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Christmas comedy and entertainment

Christmas comedy and entertainment

Here are the best programmes to watch on TV this Christmas. You’ll probably need until at least the middle of January 2021 to watch them all…


 

 

BBC Sports Personality Of The Year

It’s been a funny old year, but there’s still plenty to celebrate. The awards ceremony, broadcast live from Salford’s Media City, will recognise teams, sports stars, coaches and more that succeeded, even in the face of the pandemic. Ordinary members of the public and unsung heroes also receive very worthy shout-outs for their outstanding contributions to sport.
 

When can I watch it and on what channel?

BBC Sports Personality Of The Year will air on BBC One HD (CH 101/108) on Sunday 20 December at 8pm.
 

The Great Christmas Bake Off

Four bakers from previous series of The Great British Bake Off compete to be crowned Christmas Star Baker as they rustle up some festive bakes. Comedian Tom Allen joins Matt Lucas to host, as regular co-host Noel Fielding was on paternity leave. The word on the street is there will also be a musical number! Another special, The Great New Year Bake Off, will air on Sunday 3 January. Read our round-up of this year’s Bake Off higlights and lowlights
 

When can I watch it and on what channel?
The Great Christmas Bake Off will air on Channel 4 HD (CH 104/141) on Christmas Eve at 7.40pm.

 

Mary Berry Saves Christmas

Well, if anyone could save Christmas, it would be our beloved Mrs Berry! The cook teaches three amateurs how to whip up mouth-watering dishes. She enlists help from three celebrity sous chefs, The Repair Shop’s Jay Blades, comedian Tom Allen and presenter Angela Scanlon.
 

When can I watch it and on what channel?

Mary Berry Saves Christmas will air on BBC One HD (CH 101/108) on Wednesday 23 December at 6.30pm.
 

The Queen’s Speech

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II delivers her annual Christmas message to the nation and the Commonwealth. How she’ll manage to reflect on the past 12 months in just ten minutes, we’re not entirely sure!
 

When can I watch it and on what channel?
The Queen’s Speech will air on BBC One HD (CH 101/108), ITV HD (CH 103/113), Sky One/HD (CH 110/109) and Sky News/HD (CH 603/602) on Christmas Day at 3pm. It can also be heard on BBC Radio 4 (CH 904) at 3pm.
 

The Hit List Celebrity Special

In this celebrity edition, three teams try to recognise as many hit songs and artists as possible. Paralympians and couple Hannah Cockcroft and Nathan Maguire; musician Martin Kemp and his son and radio host Roman; and singer Fleur East and her make-up blogger sister Keshia battle it out to win £10,000 for their chosen charity.
 

When can I watch it and on what channel?

The Hit List Celebrity Special will air on BBC One HD (CH 101/108) on New Year’s Eve at 5.50pm.
 

Britain’s Got Talent Christmas Spectacular

And and Dec present the most memorable and talented acts from the past 14 years as judges Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon, David Walliams and Ashley Banjo prepare to be wowed.
 

When can I watch it and on what channel?
Britain’s Got Talent Christmas Spectacular will air on ITV HD (CH 103/113) on Christmas Day at 8pm.
 

The Real Full Monty On Ice

For the first time, celebs are taking to the ice… completely naked! Dame Jenni Murray, Linda Lusardi, Shaughna Phillips, Hayley Tamaddon and Dr Zoe will bare all, as will Gareth Thomas, Jamie Lomas, Jake Quickenden, Bob Champion, Perri Kiely and Chris Hughes. It’s all to raise awareness of cancers in intimate areas of the body and emphasise how important early self-checks are. Ashley Banjo and Coleen Nolan will lead the class of 2020 as they freeze (we mean, ease) into it.
 

When can I watch it and on what channel?

The Real Full Monty On Ice will air on ITV HD (CH 103/113) on Monday 14 December at 9pm.
 

Miranda’s Games With Showbiz Names

Miranda Hart hosts a new entertainment show where three celebrity couples dial in from home to compete in a series of Christmas games.
 

When can I watch it and on what channel?

Miranda’s Games With Showbiz Names will air on BBC One HD (CH 101/108) on Christmas Eve at 9.45pm.

One Night In… Hamleys

Comedians Romesh Ranganathan, Rob Beckett and Tom Allen are locked in the famous toy shop on London’s Regent Street for a night of mischief and games. The only rules are: sleeping’s cheating, leave it how you found it, and if they break it, they pay for it! On this after-hours adventure, there are no security guards or grown-ups to hinder the big kids’ fun.
 

When can I watch it and on what channel?

One Night In... Hamleys will air on Channel 4 HD (CH 104/141) on Christmas Eve at 9pm.
 

Christmas University Challenge

Across ten nights, it’s not students, but famous graduates playing for the university they attended, answering a few seasonally themed brainteasers along the way. They have all made an impact in their chosen field and are ready to battle it out to become Christmas University Challenge Series Champions.
 

When can I watch them and on what channel?

Christmas University Challenge will air on BBC Two HD (CH 102) on Monday 21 December at 8.30pm.
 

The Chase Celebrity Special

The Chasers take on a new batch of stars, but just because it’s Christmas, that doesn’t mean they’re gonna go easy on the celebs! Another special episode is full of bloopers, and we all know Bradley Walsh has plenty of those.
 

When can I watch them on what channel?

The Chase Celebrity Special will air on ITV HD (CH 103/113) on Christmas Day at 5pm.

The Chase: The Bloopers will air on ITV HD (CH 103/113) on Sunday 27 December at 7pm.
 

