again.  On BBC Two, the year-end staple Jools’ Annual Hootenanny sees pop megastar Ed Sheeran headline the celebrations, with performances also from erstwhile Gossip frontwoman Beth Ditto, and a selection of vintage gospel, soul and R’n’B stars including Mavis Staples, Soul II Soul, George McCrae and Ruby Turner, among others. The pipes and drums of the Scots Guards will play in the New Year. And if music is not to your change-ringing taste, there’s always ITV’s more sober offer: a news bulletin at 11.45pm, followed by the bongs. Happy New Year! Gerard O’Donovan Bee Gees: Live in Melbourne 1989 Sky Arts, 5.15pm From the group’s One for All world tour in 1989, this packed out stadium concert sees the brothers Gibb yodel a full slate of hits, from New York Mining Disaster 1941 and Massachusetts to Jive Talkin’ and Stayin’ Alive.  CBeebies Bedtime Stories CBeebies, 6.50pm Queen of country music Dolly Parton pays a return visit for the seasonal storytelling series, reading Garry Parsons and Jane Clarke’s delightful tale Stuck in the Mud. Robot Wars Special 2017: the world series BBC Two, 7.00pm Dara O Briain and Angela Scanlon present a special “world series” edition in which four of the UK’s top battle bots thrash it out with an international team of champions from Ireland, the Netherlands, Belgium and Portugal. Andre Rieu: New Year’s Eve in Vienna Sky Arts, 7.30pm Where better than the banks of the Danube for the king of waltz and his Johann Strauss Orchestra to ring in the New Year. The year in question was, admittedly, 2005, but no matter, it’s a timeless mix of Viennese favourites. And if you simply can’t get enough strings, his 2003 Hanover concert Andre Rieu’s New Year’s Eve Punch follows at 9.45pm. GO Antiques Roadshow BBC One, 8.00pm This showbiz special from the Albert Square set of EastEnders in Elstree focuses largely on TV and film memorabilia – an original Muffin the Mule puppet, a key script from Doctor Who and a staggeringly valuable collection of discarded props – plus items relating to Andy Warhol, Marc Bolan and Jimi Hendrix. World Darts Championship Monday, Sky Sports Main Event / Sky Sports Darts, 8.00pm After 15 days on the oche, the biggest tournament in darts comes to an end with its final at Alexandra Palace in London. There is £400,000 waiting for the eventual champion, alongside the Sid Waddell Trophy. Sixteen-time world champion Phil Taylor made a record 29th consecutive appearance at a world championship as he brings an end to his glittering career. Last year, world number one Michael van Gerwen won his second world championship title by defeating two-times defending champion Gary Anderson 7-3. Alan Carr’s New Year Specstacular 2017 Channel 4, 9.00pm The chat show host’s annual New Year’s bash is bigger and louder than ever with Caroline Flack, Keith Lemon, Jonnie Peacock and Alex Brooker among those participating in madcap sketches and party games, plus music from The Voice star Becky Hill with Pete Tong and the Heritage Orchestra. The Graham Norton Show BBC One, 10.20pm Helping to get us in the mood for the bongs is an all-actor line up with guests Hugh Jackman, Suranne Jones, Gary Oldman, Zendaya and Zac Efron, plus music from West End stars The Leading Ladies, Beverley Knight, Amber Riley and Cassidy Janson. GO Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971) ★★★★☆ BBC One, 1.40pm; Scotland, 2.10pm Three Cockney orphans are billeted in an English village with apprentice witch Angela Lansbury in this delightful live-action Disney yarn set during the Second World War. Along with charlatan magician David Tomlinson, they visit Portobello Road on a flying bed and watch an all-animal football match before a magical showdown with sneaky German invaders. Into the Woods (2014) ★★★☆☆ BBC Two, 8.00pm Stephen Sondheim’s 1987 musical, which sees the likes of Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford), Cinderella (Anna Kendrick) and Rapunzel (Mackenzie Mauzy) cross paths, gets the Hollywood treatment. James Corden plays the baker who must find several items (red cape, golden slipper, lock of hair) so that he and his wife can have a child. Meryl Streep is the archetypal old crone. It’s wonderful, wintry fun. An American Werewolf in London (1981) ★★★★☆ Film4, 11.35pm Scary/funny is a hard one to pull off but John Landis