Alternative Christmas TV to watch in 2013

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We take a look at the top alternative TV on telly over Christmas 2013

Need a break from the turkey sandwiches, family squabbles and EastEnders this Christmas? Don't worry, your TV is there to help you! Join us for an alternative look at this year's Christmas TV highlights.

The IT Crowd Special: the Internet Is Coming


While your family settle down for the snoozefest that is known as Midsomer Murders, sneak into another room and watch this one off episode to kick start IT Crowd Night. Ok, not very sociable but you will be laughing your arse off while the others get serious over the murder of some cows in the countryside.
Christmas Eve, 9pm, Channel 4

Gone With The Wind


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Oscar winning romance on Christmas Day featuring Clark Gable. Bring out the tea and fancy biscuits right now.
Christmas Day, 10.15am, Channel 5

The Royal Ballet: Don Quixote


Doctor Who followed by EastEnders? Forget the depression that surrounds Albert Square and lift your Christmas spirits with Choreographer Carlos Acosta's first work for The Royal Ballet. You will be mesmerised by the beauty. Merry Christmas.
Christmas Day, 8pm, BBC4

Ben and James Versus the Arabian Desert


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Ben Fogle and James Cracknell trek the Arabian Desert following in the footsteps of explorer Wilfred Thesiger. True friendship that's put to the ultimate test.
Boxing Day and Friday 27 December, 9.15pm, BBC2

The Call Centre Christmas


Tea lady Hayley is in charge of the office Christmas party. Sounds like fun? Not when you have to cater for Swansea's third largest call centre. Hilarious.
Friday 27 December, 8pm, BBC3

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