Christmas officially begins tonight with The Late Late Toy Show, Will Smith is on Graham Norton's guest list, there’s a documentary about Lindisfarne’s Alan Hull, and six famous women discuss Womanhood . . .

Pick of the Day

The Late Late Toy Show, 9.35pm, RTÉ One

It’s fair to say that this is Ireland's best-loved, most-watched TV show.

Once again, Ryan Tubridy hosts the annual festive extravaganza, with an army of testers from all corners of the country revealing the hottest new toys of the year.

Tyear's theme is The Lion King and there will be performances by dancers and musicians on the biggest night in the Irish TV calendar, along with a number of surprise guests.

Looking ahead to the show, Ryan Tubridy said: "Everyone has been locked up for a long time and that's why we need to head out into the wild and join our friends in The Lion King.

"This isn't just a theme; it is a movement. Every child can leave the house and leave the room and leave the kitchen and roam free in the jungle of their families because they are the boss tonight."

Don’t Miss

The Graham Norton Show, 11.05pm, BBC One

Graham's guest list is topped by Hollywood superstar Will Smith (above), who is currently playing Venus and Serena Williams' father in King Richard, and tonight talks about his new autobiography.

TV host and writer Richard Osman continues the book-plugging to discusses his latest novel, The Man Who Died Twice.

Plus, Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator of the smash-hit musical Hamilton, talks about directing new musical drama Tick, Tick, Boom!

Music is from Yola, who performs Starlight from her current album Stand for Myself.

Have I Got News For You, 9.00pm, BBC One

Jack Dee (below) takes up the reins as this week’s guest host, with comedian Phil Wang and Conservative peer Sayeeda Warsi joining team captains Paul Merton and Ian Hislop.

New or Returning Shows

Lindisfarne’s Geordie Genius: The Alan Hull Story, 9.00pm, BBC Four

Sam Fender remembers the poet, songwriter and musician who led the band Lindisfarne to fame in the early 1970s, writing hit songs such as Lady Eleanor and Fog on the Tyne.

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Sam digs out archive interviews, performances and unseen footage, and meets friends, family and bandmates who knew Hull prior to his early death in 1995.

He also hears the thoughts of contributors Sting, Elvis Costello, Mark Knopfler, Dave Stewart and Peter Gabriel.

Womanhood, 9.00pm, BBC Two

Six famous women spanning different age ranges, background and experience come together in Leeds to tackle some of the mostly hotly contested issues.

Broadcast Kirsty Wark (above) is joined by dancer Shirley Ballas, writer Chidera Eggerue, businesswoman Jacqueline Gold, singer Sinitta Malone, and comedian Suzi Ruffell.

New to Stream

Twas the Fight Before Christmas, Apple TV+

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This documentary follows a North Idaho man obsessed with Christmas who goes to war with his neighbours over a huge Christmas event that he wants to put on at his house.

Yuletide-loving lawyer Jeremy Morris’ plan hits a snag when the home owners’ association informs him that the event violates the rules of the neighbourhood.

A Boy Called Christmas, Sky Cinema & NOW

The origin story of Father Christmas is re-imagined in this live-action adventure starring Maggie Smith, Jim Broadbent, Sally Hawkins, Toby Jones, Kristen Wiig and Stephen Merchant.

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An ordinary young boy called Nikolas sets out on an extraordinary adventure into the snowy north in search of his father who disappeared attempting to find the fabled village of the elves, Elfhelm.

Taking with him a headstrong reindeer called Blitzen and his loyal pet mouse, Nikolas soon meets his destiny in this magical, comic and endearing story that proves nothing is impossible

School of Chocolate, Netflix

Famed chocolatier Amaury Guichon mentors eight top talents hoping to take their work to the next level. Only one will win a career-changing opportunity.

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A Castle For Christmas, Netflix

Brooke Shields stars as author, who travels to Scotland hoping to buy a small castle of her own.

But the prickly owner, Myles, the Duke of Dunbar (Cary Elwes), is reluctant to sell to a foreigner.

Working to find a compromise, the pair constantly butt heads, but they just may find something more than they were expecting.

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Ending Today

The Wild Gardener, 8.00pm, BBC Two

During the second year, Colin Stafford-Johnson begins to reap the rewards of his labours.

Working through the winter, the wildlife cameraman reflects on his journey so far and plans the busy spring and summer months ahead.

With most of the heavy lifting done, Colin will now use a gentle hand to maintain the garden as he tries to lure back as many wild creatures as possible.

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