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    A month of cheery specials to mark the festive spirit in advance

    From meeting the real Santa in Doctor Who to a celebration at the LA airport for those on New Girl, the telly infuses you with the Christmas spirit. Starting this week, while some take a break, these series bring the magic of the festival into your living room.Text: Aakanksha Devi

    1212OTBFull7bNew Girl
    As the gang prepares to depart for the holidays, they quickly find they may be home alone when they are all trapped at the airport in the all-new LAXmas episode. In addition to Billy Eichner’s guest appearance as an airport ‘Grinch’, now reports says Spin City’s Barry Bostwick will be appearing as someone Schmidt perceives to be his “ideal self”. The four are trying to have a happy festival but a creepy Santa, lots of time at the airport and plenty of sneaky romance is on the cards. Tuesday, 8 pm on Star World Premiere

    1212OTBFull4aAbout A Boy
    In his typical nonchalant manner, Will is uncaring about Christmas and is happy to live his singer/songwriter/bachelor life without celebrating in the special called About A Christmas Carol. But when his song Runaway Sleigh gets into a lawsuit for copyrights, he, with Marcus (his young neighbour and partner-in-crime) in tow try to find proof to show he is the sole writer of it. In their absence, Fiona (Marcus’s mum) and Andy (Will’s best friend) try to create a white Christmas for Marcus. This evening at 4 pm on Comedy Central.

    1212OTBFull6aLast Man Standing
    A blend of wedding celebrations as well as Christmas, Wedding Planning sees the family gearing up for Kristin (the eldest daughter) and Ryan’s (her boyfriend and their child Boyd’s father) wedding. But the two youngsters are happy to take it on themselves until they realise the money involved. So Mike and Vanessa offer the cash-strapped couple a generous Christmas present which will salvage the wedding. But there is a catch. December 15, 8 pm, Star World Premiere

    1212OTBFull8a2 Broke Girls
    Still neck deep in debt, Max and Caroline get yet another bank loan so they can mass-produce their cupcake T-shirts for the festive season. But they aim to sell them at high-end stores only. The gang also poses in Chestnut’s (the horse) barn as part of a holiday decorating contest, which Sophie has entered. Wednesday at 8.30 pm on Star World Premiere

    The Vampire Diaries
    Christmas Through Your Eyes, is both the special and mid season finale and sees Bonnie (a witch and female protagonist) attempting to get into a traditional Christmas mood by reminiscing. But she is actually literally stuck in 1994 as Stefan has been unable to bring her back into 2014. Meanwhile Caroline struggles with the idea of spending Christmas away from Mystic Falls. Be warned of an unhappy ending. December 14, 2 pm and 10 pm, Z Cafe

    1212OTBFull9aDoctor Who
    While it doesn’t air in India, Doctor Who fans will be keen to know that the special, called Last Christmas, might just be the last one for Jenna Coleman, who plays the Doctor’s friend, Clara. With Doctor and Clara trapped on an Arctic base, under attack from monster-like creatures, they call on Father Christmas for help. And he appears to be the real deal, much to Clara’s surprise. Or is he? It is expected to be ‘one of the happiest’ and one of ‘the scariest’ episodes on the show, according to Peter Capaldi, The Doctor. Airs Christmas Day

    1212OTBFull2aPretty Little Liars
    How The ‘A’ Stole Christmas is episode 13 of the fifth season. Christmas is quickly approaching, and all of Rosewood is full of merriment, except for Aria, Emily, Hanna and Spencer, who aren’t feeling much holiday cheer after the loss of Mona and Spencer’s murder charge looming over them. So they devise a plan to get justice for Mona and finally bring down Queen bee and nasty It Girl, Alison, down. Alison, however is having a tough time already with a visit from a ghost. Sunday, 4 – 6 pm on Zee Cafe.

    The Simpsons
    As per tradition, Homer goes on a Christmas Eve bender at Moe’s Tavern. Moe convinces him to stick around longer and drink himself silly. Marge tells him not to bother coming home and as he roams around the town alone, Homer realises the error of his ways and the ill effects of the Christmas ‘spirits’. After the night passes, he learns that the only place where one should be on Christmas Eve is home, whether he is drunk or sober. Monday, 8.30 pm, Star World Premiere

    1212OTBFull3aDownton Abbey
    A Moorland Holiday is a two-hour-long special airing first in England on Christmas and the next Thursday in India. Covering several weeks near the end of 1924, it will begin with grouse season, and move to Christmas. Rose’s father-in-law, Lord Sinderby has rented Brancaster Castle in Northumberland and invited the Crawleys to a shooting party. Expect romance, fights, and a scandalous secret which threatens to spoil the party up in Brancaster and also staff back in Downton. January 1, Star World Premiere at 10 pm

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