does so impressively in this witty horror that scares and amuses in equal measure. David Naughton and Griffin Dunne play American backpackers attacked by a beast on the Yorkshire Moors. One boy survives, only to undergo a terrifying transformation. What follows is eerie music and some creative dream sequences. New Year’s Day Family connections: Maria Shukshina and James Norton Credit: BBC McMafia BBC One, 9.00pm This slick, smart thriller about Russian gangsters, banking greed and the globalisation of organised crime is the BBC’s flagship drama for the new year – and deservedly so. Taking Misha Glenny’s fascinating account of the spread of crime since the break-up of the Soviet bloc as its starting point, the addictive McMafia spins a tense web of lies, betrayals and deceit revolving around James Norton’s Alex Godman, the English-raised, private-school educated son of Russian exiles who has turned his back on his family’s less-than-reputable past to forge a “respectable” career in banking. When that past comes rushing in, Alex soon discovers that he’s not the man that he thought he was – can he break free of family ties or will he lose everything that he’s worked for?  It would be easy to see McMafia as another glossy thriller in the same mode as The Night Manager, but it’s more interesting than that. Hossein Amini (who wrote the film Drive) and James Watkins’s subtle script delves deep into the realities of being an outsider and Norton makes for a charismatic, complex leading man. Watkins also directs with verve, allowing us to see that far more is at stake than one man’s soul. Sarah Hughes Grandpa’s Great Escape BBC One, 6.55pm There’s just time to squeeze in one last festive treat with this lovely adaptation of one of David Walliams’s most enjoyable books. Tom Courtenay plays the eponymous Grandpa, a former Second World War pilot living with Alzheimer’s disease and stuck in a dreadful care home. Can grandson Jack (Kit Connor) help him mount one final escape? New Year’s Day Concert from Vienna 2018 BBC Four, 7.00pm The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra’s New Year’s concert is one of the highlights of the classical music year and this year’s should be no exception. Riccardo Muti conducts a performance of polkas, waltzes and marches composed by the Strauss family and their contemporaries. Followed by two performances from the Vienna State Ballet to mark 100 years since the death of Austrian architect Otto Wagner. The Great Festive Bake Off Channel 4, 7.40pm They’re still wringing every last drop of Bake Off goodwill from a successful season. The second of two specials sees former contestants, Benjamina, Rob, Rav and Sandy take on winter-wonderland challenges. The Two Ronnies: In Their Own Words Channel 5, 8.00pm They used to dominate Christmas schedules so what better time of year to honour The Two Ronnies than on New Year’s Day? This is a straightforward recap of the careers of Messrs Barker and Corbett featuring best moments and contributions from family and friends. Sue Perkins and the Chimp Sanctuary BBC Two, 9.00pm This week Perkins travels to the US to examine laws on using chimpanzees in medical research, a practice only recently outlawed. She is rightly outraged, particularly after spending time the chimps in question. SH The Story of Bohemian Rhapsody BBC Four, 9.00pm BBC Four gives over the rest of the evening to a celebration of Queen. First up is a 2004 documentary on the story behind the band’s best-known song with rare footage of Freddie Mercury. That’s followed by Queen: Rock the World, which looks at the band’s 1977 tour of North America, and Queen: The Legendary 1975 Concert, which sees the band performing at London’s Hammersmith Odeon. SH Shrek Forever After (2010) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 2.05pm The fourth and final episode in DreamWorks’ green ogre franchise is an animated variation on It’s a Wonderful Life, with Shrek conned into signing away the day of his own birth; his wife and friends no longer know who he is, and the land of Far Far Away is ruled by the evil Rumpelstiltskin. It’s no classic, but more fun than Shrek the Third and an entertaining flourish to finish the franchise. Maleficent (2014) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 5.00pm Angelina Jolie stars as