Only Connect

Victoria Coren Mitchell hosts as two family teams from previous series return for a Christmas special. The Edwards and the Wrights compete to find connections between things that seemingly have no relation, including a Johannes Vermeer painting and the gift on the eighth day of Christmas.
 

When can I watch it and on what channel?

Only Connect will air on BBC Two HD (CH 102) on Tuesday 29 December at 8pm.
 

Country Christmas

American country musician Thomas Rhett and his wife Lauren Akins present this 40-minute special, featuring performances from Dan & Shay, Lady A, Little Big Town, Tim McGraw and the host himself.
 

When can I watch it and on what channel?

Country Christmas will air on BBC Four HD (CH 107) on Friday 18 December at 11pm.
 

The Cube Celebrity Special

McFly’s Danny Jones and Dougie Poynter and comedian Emily Atack and her mum Kate Robbins compete to win £250,000 for their chosen charities.
 

When can I watch it and on what channel?
The Cube Celebrity Special will air on ITV HD (CH 103/113) on Sunday 20 December at 8pm.
 

Royal Institution Christmas Lectures 2020

For the first time in over 60 years, the lectures, filmed at the Royal Institution’s theatre, will be delivered by three expert scientists. Geologist professor Chris Jackson; physicist and oceanographer, Dr Helen Czerski; and environmental scientist, Dr Tara Shine will join forces between Christmas and New Year under this year’s theme: Planet Earth: A User’s Guide.
 

When can I watch them and on what channel?

Royal Institution Christmas Lectures 2020 will air on BBC Four HD (CH 107) on Monday 28 December at 8pm, Tuesday 29 December at 8pm and Wednesday 30 December at 8pm.
 

The Wall Vs Celebrities

Across two episodes, Stacey Dooley, Craig Revel Horwood, Chris Kamara, John Barnes, Alex Brooker and Sally Lindsay take on The Wall alongside host Danny Dyer to win money for their chosen charity.
 

When can I watch them and on what channel?

The Wall Vs Celebrities will air on BBC One HD (CH 101/108) on Christmas Eve at 6.55pm and New Year’s Eve at 6.40pm.
 

Mock The Week

Dara Ó Briain is joined by Hugh Dennis for Yuletide Scenes We’d Like to See, a Newsreel from Hugh and unseen material. As we all know, every week in 2020 has been worth mocking…
 

When can I watch it and on what channel?

Mock The Week will air on BBC Two HD (CH 102) on Monday 21 December at 10pm.
 

In For A Christmas Penny

Stephen Mulhern visits Bath, where he challenges members of the public to festive games, with the biggest prize yet on the line: a holiday and £1,000.
 

When can I watch it and on what channel?
In For A Christmas Penny will air on ITV HD (CH 103/113) on Boxing Day at 5.15pm.

 

Alan Carr’s Epic Gameshow – The Price Is Right

“Come on down” to watch as audience members guess if the price is right on Christmas prizes before they spin the wheel in the hopes of winning big.
 

When can I watch it and on what channel?
Alan Carr’s Epic Gameshow – The Price Is Right will air on ITV HD (CH 103/113) on Christmas Eve at 8.15pm.
 

Gogglebox 2020

Gogglebox is one of the shows that truly saved 2020 and brought some much-needed joy and laughter into our lives. Tune in for the best bits of the armchair critics sitting on their sofas and sounding off about TV. 

When can I watch it and on what channel?


Celebrity Gogglebox 2020
will air on Channel 4 HD (CH 104/141) on Friday 18 December at 9pm.
 

Gogglebox 2020 will air on Channel 4 HD (CH 104/141) on Christmas Day at 9.10pm.
 

Blankety Blank


Blankety Blank
makes a festive return as Bradley Walsh hosts while a panel of six celebrities attempt to fill in the missing blanks to win brilliant prizes for some lucky contestants.
 

When can I watch it and on what channel?

Blankety Blank will air on BBC One HD (CH 101/108) on Christmas Day at 7pm.
 

Good Morning Britain, Lorraine and This Morning

Good Morning Britain kicks off at 7am, and let’s face it, you’ll probably be awake (and the kids definitely will be) to begin the festivities. It’s followed by Lorraine at 9am and This Morning at 10am. With special guests, uplifting news and lots of treats, these programmes will get your Christmas morning off to a great start.
 

When can I watch them and on what channel?
Good Morning Britain, Lorraine and This Morning will air on ITV HD (CH 103/113) on Christmas Day.

 

James Martin’s Christmas Day

If you’re looking for a helping hand with food preparations on Christmas Day, look no further than James Martin. A mouth-watering recipe from Michelin-starred Tom Kerridge, plus decadent creations from The Ritz’s head chef John Williams and Bake Off Crème de la Crème winner Mark Tilling are also on the cards.
 

When can I watch it and on what channel?
James Martin’s Christmas Day will air on ITV HD (CH 103/113) on Christmas Day at 12pm.
 

Ainsley’s Festive Food We Love

Chef Ainsley Harriott whips up Thai turkey and coconut broth with chilli, coconut and coriander scones, chocolate bread and butter pudding with spiced cherries. Are you salivating already? Yep, us too. 
 

When can I watch it and on what channel?
Ainsley’s Festive Food We Love will air on ITV HD (CH 103/113) on Christmas Day at 2pm.
 

Saturday Kitchen

Drinks experts Olly Smith and Helen McGinn (we can see why she got into this line of work) say cheers to bargains, special occasion treats, gift ideas and recipes. Special guests include astronaut Tim Peake, presenter Richard Osman and comedian Micky Flanagan.
 

When can I watch them and on what channel?

