Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Must-See Shows

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Must-See Shows

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EVEN BETTER THAN THE REAL THING - CHRISTMAS SPECIAL Tonight, BBC1, 7.10pm PADDY McGuinness returns with a festive edition of his tribute act showcase, pitting five of the world's greatest professional cover artists against each other.

This time, singers who specialise in belting out the hits of Michael Buble, Kylie Minogue, John Lennon, Michael Jackson and Bruce Springsteen are put to the test, as Paddy challenges them to tackle iconic Christmas hits made famous by their idols.

ALL STAR MUSICALS Christmas Eve, ITV, 6.40pm HE'S best known as a cricketer, but Andrew 'Freddie' Flintoff is in the process of re-inventing himself as an all-round entertainer with a role in the new musical Fat Friends.

So really, who better to present this one-off special which sees a group of famous faces, not normally known for their all-singing skills, taking on an iconic musical number at the London Palladium Theatre? Blackadder star and former Time Team host Tony Robinson, former athlete and one-time Strictly runner-up Denise Lewis, broadcaster Nicky Campbell, Miranda actress Sally Phillips, soaps stars Lucy Fallon and Michael Parr and Love, Lies & Record's Rebecca Front all need to sharpen their skills.

Mrs Brown So, it's a good job they've got West End legend Michael Crawford on hand to offer guidance.

MRS BROWN'S BOYS CHRISTMAS SPECIAL Christmas Day, BBC1, 10pm BRENDAN O'Carroll returns as the Irish matriarch for the first of two festive episodes - and as usual, there is mayhem in the Brown household.

Grandad has got it into his head that the house is haunted, Rory hopes to improve his looks by undergoing plastic surgery and Cathy continues her search for the right man by getting herself an internet date.

back LITTLE WOMEN Boxing Day, BBC1, 8pm THIS latest adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's famous novel, has been penned by Call the Midwife creator Heidi Thomas, and boasts a cast that includes Michael Gambon and Angela Lansbury. …

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