TV Picks: 26th December

TV Picks: 26th December

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Tuesday, 21st December 2021
Credit: BBC
Credit: BBC

Christmas day is over and it's time for leftover turkey sandwiches and more festive TV. Here are our top picks.

Around the World in 80 Days 

BBC One, 5.50pm

David Tennant will play the fearless explorer Phileas Fogg in the TV adaptation of the Jules Verne novel, adapted for the screen by Ashley Pharoah and Caleb Ranson.

The series also stars Ibrahim Korma as the changeable Passepartout and Leonie Benesch as young journalist Abigail ‘Fix’ Fortescue.

After getting involved in a ludicrous bet, Fogg and his valet Passepartout take on the challenge of circumnavigating the world in just 80 days.

They are soon joined by aspiring journalist Abigail Fix, who sees the adventure as a chance to write about the extraordinary story. 

A Very British Scandal 

BBC One, 9pm

Starring Claire Foy and Paul Bettany, this series of A Very British Scandal tells the story of the tumultuous divorce of the Duke and Duchess of Argyll and the unprecedented media frenzy that accompanied it. 

Written by Sarah Phelps, the series is set in the 1960s and was described as one of the 20th century’s most brutal and shocking legal cases, full of scandalous photographs and shocking testimonies. 

Margaret, Duchess of Argyll (Claire Foy), was known for her beauty and charisma, but during her divorce to the Duke of Argyll (Paul Bettany), she was vilified by her contemporaries and the press. 

The series explores the social and political landscape of post-war Britain and the attitudes towards women, which often had an undercurrent of institutional misogyny. 

All Star Musicals At Christmas 

ITV, 8pm

Credit: ITV
Credit: ITV

Each episode will see six celebrities take part in the ultimate musical theatre masterclass and take centre stage with a spectacular performance that they hope will see them voted All Star Musicals champion. 

Hosted by John Barrowman, the celebrities will be mentored by the biggest names in musical theatre, including Elaine Paige OBE, Samantha Barks and Trevor Dion Nicholas and joined by a full West End ensemble. 

The musical numbers will be taken from both traditional and contemporary musicals and will be filled with festive cheer. 

Big Fat Quiz of the Year

Channel 4, 9pm 

Although most may want to forget the last year, Jimmy Carr and a host of famous faces are ready to relive the last 12 months and add a touch of humour to what has been a tumultuous year. 

This year, the celebrities taking part will be Sarah Millican, James Acaster, Jonathan Ross, Judi Love and Guz Khan.

The Mitchell Brook Primary School and Charles Dance will also return to ask questions to test who has been paying attention this year.  

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Christmas day is over and it's time for leftover turkey sandwiches and more festive TV. Here are our top picks.