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 2020 for that all-important scheduled sofa time.
Call the Midwife Christmas Special – BBC One, Christmas Day, 7:40pm
It’s fast becoming a Christmas staple, and this year it is set in 1965 where things go awry while everyone is looking forward to enjoying Christmas celebrations at Nonnatus House. After a turbulent year it will be nice to see a little bit of normality on our teles Christmas day.
Billy Connolly: It’s Been a Pleasure – ITV, Monday 28th December, 9:30pm
Billy Connolly, the comedians comedian, announced his retirement this year, and this documentary looks at some of the highlights of his amazing career.
The Great Christmas Bake Off – Channel 4, Christmas Eve, 7:40pm
Everyone loves a bit of Bake Off and this year’s special has a few treats for everyone this Christmas. Join four old contestants as they battle it out to be named this year’s Christmas Baker.
The Vicar of Dibley in Lockdown – BBC One, Monday 21st December, 8:50pm
She’s back! Dawn French is donning the dog collar again in this 2020 Christmas special. Geraldine Grainger is back in three 10-minute episodes that are each set at different times in this year in lockdown.
Big Fat Quiz of the Year 2020 – Channel 4, Boxing Day, 9:05pm
Jimmy Carr is back with the biggest quiz of the year that looks back at the 2020 year. One of our favourite end of year shows, it is always such a laugh. The comedians taking part this year are: year are James Acaster, Stacey Solomon, David Mitchell, Maya Jama, Richard Ayoade & Joe Lycett.
The Story of SM:TV Live – ITV, Boxing Day, 9:25am
A huge part of our childhood, and a show that highlighted Ant & Dec’s talents as an amazing double-act plus Cat Deeley. The show will feature new interviews with Ant & Dec and Cat in a recreation of the SM:TV set as they look through archival footage – including Challenge Ant, Wonky Donkey, the Postbag dance, Pokemon Rap, Dec’s crush on Sabrina the Teenage Witch and Friends parody, Chums.
Mortimer and Whitehouse: Gone Christmas Fishing – BBC Two, Wednesday 23rd December, 6:30pm
The popular fishing show that came about after Paul felt that Bob needed help getting out the house. The show always shows pathos as they talk about dark themes such as death. The Christmas show will include Chris Rea, the king of the Festive tunes and other Christmas themed antics.
Roald & Beatrix: The Tail of the Curious Mouse – Sky One, Christmas Eve, 8:15pm
The show tells the tale of a meeting between two of the country’s most loved children’s authors when Roadl Dahl was just six years old.
Black Narcissus – BBC One, Sunday 27th December – Monday 29th December, 9pm
A must see drama this year. The BBC has created their adaptation of Rumer Godden’s 1939 novel about growing tensions within a small convent of Anglican nuns.
Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special – BBC One, 4.40pm on Christmas Day
It’s kept us entertained through November’s lockdown, and they’re back with a Christmas special that will have all the action you need to get your through Christmas evening.
Doctor Who: Revolution of the Daleks – BBC One, New Year’s Day, 6:45pm
Always a classic. Dr Who will be featured on New Year’s Day where you can enjoy all the sci-fi goodness from the British instiution.