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Christmas TV is simply as huge part of the festive season as consuming an excessive amount of and making a idiot of your self on the workplace celebration.

So right here’s our information to the perfect festive (and not-so-festive) programming coming to TV, streaming and On Demand over the month of December.

We’ll replace this record as new programmes are introduced, and dates and occasions are confirmed, so verify again commonly.

Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Particular

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Strictly Come Dancing Christmas particular: which celebrities are dancing and when is it on BBC One?

What’s it? Six former Strictly contestants are returning to the dance flooring for this yr’s festive particular – specifically Ann Widdecombe, Anita Rani, Caroline Flack, Aston Merrygold, Jake Wooden, and Michael Vaughan – with common hosts Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman topping up the festive enjoyable. With a Christmas dance theme of fairy tales and making goals come true, what is going to the professionals provide you with?

The place and when can I watch it? BBC One, Christmas Day, 5.30pm

Physician Who Christmas Particular

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What’s it? The annual spectacle of the Physician Who Christmas Particular returns as soon as once more this yr; the primary with Jodie Whittaker’s Physician on the helm of the shiny new Tardis. There have been rumours the particular had been cancelled, with author Chris Chibnall being misquoted as saying “I feel we’d have overmined each single factor about Christmas in Physician Who.” Fortunately, these phrases have been truly spoken by earlier author Steven Moffat final yr.

The place and when can I watch it? BBC One, New Yr’s Day, 7pm

Superstar Lego Masters at Christmas

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What’s it? What might be higher than the already feel-good format of LEGO followers constructing superb creations, Bake Off-style? A load of celebrities doing it with a festive twist. That is positive to be a heart-warming method to kick off your Christmas telly binge.

The place and when can I watch it? December 11, Channel four, 8pm

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Mark Kermode’s Christmas Cinema Secrets and techniques

What’s it? Mark Kermode’s genre-busting take a look at the historical past of cinema proved so common earlier within the yr that the BBC opted to maintain it round on iPlayer for an entire yr. This festive version probes into the workings of Christmas movies particularly, wanting on the conventions and tropes that make them so beloved by hundreds of thousands yr after yr.

The place and when can I watch it? BBC 4, December 20, 9pm

The Crystal Maze Christmas Particular

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What’s it? Richard Ayoade hss reinvented The Crystal Maze since taking up as host in his personal uniquely humorous means. No phrase but on simply which celebrities might be stepping as much as the plate come this yr’s Christmas particular, however you possibly can make certain that the format of the present will pressure them into some fairly uncomfortable duties.

The place and when can I watch it? Channel four (date TBC)

The Nice Christmas Bake Off

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What’s it? There’s no phrase but on who is perhaps getting into the tent for the festive version of the favored baking present. However final yr’s particular introduced us eight bakers from earlier collection returning to go face to face in seasonal challenges to seek out out who was prime of the tree as Star Baker.

The place and when can I watch it? Channel four (date TBC)

Love Island: The Christmas Particular

What’s it? When will the bubble burst for ITV’s exceedingly common actuality present? Hopefully not over the Christmas interval when you’re the bosses of ITV, who’re bringing us a particular, festive reunion that includes viewers’ favourites from collection passed by. Anticipate the contestants to be sporting a couple of extra layers than they did in the summertime warmth.

The place and when can I watch it? ITV2 (date TBC)

Watership Down

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Watership Down: BBC remake launch date, forged and the whole lot we all know thus far

What’s it? This new animated co-production between the BBC and Netflix is bringing Richard Adams’ beloved story again to our screens, with a two-part TV adaptation that boasts a exceptional forged. James McAvoy and Nicholas Hoult voice group-leading brothers Hazel and Fiver, Bigwig can be performed by Star Wars’ John Boyega, whereas Gemma Arterton and Olivia Colman voice Clover and Strawberry. Oh, and Sir Ben Kingsley is on board because the fearsome Basic too. The creators say it might be extra family-friendly than the traumatising ’70s movie – however don’t anticipate it to draw back from the darkness utterly.

The place and when can I watch it? BBC One, December 22, 7.30pm

Prime of the Pops Christmas Particular

What’s it? A tipsy, post-Christmas dinner custom on this author’s household, the annual Prime of the Pops particular rounds up the most important tracks of the yr, and proves a useful primer for many who might not have adopted the pop world for the earlier 12 months. There will even be an identical round-up on New Yr’s Day.

The place and when can I watch it? BBC Two, Christmas Day, 12.30pm


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What’s it? This vibrant new animation from Magic Mild Studios – the makers of The Gruffalo – tells the story of an accident-prone dragon voiced by Lenny Henry, who leads a forged that additionally options Tracey Ullman and Package Harington.

The place and when can I watch it? BBC One, Christmas Day, four.50pm

Les Misérables

What’s it? Andrew Davies’ non-musical six-part adaptation of Victor Hugo’s 19th-Century literary basic just isn’t more likely to disappoint, and the forged boasts a number of stars that you simply’ll have seen on huge and small display, together with Olivia Colman, Dominic West, Lily Collins, and David Oyelowo.

