Gerard Gilbert

Gerard Gilbert is a television and feature writer for The Independent.

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Brendan O'Carroll as Agnes Brown in the 2014 Mrs Brown's Boys Christmas special

Christmas TV guide 2014: The best festive comedy to watch from Black Mirror to Mrs Brown's Boys

A Rik Mayall comedy tribute will also be shown on BBC2

Nick Frost plays Santa Claus in the Doctor Who Christmas special

Christmas TV guide 2014: The best shows to watch from Doctor Who to Downton Abbey

The usual subjects are all present and correct in the TV stocking but there are welcome surprises from Hollywood heavyweights too

Anne Reid and Derek Jacobi in character as Celia and Alan

Sir Derek Jacobi on 'Last Tango in Halifax' and being just an ordinary fella

Don't call me posh, Sir Derek Jacobi tells Gerard Gilbert. Playing 'an ordinary fella' in TV hit 'Last Tango in Halifax', broadcast next weekend on BBC1, was just what he needed

Sven, Brian and Jamie will compete in the final of Masterchef: The Professionals

From the Masterchef final to Portrait Artist of the Year: What to watch on TV tonight

Portrait of the Year finalists will have 240 minutes to paint Sir Ian McKellen

Christmas animation On Angel Wings based on the book by War Horse author Michael Morpurgo

Christmas TV guide 2014: Best family friendly shows from The Boy in the Dress to Esio Trot

From David Walliams' new drama to Esio Trot starring Judi Dench and Dustin Hoffman, there's plenty of wholesome family fare to watch this Christmas

The cast of Downton Abbey in the 2014 Christmas special

Christmas TV guide 2014: Best dramas to watch from Doctor Who and Downton Abbey to Game of Thrones

Tune in for Doctor Who and Mapp and Lucia too this festive period

Anna Chancellor has a lineage worthy of Tatler but has had to scrap to establish herself as one of our finest actors

Chancellor has come a long way since Four Weddings. The British actor talks motherhood, her new role in Mapp and Lucia, and why she shuns her aristocratic roots

Sally Wainwright at the 'BAFTA' British Academy Craft Awards' The Brewery, London.

Happy Valley and Last Tango in Halifax creator Sally Wainwright on how to create TV gold

With three hit TV shows, Sally Wainwright is the envy of the biz. Here she reveals the secrets of her success

The cast of multi award winning drama Broadchurch attended the read-through for the second series of the drama in London.

Broadchurch series 2: David Tennant, Olivia Colman and cast share all the clues they can

Olivia Colman: 'I got to the point where I stopped going on trains and buses because everyone would ask who did it'

Anna Chancellor as Lucia and Miranda Richardson as Mapp, in the BBC’s new adaptation (C) BBC - Photographer: Nick Briggs)

Christmas 2014: Can a new TV take on E F Benson’s cult Mapp and Lucia novels compare with the sublime 1985 series?

The BBC's new version is written by The League of Gentlemen's Steve Pemberton, who says we should expect "a genteel version of Royston Vasey"

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