Christmas TV Guide – best shows to watch and when they’re on!

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Here’s your ultimate Christmas TV Guide to all the very best Christmas TV specials and Christmas shows coming your way over the festive period.

Highlights include a Call the Midwife Christmas special, a new Worzel Gummidge, the return of Doctor Who and a Gavin & Stacey special on Christmas Day – the first episode for nearly a decade.

Christmas TV Guide – here are the best Christmas specials and Christmas shows and what channels and times they’re on…

Christmas TV Guide – CHRISTMAS EVE

The Tiger Who Came to Tea, C4, Christmas Eve, 7.30pm

The Tiger Who Came to Tea C4 Christmas

A starry cast lend their voices to this animation based on the late Judith Kerr’s beloved children’s book. David Walliams narrates as young Sophie (Clara Ross) and her Mummy (Tamsin Greig) sit down to tea and receive an unexpected visit from a tiger (David Oyelowo). Benedict Cumberbatch is Daddy.

Take off with Bradley and Holly, BBC1, Christmas Eve, 8.00pm

Take Off with Bradley and Holly

Take Off with Bradley and Holly is a highlight of BBC1’s Christmas Eve schedule

Bradley Walsh and Holly Willoughby join forces for this extravaganza that will see members of a studio audience getting the chance to win 
a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Lapland.

Cinderella: After Ever After, Sky One/Now TV, Christmas Eve, 8pm

Sian Gibson and David Walliams are Cinderella and Prince Charming in this star-studded comedy. Newlywed Cinders is disappointed that her groom is more interested in his own image and floss-dancing 
than her, and she soon has to save the King (Sir Tom Courtenay) 
from her wicked stepmother, Madame Blackheart (Celia Imrie).

Gareth Malone’s Christmas Concert, BBC2, Christmas Eve, 9pm

Gareth Malone puts on a Christmas concert.

Not Going Out Christmas Special, BBC1, Christmas Eve, 10pm

Not Going Out Christmas special 2019

Christmas TV Guide highlight: Lee and Lucy in more festive madness

Lee and Lucy have a quiet and peaceful Christmas… oh no they don’t!

Martin’s Close, BBC4, Christmas Eve, 10pm

Peter Capaldi in Christmas 2019's Martin's Close on BBC4

Former Doctor Who star Peter Capaldi in Martin’s Close

Mark Gatiss adapts 
MR James’ ghost story about a man accused 
of murder whose victim is seen after her death. Peter Capaldi stars.

QI: Quizmas, BBC2, 10pm

Sandi Toksvig fronts a festive edition

Christmas TV Guide – CHRISTMAS DAY

The Snail and the Whale, BBC1, Christmas Day, 2.30pm

Snail in The Snail and The Whale, BBC Christmas 2019

Christmas TV Guide highlight – The Snail and The Whale promises to be a Christmas Day treat for all the family

The BBC’s adaptations of writer Julia Donaldson and illustrator Axel Scheffler’s children’s books have become firm festive favourites and 
this year’s animation of their popular 2003 story will be no exception. Narrated by Dame Diana Rigg, the plot follows 
an ambitious snail (voiced by Sally Hawkins) who tries to fulfil her dream of seeing the world by hitching a ride on a humpback whale (Rob Brydon).

Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special, BBC1, Christmas Day, 4.40pm

Strictly Come Dancing 2019 Christmas special

Debbie McGee returns to the ballroom for the Christmas Day Strictly Come Dancing special

Past contestants Gemma Atkinson, Mark Wright, Debbie McGee, Chizzy Akudolu, Joe Sugg and Richard Arnold put on their dancing shoes again in a bid 
to be crowned the champion of 
this year’s all-
star special.

Michael McIntyre’s 
Big Christmas Show, BBC1, Christmas Day, 6pm

Michael McIntyre pointing to a sign saying Michael McIntyre's Big Show

Michael McIntyre will have a festive edition of his big show

Michael’s seasonal showcase includes him bravely waking up Strictly’s Craig Revel Horwood 
for a special Christmassy Midnight Gameshow!