the titular Maleficent in Disney’s live-action reimagining of Sleeping Beauty, which follows her from a young, carefree fairy to Mistress of All Evil, muddling the distinction between hero and villain. Maleficent is happy in a kingdom of peculiar CGI beasts until her heart is broken by Stefan (Sharlto Copley), who inherits the throne. Seeking vengeance, she curses his baby, Princess Aurora (Elle Fanning). Spectre (2015) ★★★★★ ITV, 8.00pm The 24th movie of the James Bond franchise is a swaggering show of confidence from director Sam Mendes. It combines hold-your-breath action and ghosts of Bond films past, trailing tingles of nostalgic pleasure in their wake. A cryptic message leads Bond (Daniel Craig) to Mexico City and Rome, where he uncovers the existence of the sinister organisation Spectre. Tuesday 2 January A blazing talent: Prince, who died in 2016 Credit: Getty Images Prince: Last Year of a Legend Channel 4, 10.00pm Confidants, famous fans and protégés pay tribute to a musical genius in this peculiar documentary which has plenty of good material but only a sketchy idea of what to do with it all; the strain of trying to understand such a studied enigma is tangible. Proceeding from April 2015 through the following 12 months of frenetic gigging (including jamming with Stevie Wonder at the White House) and recording to his death from an accidental overdose of painkillers, Last Year of a Legend is from the show-and-tell school of documentary making.  Zawe Ashton’s narration is a case in point: “Prince plays his famous rock anthem, uniting and inspiring his audience,” we’re told, over footage of the singer performing Purple Rain to a demonstrably rapt crowd. Nothing Compares 2 U is described thus: “Often appearing on lists of the greatest songs, it’s a testament to Prince’s skill as a songwriter”. It then takes a curious turn into true-crime territory as “Prince’s last hours turn murky”. Yet it’s essential viewing for fans, both for the behind-the-scenes peak at the singer’s home Paisley Park and for the reminder, courtesy of scintillating concert footage, of what a blazing talent we have lost. Gabriel Tate Sex, Drugs and Murder: a Year in the Red Light Zone BBC Three, from 10.00am Here’s another excellent new documentary from BBC Three. This one follows the lives of sex workers in the Holbeck area of Leeds and exposes some grim truths about life on the margins. Kate Humble: Off the Beaten Track BBC Two, 7.00pm Kate Humble and her sheepdog, Teg, learn about old-style shepherding, mushroom-picking, skinny-dipping and life-saving as they travel from mainland Wales’s most northerly farm through Snowdonia in the first episode of a new series. The Greatest TV Moments of All Time ITV, 8.00pm It’s pure bathos as Paddy McGuinness, of all people, hosts this two-hour rundown of classic small-screen moments as voted for by viewers. Guests include Keith Lemon and Holly Willoughby.  Harry Hill’s Tea-Time Sky One, 8.30pm The closest vehicle yet to Harry Hill recapturing that indefinable TV Burp magic, spoof cookery show Tea Time returns for a second series. Trevor McDonald is the first game celebrity guest, who belts out songs and makes sausages. The Real T. Rex with Chris Packham BBC Two, 9.00pm Naturalist Chris Packham travels the globe to gain a greater understanding of the Tyrannosaurus Rex through fossils, CGI reconstructions and the dinosaur’s nearest living descendants. Was it a pea-brained scavenger or sophisticated predator? Packham’s conclusions are characteristically forthright. Inside No 9 BBC Two, 10.00pm Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith’s wonderful comic-horror anthology returns for a fourth series with another estimable ensemble cast: Rory Kinnear, Hattie Morahan and Kevin Eldon are among those checking into a luxury hotel for a night that brings rather more than anticipated. GT Trollied Sky One, 10.00pm Following last week’s Christmas special, the sitcom begins its seventh series proper with budget supermarket Valco facing radical upheaval with poor grace as the CEO (Simon Delaney) pays a surprise visit. A fine ensemble, led by Jason Watkins and Sarah Parish, keep things watchable. GT A Monster in Paris (2011) ★★★☆☆ E4, 9.00am In 1910 Paris, an experiment goes wrong and results in a flea growing until it’s seven feet tall. As it