The Christmas TV Fortnight – Saturday 17th-Friday 30th December 2022

by | Dec 12, 2022 | TV Week


  • His Dark Materials Sunday 18th December BBC One
  • The Handmaid’s Tale Sunday 18th/Monday 19th December Channel 4
  • 1923 Monday 19th December Paramount+
  • I Hate Suzie Too Tuesday 20th December Sky Atlantic
  • Vardy Vs Rooney: A Courtroom Drama Wednesday 21st December Channel 4
  • A Year on Planet Earth Thursday 22nd December ITVX
  • Inside No. 9 Thursday 22nd December BBC Two
  • Motherland Friday 23rd December BBC One
  • A Ghost Story for Christmas: Count Magnus Friday 23rd December BBC Two
  • Christmas Carole Saturday 24th December Sky Max
  • Mortimer and Whitehouse: Gone Christmas Fishing 2022 Saturday 24th December BBC Two
  • Ghosts: Christmas Special Sunday 25th December BBC One
  • Detectorists Monday 26th December BBC Two
  • Without Sin Wednesday 28th December ITVX
  • Mayflies Wednesday 28th December BBC One
  • Marie Antoinette Thursday 29th December BBC Two
  • Prince Andrew: The Musical Thursday 29th December Channel 4
  • My Old School Friday 30th December BBC Two

Saturday 17th December 

5.00pm The Snowman – The Film that Changed Christmas Channel 4 – Featuring exclusive interviews with members of the team who created it, this programme explores the enduring legacy of The Snowman – forty years on from its original airing. It reveals how Raymond Briggs’ classic book was brought to life and how it made an inedible mark on generations of viewers in over twenty-nine countries. The Snowman will air directly afterwards at 6pm followed by The Snowman and The Snowdog at 6.30pm 

5.35pm The Hit List Christmas Celebrity Special  BBC One – In this festive special of the music quiz, Marvin and Rochelle Humes welcome Mrs Browns’ Boys stars Fiona and Eilish O’Carroll, Radio 2’s Gary Davis and Richie Anderson and singer Paul Young and broadcaster Arielle Free to compete for a chance to win up to £10,000 for the charity of their choice.

6.20pm  The Weakest Link BBC One – Romesh Ranganathan returns to host the quiz show which begins with a Strictly Come Dancing special with former contestants Max George, Jayde Adams, Rhys Stephenson and Dan Walker competing alongside professional dancers Karen Hauer, Kai Widdrington, Amy Dowden and Joanne Clifton.

7.00pm Tipping Point: Lucky Stars at Christmas ITV1 – Ben Shepherd hosts a festive version of the quiz as Len Goodman, Jodie Gibson and Mr. Motivator compete to win £20,000 for their chosen charities.

7.05pm Strictly Come Dancing: The Final BBC One – The final four couples compete over three dances, including the all-important showdance, to win the coveted Glitterball Trophy. There is also music from Florence and The Machine and the cast of 2022 return for one final group dance.

9.35pm That’s My Jam BBC One – Mo Gilligan hosts this new game show in which two teams of celebrities face a series of musical challenges. In tonight’s opener Alesha Dixon and Michelle Visage taken on Glee stars Kevin McHale and Jenna Uskowitz as they test their musical knowledge, performance skills and singing abilities in order to become the show’s first winners.

9.35pm Cliff at Christmas BBC Two – Recorded at St John-at-Hackney Church, Sir Cliff performs some of his best-loved and festive hits along with some new songs. He’ll also chat to Sara Cox about his incredible career in an interview that was filmed in Abbey Road. Sir Cliff Richard at the BBC follows at 10.45 and Cliff Richard: Live at the Albert Hall airs at 11.45

9.35pm The Greatest Christmas Day Telly Ever! Channel Five – This programme takes a walk through a perfect Chritmas Day of viewing — from kids’ shows to soaps, comedy and entertainment specials with contributions from the likes of Ricky Tomlinson, Debbie McGee, Jenny Powell and Gary Davies.

10.05pm The Jonathan Ross Christmas Show ITV1 – In this festive special, Jonathan is joined by Michael Mcintyre, Gordon Ramsey, Minnie Driver and Big Zuu whilst music is provided by Queen frontman Adam Lambert.

Christmas Classics (Festive Favourites that are airing on Freeview channels) 

6.55pm Dad’s Army – The Love of Oranges  BBC Two 

11.15pm Yes Minister – Party Games BBC Four 

11.15pm Louis Theroux’s Weird Weekends  – Christmas Special 

Sunday 18th December 

6.00pm Lighting Up Christmas  Channel 4 – Documentary giving viewers a behind-the-scenes look at John Lewis, Kew Gardens, Longleat Safari Park and Blackpool’s illuminations and following those who work hard behind the scenes to create a picture perfect display for the Christmas period.

7.00pm His Dark Materials  BBC One – Third and final series of the fantasy series adapted from the novels of Philip Pullman by Jack Thorne. In this first episode Will continues his quest for Lyra whilst she is held capture by Mrs Coulter and finds herself in a mysterious place.

7.00pm Alan Carr’s Epic Gameshow Christmas Special ITV1 – Alan Carr presents a one-off revival of the 1980s game show Child’s Play as Judi Love, Joe Swash and Samia Longchambon attempt to channel their inner child to win big money for their charities.

7.00pm Sandy Todsvig’s Tiny Christmas Challenge Channel 4 – In this festive special, eight amateur crafters from across the UK transform an empty doll’s house-sized wooden cabin into a fantasy winter retreat featuring scaled-down trees, presents and festive fare.

8.00pm Britain’s Got Talent: Ultimate Magician ITV1 – Stephen Mulhern hosts as ten of the most gifted magicians from Britain’s Got Talent history return to the show with the chance of winning £50,000. Penn and Teller’s Penn Jillette joins regular judges Alesha Dixon, Amanda Holden and David Walliams to provide feedback to the acts with the audience deciding who ultimately wins the grand prize.

8.00pm Escape to the Château at Christmas Channel 4 – Dick and Angel Strawbridge prepare for their eighth Christmas at the Château with their biggest festive party.

8.00pm The Play What I Wrote BBC Four -A performance of the play filmed live at Theatre Royal Bath starring Thom Tuck, Dennis Herdman and Tom Hiddleston.

8.00pm Aldi Vs Harrods: Who Does Christmas Better? Channel Five – Documentary exploring how the luxury Knightsbridge department store and the budget supermarket both cracket the UK Christmas market in their own unique ways.

8.30pm Beauty Queen and Single BBC Three – Dating show in which beauty queen Lisa-Marie undergoes a dramatic make-under before going on a series of blind dates.

9.00pm Snow Dogs – Into the Wild  BBC Two –  Taking inspiration from Jack London’s novel Call of the Wild, Gordon Buchanan teams up with seven huskies to take on a treacherous dog-sledding trail in Canada’s Yukon wilderness.