Saturday Kitchen will air on BBC One HD (CH 101/108) throughout December.
 

Bargain Hunt

Charlie Ross brings you some of the “best buys” bought by the teams from Christmases past and he has plenty of tips on how to find a one-of-a-kind festive antique, collectible or the perfect Christmas gift. Meanwhile, Anita Manning learns about the history behind writing Christmas cards.
 

When can I watch it and on what channel?

Bargain Hunt will air on BBC One HD (CH 101/108) on Friday 18 December at 12pm. 
 

Tenable Christmas Cracker

Warwick Davis hosts this Christmas-themed episode of the general knowledge quiz. Tune in to find out whether a team of five will take home the £125,000 jackpot. 
 

When can I watch it and on what channel?
Tenable Christmas Cracker will air on ITV HD (CH 103/113) on Christmas Day at 3.40pm.
 

Hey Tracey!

Comedians Seann Walsh and Tom Lucy; RuPaul’s Drag Race UK’s Baga Chipz; Love Island-ers Samira Mighty and Curtis Pritchard; and Curtis’s brother and Strictly Come Dancing star AJ all compete to win cash for a member of the public. Joel Dommett presents, as the stars consult virtual assistant Tracey (Donna Preston) when they don’t know an answer. She then connects them via phone to a person in the real world, who may (or may not) be able to help.
 

When can I watch it and on what channel?
Hey Tracey! will air on ITV2/HD (CH 115/176) on Wednesday 16 December at 10pm.
 

Christmas Shopping With Keith Lemon

Keith Lemon goes shopping with the stars, but as he helps them check off their wish lists (for friends, family and themselves), he also learns more about them through his signature interviewing style.
 

When can I watch it and on what channel?
Christmas Shopping With Keith Lemon will air on ITV2/HD (CH 115/176) on Sunday 20 December at 10pm.
 

Celebrity Juice

Guests Maya Jama, Paddy McGuinness, Paloma Faith and Ricky Wilson join Keith Lemon and team captains Emily Atack and Laura Whitmore for a sweet and juicy Christmas edition.
 

When can I watch it and on what channel?
Celebrity Juice will air on ITV2/HD (CH 115/176) on Thursday 17 December at 10pm.
 

Would I Lie To You? At Christmas


Lying over the holidays doesn’t seem very Christmassy, but as it’s celebrities and comedians pulling our leg for guaranteed laughs, we’ll let it slide.

When can I watch it and on what channel?
Would I Lie To You? At Christmas will air on BBC One HD (CH 101/108) on Christmas Eve at 7.45pm.
 

Richard Osman’s Christmas House Of Games Night

Celebrity contestants Sarah Hadland, Alex Horne, Craig Revel Horwood and Charlene White will take on a series of quiz rounds selected by host and quiz legend Richard Osman. Who will take home the House Of Games Christmas trophy?
 

When can I watch it and on what channel?

Richard Osman’s Christmas House Of Games Night will air on BBC One HD (CH 101/108) on Monday 28 December at 7pm.
 

QI: Rejoice!

Continue to hone your “quite interesting” knowledge as the panel (which always includes Alan Davies) responds to presenter Sandi Toksvig’s bizarre line of questioning. Find out how to get a reindeer into a submarine and why the Immaculate Conception isn’t what you think it is, all while watching the panel set two new Christmas-themed world records.

When can I watch it and on what channel?
QI: Rejoice! will air on BBC Two HD (CH 102) on Wednesday 23 December at 9.30pm.
 

First Dates At Christmas 

Romance is somehow even more… romantic at Christmas. Love is in the air as maître d’hôtel Fred Sirieix plays cupid while a new batch of singletons, young and old, hope Father Christmas has brought them someone to kiss underneath the mistletoe. The First Dates restaurant is traded for a cosy hideaway in the British countryside that looks like something straight out of a romcom. In the New Year, we can look forward to First Dates: Teens, where a Manchester restaurant opens its doors to those aged 16-19.
 

When can I watch it and on what channel?
First Dates At Christmas will air on Channel 4 HD (CH 104/141) on Wednesday 23 December at 9pm.
 

Gemma Collins: Diva For Xmas

Everyone’s favourite diva, the GC, prepares for Christmas by visiting Chloe Sims’ house before taking a trip to a turkey sanctuary and then posing for her Christmas card shoot.
 

When can I watch it and on what channel?

Gemma Collins: Diva For Xmas will air on ITVBe/HD (CH 119/179) on Christmas Eve at 9pm.

 

The Only Way Is Essexmas

As the locals based in Brentwood attend a winter’s ball, we’ll use a line from one of the placards Mark (Andrew Lincoln) uses in Love Actually: “And at Christmas you tell the truth.” Well, expect some brutal honesty as tensions build and drama unfolds in true TOWIE style.
 

When can I watch it and on what channel?

The Only Way Is Essexmas will air on ITVBe/HD (CH 119/179) on Wednesday 16 December at 9pm.
 

The Real Housewives Of Jersey

If you’re a fan of The Real Housewives Of Cheshire, make sure you check out the all-new The Real Housewives Of Jersey (The Real Housewives Of New Jersey is something else entirely), featuring seven of the island’s most glamorous residents. From beaches to over-the-top parties, there will be no shortage of drama in the place where everybody knows everybody.
 

When can I watch it and on what channel?
The Real Housewives Of Jersey will air on ITVBe/HD (CH 119/179) on Monday 28 December at 9pm. It is also available in Apps & Games > ITV Hub as a 10-part Box Set on the same day.
 

