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The 14 specials you have to watch this Christmas

Your 14 essential shows this Christmas

Your 14 essential shows this Christmas

Here’s your guide to the very best festive specials 

So many Christmas specials, so little time to research whether or not you simply have to watch them. If only someone would wade through all the options and make a shortlist of the shows that rise above the others…

Your Virgin TV Christmas Guide

Oh wait, what’s this? We’re pleased to report that someone actually has – and it’s us! We’ve scoured through all the festive TV listings, sorted the excellent from the merely very good and come up with Virgin TV’s 14 Essential Shows of Christmas 2017.


There are some real must-see moments in store, from meeting the 13th Doctor to the return of our favourite Bake Off contestants (hi Selasi!). Not going to be in when some of these are on? Don’t worry – you can either record them and save for later, or find them in Catch Up TV. 

Follow our lead 

Want more festive films, TV and sport? Check out our Christmas homepage!

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Image credits: Doctor Who © BBC/BBC Worldwide - Photographer: Ray Burmiston, Mary, Mel And Sue's Big Christmas Thank You © BBC Studios – Photographer: Emilie Sandy, The Snow Queen © BBC - Photographer: Ray Burmiston, The League Of Gentlemen © BBC – Photographer: Ben Blackall, The Highway Rat © Magic Light Pictures, Call The Midwife © Neal Street Productions – Photographer: Nicky Johnston