Alun Wyn Jones TV guide: 26 of the best shows to watch this week

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Jamie’s Easy Christmas Countdown
Sunday, Channel 4, 8pm
Jamie Oliver demonstrates his stress-free guide to planning the most important feast of the year by showing exactly what to cook and when across Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. At the centre of his table is a show-stopping turkey with herb butter and crispy skin. That’s surrounded by smoked salmon pâté, pork stuffing crammed with silky leeks, sweet peaches and roasted chestnuts, glazed clementine carrots and gnarly sausage and sage.

Sports Personality of the Year 2019
Sunday, BBC1, 7pm

Alun Wyn Jones Dina Asher-Smith, the first British woman to win a global gold medal in a sprint event, triumphing in the 200m at the World Championships. Photograph: Mike Egerton/PA Wire
Dina Asher-Smith, the first British woman to win a global gold medal in a sprint event, triumphing in the 200m at the World Championships. Photograph: Mike Egerton/PA Wire

Last year’s award was won by Welsh cyclist Geraint Thomas, and tonight there is an overwhelming favourite to lift the prestigious silver four-turret lens camera trophy at Aberdeen’s new P&J Live Arena. England all-rounder Ben Stokes stole the show as England triumphed at the Cricket World Cup. So can the likes of Alun Wyn Jones, Raheem Sterling, Lewis Hamilton, Dina Asher-Smith or Katarina Johnson-Thompson stop Stokes becoming the fifth cricketer to walk away with the top prize? Before the winner is announced, Gary Lineker, Clare Balding and Gabby Logan review the sporting year and announce the recipients of the other awards. Plus, the crowd will treated to performances from two of Scotland’s biggest music stars, Lewis Capaldi and Emeli Sandé.

Northern Ballet’s Victoria
Sunday, BBC4, 11pm

Alun Wyn Jones Victoria
Victoria

Premiered last March 9th at Sadler’s Wells, London, and coinciding with the year that marks the 200th anniversary of Queen Victoria’s birth, this ballet choreographed by Cathy Marston, with dramaturgy by Uzma Hameed and an original score by Philip Feeney, captures the passions, tragedies and fierce devotion of the life of one of Britain’s most memorable monarchs. It tells the story of how Victoria’s irrepressible love for her husband Albert sparked a royal dynasty, but his untimely death brought the world’s most powerful woman to her knees with grief.

Responsible Child
Monday, BBC2, 9pm

Alun Wyn Jones Michelle Fairley and Billy Barratt in Responsible Child
Michelle Fairley and Billy Barratt in Responsible Child

What happens when a 12-year-old boy is accused of murder? In a chilling echo of recent events close to home, this factual drama looks at one boy’s experience in the legal system as he goes on trial for a capital offence. Ray and his 23-year-old brother Nathan are arrested for stabbing their mother’s partner to death. Under English law, Ray is considered a “responsible child” and must be tried as an adult for murder. Billy Barratt plays the titular preteen in a drama based on a true story that promises to be both powerful and challenging. Costarring Michelle Fairley, Stephen Campbell Moore and Tom Burke

A Berry Royal Christmas
Monday, BBC1, 8.30pm
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge invite Mary Berry to accompany them on four special visits to charities they support, meeting staff who work throughout the festive season. Berry also prepare a feast for a Christmas party hosted by the William and Kate for the volunteers and gets help preparing the dishes from special guests, including former Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain – and the royal couple themselves. Berry also cooks some of her favourite Christmas recipes for viewers to try out at home.

Sticks and Stones
Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday, Virgin One, 9pm

Alun Wyn Jones Ken Nwosu in Sticks and Stones
Ken Nwosu in Sticks and Stones

The workplace can be a real battlefield – you need all your wits about you to avoid having your wages slashed, your hours cut or your dreams of getting a promotion mashed into a pulp. Sticks and Stones explores how bullying takes hold in the workplace and destroys lives and careers. Ken Nwosu plays a hotshot exec Thomas Benson, whose team is trying to woo a big client. But when Benson’s nerves get the better of him and he blows the pitch, he is marked out as the weakest link, and feels his colleagues have teamed up to vibe him out of the job.

The Supervet at Christmas
Tuesday, Channel 4, 8pm
The festive season may be upon us, but the vets at Noel Fitzpatrick’s clinic don’t have time to hang up stockings and eat turkey. Here cameras chart their efforts to bring a little festive cheer to the owners of poorly animals, including Gabanna, an 11-year-old Shih Tzu whose damaged discs are putting pressure on her spinal cord and nerves. Meanwhile, the leg of French bulldog puppy Lexi has been broken, and although it can be fixed, it may never develop properly. But the most heartrending story involves a German shepherd rescue puppy who has already lost one back leg. Now, as he struggles to walk, his family face an emotional and ethical dilemma.

The Undateables at Christmas
Tuesday, Channel 4, 9pm
Expect mistletoe and mirth as we catch up with some of the familiar faces from the series. Some of them are still looking for love; others are preparing for the most wonderful time of the year with somebody special by their side. Daniel (32) is celebrating his first anniversary as an engaged person with his fiance Lily. You may remember autistic Daniel’s standing as a rock star, and here he discusses his recent gigs, as well as his plans to surprise Lily. Plus: Christine plans to take charity work

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