The Masked Singer

If you’re unfamiliar with the concept, it’s a singing competition/guessing game where celebrities don outrageous, over-the-top costumes to hide their true identities… until they’re unmasked.
 

When can I watch it and on what channel?
The Masked Singer will air on ITV HD (CH 103/113) on Boxing Day at 7pm.
 

Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Christmas Fishing


Bob Mortimer returns to his childhood roots in Middlesbrough where he will fish the River Esk and Tees with the other half of the dynamic duo, Paul Whitehouse. This sleeper hit will get you all up in your festive (and fishy) feels.
 

When can I watch it and on what channel?

Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Christmas Fishing will air on BBC Two HD (CH 102) on Sunday 13 December at 8.10pm.
 

Christmas Dinner Date

Singletons pick three blind dates out of five potential partners, based on the menus they’ve provided. To be honest, it’s not really about the food, but more about the chemistry in-person, as only one of the individuals is chosen for a second date. We can only hope that the Christmas edition means plenty of turkey and Yorkshire puddings, as well as mistletoe.
 

When can I watch it and on what channel?

Christmas Dinner Date will air on ITVBe/HD (CH 119/179) on Wednesday 16 December at 8pm.
 

Celebrity MasterChef Christmas Cook-Off

Celebs go head to head in the cookery competition across two episodes as they attempt to impress judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace.

When can I watch it and on what channel?
Celebrity MasterChef Christmas Cook-Off will air on BBC One HD (CH 101/108) on Monday 21 December at 9pm.

MasterChef: The Professionals – A Festive Knockout

In two programmes, eight of the most memorable chefs (four in each episode) return to compete and show us amateurs at home how it’s done.
 

When can I watch them and on what channel?

MasterChef: The Professionals – A Festive Knockout will air on BBC One HD (CH 101/108) on Tuesday 29 December at 8pm.
 

Celebrity Mastermind

John Humphrys presents as more stars step up to the plate to test their knowledge on a specialist subject. The winner earns money for their chosen charity. 

When can I watch it and on what channel?
Celebrity Mastermind will air on BBC One HD (CH 101/108) on Saturday 19 December at 5.25pm.
 

8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown Christmas Special

Jimmy Carr hosts a festive-themed edition of the words and numbers game, with Rachel Riley and Susie Dent. Jon Richardson and Sarah Millican face off against Sean Lock and David Mitchell, with David O’Doherty joining Dent in Dictionary Corner.
 

When can I watch it and on what channel?

8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown Christmas Special will air on Channel 4 HD (CH 104/141) on Monday 21 December at 9pm.
 

Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? Celebrity Specials

Jeremy Clarkson returns as host, but this time, it’s celebrities hoping to win the £1,000,000 prize for charity. Piers Morgan, Jordan Banjo, Prue Leith, Kym Marsh and Ronni Ancona test their knowledge across 15 questions (well, if they get that far).  With no audience present, their four lifelines are 50:50, Ask The Host and two Phone a Friends.
 

When can I watch them and on what channel?

Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? Celebrity Specials will air on ITV HD (CH 103/113) on Boxing Day at 9.30pm and Sunday 27 December at 9.15pm.
 

Have I Got 30 Years For You

To mark the show’s 30th anniversary, celebrate the last of the three decades with Paul Merton, Ian Hislop, Germaine Greer, Gary Lineker, Victoria Coren Mitchell, Ken Livingstone and Alexander Armstrong. Also check out the best bits from previous years (and find out what made the news back then)!
 

When can I watch it and on what channel?

Have I Got 30 Years For You will air on BBC One HD (CH 101/108) on Christmas Eve at 10.15pm. 
 

The Great British Sewing Bee: Celebrity Christmas Special

Joe Lycett hosts as celebrity guests Denise van Outen, Shirley Ballas, Dr Ranj Singh and Sara Pascoe compete to create festive outfits, including pyjama bottoms, a fitted dress and fancy dress for a dog.
 

When can I watch it and on what channel?


The Great British Sewing Bee: Celebrity Christmas Special
 will air on BBC One HD (CH 101/108) on Boxing Day at 7.45pm.

The Great British Sewing Bee: Celebrity New Year Special
will air on BBC One HD (CH 101/108) on New Year’s Eve at 8pm.

Celebrity Snoop Dogs At Christmas

This combination of Cribs and Through The Keyhole has a very furry twist. Celebs’ pets give you a tour of their luxurious homes using mounted Go-Pro cameras attached to a harness. Guess who these VIPs (very important pets) belong to before their owners’ identities are revealed at the end of the episode.
 

When can I watch it and on what channel?

Celebrity Snoop Dogs At Christmas will air on Channel 4 HD (CH 104/141) on Tuesday 29 December at 7pm. 
 

Escape To The Château At Christmas

Dick Strawbridge, Angel Adoree, their children Dorothy and Arthur, and Angel’s parents Jenny and Steve prepare to celebrate a family Christmas in France.
 

When can I watch it and on what channel?

Escape To The Château At Christmas will air on Channel 4 HD (CH 104/141) on Christmas Day at 8.10pm.
 

Strictly Come Dancing: The Final

After nine weeks of outstanding performances, the remaining couples take to the dance floor for the last time before one pair is crowned the champion. We’re not entirely sure what we’ll do once Strictly ends, but we’ll cross that bridge (and probably cry) when we come to it. Until then, enjoy the magic, and music from Robbie Williams.
 

When can I watch it and on what channel?

Strictly Come Dancing: The Final will air on BBC One HD (CH 101/108) on Saturday 19 December at 6pm.
 

