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Staying in tonight? Here's the best of what's on the box


Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison in Homeland (Season 4, Episode 03)

HOMELAND SEASON 4 Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison in Homeland (Season 4, Episode 03)

HOMELAND SEASON 4 Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison in Homeland (Season 4, Episode 03)

Stay out of trouble this evening or else you'll have a raging hangover tomorrow and you'll only have yourself to blame. No, be sensible, stay in and spend the evening in front of the telly.


RTE 2, 9pm

Carrie and  Saul are back in the US, where she is struggling to pick up the pieces of what happened in Islamabad. Meanwhile, Quinn is still on the  loose in Pakistan. Fans will be reluctant to see the back of the current series as Homeland has returned to its brilliant best.


RTE1, 7.30pm

Stacey urges Linda to tell Mick the truth about her ordeal, but the landlady is worried how it will affect their relationship, while Dean can’t understand why he has been dumped – although he soon puts two and two together and storms over to the Vic.

Fat Boy challenges Kush to kiss Shabnam before the end of the day – and when the cheeky market-trader learns she won’t let Tamwar and Masood have a Christmas tree, he makes it his mission to change her mind about embracing the festive spirit. But will he end up embracing her as well?

Lauren is shocked by what she sees when Emma shows her the video footage, Nick and Yvonne plead with Dot not to tell Charlie about finding them together, and Jane is confused after her smooch with Ian.

Backchat with Jack Whitehall and his dad

BBC2, 11pm

In a festive special, the stand-up comedian and his father Michael are joined by actor Nigel Havers, TV presenter Christine Bleakley, Not Going Out star Lee Mack, Conservative peer Jean Barker, former athlete Kriss Akabusi and the cast of Jack’s sitcom Bad Education.

8 out of 10 cats Christmas special

Channel 4, 9pm

Guests Andrew Flintoff, Ricky Wilson, Jonathan Ross and Roisin Conaty join team captains Sean Lock and Jon Richardson to discuss and dissect a selection of the topical events that have set the public’s chins wagging in the run-up to Christmas, and there’s also an appearance from The X Factor’s Stevi Ritchie. Host Jimmy Carr oversees the disputes and throws in his own brand of sarcasm.

The Graham Norton Show

3e, 9pm

Graham hosts a festive edition in which he is joined by a bumper line-up of celebrity guests. Hollywood’s Ben Stiller, Brit favourite Ricky Gervais and Rebel Wilson discuss their new comedy Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb. Jamie Foxx and Cameron Diaz (pictured) give the lowdown on their new big-screen version of the popular musical Annie, as Danny Dyer talks about life behind the Queen Vic bar in EastEnders.