TNS Christmas TV Guide
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The lights are up, the carol services are begun and one by one the windows on advent calendars are being opened. Christmas is coming, which means holidays, family, food – and enough spare time to relax in front of an actual TV and not just your laptop and BBC iPlayer. Here’s what you should look out for on your telly box over the Christmas period. First of all: drama. Don’t miss the series finales of Merlin (BBC One), Homeland (Channel 4) and Gossip Girl (ITV2). The BBC's Merlin comes to the end of its fifth and final season with a two-parter episode. The first half will be shown on Saturday the 22nd and the last episode on Christmas Eve. Tune into BBC One at 8.15pm on both days to see if Merlin succeeds in saving Arthur once last time. Channel 4 will be airing the ‘tense conclusion’ of the second series of Homeland on the 23rd at 9pm, as Carrie faces a difficult choice. Six series in, Gossip Girl will also be coming to an end on Wednesday the 19th. Discover Gossip Girl’s identity at last on ITV2 at 7pm and bid all the Upper East Siders a fond farewell (or not, as the case may be). While those three shows end, several others return to our TVs for their Christmas specials. Doctor Who (BBC One, 5.15pm, Christmas Day) is of course one of those. Set this year in 1892, a young governess calls upon the Doctor for help, but he no longer wants to get involved in the universe’s problems. Meanwhile, the residents of Downton Abbey (ITV1, 8.45pm, Christmas day) are visiting Rose’s family at Duneagle Castle. Of course many other popular shows will be having Christmas specials and Christmas themed episodes, including Call the Midwife (BBC One, 7:30pm, Christmas Day).
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