What To Watch: 20/12/2011

Whatever your TV taste, you’ll find something you like here.

Christmas is good for lots of things, but mainly for absolutely cracking TV. From the 19th December to the 1st January, we’ll be giving you a daily report on what you should be watching.

World’s Strongest Man
7:00pm on Channel 5
This is a bit of a Christmas tradition, and it’s so strangely glorious that I just can’t help but sing its praises. Lots of big and beefy men pick up very heavy things, trying to pick up heavier things than other big and beefy men. It’s wonderful.

The Hairy Bikers’ Christmas Party
8:00pm on BBC2
Ahhh, the Hairy Bikers at Christmas. Expect lots of stuff that you can watch to make your Nana happy — tongue in cheek jokes about spicy nuts, tinsel, silly costumes, trifles and general merriment. Lovely.

Jamie’s Christmas with Bells On
9:00pm on C4
Jamie Oliver is everywhere, yes, but he knows his stuff when it comes to food. His leftover-turkey-and-leek pie from last year had my entire house falling headfirst into an ovenproof dish, and this show promises recipes of the same caliber.

Little Crackers
9:00pm and 9:15pm on Sky1
These were on last year, were fantastic. People like Stephen Fry and Dawn French wrote little shorts for TV about an event from their childhoods, which they then also played a part in. This year, the Crackers are being written by Alan Davies, Shappi Khorsandi and Jack Whitehall. They’re like After Eights — small, delicious, not going to take up a lot of space but very enjoyable. Don’t miss.

9:30pm on BBC2
I must admit, half of the reason I’m recommending this is that I absolutely adore the female lead (Olivia Coleman, who has been in everything from Green Wing to Doctor Who). But it’s also cracking good TV, and is set to be heartwarming and lovely.

We have a full review of Rev here.

The Only Way is EsseXmas
10:00pm on ITV2
Okay. Right. I do not like this show. I don’t think anyone on the TV team does. But if you’re an The Only Way Is Essex fan, this is a must see.

Amy Jones

Updated: Dec 20, 2011

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