|ITV1 unveils Christmas schedule|
Tuesday, December 1 2009, 14:57 GMT
By Dan French, US TV Editor
ITV1 has unveiled its 2009 Christmas lineup, which includes footage from Take That's recent tour and an Ant and Dec Christmas special.
The Ant and Dec special will see the Geordie presenters host a show featuring sketches, performances and surprise guests - filmed in front of a live studio audience.
In drama, Julia McKenzie returns as Marple, Poirot is back and John Hurt returns to the role of Quentin Crisp in An Englishman In New York, a follow-on from The Naked Civil Servant.
Piers Morgan's Review Of The Year will see the Britain's Got Talent judge reflect on 2009, while Harry Hill offers an alternative perspective in TV Burp Review Of The Year.
Additionally, ITV1 will broadcast Take That: The Circus Live, which includes footage from their Wembley performance earlier this year.
Peter Fincham said of the schedule: "ITV1 has had a phenomenal Autumn, with our biggest hits such as The X Factor, I'm A Celebrity..., Harry Hill’s TV Burp and Doc Martin attracting bigger audiences than ever.
"Our Christmas schedule has the same wide appeal, with big entertainment and factual specials, some much anticipated new drama and comedy one-offs - alongside all that you’d expect from ITV1 in soaps and films over the festive period."
Other highlights include A Night Of Heroes, Far From Home and Xtra Factor - The Winner's Story, which will transmit on ITV2.