Christmas Classics 

9.30pm The Morecambe and Wise Christmas Show 1971 BBC Four 

Monday 19th December 

1923 Paramount Plus – The second prequel series to Yellowstone, this drama introduces a new generation of the Dutton family in the midst of the early twentieth century where the historic drought,, the Great Depression and prohibition all plague the mountain west. The series stars Jennifer Ehle, Harrison Ford and Helen Mirren. Episodes One and Two available on Monday 19th December with new episodes dropping weekly. 

4.00pm Château  DIY at Christmas Channel 4 – Festive series of the series following British families renovating Château in France. In this opener, Sarah and George organise an English carol concert in their village church in Cognac.

7.00pm Richard Osman’s Festive House of Games BBC Two -In the first of two weeks of festive specials – Richard welcomes Claire Balding, Ivo Graham, Ugo Monye and Su Pollard to the house two test their general knowledge. The following week’s line-up comprises of Brian Conley, Scarlett Moffatt, Phil Wang and Anneka Rice.

8.00pm Mary Berry’s Ultimate Christmas BBC One – Dame Mary Berry is joined by a selection of friends including Angela Hartnett, Monica Galetti and Rylan as she prepares the ultimate Christmas feast.

8.00pm Five Star Christmas: Inside Conrinthia Channel 4 – A behind-the-scenes look at one of the UK’s most exclusive hotels as their team prepare for the busiest and most lucrative season in the calendar. The programme follows Tom Kerridge as he prepares to launch a spectacular new Christmas menu for Kerridge’s Bar and Grill. But, with a high-profile launch packed with expectant VIP guests, his team must be at the top of their game on opening night. Elsewhere, the team transform the building into a winter wonderland for guests as they prepare to host a Christmas party to remember.

8.00pm A Swingin’ Christmas with Len Phillips Swing Orchestra Sky Arts – Gary Williams, Julia Sullivan and Ben Holder join the orchestra for a concert of festive classics including Santa Claus is Coming to Town.

8.30pm Christmas University Challenge BBC Two – The annual Christmas celebrity version of the quiz kicks off with a clash between alumni of Bailol College, Oxford and SOAS University of London. Continues nightly 

9.00pm Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs – A Royal Special ITV1 – To celebrate Battersea’s 160th anniversary, Paul welcomes one of their most distinguished supporters; Her Majesty, The Queen Consort. Together, they help the dogs that Battersea are struggling to rehome due to their age, behaviour or medical issues. This includes teaching a blind dog how to find his way in the world to bathing and comforting dogs that have been found abandoned on the streets. Paul also takes dogs to a Garden Party hosted by Her Majesty at Clarence House in the hope of finding them their forever homes in time for Christmas.

9.00pm QI XL BBC Two – Sandi Toksvig hosts an extended festive version of the quiz with Aisling Bea, Chris McCausland and Gyles Brandreth joining Alan Davies to be grilled on ‘toys, tinsel and turkeys.’

9.00pm The Unofficial Science of Home Alone  Sky Max – Comedians Guz Khan and James Acaster are both superfans of the classic Christmas movie but, like many, they wonder if burglars Harry and Marv survived Kevin McCallister’s traps in real life. They’ll find out what damage each trap would do and how science could help them survive before taking on the stunts themselves. Meanwhile, fellow superfan Alex Brooker heads to L.A. where he meets both the actors and stuntmen who worked on the film and learn more about the traps and stunts that Guz and James will be attempting.

9.45pm Live at the Apollo Christmas Special BBC Two – A festive edition of the stand-up show hosted by Rosie Jones and featuring sets from Eshaan Akbar and Cally Beaton.

10.00pm Peter Kominsky remembers Wolf Hall BBC Four  The director looks back at the 2015 historical drama. A rerun of the series begins immediately afterwards with the first two episodes airing from 10.10pm 

Christmas Classics 

7.30pm The Good Life – Silly but It’s Fun BBC Four 

Tuesday 20th December 

7.00pm World’s Strongest Man Channel Five – Coverage of the annual strongman competition begins as Britain’s Tom Stoltman looks to defend his title. Continues Thursday 

8.00pm The Royal Variety Performance 2022 ITV1 – Lee Mack hosts the annual event which, this year, is hosted in honour of Queen Elizabeth II. To celebrate the life of our late monarch; Andrew Lloyd Webber, Gary Barlow and Gareth Malone are accompanied by members of the London Youth Choir to perform a very special version of ‘Sing’ Music will be provided by the likes of Nile Rodgers and Chic, George Ezra, Ellie Goulding, Becky Hill and Eurovision star Sam Ryder as well as the casts of Newsies and Cabaret. Comedy is provided by Al Murray – The Pub Landlord, Maisie Adam, Omid Djalili and this year’s Britain’s Got Talent winner Axel Blake. Also on the bill are Cirque Du Soliel, The Erclich brothers, Gregory Porter and Rita Wilson and Frank Skinner, David Baddiel and The Lightning Seeds who will provide a very special rendition of ‘Three Lions’.

8.00pm George Clarke’s Alaskan Adventure Channel 4 – George Clarke is joined by William Hardie to discover the surprising array of architecture that Alaska has to offer from out-of-this-world hotel pods, inspired by arctic explorers, to a beautiful chapel modelled on birch leaves. They also visit an eco-cabin made of cork, an abandoned igloo hotel, a 1960s architectural gem and a quirky family ski chalet. As well as diving deep into local design, the pair step into the rugged Alaskan wilderness to try their hands at ice fishing and build their very own dog sledge to travel across a frozen lake.

8.00pm The Mystery of the Nativity Sky Arts – Waldemar Januszcack explores the mystery of the famous story, which has seen artists through the ages conjure extraordinary visions to fill the missing details of the tale.

9.00pm I Hate Suzie Too Sky Atlantic -Three-part anti-Christmas Special of the comedy-drama starring Billie Piper as a former pop star. Suzie has a new agent, new PR and a new job – dancing for likes on ‘Dance Crazee’, a reality TV competition that has the Saturday night audience hooked. Having lost everyone that matters to her, Suzie returns to her first love – the public. Battling ex-husband Cob  with the help of estranged best friend Naomi, Suzie must try to keep life as stable as possible for her young son Frank , all whilst staying on ‘Dance Crazee’ long enough to finance her new role as single mum and ex-wife.  Continues tomorrow and Thursday at 9pm, all episodes available on Now following the transmission of episode one. 

9.00pm Miriam’s Dickensian Christmas Channel 4 – As a self-confessed Christmas Scrooge, Miriam Margolyes hasn’t celebrated Christmas in any way for thirty years. In this special, Miriam turns to her love of Charles Dickens and the festive traditions he introduced through ‘A Christmas Carol’ to see if she can rekindle her love for Christmas. The programme culminates with Miriam hosting her first-ever Christmas Party in which she hopes to balance the fun and theatrics of Dickens with his charitable, generous spirit.

