There's only a week or so to go before Christmas and The Idiot Box has bowed to the inevitable. With the TV listings packed with yuletide specials, it was impossible to do anything except pull on one of those annoying Christmas jumper and produce a special festive edition of our own...
Do they know it's Christmas?... For those who find Christmas excruciating, then it is possible to find some TV relief. The extraordinary-sounding MC Hammer's Big Shot Academy (ITV2, Thursday, 9pm) in which "members of the public attempt the rapper's greatest hits", could be the best thing to happen to the world in 2013. If for some strange reason, though, Mr Hammer doesn't appeal, then there's a Nigel Slater documentary about biscuits (BBC Four, Wednesday, 9pm) and the BBC's two-part Great Train Robbery drama to keep you entertained (BBC One, Wednesday-Thursday, 9pm - watch the trailer above).
Festive Film... With a lack of decent Christmas films to recommend, I'll point you in the direction of A Field in England (Channel 4, Wednesday, 12.20am - see trailer above) the latest off-kilter offering from Ben Wheatley, the most exciting British director to emerge in recent years. If you want to know when the criminally awful Four Christmases is on, you'll just have to find out for yourself.
Catch up... After his excellent performance earlier in the year in Southcliffe, Rory Kinnear is back on the small screen in ITV's much-trailed docudrama, Lucan. On the whole, critics were kind about the first episode, which you can catch up with here before the concluding part on Wednesday (ITV1, 9pm - watch the trailer above).
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