turns out, the flea’s also a fantastic guitar player and becomes a cabaret act with a beautiful singer, Lucille (voiced by Vanessa Paradis in both the French and English versions). Very cute and surprisingly cheeky in parts, this 3D animation, directed by Bibo Bergeron and produced by Luc Besson, is a treat. Die Hard 2 (1990) ★★★☆☆ Film4, 9.00pm Bruce Willis returns as humble-yet-invincible cop John McClane in this action film sequel. Once again, it falls to McClane to save the day (and a skyscraper full of executives, and an airport of hapless tourists) from terrorists. It’s not a patch on its 1988 predecessor, but there’s one-liners and violence abound and it remains streets ahead of the more recent efforts from the franchise. Yippee-ki-yay, indeed. Clueless (1995) ★★★★☆ ITV, 11.10pm Loosely based on Jane Austen’s Emma, this gently amusing high-school satire launched the Hollywood careers of Alicia Silverstone, Brittany Murphy and the ubiquitous Paul Rudd. The plot follows the travails of Cher (Silverstone), a bubbly 15-year-old shopaholic who is the most popular girl at Beverly Hills High and wants to make the world a better place. Jam-packed with pop culture gags, Clueless has become a cult classic. Wednesday 3 January Zoe Wanamaker, Phyllis Logan and Miranda Richardson Credit: ITV Girlfriends ITV, 9.00pm Writer Kay Mellor has been busy: hard on the heels of BBC One’s Love, Lies & Records, here comes another new six-part drama, this one exploring the tangled lives and relationships of three middle-aged friends. It’s not entirely clear how such different personalities as Linda (Phyllis Logan), Gail (Zoë Wanamaker) and Sue (Miranda Richardson) came to be such fast friends, other than in vague references to meeting at Greenham Common protest camp in the early Eighties. No matter, as homemaker Linda, lollipop lady Gail and magazine features editor Sue have drifted apart over the years anyway. The set-up here is how tragedy brings them back together and forces them to take a more active interest in each other’s life trials and family problems once again.     Linda has money troubles, Gail has a nice-but-dim criminal son, and Sue is struggling with ageism at work and a soulless ex-lover who happens to be both her employer and the father of her child. There’s nothing subtle about it – Richardson’s portrayal of overwrought journalist Sue is magnificently hammed up – but it grips from the start with a twist-packed storyline that tugs the heartstrings. Gerard O’Donovan Premier League: Arsenal v Chelsea Wednesday, Sky Sports Main Event, 7.00pm Arsenal go head to head with rivals Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium. Both of the previous meetings between the sides this season have ended in draws in regulation play, though Arsenal did go on to win the Community Shield on penalties back in August. They also claimed a 3-0 win when the sides met here last season when Alexis Sanchez, Theo Walcott and Mesut Ozil all scored in a dazzling first-half performance for the Gunners. Tom Kerridge’s Lose Weight For Good BBC Two, 8.00pm Having lost 12-stone, chef Tom Kerridge has certainly walked the dieting walk. He did so by “cutting out carbs, kicking the booze and hitting the gym”. But that wouldn’t make a great TV series (or, indeed, a tie-in book) so he’s come up with some “mouth-watering calorie-controlled recipes” for those keen to eat well while dieting. Rather handy in January, too. Kirstie and Phil’s Love It or List It Channel 4, 8.00pm New year, new house? Allsopp and Spencer return with the show that challenges people to renovate their home before deciding to move. Chasing the Nazis Yesterday, 8.00pm A harrowing two-part documentary telling the story of Simon Wiesenthal, a survivor of the concentration camps who dedicated his life to tracking down fugitive Nazi war criminals and responsible for bringing many of the most prominent, among them Adolf Eichmann and Josef Mengele, to justice. Trust Me I’m a Doctor BBC Two, 8.30pm Michael Mosely’s medical magazine brings good tidings for diabetics with news of a new artificial pancreas, why fizzy drinks make you hungrier, new treatments for baldness, plus a guide to obsessive-compulsive disorder. Hunting Down A Stitch in Time BBC Four, 8.30pm Art, dressmaking and politics combine engagingly as historian