These are the programmes and festive specials on TV over Christmas and Boxing Day
One of the highlights of the Christmas season is festive television.
Even though everything this year has been different due to the coronavirus pandemic, there are still plenty of Christmas TV specials coming straight to our screens over the holidays.
All the main channels - BBC One, BBC Two, ITV and Channel 4 - have pulled it out the bag so we can sit down and enjoy ourselves at home while our social lives are on hold.
From Mrs Brown’s Boys to Call the Midwife, there will be something on to please even the fussiest of the family.
Here’s every festive programme showing on the main TV channels at Christmas time so far - all you need to do is supply the snacks.
The dates and times of some programmes are still to be announced, so check back here for further updates and announcements.
What’s on TV over Christmas?
BBC One is your one-stop shop for everything Christmassy this year. There’s a mixture of some festive specials of classic programmes and some new offerings:
|The Wall vs Celebrities||6:55pm, Christmas Eve|
|EastEnders Christmas Special||8:15pm Christmas Eve, 9:10pm Christmas|
|Worzel Gummidge: Saucy Nancy||5pm, Christmas Eve|
|Gavin & Stacey Christmas Special||8:40pm, Christmas Eve|
|Would I Lie To You? At Christmas||7:45pm, Christmas Eve|
|Miranda’s Games with Showbiz names||9:45pm, Christmas Eve|
|Have I Got 30 Years for You||22:15pm, Christmas Eve|
|Mrs. Brown’s Boys Christmas Special||10:05pm, Christmas Day|
|Call the Midwife Christmas Special||7:40pm, Christmas Day|
|Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special||4:45pm, Christmas Day|
|Michael McIntyre’s Christmas Wheel||6pm, Christmas Day|
|Blankety Blank||7pm, Christmas Day|
|Zog and the Flying Doctors||2:35pm, Christmas Day|
|Top of the Pops Christmas Special||11.55am, Christmas Day|
|The Great British Sewing Bee||7:45pm, Boxing Day|
BBC Two has smashed it with its festive line-up this time round. We’re particularly looking forward to Nigella Lawson’s Christmas special and the QI Christmas Quiz hosted by Sandi Toksvig:
|Upstart Crow Christmas Special||9pm, 21 Dec|
|Mortimer and Whitehouse: Gone Christmas Fishing||6:30pm, 23 Dec|
|Victoria Wood: The Secret List||9:10pm, Christmas Day|
|The Morecambe and Wise Show||5:30pm, Boxing Day|
|Being Bridget (Bridget Jones retrospective)|
|QI Christmas Quiz with Sandi Toksvig|
|Nigella Lawson’s Cook, Eat, Repeat Christmas special|
ITV hasn’t published their full schedule yet, but what has been released so far is looking promising, especially the Birds of a Feather festive special and the Christmas rendition of Britain’s Got Talent:
|Billy Connolly: It’s Been a Pleasure||9:30pm, 28 Dec|
|Birds of a Feather Christmas Special||9:15pm, Christmas Eve|
|Britain’s Got Talent at Christmas||8pm, Christmas Day|
|The Story of SM:TV Live||9:25am, Boxing Day|
Channel 4 has a huge television schedule this Christmas season, from the Big Fat Quiz of the Year to First Dates Christmas and the best of Gogglebox’s 2020 shows. We can’t wait:
|The Great Christmas Bake Off||7:40pm, Christmas Eve|
|Reindeer’s First Christmas||6:40pm, Christmas Eve|
|Quentin Blake’s Clown||7:45pm, Christmas Day|
|Big Fat Quiz of the Year 2020||9:05pm, Boxing Day|
|Chitty Flies Again||7:30pm, New Year’s Day|
|Taskmaster Christmas Special||9pm, New Year’s Day|
|First Dates Christmas|
|Inside KFC at Christmas|
|The Last Leg of the Year|
|Gogglebox: Best of 2020|
|Celebrity Gogglebox: Best of 2020|
|Gogglebox Festive Special|
|Jamie & Jimmy’s Friday Night Feast|
|Big Fat Quiz of Everything|
|One Night in… Hamleys|
|8 out of 10 Cats Christmas Special|
|Jamie: Keep Cooking at Christmas|
|The Supervet at Christmas|
|Snackmasters Christmas Special|