The vets of Darrowby have their work cut out, while over in colonial Seoul, bigger creatures are beginning to stir.
Trevor Noah: Where Was I?
A year after his departure from the Daily Show, the comedian and Soweto native delivers another stand-up special. Noah’s latest hour focuses on his travels around the world, with the trailer showcasing some of his signature accent work.
Noah grew up in Apartheid South Africa. The son of a white Swiss-German father and a Xhosa mother, race laws at the time meant he was – to borrow the title of his autobiography – ‘born a crime’. He speaks English, Afrikaans, Zulu, Xhosa, Southern Sotho, Tswana, and Tsonga, as well as conversational German.
When Noah announced he was vacating the Daily Show chair, he said he missed touring, learning other languages and “being everywhere, doing everything”.
Percy Jackson and the Olympians
Fans of the Rick Riordan book series may be wary about the prospect of another adaptation: two films in the early 2010s left audiences underwhelmed.
However, the new show receiving glowing reviews. The programme follows Percy (Walker Scobell), son of Poseidon, as he journeys across America to return Zeus’s master lightning bolt. By his side are his best friend Grover Underwood (Aryan Simhadri) and fellow demigod Annabeth Chase (Leah Jeffries).
All Creatures Great and Small – Christmas Special
Channel 5, 9.00pm
The revival of the hit 1980s comedy-drama gets its fourth Christmas special. Now posted at an RAF base, vet James Herriot (Nicholas Ralph) is determined to get back home to pregnant wife Helen (Rachel Shenton) for Christmas.
Meanwhile, the housekeeper, Mrs Hall (Anna Madeley), is planning a Christmas bash for the community of Darrowby, the fictional North Riding village in which the show takes place. Vets Siegfried Farnon (Samuel West) and Richard Carmody (James Anthony-Rose) clash over which of them will get to be Santa Claus. Expect drama at a pleasingly parochial pace.
The Winter King
This drama adapts The Warlord Chronicles, a book franchise written by Bernard Cornwell reimaging King Arthur as a Dark Age-era warlord.
In this version of the legend, Arthur’s (Iain De Caestecker) path to the throne is less clear-cut, being born to Uther (Eddie Marsan) as a bastard. At the beginning of the show, Arthur is in exile, and returns with grand designs for fifth century Britain, which is yet to be unified. He will face fractious tribes and tribalist factions in a dangerous quest to bring about peace.
This South Korean drama finds Seoul under its final year of Japanese occupation, back when the city was still known as Gyeongseong. In the midst of imperial marginalisation, a monster is created from human greed.
Over the course of the show, Jang Tae-sang (Park Seo-jun), a wealthy businessman, has his ruthless entrepreneurial streak challenged by detective Yoon Chae-ok (Han So-hee), who is investigating a string of disappearances.
Catch part one this week, ahead of the second part of the series in January.