What’s On TV Tonight? Our Pick Of The Best Shows: Monday 18th December

Birds of a Feather 2017 Christmas Special Monday 18th 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 Monday 18th December

Birds of a Feather, 9.00pm, ITV

The Birds are back as Pauline Quirke, Linda Robson and Lesley Joseph return for a Birds of a Feather Christmas special. While you can guarantee lots of laughs, it seems there’s not much festive cheer in Chigwell as Tracey’s got some breaking news for sister Sharon and longtime friend Dorien: she wants to sell the house, downsize, and give the profit to sons Travis and Garth – so her mates will have to move out! Meanwhile, Garth decides to help the community by cooking Christmas dinner for the homeless at the local church – and it proves to be a hair-raising experience for Dorien… Rating: ****

Mary Berry’s Christmas Party, 8.30pm, BBC1

Mary by name and merry by nature, queen of the kitchen Mary Berry shares a cracker with this special one-off treat. Celebrating the Christmas season in style, Mary invites presenters Alex Jones and Fearne Cotton, Strictly judge Darcey Bussell and Citizen Khan comedian Adil Ray to hers for a jolly. But first there’s work to do. Mary asks the stars to don their aprons to help her create delicious dishes, including a traditional chocolate roulade and spicy ginger cake, while sharing top tips along the way. Our advice: don’t watch this on an empty stomach! Rating: ***

The League of Gentlemen, 10.00pm, BBC2

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This hugely inventive comedy really has stood the test of time. And the good news for fans is that the talented quartet – Mark Gatiss, Steve Pemberton, Reece Shearsmith and Jeremy Dyson – are back in Royston Vasey for three new episodes. Expect to see some familiar ‘local’ faces… Continues tomorrow. Rating: ****

More previews tomorrow

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. 

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