The Witcher

17 December, Netflix

The Witcher (Picture: Jay Maidment/Netflix)

Henry Cavill returns as monster-hunter Geralt, a lot to the aid of followers who’ve waited two years for the second instalment of the fantasy sequence. Reeling from the demise – or so he thinks – of Yennefer (Anya Chalotra), he’s below extra strain than ever to guard Princess Ciri (Freya Allan).


18 December, 9pm, Sky Atlantic

Gomorrah (Picture: BetaFilm/Sky)

The ultimate sequence of the Italian mobster drama opens with police trying to find legal Genny Savastano, who remains to be hiding in a bunker after his plans of residing a quiet life had been interrupted by a gang warfare. Ciro has fled to Latvia, leaving Genny to depend on his final ally, crime boss O’Maestrale.

The Woman Earlier than

19 December, 9pm, BBC One

The Woman Earlier than (Picture: BBC/42/Amanda Searle)

Gugu Mbatha-Uncooked stars as Jane, a girl who strikes right into a fantastically trendy home designed by mysterious architect Edward (David Oyelowo). When she finds out the darkish fact concerning the lady who lived in the home earlier than her (Jessica Plummer), Edward’s intensive record of guidelines begin to really feel extra sinister.

Emily in Paris

22 December, Netflix

Emily in Paris (Picture: Stéphanie Branchu/Netflix)

Find it irresistible or hate it, the comedy drama is again for a second sequence. Star Lily Collins has promised that the backlash has made the present higher and there’s a number of latest characters. We be a part of Emily as she offers with the fall-out from her affair with Gabriel (who turned out to be the boyfriend of her pal Camille).

The Surprise Years

22 December, Disney+

The Surprise Years (Picture: Erika Doss/ABC by way of Getty Photographs/Disney)

Impressed by the late-’80s TV sequence of the identical title, this coming-of-age sequence follows Dean Williams (Elisha Williams) as he grows up in Montgomery, Alabama within the late ’60s. Portray a portrait of what it was prefer to be a black middle-class household in mid-century America, it guarantees to be an optimistic, nostalgic watch.

Agatha Raisin

21 December, 8pm, Sky Max

Agatha Raisin (Picture: Mark Bourdillon/AcornTV/RLJ Leisure)

Ashley Jensen returns because the sleuth for one more Christmas particular. Obsessing over her festive plans and her ex-boyfriend, she is quickly distracted by a spate of poisonings within the village that threatens to damage the large day.

Spy Metropolis

23 December, BritBox

Spy Metropolis (Picture: Dusan Martincek/AMC+)

Disgraced British spy Fielding Scott (Dominic Cooper) is distributed on a near-impossible mission to Berlin in 1961 to root out a mole who’s feeding important info to the Jap Bloc in the course of the Chilly Conflict.

A Ghost Story for Christmas: The Mezzotint

Christmas Eve, 10.30pm, BBC Two

A Ghost Story for Christmas: The Mezzotint (Picture: BBC/Cute Media/Michael Carlo)

Mark Gatiss’s custom of telling spooky ghost tales continues with an adaption of M R James’s The Mezzotint, set within the ’20s. Rory Kinnear performs a person who receives a mysterious engraving of a home. Robert Bathurst, Frances Barber and Nikesh Patel co-star.

Name the Midwife

Christmas Day, 8pm, BBC One

Name the Midwife (Picture: BBC/Neal Avenue Productions)

Miriam Margolyes’s Mom Mildred is again for this particular because the midwives of Nonnatus Home deal with their “busiest Christmas Day ever” and Lucille (Leonie Elliott) and Cyril (Zephryn Taitte) deal with their upcoming wedding ceremony.

The Larkins

Christmas Day, 9pm, ITV

The Larkins (Picture: Goal Fiction/Genial Productions/ITV/Sam Taylor)

The return of the Larkin household (of The Darling Buds of Could fame) was one not many noticed coming in 2021, however right here they’re celebrating Christmas within the Kent countryside. The thrill over the forthcoming panto is undermined by a spate of burglaries and the nervousness is barely made worse when an influence reduce hits the village.

