What’s On TV Tonight? Our Pick Of The Best Shows: Thursday 28th December

Thursday 28th December David Jason Still Open All Hours 2017
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TV Times tops picks for tonight - Thursday 28th December

What’s on telly tonight? Here the TV Times team of expert reviewers highlight the three best shows on Thursday 28th December

Still Open All Hours, 7.30pm, BBC1

Granville (Sir David Jason – check out our chat with David) is back in business for a new seven-part series of the hit corner-shop comedy, which kicks off with a special festive episode. And with most of his customers planning to leave town for the holidays, the miserly shopkeeper is going to have to come up with new ingenious ways of shifting his stock, especially his un-crackable Christmas crackers! Granville also ropes poor Gastric (Tim Healy) into a hare-brained scheme to convince Mr Newbold (Geoffrey Whitehead) to stay and keep Mrs Featherstone (Stephanie Cole) off his back, which involves dressing Gastric up as a rather fetching Christmas fairy! Rating: ****

What Britain Bought in 2017, 9.00pm, C4

What Britain Bought in 2017

With the January sales only days away and Christmas just behind us, your credit card may soon be begging for mercy – but what of the year as a whole? Retail guru Mary Portas presents a fast-paced insight into just where we spent our money in 2017. She meets buyers, influencers and forecasters to reveal the items we can’t believe we bought, the ones we’re pleased we did, and the ones we would still like to get our hands on, as well as the trends that took everyone by surprise. Why are big knickers back? What’s the deal with unicorns popping up everywhere? And why do we love gin so much these days? Rating: ****

The Secret Life of 5 Year Olds on Holiday, 8.30pm, C4

The Secret Life of 5 Year Olds on Holiday

A group of four, five and six year olds (and their mums and dads) have packed their bags, stocked up on the sun cream and are ready to hit the beach in Cyprus as this funny and insightful show heads to the sunny Mediterranean for a one-off special. The experts are there, too, commentating on the children’s behaviour as the youngsters interact – building sand castles and dipping their toes in the sea, some for the very first time. The family holiday is where so many memories are made and it’s full of new experiences for the children but there are also a lot of changes to cope with, which can make it memorable for all the wrong reasons! 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 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!