From Miranda to Esio Trot: The best TV to watch on New Year's Day

Miranda bows out of her sitcom after six years tonight

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Roald Dahl’s Esio Trot

6.30pm, BBC1

Roald Dahl’s 1990 tale of late-flowering love is not generally considered one of the children’s author’s greatest, but Dustin Hoffman and Dame Judi Dench bring serious star-power to this adaptation. Hoffman plays shy old bachelor Mr Hoppy, who develops a cunning plan to win over a tortoise-loving neighbour (Dench).

Miranda

8pm, BBC1

So, will it be Gary, Mike or neither, as Miranda Hart wraps up her slapstick sitcom for good?

Wallander Faceless Killers 

9pm & 9.55pm, BBC4

The concluding brace of these “Swedish Wallander” episodes from 1994, starring Rolf Lassgård as the Ystad detective. The victims’ funeral provides a breakthrough when the snooper in the barn is recognised as Mrs Lovgren’s brother...

Mrs Brown’s Boys 

9.35pm, BBC1

A spate of local burglaries prompts Agnes to increase her home security, fitting a bolt to the back door – yes, the one that sees the to’ing and fro’ing of characters.

White Dee: What’s All  The Fuss About? 

9.35pm, Channel 5

Having made a good impression on Celebrity Big Brother, Dee Kelly, the star of Channel 4’s Benefits Street, is followed in her new life of public appearances, photo-shoots, newspaper interviews and an appearance at the Conservative Party conference.

The Clash: New Year’s Day ’77

10.45pm & 2.45am, BBC4

A documentary featuring previously unseen footage of the Clash in concert at The Roxy club in Covent Garden on 1 January 1977. Filmed by Julien Temple (The Great Rock’n’Roll Swindle), the recording offers a fascinating insight into Britain during the late Seventies.

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