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9:00pm Tuesday 1 January on BBC ONE

Penny embarrasses Miranda by running for local councillor with Tilly as her wing man.

Gary has put himself on the dating scene and Miranda decides she has to do the same. They both want dates for Stevie’s birthday party. Will they find partners or end up back in each other’s company? The result is a big surprise for Stevie.

Starring Miranda Hart as Miranda, Patricia Hodge as Penny, Sarah Hadland as Stevie, Sally Phillips as Tilly, and Tom Ellis as Gary.

8:00pm Tuesday 1 January on BBC ONE

It’s Lexi’s Christening and the Mitchells congregate to celebrate her special day – however, Lola is horrified when she sees what Phil has been secretly planning.

Alfie does his best to move on from Kat but is he moving too soon?

Ayesha is mortified when she realises she is meant to be meeting her potential future husband today and decides to take drastic action.

Sharon does her best to keep those close to her happy however she is torn when faced with a difficult dilemma.

Joey returns to Albert Square to support Alice after the death of their father and when Lauren hears he is back in Walford she races to find him.

Kim and Zainab plan a surprise dinner party to cheer Denise up – however, will their idea of suitable men be good enough to warm Denise up during her cold lonely nights?

Joey is played by David Witts, Alice is played by Jasmyn Banks, Lauren by Jacqueline Jossa, Kim by Tameka Empson, Zainab by Nina Wadia, Denise is played by Diane Parish, Lola is played by Danielle Harold, Phil by Steve McFadden, Alfie by Shane Richie, Kat by Jessie Wallace, Ayesha by Shivani Ghai and Sharon is played by Letitia Dean.

12:15pm Tuesday 1 January on BBC ONE

On New Year’s Day, BBC One will broadcast the Archbishop of Canterbury’s annual New Year’s Message.

This year will be the final message delivered by Dr Rowan Williams.

9:30pm Monday 31 December on BBC ONE

The Brown family are celebrating the christening of Dermot and Maria’s triplets. As a treat, Maria’s mother Hilliary Nicholson has thrown the couple a party in Foley’s and hired a hypnotist to provide the entertainment.

The hypnotist uses key words to enchant his volunteers into behaving very strangely. But when they wake up from hypnosis the volunteers have no memory of their behaviour. Unbeknownst to Agnes and Winnie, the hypnotist has them both under his spell!

After an evening drinking champagne at the Nicholson’s house, Cathy comes home raving about Mrs Nicholson’s kitchen. A miffed Agnes isn’t impressed, but when her own kitchen starts to fall apart, she finally accepts that it could probably do with a bit of an update.

Agnes decides to ask carpenter son Mark to do the kitchen renovations, whilst Dermot has an unusual job offer for Mark’s wife Betty. However, Mark and Betty have other things on their mind: Mark’s been made redundant, so he, Betty and their son Bono have decided to move to Australia.

A clearly heartbroken Agnes takes the news in her stride, but there’s one person who refuses to keep his feelings hidden: her grandson Bono. However, after realising that Agnes is still hypnotised, Cathy knows exactly how to cheer Bono up. But when Father Damien pops in to offer Agnes counselling, he is unaware that she is still under the hypnotist’s spell…

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7:00pm Monday 31 December on BBC ONE

This New Year’s Eve sees the return of Top Of The Pops for a special hour-long celebration of all things pop.

Hosts Reggie Yates and Fearne Cotton will review the year in pop, taking in 2012’s greatest hits and brightest chart stars. The show will feature special performances from some of the year’s biggest acts including the final number one of 2012.Hosts Reggie Yates and Fearne Cotton will review the year in pop, taking in 2012’s greatest hits and brightest chart stars. The show will feature special performances from some of the year’s biggest acts including the final number one of 2012.

8:00pm Monday 31 December on BBC ONE

With the help of AJ’s meddling, The Masood’s New Year’s Eve party goes off with a bang and Ayesha is left worse for wear when she takes a liking to the fruit punch.

Bianca is uneasy about the dodgy situation Derek has left behind and makes Liam promise he will not follow in his uncle’s footsteps.

AJ is played by Phaldut Sharma, Ayesha by Shivani Ghai, Bianca by Patsy Palmer and Liam is played by James Forde.

9:00pm Sunday 30 December on BBC ONE

April 1889 – six months since the last Jack the Ripper killing. East London is emerging into a fragile peace, hopeful that this killer’s reign of terror might at last have run its course. Nowhere is this truer than in the corridors of H Division, the police precinct charged with keeping order in the chaos of Whitechapel. Its men hunted this maniac – and failed to find him.