Across the World in 80 Days

Boxing Day, 5.50pm, BBC One

Across the World in 80 Days (Picture: Tudor Cucu/BBC/Slim 80 Days)

David Tennant stars as Phileas Fogg in what he calls a “romp” of a restricted sequence. Goaded by a wager, Fogg takes on the problem of circling the globe in simply 80 days. Alongside his valet Passepartout (Ibrahim Koma) and journalist Abigail “Repair” Fortescue (Leonie Benesch), he heads to Paris, the place riots have damaged out.

Loss of life in Paradise

Boxing Day, 7.30pm, BBC One

Loss of life in Paradise (Picture: BBC/Crimson Planet/Denis Guyenon)

The island of Saint Marie isn’t protected even at Christmas and DI Neville Parker (Ralf Little) is tasked with fixing the homicide of a rich transport magnate who drops lifeless at a celebration. The case turns into much more sophisticated when a threatening Christmas card arrives in London, providing clues as to who could possibly be accountable.

A Very British Scandal

Boxing Day, 9pm, BBC One

A Very British Scandal (Picture: BBC/Blueprint)

The Crown alumna Claire Foy takes on one other high-society function on this luxurious ’60s interval drama. She performs Margaret Campbell, Duchess of Argyll reverse Paul Bettany’s eleventh Duke of Argyll as they undergo probably the most public and harsh divorces in British historical past. Author Sarah Phelps says the present will discover post-war attitudes in direction of institutional misogyny.


27 December, 9pm, Alibi

Clarice (Picture: Brooke Palmer/CBS)

A yr on from the occasions of The Silence of the Lambs, FBI agent Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster changed right here by Rebecca Breeds) returns to the sphere. As she continues to court docket harmful criminals teetering on the sting of madness, we study extra about Clarice’s personal again story, which reveals a troubled childhood and a shocking purpose for her capacity to speak with unsavoury folks.

The Guide of Boba Fett

29 December, Disney+

The Guide of Boba Fett (Picture: Disney/Lucasfilm)

One other Star Wars spin-off follows bounty hunter Boba Fett (performed right here by Temuera Morrison, who has appeared in The Mandalorian amongst different Star Wars roles) as he traverses the cruel desert of Tatooine, combating for Jabba the Hutt’s former kingdom. Along with mercenary Fennec Shand (Ming-Na Wen), he rapidly makes a reputation for himself within the galaxy’s murky underworld.

Cobra Kai

New 12 months’s Eve, Netflix

Cobra Kai (Picture: Curtis Bonds Baker/Netflix)

On the finish of the third season of this massively widespread Karate Child spin-off, we noticed Daniel put apart his decades-long feud with Johnny when he saved his life in a dramatic showdown in opposition to Kreese. Now the trio are getting ready to face one another once more within the All Valley Championships, with the loser agreeing to depart the valley perpetually.

Keep Shut

New 12 months’s Eve, Netflix

Keep Shut (Picture: Vishal Sharma/Netflix)

Following The Stranger, The Woods and The Harmless, Netflix adapts one other Harlan Coben novel right into a twisty thriller. Boasting a formidable forged together with Cush Jumbo, Richard Armitage and James Nesbitt, it tells the story of a bunch of seemingly strange folks, every harbouring darkish secrets and techniques. When an previous pal delivers some surprising information, their lives collide, and their pasts are revealed.

The Vacationer

New 12 months’s Day, 9pm, BBC One

The Vacationer (Picture: BBC/Stan/HBO Max/ ZDF/Ian Routledge)

When a person (Jamie Dornan) wakes up within the sweltering Australian Outback with no recollection of who he’s or how he obtained there, he units out on a mission to uncover his id. In a world stuffed with enigmatic characters, he leans on police officer Helen Chambers (Danielle Macdonald) to assist him seek for solutions and keep protected from ruthless figures from his previous.


The Cockfields Christmas Particular

13 December, 10pm, Gold

The Cockfields (Picture: Mark Johnson/UKTV)

Simon (Joe Wilkinson) and his fiancée Esther (Susannah Fielding) journey again to his household house on the Isle of Wight to spend the no-man’s-land between Christmas and New 12 months together with his off-the-wall family members. Sound acquainted?

