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Originally published Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at 5:16 AM

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Tuesday TV Picks: ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ on NBC

TV picks for Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013, include the 1946 holiday classic “It’s a Wonderful Life” on NBC, “The National Christmas Tree Lighting 2013” on KBTC and “Boston’s Finest” on TNT.

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‘It’s a Wonderful Life’

There is something so very perfect about Jimmy Stewart as George Bailey in the 1946 Frank Capra classic about a fateful Christmas Eve in small-town Bedford Falls. Equally well cast are Henry Travers as Clarence the angel, Donna Reed as Mary Bailey and Lionel Barrymore as evil Henry F. Potter. It’s currently No. 3 in our recent (and you can still vote, if you’re so inclined). “Merry Christmas, movie house!” 8 p.m. Tuesday on NBC (

Doug Knoop, Seattle Times staff or on Twitter @dougknoop

Also on Tuesday

“Christmas in Connecticut” (1945), 5 p.m. (TCM): The publisher of a women’s magazine has his best columnist play holiday host to a Navy hero.

“Doctor Who,” 6:40 and 10:40 p. m. (BBC America): “The Snowmen”: Though saddened by the loss of his companions, the Doctor helps a young governess battle a frosty menace.

“The National Christmas Tree Lighting 2013,” 8 p.m. (KBTC): A holiday concert culminates with the lighting of the National Christmas Tree; host Jane Lynch.

“A Christmas Story” (1983), 8 p.m. (TBS): In the 1940s, little Ralphie tries to persuade his parents to get him a Red Ryder range-model BB gun for Christmas. Narrated by Jean Shepherd.

“Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir featuring Alfie Boe and Tom Brokaw,” 9 p.m. (KCTS): The Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s holiday celebration includes special guests tenor Alfie Boe, Gail Halvorsen and Tom Brokaw.

“Boston’s Finest,” 9 p.m. (TNT): Gunshots at a party set off an intense pursuit for Officer Terrique Chambers and the Gang Unit; Chambers plans a charity event.

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