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8 things you won’t want to miss on TV this Christmas

From gripping dramas and laugh-out-loud comedies to classic films and traditional favourites...

By Rebecca Shepherd, 05 December 2017
8 things you won’t want to miss on TV this Christmas

It's the most magical time of the year - and we're not just talking about all the delicious food and amazing gifts. Along with all the holiday cheer that comes with the yuletide celebrations, it's also the best season for brilliant TV. 

Once you've got your Christmas dinner menu sorted, your stockings hung and the gifts wrapped, there are only two things left to do - put on your warmest, fluffiest and most comfy pyjamas, slip on some proper furry slippers and plan your Christmas Day TV viewing.

Here's our pick of the best on the box to get you started...

1. The Great Christmas Bake Off

It might have only been off our screens for a couple of months but we'd be lying if we said we didn't miss Noel's quirky shirts, Sandi's quick wit and the trials and tribulations that come with mixing flour, eggs, sugar and butter. This time, Mr Cool himself, Selasi Gbormittah (below, right), will be heading back into the tent alongisde Benjamina Ebuehi and Val Stones (below left). The trio will also appear alongside five former bakers from past series, including Beca Lyne-Pirkis (middle, right) and Paul Jagger (middle, left) – aka the guy who created that famous bread lion. Who will prove to be the biggest star baker of them all?

2. 30 years of French and Saunders

You know you're in for some good telly when you've got Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders as the leading ladies. The national treasures are back this festive season for a special 30th anniversary show, and word on the street is there'll be some very special appearances from their A-lister friends including Joanna Lumley and Lulu.

3. Doctor Who

It wouldn't be Christmas without a special and much-anticipated episode of Doctor Who. This year, we'll see Peter Capaldi in the Tardis for the final time, before he turns into... Jodie Whittaker! In this episode, the Doctor must face his past to decide his future but where will this leave him? All shall be revealed...

4. Little Women

Who doesn't love a festive period-drama? Call the Midwife writer, Heidi Thomas has penned a new adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women, so we know it's sure to be a winner. The drama takes place in 1868 and follows the lives of four sisters—Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March— on their travels from childhood to womanhood. The three-part dramatisation is set against the backdrop of the American Civil War and a country deeply divided. 

5. The highway rat

Animated superhero mouse? Check. All-star cast? Tick. Something for all the family? We think so! This half an hour watch includes David Tennant staring as the Highway Rat, Rob Brydon as the narrator and Frances de le Tour as the Rabbit.

6. Victoria

It's 1846 and Christmas at Buckingham Palace. This year Victoria's expecting her fourth child with Prince Albert but she's feeling down about her beloved Baroness Lehzen. She's also frustrated by her German husband’s desire to stage the perfect Christmas complete with unwelcome guests...

7. McMafia

Described as gritty and glamorous, this new eight-part thriller sees James Norton, who plays Alex Goldman, take on the role of an English-raised son of Russian exiles. His parents' criminal past comes back to haunt him. Put this is in your diaries - you're not going to want to miss a minute!

8. Sports Personality of the Year

Mo Farah, Anthony Joshua, Lewis Hamilton, Johanna Konta and Chris Froome are all up for this year's coveted award. Who'll steal the crown on the day? Tune in to find out. 

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