Santa Inc

13 December, 11.15pm, ITV2

Santa Inc (Picture: HBO)

Simply because that is an animated sequence doesn’t imply it’s appropriate for kids. Removed from it, actually, as Seth Rogen and Sarah Silverman’s newest undertaking is as filthy as you’d anticipate. It tells the story of Sweet Smalls (Silverman), an elf who desires of being the primary feminine Santa.

Magnificence and the Beast: A Pantomime for Comedian Reduction

19 December, 9pm, BBC Two

Magnificence and the Beast: A Comedian Reduction Pantomime for Christmas (Picture: BBC/Criminal Productions/Quentin Blake)

Final yr a number of the UK’s best-loved stars joined forces to placed on a riotous efficiency of Cinderella from their very own houses, elevating nearly £900,000 for Comedian Reduction. Lily James leads an equally splendid forged in a rendition of Magnificence and the Beast, together with Guz Khan, Miranda Hart, Kiell Smith-Bynoe and Sian Gibson, in addition to a few of final yr’s well-known performers.

Would I Mislead You? At Christmas

20 December, 8.30pm, BBC One

Would I Lie To You at Christmas? (Picture: BBC/Zeppotron, an Endemol Shine Firm/Brian J Ritchie)

This Christmas particular is all the time one of many few value tuning into yearly, as comedians collect to inform one another festive lies. Rob Brydon hosts alongside normal crew captains Lee Mack and David Mitchell, who can be joined by Jim Broadbent, Ardal O’Hanlon, Rose Matafeo and Angela Rippon.

We Want You a Mandy Christmas

20 December, 10pm, BBC Two

Mandy Christmas Particular: We Want You A Mandy Christmas (Picture: BBC/Richard Harrison)

Diane Morgan’s puffer-jacketed Mandy will get the Christmas Carol remedy, as she is visited by the Ghosts of Christmas Previous (Johnny Vegas), Current (Pearce Quigley) and But to Come (the poet John Cooper Clarke).


23 December, 8.30pm, BBC One

Ghosts Christmas Particular (Picture: BBC/Monumental Tv/Guido Mandozzi)

Mike (Kiell Smith-Bynoe) and Alison (Charlotte Ritchie) uncover a person resides in a tent within the grounds of Button Home, main the ever-optimistic Kitty (Lolly Adefope) to consider they’ve been visited by Father Christmas. Jennifer Saunders guest-stars.

Not Going Out

23 December, 10pm, BBC One

Not Going Out Christmas Particular (Picture: BBC/Avalon/Mark Johnson)

Lee Mack’s sitcom returns for a festive particular. Lucy (Sally Bretton) buys tickets for the household to a pantomime starring her schoolgirl crush Jason Donovan – a lot to Lee’s disappointment. He’s so unsettled by the concept that he has a dream (or, slightly, a nightmare) that his life has changed into a panto, with him forged within the function of Buttons.

Jimmy Carr: His Darkish Materials

Christmas Day, Netflix

Jimmy Carr: His Darkish Materials (Picture: Netflix)

Jimmy Carr’s third Netflix particular incorporates jokes he refers to as “career-enders”, so maybe it’s greatest to attend till your mother and father have gone earlier than switching this on. Characteristically darkish and sarcastic, he takes on subjects from anti-vaxxers to mansplaining.

Mrs Brown’s Boys

Christmas Day, 10.20pm BBC One

Mrs Brown’s Boys (Picture: BBC/Alan Peebles)

Brendan O’Carroll’s Marmite sitcom has turn into a Christmas staple. Agnes (O’Carroll) has been drafted into the church choir, however there’s an issue – Father McBride (Jimmy Gibney) has banned all singing and dancing.

Large Fats Quiz of the 12 months 2021

Boxing Day, 9pm, Channel 4

Jimmy Carr performs host as soon as once more, whereas the groups are made up of Sarah Millican, James Acaster, Jonathan Ross, Judi Love and Guz Khan. The pupils of Mitchell Brook Main Faculty, Charles Dance and Jon Snow will all return to pose questions.

Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Christmas Fishing

Boxing Day, 9pm, BBC Two

Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Christmas Fishing (Picture: John Garon/BBC/Owl Energy)

May this be the yr Bob lastly catches a salmon? The duo take a steam prepare up North, hoping to get fortunate within the Tyne and Eden rivers. They’re joined by Paul Gascoigne, who additionally desires of catching a salmon.

Frankie Boyle’s New World Order 2021

29 December, 10pm, BBC Two

Frankie Boyle’s New World Order (Picture: BBC/Zeppotron/Endemol Shine UK/Brian J Ritchie)

The Glaswegian satirist finds a lot to say when he’s solely recapping per week, so you possibly can solely think about how a lot materials he has on the entire of 2021. With the assistance of fellow comedians and movie star company, Boyle will attempt to make sense of the yr that introduced us the Olympics, COP26 and the Capitol riot.

Taskmaster New 12 months Deal with

New 12 months’s Day, TBC, Channel 4

Taskmaster New 12 months Deal with (Picture: Channel 4)

A cracking line-up for this festive version contains Claudia Winkleman, Adrian Chiles, Jonnie Peacock, Girl Leshurr and Baroness Warsi, all set to deal with Greg Davies and Alex Horne’s more and more puzzling duties.


Jamie: Collectively at Christmas

13 December, 8pm, Channel 4

Jamie: Collectively at Christmas (Picture: Paul Stuart/Channel 4)

Jamie Oliver is all the time readily available to ensure we don’t muck up within the kitchen at Christmas. Right here he presents a celebration menu ok to make up for final yr’s missed festivities earlier than giving suggestions for a luxurious Christmas Day feast.

Strictly the Actual Full Monty

13 December, 9pm, ITV

Strictly the Actual Full Monty (Picture: Spungold Productionss/ITV)

Is watching celebrities strip on TV the bottom of the low? Perhaps, however it’s all for a great trigger. Ashley Banjo, Love Island’s Teddy Soares, Olympian Colin Jackson, Unfastened Girls’s Coleen Nolan, Blue singer Duncan James and EastEnders star Laila Morse (higher often called Large Mo) are among the many well-known faces getting their equipment off to boost most cancers consciousness.


15 December, Disney+

Foodtastic (Picture: Disney/Kelsey McNeal)

Ever watched a Disney movie and wished you may gobble up the animated meals? This competitors sequence challenges cooks to create sculptures and replicas of Disney icons fully out of meals. As with Bake Off, that is one to observe solely with candy treats in the home.

One Night time In…

16 December, 9pm Channel 4

One Night time in Alton Towers (Picture: Channel 4)

Final Leg lads Alex Brooker and Josh Widdicombe spend the night time in a number of the UK’s greatest sights. Within the first of the sequence, they’re joined by Roisin Conaty for an evening in Alton Towers the place they’ve free rein over the curler coasters.

I Actually Simply Advised You

16 December, 10pm Channel 4

I Actually Simply Advised You (Picture: Channel 4/Rob Parfitt)

Jimmy Carr is in every single place this Christmas, and whereas his newest quiz present would possibly sound sophisticated, all it’s important to do is hear. Contestants are requested questions which were written dwell and could possibly be regarding something that has occurred within the present up to now. There’s £25,000 up for grabs.

The Grand Tour Presents: Carnage A Trois

17 December, Amazon Prime Video

The Grand Tour Presents: Carnage A Trois (Picture: Amazon Prime)

Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James Could set out on one other lockdown particular of The Grand Tour. This time they’ll be driving (unhealthy) French automobiles from the hills of Wales to the start of the English Channel. Due to journey restrictions on the time of filming, they aren’t allowed to cross to France, although.

Mary Berry’s Festive Feasts

20 December, 7.05pm, BBC One

Mary Berry’s Festive Feasts (Picture: BBC/Rumpus Media)

Dame Mary Berry teaches three amateurs – cousins James, Jack and Leah – the abilities wanted to wow their mums and show they’ve what it takes to feed their whole household. The One Present presenter Alex Jones and clothier Patrick Grant can be readily available to quell any anxieties.

