A couple of days after the BBC announced their Christmas line-up; Channel 4 have followed suit with previewing their own festive schedule.
Top of the bill is a new feature-length instalment of Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror. The special; starring Jon Hamm and Rafe Spall, is set to feature three interconnected tales of Yuletide paranoia. The drama, which is set to air on the 16th December, promises to be the most mind-bending and chilling episode of Black Mirror to date.
Ricky Gervais’ Derek will also return for a one-off special which is expected to be the conclusion of the series. Meanwhile Greg Davies’ Man Down will also air a festive special and will be the first instalment of the series to air following the untimely death of Davies’ co-star Rik Mayall.
As has become tradition now, Alan Carr will feature in two festive specials; one on Christmas Day and the other on New Years’ Eve. Also an annual tradition, The Big Fat Quiz of The Year will be airing a traditional look back at the year as well as bonus instalment celebrating ten years of the franchise.
Also becoming somewhat of a December tradition; The British Comedy Awards will air on the 17th December whilst a special Gogglebox featuring highlights from the past year has also been announced.
Festive editions of many popular Channel 4 shows will also air in December including 8 out of 10 Cats, The Last Leg, Come Dine With Me, George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces, Food Unwrapped, The Supervet, Fifteen to One, Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners and Posh Pawn. In addition Kirsty Allsop and Jamie Oliver will also be presenting their own respective Christmas specials.
In a new festive factual entertainment special; Rewind It’s Christmas, Channel 4 hopes to unravel the popularity of the Christmas Number One. The special will feature many talking heads with their own experiences of being part of the Yuletide hit parade including Mel C, Tony Mortimer, Midge Ure and Shane MacGowan.
Frozen at Christmas will explore the popularity of the Disney film Frozen; a movie that is now the most popular animated feature of all time. As well as hearing from the makers of the film, Channel 4 will be interviewing fans to discover why its become such an endearing classic in a short space of time.
Finally the channel’s traditional Alternative Christmas Message will air on Christmas Day although at the moment there is no word on who’ll be delivering it.