Top TV Picks: 20th December

Top TV Picks: 20th December

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Greg & Cherry. (Credit: BBC/Voltage TV/Simon Hanna)

See what goes into manufacturing mince pies in Inside the Christmas Factory, reminisce on the late Jean Alexander's career and indulge in some hearty laughs with a Christmas special of Live at the Apollo.

Hilda Ogden's Last Ta-ra: A tribute to Jean Alexander

ITV, 8pm

ITV Hilda Ogden
Jean Alexander. (Credit: ITV)

A farewell to actress Jean Alexander who passed away on October. Alexander played one of Coronation Street's most popular characters Hilda Ogden.

The hour-long special features contributions from her family, as well as co-stars Michael Le Vell and Sally Dynevor.


Inside the Christmas Factory

BBC 2, 9pm


Gregg Wallace & Cherry Healey in the John Lewis Christmas department. (Credit: BBC/Simon Hanna/Simon Hanna)

Greg Wallace follows the turn around of the production of mince pies at one of Britain's biggest cake factories, Mr Kipling. He discovers just how hard it is to produce 2,000 perfect mince pies a day.

Cherry Healey meets some tinsel makers and finds out how they make one of our most well-known Christmas tree decorations.


Paul O'Grady's Favourite Fairy Tales

ITV, 9pm

Paul O Grady
Paul O'Grady. (Credit: ITV)

Paul O’Grady travels to Germany and into the world of one of his fairytale heroes; the Brothers Grimm. He discovers there's more to fairy tales than first meets the eye.

He explores the landscapes and picture-book castles that have inspired his favourite stories, from the Seven Dwarfs to the castle where Rapunzel is said to have been held.


Live at the Apollo - Christmas Episode

BBC Two, 10pm

In this Christmas episode of the much loved Live at the Apollo, star of BBC Three's Asian Provocateur Romesh Ranganathan hosts this festive edition of the stand-up show. Guests include Seann Walsh, Spencer Jones and Kerry Godliman.

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See what goes into manufacturing mince pies in Inside the Christmas Factory, reminisce on the late Jean Alexander's career and indulge in some hearty laughs with a Christmas special of Live at the Apollo.