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Your guide to the best family shows on TV this Christmas

Your guide to the best family shows on TV this Christmas

Your complete guide to the best festive TV to watch with your family, including specials and animations across all Virgin Media channels

By Virgin TV Edit

There’s nothing like sitting down as a family to watch great telly. That’s times a billion during Christmas when real life goes out of the window and you can just get together. And this year, there’s so much on TV for all ages.


There’s something for everyone in the family to enjoy this Christmas with Virgin TV, via live TV, On Demand, through our wide range of TV Apps or via TV Go.


Read on for all the information, including when to watch them, and keep checking back as we’ll be updating this page with new shows and programming as soon as it’s announced.


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The Amazing Mr Blunden – Sky Max

Watch The Amazing Mr Blunden at 7pm on Christmas Eve on Sky Max/HD (CH 122/121)

When the mum of London teenagers Jamie and Lucy takes a job as caretaker to the enigmatic Mr Blunden (Simon Callow) in an apparently haunted country house, they meet what they think are ghost children. But it’s far more mysterious (and worrying) than they ever imagined. Christmas magic awaits.


Shaun The Sheep: The Flight Before Christmas – BBC One

Watch Shaun The Sheep: The Flight Before Christmas at 6pm on Christmas Eve on BBC One HD (CH 101/108)

Everyone’s woolly favourite is back in a new half-hour special. A farmhouse raid to get bigger stockings for the Flock goes wrong, and Timmy goes missing. Can Shaun rescue Timmy and learn the true value of Christmas at the same time? You better baa-lieve it.


Terry Pratchett’s The Abominable Snow Baby – Channel 4

Watch Terry Pratchett’s The Abominable Snow Baby at 7.30pm on Christmas Day on Channel 4 HD (CH 104/141)

In this show based on one of the late Sir Terry’s bestselling short stories, an English town is thrown into disarray by a large snowfall… alongside the appearance of a 14-feet tall Abominable Snow Baby. Featuring the voices of Julie Walters, Hugh Dancy and David Harewood, it looks like a slice of heaven.


Worzel Gummidge – BBC One

Watch Worzel Gummidge at 7.15pm on Tuesday 28 December on BBC One HD (CH 101/108)

Everyone’s favourite scarecrow is back with a Christmas special double bill. In Twitchers, Worzel (Mackenzie Crook, who also writes and directs) gets excited when a storm blows in a flock of rare African birds, however his job isn’t made easy when local birdwatchers arrive at Scatterbrook Farm. And in Calliope Jane, Susan and John can’t wait for FR Peregrine’s Travelling Fairs to arrive, but Worzel is crestfallen he won’t be able to attend without being seen by other humans. But he has an ace up his sleeve – a magical organ with the power to send humans to sleep.


After Ever After: Hansel & Gretel – Sky Max

Watch After Ever After: Hansel & Gretel at 8pm on Thursday 23 December on Sky Max/HD (CH 122/121)

David Walliams, known for his wildly popular children's stories, takes on another great storyteller in this retelling of the famous Grimm tale. However, this one deals with the aftermath – what happened to Hansel and Gretel after they escaped the witch’s gingerbread house. Also starring Sheridan Smith and Mark Addy.


Superworm – BBC One

Watch Superworm at 2.30pm on Christmas Day on BBC One HD (CH 101/108)

Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler animated stories are as much a part of Christmas as turkey and sprouts these days. And this is a good’un. Superworm (voiced by Matt Smith) is a big-hearted hero who always takes the credit for saving the day. But what happens when he himself is kidnapped. Narrated by Olivia Colman.


The Voice Kids – ITV

Watch The Voice Kids at at 7.30pm on Monday 27 December on ITV HD (CH 103/113)

Former Spice Girl Melanie C joins the judging panel alongside Pixie Lott, and Danny Jones for this new series of the young’uns version of the popular singing show. Acts are aged from 7 to 14 (going on 30, some of them) as they try to get the judges to spin round those famous red chairs.


Doctor Who – BBC One

Watch Doctor Who: Eve Of The Daleks at 7pm on New Year’s Day on BBC One HD (CH 101/108)

As much a part of the festive season as family arguments and overcooked turkey. Following the events in six-parter Doctor Who: Flux, The Doctor (Jodie Whittaker) begins her journey to regeneration in the first of three 2022 specials. The second will be released in the spring, while her final encounter will air in the autumn.


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