Winter on the Farm is one of the TV highlights tonight

Christmas on the Farm
Christmas on the Farm is a great way to spread some festive cheer. (Image credit: Channel 5)

On TV tonight, Helen Skelton and Jules Hudson return to Cannon Hall farm, ITV3 revisits the iconic Cracker, Trailblazers continues and Denise Van Outen checks out retailers Lidl and Aldi. Here's what you shouldn't miss on TV Tonight.

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What's on TV tonight

Our expert TV journalists have picked the best things on TV tonight... 

Best TV shows on TV tonight

Winter on the Farm, 8 pm, Channel 5  

Expect some new furry faces and plenty of festive fun when Helen Skelton and Jules Hudson return to South Yorkshire to host a week of live shows at Cannon Hall Farm. The pair will be catching up with the winter activities of resident farmers Rob and Dave Nicholson, who are welcoming a new reindeer to the farm, while The Yorkshire Vet stars Shona Searson and Matthew Jackson-Smith will also be on hand. 

Presenters JB Gill and Dr Amir Khan are meeting people who have a passion for the great outdoors. Meanwhile, we’re looking forward to seeing what the adorable animals, including Jon Bon Pony and Gary the donkey, are getting up to!

 ★★★★ TL

Cracker, 10 pm, ITV3

Robbie Coltrane in Cracker

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From tonight, ITV3 is revisiting this multi-BAFTA-winning police drama starring Robbie Coltrane, who died in October. The series is nearly 30 years old, but it’s still a shock to see just how young everyone involved looks: Coltrane, who plays psychologist Fitz; Christopher Eccleston, the DCI who employs him to help ‘crack’ difficult cases; and, in this first story, Adrian Dunbar as a murder suspect claiming amnesia.

 Among the guest stars are Robert Carlyle, Susan Lynch, Tim Healy and Jim Carter, while the writers include Jimmy McGovern (also the creator) and Paul Abbott. Continues all week. 

★★★★ JP

Trailblazers: A Rocky Mountain Roadtrip, 9 pm, BBC Two

Trailblazers: A Rocky Mountain Road Trip stars Emily Atack, Melanie Brown and Ruby Wax stand on a dirt highway in a remote location in the USA, all wearing warm coats. Emily is dragging a backpack along the ground.

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As Emily Atack, Mel B and Ruby Wax continue their American journey following in the footsteps of intrepid Victorian adventurer Isabella Bird, they head deeper into the Rocky Mountains. They start out in Central City, where the gold rush made a few prospectors very rich in the early 1900s, then visit the slopes of Aspen, beloved of today’s mega-rich. 

This is a great twist on the celebrity travelogue, as Isabella’s story deserves retelling and our three modern-day trailblazers are good company – even if Mel and Emily tend to wander off while Ruby reads aloud from Isabella’s book. ‘There’ll be a test!’ she yells at their backs (and there is). 

★★★★ JP

Secrets of the Middle Aisle at Christmas, 8 pm, Channel 4

Denise Van Outen

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Denise Van Outen checks out retailers Lidl and Aldi to see how they are competing with bigger-name stores during the run-up to Christmas. In these straitened times, are discount supermarkets and ‘middle aisles’ going to cash in more than usual as customers try to save money and forgo premium brands? 

★★★ JP

Best box set on TV tonight

Slow Horses, Apple TV

Slow Horses first look! Gary Oldman plays Jackson Lamb, who heads the intelligence team at MI5.

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With Slow Horses season 2 airing on Apple TV from Friday, December 2, now is the perfect time to try (or reacquaint yourself) with the first instalment so you can catch up with the new episodes.

Season 1 of the celebrated crime drama follows a group of washed-up MI5 agents who have all made excruciating, career-ending mistakes.  They end up in a grotty office block called Slough House, assigned to boring admin tasks instead.

With an all-star cast like Gary Oldman, Jack Lowden and Kristin Scott Thomas, the adaptation of Mick Herron's novel series is well worth a watch.

★★★★ LB

Best film on TV tonight

The Company You Keep, 11:15 pm, BBC Two

The Company You Keep

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A respected lawyer is forced to go on the run when a reporter exposes the truth about him - he is really a member of a radical militant group wanted for questioning in a murder case, who has been living under a fake identity for 30 years. As the fugitive goes in search of his old allies for sanctuary, the reporter delves into his past and uncovers disturbing secrets. Thriller based on the novel by Neil Gordon, directed by and starring Robert Redford, with Shia LaBeouf, Julie Christie and Susan Sarandon.

★★★ LB


- Hollyoaks, 6:30 pm, C4

Live Sport

  • FIFA World Cup: Group E winners v Group F runners-up, 2:30 pm (Kick-off 3pm), BBC One, ITV
  • FIFA World Cup: Group G winners v Group H runners-up, 6:15 pm (Kick-off 7.00pm), BBC One, ITV

If you watch just one thing on TV tonight…

Don't miss all the festive fun at Winter on the Farm!

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Happy viewing!

Lucy Buglass
Senior Staff Writer

Lucy joined the team in 2021, where she writes series guides for must-watch programmes, reviews and the latest TV news. Originally from Northumberland, she graduated from Oxford Brookes University with a degree in Film Studies and moved to London to begin a career writing about entertainment.

She is a Rotten Tomatoes approved film critic and has a huge passion for cinema. She especially loves horror, thriller and anything crime-related. Her favourite TV programmes include Inside No 9, American Horror Story, Stranger Things and Black Mirror but she is also partial to a quiz show or a bit of Say Yes to the Dress