What to watch tonight: TV choices, 31 December
For those who'd rather welcome in the New Year in front of the box
Two Doors Down
In Simon Carlyle’s nicely low-key comedy Arabella Weir and Taggart’s Alex Norton play a Scottish couple throwing a hogmanay party. Daniela Nardini, as a naughty auntie, Doon Mackichan, Fresh Meat’s Greg McHugh (as the son’s new boyfriend, above), and Sharon Rooney (My Mad Fat Diary) co-star.
Tudor Monastery Farm Christmas
Ruth Goodman, Peter Ginn and Tom Pinfold examine the festive season as it would have been celebrated in 1500 under the reign of Henry VII, making Tudor decorations, engaging in festive revels and preparing feasting delights such as boar’s head and shred pies, which were forerunners of mince pies.
The Graham Norton Show
A storming line-up that brings together the cast of Anchorman 2 – Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, Christina Applegate and David Koechner – Monty Python stars John Cleese, Michael Palin, Terry Jones, Eric Idle and Terry Gilliam, and sisters Joan and Jackie Collins. There’s also comedy from Frank Skinner and a song from the crooner Michael Bublé.
Jools’ Annual Hootenanny 2013
Ray Davies, Lisa Stansfield, the Proclaimers, Melanie C, Laura Mvula, Haim, Rudimental and the Lumineers, Jamaican vocalist Dawn Penn, who teams up with Madness saxophonist Lee Thompson. And that’s just for starters. As usual, the most enjoyable televisual way to see in the new year.
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Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Jeremy Clarkson 'does not see a problem' with his racist language on Top Gear, says BBC
- 2 Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome: 'Abort it and try again – it would be immoral to bring it into the world'
- 3 London restaurant 34 creates champagne glass modelled on Kate Moss’ left breast
- 4 ALS ice bucket challenge co-founder Corey Griffin drowns, aged 27
- 5 James Foley beheading: Fox news presenter Megyn Kelly annoyed by Ferguson update during broadcast about murdered journalist
Philip Larkin: Misogynist, racist, miserable? Or caring, playful man who lived for others?
Jeremy Clarkson 'does not see a problem' with his racist language on Top Gear, says BBC
JK Rowling writes new Harry Potter story on Pottermore: Introducing 'Singing Sorceress' Celestina Warbuck
Britain's ugliest buildings: Which monstrosities should be nominated for the Dead Prize?
American film board gives gay film Love Is Strange R-rating despite no sex or violence
Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome: 'Abort it and try again – it would be immoral to bring it into the world'
Scottish independence: English people overwhelmingly want Scotland to stay in the UK
Isis threat: Cameron wants an alliance with Iran
Michael Brown shooting: Chaos erupts on the streets of Ferguson after autopsy shows teenager was shot six times – twice in the head
Bin bag full of cats' heads discovered near Manchester's Curry Mile
Disgusting, frustrating, but intriguing: how the country really feels about its politicians