9.00pm Christmas on the Farm Channel Five – Helen Skelton and Jules Hudson return to Cannon Hall Farm as brothers Rob and Dave Nicholson prepare for the festive season. They check in on the farm’s four-legged inhabitants, get crafty with some traditional pastimes, sample some food and drink and welcome a new arrival.

9.00pm Made in Chelsea: Bali E4 – The gang escape the British winter and jet off to beautiful Bali, but dazzling beaches and lush jungle don’t prevent old feuds from reigniting. After his blazing row with Ruby back in Chelsea, Sam is adamant he’ll no longer be friends with her. But when news of Sam’s feelings reaches Ruby, she’s furious and emotions reach boiling point at Ollie’s party. Continues Nightly until Friday 

Christmas Classics 

8.35am Frasier – Miracle on 3rd or 4th Street Channel 4 

5.45pm Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em – Learning to Drive BBC Two 

7.30pm To The Manor Born – The First Noel BBC Four 

8.00pm Gavin and Stacey – 2008 Christmas Special BBC Three 

Wednesday 21st December 

Emily in Paris Netflix – As the third series of the comedy drama begins, our titular heroine is at a crossroads both at work and in her romantic life as once again the French capital has plenty of surprises in store for her.

Jack Ryan Prime Video – Third season of the action drama based on the character created by Tom Clancy and portrayed by John Krasinski. Season Three finds Jack Ryan on the run and in a race against time. Jack is wrongly implicated in a larger conspiracy and suddenly finds himself a fugitive out in the cold. Now, wanted by both the CIA and an international rogue faction that he has uncovered, Jack is forced underground, crisscrossing Europe, trying to stay alive, while preventing a massive global conflict. In addition to Krasinski, also returning for the third season is Wendell Pierce and Michael Kelly and joining the cast are new series regulars Nina Hoss and Betty Gabriel.

6.45pm BBC Sports Personality of the Year BBC One – The awards show returns for its 69th edition as Claire Balding, Gabby Logan, Gary Lineker and Alex Scott look back at this year’s biggest sporting triumph. The evening concludes with the public-voted Sports Personality of the Year being crowned.

7.00pm Christmas at Westminster Abbey: Behind Closed Doors Channel Five – Cameras follow the day-to-day workings of this iconic building as staff prepare for major services and state events during the festive period.

8.00pm The Dog House at Christmas Channel 4 – The programme returns to Woodgreen Pets Charity as the team continue to find homes for their abandoned dogs in time for the festive season. In between the matchmaking there’s plenty of time for jumpers, doggy Christmas dinners and presents as the dogs get spoiled rotten.

8.00pm Christmas Cruising with Susan Calman Channel Five – The Scottish comic goes on a Christmas cruising adventure along the Danube. Susan’s journey begins in Prague before continuing on to Vienna, Salzburg and Budapest. Concludes tomorrow at 8pm 

8.00pm Celebrity Portrait Artist of the Year Sky Arts – In this festive special, six celebrities take on the challenge to paint one of three well-known sitters, including Noddy Holder and Mica Paris. They will also receive help from some wise mystery guests as they face the watching eye of the three discerning judges.

9.00pm Vardy V Rooney: A Courtroom Drama Channel 4 – This dramatic retelling of the ‘Wagatha Christie’ trial uses the real court transcripts from the case as Rebekah Vardy bids to Sue Coleen Rooney for defamation. Although Vardy equips herself with a diligent legal team, led by experienced media law specialist Hugh Tomlinson QC, the last-minute withdrawal of her most important witness; former PR agent and friend Caroline Watt, provides an unforeseen twist in the tale. This first episode see Vardy face cross-examination from the opposition’s formidable barrister David Sherborne as she has three days to refute the validity of Rooney’s claims. Natalia Tena stars as Vardy, Chanel Creswell plays Rooney and Michael Sheen portrays Sherborn. Concludes tomorrow on Channel 4 at 9pm

9.00pm Inside M&S at Christmas ITV1 – For the first time ever, Marks & Spencer has granted ITV full access to go behind the scenes with colleagues and suppliers at every level, from the farm to the factory and the shop floor as the all-important and crucial Christmas countdown begins. The programme introduces us to game-changing product developers, key suppliers, passionate store colleagues as well as happy customers; who all work together to create what M&S hopes will be the most magical Christmas in their 137-year history.

9.00pm Jane McDonald’s Highland Christmas Channel Five – The singer explores her Scottish roots by travelling to the Highlands. Along the way she partakes in a whisky tasting and enjoys the sights and sounds of Edinburgh’s Christmas market.

9.00pm Rob and Romesh Vs Christmas on Ice Sky Max- After an audience vote to decide what the boys will be doing for this year’s Christmas Special, the overwhelming majority wanted to see Rob and Romesh participate in ‘Disney on Ice’. After testing their skating skills in front of iconic Disney characters, the episode culminates with Rob and Romesh taking to the ice as part of a sold-out show.

10.15pm Michael Ball & Alfie Boe Do Vegas Channel Five – The signing duo explore the city’s  musical history and its stars of the stage, meeting singer Wayne Newton and looking back at Liberace’s career.

10.40pm Lionesses: Champions of Europe BBC One – Documentary reliving the Lionesses’ incredible European championship triumph in July. The programme shows the victory through the eyes of key figures and includes candid interviews with the players who offer a unique behind-the-scenes insight. Pundits including Gabby Logan and Alex Scott also reminisce on what was a breakthrough summer for both women’s footballers and female sportswomen in general.

Christmas Classics 

9.20am Frasier – Perspectives on Christmas Channel 4 

5.40pm One Foot in the Grave – The Man in the Long Black Coat Drama

6.00pm Dad’s Army – Battle of the Giants BBC Two 

6.50pm One Foot in the Grave – The Man Who Blew Away Drama 

7.30pm Les Dawson on Christmas (1980) BBC Four

7.40pm Jonathan Creek – Satan’s Chimney Drama 

Thursday 22nd December 

Riches ITVX – Six-part drama focusing on Stephen Richards, a successful and smart businessman, who always gets his own way. After 20 years of success, Stephen’s at the helm of his multi-million-pound cosmetics empire and is reaping the rewards of his business acumen and ambitions. He’s a great advocate for black-owned business, powerful, driven and impassioned, and with a glamourous, younger second wife, Claudia, life is never dull. Along with their adult children, Alesha, Gus and Wanda they love spending their hard-earned cash. The Richards are all about the good life and they’ve earnt it. Created and written by Abby Ajayi. The cast will feature Deborah Ayorinde, Hugh Quarshie, Sarah Niles, Brendan Coyle and Hermione Norris.

A Year on Planet Earth ITVX – Presented by Stephen Fry, this new documentary series reveals our plnate in a completely new light, uncovering how animals react and adapt to shifting habitats and unexpected events. Featuring a story arc across all four season and filmed in over sixty locations the series covers a wide range of the most charismatic animals. All of their individual stories are told, as never before, as we spend A Year on Planet Earth.

