Lizzy Dening

The Yours guide to Christmas TV!

Lizzy Dening
The Yours guide to Christmas TV!

Want to know what’s on TV this Christmas? We’ve got you covered! Everything from Birds of a Feather to Call the Midwife; Little Women to Dynasty, here’s our pick of the top festive telly. Click each programme for more information, and we’ll keep them updated with times and dates when they are released.

Call the Midwife Christmas special, BBC1, Christmas Day, 7.40pm


The gang are back for a snowy special, set in the freezing winter of 1962. Watch the trailer here and find out about the newest cast member. 

French and Saunders, BBC1, Christmas Day, 10.35pm


The pair are back for a festive special marking their 30th anniversary and we can’t wait! It will feature old, unseen and new clips. There will be a Poldark parody, featuring its real stars Jack Farthing (George Warleggan) and Eleanor Tomlinson (Demelza). There will also be a spoof of Gogglebox, featuring French and Saunders as elderly friends Mary and Marina. 

The Queen's Speech, BBC1, Christmas Day, 3pm

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One of our favourite festive traditions, Her Majesty will give her annual speech at 3pm on BBC1, ITV, Sky One and Sky News. Channel 4 will offer an alternative speech, which has yet to be announced. We imagine the Queen will mention Prince Harry's recent engagement.

Watch the first ever Queen's Speech here:

Crooked House, Channel 5, December 17th at 9pm


Great news for Downton Abbey fans - Julian Fellowes has written a script for this classic Agatha Christie mystery, and it has many of the elements we loved about Downton. 

Birds of a Feather Christmas special, ITV, Monday 18th December


A one-off festive special featuring our favourite threesome!

The Great Christmas Bake Off, Channel Four

There will be two special festive episodes featuring some old favourite bakers. Find out who!

Paul O'Grady For The Love of Dogs, ITV, Christmas Day 7pm


There will be special seasonal stories guaranteed to warm even the frostiest cockles with Yours favourite, Paul. Plus we've heard a rumour that he might have found his latest pet...

John Noakes: TV Hero, BBC2, 5.30pm December 9th


A tribute that looks back at the Blue Peter presenter's best moments.

Surprise Party with Mary Berry, Mel and Sue, BBC1, Christmas Eve, 7pm

Bake Off fans will also love seeing these three reunite for this heart-warming programme. Find out about their festive mission. 

Our Friend Victoria, BBC1, Saturday 23rd, 9.30pm

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Hosted by friend and colleague Anne Reid, this programme will look back at some of Victoria Wood's funniest festive moments.

Saturday Morning with James Martin at Christmas, ITV, Saturday 16 December (also on the ITV Hub)

We all miss Saturday Kitchen, but Saturday Morning with James Martin has been a worthy replacement. This Christmas will see a special festive episode including Ian Beale from Eastenders and chef Paul Rankin joining James at home.

Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special, BBC1, Christmas Day, 6.30pm


There will be returning contestants and even a Royal visit! 

Mrs Brown’s Boys Christmas special, BBC1

The madcap family are back for festive frolics! Read all about why we love the silly show so much. 

The Miniaturist, BBC1, Boxing Day, 9pm (concludes following evening)

New drama based on the best-selling book, it will follow a young wife in 17th century Amsterdam who begins receiving strange doll’s house items relating to her life.

Cinderella, BBC1, Christmas Day, 3.10pm

You shall go to the ball! The Beeb are showing the 2015 live action film of Cinderella, starring Downton's Lily James, after the Queen's Speech on Christmas Day.

Little Women, BBC, Boxing Day, 8pm


A gorgeous new adaptation of the classic tale, over three episodes. Discover its Call the Midwife connection and see the first images by clicking through. 

Watch the trailer here:

Judi Dench's Secret Woodland, BBC1

Oscar award winning Dame Judy Dench is set to bring her passion for trees and nature to BBC this December, with a one hour special which explores the way our seasons change. 

Victoria, ITV, Christmas Day 9pm

We're already big fans of this period drama, and we can't wait to see Prince Albert bringing his festive German traditions to Blighty - after all, we have him to thank for Christmas trees! There's also one scene its writer, Daisy Goodwin, has said viewers 'won't believe is true', but promises that it is... something to look out for!

Watch the trailer here:

All Star Musicals, ITV

Seven celebrities, including Tony Robinson and Rebecca Front, will deliver a musical showstopper at the London Palladium – they are so brave!

The Old People’s Home for 4 Year Olds, Channel 4

If you loved this series earlier in the year (frankly, we’ve only just stopped weeping!) you’re sure to adore this festive special which sees the little elves reminding pensioners about the magic of Christmas.

Tommy Cooper Forever, ITV3, w/c 9-15 TBC

A brand new documentary about one of our favourite entertainers.

Darcey Bussell: Looking for Fred Astaire, BBC One, Thursday 21st December, 10.45pm


The Strictly judge goes to America to discover more about the dancer and actor, including the women who helped him to the top!

The Reindeer Family and Me, BBC2, Boxing Day, 8pm

Wildlife film maker Gordon Buchanan heads off to the Arctic circle to learn more about reindeer and how they help the ancient Sami people survive the hard winters.

Snow Bears, BBC1, Boxing Day, 6.30pm


A true tale following two adorable polar bear cubs on their journey across the icy North Pole. Gorgeous footage including reindeer, narwhals, walrus and arctic foxes.

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Miranda Does Christmas, Channel 4, Wednesday 27th, 9pm

Miranda Hart gathers together celebrities, including David Tennant, Prue Leith and Dam Smith to celebrate the festive season.

Eric, Ernie and Me, BBC4


The story of Morecambe and Wise from the perspective of their scriptwriter Eddie Braben. Eddie will be played by Stephen Tompkinson, will Eric Morecambe will be Line of Duty's Mark Bonnar and Ernie Wise will be Neil Maskell.

Doctor Who, BBC1, Christmas Day, 5.30pm

Watch reigning Doctor Peter Capaldi hand over to Jodie Whittaker – we’re excited to see Yours favourite Bradley Walsh joining her as a companion.