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A TV Christmas Carol: Lord Grade, Kate Phillips, Kate Russell and Anita Singh join the RTS for a seasonal take on Christmas TV

Do you remember waking up to Noel Edmonds on Christmas morning, as you searched for a tangerine in your stocking? The Queen’s SpeechThe Sound of MusicChristmas Celebrity Squares and over 20 million people watching Eric and Ernie?

Or what about today, with Doctor Who, Strictly Come Dancing, The Alternative Queen’s Speech, Coronation Street and EastEnders but also perhaps a box set.

Is the future of Christmas TV a barren land of declining audiences as we all spend Christmas day asking Alexa?

Here's the full line-up of celebrities on Strictly Come Dancing 2018

Take a look at the celebrities putting on their dancing shoes for this year's Strictly Come Dancing.

Susannah Constantine


Susannah Constantine (Credit: BBC)

Fashion guru Constantine worked with the likes of Giorgio Armani and John Galliano before establishing herself as a style writer, author and TV presenter.

Who's in Taskmaster series 7

If you’ve somehow managed to miss the show, it’s basically the strange thoughts you have in the shower, turned into a competition. ‘How do you make a snow globe?’, ‘From how far away can I blow out a candle’, ‘how high can a hose spray water?’. All the important stuff.

The sixth series has drawn to a close and Tim Vine, Russell Howard, Asim Chaudhry, Alice Levine and Lisa Tarbuck have all hung up their Taskmaster trainers and gone home for a rest. Now it’s the turn of a new bunch of comedians to face Taskmaster Greg Davies and his assistant Alex Horne!

 

Channel 4 reality show Shipwrecked rescued

Filming this summer, the reality series needs a new generation of islanders to go head to head in paradise. The contestants will be divided up into two rival camps on Tiger Island and Shark Island, and will battle it out to win over new arrivals.

The largest tribe at the end of the competition will win a prize more glittering than the tropical oceans the contestants live beside.

Angela Jain: Follow the job, not the money

Angela Jain in conversation with Boyd Hilton

Why a career in TV is for everyone

“It’s important to demystify television and make you realise that TV is a great place to work…

“As a second generation British-born Indian no one in my family had ever worked in the media before. Of my siblings two are lawyers and one is an environmental scientist.

“Ideally my folks would have liked me to be a good Asian doctor but I’m afraid I wasn’t bright enough. I was quite musical but my parents didn’t want me to do anything that was to do with the creative businesses.