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What to watch this Christmas

What to watch this Christmas

We’ve pulled together the best programmes to watch over the holidays, from stunning dramas and documentaries, to brilliant comedy and kids shows 

By Laura Rutkowski, Staff Writer

Tis the season… for TV! Great telly is here to spread festive cheer as we finish off the year! We won’t beat around the bush, 2020 has been challenging (to say the least), and we know this Christmas might be a lot different to the ones you’re used to.


Wherever you are for the holidays, whoever you’re spending them with and however you choose to celebrate, one thing is certain in this uncertain climate: Christmas TV. Every channel saves its very best fare for the end of December, and they’re pulling out all the stops to keep you entertained and laughing into the New Year.


Read on for our comprehensive Christmas guides before you make a beeline for the remote and settle into the sofa for the foreseeable!

New dramas Black Narcissus and The Serpent air this Christmas, as well as the highly-anticipated Call The Midwife, Doctor Who: Revolution Of The Daleks and allllll the soaps, featuring maximum excitement and explosive storylines.

Check out our drama TV guide for the best shows to watch this Christmas

What factual show is better to watch over the festivities than A Baby Reindeer’s First Christmas? Meerkat: A Dynasties Special, Penguins: Meet The Family and Cheetah Family & Me provide more furry fun, while Stephen Fry’s 21st Century Firsts, Marcus Rashford: Feeding Britain’s Children and The Savoy At Christmas inform and entertain.

Check out our documentary TV guide for the best shows to watch this Christmas


As well as the classics (Only Fools And Horses, The Royle Family), Ghosts, Not Going Out, Meet The Richardsons, Motherland and Birds Of A Feather (returning after three years) will leave you laughing until you cry. Join Dawn French for The Vicar Of Dibley In Lockdown and the Mischief Theatre Company for The Goes Wrong Show: The Nativity.

Check out our comedy TV guide for the best shows to watch this Christmas

There are loads of Christmas specials to enjoy, for The Repair Shop, Britain’s Got Talent, The Chase, First Dates and more! Blankety Blank makes its return, while you’ll also fall in love with new shows, including word-based quiz show Lingo and one-off special Tom Allen Goes To Town.


Check out our entertainment TV guide for the best shows to watch this Christmas

Our picks for children and families include Quentin Blake’s Clown, Zog And The Flying Doctors, Roald & Beatrix: The Tail Of The Curious Mouse and Jack & The Beanstalk: After Ever After.

Check out our kids TV guide for the best shows to watch this Christmas

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