The Nice British Stitching Bee Celeb Specials

22 December, 8pm, BBC One/30 December, 9pm, BBC One

The Nice British Stitching Bee: Celeb New 12 months Particular (Picture: BBC/Love Productions/James Stack)

Comic Sara Pascoe takes the presenting reins from Joe Lycett on this festive particular, as Rev Kate Bottley, Antony Cotton, Kiell Smith-Bynoe and Anneka Rice attempt to impress the judges with their haberdashery expertise. Later within the month, 4 extra well-known celebs – Lawrence Chaney, Rose Matafeo, Claire Richards and Kirsty Wark – will try and make an ensemble match for a New 12 months’s Eve get together.

Joe Lycett: Mummy’s Large Christmas Do!

22 December, 10pm, Channel 4

Joe Lycett: Mummy’s Large Christmas Do! (Picture: Channel 4)

Dwell from Birmingham, Joe Lycett hosts a queer Christmas get together to finish all Christmas events. With assist from particular company, musical performances and stand-up comedians, in entrance of an viewers filled with LGBTQ+ icons, allies and native heroes.

The Weakest Hyperlink Christmas Particular

23 December, 6.30pm, BBC One

The Weakest Hyperlink (Picture: BBC/Alan Peebles)

Romesh Ranganathan’s first sequence as the brand new Anne Robinson continues with this festive particular starring Kym Marsh, Gemma Collins, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Christopher Biggins, Kate Bottley, Bonnie Langford, Olly Smith and Danny John-Jules.

The Best Snowman

Christmas Eve, 8pm, Channel 4

The Best Snowman (Picture: Ringler Stefan/Channel 4)

Simply whenever you thought the competitors format had been stretched past perception, alongside comes a snowman-building contest offered by Sue Perkins. Johnny Vegas, Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen, Dani Dyer, Liam Charles, and Cherry Healey go head-to-head, every hoping to make it by way of three rounds of snow and ice sculpting. Sure, actually.

Prime Gear: Driving Dwelling for Christmas

Christmas Eve, 8.30pm, BBC One

Prime Gear: Driving Dwelling for Christmas (Picture: BBC Studios/Lee Brimble)

Solely Freddie Flintoff, Chris Harris, Paddy McGuinness would get away with giving one another automobiles for his or her workplace secret Santa. Their problem is to move an enormous Christmas tree throughout the nation and ship it to Prime Gear’s very personal Winter Wonderland. No prizes for guessing whether or not the hosts determine to assist or hinder one another…

Bradley and Barney Walsh: Breaking Dad at Christmas

Christmas Eve, 9pm, ITV

Bradley and Barney: Breaking Dad at Christmas (Picture: Hungry Bear Productions/ITV)

The third present to movie in Iceland this December, as father-and-son duo Bradley and Barney soak up volcanoes and glaciers and take a look at their arms at terrifying feats. Anticipate loving moments amid the bickering.

Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Particular

Christmas Day, 5.10pm BBC One

Strictly Come Dancing (Picture: BBC/Ray Burmiston)

Adrian Chiles, First Dates maître d’ Fred Sirieix, Mel Giedroyc, Moira Stewart, singer Anne-Marie and Jay Blades of The Restore Store will all take to the dancefloor.

The Nice British Bake Off

Christmas Day, 8pm, Channel 4

The Nice British Bake Off Christmas Particular (Picture: Mark Bourdillon/Channel 4/Love Productions)

The celebs of Russell T Davies’ hit drama It’s a Sin – Olly Alexander, Lydia West, Nathaniel Curtis and Shaun Dooley – attempt to show themselves in entrance of judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith. Later within the month, bakers of sequence previous will return to the tent within the hope of enhancing on previous performances.

All Star Musicals at Christmas

Boxing Day, 8pm, ITV

All Star Musicals (Picture: Multistory Media/ITV)

Do Fern Britton, Ben Miller, Gyles Brandreth, Anita Rani, Catherine Tyldesley or Radzi Chinyanganya have what it takes to belt out a musical quantity? On this one-off particular, we get to listen to their tackle a few of musical theatre’s most well-known songs. Judged by Elaine Paige OBE, Samantha Barks and Trevor Dion Nicholas.

