Top TV picks: 22nd December

Top TV picks: 22nd December

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Sir Tom Jones, Danny O'Donoghue, Nicole Scherzinger, Joanna Lumley and The Black Eyed Peas (Credit: ITV)
Sir Tom Jones, Danny O'Donoghue, Nicole Scherzinger, Joanna Lumley and The Black Eyed Peas (Credit: ITV)

From rabbits on the run to the stories behind some of the most famous Christmas jingles, here's our TV picks for the day.

Watership Down

Saturday: BBC One, 7.00pm

Based on the novel by Richard Adams of the same name, Watership Down is a joint Netflix and BBC production.

Opening in the peaceful rabbit-run settlement of Sandleford Warren, Fiver (Nicholas Hoult) has a premonition of a dark future where human bulldozers demolish the Warren to build a housing estate.

Taking his brother’s visions to heart, Hazel (James McAvoy) assembles a band of rebels to find a new home.

Over the course of their journey the group face many dangers, from cats and crows to other rabbits alike, but when they stumble across the police state Efrafa, it’s not long until they attract the attention of the ruthless General Woundwort (Ben Kingsley).

The adventure continues on Sunday 23rd December at 7.20pm on BBC One.

 

20 Years of the Black Eyed Peas

Saturday: ITV1, 10.00pm


The Black Eyed Peas perform Pump It (Credit: ITV)

Celebrating the 20th anniversary of The Black Eyed Peas, members Will.i.am, Apl.de.ap and Taboo reminisce the last two decades of the much loved band.

Presented by national treasure Joana Lumley, the trio will reflect on their lives before fame and take a trip to the very club in Los Angeles where the group were originally discovered.

The group will also pay a visit to the studio where they recorded their biggest hits and their break-out album, Elephunk.

With many surprises on the night, the group will be joined by a number of the most renowned faces in music for some very special performances, including Nicole Scherzinger and the legendary Sir Tom Jones.

 

Dreaming of a Jewish Christmas

Saturday: BBC Four, 11.35pm


Dreaming of a Jewish Christmas (Credit: BBC)

This one-off documentary explores the lives of the Jewish songwriters behind some of Christmas’s most famous songs.

From Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer to White Christmas, much of the soundtrack for Christianity’s most musical holiday can be tied to composers like Jay Livingston and Irving Berlin.

The documentary will tell the stories of a generation of immigrants who were at first outsiders who went on to become irreplaceable artists in the world of pop culture.

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From rabbits on the run to the stories behind some of the most famous Christmas jingles, here's our TV picks for the day.