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The best telly to watch this Christmas

Pull up a pew and get yourself a brew, there's plenty to watch on the box this Christmas

By Mango Saul, 21 December 2016
The best telly to watch this Christmas

Isn't sitting around the TV after eating your Christmas dinner the best thing ever?

It's one of those rare moments when you can finally sit back and relax as the Christmas turkey went down a treat, all the wonderful presents have been opened and played with and the only thing you’ll have to do between now and 10pm is potter into the kitchen to grab another festive tipple – bliss!

So, to help you achieve this festive bliss we've put together a run through of all the best Christmas classics and new dramas you won't want to miss.

From comedies, thrillers and wonderful wizardry moments, there's something all the family will love.  

Friday 23 December

Strictly Len Goodman, BBC1, 7pm


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He may be retiring but there is nothing shy about this Strictly judge. Go behind the scenes as Len goodman takes a look back at his sparkly career on the hit show.

The Morcambe and Wise Story: Look Back in Laughter, Channel 5, 9pm

Christmas isn't Christmas without a belly full of laughs with this comedy duo. Take a look back at some of their hilarious moments.

Christmas Eve

The Snowman, Channel 4, 4.45pm

You and all the family will be humming along to the iconic 'I'm walking in the air' theme tune in no time just in time for Christmas. 

McIntyre's Big Christmas Show, BBC1, 7.25pm

Alfie Bow, Michael Ball and Catherine Tate will all feature on this Christmas special. 

Christmas Day

The Queen's Christmas Broadcast 2016, BBC1, 3pm

Nothing quite says 'Christmas' like the Queen's Christmas broadcast. Make sure you tune in to catch a glimpse of how Her Royal Highness is celebrating the festive holiday. 

Doctor Who, BBC1, 5.45pm

Gather the whole family for this treat as the Time Lord will be returning to our small screens for his first appearance since the Christmas Day special last year. 

Paul O'Grady: For The Love of Dogs At Christmas, ITV, 6.45pm


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The comedian will be visiting Battersea Dogs & Cats Home to see which furry friends he can help find a forever home. 

Boxing Day

Still Open All Hours, BBC1, 8.30pm

The British sitcom, which is a sequel to the series Open All Hours, will see Granville and Gastric act as marriage counsellors. 

Big Fat Quiz of the Year, Channel 4, 9pm

There's no way you can watch this show without shouting out the answers. Jimmy Carr will be joined by the likes of Romesh Ranganathan, Richard Ayoade, Rob Delaney and Mel Giedroyc. 

Outnumbered, BBC1, 10pm

The Brockmans will be carrying out a special Boxing Day mission. 

Bank Holiday Tuesday

50 Greatest Harry Potter Moments, ITV, 4.10pm


Because you can't beat a bit of wizardry magic during the most wonderful time of the year!

Walliams and Friend Christmas Special, BBC1, 10pm

Hugh Bonneville becomes the comedian's latest and last 'friend'.

Wednesday 28 December 

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, BBC1, 1.45pm

Can Indy retrieve a precious gem and several kidnapped young boys on behalf of a remote East Indian village? Only time shall time!

Live at the Apollo Christmas Special, BBC2, 10pm

Only the very best British comedy. 

Thursday 29 December

Shrek the Third, BBC1, 4.20pm

Everyone's favourite green ogre will be returning to the screens to find a suitable king for Far Far Away, or the loveable character could be stuck with the job. 

Bruce Springsteen: In his Words, Channel 4, 10.35pm

A revealing bio-documentary giving a look into the life of one of the world's most admired and respected musicians.

Friday 30 December

Roald Dahl's Esio Trot, BBC2, 6.30pm


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One of the great author's last stories will be gracing our screens so make sure you don't miss it!

8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown New Year Special, Channel 4, 9pm

Sean Lock and Johnny Vegas takes on Jon Richardson and Sara Pascoe.

New Year's Eve

Top Of The Pops New Year, BBC1, 5.20pm

The line-up promises to be better than ever!

Skyfall, ITV2, 8pm

When James Bond's latest assignment goes terribly wrong, it leads to a calamitous turn of events. Watch Daniel Craig take to the shadows to follow a trail to the perpetrator. 

New Year's Day

Dirty Dancing, Channel 5, 4pm


Because 'nobody puts Baby in a corner'.

Sherlock, BBC1, 8.30pm

The nation's favourite detective suspects a more sinister purpose behind the destruction of images of Margaret Thatcher. But what will he uncover?