PICKS OF THE MONTH: DECEMBER 2023
What to watch this month.
Vigil, BBC One
Following multiple unexplained deaths at a Scottish military base, Amy Silva (Suranne Jones) and Kirsten Longacre (Rose Leslie) are tasked with uncovering the cause. Entering the hostile and closed ranks of the air force to catch a killer, the pair must face the deadly warfare of tomorrow as they fight for their own future.
Doctor Who, BBC One
As Ncuti Gatwa takes charge of the TARDIS as the Fifteenth Doctor in this epic Christmas special, he soon encounters Ruby Sunday as they embark on their first adventure together. Ncuti Gatwa is the Fifteenth Doctor and Ruby Sunday is played by Millie Gibson.
Here We Go, BBC One
Amy is home again for the holidays, so Rachel is determined to engineer an absolutely classic Jessop Family Christmas: Stockings, presents, church, turkey, King’s speech, charades. Then everyone sings Hey Mr Christmas by Showaddywaddy and watches Shrek. Should be great, so long as everyone sticks PRECISELY to the schedule.
Death In Paradise, BBC One
When entrepreneur and family man, Gerry Stableforth (Geoff Bell), is found dead in a ravine, his family – wife Bella (Patsy Kensit), children Benjamin (Freddy Carter), Mariana (Amelia Clarkson), and niece Riley (Leila Khan) - are left in shock.
Call The Midwife, BBC One
The Nonnatus Family, including Trixie’s (Helen George) brother Geoffrey (Christopher Harper), decide something must be done to try and lighten her state of mind. Nancy (Megan Cusack) has recommitted to staying at Nonnatus House and Sister Julienne (Jenny Agutter) has offered her and Colette (Francesca Fullilove) a room for the foreseeable future.
An Audience With Kylie, ITV1
With a staggering five decade career, Kylie will look back on the highlights of a life in music and showbiz, performing both her current floorfillers - including the summer smash-hit chart topper Padam Padam - and a dazzling array of favourites from her award-winning back catalogue. The night comes filled with stunning dance performances, too.
The Royal Variety Performance, ITV1
The world’s longest running entertainment show returns to the magnificent Royal Albert Hall in London for a spectacular evening in the presence of members of the royal family.
Academy Award-nominated and BAFTA-winning actor Helena Bonham Carter (The Crown, Enola Holmes 1 and 2, The King’s Speech, Harry Potter, Burton and Taylor) stars as Noele - or Nolly to her friends - Gordon, a legend in her own lifetime.
Britain Get Singing, ITV1
Britain Get Singing - the ultimate Christmas extravaganza - returns this festive season as a new cast of stars from TV’s biggest shows will take to the stage before the studio audience and Super Panel.
Platform 7, ITVX
Jasmine Jobson takes the lead role of Lisa in this gripping psychological thriller adapted by acclaimed and multi awardwinning screenwriter Paula Milne from the globally-renowned best-selling novel of the same title by Louise Doughty
The Winter King, ITVX
This series is set in the fifth century in a brutal land of warring factions and tribes where lives were often fleeting and follows Arthur Pendragon as he evolves from being an outcast and becomes a legendary warrior and leader
Late Night Lycett, Channel 4
With inclusivity and fun at its heart, the special will see Joe take a look back at the week in a way only he can – combining his unique brand of mischief and mayhem with his singular style of comedy.
The Great Festive Bake Off, Channel 4
Details are not available from Channel 4 at time of writing.
Dynamo Is Dead, Sky Max
Viewers will be left on the edge of their seats as they buckle up and prepare to watch Dynamo put his life on the line. Dynamo will dig his own grave in preparation for his perilous and climactic feat six feet under, which will culminate in him laying Dynamo rest.