Famous, Rich and JoblessConcludes Friday 13 December at 21:00
Four celebrities get a taste of the harsh realities or unemployment in this reality life-swap.
Stripped of their identities, possessions and wealth, actor Larry Lamb, garden designer Diarmuid Gavin, interior designer Me Matthews and model-turned-mechanic Emma Parker Bowles join the UK’s 2.5 million job hunters. With only old clothes and basic State handouts to live on, how will they adjust to being out of work, out of money, and out of their comfort zone?
After four days, the celebs move in with someone who is unemployed and try to help them with their new knowledge and experience. Will they succeed or will they quit? And what will they learn about themselves during the challenge?
Lapland: Christmas 2011Friday 20 December at 21:00
The Lewis family from Birkenhead live for Christmas each year. A large and close-knit family, they save all year round to make it as special as possible. This year, they've decided to all go to Lapland on a package tour to see Father Christmas.
They've never been away from home before for Christmas, but have decided to go away as Ted, the father of the family, has recently passed away and they can't bear to be in the family home without him.
Doctor Who: The Doctor, The Widow and The WardrobeWednesday December 25 at 19:00
It's Christmas Eve, 1938, when Madge Arwell comes to the aid of an injured Spaceman Angel as she cycles home. He promises to repay her kindness – all she has to do is make a wish.
Three years later, a devastated Madge escapes war-torn London with her two children for a dilapidated house in Dorset, but is determined to give Lily and Cyril the best Christmas ever. The Arwells are surprised to be greeted by a madcap caretaker whose mysterious Christmas gift leads them into a magical wintry world. Here, Madge will learn how to be braver than she ever thought possible. And that wishes can come true...
Comedy CountdownTriple bills, from Sunday 29 December at 19:30
With three hilarious episodes EVERY day, BBC Entertainment presents a feast of funny with this countdown of your favourite ten comedy characters.
This is no better way to tame those post-Christmas blues than with a daily dose of the best medicine there is – laughter!
The winner – as voted by viewers – will be revealed on New Year’s Day.
David CopperfieldTuesdays at 21:00
This compelling adaptation of Charles Dickens’ novel follows David Copperfield from birth to manhood, as his experiences bring him into contact with an extraordinary range of sinister and benevolent characters.
From Pegotty the devoted servant of David’s poor mother to the sadistic Mr Murdstone, unctuous Uriah Heap and eternal optimist Mr Micawber, the characters in David Copperfield are some of Dickens’ most enduringly popular creations.
Stars Bob Hoskins, Pauline Quirke, Trevor Eve, Nicholas Lyndhurst, Emilia Fox, Imelda Staunton and Maggie Smith.
Absolutely Fabulous (S1)Wednesdays at 20:30
With awards in double figures (including two International Emmys), celebrities lining up to appear on the show, devoted viewers all over the world, broadcasters besieged by demands for repeats, Absolutely Fabulous was a phenomenon.
Edina runs a fashion agency, wears designer clothes and lives the life of a jet setter. Her friend Patsy smokes like a chimney, drinks like a fish and dresses like a dream. Life would be one long party – if only Edina's swotty daughter Saffy would stop complaining and start joining in like a normal teenager.
Join the fearless Eddie and Patsy as they lurch from one hapless situation to another, and do their best to embarrass poor Saffy every step of the way.
The Office (S1)Thursdays at 20:30
Meet David Brent… the world’s worst boss.
As regional manager of stationery company Wernham Hoggs, he fancies himself as a great team leader using humour to win the loyalty of his staff. In reality, he is overfamiliar yet belittling, smug and smarmy, sexist and insensitive, patronising and unthinkingly offensive. Brent thinks he’s a great guy; viewers see the excruciating truth.
Filmed as a fly-on-the-wall documentary, The Office is working life at its worst. Brent’s staff are stuck in mundane, dead-end jobs, surrounded by irritating colleagues and engaged in bitter feuds over the most trivial things.
Hebburn (S1)Fridays at 20:30
Ambitious and impetuous Northerner, Jack Pearson, left his small hometown for the excitement of the bright city lights. Now he’s back to visit his family – arm in arm with a middle-class Jewish girl he secretly married.
His loving but quirky family rolls out a warm, chaotic welcome for his ‘girlfriend’, with mum Pauline fussing over the food, big-mouthed sister Vicki embarrassing him and his merchant sailor dad Joe asking for his help for the first time ever.
Will he find the right moment to break the news about the wedding?
Doctor Who (S7)Saturdays at 19:15
Matt Smith returns for his third series as the Eleventh Doctor. Each big, blockbuster-movie episode is a brand new epic adventure featuring new monsters and some familiar foes (as you’ve never seen them before).
This series sees the Ponds (Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill) return for their final voyage with the Doctor. They save a spaceship full of dinosaurs, don Stetsons in the Wild West and are even kidnapped by the Doctor's oldest enemy. But when they arrive in Manhattan, the Weeping Angels are waiting for them – will the Doctor really lose Amy and Rory forever?
Alan Carr: Chatty Man (S11)Saturdays at 20:45
Loved by both the public and his guests for his irrepressible, warm and witty approach, celebrated comedian Alan Carr returns with a new series of his BAFTA-winning chat show.
True to form, he welcomes a glittering array of celebrity from the world of entertainment to his sofa for some hilarious high jinks and showbiz gossip.