Jon & Lucy’s Christmas Sleepover

27 December, 9pm, Channel 4

Jon & Lucy’s Christmas Sleepover (Picture: Amy Brammall/Channel 4)

Married comedians Jon Richardson and Lucy Beaumont invited their humorous mates over to whereas away the lull between Christmas and New 12 months. Joined by Roisin Conaty, Romesh Ranganathan and Rob Beckett, they’ll eat, drink and snigger their approach by way of a night of chat and video games.

Queer Eye

New 12 months’s Eve, Netflix

Queer Eye (Picture: Ilana Panich-Linsman/Netflix)

It looks like an age for the reason that Queer Eye boys graced our screens with their fabulous positivity, however lastly they’re again with a brand new sequence, now stationed in Austin, Texas.

Harry Potter twentieth Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts

New 12 months’s Day, TBC, Sky Max

Stars reminisce concerning the Harry Potter motion pictures(Picture: HBO)

It has been 20 years since we had been first launched to Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint within the first Harry Potter film, The Thinker’s Stone. To mark the event, the celebrities (and others who appeared within the sequence) meet as much as share tales and recollections of their time on set in addition to never-before-seen clips.


Christmas At…

15 December, 9pm, Channel 4

Christmas at… Citadel Howard (Picture: Adam W/Channel 4)

This docuseries goes behind the scenes at a number of the UK’s most lovely stately houses at Christmas to find out how employees and guests alike benefit from the festivities and exquisite decorations. First up is Citadel Howard close to York, whereas future instalments will characteristic Chatsworth Home within the Derbyshire Dales and Holkham Corridor in Norfolk.

Escape to the Chateau at Christmas

19 December, 8pm, Channel 4

Escape to the Chateau at Christmas (Picture: Channel 4)

A digital journey to Dick and Angel Strawbridge’s beautiful Nineteenth-century French chateau is the closest a few of us will get to a winter getaway. The household’s Christmas celebrations use their adopted nation as inspiration.

A Style of Christmas with Andi Oliver

21 December, 9pm, BBC Two

A Style of Christmas with Andi Oliver (Picture: BBC/Define Productions/Julian Benjamin)

In my home, it’s not Christmas with out pigs in blankets, however each family has their very own festive meals traditions. Chef Andi Oliver joins three Glaswegian households of various heritages (Italian, Pakistani and Scottish) to find out how their very own tackle the normal Christmas dinner varies.

Superb Areas: George’s Icelandic Journey

21 December, 9pm, Channel 4

George Clarke’s Superb Areas Christmas Particular (Picture: Channel 4)

George Clarke recruits grasp craftsman Will Hardie to affix him on a visit to Iceland to find the nation’s greatest structure, from a up to date lake home and a home made out of turf to a treetop lodge room impressed by a bauble.

The Furry Bikers Go North for Christmas

22 December, 8pm, BBC Two

The Furry Bikers Go North For Christmas (Picture: BBC/South Shore Productions/Jon Boast)

If you happen to nonetheless haven’t began to assemble your Christmas dinner elements by the point this Furry Bikers particular airs, it may be a good suggestion to observe of their footsteps. Dave Myers and Si King journey from the highest of the Pennines to the underside, gathering all the pieces they should create a very northern roast.

Blackburn Sings Christmas with Gareth Malone

23 December, 8pm, BBC Two

Blackburn Sings Christmas with Gareth Malone (Picture: BBC/Swan Movies)

Gareth Malone returns to the BBC to showcase one other heartwarming musical efficiency. Blackburn was one of many worst-hit areas by Covid-19, so Malone needs to convey the group collectively to have fun the NHS employees who stored all of them afloat.

Matt Baker: Our Christmas within the Dales

Christmas Eve, 7.55pm, Extra 4

Matt Baker: Our Christmas within the Dales (Picture: Paul Stuart/ Channel 4)

This pleasant sequence documenting TV presenter Matt Baker’s expertise of taking on his household farm within the Durham Dales has a primary festive particular. Simply because it’s Christmas doesn’t imply work can cease, and the Baker clan should take care of the resident miniature donkeys, sheep, canines, and chickens earlier than they will get pleasure from themselves.