Call the Midwife Christmas Special, BBC1, Christmas Day, 7.00pm

Call the Midwife Christmas 2019 special showing the midwives surrounded by sheep

Watch out for those sheep! The Call the Midwife Christmas special sees the midwives head to the Outer Hebrides

The annual festive trip to Nonnatus House finds the midwives and nuns dealing with an influenza outbreak, but formidable Mother Mildred (Miriam Margolyes) has a plan to take the team to the Outer Hebrides to set up a much-needed branch house and antenatal clinic…

Christmas TV Guide - Call the Midwife Christmas special cast holding cute babies 2019

Bless! Nurses Valerie, Trixie and Lucille pose with babies in the festive episode

The Great Christmas Bake Off, C4, Christmas Day, 7.10pm

Even Paul Hollywood musters up some seasonal cheer as he and fellow judge 
Prue Leith set some Christmas-themed challenges to a quartet of former contestants – 2017’s Tom Hetherington and Yan Tsou and 2018’s Briony Williams and Terry Hartill. Meanwhile, a New Year edition sees the cast of Derry Girls showing of their baking skills.

Gavin & Stacey, BBC1, Christmas Day, 8.30pm

Christmas TV Guide - Gavin & Stacey Christmas 2019 first picture

Christmas TV Guide highlight! Yes, they’re back at last!!

Oh, what’s occurrin’?! Only the hugely anticipated return of the award-
winning comedy! Nearly a decade after we last saw lovebirds Gavin (Mathew Horne) and Stacey (Joanna Page), writers Ruth Jones and James Corden, who also play Nessa and Smithy, give fans a Christmas gift as the Shipmans from Billericay head to Barry Island to celebrate 
the festive season with the Wests.

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Mrs Brown’s Boys, BBC1, Christmas Day, 10.30pm

Mrs Brown's Boys Christmas 2019

Prepare for Christmas Day madness with Mrs B!

Mammy (Brendan O’Carroll) is back for more Christmas chaos! Agnes’ loved ones are tired of her interfering ways and, in a twist 
on the film It’s a Wonderful Life, she discovers what things would have been like if she’d never been born. Coronation Street legend Kevin Kennedy features as an angel! A New Year instalment 
then finds Winnie (Eilish O’Carroll) on tenterhooks as a woman she believes 
is a poisoner is released from jail!

Christmas TV Guide – BOXING DAY

Mimi and the Mountain Dragon, BBC1, Boxing Day, 3.20pm

Mimi and the Mountain Dragon

Christmas TV Guide highlight: Mimi and the Mountain Dragon

An enchanting animation of Sir Michael Morpurgo’s book about a girl trying to get a baby dragon home.

Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs, ITV, Boxing Day, 6pm

Mr O’Grady pays his annual Christmas visit to Battersea Dogs & Cats Home.

Worzel Gummidge, BBC1, Boxing Day, 6.20pm

Worzel Gummidge Christmas 2019

Christmas TV Guide highlight – Mackenzie Crook stars as Worzel Gummidge

Scatterbrook Farm’s most famous resident returns as Mackenzie Crook writes and stars in a two-part version of Barbara Euphan Todd’s tales about a talking scarecrow. When lovable Worzel befriends young Susan (India Brown) and John (Thierry Wickens), can they fix some worrying changes in the natural world?

Paddington: The Man Behind the Bear, BBC2, Boxing Day, 9pm

Paddington: The Man Behind the Bear

Michael Bond with Paddington (Getty images)

A one-off documentary tells the fascinating story behind how, in 1958, the late writer Michael Bond 
created the much-loved bear from Peru.

Susan Hill’s Ghost Story, Channel 5, Boxing Day, 9pm

Susan Hill's Ghost Story star Douglas Hensall

Shetland’s Douglas Henshall stars in this spooky story based on Susan Hill’s chilling novel The Small Hand. He plays antique book dealer Adam Snow, who’s haunted by the ghost of a young boy and suffers from terrible nightmares. But a secret from Adam’s own childhood soon starts to emerge…

More Christmas TV specials and shows to look forward to…

Doctor Who, BBC1, New Year’s Day, 6.55pm

Christmas TV Guide - Doctor Who is back for series 12

Christmas TV Guide highlight – Jodie and co return for series 12

The TARDIS will touch down again as Jodie Whittaker’s Time Lord returns for a spectacular new series. Graham (Bradley Walsh), Ryan (Tosin Cole) and Yaz (Mandip Gill) are all back, and while showrunner Chris Chibnall is tight-lipped about plot details, we’re sure it will 
be action-packed and feature rip-roaring fun. Exciting guest stars include Stephen Fry and Lenny Henry.