8.00pm The Great British Sewing Bee: Celebrity Christmas Special BBC One – Sara Pascoe welcomes Rosie Ramsay, Natalie Cassidy, Penny Lanccaster and Johannes Radebe as they put their sewing skills to the test whilst their efforts are judged by Esme Young and Patrick Grant.

8.00pm Luke Evans: Showtime! BBC Two – The singer and actor hosts a Star-studded musical extravaganza as he performs a selection of hits with guests including Beverley Knight, Leann Rimes, Nicole Scherzinger, Olly Murs as well as Beauty and The Beast co-star Josh Gad and The Treorchy Male Voice Choir.

8.00pm The Nation’s Favourite Christmas Carols Sky Arts – The London Coliseum plays hosts to this concert as the royal opera choir perform a rundown of the nation’s favourite Christmas carols as voted for by the general public. Meanwhile, famous faces will be reflecting on their own personal favourites.

9.00pm Inside No. 9 – The Bones of St. Nicholas BBC Two – Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton present the anthology show’s second Christmas special. Pemberton stars as Dr. Jasper Parkway who has booked an overnight stay in a supposedly haunted church on Christmas Eve. However he is soon joined by two unwanted guests; Shearsmith’s Pierce and his wife Posy played by Shobna Gulati. Together with Simon Callow’s eccentric warden Dick, it doesn’t look like Jasper is going to be lonely this Christmas however why does he want to be left to his own devices?

9.00pm The Madame Blanc Mysteries: Christmas Special Channel Five – Jean hopes to spend a peaceful Christmas in Sainte Victorie, however festivities are cut short when the police chief’s wife is murdered. Tony Robinson guest stars alongside lead Sally Lindsay in this festive special.

11.15pm Shrill BBC Three – The first two episodes of season two of the sitcom starring Aidy Bryant and based on the memoir by Lindy West. The entire second season is available on iPlayer from today

Christmas Classics 

8.50am Frasier – The Fight Before Christmas Channel 4 

6.15pm Blackadder’s Christmas Carol BBC Two 

7.30pm Are You Being Served? – Happy Returns BBC Four 

9.30pm Goodness Gracious Me – 1998 Christmas Special BBC Two 

Friday 23rd December 

5.15pm Pointless Celebrities Christmas Special BBC One – Jaimie Laing, Nina Wadia, Tiff Stevenson and Steps’ Claire RIchards and Lee Latchford-Evans are amongst the stars joining Alexander Armstrong and Richard Osman for this festive special.

7.00pm Wonderland: The Story of Christmas Sky Arts – Exploring festive themes featured in novels and poems written by authors including J.M. Barrie, Kenneth Grahame, JRR Tolkien and Charles Dickens.

7.30pm Our Big Yorkshire Christmas Channel Five – A complication of appearances by some of the county’s most popular faces including the stars of Our Yorkshire Farm and The Yorkshire vet. Carol singing and shots of wintry Yorkshire landscapes add to the festive mood.

8.00pm Red Riding Hood: After Ever After Sky Max – In another of David Waliams’s retellings of classic fairy tales, this one-off is set fifty years after the events of Little Red Riding Hood and sees the eponymous character now known as a legendary ‘wolf-buster’ who hunts down the creatures with her ‘wolf-blaster.’ Meanwhile, her granddaughter Red Riding Boots is keen to follow in her grandmother’s footsteps but, when she learns that the natural order of the forest is being disrupted, she decides that she must be the one to save wolves from extinction.

8.00pm Celebrity Masterchef – Christmas Cook-Off BBC One – In the first of two festive specials; Bez, Iwan Thomas, Josh Cuthbert and Lesley Garrett compete against each other to take home the title of Christmas champion and the Celebrity MasterChef Golden Whisk trophy. A second Christmas episode – Masterchef’s Christmas Extravaganza airs next Friday at 9pm on BBC One. 

8.00pm London Zoo at Christmas Channel 4 – A behind-the-scenes look at the daily goings-on of the world’s oldest scientific zoo. From complicated animal moves and meeting the zoo’s newest and youngest additions, to medical check-ups and transforming the zoo into a magical winter wonderland, cameras are on hand to capture some truly unique moments.

8.00pm Only Connect BBC Two – In the first of four festive editions of the quiz, the Polyhymians and the Channel Islanders return to do battle in the lateral thinking quiz.

8.30pm Gino’s Italian Christmas Feast ITV – Gino, wife Jessica, their three children and two dogs work to prepare to host the ultimate Christmas feast at their Sardinian villa. This programme focuses on why Christmas is Gino’s favourite time of year as it combines the Italian traditions he grew up with alongside those of his English family so he is keen to share this with all his loved ones.

9.00pm All Creatures Great and Small: Christmas Special Channel Five – As the festive season approaches, Skeldale House welcomes a young Jewish evacuee called Eva who brings a mixture of wonder, mischief and cheer to the locals. Meanwhile, everyone waits as the news of the declaration of war against Germany leads to some confessing their true feelings.

9.00pm The Cleaner: A Clean Christmas BBC One – It’s Christmas Day and Wicky is looking forward to winning Weasel’s Christmas raffle: first prize, an actual horse. All that stands in his way is a blood-soaked crime scene in an ice cream parlour, and a regular customer who isn’t going to let a little thing like a murder stop him from getting the perfect peach melba ice-cream.

9.00pm Alison Hammond in at the Rich End: The Riveria ITV1 – In this documentary, the TV presenter travels across the French Riveria and is ready to be thrown in at the rich end as she’s surrounded by those with next level wealth who are not afraid to splash some serious cash. Although, as she attempts to fit in,  Alison is determined to find out what the cost of living is for the people who are never going to be worried about a crisis.

9.00pm 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown Christmas Special Channel 4 – Jon Richardson and Jack Dee take on Lee Mack and Rose Matafeo in this festive special of the anarchic quiz.

9.30pm Motherland – Last Christmas BBC One – School’s out for the festive season as Julia finds herself with a full house with a grandparents demanding endless cups of tea as they play with a VR headset Paul bought ‘for the kids.’ Julia also welcomes Kevin, whose alternative was dining on turkey crisps from the hotel vending machine, and Liz whos e cancels on her following a massive Christmas Eve bender. Elsewhere Amanda spends Christmas day with Johnny and his new wife and Anne prepares to welcome her twenty-nine cousins for Christmas dinner.

10.00pm A Ghost Story for Christmas: Count Magnus BBC Two -Mark Gattis’s latest M.R. James adaptation is set in 1863 and stars Jason Watkins as Mr. Wraxhall who becomes fascinated by the long-dead founder of a Swedish family, who once made a strange journey to the Holy Land – on most unholy business. Wraxhall is drawn ever deeper into Count Magnus’ dark world and discovers that the dreaded aristocrat may not lie easy in his tomb.