Strictly: The Christmas Countdown

Sadly there is no Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special this year due to the pandemic, but the show’s 25 most memorable dances of all time (as voted for by the public) will be revealed instead. Hosts Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman are joined by the judges and professional dancers.
 

When can I watch it and on what channel?
Strictly: The Christmas Countdown will air on BBC One HD (CH 101/108) on Christmas Day at 4.45pm. 

 

Kirstie And Phil’s Love It Or List It

In the year where we’ve hardly left our homes, property professionals Kirstie Allsopp and Phil Spencer are back with series 6 to advise people on whether to move on from or hold on to their houses.
 

When can I watch it and on what channel?

Kirstie And Phil’s Love It Or List It will air on Channel 4 HD (CH 104/141) on Wednesday 30 December at 8pm.

 

The Repair Shop At Christmas


Items with a festive feel are restored, as Jay Blades and his team of experts return. This might come as a surprise if it’s your first time watching the show, but tissues will be required.

When can I watch it and on what channel?
The Repair Shop At Christmas will air on BBC One HD (CH 101/108) on Boxing Day at 6.45pm.
 

Sunday Worship

While church services are limited at the moment, Sunday Worship will air services from across the UK, beginning on Advent Sunday and continuing until Sunday 3 January.
 

When can I watch them and on what channel?

Sunday Worship will air on BBC One HD (CH 101/108) on Sundays.

Carols From King’s

Filmed without a congregation and with the King's College Choir socially distanced, the programme gives viewers an opportunity to enjoy the exquisite singing and the stunning architecture of the chapel.
 

When can I watch it and on what channel?

Carols From King’s will air on BBC Two HD (CH 102) on Christmas Eve at 5.30pm.

Songs Of Praise: The UK’s Favourite Carol

The UK’s top ten most popular carols are revealed, based on the public’s votes. Aled Jones counts down from the beautiful St Paul’s Cathedral in London as he’s joined by star guests, including Andrea Bocelli, who will be performing the UK’s favourite carol.

When can I watch it and on what channel?
Songs Of Praise: The UK’s Favourite Carol will air on BBC One HD (CH 101/108) on Sunday 20 December at 1.15pm.

 

Vicky McClure’s Dementia Choir At Christmas

The Line Of Duty star is joined by another member of AC-12 in this 30-minute special that charts the choir’s journey during lockdown.
 

When can I watch it and on what channel?

Vicky McClure’s Dementia Choir At Christmas will air on BBC One HD (CH 101/108) on Wednesday 16 December at 7.30pm.

Dolly Parton’s Christmas Concert

Queen of country Dolly Parton performs songs from her new Christmas album, A Holly Dolly Christmas, in this special set that was recorded in her studio in Nashville, Tennessee.
 

When can I watch it and on what channel?

Dolly Parton's Christmas Concert will air on BBC One HD (CH 101/108) on Wednesday 23 December at 11.15pm.

Little Mix: Live At The O2

Grab your front row seat to LM5: The Tour from November 2019, with the girl gang belting their biggest hits, including “Black Magic, “Wings,” “Salute” and “Shout Out To My Ex”.
 

When can I watch it and on what channel?

Little Mix: Live At The O2 will air on Sky One/HD (CH 110/109) on Monday 21 December at 12pm.

Nigella: Cook, Eat, Repeat

The series accompanies food writer and chef Nigella Lawson’s most recent book of the same name and features new feel-good recipes and stories. Read all about it (and play Nigella bingo!). For the Christmas special, Nigella said, “I haven’t been away anywhere this year, and won’t be, so this is about travelling at the table, with some of my favourite Christmas recipes from abroad, as well as home-grown treats.”

When can I watch it and on what channel?
Nigella: Cook, Eat, Repeat will air on BBC Two HD (CH 102) on Tuesday 22 December at 8pm.
 

Big Zuu’s Christmas Eats

Rapper, DJ and presenter Big Zuu, along with sous chef Hyder and chief taster Tubsey, cooks up a feast for guests AJ Tracey, Julie Adengua, JME, Loyle Carner, Ed Gamble, Phil Wang, Rosie Jones and Desiree Burch. A two-part special not to be missed!

When can I watch it and on what channel?
Big Zuu’s Christmas Eats will air on Dave/HD (CH 127/227) on Friday 18 December at 10pm.

 

Jamie And Jimmy’s Festive Feast

Jamie Oliver and Jimmy Doherty present a special edition of Friday Night Feast as they’re joined by Sam Smith and Joe Wicks, who help to prepare a range of delicious dishes.
 

When can I watch it and on what channel?

Jamie And Jimmy’s Festive Feast will air on Channel 4 HD (CH 104/141) on Tuesday 29 December at 9pm.
 

Snackmasters: Quality Street

Fred Sirieix asks a chocolatier and a pastry chef to replicate a chocolate brand that is a Christmas staple: Quality Street. They are then judged by a panel of Quality Street insiders and experts.
 

When can I watch it and on what channel?

Snackmasters: Quality Street will air on Channel 4 HD (CH 104/141) on Wednesday 23 December at 8pm.
 

Tom Allen Goes To Town

Comedian and Bromley boy Tom Allen visits Wakefield, West Yorkshire in this special that was filmed in 2019. He meets the characters of Wakefield, explores the cathedral and visits one of the only drive-in fish and chip shops in the world before putting on a show for the locals at the end of the week.
 

When can I watch it and on what channel?

Tom Allen Goes To Town will air on Channel 4 HD (CH 104/141) on Wednesday 30 December at 9pm. 
 

Michael McIntyre’s Christmas Wheel

Holly Willoughby, Alan Carr and Strictly Come Dancing’s Oti Mabuse, who are joined by celebrity experts, compete in an attempt to win money for their chosen charity this Christmas.
 

