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TV tonight: Andrew Marr hails Elizabeth II’s remarkable Britons | Television & radio

New Elizabethans With Andrew Marr

9pm, BBC Two

Andrew Marr presents his new series examining the lives of remarkable British people spanning Queen Elizabeth II’s reign, from 1952 onwards. Taking his cue from Churchill’s observation that the Queen’s coronation would spark “a new Elizabethan era”, Marr begins his account with an exploration of how in the 1950s a patriarchal, class-obsessed society was somewhat dismantled by the increasing visibility of figures such as the transgender journalist Jan Morris and actor Diana Dors, risque in her time. Ammar Kalia

DIY SOS: The Big Build

8pm, BBC One

More household renovations with Nick Knowles and his team. Tonight, they are looking to assist the Sweet family from Weston-super-Mare: parents Cat and Chris’s three brave children have severe medical issues, and the two youngest will become wholly dependent on wheelchairs as they reach their teens. Ali Catterall

Taskmaster

9pm, Channel 4

Can anyone stop

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Global Reform Jewish Movement Hosts Virtual Chanukah Celebration With Stars From Theater, Music, and Television

Many Candles, One World is the first virtual Chanukah celebration of the global Reform and Progressive Movement. Striving to connect its 1.2 million members spread across the globe in more than 1,200 communities and congregations, this year’s online Chanukah gala brings together stars from the worlds of theater, television, and music to perform alongside cantors and choirs, kids and families. Together, the event showcases how we all connect to the Jewish holiday – by bringing the light of meaning, tradition, and togetherness. The broadcast will be premiered in partnership with Central Synagogue of New York, on their YouTube Channel, on Sunday December 13th, at 8pm EST.

With Tony and Grammy award winning producers, Yael Silver (Carmine Entertainment) and Mary Ekler, its helm, Many Candles, One World will feature musical performances and special appearances by: Emmy and SAG nominated actress, producer, and author, Mayim Bialik (“The Big Bang Theory” “Blossom”); musician

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ION Television Announces Vivica A. Fox Holiday Movie Marathon, ‘Christmas Together’ Premiere Date

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Vivica A. Fox fans can get their fix during this holiday season with ION Televisions newly announced movie marathon, “A Very Vivica Christmas.” On Tuesday ION shared that it will feature an all-day slate of the actress’ recent ION holiday flicks leading to the premiere of her latest holiday feature Christmas Together.

Beginning Sunday Dec. 6, ION will play only holiday films starring the Independence Day and Empire actress. Part of the schedule are A Wedding for Christmas, A Husband for Christmas, A Christmas Cruise and Christmas Matchmakers. Vivica not only appears in all the holiday titles, but the actress also produced the film, alongside Hybrid.

All films will lead up to the premiere of Christmas Together, a new holiday story starring and produced by Fox. Directed by David DeCoteau and written by Jay Cipriani, Christmas Together follows a brokenhearted New

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Alison Brie Recalls Her First Ever Television Role on ‘Hannah Montana’

Alison Brie just shocked a lot of her fans by revealing she was once on Hannah Montana.

The 37-year-old Glow actress opened up in a video interview with Collider about her appearance on the show as Nina, who appeared during the first season. Nina was the girl who Rico payed to pretend to like him in the episode “It’s My Party, and I’ll Lie if I Want To”.

“Working on Hannah Montana was the perfect first job coming out of theater school because it shoots with a live studio audience,” Alison shared. “It was the only show I’ve ever done with a studio audience.”

She added that the huge popularity that encompassed the show hadn’t hit quite yet during season one.

“I couldn’t be more comfortable on a show,” Alison recalled before talking just about how her audition went. “I remember taking a big swing in my audition and

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The week in TV: The Hijacker Who Vanished; We Are Who We Are; The Great British Bake Off and more | Television & radio

Storyville: The Hijacker Who Vanished: The Mystery of DB Cooper (BBC Four) | iPlayer
We Are Who We Are (BBC One/BBC Three) | iPlayer
The Good Lord Bird (Sky Atlantic/Now TV) | sky.com
Saving Britain’s Pubs with Tom Kerridge (BBC Two) | iPlayer
The Great British Bake Off (Channel 4) | All 4
The Valhalla Murders (BBC Four) | iPlayer

While the US election plays out its less than lustrous endgame with all the alacrity of a lawyer on a retainer, we lucky British viewers were gifted significant insights into that grand nation and some of its wackier insistences and obsessions. An enthralling Storyville was one, detailing the FBI’s one unsolved instance of air piracy, when, in 1971, a polite hijacker got a $200,000 ransom then threw himself out the back door of the plane.