10.00pm The Last Leg Christmas Bash Channel 4 – James Acaster, AJ Odudu and stars from The Great British Bake-Off join Adam, Alex and Josh for yuletide treats and festive songs.

10.05pm Two Doors Down BBC One – As the snow begins to fall, it’s a welcome break at the coffee shop after a spot of Christmas shopping where Christine surprises the neighbours with some uncharacteristic festive generosity.

Christmas Classics 

6.05pm Porridge – No Way Out Drama 

7.00pm Porridge – The Desperate Hours Drama 

7.30pm Keeping Up Appearances – The Father Christmas Suit BBC Four 

Christmas Eve 

11.40pm Christmas Carols on ITV ITV1 – Jane McDonald hosts a traditional Christmas Eve celebration from St. Elisabeth’s Church in Greater Manchester. There are festive performances from Lemar, Strictly Come Dancing singer Tommy Blaize, soprano Carly Paoli and classic violinist Esther Abrami whilst Jane herself delivers two show-stopping peformances.

3.55pm Charlie Mackesy: The Boy, The Mole, The Fox, The Horse and Me BBC Two – This documentary tracks the journey of the author from his formative years to his later-in-life success Starting by focusing on his upbringing on a rural farm and then his journey to the streets of London, the programme traces the events that shaped his artistic imagination and interweaves the story of the success of his book as Charlie directs the animated film version of The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse.

4.55pm The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse BBC One – Animated adaptation of Charlie Mackey’s book follows the heartfelt journey of the unlikely friendship between a boy, a mole, a fox and a horse as they travel together to search for the boy’s home.

5.15pm In For a Christmas Penny ITV1 – Stephen Mulhern returns for a festive special of the street game show as the residents of Peterborough become the target of the presenter’s Christmas mayhem. Games include Christmas Who’s Who, Naughty or Nice and the iconic stopwatch finale in which the public most hold their nerve to win a jackpot of £1,000.

6.00pm Celebrity Catchphrase Christmas Special ITV1 – Jonathan Ross, Oti Mabuse and Shirley Ballas compete to win money for their respective charities by saying what they see.

6.55pm Carol’s from Kings BBC Two – The traditional annual service from the chapel of King’s College, Cambridge led by the Dean; the Reverend Dr. Stephen Cherry..

7.00pm Royal Carols: Together at Christmas ITV1 – The Princes of Wales returns to Westminster Abbey to a host a special Christmas carol service to recognise the selfless efforts of individuals, families and communities across the UK. Dedicated to the memory of Queen Elizabeth II, the service will also be attended by other members of the Royal Family including The King, The Queen Consort and The Prince of Wales. Combining traditional and modern elements, the carols will sit alongside musical performances from the likes of Craig David and Samantha Barks whilst there is a special duet from Alfie Boe and Melanie C. There will also be poignant readings from speaks including The Prince of Wales, Dame Kristin Scott Thomas, Hugh Bonnevlle and Kadeena Cox.

7.25pm Celebrity Lego Masters at Christmas Channel 4 – Lego Masters returns with a new host in Nish Kumar and three celebrity teams hoping to create incredible creations from colourful bricks. Comedians Alex Horne and Sophie Duker take on Sophie Ellis-Bextor and her sons Kit and Sonny as well as Scarlett Moffatt with dad Mark and sister Ava. Their creations will then be judged by returning judge Matthew Aston and Brickmaster Amy from the US series.

7.35pm World’s Most Luxurious Christmas Cruise Channel Five – Documentary focusing on the luxurious cruise ship; The Splendor where the crew try to pull out all the stops so the 732 guests all experience a Christmas holiday of a lifetime.

8.00pm Christmas Carole Sky Max – Suranne Jones stars in this comedy as  Carole Mackay, an unashamedly outspoken and wealthy entrepreneur. Her online business selling all things festive has earned her a fortune, as well as the nickname ‘Christmas Carole’. But her success hasn’t made her a better human being. In fact, it’s made her worse. The truth is that Carole is a monumentally mean person. Positively Scrooge-like. And, just like Ebenezer, she doesn’t love Christmas at all. But this Christmas Eve, Carole’s past, present and future are about to collide. Will some rather familiar Christmas spirits help her discover the true spirit of Christmas?

8.00pm Blankety Blank BBC One – Bradley Walsh hosts a festive special of the game show where the contestants are helped by a celebrity panel consisting of Alex Horne, Joanna Page, Alison Hammond, Guz Khan, Jonathan Ross and Dame Joanna Lumley.

8.05pm Britain Get Singing ITV1 – Hosted by Ronan Kemp, the event sees five groups from stars from five of ITV’s biggest shows taking to the stage in a bid to deliver a show-stopping performance. Teams from The Chase, Love Island, Loose Women, Coronation Street and Emmerdale will have their performances judged from a ‘super-panel’ of TV judges featuring, Alesha Dixon, Adam Lambert and Jason Manford. However, it will ultimately be the studio audience who will deseve which group will be crowned the champions of Britain Get Singing. The event, which is supported by ITV’s mental health campaign Britain Get Talking, will also look at the importance of protecting our mental wellbeing by connecting with others.

8.25pm The Great Christmas Bake-Off 2022 Channel 4  – Celebrating Channel 4’s fortieth anniversary, five famous faces representing the channel’s most iconic programmes take to the tent to have their baked offerings judge by Paul and Prue. The five celebrity contestants are The Big Breakfast’s Gaby Roslin, The Word’s Terry Christian, Brookside’s Claire Sweeney, Popworld’s Miquita Oliver and Time Team’s Sir Tony Robinson.

8.35pm Comedy Classics: The Vicar of Dibley Channel Five – A celebration of Richard Curtis’s iconic sitcom; this programme features favourite clips and insight from cast, crew and celebrity fans.

8.40pm Mortimer & Whitehouse Gone Christmas Fishing BBC Two – In this seasonable special, the pair leave the UK for Norway – a country that neither have ever visited to find a variety of fish with the ultimate prize being the elusive Coalfish. Along the way, Bob surprise Paul with some unique accommodation in a remote location and searches out the most interesting culinary delights that the country has to offer. They also meet with locals as well as a very special guest from their past. And, although trusty terrier Ted can’t be with them on their trip, Paul makes sure he’s there in spirit.

9.00pm Guessable Christmas Special Comedy Central -Host Sara Pascoe and team captains Alan Davies, Darren Harriott and John Kearns are joined by guests Kemah Bob, James Acaster, Roisin Conaty and Gyles Brandreth.

9.20pm It’ll Be Alright on the Night ITV1 – Celebrating 45 years of the classic blooper show, David Walliams returns to share a cavalcade of clips with viewers including a discussion about Benedict Cumberbatch in New Zealand which leads to an X-rated mistake.

9.30pm Christmas in Ireland with Imelda May Sky Arts – The singer is joined by family, friends and the odd familiar face to celebrate Christmas in Dublin’s Pepper Cannister Church.