Ripper Street is their story. A police procedural set in the teeming streets of the East End as it moves into the last decade of the 19th century. H Division was responsible for policing a relatively small area of just 1� square miles, yet into that space were packed some 67,000 people: a seething, bustling mass of the poor and dispossessed.

Between the factories, rookeries, chop shops and pubs that mark out this maelstrom moves Detective Inspector Edmund Reid (Matthew Macfadyen) – a forward thinking detective haunted by a tragic past mistake. Accompanied by the ever loyal local brawn of ?Detective Sergeant Bennett Drake (Jerome Flynn) and the mercurial brilliance of the US Army surgeon and one-time Pinkerton detective, Captain Homer Jackson (Adam Rothenberg), Reid seeks to bring justice to a world that is forever on the brink of mayhem.

Ripper Street is a fictionalised trek into the heart of a London borough living in the blood soaked aftermath of that forever anonymous killer. It is an investigative procedural about dedicated policemen for whom life – and crime – go on.

In the first episode of Ripper Street, a young woman is found brutally murdered, the hallmark signs of the Ripper upon her. One time H Division boss, Chief Inspector Frederick Abberline, believes it Jack’s return, but Reid – the precinct’s new master – suspects a different evil at work.

Inspector Edmund Reid – Matthew Macfadyen, Sergeant Bennet Drake Jerome Flyn, Captain Homer Jackson – Adam Rothenberg, Long Susan – Myanna Buring, Emily Reid – Amanda Hale, Deborah Goren – Lucy Cohu, Rose – Charlene McKenna, Constable Dick Hobbs – Jonathan Barnwell, Sergeant Donald Artherton – David Wilmot, Fred Best – David Dawson, Chief Inspector Frederick Abberline – Clive Russell.

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4:40pm Sunday 30 December on BBC ONE

Alfie Boe and soprano sensation Laura Wright are the guest soloists to join 5,000 voices in the Royal Albert Hall for spectacular hymns that reflect an historic year for the United Kingdom.

Aled Jones meets Olympic gold medallists Helen Glover and Heather Stanning and there’s a special performance by the Songs Of Praise Senior School Choir of the Year from St George’s College in Weybridge.

6:45pm Saturday 29 December on BBC ONE

Gabby Logan hosts this special revival of the popular sporting entertainment show, as 16 of Team GB’s medal-winning athletes from London 2012 compete for this legendary sporting accolade.

The Olympic heroes taking part are Alistair Brownlee, Jonathan Brownlee, Mo Farah, Robbie Grabarz, Michael Jamieson, Anthony Joshua, Andrew Triggs Hodge, Peter Wilson, Nicola Adams, Lizzie Armitstead, Laura Bechtolsheimer, Gemma Gibbons, Helen Glover, Katherine Grainger, Jade Jones and Christine Ohuruogu.

The athletes’ versatility and determination will be pushed to the max as they participate in eight different disciplines: on the track in the 100 metres and 800 metres, on the field in the javelin, in the pool in a 50-metre swim, and with a bow to test their archery skills. The sporting contestants will tackle a kayak race and use their cycling skills in a hill climb. Their efforts will culminate in a grand finale featuring the classic Superstars event – the gym tests.

Gabby will be joined by former Olympians Denise Lewis and Iwan Thomas as pundits, and London 2012 bronze-medallist swimmer Rebecca Adlington will act as a mentor to athletes in the swimming event.

Superstars 2012 is being produced for the BBC by IMG Media, part of IMG Worldwide. The Producer for IMG is Kate Robinson. The executives producers are Mirella Breda, Executive Editor Entertainment Commissioning for the BBC, Bob Massie for Massive TV and Rick Thomas for IMG.

3:30pm Saturday 29 December on BBC ONE

Presented by Gary Lineker, this one-off special showcases all the highlights from one of the year’s biggest events, Sport Relief 2012. It follows the highs and lows of celebrities and the public alike in their mission to raise stacks of cash for charity.

It also reflects on some of the brilliant comedy from the TV show including specials from Miranda, Ab Fab, Strictly Underwater and Outnumbered, and looks at how the fundraising money is now being spent.

The programme talks to John Bishop about his epic triathlon challenge and sees David Walliams go to Kenya to report back on where Sport Relief cash is hard at work.

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