The Hijacker Who Vanished ultimately told us much more about America than it did about

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Shawn Mendes, Manager Andrew Gertler Launch Film and Television Production Company (EXCLUSIVE)

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On the heels of two momentous performances on Sunday’s American Music Awards and ahead of the arrival of a new Netflix documentary, singer/songwriter Shawn Mendes, along with his longtime manager Andrew Gertler, have announced their entry into original content with Permanent Content, a new film and television production company that will develop scripted and documentary projects “focused on issues that impact or are important to today’s youth.”

Among its first projects is the Netflix Original documentary, “In Wonder,” which chronicles Mendes’ rise to the top strata of pop music. Noted video director Grant Singer (The Weeknd, Lorde, Sam Smith) directed the feature-length doc which was executive produced by Mendes and Gertler (for Permanent Content) and Ben Winston for Fulwell73.

“I’m so excited for the launch of Permanent Content, with the  Netflix documentary as our first project, and so many more exciting things we’re

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TV style icons of 2020: how Friends’ Ross Geller pivoted from sartorial disaster | Television

The first time I watched Friends, there was a clear style hierarchy among the male characters. Gunther, Joey, Chandler, baby Ben, Mr Geller (Ross and Monica’s dad) – and then Ross.

Gunther, with his bleached-blond, close-cropped hair and bold coloured shirts, had a “New York artist in the early 80s” vibe about him. Joey, meanwhile, with his crackpot magnetism, managed to make any outfit from sweats to plaid shirts work, with his heart-shaped face and curtains haircut. He even went accidentally high-fashion with a man-bag and, in the episode where he wore all of Chandler’s clothes, predicted Balenciaga-esque layering. Even Geller Sr had a very specific rumpled, older-gentleman style about him, with his one-size-too-big suits and jumpers.

Courteney Cox as Monica and Elliott Gould as her father, Jack
Black is the new black … Courteney Cox as Monica and Elliott Gould as her father, Jack. Photograph: NBC/Getty

But Ross … oh, poor Ross! Wasn’t he always boringly attired, with his

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TV tonight: Fela Kuti and the birth of afrobeat | Television & radio

Fela Kuti: Father of Afrobeat

9.30pm, BBC Two

Popular pioneer of the deeply funky, syncopated style of music which delivered a revolutionary message to the authoritarian regime in his home country of Nigeria, Fela Kuti helped form modern cultural conceptions of African music, as well as becoming anointed a controversial revolutionary before his death in 1997. This feature-length doc traces Kuti’s rise to stardom through startling archive footage, as well as featuring interviews from contemporary fans such as Questlove. Ammar Kalia

Surviving the Stone Age

6.45pm, Channel 4

As the throwback social experiment reaches its climax, the yabba dabba crew of eight enthusiasts eking out a primitive life in the Bulgarian wilderness have not eaten fresh meat for three weeks. Even stone age man cannot live on plums alone; with deer nearby, they redouble their hunting efforts. Graeme Virtue

Strictly Come Dancing

7.15pm, BBC One

It’s Blackpool week! Except, it’s

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From Missandei to Stanley Hudson: the black TV characters that deserve their due | Television

In these febrile times, there is little more comforting than rewatching a much-loved series or film: at this point, the dopamine hit of nostalgia deserves “key worker” status. But often, as we look back with a more critical eye, joy can be accompanied by the uncomfortable recognition of a lack of diversity in our old favourites. All too often, black actors have been cast in minor roles, their characters a footnote to the main story. Here are some of TV and film’s black characters who deserve their dues …

Bend it like Peckham … (l-r) David Jason, Paul Barber and Nicholas Lyndhurst in Only Fools and Horses.
Bend it like Peckham … (l-r) David Jason, Paul Barber and Nicholas Lyndhurst in Only Fools and Horses. Photograph: Radio Times/Getty

Denzil Tulser in Only Fools and Horses

(played by Paul Barber)

Loyal as they come, Liverpudlian lorry driver Denzil was the perfect foil for the Trotters’ escapades. Whatever mad scheme the brothers hatched, he’d be there to help. Without

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‘The Last Of Us’ Video Game Will Get Television Adaption at HBO

HBO has ordered a brand new series based on The Last of Us video game.

According to Variety, the live-action show takes place twenty years after modern civilization has been destroyed and centers on Joel, a hardened survivor, who is hired to smuggle Ellie, a 14-year-old girl, out of an oppressive quarantine zone.

What starts as a small job soon becomes a brutal, heartbreaking journey, as they both must traverse across the U.S. and depend on each other for survival.

Craig Mazin, who was behind the Emmy-award winning series Chernobyl, and game writer Neil Druckmann, will write and executive produce the show.

“Craig and Neil are visionaries in a league of their own,” Francesca Orsi, executive vice president of HBO Programming, shared in a statement. “With them at the helm alongside the incomparable Carolyn Strauss, this series is sure to resonate with both die-hard fans of

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