What to watch tonight: TV choices, 17 December
Fresh Meat co-star Greg McHugh joins Jack Whitehall for the Bad Education Christmas special
Bad Education Christmas Special
BBC 3, 10pm, 12.30 & 3.30am
Some of those involved in Jack Whitehall’s sitcom have been so much better in other comedies. Still, Bad Education is very popular with its BBC3 audience and ABC are even re-making it for America, so what do I know? The Christmas special has its moments – many supplied by Whitehall’s Fresh Meat co-star Greg McHugh as a violent Glaswegian tramp – as the Hertfordshire secondary school puts on a Christmas show, a mash-up of RoboCop and The Nutcracker.
The Call Centre Christmas
BBC3, 9pm & 1am
Shy, retiring CEO of Swansea’s third-biggest call centre, Nev Wilshire (aka “the real-life David Brent”), returns for a one-off seasonal special. And given how pumped-up he is first thing on a Monday morning, this almost doesn’t bear thinking about – Wilshire puts together an office choir.
Last Tango In Halifax
Enter Gemma Jones into Sally Wainwright’s already meatily cast drama. Jones plays Celia’s sister, introduced to Alan (Derek Jacobi) by a reluctant Celia.
Pilgrimage With Simon Reeve
Reeve concludes his series walking up the Via Dolorosa – the route on which Jesus carried his cross – in the Old City of Jerusalem.
Heston’s Great British Food
Channel 4, 9pm
Roasts gets the Blumenthal treatment. A chicken is dressed as a medieval knight riding a pig into battle, and a joint is made up of different cuts, all treated differently and stuck together with meat glue. Was he never told not to play with his food?
Glastonbury Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend will perform with Paul Weller as their warm-up act
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