TV tonight: prepare for a very emotional Strictly climax

Strictly Come Dancing: The Final

7pm, BBC One

After an emotional and incredibly uplifting competition, this year’s Strictly finally reaches its end. The two remaining couples – Rose Ayling-Ellis and Giovanni Pernice, and John Whaite and Johannes Radebe (sadly, AJ Odudu and Kai Widdrington had to pull out) – hotfoot it on the dancefloor in sequins and sparkles, giving it all they’ve got one last time. Then, look out for the festive spectacular on Christmas Day. Hollie Richardson

The Brits Are Coming

5pm, ITV

Changes are afoot for this year’s awards, with four new categories including hip-hop/grime/rap act and dance act. It’s also the first year they’re doing away with gendered categories. About time. In this one-hour special, Maya Jama and Clara Amfo announce the nominations, while Anne-Marie and Swedish pop starlet Mabel perform. Alexi Duggins

A Lake District Farm Shop at Christmas

6pm, Channel 4

What better way to kick off the festivities than with a trip to, er … Tebay services on the M6. But far from being a pit stop for fast food and the loo, Tebay is a farm shop that embraces its Lake District surroundings. Here, we see how they prepare for the busiest time of the year during a pandemic. HR

Christmas at Chatsworth House

7pm, Channel 4

British stately homes take Christmas preparation to another level. In the first of a trio of episodes that go behind the scenes of estates, we visit Chatsworth House. After Covid complications, can staff prepare Chatsworth in time for yuletide visitors? Henry Wong


9pm, Sky Atlantic

The fierce, visceral and compelling Neapolitan mob drama returns for a final season. When we left Gennaro Savastano (Salvatore Esposito), he was hiding in a bunker, with his dreams of civilian life in tatters as predators gathered round him. He has no option but to fight for his life – what will he lose in the process? Phil Harrison

Paul O’Grady’s Saturday Night Christmas Line Up

9.30pm, ITV

Dame Joan Collins is in the house for O’Grady’s celebrity hurrah, along with Julian Clary, Sunetra Sarker and Paddy McGuinness. One of the tasks given is to arrange themselves from best to worst. Awkward much? HR

Film choice

Last Train to Christmas, 1.45pm, 8pm, Sky Cinema Premiere

On a train back to Nottingham on Christmas Eve 1985, Stringfellow-esque club owner Tony Tower (Michael Sheen) discovers that if he moves between coaches he can visit his past or future life. With his business and relationship with his brother, Roger (Cary Elwes) in peril, Tony tries to rewrite history in his favour, only to make things worse for everyone. A smart, twisty reboot of A Christmas Carol from Julian Kemp, with Sheen sporting a series of wonderfully cringe-worthy hairstyles and clothes. Simon Wardell

Great Expectations, 2pm, BBC Two

The greatest Charles Dickens film adaptation to date, David Lean’s atmospheric 1946 drama gave us the iconically cobwebby Miss Havisham (Martita Hunt) and a truly menacing Magwitch (Finlay Currie). The redoubtable John Mills plays the fallible hero, Pip, as a young adult, after a secret benefactor has transformed him from country lad to gentleman about town. As always with Dickens, some of the depth and character colour is discarded in the script-to-screen process, but Lean’s eye for detail makes this cautionary tale zing. SW

Scrooge: A Christmas Carol, 5.55pm, Channel 5

Francis De Wolff and Alastair Sim in Scrooge: A Christmas Carol.
Francis De Wolff and Alastair Sim in Scrooge: A Christmas Carol. Photograph: Landmark Media/Alamy

Alastair Sim set a standard for Scrooge in this 1951 film that has rarely been bettered in the many subsequent attempts at Dickens’s festive favourite. Whether being properly mean, convincingly freaked-out or giddily happy, Sim is a joy to watch as his miser learns a lesson in humility and humanity, helped by director Brian Desmond Hurst’s inventive treatment of the light and dark of snowy London. A host of solid British character actors are in support, including Michael Hordern as Jacob Marley, Mervyn Johns as Bob Cratchit and George Cole playing young Scrooge. SW

David Byrne’s American Utopia, 6pm, Sky Arts

Spike Lee’s glorious concert film of a Broadway date on the erstwhile Talking Head’s 2018-19 tour is worthy of a place in the concert documentary pantheon next to Stop Making Sense. Dressed in grey suits to match his hair, the ever amusing Byrne and his impressive musicians weave their way through songs from his long career (lots of Talking Heads tunes, thankfully) plus a cover of Janelle Monáe’s political anthem Hell You Talmbout. Annie-B Parson’s courtly choreography and Lee’s up-close camerawork add colour to a joyous musical experience. SW

Live sport

Darts: The World Championships 3pm, Sky Sports Main Event. Arrows from Alexandra Palace.