Weird fun: Horrible Histories.FREE TO AIR
Would I Lie to You? ABC, 9pm
Welsh comedian Rob Brydon could be reading the transcript of a war trial and I would be transfixed. As host of this simple BBC quiz show, Brydon and his merry men of David Mitchell and Lee Mack provide the giggles in a way only the Brits can do. Each team is tasked with telling an outlandish story and other side has to guess if it’s true or false. Pretty straightforward. The chemistry between the team and their guests is almost palpable – it’s like watching the best dinner party (without food) between friends.
Carols by Candlelight, Nine, 8pm
There are three certainties in life – death, taxes and Carols by Candlelight. Whether you’re a seasoned Christmas grump or you get hypnotised by the sight of tinsel, CbC is a Melbourne tradition and confirms the festive season has well and truly arrived. It’s the 77th spin around the Sidney Myer Music Bowl and it will be full of those giving their time for charity and those desperate for prime time attention. Or both. Kate Ceberano and the 2014 winner of The Voice, Random Blonde Girl, will also perform as well as the cast of Les Mis. Serial offenders Anthony Callea, Rob Mills, Marina Prior, Silvie Paladino, Denis Walter and Tim Campbell will remind people they have CDs to flog or shows to sell tickets to. Since Ray Martin’s warranty was void, Lisa Wilkinson and David “my dad’s the dude from Cold Chisel” Campbell will host, pleasing grandmothers everywhere. Santa will allegedly make an appearance, which seems pretty irresponsible considering it’s the one day a year he works. Slacker. Every CbC is the same – it’s like buying a box of Cadbury Roses. It’s not exactly exciting but it is comforting. Carry on.
Horrible Histories: Horrible Christmas, ABC3, 6pm
If you haven’t stumbled upon this British series before, then, in the words of Molly Meldrum, do yourself a favour. This Christmas-themed episode is produced for children, but really, it’s for everyone. Taking a look at weird and wonderful Christmas traditions, this is fun and informative. Kids big and small will get a kick out of Christmas cards full of bacon (hmmm, bacon) or a dead mouse (less hmmm). Showing just how little changes England’s King Henry II loved court entertainers who specialised in farting. See, we’re all the same, no matter what time we’re born into.
Alana SchetzerHell on Wheels’ Jennifer Ferrin) who has lost her nose to syphilis. For a moment he seems about to display some unsuspected tenderness, but then he’s back to his old self: brusque, closed off and even a little bit cruel. Meanwhile, Algernon Edwards (Andre Holland), the brilliant black surgeon Thackery is determined to keep out of the operating theatre, sets up a secret surgery in the coal cellar, and hospital administrator Herman Barrow (Jeremy Bobb) goes off the rails as his date with the loan shark looms. Engrossing period drama.
Brad NewsomeSundays and Cybele, Monsieur Lazhar is everything you could want in a bridging-the-generations movie, sweetly told.