It’s Christmas time, so what else ya gonna do but curl up in front of t’tele with a tin of Quality Streets and a good old brew, eh? To help you guide your way through the Christmas specials and alternated Soap times (can’t be missing Emmerdale now, can we!), we’ve rounded up the best things on TV this Christmas 2019 for that all-important scheduled sofa time.
A Christmas Carol – BBC One, 9pm on 22nd/23rd/24th December
Produced by none other than Tom Hardy, this new take on the classic story of Ebenezer Scrooge promises a “haunting, hallucinatory, spine-tingling immersion into Scrooge’s dark night of the soul. ” Creepy, huh?
The three-part drama stars Guy Pearce as Scrooge, Andy Serkis and Charlotte Riley.
Dancing On Ice at Christmas – ITV, 7pm on 22nd December
This year’s Christmas special will see next year’s 12 contestants step on the ice for the very first time for the official pairing, and we’ll even be treated to a festive performance from none other than Gemma Collins and Ray Quinn!
Hugh Grant: A Life on Screen – BBC Two, 9pm 23rd December
Hugh Grant tells the story of his successful movie career in this tell-all documentary – looking back on some of his biggest roles to date including Four Weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill, Love Actually and Bridget Jones’ Diary.
The documentary will also include interviews from friends and former co-stars such as Colin Firth, Sandra Bullock, filmmaker Richard Curtis and more.
The Snowman – Channel 4, 3.50pm on Christmas Eve
It wouldn’t be Christmas without the classic story of a boy who brings a snowman to life, and Channel 4 have us covered for our annual sing-a-long of ‘Walking in the Air’.
Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special – BBC One, 4.40pm on Christmas Day
Worried you’ll have Strictly withdrawals after this year’s grande finale in Blackpool? Tess and Claudia will be back just days later for their annual Christmas special, with former contestants returning for the festive celebration.
Confirmed acts include Gemma Atkinson, Joe Sugg, Mark Wright, Debbie McGee and more.
Call The Midwife – BBC One, 7pm on Christmas Day
Now a Christmas tradition in its own right, Call The Midwife will return on Christmas Day – this time following the girls as a bout of influenza causes chaos in Nonnatus House during a nurse and doctor shortage.
The Great Christmas Bake Off – Channel 4, 7.10pm on Christmas Day
After you’ve completely stuffed your face with turkey, stuffing and all the roast potatoes a human could possibly dream off, why not get a bit of a sugar fix with everyone’s favourite baking show?
The festive edition will feature former contestants from different seasons battle it out to win the title of Christmas Star Baker.
Gavin & Stacey Christmas Special – BBC One, 8.30pm on Christmas Day
It feels like we’ve been waiting an eternity since it was announced fan-favourite show Gavin & Stacey was making a brief return especially for Christmas, but the time has almost come!
Original cast members Ruth Jones, James Corden, Mathew Horne and the rest of the gang will be gracing our screens once again on Christmas day.
First Dates at Christmas – Channel 4, 9.30pm on Christmas Day
Nothing beats a bit of First Dates, and on Christmas Day they’re back to their usual matchmaking for a special episode – featuring new singletons looking for love at Christmas.
Kylie’s Secret Night – Channel 4, 10.30pm on Christmas Day
Gracing our screens with performances of some of her classic tracks in front of an intimate audience with Alan Carr, Kylie Minogue’s 90 minute extravaganza will see her spill secrets to Alan, take part in hidden camera pranks and more. Fans can also stay tuned for the TV premiere of her 2018 Golden arena tour after the show.
The Trial of Christine Keeler – BBC One, 9pm on 29th/30th December
Based on the infamous 1960’s scandal – Sophie Cookson stars as Christine Keeler, the model and topless showgirl who was at the centre of the chain of events known as the Profumo Affair in 1963.
The six-parter airs on the 29th December and also stars James Norton, Ellie Bamber, Ben Miles and Emilia Fox.
Liam Gallagher: As It Was – BBC Two, 10.15pm on 29th December
Not your typical face of Christmas, Liam Gallagher tells all in a documentary that takes us backstage into the former Oasis star’s life – where we’ll hear stories about his Oasis days, public feuds and living on the boozier side of life.
Dracula – BBC One, 9pm on New Year’s Eve
The men behind Sherlock, Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, are back with a new three-part drama – with Claes Bang starring as Dracula. Hold on to your garlic cloves ‘cos it’s set to be a bloody affair in Transylvania.