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The offal from the carcass

If, as Rad theorised yesterday, Boxing Day is the day when all of the leftovers get thrown at the TV schedules, then what does that make the 27th? As our title suggests, it's perhaps the day when you go digging around the turkey for all of the bits that you'd never normally eat, but you're tired and hungover and hungry and broke and so you're forced to eat the neck and the feet and all of the gross bits like that. And then, just when you're battling down that feeling of nausea, you find that half a Toblerone you forgot you'd been saving since Christmas Day and everything doesn't seem so bad. So it's a bit of an uneven day, then, an uneasy mix of treats and giblets, and we absolutely promise this will be the last Christmas dinner metaphor we use this year. Probably.

ExtrasThe big hitter in today's schedule is the last ever episode of Extras at 9.00pm on BBC1. Which column this sits in on the good/bad ledger will depend entirely on your personal preference, since we know some people who have been waiting for this with baited breath since the very second it was announced, but there are also people like us who consider the programme extremely laboured and entirely unfunny, and who only really like the bits with Ashley Jensen's character. Either way, tonight's episode lists David Tennant amongst its guest stars, and is therefore of automatic lowculture value whether we like it or not.

Hetty Wainthropp InvestigatesBut what else is on? BBC2 continues to repeat Hetty Wainthropp Investigates in daytime with a double bill today at 3.05pm. We caught an episode on Boxing Day, and marvelled at how we'd completely forgotten that the hobbit from Lost got his big break in that. As is traditional in the festive season, there will be films propping up the schedule in daytime, and our picks of the bunch would be The Brady Bunch Movie on Channel 4 at 3.05pm (Marcia, Marcia, Marcia!) and the always tearjerking ET on ITV1 at 4.25pm. Sniff.

Holby CityMoving ahead into the evening, Holby City continues to wander the schedules wrapped in a blanket and clutching a bottle of whiskey wrapped in a paper bag, muttering "where am I? What am I doing here?" Tonight's festive episode involves the obligatory It's a Wonderful Life ripoff tribute, where Elliot gets the George Bailey treatment. And for aficionados of US TV, it's the final episode of the delightfully naughty Californication on Five at 10.00pm, with Hank preparing for Karen and Bill's wedding in his traditionally drunken and boorish way, and that's followed at 10.40pm by our current favourite show 30 Rock, where Liz and Jack run into Jack's ex-wife (played by Isabella Rossellini!) at the social event of the season.

The QueenAnd to finish, for those of you still staying with your folks and wanting something family-friendly that you can all watch together, we suggest the two big films of the night: BBC2 has Mrs Henderson Presents, which gives you the rare joy of seeing Will Young and Thelma Barlow in the same film, while on ITV1, Dame Helen Mirren stars in The Queen, which led to her winning the Academy Award for Best Actress, which led to her turning up on celeb gossip blog Oh No They Didn't!, being snapped by the paps as she bought a new microwave. The internet is such a wonderful thing.


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