9.40pm I Literally Just Told You Christmas Special Channel 4 – In this celebrity special of the game show in which questions are written whilst the programme is filmed, host Jimmy Carr is joined by Dermot O’Leary, Kerry Katona, David Walliams and Judi Love who are playing to win up to £25,000 for their chosen charities.

10.40pm Top of the Pops Review of the Year 2022 BBC Two – Clara Amfo and Jack Saunders round up the biggest tracks of the year reliving performances by Harry Styles, Stormzy, Sam Fender, Sam Smith and Raye.

10.40pm Christmas Comedy Club with The Lost Voice Guy ITV1 – The Britain’s Got Talent winner returns with his second Christmas special which features performances from ventriloquist Paul Zerdin, comedians Josie Long and Dara O’Briain and freestyle rapper and comedian Abandoman.

Christmas Classics 

8.25am Father Christmas Channel 4 

1.40pm Darling Buds of May – Christmas is Coming ITV3 

8.10pm Dad’s Army – Turkey Dinner BBC Two 

9.00pm Father Ted – A Christmassy Ted More 4 

9.40pm The Fast Show – 1996 Christmas Special BBC Two 

10.25pm Christmas Night with the Two Ronnies (1987) BBC Two 

11.40pm Absolutely Fabulous – Cold Turkey BBC Two 

Christmas Day 

The Witcher: Blood Origins Netflix – Set in an elven world 1200 years before the world of The Witcher: Blood Origin will tell a story lost to time – the creation of the first prototype Witcher, and the events that lead to the pivotal in “conjunction of the spheres,” when the worlds of monsters, men, and elves merged to become one. Blood Origin will be a six-part, live-action limited series, and a prequel to the hit Netflix series The Witcher.

1.30pm Matthew Bourne’s Nutcrcker! BBC Two – The choreographer and director offers a contemporary take on Tchaikovsky’s classic Christmas ballet with Anthony Ward’s newly-refreshed set and costumes combining to offering a charmingly irreverent interpretation of the piece.

2.30pm The Smeds and The Smoos BBC One – Based on the book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, this animation focuses on the red Smeds and the blue Smoos who must learn to overcome their differences and work together to find young Janet and Bill – who eloped to escape their families’ long-standing rivalries. The voice cast includes Bill Bailey, Roby Brydon and Meera Syal whilst Sally Hawkins provides narration.

3.00pm The King’s Christmas Broadcast  Various Channels – King Charles III delivers his first Christmas message to the nation.

3.10pm The Canterville Ghost Channel Five – The first of a two-part modern adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s classic tale. Anthony Head, Caroline Catz and James Lance head the ensemble cast. Concludes tomorrow at 3pm on Channel Five

4.10pm Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway Presents Polter Guys ITV1 – A feature length version of the miniseries that first appeared on Saturday Night Takeaway that sees Ant & Dec become ghost busters with cameos from the likes of Jo Brand, Roman Kemp and Fred Siriex.

5.00pm The Chase Celebrity Christmas Special ITV1 – In this Alice in Wonderland themed special Danny O’Carroll, Dr. Zoe Williams, Sair Khan and Charlotte Church take on five of The Chasers who have dressed as characters from Lewis Carroll’s classic tale.

5.10pm Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special BBC One – Six new stars; including Rosie Ramsay, Larry Lamb and Nicola Roberts, take part in Christmas-themed routines and are then scrutinised by judges Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse, Shirley Ballas and Anton Du Beke.

5.25pm The Alternate Christmas Message Channel 4 – The annual alternative to the royal broadcast, the presenter of this year’s message was yet to be announced at time of writing.

6.25pm Michael McIntyre’s Christmas Wheel BBC One – Three celebrity contestants; Alesha Dixon, Bear Grylls and Gino D’Acampo, try to complete the Wheel to win money for their chosen charities. This year’s festive experts are Michael Ball, Fleur East, Bill Bailey, AJ Odudu, Rosie Jones, William Hanson and Hugh Fearney Whittingstall.

7.00pm A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story  BBC Four – Mark Gattis adapts and stars as Jacob Marley in this retelling of Dicken’s classic story. Nicholas Farrell stars as Scrooge who has an unexpected visit from Marley who explains to his former business partner that, in order to change his miserly ways, he’ll have to face three more eerie encounters.

7.25pm Ghosts Christmas Special BBC One – The Ghosts, touched by Alison’s thoughtful generosity, are inspired to give her a special Christmas present in return – but with Alison due back in a matter of hours, can they pull off their ambitious plan in time? Mike’s loaded Tupperware comes in handy when their journey hits a bump in the road, forcing them to reassess their Christmas day plans. And Kitty gets her moment in the spotlight thanks to a much-needed pep talk from a surprising source.

7.50pm The Great Festive Pottery Throw Down Channel 4 – This celebrity special sees James Fleet, Jamie Laing, Jenny Eclair and Sunetra Sarker role up their sleeves as they attempt to become champion of the very first Festive Pottery Throw Down.

7.55pm Call The Midwife Christmas Special BBC One – It’s December 1967 and life in Poplar is returning to normal and Trixie returns from Portofino much to the delight of Matthew. As the midwives move the maternity clinic into new premises one of their first patients is a familiar face; Rhoda Mullocks who is understandably nervous after her last baby was born was limbs that had been affected by Thalidomide. Elsewhere, Nurse Crane cres for a heavily pregnant single mother who has recently been released from prison whilst Sister Frances is called out to deliver a Sylheti mother’s child in a garment factory. Meanwhile Fred decides that Poplar needs to come together to raise money for those families still affected by the train crash and pictches the wonderful idea of a festive talent show.

8.00pm Ant and Dec’s Christmas Limitless Win ITV1 – The duo return with the first celebrity special of their new gameshow. Two pairs; David Walliams and Rylan and Katherine Ryan and Jimmy Carr attempt to climb the Limitlee ladder to win money for their charities.

9.05pm Doc Martin Christmas Special ITV1 – In this final ever episode of the comedy drama, Portwenn is alive with festive cheer that is until Martin has the grotto shut down. At James’s disappointment, Louisa takes matters into her hands, and with the help of the villagers, arranges a Christmas parade although this is not without its challenges.

9.05pm Gogglebox: Best of 2022 Channel 4 – A compilation of the best moments throughout the year from our favourite armchair critics. This special includes reviews of Strictly Come Dancing, Frozen Planet II, Bad Sisters, Britain’s Got Talent and Gordon Ramsay’s Future Food Stars.

9.25pm When Tina Turner Came to Britain BBC Two – Documentary celebrating the singer’s relationship with the UK from her first visit in 1966 when she supported The Rolling Stones to the 2018 premiere of Tina Turner: The Musical in London. The programme features previously unheard interviews with the singer herself and includes interviews with those who’ve worked with her over the years.