Amber Butchart explores – and recreates – how people have expressed wealth, power and politics in the way that they dress, beginning with that well known Restoration clothes horse, King Charles II. Miriam’s Big American Adventure BBC One, 9.00pm; Scotland, 10.45pm Leaving her Real Marigold Hotel chums behind, actress Miriam Margolyes heads across the pond for a terrifically entertaining two-month road trip through the heart of Middle America. “I go with an open mind, a warm heart and a beady eye,” she says, putting the latter to particularly good use in Chicago where she begins her journey. GO The Complaints Department More4, 10.00pm New Watchdog-style show with Harry Wallop and a team of product testers taking on companies on behalf of consumers stuck with faulty goods, such as a wedding dress that fell apart. GO Live Ashes Test Cricket: Australia v England BT Sport 1, 10.30pm Having already relinquished the Ashes to the Australia, England continue to play for pride as they head into the first day of play in the fifth Test, at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Made in Dagenham (2010) ★★★★☆ BBC Four, 9.00pm Industrial action in pursuit of equal pay for women doesn’t sound too thrillinga subject, but Nigel Cole’s (Calendar Girls) film, based around the real-life strike from 1968, turns out to be a rousing crowd-pleaser. Sally Hawkins plays the reluctant ringleader of the workers who sew car seats at Ford’s Dagenham plant; Bob Hoskins is a union rep; Miranda Richardson is wonderful as Labour MP Barbara Castle. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011) ★★★☆☆ ITV2, 9.00pm Guy Ritchie’s vigorously silly second Sherlock film has next to nothing in common with Arthur Conan Doyle’s work save a handful of character names and the odd pipe, but what it lacks in authenticity it makes up for in sheer swashbuckling brio. The action set pieces plus Holmes (Robert Downey Jnr) and Watson’s (Jude Law) camp squabbling more than sustain it. Pretty Woman (1990) ★★★★☆ BBC One, 10.45pm; Scotland, 11.45pm Initially intended as a dark drama about prostitution in Nineties Los Angeles, this romcom has been a huge success. Edward (Richard Gere), a millionaire mogul, takes a wrong turn in his Lotus Esprit and asks for directions from Vivian (Julia Roberts), a carefree call-girl. She steers him back to his hotel, he pays her $3,000 to be his escort for the week and they, improbably, fall head over heels in love. Thursday 4 January Word on the street: David Olusoga in Liverpool Credit: BBC A House Through Time BBC Two, 9.00pm  The best ideas are often the most deceptively simple. So it proves with this wonderful new four-part documentary series from David Olusoga, which aims to trace the history of 62 Falkner Street, an ordinary terraced house in Liverpool, from its creation in the 1840s until the present day. The choice of Liverpool is an astute one – this bustling city has seen both boom and bust many times over the course of history and the stories that Olusoga, patiently trawling through records and archives, uncovers about the house’s many occupants illustrate that.  Among the highlights are Richard Glenton, an ill-starred wastrel son who lived life on the high until the funds dried up, and the astute, sharp-minded James Orr, who climbed the social ladder from butler to businessman and left his wife a fortune when he died.  “History isn’t just about what happens in battlefields and in palaces, it is also the story of millions of ordinary people who lived in houses just like this,” says Olusoga. He’s right and the great joy of this series is the way it not only illuminates the lives of those who lived in this particular house but also the history of city and a time. Sarah Hughes Wartime Crime Yesterday, 8.00pm Yesterday’s latest documentary series sets its focus on violence and bloodshed on the home front with a look at the criminals who flourished during the Second World War. The first episode (of six) takes place in London, where petty robber Billy Hill expanded into wide-scale organised crime.    Death in Paradise BBC One, 9.00pm  Ardal O’Hanlon’s relocation to the fictional Caribbean island of Saint Marie in the long-running detective show was met with mixed reviews. But he’s back for the new series as DI Jack Mooney, and is soon investigating the death of a billionaire’s fiancée inside a room locked from the inside.  