Our Pick Of The Best Christmas TV

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  • 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

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