When can I watch it and on what channel?

Michael McIntyre’s Christmas Wheel will air on BBC One HD (CH 101/108) on Christmas Day at 6pm.
 

Royal Opera All-Star Gala

International opera stars come together on the famous Royal Opera House stage to sing some of opera’s favourite arias. The concert, recorded in September, features classics by Bellini, Bizet, Donizetti, Dvorak, Massenet, Puccini, Rossini and Verdi.
 

When can I watch it and on what channel?

Royal Opera All-Star Gala will air on BBC Four HD (CH 107) on Christmas Day at 7.40pm.
 

Royal Ballet All-Star Gala

Anita Rani presents a collection of ballet highlights, performed by Royal Ballet stars including Marianela Nuñez, Vadim Muntagirov, Natalia Osipova and Edward Watson.
 

When can I watch it and on what channel?

Royal Ballet All-Star Gala will air on BBC Four HD (CH 107) on Boxing Day at 7pm.
 

Matthew Bourne’s The Red Shoes

Trailblazing choreographer Matthew Bourne’s dance adaptation of the 1948 film The Red Shoes and the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale is truly breathtaking. The red shoes in question, worn by Victoria Page (Ashley Shaw), often pop against black-and-white backdrops as she must choose between her dedication to dance and her desire to love. There’s also a particularly clever performance within a performance. This production is a recording of the stage show at Sadler’s Wells.
 

When can I watch it and on what channel?

Matthew Bourne’s The Red Shoes will air on BBC Two HD (CH 102) on Christmas Day at 6pm.
 

David Blaine: Beyond Magic

In this one-hour special, the illusionist blows the minds of celebrities, including David Beckham, Drake, Dave Chappelle, John Travolta, Patrick Stewart, Emma Stone and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
 

When can I watch it and on what channel?

David Blaine: Beyond Magic will air on Sky One/HD (CH 110/109) on Sunday 20 December at 9pm.
 

The Joy Of Painting: Winter Specials

American painter Bob Ross will guide you through the new hobby you most likely picked up during lockdown in this collection of vintage episodes.
 

When can I watch them and on what channel?

The Joy Of Painting: Winter Specials will air on BBC Four HD (CH 107) on Monday 14 December at 7.30pm.

The Last Leg Of The Year

Adam Hills, Josh Widdicombe and Alex Brooker are joined by celebrity guests in a two-hour satirical special looking back at the year that was 2020 and looking ahead to a (hopefully) much better 2021.
 

When can I watch it and on what channel?

The Last Leg Of The Year will air on Channel 4 HD (CH 104/141) on New Year’s Eve at 9pm.
 

New Year’s Day Concert From Vienna

Petroc Trelawny presents this live musical start to the New Year with music from the Golden Hall of the Musikverein in Vienna. Italian conductor Ricardo Muti, who returns for his sixth time since 1993, leads the concert.
 

When can I watch it and on what channel?

New Year’s Day Concert from Vienna will air on BBC Two HD (CH 102) on New Year’s Day at 10.15am.
 

Taskmaster’s New Year Treat

Taskmaster moved from Dave to Channel 4 this year for series 10 and raked in the most viewers on record for its debut episode. In another first, the show receives a festive special as Greg Davies and Alex Horne welcome five brand-new faces to the ridiculous, funny and ridiculously funny game show. Who will make us laugh most out of John Hannah (Four Weddings And A Funeral), Channel 4 News anchor Krishnan Guru-Murthy, Nicola Coughlan (Derry Girls), presenter Rylan Clark-Neal and Shirley Ballas (Strictly Come Dancing)?
 

When can I watch it and on what channel?

Taskmaster’s New Year Treat will air on Channel 4 HD (CH 104/141) on New Year’s Day at 9pm.

Lingo

Lingo is a brand new tactical word-based quiz show hosted by actor, comedian and presenter Adil Ray. In each episode, three pairs of contestants must correctly work out the words that appear in the Lingo grids for the chance to win a cash prize. Let’s hope they’re not at a loss for words…
 

When can I watch it and on what channel?

Lingo will air on ITV HD (CH 103/113) on New Year’s Day at 4.35pm.
 

Dancing On Thin Ice With Torvill & Dean

Olympic ice dancing champions Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean travel to Alaska to skate in the great outdoors. It’s something they’ve surprisingly never done in their 45 years working together. This one-off film, narrated by Stephen Fry, also offers insight into the effects of climate change, as it becomes difficult to find wild ice as Alaska feels the heat from global warming.
 

When can I watch it and on what channel?

Dancing On Thin Ice With Torvill & Dean will air on ITV HD (CH 103/113) on New Year’s Day at 9pm.
 

Top Of The Pops New Year Special

Fearne Cotton and Clara Amfo are back to see in the New Year with some of the biggest songs and artists from the last 12 months. They’ll also be getting the party started with exclusive performances to round the year off in style.
 

When can I watch it and on what channel?

Top Of The Pops New Year Special will air on BBC One HD (CH 101/108) on New Year’s Eve at 4.20pm.
 

The Graham Norton New Year’s Eve Show

Graham Norton presents his traditional end-of-year talk show as he’s joined by very special guests, who always end up revealing hilarious anecdotes on his couch. Your New Year’s Eve = sorted.

When can I watch it and on what channel?

The Graham Norton New Year’s Eve Show will air on BBC One HD (CH 101/108) on New Year’s Eve at 10.25pm. 
 

