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What’s On TV Tonight? Our Pick Of The Best Shows: Sunday 17th December

Agatha Christie’s A Crooked House - Sunday 17th December
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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 Sunday 17th December

A Crooked House, 9.00pm, C5

This year’s Christmas Agatha Christie is one of the best versions of her stories for years. Adapted by Downton Abbey’s Julian Fellowes from Christie’s most shocking book, this star-studded one-off follows Charles Hayward (Max Irons) as he tries to solve the murder of a man poisoned at his English country house. With a colourful collection of suspects played by Glenn Close, Gillian Anderson, Julian Sands and a scene-stealing Christina Hendricks, the lavish production combines high-quality performances with a sly humour that never detracts from a truly sinister storyline. Rating: ****

The Apprentice: Final, 9.00pm, BBC1

The Apprentice: Final

The bickering’s over  and now there are two… The finalists try to bring their business plans to fruition, with help – or hindrance! – from some of their fired ex-colleagues. They have just three days to devise branding and an advert for their new ventures before they pitch to experts. But who’ll impress Lord Sugar enough to hear those magic words: ‘You’re hired’? Stay tuned to BBC1 for You’re Hiredwhich follows at 10.00pm. Rating: ****

Sports Personality of the Year, 6.45pm, BBC1

Sports Personality of the Year

Who’s been our country’s best sporting star in 2017? It’s a difficult one as British sports fans have seen plenty of triumphs, but now it’s time for viewers to vote on their choices as the nominees gather for the Sports Personality of the Year ceremony in Liverpool. Among the favourites are Mo Farah, who retired from the track after winning the world 10000m athletics title in London, swimmer Adam Peaty, who smashed world records in the pool to become 50m and 100m breaststoke World Champion again, Lewis Hamilton, who won the F1 title, and tennis star Johanna Konta, who made it to the Wimbledon semi-final. The extravaganza is presented once again by Clare Balding, Gary Lineker and Gabby Logan.  Rating: ****

More previews tomorrow.

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 on 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 on 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.


Other than watching and writing about telly, David loves playing cricket, going to the cinema, trying to improve his tennis and chasing about after his kids!