Hunted Channel 4, 9.00pm Celebrity Hunted was fun but the original is the real deal. This new series has some great candidates including competitive Sandra, chatty Carlene, and Magid, who is also the deputy Lord Mayor of Sheffield. Best of all, though are father-and-son team Bob and Alex, whose conversations about Alex’s depression are genuinely moving.   The Secret Life of Sue Townsend (Aged 68 3/4) BBC Four, 10.00pm   A welcome repeat for this engaging profile of Sue Townsend, the celebrated creator of Adrian Mole. Narrated by Julie Walters, the film is both heartbreaking and hilarious, an honest account of an often-difficult life, and one blighted with poor health. Townsend was a struggling mother of three living on a Leicester council estate when she wrote her first novel, The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole aged 13 and ¾. It would go on to become one of the bestselling and most-loved books of the Eighties. Few authors have deserved the success more. SH Derry Girls Channel 4, 10.00pm  Lisa McGee’s sprightly comedy is set in Northern Ireland towards the end of the Troubles in the Nineties and provides a welcome antidote to the standard depictions. The heroine is 16-year-old Erin (Saoirse-Monica Jackson), who’s more concerned with navigating school than with the bombs that make up her everyday life.   Great Art ITV, 10.45pm  ITV returns to highbrow arts programming with this promising new series which profiles some of the world’s great artists, and is presented by Tim Marlow. It begins with Venetian master Canaletto. SH The Boss Baby (2017) ★★☆☆☆ Sky Cinema Premiere, 3.55pm Based on a 40-page children’s book about a taxing tot (here voiced by Alec Baldwin) who treats his parents like zero-hour flunkeys, Tom McGrath’s film is charming for as long as it can keep that premise spinning without embellishment, which is around 15 minutes. Rackety 3D antics is the only item on the agenda, with tired pop-culture nods and moderate toilet humour. Dumb and Dumber To (2014) ★★☆☆☆ Film4, 9.00pm This sequel to Dumb and Dumber finds Jeff Daniels and Jim Carrey older, no wiser and much less funny. Harry (Daniels) and Lloyd (Carrey) are back, gurning, grinding and punching one another in the groin. There’s a storyline of sorts, in which Harry hunts down his daughter (Rachel Melvin) because he needs a kidney transplant, which in turn sees them become embroiled in a poisoning plot. 22 Jump Street (2014) ★★★★☆ ITV2, 9.00pm Channing Tatum’s charisma and the best malapropisms ever make this sequel to 21 Jump Street a joy. Instead of infiltrating high school to arrest the suppliers of a drug, Jonah Hill’s Schmidt and Tatum’s Jenko infiltrate college to do… exactly the same, and their chemistry is sublime. The film is directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (The Lego Movie), who are becoming the handiest duo since the Coen brothers. Friday 5 January Double act: Andrew Graham-Dixon and Giorgio Locatelli Credit: BBC Rome Unpacked BBC Two, 9.00pm; Wales, 9.30pm “I cannot imagine anything in life better to do than this,” says the chef Giorgio Locatelli as he speeds around Rome on a Vespa with art critic Andrew Graham-Dixon. Here they return for another of their Italian jaunts, this time taking in the culture and cooking of the Italian capital, and its “divided, opinionated, passionate and unpredictable” inhabitants. The pair make an engaging double act: effervescent, witty and knowledgable. Their journey opens at Rome’s Capitoline Hill, the ancient meeting place of the “great and powerful and the mob”, as Graham-Dixon and Locatelli marvel at the work of Michelangelo before visiting that magnificent display of papal showmanship, the Trevi fountain. “As famous as Italian cream,” says Graham-Dixon, who adds that it was Federico Fellini who gave the fountain cinematic resonance in La Dolce Vita, before he explores how another artist, Caravaggio, captured the city’s soul.  Never far behind with a quip or insight, Locatelli comes into his own in the market of San Giovanni di Dio, where he prepares a staple Roman dish – skate with broccoli soup. “This is Rome,” says Graham-Dixon. “Intenso.” Simon Horsford Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency Netflix, from 8.00am This US adaptation of Douglas Adams’s outlandish detective stories returns for a second season with Dirk Gently (Samuel Barnett) on the run from the CIA, while his sidekick Todd (Elijah Wood) attempts to save him.  