Friday’s best TV

  • The Guardian - TV News
It’s the CBeebies Christmas panto, Peter Pan! Plus Citizen Khan embraces the festive season, The Joy Of The Bee Gees is celebrated, Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga team up Cheek To Cheek, and, on a sombre note, the havoc of the Boxing Day tsunami is recalled in After The Wave

Camp as Christmas but not quite as entertaining, it’s the annual CBeebies pantomime. All the bouncy superstars are present and correct, but the “live” panto audience, complete with screaming children, doesn’t do them any favours. Ben Faulks (Mr Bloom) is a passable Peter Pan and Andy Day makes an enthusiastic Captain Hook. What this really needs is a starring role for Justin Fletcher who steals the show, proving once again that he’s so much more than just Mr Tumble. Hannah Verdier

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