Our Pick Of The Best Christmas TV

Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special

Claudia Winkleman and Tess Daly host the Christmas spectacular with six former contestants returning to the dance floor. Let the show-stopping moves commence.

Christmas Day at 6:30pm, BBC One 

French and Saunders

Thirty years after they paired up for their first sketch show, Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders return to out screens for one more episode. Expect spoofs of shows including The Handmaid’s Tale and Love Island.

Christmas Day at 10:35pm, BBC One


Little Women

Follow sisters Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy March on their journey from childhood to adulthood in this three-part adaptation. The all-star cast includes Angela Lansbury, Michael Gambon and Emily Watson.

The first episode airs on Boxing Day at 8pm, BBC One

Grandpa’s Great Escape

David Walliams brings his children’s book to life with a cast including Tom Courtenay and Jennifer Saunders. The story tells the tale of a WWII flying ace, who now has Alzheimer’s.

New Year’s Day at 6:55pm, BBC One

Miranda Does Christmas

Miranda Hart hosts her very own Christmas party with a selection of special guests. Plus, she shares tips on how to survive the festive season.

Wednesday 27th December at 9pm, Channel 4

Mary, Mel & Sue’s Big Christmas Thank You

Mel and Sue give a community centre a makeover, while Mary cooks dinner for the residents.

Christmas Eve at 7pm, BBC One


Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs

Paul visits Battersea Dogs and Cats Home to find the canine residents a new home.

Christmas Day at 7pm, ITV


Call the Midwife Christmas Special

This year’s festive offering sees the nuns and midwives of Nonnatus House battling one of Britain’s coldest winters on record – and they’ve got their work cut out. With Jenny Agutter and Stephen McGann, plus Anita Dobson.

Christmas Day at 7:40pm, BBC One


The Great British Bake Off Christmas Special

The Bake Off gang reunite for two hour-long specials, each of which sees four past contestants go head to head in three seasonal challenges.

Christmas Day at 7:40pm, and Monday 1st January at 7:40pm, Channel 4