First out of the trap is the BBC's long awaited and lavish adaptation of Hilary Mantel's series of Wolf Hall novels. Acclaimed director Peter Kosminsky has pulled together some attention grabbing actors for his cast, including the brilliant Mark Rylance as Thomas Cromwell, Damien Lewis as Henry VIII, Jonathan Pryce as Cardinal Wolsey and the beautiful Claire Foy (pictured above) as Anne Boleyn.
Wolf Hall looks set to be one to watch for these dreary post Christmas months and is of course not to be confused with Wilf Hall, which should be a programme concerning a hapless Boltonian!
Now, that really would be a tele tip!
Immediately after the intrigue of the Tudor court comes the equally long awaited second series of Jessica Hynes' suffragette sitcom Up The Woman, now promoted to BBC2 after its original run on BBC4 in 2013.
Like Wolf Hall before it, Up The Women has an impeccable cast including Hynes herself, Jessica Front, Judy Parfitt, Vicky Pepperdine and Emma Pierson and is a likeable, well intentioned and gentle poker of fun towards those who believe in the suffragette cause but whose actions are less impressive than their intentions - much like Dad's Army was for the Home Guard.