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The festive season hots up with films and new series galore.

Full Metal Jacket, Tuesday 9, 11:05pm, Sky Atlantic full metal jacket

Effectively two films in one, 'Full Metal Jacket' isn't easy watching at times, but it's full of fantastic lines (R. Lee Ermey (Sergeant Hartman) is rumoured to have ad-libbed plenty of them, including the infamous one involving a "reach around").

The first half set in the training camp is a sombre reminder that the horrors of war aren't confined to the battlefield.

BBC Music Awards, Thursday 11, 8pm, BBC One

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Chris Evans and Fearne Cotton present live from London's Earl's Court, as the likes of Coldplay, One Direction, Paloma Faith, Calvin Harris and Ed Sheeran perform.

The event will celebrate the year in music, and will see a number of awards dished out, including British Artist of the Year, International Artist of the Year and Song of the Year.

Tickets have sold out, so this is the only place you'll be able to see it.

Wild Bill, Thursday 11, 11:20pm, Film4

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Dexter Fletcher's directorial debut tells the story of Bill Hayward (Charlie Creed-Miles), who is released from prison to find his two young sons abandoned and fending for themselves.

Bill wants nothing to do with them, but when one of his sons threatens to tell the police about his drug dealing, he agrees to help, and forms a bond with his boys.

However, when Bill's old cohorts come out of the woodwork, they threaten to tear apart his happy home.

Marco Polo, Friday 12, Netflix

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The much-hyped Netflix original show is said to have a budget second only to 'Game of Thrones'.

Set in the 13th century, it focuses on the titular explorer and his adventures in Kublai Khan's court in China. Newcomer Lorenzo Richelmy plays Marco, while Zhu Zhu ('Cloud Atlas') plays his love interest Kokachin.

Hot Fuzz, Friday 12, 9pm, ITV2

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The second instalment in the Cornetto trilogy sees Simon Pegg step into the boots of Nicholas Angel, a tough London cop who's transferred to a quaint village in the countryside and paired with a witless new partner named Danny Butterman (Nick Frost).

But the village isn't as quiet as it seems, and Nicholas takes it on himself to uncover the sinister goings-on.

It's not quite as funny as 'Shaun of the Dead', but fans of Pegg, Frost and Wright will lap it up all the same.

Sightseers, Friday 12, 11:40pm, Channel 4


This black comedy takes place in the windswept hills and drizzle-soaked fields of a caravanning holiday. Oddball Chris (Steve Oram) takes his girlfriend Tina (Alice Lowe) on a road trip, but events soon take a wrong turn and the bodies start mounting up.

Oram and Lowe share writing duties, while 'Kill List' director Ben Wheatley takes charge behind the camera. Enough to put you off caravanning for life.

Hobo With a Shotgun, Friday 12, 10:55pm, Film4

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One of the recent spate of literally-titled films (see also: 'Snakes on a Plane') that also features a character who says the title during the film (see also: 'Snakes on a Plane').

You'll wonder how it ever got made – and how they got Rutger Hauer – but it's lots of fun in a schlocky kind of way.

Stephen Fry Live: More Fool Me, Saturday 13, Netflix

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An evening of chat with bon vivant and raconteur Stephen Fry to celebrate the publication of the third instalment of his autobiography.

Filmed at the Royal Festival Hall back in October, it sees Fry on top form, telling anecdotes involving Princess Diana, among others.

The Polar Express, Sunday 14, 6pm, ITV2

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Films don't get much more festive than this. On Christmas Eve, a doubting boy boards a magical train that's heading to Santa Claus' home in the North Pole.

Will his doubts be overturned? You bet. Will it be a heartwarming journey? Indeed.

Tom Hanks voices multiple characters, while Robert Zemeckis directs.

Olive Kitteridge, Sunday 14, 9pm, Sky Atlantic olive kitteridge

Based on Elizabeth Strout's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, this drama spans 25 years in the same New England town.

Olive (Frances McDormand) is an acerbic maths teacher, who isn't over the moon at her husband Henry's choice of assistant.

Meanwhile, her son Christopher is becoming less and less comfortable with her attraction to a fellow teacher. Episode one of a two-parter.

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