Live FA Cup Football: Liverpool v Everton BBC One, 7.30pm Four weeks after they met at Anfield in the Premier League, Merseyside rivals Liverpool take on Everton once again, this time in the FA Cup third round. The previous match finished in a 1-1 draw and Toffees manager Sam Allardyce believes that his side are capable of claiming a place in European football’s club competitions, as well as reaching the domestic cup finals. But first he must steer his side past their cross-city rivals. That may be easier said than done, as Liverpool have been on fine form going forward, scoring five goals in their last game alone. But for as good as they are going forward, the Kop have been inconsistent at the back – which is something that manager Jurgen Klopp is keen to rectify. River Monsters ITV, 8.00pm; not UTV or Wales Fearless host Jeremy Wade heads to New Britain in Papua New Guinea, where he hears from fisherman about a mysterious big-headed black fish that has on occasion attacked them.   Costa Del Celebrity Channel 5, 8.00pm Celebrities used to present “travel” documentaries on their own – now they do it in groups. The latest on the treadmill sees Anne Diamond, Nick Owen, Ainsley Harriott, Christine Hamilton and Vicki Michelle head to the Costa Blanca.  Breaking a Monster Sky Arts, 9.00pm A charming rockumentary detailing the machinations of the music industry and the rise of three African-American children in Brooklyn, from heavy-metal street band to securing a million dollar record deal. Luke Meyer’s film follows the remarkable ascent of Unlocking the Truth, a personable bunch of seventh graders with distinctive personalities. Will & Grace Channel 5, 10.00pm American sitcom Will & Grace was groundbreaking for its depiction of gay characters on TV. It now returns after an 11-year absence to a very different world. The question is, does it match up? To an extent, it does. Will (Eric McCormack), Grace (Debra Messing), Jack (Sean Hayes) and Karen (Megan Mullally) deliver with the same zest, but with added relevance – there are references to Grindr, Melania Trump, and fake news. In the first episode, Will and Grace’s political beliefs are put to the test. Graham Norton’s Good Guest Guide BBC One, 10.35pm Graham Norton has a knack for attracting “A-listers” to his sofa but what makes a good guest? Here he gives his advice to the stars. SH Radio 2 in Concert: Tears for Fears BBC Four, 11.00pm Jo Whiley presents as the Eighties synth-pop masters perform a set at London’s BBC Radio Theatre. It includes such era-defining hits as Mad World and Shout. SH Triple Cross (1966) ★★★☆☆ BBC Two, 12.10pm This slow-paced Second World War drama is loosely based on the exploits and autobiography of Eddie Chapman (Christopher Plummer), a British safe-cracker who offered both the Third Reich and British Intelligence his services as a spy while he was a prisoner in the Channel Islands. The lack of suspense makes you wonder if this is really the same director – Terence Young – who did the quick-fire early James Bond films. The Beatles: Eight Days a Week: The Touring Years (2016) ★★★☆☆ Channel 4, 9.00pm While you watch this peppy documentary from Ron Howard, which focuses on the band’s notoriously hectic touring period, from 1962-66, you feel pop history whistling past at speed. “We were force-grown, like rhubarb,” John Lennon observes in one of many well-chosen snippets. It’s a line that chimes with every step Howard shows us the band taking. Bridesmaids (2011) ★★★★★ ITV2, 9.00pm This sharply written and hilarious comedy combining bad taste with good humour is a valiant backlash against sugary chick flicks, but also a poignant evocation of loneliness. Annie (Kristen Wiig) agrees to be her best friend Lillian’s (Maya Rudolph) maid of honour, but finds herself competing with a richer, more elegant bridesmaid (Rose Byrne) when it comes to plea   Television previewers Toby Dantzic, Catherine Gee, Simon Horsford, Sarah Hughes, Clive Morgan, Gerard O'Donovan, Vicki Power, Patrick Smith, Gabriel Tate and Rachel Ward

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