TV tonight: Jennifer Saunders haunts the hit comedy Ghosts

The comedian makes a deathly appearance in the Ghosts Christmas special. Plus: Sheridan Smith and David Walliams star in Hansel and Gretel. Here’s what to watch this evening


8.30pm, BBC One

In this seasonal special episode, Alison (Charlotte Ritchie) and Mike (Kiell Smith-Bynoe) are dreaming of a quiet Christmas by the fire, but an unexpected visitor who won’t leave puts a stop to that. Of course, it was always going to be a chaotic affair with their ghostly house guests in tow. Keep an eye out for Jennifer Saunders’s short but welcome cameo. Hollie Richardson

Alan Carr’s Epic Gameshow Christmas Special

8pm, ITV

Snowball cocktails at the ready for this festive gameshow romp. Carr revives The Price is Right for a nostalgic classic with a Christmas twist. Contestants hoping to win tonight are big personalities including Carole the nurse who, as Carr puts it: “Everybody at home is going to be rooting for.” HR

Hansel and Gretel: After Ever After

8pm, Sky Max

Sheridan Smith and David Walliams star in this atypical fairytale, following Hansel and Gretel after their escape from the gingerbread house. Walliams is also a co-writer, which explains some of the more adult humour – such as the villagers being just as worried about cancel culture as they are about the perils of a child-hungry witch. Henry Wong

Not Going Out

10pm, BBC One

A festive-themed episode of the longest-running sitcom on air (not, as assumed, prime minister’s questions). After Lucy announces she has tickets to see Jason Donovan in panto, a cheesed-off Lee falls asleep and dreams his entire life’s a pantomime: cue Lee as Buttons, Lucy as Cinders and Mr Especially for You himself as Prince Charming. Ali Catterall

And Just Like That …

8pm, Sky Comedy

As the SATC reboot continues, Carrie is navigating grief after that Big shock ending of the opening episode, with the help of Miranda, Charlotte and Stanford. And fans have hopefully just about got over the fact that writers dared to suggest Samantha would ever ghost her best pals (it’s not her style). Another double bill follows next Thursday. HR

Agatha Raisin: Kissing Christmas Goodbye

10pm, Sky Max

Ashley Jensen returns in the refreshingly silly crime romp. The glamorous sleuth is brightening up the dark December days with thoughts of her old flame James Lacey. But her plans to distract herself with the perfect Christmas are thwarted by the need to solve a mystery after a pesky poisoning in the village. Hannah Verdier