The place and when can I watch it? December 30, BBC One, 9pm

Fortitude Season three

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What’s it? Fortitude will get you feeling suitably chilly in time for Christmas; simply don’t anticipate the psychological thriller thriller to convey you conventional good tidings. Set within the fictional Arctic Norwegian settlement of Fortitude, the present performs out like a frost-bitten Twin Peaks with added horror, full with violent outbursts and all method of unusual goings on.

The place and when can I watch it? Sky Atlantic and NOW TV, December 6

The Lengthy Track

What’s it?  An adaptation of the award-winning novel of the identical identify, The Lengthy Track comes with a star studded forged that features Sir Lenny Henry, Agent Carter actress Hayley Atwell and King Charles III star Tamara Lawrance. The the three-part collection tells a narrative of affection, hope, ardour, survival and willpower on a plantation in Jamaica.

The place and when can I watch it? December 18, BBC One, 9pm

The Lifeless Room

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What’s it? The custom of the Christmas ghost story is revived by Mark Gatiss, who pens this eerie story set inside a radio studio and starring Simon Callow and Bodyguard‘s Anjli Mohindra. Anticipate issues to go bump on the night time earlier than Christmas.

The place and may I watch it? BBC 4, Christmas Eve, 10pm

The Midnight Gang

Filming has begun on the TV adaptation of my youngsters’s ebook ‘The Midnight Gang’. I play the headmaster. Will probably be on @BBCOne at Christmas.

— David Walliams (@davidwalliams) September 25, 2018

What’s it? One other Christmas, one other one-off comedy-drama particular based mostly on considered one of David Walliams greatest promoting youngsters’s books. This time, it’s the flip of The Midnight Gang, which tells the story of 5 youngsters and their quest for journey. Walliams shall be enjoying a dastardly headmaster within the live-action adaptation, the seventh of the comic’s books to be delivered to tv screens.

The place and when can I watch it? BBC One, Boxing Day, 7.30pm

The ABC Murders

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What’s it? What higher time than Christmas for a little bit of homicide thriller? Particularly one which options such a stellar forged. It’s a return to screens from Hercule Poirot, and moving into the position because the Belgian detective is none aside from Hollywood legend John Malkovich. Rupert Grint additionally joins the forged for a narrative that tells the story of the legendary detective on the hunt for a serial killer recognized solely as “A.B.C.” in an adaptation of Agatha Christie’s well-known 1936 novel.

The place and when can I watch it? BBC One, Boxing Day, 9pm

Luther Collection 5

What’s it? Idris Elba returns because the maverick detective within the BBC’s most hard-hitting of sleuthing collection, joined as soon as once more by Alice Morgan, the serial killer performed by Ruth Wilson, regardless of followers believing she had died on the finish of season 4.

The place and when can I watch it? New Yr’s Day, BBC One, 9pm

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Nightflyers: the whole lot we all know concerning the new Netflix present from George R. R. Martin

What’s it? Based mostly on a novella that George R. R. Martin wrote in 1980 – the Recreation of Thrones writer serves as an government producer on the present – Nightflyers tells the story of eight scientists and a strong telepath who embark on an expedition to the sting of the Photo voltaic System within the hope of contacting alien life. They’re a tight-knit crew aboard the titular spacecraft, however when terrifying and violent occasions start to happen, they begin to query one another – surviving the journey proves more durable than anybody thought. It’s anticipated to hit Netflix in December.

The place and when can I watch it? Netflix (date TBC)

Better of the remaining: extra highlights of the Christmas and New Yr 2018 TV schedules

December 7
Canine of Berlin (Netflix)
The Hook Up Plan (Netflix)
Neo Yokio: Pink Christmas (Netflix)

December 12
Previous Individuals’s Residence for four Yr Olds at Christmas (Channel four, 9pm)
Store Properly for Much less? Christmas Particular (BBC One, 8pm)

December 14
Fuller Home: Season four (Netflix)
Sunderland Until I Die (Netflix)
Tidelands (Netflix)
Voltron: Legendary Defender: Season four (Netflix)

December 16
BBC Sports activities Character of the Yr (BBC One, 7pm)
Greatest Christmas Ever (ITV, 9pm)
Movie star Chase Christmas Particular (ITV, 8pm)
Inside Hamleys at Christmas (Channel 5, 8pm)

December 17
Hazard Mouse Christmas Particular (CBBC)
Meals Unwrapped Does Christmas (Channel four, 10pm)
Lengthy Misplaced Household Christmas Reunion (ITV, 9pm)

December 18
Dennis and Gnasher Christmas Particular (CBBC)
Gogglesprogs Christmas Particular (Channel four, 8pm)
QI Christmas Particular (BBC Two, 10pm)
Thumbelina (CBeebies)
The Undateables : A Festive Proposal (Channel four, 9pm)

