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We're approaching the best two weeks of TV all year. So what should you watch?

From animated family classics to gothic murder mysteries, we've picked out something to make everyone's Christmas go with a bang.

Cinderella (TBC, Sky Movies)


Kenneth Branagh's take on the classic fairytale sees Lily James take the title role, alongside Cate Blanchett and Helena Bonham Carter. Expect a suitably luscious production.

The Frankenstein Chronicles (16th December, ITV Encore)

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This six-part crime drama reimagines the classic Frankenstein tale, and stars Sean Bean, Anna Maxwell Martin, Charlie Creed-Miles, Ed Stoppard, Samuel West, Steven Berkoff and Kate Dickie.

The final episode sees Inspector John Marlott piece together the movement of bodies at St Bart's Hospital, coming ever closer to solving the case.

Fungus the Bogeyman (TBC, Sky 1)

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Raymond Brigg's classic family story about smelly monster and even more monstrous humans gets a live-action production on Sky 1.

Stars Timothy Spall, Victoria Wood and Keeley Hawes.

The Nation's Favourite Bond Song (17th December, ITV)

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Sam Smith's 'Writing's on the Wall' may have divided opinion, but it was the first Bond song in the franchise's 50-year history to top the charts.

But which will prove the most popular? This show counts down 20 of the greatest according to an ITV poll, with contributions from Jonathan Ross, Piers Morgan, Moby, Sir Roger Moore, Joanna Lumley and Naomie Harris, among others.

TFI Friday Christmas Comedy Special (18th December, Channel 4)

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Chris Evans is joined by co-host Alan Partridge for a 90-minute Christmas comedy special. Guests include James Corden, Sir Tom Jones, and comedians Jack Whitehall and Lee Mack.

Chris Evans said of co-hosting with the Norfolk legend: "Having staggered through nearly 200 'TFI Friday' rehearsals and live shows over the years, it'll be a relief to see how it should be done by Norfolk's master of broadcasting."

Partridge added: "I was honoured to receive the invitation to co-present 'Thank Frig It's Friday'. The fee being offered was more than generous, and as soon as I received photographic evidence that my dressing room had its own shower, I signed on the dotted line.

"My only slight niggle is that they refused to pay for my transport."

The Avengers: Age of Ultron (TBC, Sky Movies)

'Earth's mightiest heroes' return in an another Marvel movie epic that pits them against a robotic supervillain with some very strange ideas about keeping the peace.

Expect carnage on a grand scale, weapons-grade wisecracks from Robert Downey Junior and a whipsmart script from Buffy the Vampire Slayer's Joss Wheddon.

Stick Man (December 25th, BBC One)

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From the people behind The Gruffalo comes this heart-warming animated special.

Voiced by Martin Freeman, Hugh Bonneville, Russell Tovey, Rob Brydon and Sally Hawkins. Jennifer Saunders narrates.

Doctor Who – The Husbands of River Song (25th December, BBC One)

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The Doctor doesn't stop for turkey and to watch the Queen's speech. He spends Christmas Day on a remote human colony.

But when a crashed spaceships sends him an SOS, he's recruited into River Song's squad and hurled into a chase across the galaxy. Co-stars Greg Davies and Matt Lucas.

Star Wars marathon [TBC, Sky Star Wars channel]

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The new instalment of Star Wars opens December 17th. But you can get in the mood now by watching all six movies back-to-back on Sky's dedicated Star Wars channels.

Still not enough Star Wars for you? The channel's also airing a 'making-of' documentary and the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars too.

And Then There Were None (26th December, BBC One)

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Based on the Agatha Christie novel of the same name – the best-selling crime novel of all time, by the way – this three-parter sees 10 strangers retreat to an isolated island off the Devon coast.

Their hosts mysteriously absent, each of them is in turn accused of murder by a gramophone recording that plays after dinner.

Then the gruesome truth is revealed – they are to be executed one by one, unless they can find the killer first...

Matt Berry Does... Happy New You (January 1st, BBC iPlayer)

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Need some spring in your step to face the new year with renewed vigour? Matt Berry can help.

His iPlayer special will celebrate your over-indulgence, and hopefully put a smile on your face, if not a spring in your step, to face January.

Big Hero Six (TBC, Sky Movies)

Big Hero Six is where Disney charm and 'heart' meets Marvel Studios' pulsating superhero action. And where Eastern manga-style animation traditions meet our own in the West.

The result is charming, gorgeous to look at and confident enough to include plenty of the grittier, heart-tugging elements that Disney has specialised in since 'that shot' rung out in Bambi way back when.

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