Tales of a Era with Pope Francis

Christmas Day, Netflix

Pope Francis on Netflix? Sure, you learn that proper. The chief of the Catholic Church is simply one of many contributors to this docuseries which asks folks over 70 to share their life tales and philosophies. Different contributors embrace movie director Martin Scorsese.

All I Need(ed) for Christmas

Boxing Day, 8pm, Channel 4

All I Need(ed) For Christmas (Picture: Channel 4)

Jonathan Ross, Asim Chaudhry, Robert Webb, Large Narstie, Keith Lemon and Rosie Jones are a number of the acquainted faces who share the toys they hankered after as kids, together with ice-maker Mr Frosty, Simple-Bake ovens and Scalextric units. Narrated by Stephen Fry

Journey Man Christmas Particular: 96 Hours in Iceland

27 December, 8pm, Channel 4

Journey Man Christmas Particular – Iceland (Picture: Channel 4)

Joe Lycett takes the reins from Richard Ayoade for the primary time and – because it’s a Christmas particular – the same old 48 hours overseas has been prolonged to 96. He’s joined by final yr’s Strictly champion, comic and actor Invoice Bailey, for a whistle-stop journey to the land of fireside and ice.

Royal Establishment Christmas Lectures

28 December, 8pm, BBC 4

Royal Establishment Christmas Lectures with Jonathan Van-Tam (Picture: BBC/Windfall Movies/Paul Wilkinson)

As conventional as leaving a mince pie out on Christmas Eve, the annual lectures return to BBC 4. Led by epidemiologist Professor Jonathan Van-Tam, the primary handle, entitled “The Invisible Enemy”, is worried with viruses, the immune system and trendy testing expertise. Airing on consecutive evenings, the next two lectures can be on the arithmetic of illness and vaccinations.

Billionaire Blooms

29 December, 7pm, Channel 4

Billionaire Blooms (Picture: James Bainbridge/Channel 4)

This documentary follows the work of a number of the world’s most sought-after luxurious florists. Whereas Marylebone-based Jamie Aston is designing an enormous floral sculpture for one among London’s most unique venues, movie star floral designer Paula Rooney is tasked with adorning a whole mansion with festive flowers. If you happen to’re vulnerable to jealousy, look away.

Attenborough and the Mammoth Graveyard

30 December, 8pm, BBC One

Attenborough and the Mammoth Graveyard (Picture: BBC/Windfall Movies/Julian Schwanitz)

4 years after newbie fossil hunters Sally and Neville Hollingworth stumbled throughout a mammoth graveyard in Wiltshire, Sir David Attenborough and a crew of specialists excavate the location. Most enjoyable is their discovery of a human-made “axe” among the many bones of the large creatures.

Attenborough’s Surprise of Tune


Attenborough’s Surprise of Tune (Picture: BBC/Mike Birkhead Associates/Mike Birkhead)

One other providing from Sir David, as he chooses his three favorite recordings from the animal world. His picks vary from “the biggest lemur to the humpback whale and the lyrebird”, all recorded inside his lifetime – the earliest from when he was simply 5 years previous.


Robin Robin

Streaming now, Netflix

Robin Robin (Picture: Netflix)

From Aardman Animations, the creators of Wallace and Gromit and Shaun the Sheep, comes this pleasant quick movie a couple of robin chick raised by a household of mice. Earlier than lengthy she realises she’s not like the remainder of her household and units out on a journey to seek out out the place she comes from – and to lastly learn to fly.

Hansel & Gretel: After Ever After

23 December, 8pm, Sky Max

Hansel & Gretel: After Ever After (Picture: King Bert/Gary Moyes)

David Walliams’s After Ever After has already advised us what occurs after the tip of Cinderella and Jack and the Beanstalk, and now it’s the flip of the Brothers Grimm fairy story. Sheridan Smith stars because the witch who traps the kids in her cottage, whereas Walliams is unrecognisable as a troll.

