Christmas is a time to spend with loved ones, playing games and enjoying general merriment. But when that all gets a bit much, as we know it will, a bit of easy viewing can do wonders to see us through the rest of it.

Here is a few of my picks of the offerings that will be on UK TV’s main channels over the festive period. You will notice that some overlap so I won’t get to watch all of them but it’s a list of the ones I’d like to watch if I can:

Sunday 21 December:


3.15pm The Chronicles of Narnia: the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe – a film fit for all the family.

9pm The Apprentice – The final. We get to find out who Lord Sugar is going to go into business with.


7pm You’ve got to Love Christmas – Looks to be a light-hearted take on all things Christmas, everything from shopping for the big day to the Boxing Day hangover.

9pm Midsomer Murders – Christmas special. It is a repeat but as you know I do LOVE this programme and always have time for it.

Monday 22 December:


9am Race to Witch Mountain – The 2009 edition, I actually think this is quite an entertaining version.

8.30pm Would I Lie to You? At Christmas – A great panel show normally, stick the word Christmas in there too, it’s bound to be great.


6.30pm The Great British Bake Off Christmas Masterclass – Paul and Mary show us how to create festive treats. Aren’t we lucky.

9pm The Wrong Mans – Filmed in the town where I live and work, I will definitely be watching this.

10pm Never Mind the Buzzcocks Christmas – Another usually great panel show, not to be missed.


9pm Tsunami: Survivors’ Stories – With knowing someone who died during the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami, it just seems right that we watch this and remember.

Tuesday 23 December:


7pm Dad’s Army – You guessed it, a Christmas episode of the classic WW2 home guard comedy.

9pm The Wrong Mans – The concluding parts of the british sitcom based in Bracknell.

10pm Mock the Week – A festive edition of the programme that makes light of the week’s news.

Channel 4

9pm 8 out of 10 Cats – Another comedic panel show with a Christmas twist.

Christmas Eve:


8.30pm The Incredible Adventures of Professor Branestawm – A comedy drama about a mad professor, sounds good.

10.15pm The Vicar of Dibley – Unfortunately not the Christmas dinner one but great hilarity all the same.

11.45pm Midnight Mass from Arundel Cathedral – I’ve only been to Midnight Mass once in my life and…well, it didn’t go great. I’d like to try it again but don’t want to have to you know, go out. This solves this issue.


9.30pm Julie Walters: A Life on Screen – Loved her in everything I’ve seen her in, I think this will make for fascinating viewing.

Channel 4

2.45pm How the Grinch Stole Christmas – A live action version of Dr Suess’ Christmas tale.

4.50pm The Muppet Christmas Carol – Great to sing along to.

Christmas Day:


6.15pm Doctor Who – A must on Christmas Day.

For me, the rest of the day should be taken up by family fun.

Boxing Day:


6.55pm The Boy in the Dress – A BBC adaptation of David Walliams’ children’s book about a boy in a dress…


7.15pm The Two Ronnies: Christmas Show – Vintage comedy at its best.


11.25am Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs at Christmas – A repeat from Christmas Day it follows the comedian as he helps out at the Battersea dogs and cat home.

9.30pm Through the Christmas Keyhole – We het to nose round the homes of celebrities at Christmas time.

Channel 4

3.50pm Turner and Hooch – Tom Hanks teams up with Hooch…the pooch. Sorry.

9pm The Big Fat Quiz of the Year – All about the year that was 2014.


And there we have it, the picks of Christmas TV that I will trying to catch over the festive period. I know there is still so many more great programmes and films that I could have added to my list, but there’s more to life than TV.

So what TV will you be making time for at Christmas?

Merry Christmas to everyone.





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