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Tonights sees two great comedy films and a documentary that'll make you feel better about your festive spending.

About Time

6:40pm, Film4

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This isn't as saccharine as a lot of Richard Curtis films – rather, it's a darker, more melancholic affair. Domhnall Gleeson stars as a young man who, when he turns 21, discovers he can travel back in time. The most touching relationship is between Gleeson's character and his father (played by Bill Nighy), as the film celebrates the mundane everyday happenings that we take for granted. It's the closest we'll get to a modern-day Frank Capra.

The World's Most Expensive Toys

9pm, Channel 4

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If you're worried you've spent too much on presents this Christmas, this programme should give you some solace. It profiles the UK's millionaires and billionaires who drop an absolute fortune on luxurious gifts and entertainment, and takes a look at the craftspeople looking to make their dreams come true (for a price, of course). Gifts include crystal-encrusted rocking horses and a doll's house worth £22,000. Neither are available from Argos.

Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa

11:05pm, BBC Two

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Partridge's first (but not last) big-screen outing was widely regarded as a triumph, avoiding the usual pitfalls of translating a sitcom to a 90-minute film. Partridge's employer North Norfolk Digital has been taken over by a gun-wielding ex-DJ who's angry at being given the sack, and it's up to you-know-who to save the day. It works because it stays within the Partridge universe, while the story has enough momentum to sustain the full running time. Back of the net, as Alan would say.

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