Pop culture obsessives writing for the pop culture obsessed.
Pop culture obsessives writing for the pop culture obsessed.
Leonie Elliott, Jennifer Kirby, Cliff Parisi, Stephen McGann, Miriam Margolyes, Laura Main, Helen George, Linda Bassett, Jenny Agutter, many sheep
Leonie Elliott, Jennifer Kirby, Cliff Parisi, Stephen McGann, Miriam Margolyes, Laura Main, Helen George, Linda Bassett, Jenny Agutter, many sheep
Photo: Courtesy of Neal Street Productions (PBS)

Here’s what’s happening in the world of television for Wednesday, December 25. All times are Eastern. 


Top pick

Call The Midwife (PBS, 9 p.m., holiday special): Ahem, ahem.

[To the tune of “Good King Wenceslas.”]

“Good old PBS looked down
On an empty schedule
Not even Doctor Who’s around
To time-travel and meddle
Brightly shone the TV sets
Tuned to logs of Yu-le
So PBS called the midwives and
Asked them to be coo-oo-ol.

“Then Call The Midlife did its thing
Nuns and sheep and babies
Jaunty caps and choirs that sing
And occasional-episodes-that-tap-into-very-real-issues-that-affected-women-then-and-affect-them-still-today-like-access-to-safe-and-legal-abortion and also maybe scabies
The special’s 90 minutes long
Nonnatus House will travel
Along a road with all those sheep
And lots of dusty gra-aaaa-vel”

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Wild card

Lucy Worsley’s 12 Days Of Tudor Christmas (PBS, 8 p.m.): Seriously, bless the Public Broadcasting Service. Other than sports, precious little is on today, but flip to your local PBS affiliate and there’s everyone’s favorite costumed historian, digging into a bunch of Christmas Tudor traditions and being very charming. If you’ve never experienced a Lucy Worsley special, imagine the dramatic recreations from shows like Unsolved Mysteries, but in a castle, and with a narrator who is part of the recreation but is also dropping historical information right to the camera like she’s Fleabag.

It’s a delight. But if you’d prefer a log of Yu-uuuu-le, you’ve got options there, too. Disney+ has released the Arendelle Castle Yule Log (Disney+, now streaming) if you or a loved one just can’t get enough of Anna, Elsa, and that goddamn talking snowman. There’s also this Who-vian Yule log from BBC America:

The official Lil Bub Yule log (RIP):

And of course, there’s the immortal Nick Offerman:

Contributor, The A.V. Club and The Takeout. Allison loves television, bourbon, and dramatically overanalyzing social interactions.

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