A Christmas Carol, BBC1, Saturday 22nd December, 9pm

Former Neighbours star Guy Pearce as Scrooge in A Christmas Carol

Christmas TV Guide highlight – Former Neighbours star Guy Pearce as Scrooge in A Christmas Carol

Neighbours star turned Hollywood A-lister Guy Pearce plays curmudgeonly Ebenezer Scrooge in a spellbinding three-part adaptation of Charles Dickens’ festive classic from 
writer Steven Knight (Peaky Blinders). The impressive cast also includes Stephen Graham, Charlotte Riley and Andy Serkis.

Ghost of Christmas Past (Andy Serkis)

Ghost of Christmas Past (Andy Serkis)

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Dancing on Ice 
at Christmas, ITV, Sunday 22nd December, 7pm, ITV

Ahead of the return of the ice-skating contest early next year, a festive edition sees the new class of celebs, including Michael Barrymore and Corrie’s Lisa George, take to the ice for the first time with their professional partners. Also, mentors and skating legends Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean will perform a sensational routine.

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Dracula, BBC1, New Year’s Day, 9pm

Dracula first look

Christmas TV Guide – Claes Bang as the famous vampire

Sherlock creators Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss 
bring back another famous character in this three-part drama. Danish actor Claes Bang plays the vampire who journeys from Transylvania to embark on sinister adventures in Victorian London. While many elements of the story stay true to Bram Stoker’s novel, expect some new twists.

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The Trial of Christine Keeler, BBC1, Sunday 29th December, 9pm

The Trial of Christine Keeler BBC2

The Trial of Christine Keeler

An intriguing six-part drama explores the Profumo scandal of the early 1960s. Rising star Sophie Cookson takes centre stage as teenage showgirl Christine Keeler, who befriends society osteopath 
Stephen Ward (James Norton). But when Stephen introduces Christine to Tory MP John Profumo (Ben Miles), their affair has far-reaching consequences…

Ball and Boe: A Very 
Merry Christmas, ITV, Friday 20th December, 9.30pm

Alfie Boe and Michael Ball ITV Christmas 2019

More festive fun with Alfie and Michael

Musical friends Michael Ball and Alfie Boe team up again for a special packed with songs and seasonal cheer. “Yes, Christmas has come early,” Michael tells us. “The line-up with Dame Shirley, Luke Evans and Gregory Porter just says Christmas, doesn’t it? I’m hoping Gregory will do something from the Nat King Cole era.”

Still Open All Hours, BBC1, 23rd December, 8.30pm

Granville in Still Open All Hours 2019 Christmas special

There’s more Granville mayhem this Christmas!

A festive episode of the sitcom sees Granville (Sir David Jason) trying to bring some magic to Christmas…

Gordon, Gino and Fred 
Christmas Road Trip: 3 Unwise Men, ITV, Monday 23rd December, 9pm

“Wise Men” Gordon Ramsay, Gino D’Acampo and Fred Sirieix face cookery challenges during an adventure in Morocco.

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Snow Cats and Me, BBC2, Saturday 29th December, 8pm

Gordon with snow cat cubs

Wildlife cameraman Gordon Buchanan visits Russia to help rescue lynx from the fur and pet trades.

The Goes Wrong Show: 
The Spirit of Christmas, BBC1, Monday 23rd December, 7.30pm

The Mischief theatre group returns with another of 
their comic disasters as they stage a charming tale about Santa – with farcical consequences!

Miranda: My Such Fun 
Celebration, BBC1, New Year’s Day, 5.45pm

Miranda My Such Fun Celebration

Christmas TV Guide highlight: Miranda’s back for more fun and games!

A decade on from the debut of her sitcom, Miranda 
Hart gallops back onto our screens to host this reunion with the cast sharing some lovely memories.

Bancroft, ITV, New Year’s Day, 9pm

Sarah Parish in Bancroft

Sarah Parish is back in Bancroft

Sarah Parish returns as the murderous detective in the crime thriller but how far will she go to protect her son Joe (Adam Long) when he’s accused of murder?

Jane’s Christmas Spectacular, Channel 5, Saturday 21st December, Channel 5, 9.20pm

This is the first of three Christmas shows from Jane McDonald, with a Cruising Special to follow on Christmas Eve and Jane on Friends on New Year’s Eve.

Dame Edna Rules the Waves, BBC1, New Year’s Eve, 9.05pm

The housewife superstar takes to the high seas in her luxury yacht as she welcomes aboard famous guests including Sharon Osbourne and Nile Rodgers.

Our Christmas TV Guide will be updated as more shows are announced and the days and times they’re on are revealed.

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