What’s On TV Tonight? Our Pick Of The Best Shows: Friday 1st December

Christmas on Gold Only Fools Friday 1st December

TV Times tops picks for tonight

What’s on telly tonight? Here the TV Times team of expert reviewers highlight three of the best shows on telly tonight for Friday 1st December

Christmas on Gold, from 7.45am, Christmas Gold

You wait all year for a Christmas special of your favourite show, then fall into an eggnog/trifle/turkey-induced coma the second it comes on. Gold has the answer, and is rebranding itself as Christmas Gold to deliver an entire month of seasonal faves. Usual but very welcome suspects include Mrs Brown’s Boys and The Royle Family, but other gems include Citizen Khan, The Good Life, One Foot in the Grave, The Two Ronnies, The Vicar of Dibley and Last of the Summer Wine. The standout this evening must be part one of the Only Fools and Horses Christmas trilogy from 1996. Yes, the caped crusaders one. Rating: ****

Jamie and Jimmy’s Friday Night Feast, 8.00pm, C4

Jamie and Jimmy’s Friday Night Feast

(Image credit: Steve Ryan)

The Absolutely Fabulous Joanna Lumley drops in on the boys at their café at the end of Southend Pier, and in her honour they have put together their first ever vegetarian menu. Jamie makes a delicious m’hanncha or ‘snake cake’ – a spiral of filo pastry stuffed with pearl barley and butternut squash – while Joanna cooks her favourite Malaysian dish, conjuring up memories of growing up in Malaysia. Later, Jimmy creates a vertical vegetable patch for a 10th-floor city balcony, proving there’s no excuse not to grow your own, no matter where you live. Rating: ****

Australian Wilderness, 8.00pm, ITV (ex Scot, NI, Wales)

Australian Wilderness Ray Mears 13th October

Ray Mears ventures into the ‘Valley of the Giants’ or Walpole Forest in Western Australia, home to some of the world’s widest (24-metre girths) and tallest trees – the tingles and karris. But it’s the creatures that live here that Ray wants to find, so he enlists the help of environmentalist Prue Anderson, who takes him to the best areas to spy possums, bandicoots and a small, shy marsupial – the quokka. Rating: ****

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David Hollingsworth

David is the What To Watch Editor and has over 20 years of experience in television journalism. He is currently writing about the latest television and film news for What To Watch.

Before working for What To Watch, David spent many years working for TV Times magazine, interviewing some of television's most famous stars including Hollywood actor Kiefer Sutherland, singer Lionel Richie and wildlife legend Sir David Attenborough. 

David started out as a writer for TV Times before becoming the title's deputy features editor and then features editor. During his time on TV Times, David also helped run the annual TV Times Awards. David is a huge Death in Paradise fan, although he's still failed to solve a case before the show's detective! He also loves James Bond and controversially thinks that Timothy Dalton was an excellent 007.

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