10.25pm Mrs. Brown’s Boys Christmas Special BBC One – Cathy’s creepy boyfriend is initiated into the family and Agnes gets a festive fright when looking after his spooky twins. Meanwhile Bono rethinks his eco-kick after a lesson from Agnes.

Christmas Classics 

6.00pm Birds of a Feather – Christmas in Dreamland Drama 

6.35pm Dad’s Army – My Brother and Me BBC Two 

7.15pm The Morecambe and Wise Christmas Show 1972 BBC Two 

12.45am Dinnerladies – Christmas BBC Four 

Boxing Day 

Treason Netflix – Charlie Cox stars as Adam Lawrence who steps up to the role of MI6 chief following the poisoning of his predecessor. The former chief tells him not to trust anyone but soon a Russian spy reveals that she was behind the poisoning and did for Adam. Although he’s adamant he’s not a double agent, can Adam be trusted?

7.30pm The Greatest Snowman 2022 Channel 4 – Sue Perkins hosts the return of the yuletide snowman building competition as five more celebrities take on three increasingly tough snow sculpting challenges in order to be become  this year’s winner. The five stars hoping to impress the judges are Gemma Collins, Gareth Malone, Joe Thomas, Yinka Bokinni and Melvin Odoom as they all attempt to display the powdery prowess to be crowned champion.

8.00pm The Repair Shop BBC One – In this festive edition, the team set to work on a 1960s home bar, tackle a bent and bedraggled Christmas tree and breathe life into an old projector.

8.00pm Royal Institution Christmas Lectures with Dame Sue Black  BBC Four – The first of this year’s three lectures begin with Professor Sue Black, who has been dubbed the ‘corpse whisperer’ revealing the secrets of forensic science. Continues tomorrow and concludes Wednesday. 

8.30pm The Voice Kids ITV1 – Ronan Keating joins regular coaches Pixie Lott, Danny Jones and for this three-part series as singers aged from seven to fourteen compete to be named the winner of the 2022 competition. Continues tomorrow and concludes Thursday 

9.00pm Death in Paradise Christmas Special BBC One – As Christmas approaches, crime novelist and podcaster Jennifer Langan is murdered whilst investigating the case of Linus Peters, who went missing in 1977 aged just nine. Linus’s case has haunted Commissioner Selwyn Patterson ever since and now the team have to work out, not only who killed Jennifer, but what happened to Linus. Siobhan McSweeney and Les Dennis are among the supporting cast for this ninety minute special.

9.00pm Detectorists Special BBC Two – Feature-length edition of Mackenzie Crook’s comedy which finds the Danebury Metal Detecting Club in trouble as developers are sniffing around their beloved scout hall and, after losing out on a big finder’s fee, they’re going to need a miracle. However, things look to be on the up when Lance secures a permission to search ten acres of prime, undetected land. However, when a mysterious relic is unearthed, Lance breaks protocol threatening both his friendship with Andy and the future of the DMDC.

9.00pm Big Fat Quiz of the Year 2022 Channel 4 – Stephen Merchant, Katherine Ryan, Richard Ayoade, Maisie Adam, Jonathan Ross and Rose Matafeo are this year’s contestants in the annual contest, hosted by Jimmy Carr, which aims to find out who knows the most about what happened in the last twelve months.

9.00pm Robbie Coltrane at the BBC BBC Four – Tribute to the Scottish and comedian and actor who died earlier this year. The documentary charts Coltrane’s career from his beginnings as a new comedy star in the eighties to his success on the big screen.

9.00pm Rob Beckett: Wallop! Sky Comedy – The comedian hosts his first ever stand-up special at one of his favourite venues; The Cliff Pavilion in Southend.

9.45pm Richard Wilson remembers Tutti Frutti BBC Four – The actor recalls his role in the 1987 BBC drama and his experiences of working with Robbie Coltrane. The first two episodes of Tutti Frutti air directly after this programme at 10pm whilst the rest of the series is shown throughout the week on BBC Four. 

10.00pm Britain’s Favourite Rock Songs Channel Five – Celebration of the UK’s best selling rock songs which explores the stories behind their creation from the composition of the lyrics and melodies through to the chart success of each track.

Bank Holiday Tuesday 27th December 

6.15pm Coppélia BBC Two – This modern adaptation of the much-loved ballet combines enchanting animation and live action dance. With a cast including Dame Darcey Bussell, the ballet is choreographed by Ted Brandsen and features an original score composed by Maurizio Malagnini performed by the BBC Concert Orchestra.

8.00pm Britain’s Poshest Designer Outlet: Inside Bicester Village Channel Five – Documentary focusing on Bicester Village where, for twenty-seven years designer-label products at reduced prices. Exploring the secrets of the outlet’s success, the programme also uncovers truth about the alleged bargains.

9.00pm Miriam Margolyes – Australia Unmasked BBC Two – The actress, who gained Australian citizenship in 2013, explores the county’s principle of ‘the fair go.’ She begins her journey in Tasmania where she explores the states relationship with LGBTQIA+ rights and investigates the island’s illiteracy issues.

9.00pm First Dates at Christmas Channel 4- Fred Siriex opens the doors of the restaurant to more singletons who are hoping to find love in time for the festive season.

9.00pm Riptide Channel Five – Jo Joyner leads the cast of this Australian-set drama as newlywed Alison who appears to live the idyllic life with wealthy husband Sean. However, when Sean fails to return from surfing one morning, the police conclude he fell foul of the riptides. However, there is soon suggestion that there may be a more sinister explanation of his disappearance. Continues nightly until Friday 

9.00pm Lionesses: When Football Came Home Sky Documentaries – Inside story of the England team’s triumph at the Women’s Euro 2022 featuring previously unseen footage and interviews with the players.

10.00pm Frankie Boyle’s 2022 New World Order BBC Two – The comedian returns in a special where, with the help of guests, he’ll dissect the unsettling year that was 2022.

10.00pm The Lateish Show with Mo Gilligan: Christmas Special Channel 4 – Mo returns with a yuletide special which features an all-star line-up of guest including father-and-daughter duo Danny and Dyer, Marvin Hulmes, Sophie Willan, Jason Manford, Samson Kayo and housband The Compozers.

Wednesday 28th December 

Without Sin ITVX – Four-part psychological thriller starring Vicky McClure as Stella, a woman who is still suffering with the grief of the death of her teenage daughter three years ago. When Stella and her estranged husband receive a message from Charles (Johnny Harris), the man convicted of their daughter’s murder, they believe he wants to atone for his crime. However, when Stella visits Charles, she’s not prepared for what he has to say next.

Loaded in Paradise ITVX – Reality game shows in which five pairs are given gold card loaded with cash to blow on the wildest trip of their lives as they hop around Greece’s Aegean islands. However, only one lucky pair can be in control at one time. For this pair its simple, live their best life on the run but don’t get caught. Meanwhile the other four duos will be trying to hunt them down to take control of the card, which is loaded daily with a fresh cash injection. At the end of each 48-hour chase, a luxury safe house will open and everyone will reconvene. However, on the final leg of the chase, they’ll be a big twist as everyone chases the gold card one last time.

