The Borrowers

7:30pm Monday 26 December on BBC ONE

An action packed adventure film for all the family this Christmas can be seen on BBC One.

Arrietty Clock is a head-strong teenage Borrower who is desperate to explore life outside her family home hidden under the floorboards. Her parents, Pod and Homily Clock, are terrified of the world of the ‘Human Beans’ and are fiercely protective of their daughter.

Arrietty sneaks upstairs one night and befriends James, a lonely boy who lives above her in the house with his father, Robert Millman. This leads to a world of trouble when the Borrowers’ home is discovered by James’s formidable grandmother, and they are forced to venture into the big wide world…

Grandma Driver knows the ‘little people’ exist; she’s always known and is determined to hunt them out of her house. Professor Mildeye also knows of the existence of the ‘little people’. Determined to restore his reputation and resurrect his academic career, he’ll go to any lengths to capture them and reveal them to the world.

Spiller, a leather jacketed tearaway, takes quite a shine to Arrietty. She’s not quite sure what to make of this, but when her parents are captured by the evil Professor Mildeye, she is forced to enlist both Spiller’s and ‘human bean’ James’s help. They go on a series of daring adventures to try and outsmart Mildeye and return the Clock family to their former home in time for Christmas.

Arrietty Clock is played by Aisling Loftus, Pod Clock by Christopher Eccleston, Homily Clock by Sharon Horgan, James by Charles Hiscock, Robert Millman by Shaun Dooley, Granny Driver by Victoria Wood, Professor Mildeye by Stephen Fry and Spiller by Robert Sheehan.

The Borrowers is simulcast on the BBC One HD channel available through Freesat channel 108, Freeview channel 50, Sky channel 143 and Virgin Media channel 108.

Mrs Brown’s Boys – Christmas Special
10:00pm Monday 26 December
BBC ONE

Smash-hit comedy Mrs Brown’s Boys explodes back onto BBC One this Christmas with a wonderfully heartwarming and uproarious Christmas Special episode, written by and starring Brendan O’Carroll as misbehaving matriarch Agnes Brown.

It’s Christmas and all across Ireland Mothers are looking forward to their loved ones returning home. With son Trevor coming back from the missions abroad for the first time in four years, Agnes Brown is determined to make this Christmas a truly special celebration, with her whole family present at last.

But, as with the Brown household nothing is straightforward. Son, Dermot, recently married to Maria, is under pressure to spend Christmas with his in-laws, the posh Nicholsons. Maria’s mum Hilliary is doing her best to belittle Agnes’s efforts to decorate the Brown family home. And neighbour Winnie needs help finding a job. Dermot’s dodgy mate Buster has his own problems delivering the turkey… And to cap it all, there’s no sign of any snow.

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