The Big New Year’s In

Yep, that title sounds about right. Order yourself a takeaway and let the BBC take care of the rest with a live entertainment show packed with famous faces and a very special concert before the clock hits 12.
 

When can I watch it and on what channel?

The Big New Year’s In will air on BBC One HD (CH 101/108) on New Year’s Eve at 9pm.
 

Jools’ Annual Hootenanny

Jools and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra will be joined by special guests and some special footage to see in the New Year. The programme has been going for nearly 30 years, so it’s gonna take a lot more than a bumpy 12 months to stop this party!
 

When can I watch it and on what channel?

Jools’ Annual Hootenanny will air on BBC Two HD (CH 102) on New Year’s Eve at 11.15pm. 
 

 

 

Only Fools And Horses

Rodney (David Jason) and Del Boy (Nicholas Lyndhurst) provide classic entertainment as they get themselves into all types of mischief. One for all the family to enjoy!
 

When can I watch it and on what channel?
Only Fools And Horses will air on GOLD HD (CH 124) throughout December.
 

The Royle Family

It wouldn’t be Christmas without the Royles, who will be doing exactly what we’ll be doing over the holidays – watching TV.
 

When can I watch it and on what channel?
The Royle Family will air on GOLD HD (CH 124) on Wednesday 23 December at 9.30pm.
 

Meet The Richardsons At Christmas

Married couple and stand-up comedians Jon Richardson and Lucy Beaumont (plus their daughter Elsie) invite viewers into their home for a fictionalised look at their lives in the West Yorkshire town of Hebden Bridge. They want to make Christmas perfect for Elise, but Jon is against the commercialisation of the holiday, while Lucy just wants a big tree.
 

When can I watch them and on what channel?
Meet The Richardsons At Christmas will air on Dave/HD (CH 127/227) on Wednesday 16 December at 10pm.

Birds Of A Feather


The comedy returns to ITV for the first time in three years for a one-off extended Christmas episode. Linda Robson and Lesley Joseph return as Tracey Stubbs and Dorien Green, while Les Dennis joins as Dorien’s new man Graeme.
 

When can I watch it and on what channel?
Birds Of A Feather will air on ITV HD (CH 103/113) on Christmas Eve at 9.15pm.
 

Two Doors Down

Let Eric and Beth Baird (Alex Norton and Arabella Weir) remind you why you actually don’t miss dealing with people, because for the most part, they are incredibly… challenging. If you want to hole yourself up as a recluse this Christmas, now’s your time to shine (and you have a perfectly good excuse that no one can argue with). Eric and Beth go on a Christmas getaway with Colin, Cathy, Christine, Ian and Gordon – reason enough why holidays with neighbours aren’t more of a thing.

When can I watch it and on what channel?

Two Doors Down will air on BBC Two HD (CH 102) on Monday 28 December at 9pm. 
 

The Simpsons Christmas Special

Crack open a Duff and squeeze onto the sofa for another seasonal special with Springfield’s finest.
 

When can I watch it and on what channel?

The Simpsons Christmas Special will air on Sky One/HD (CH 110/109) on Christmas Eve at 3pm.
 

Moonbase 8  

John C Reilly, Fred Armisen and Tim Heidecker star as three astronauts stationed at NASA’s Moon Base Simulator in the Arizona desert, in this new comedy series. While they work to qualify for their first lunar mission, they experiences loneliness, self-doubt and their own incompetence. We’re sensing a Space Force vibe and we’re very much here for it!
 

When can I watch it and on what channel?

Moonbase 8 will air on Sky Comedy/HD (CH 122/121) on Monday 21 December at 9pm.
 

Ghosts: The Ghost Of Christmas

Husband-and-wife Mike (Kiell Smith-Bynoe) and Alison (Charlotte Ritchie) inherited an old, haunted house that’s full of… well, ghosts. If they’re anything like the ones in A Christmas Carol, they’ll have plenty to say about all the merriment. For the first time, the couple are hosting Mike’s family over the holidays at Button House – what could possibly go wrong?  

When can I watch it and on what channel?

Ghosts: The Ghost Of Christmas will air on BBC One HD (CH 101/108) on Wednesday 23 December at 8.30pm.
 

Motherland


Written by Sharon Horgan (Catastrophe), Holly Walsh (The Other One), Helen Serafinowicz (Motherland), and Barunka O'Shaughnessy (Timewasters), Motherland returns with a Christmas special. Amanda (Lucy Punch) is hosting her Annual Seasonal Soiree, and Meg (Tanya Moodie) is the only one “officially” invited, but Julia (Anna Maxwell Martin), Kevin (Paul Ready) and Liz (Diane Morgan) don’t let that stop them.
 

When can I watch it and on what channel?

Motherland will air on BBC Two HD (CH 102) on Wednesday 23 December at 9pm.
 

Mrs Brown’s Boys Christmas Special

Brendan O’Carroll continues to delight and entertain as Agnes Brown, an Irish matriarch and widow, who loves to meddle in the lives of her immediate (and extended) family. The clan are adjusting to “the new normal”, but luckily, lockdown doesn’t make this bunch any less of a laugh.

When can I watch it and on what channel?

Mrs Brown’s Boys Christmas Special
 will air on BBC One HD (CH 101/108) on Christmas Day at 10pm.

Mrs Brown’s Boys New Year Special will air on BBC One HD (CH 101/108) on New Year’s Day at 10pm.

Upstart Crow: Lockdown Christmas 1603

Ben Elton’s Shakespearean comedy is given two Christmas specials, starring David Mitchell as the Bard and Gemma Whelan as Kate. The plague has hit London and Will and Kate are in wave 15 of state-enforced home confinement together in Will’s lodgings. As Kate bakes, paints and claps her way through it, Will attempts to pen his latest masterpiece, but he’s experiencing writer’s block.
 

