Top TV picks: Christmas Eve

Top TV picks: Christmas Eve

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Andrew (Stephen Merchant) and Dev (Asim Chaudhry) (Credit: BBC/BBC Studios)
Andrew (Stephen Merchant) and Dev (Asim Chaudhry) (Credit: BBC/BBC Studios)

It's Christmas Eve, and while Father Christmas prepares his sleigh, here's some top TV to watch while you wait.

The Queen and I

Sky One, 6.00pm


Jack Barker (David Walliams) and The Queen (Samantha Bond) (Credit: Sky)

A comedic dramatisation of the novel by Sue Townsend, The Queen and I is set in the early 1990s and imagines Britain as a republican state.

Newly-elected republican prime minister Jack Barker (David Walliams) dethrones The Queen (Samantha Bond) and removes the royals' titles and wealth.

Kicked out of Buckingham Palace, the royals are forced to trade in luxury for a neglected council estate, where they meet their new neighbours Bev (Emily Aston), Tony (Emmanuel Ighodaro), Violet (Lorraine Ashbourne) and Spiggy (Johnny Vegas).

But the PM's election promises begin to falter, will the royals be able to return to the Palace?

 

Bad Move: Festive Cheer

ITV1, 8.30pm


Steve (Jack Dee) and Nicky (Kerry Godliman) (Credit: ITV)

ITV's sitcom stars Jack Dee and Kerry Godliman as a husband and wife whose desire to move from the city to the countryside leads to an on-going nightmare.

This year scrooges Steve (Dee) and Nicky (Godliman) plan to not celebrate Christmas but instead act like it’s a normal day.

However, their idea doesn’t go to plan as the couple soon find themselves hosting a small drink party on Christmas Eve when Nicky takes pity on elderly neighbour Alice (Thelma Ruby).

Once Nicky’s dad Ken (Philip Jackson) and smug neighbours Matt (Miles Jupp) and Meena (Manjinder Virk) get wind of the celebrations, the party soon grows out of Steve and Nicky’s control.

 

Click and Collect

BBC One, 9.00pm


Dev (Asim Chaudhry) and Andrew (Stephen Merchant) (Credit: BBC/BBC Studios)

Festive comedy following stressed parent Andrew (Stephen Merchant) and his quest to get his six-year-old daughter the must-have toy of the season: Sparklehoof the Unicorn Princess.

Having already blown his first chance to buy the toy, Andrew must now travel 300 miles to Carlisle to bag the last one in the UK.

Andrew teams up with his over-friendly neighbour Dev (Asim Chaudhry) for a mere four-and-a-half-hour drive, but will Dev be a great help? Or will he make things much, much worse?

 

The Dead Room

BBC Four, 10.00pm


Aubrey (Simon Callow) (Credit: BBC/Adorable Media)

Celebrate Christmas Eve with a chilling ghost story directed and written by Mark Gatiss.

The supernatural drama centres on veteran voice actor Aubrey Judd (Simon Callow) at The Dead Room, the studios of a radio horror show.

During one night at work when reading his latest script, Judd is haunted by disembodied voices from the shadows, putting him face to face with the dark secrets of his past.

 

Courtney Act’s Christmas Extravaganza

Channel 4, 11.05pm


Courtney Act (Credit: Channel 4)

Former Celebrity Big Brother winner and drag queen Courtney Act presents a festive spectacular.

The show will be jam packed with star guests including singers Zara Larsson and Leona Lewis as well as Little Mix.

Act will also be joined by fellow drag queens Darienne Lake, Bianca Del Rio and Adore Delano from RuPaul's Drag Race.

But the fun doesn’t end there, as Paralympic gold medallist Jonnie Peacock receives a drag makeover.

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It's Christmas Eve, and while Father Christmas prepares his sleigh, here's some top TV to watch while you wait.