I’ll be honest, today isn’t the best day for TV. If you find yourself stuck for something to watch, now is a good time to catch up on the streaming series you might have missed in the pre-Christmas rush. The second series of Emily in Paris and The Witcher are available on Netflix, while I’ve been enjoying Dopesick on Disney+ (perhaps not the most festive recommendation, but still very good).
All is not lost, though, as Sir David Attenborough arrives on BBC One at 8pm to guide us through The Mammoth Graveyard discovered by amateur archaeologists in 2017. Joined by evolutionary biologist Professor Ben Garrod, Sir David fulfils a childhood dream of getting close to the remains of some of the largest creatures ever to walk the Earth, teaching us how they died, their relationship to prehistoric humans and, most interestingly, how they came to be in a Swindon quarry.
Following Sir David is no mean feat, but Sara Pascoe, the new host of The Great British Sewing Bee (9pm, BBC One), is taking it on anyway. In this second festive special, Drag Race winner Lawrence Chaney, comedian Rose Matafeo, broadcaster Kirsty Wark and Steps singer Claire Richards will all be doing their best to create their own Christmassy waistcoats, children’s party clothes and a fancy-dress outfit using the theme of food.
Otherwise, it’s back to films, and the best of the bunch is the TV premiere of Judy (9pm, BBC Two). Judy Garland, the actress best known for The Wizard of Oz and Meet Me in St Louis, is played by Renée Zellweger (a performance that would earn her a second Academy Award), as she prepares to perform a series of concerts in London in the hope that it will revive her career.
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