When can I watch them and on what channel?

Upstart Crow: Lockdown Christmas 1603 will air on BBC Two HD (CH 102) on Monday 21 December at 9pm.
 

Not Going Out


This has quite literally been the year of not going out. The longest-running UK sitcom on-air provides a laugh-out-loud take on family life. We join Lee (Lee Mack), Lucy (Sally Bretton, Death In Paradise) and their family on New Year’s Eve as they share their resolutions… for each other. Fireworks are guaranteed!

When can I watch it and on what channel?

Not Going Out will air on BBC One HD (CH 101/108) on Wednesday 30 December at 9pm.
 

The Big Fat Quiz Of The Year 2020

We don’t know whether to laugh or to cry about 2020. It’s a year people actually dressed up as on Halloween because it was the “scariest thing they could think of”. Anything goes in this quiz, including why the name Sharon trended on Twitter and what present Kanye West bought Kim for her birthday this year. Question master Jimmy Carr is joined by a panel of celebrity quizzers as they compete to find out who remembers the most about the past 12 months, which we just tried to survive in one big blur. 
 

When can I watch it and on what channel?

The Big Fat Quiz Of The Year 2020 will air on Channel 4 HD (CH 104/141) on Boxing Day at 9.05pm.
 

Frankie Boyle’s 2020 New World Order

Frankie Boyle returns with his New World Order special to dissect the year that was 2020 – and what a year it was!
 

When can I watch it and on what channel?

Frankie Boyle’s 2020 New World Order will air on BBC Two HD (CH 102) on New Year’s Day at 10pm.
 

There’s Something About Christmas Movies

Rafe Spall, Guz Khan and Mo Gilligan join Tom Allen, Jennifer Saunders, Michael Sheen and host Alan Carr for a seasonal round of the movie quiz show. Apparently The Grinch receives the re-enactment treatment, which is enough to make our hearts grow two sizes too big.  
 

When can I watch it and on what channel?
There’s Something About Christmas Movies will air on Sky One/HD (CH 110/109) on Wednesday 16 December at 9pm.
 

A League Of Their Own: Christmas Party 2020

Join Jamie Redknapp, Freddie Flintoff, Romesh Ranganathan and a team of celebrity guests for holiday high jinks and sporting Christmas challenges.
 

When can I watch it and on what channel?
A League Of Their Own: Christmas Party 2020 will air on Sky One/HD (CH 110/109) on Thursday 17 December at 9pm.

 

The Russell Howard Christmas Hour

The comedian looks back on 2020 for a festive edition of his topical news show, leaving us laughing all the way.


When can I watch it and on what channel?
The Russell Howard Christmas Hour will air on Sky One/HD (CH 110/109) on Thursday 17 December at 10pm.

 

The Vicar Of Dibley In Lockdown


Join Geraldine Grainger (Dawn French) for three new 10-minute shows, or should we say, Zoom sessions. The Vicar has been getting to grips with technology to deliver sermons to her parishioners (and us)!
 

When can I watch it and on what channel?

A three-episode omnibus of The Vicar Of Dibley In Lockdown will air on BBC One HD (CH 101/108) on Wednesday 23 December at 11.50pm.

Pandemonium

In 2020, the Jessops’ plans, like everyone else’s, were scuppered. Instead of holidaying in sunny California, they’ve settled for Margate in December. Their youngest son films their family time as they attempt to salvage an unsalvageable year. Katherine Parkinson (The IT Crowd), Jim Howick (Sex Education), Alison Steadman (Gavin & Stacey), Tom Basen (After Life) and Tori Allen-Martin (Pure) star.
 

When can I watch it and on what channel?

Pandemonium will air on BBC One HD (CH 101/108) on Wednesday 30 December at 9.45pm. 
 

King Gary

The Butterchurn Crescent Christmas Light Display is meant to spread Christmas cheer, but Gary (Tom Davis) discovers his neighbours can’t afford the leccy bill. That’s when he takes matters into his own hands!
 

When can I watch it and on what channel?

King Gary will air on BBC One HD (CH 101/108) on Wednesday 23 December at 10pm.
 

The Goes Wrong Show: The Nativity


The Mischief Theatre Company, who are behind West End hits The Play That Goes Wrong and The Comedy About A Bank Robbery, brought us The Goes Wrong Show in January. Now, the fictional Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society is back to perform a nativity that, true to form, goes disastrously wrong (but don’t worry, it’s meant to). Written by and starring the founding Mischief Theatre Members, this special, where baby Jesus is eaten by a sheep, will leave you laughing into 2021.
 

When can I watch it and on what channel?

The Goes Wrong Show: The Nativity will air on BBC One HD (CH 101/108) on Tuesday 22 December at 7pm.
 


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Image credits: 

The Goes Wrong Show Nativity © Mischief Screen Limited / Gary Moyes

The Vicar Of Dibley In Lockdown © Tiger Aspect Productions Ltd - Photographer: Des Willie

Not Going Out © Avalon / Mark Johnson

Motherland © BBC / Merman

The Repair Shop At Christmas ©  Ricochet Ltd 

Mortimer And Whitehouse: Gone Christmas Fishing ©  Owl Power / John Garon

Would I Lie To You © Endemol Shine / Brian J Ritchie

The Hit List Special © Tuesday’s Child / Alan Peebles

Blankety Blank © Thames

Meet The Richardsons At Christmas © UKTV / Vish Sharma