December 19
Think about… Andrea Levy: Her Island Story (BBC One, 10.45pm)
Insert Identify Right here Christmas Particular (BBC Two, 10pm)
Jamie’s Fast and Straightforward Christmas (Channel four, 8pm)
World’s Most Costly Christmas Dinners (Channel four, 9pm)

December 20
Blue Peter Christmas Particular (CBBC, 5.30pm)
Movie star Name Centre Christmas Particular (Channel four, 8pm)
Reside on the Apollo Christmas Particular (BBC Two, 10pm)
Micky Flanagan Xmas Spectacular (NOW TV)
The Misadventures of Romesh Ranganathan: The Arctic (BBC Two, 9pm)
Mock the Week Christmas Particular (BBC Two, 10.30pm)
The Secret Lifetime of the Zoo at Christmas (Channel four, 8pm)

December 21
100 Years of King’s Carols (BBC One, 7pm)
three Under: Tales of Arcadia (Netflix)
Massive Narstie’s Huge Christmas (Channel four, 10pm)
Superstar Mastermind (BBC One, eight.30pm)
Diablero (Netflix)
The Final Leg Christmas Particular (Channel four, 9pm)
Not Going Out Reside Particular (BBC One, 9pm)

December 22
Dreaming of a Jewish Christmas (BBC 4, 11.35pm)

December 23
Maintain the Sundown Christmas Particular (BBC One, 6.20pm)
What Would Your Child Do? Christmas Particular (ITV)
The Younger Offenders Christmas Particular (BBC One, 11.15pm)

December 24
Dangerous Transfer Christmas Particular (ITV, eight.30pm)

December 25
All Collectively Now Celebrities (BBC One, 12.30pm)
Name the Midwife Christmas Particular (BBC One, 7.45pm)
Christmas Morning Stay from Oldham Parish Church (BBC One)
Michael McIntyre’s Huge Christmas Present (BBC One, 6.45pm)
Mrs. Brown’s Boys Christmas Particular (BBC One, 10.15pm)
The Queen’s Christmas Broadcast (BBC One/ITV, 3pm)

December 28
Take That and Us (BBC One, 7pm)

December 29
The Keith and Paddy Image Present Christmas Particular (ITV, 10pm)
Kirstie’s Handmade Christmas 2018 (Channel four, 8pm)

December 30
Andrew Davies: Rewriting the Classics (BBC 4, 10.05pm)
Spy within the Snow (BBC One, 7pm)

December 31
Jools Annual Hootenanny (BBC Two)
Raymond Briggs: Snowmen, Bogeymen & Milkmen (BBC Two, 9pm)

January 1
Insanity Rocks Huge Ben Stay (BBC One, 12.10am)
Mrs Brown’s Boys: New Yr Particular (BBC One, 10pm)

Dates to be confirmed:

A League of their Personal Christmas Celebration 2018 (Sky One/NOW TV)
Billy Connolly: Made in Scotland (BBC Two)
Youngster Genius V Celebrities Christmas Particular (Channel four)
Christmas Sky with Chris and Michaela (BBC Two)
Click on & Gather (BBC One)
Coronation Road (ITV)
Scrumptious: Season three (Sky One/NOW TV)
EastEnders (BBC One)
Emmerdale (ITV)
First Dates Christmas Particular (Channel four)
Flinch (Netflix)
For Information Sake Christmas Particular (BBC One)
The Gadget Present Christmas Particular (Channel 5)
Goodness Gracious Me – 20 years innit! (BBC Two)
Gordon Buchanan’s Bringing Up Grizzly (BBC Two)
Comfortable New Yr, Colin Burstead (BBC Two)
Contained in the Christmas Manufacturing unit: Chocolate Assortments (BBC Two)
The Jonathan Ross Present Christmas Particular (ITV)
Ken Dodd: How Tickled We Have been (BBC Two)
Kirstie’s Handmade Christmas (Channel four)
Mary Berry’s Christmas Get together (BBC One)
Mary Berry’s Nation Home at Christmas (BBC Two)
Nadiya’s Celebration Feasts (BBC Two)
Nailed It! Vacation (Netflix)
Pointless Christmas Particular (BBC One)
The Secret Lifetime of 5 Yr-Olds on Vacation (Channel four)
Snow-Wolf (BBC Two)
Songs of Reward Huge Sing Christmas (BBC One)
Songs of Reward Massive Sing New Yr (BBC One)
Nonetheless Open All Hours Christmas Particular (BBC One)
Tipping Level Christmas Particular (ITV)
Prime Class Christmas Particular (CBBC)
Journey Man Christmas Particular (Channel four)
Trollied – The Wedding ceremony (Sky One)
Two Doorways Down (BBC Two)
Upstart Crow Christmas Particular (BBC Two)
Would I Misinform You at Christmas? (BBC One)

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