Christmas 2012: best TV on today, Saturday 22 December

The Toys That Made Christmas, Strictly Come Dancing, The Nation's Favourite Christmas Song, Merlin, Hemingway & Gellhorn and Arena: Screen Goddesses

The Toys That Made Christmas – 5:45pm, BBC2 


Remember Fuzzy-Felt, Spirographs and Subbuteo? Robert Webb looks back at the playthings of the past, when iPods and Xboxs were nowhere to be seen… 

Strictly Come Dancing – 6:30pm, BBC1

It’s finally here. The last four couples – Denise Van Outen and James Jordan, Kimberley Walsh and Pasha Kovalev, Dani Harmer and Vincent Simone, Louis Smith and Flavia Cacace – perform two dances in front of the formidable judges. Tonight though, the final result is up to the voting public alone… The winners of Strictly 2012 will be announced in the results show at 8:50pm

The Nation’s Favourite Christmas Song – 6:30pm, ITV1

They are played on the radio, in shopping centres and in our own living rooms from the beginning of December. So ITV is asking the question: which of the many festive hits do we love the most? Are you a fan of a Bing Crosby classic or is Noddy Holder’s Merry Xmas Everybody your Christmas tune of choice? 

Merlin – 7:55pm, BBC1

The end is drawing close in the first part of the Merlin finale. With Mordred now by her side, Morgana is poised to destroy Camelot – and Emrys. Is there anything our favourite wizard can do to stop the prophecies coming true? Read our preview.  

Hemingway & Gellhorn – 9:00pm, Sky Atlantic 

Clive Owen and Nicole Kidman star in this Ernest Hemingway biopic. Charting the tempestuous relationship between the acclaimed author and his third wife, war reporter Martha Gellhorn, the powerful and Emmy Award-winning drama is told against the backdrop of the Spanish Civil War. 

Arena: Screen Goddesses – 9:00pm, BBC4 


A glorious documentary charting the Hollywood studio era from 1910 through to the early 1960s via screen icons such as Clara Bow, Greta Garbo, Rita Hayworth and Marilyn Monroe.