8.00pm Dogs in the Wild: Meet the Family BBC One – Narrated by Chris Packham, this three part documentary will feature astonishing cinematography, together with emotional and immersive storytelling around the remarkable members of one 37-strong family of wild dogs.

9.00pm Mayflies BBC One – In the summer of 1986, in a small Scottish town, Jimmy  and Tully ignite a brilliant friendship based on music, films and the rebel spirit. With school over and the locked world of their fathers before them, they rush towards the climax of their youth – a magical weekend in Manchester, the epicentre of everything that inspires them in working-class Britain. There, against the greatest soundtrack ever recorded, a vow is made: to go at life differently. Thirty years on, half a life away, the phone rings. Tully has the worst kind of news, and a request that will test their friendship, love, and loyalty to the limit.  Martin Compston, Tony Curran and Ashley Jensen star in this adaptation of Andrew O’Hagan’s novel. Concludes tomorrow at 9pm, both episodes will be available on iPlayer following the transmission of tonight’s opener. 

9.00pm Jon and Lucy’s Party of the Year Channel 4 – The couple host a Christmas getaway for three of their closest friends – Romesh Ranganathan, Judi Love and Tom Allen. Together they eat, drink and get merry during a night away from the post-Christmas, pre-New Year lull as they reflect on the year gone by.

9.00pm Best Year Ever More 4 – Four-part nostalgia-packed series narrated by Craig Charles and focusing on four years – 1978, 1982, 1994 and 200. This opener looks at the pop culture of 1978 including Soda Streams, Simon Says, Grease and Kate Bush’s chart-topper Wuthering Heights.

9.00pm CSI: Vegas Alibi -Original CSI cast member Marg Helgenberger joins the team as the second season begins. The team also investigate the murder of a dominatrix in a secret sex dungeon.

10.00pm The Real T-Rex with Chris Packham BBC Four  – The presenter goes behind the myth of the most of the dinosaurs to discover how the giant predator moved and find out the true power of its phenomenal bite. He also explores the creature’s social life and how bird-like it might have appeared and sounded.

Thursday 29th December 

8.00pm Antiques Roadshow Christmas Special: Toys and Childhood BBC One – This special episode, which draws together stories filmed across the UK during the summer, focuses on how toys and games have shaped our childhood. The team explores how toys and our nation of childhood have changed over time. A collection of Action Men, two marionettes made by World War Two Prisoners of War and a rare archive of concept art for Teletubbies are amongst the items appraised by the experts. Meanwhile, Fiona Bruce delves into the archives of the Museum of the Home in East London to uncover a unique Christmas present made from an old gas mask box.

8.00pm Travel Man: 96 Hours in Rio Channel 4 – Joe Lycett is joined by Stephen Magnan on this super-sized seasonal mini break in Rio de Janeiro. During the programme, the pair visit the Christ the Redeemer statue, play Futevli at Copacaban beach, climb up the Selaron steps and learn the secrets of cooking a Christmas dinner Brazilian style.

8.00pm World’s Most Expensive All-You-Can-Eat Buffet Channel Five – Grace Dent visits some of the world’s most luxurious all-you-can-eat buffets, meeting people who are passionate about the experience.

8.30pm Farewell Doc Martin ITV1 – Following its finale episode on Christmas Day, this documentary discovers the secrets of the comedy drama’s huge success. Caroline Catz  narrates this look back into the making of the drama;; which features archive footage of the ten series as well as Martin Clunes and the rest of the cast recalling their favourite memories.

9.00pm Marie Antoinette BBC Two – Created by Oscar-winning writer Deborah Davis, the drama tells the story of the young queen, played by Emilia Schüle, who was barely fourteen-years-old when she left Austria to marry the Dauphin of France. All eight episodes of the series will be available on iPlayer following the transmission of this opener. 

9.00pm Prince Andrew: The Musical Channel 4 – Satirical all-singing all-dancing biopic charting the rise and fall of the Prince as he goes from 1980s war hero to present-day royal outcast. Kieran Hodgson leads the cast as Andrew whilst famous faces such as Harry Enfield, Munya Chawawa and Baga Chipz feature as Tony Blair, Prince Charles and Margaret Thatcher respectively.

9.00pm Katherine Ryan – Missus Sky Comedy – In this stand-up special, Ryan tells the story of how she accidentally married her first love and her new perspectives on life, love and what it means to be a Missus.

9.35pm John Bishop’s End of the Year Show ITV1 – Ahead of the second series of his successful Saturday night chat show, the comedian presents this irreverent look back at 2022. Special guests are set to include Sir Ian McKellen and the Lionesses goal-scoring heroine Beth Mead.

Friday 30th December 

6.30pm The Year in Music at the BBC 2022 BBC Two – Lauren Laverne fronts this selection of picks of some of the most unforgettable performances of the year including highlights from the 6 Music Festival, Radio 1’s Big Weekender, Later… with Jools Holland and Glastonbury 2022.

7.30pm Macaques: Monkeys in the Mountains A Dynasties Special BBC One – High in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco, lives a group of Barbary macaque monkeys. The Alpha male, known as Mac, has just battled to win the crown. He must now lead and protect his troop, while fending off rivals who still want his crown.

8.00pm Cruising with Susan Calman Channel Five – The comedian kicks off the American leg of her new series with a helicopter ride around New York before taking a cruise to Newport, Rhode Island.

8.30pm Would I Lie to You? At Christmas BBC One – Host Rob Brydon and team captains David Mitchell and Lee Mack are joined by Gloria Hunniford, Guz Khan, Christopher Eccleston and Sophile Willan for this festive special.

9.00pm My Old School BBC Two – In 1993, sixteen-year-old Brandon Lee is a new entrant to Bearsden Academy. Soon he’s top of the class, acing exams and taking the lead in the school musical. However, the model pupil was eventually unmasked as Brian MacKinnon; a 32-year-old former student. In this documentary, director Jono McLeod interviews MacKinnon’s former classmates whilst Alan Cumming lip syncs audio of Mackinnon’s own interviews as he didn’t want to appear on camera.

10.15pm Celebrity Christmas Hell Channel 4 – Johnny Vegas narrates the programme in which celebrity families open their doors to share their family secrets. Contributors include Joel Dommett and wife Hannah, Alex Brooker and mum Elaine and sisters Oti and Motsi Mabuse.

10.30pm Jason Manford: Recent Nostalgia BBC One – Filmed at Sheffield’s city hall, which formed part of the comedian’s 280-date tour, Jason shares his rollercoaster journey of recent times including reminiscing on some absurd moments from lockdown.

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Made in Staffordshire, Matt is the co-editor of the site and co-host of The Custard TV Podcast. Matt has been writing about TV for over fifteen years and has written for the site for almost a decade. He's just realised this makes him a lot older than he thought he was.


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