Shaun the Sheep: The Flight Earlier than Christmas

Christmas Eve, 6pm BBC One

Shaun the Sheep: The Flight Earlier than Christmas (Picture: BBC/Ardman Animations)

Christmas not often goes easily for Shaun the Sheep, however this yr may be probably the most disastrous. When the flock goes on a farmhouse raid to seek out presents and decorations, little Timmy goes lacking among the many commotion.

The Superb Mr Blunden

Christmas Eve, 7pm, Sky Max

The Superb Mr Blunden (Picture: Justin Downing/Sky)

A remake of the beloved 1972 film, this feature-length story boasts a formidable forged together with Simon Callow, Tamsin Greig and Mark Gatiss (who additionally directs). The motion begins when an enigmatic previous man affords two youngsters a job as caretakers of a haunted home. Earlier than lengthy they’re making associates with the resident ghosts and find yourself on a time-travelling journey.


Christmas Day, 2.30pm, BBC One

Superworm (Picture: BBC/Magic Gentle Footage)

Matt Smith as a super-long, super-strong worm? Solely on the planet of The Gruffalo creator Julia Donaldson. Olivia Colman narrates as we observe Superworm and his greatest pal Butterfly (Patricia Allison), who dedicate their time to serving to all the opposite backyard creatures. When Superworm is kidnapped by the Wizard Lizard (Kobna Holdbrook-Smith), Butterfly has to return to the rescue.

Terry Pratchett’s The Abominable Snow Child

Christmas Day, 7.30pm, Channel 4

Terry Pratchett’s The Abominable Snow Child (Picture: Channel 4)

Following within the footsteps of The Tiger Who Got here to Tea and Quentin Blake’s The Clown, that is the most recent kids’s story to be changed into an lovable animation. An unassuming English village is shocked when an enormous snowfall ushers within the arrival of a 14ft Abominable Snow Child.

Worzel Gummidge

28 December/29 December, 7.15pm BBC One

Worzel Gummidge (Picture: BBC/Leopard Movies/Jack Barnes)

Mackenzie Criminal’s reboot of the ’70s household favorite sequence returns with two festive specials. The primary, “Twitchers”, offers the sentient scarecrow the possibility to scare off a flock of uncommon birds, whereas the second, “Calliope Jane”, sees a travelling truthful arrive in Scatterbrook. In keeping with Worzel, it’s house to an enchanted organ that sends people to sleep, permitting scarecrows to freely benefit from the rides.

Physician Who

New 12 months’s Day, TBC, BBC One

Physician Who (Picture: BBC Studios/James Pardon)

Have you ever recovered from the occasions of Flux but? I hope so, as a Dalek invasion is on the way in which and the Physician wants all the assistance she will get. Aisling Bea, Adjani Salmon and Pauline McLynn visitor star in “Eve of the Daleks”.


Madonna on the BBC

18 December, 9pm, BBC Two

Madonna on the BBC (Picture: BBC/Steve Barney and Sarah Barney)

Madonna made her BBC debut in 1984 when she appeared on Prime of the Pops to carry out her third single, “Vacation”. This movie takes a take a look at the musician’s most iconic performances and charts her journey from American materials woman to world celebrity.

Quentin Blake – The
Drawing of My Life

Christmas Day, 4.10pm, BBC Two

Quentin Blake – The Drawing of My Life (Picture: BBC/Wingspan/Steve Moss)

If you happen to’ve ever learn (and even seen) a Roald Dahl ebook, you can be accustomed to illustrator Sir Quentin Blake’s work. Over the course of this documentary, we’ll study extra about his distinguished 70-year profession immediately from the person himself and see a drawing he has created particularly for the movie – a 30ft x 7ft canvas of self-portraits and traditional characters.

Winter Journey: Schubert’s Winterreise

Christmas Day, 7.05pm, BBC 4

Winter Journey: Schubert’s Winterreise (Picture: BBC/Justin Hession)

Baritone Benjamin Appl and pianist James Baillieu carry out Franz Schubert’s masterpiece from the highest of a mountain cross in Switzerland – a 90-minute live performance positive to appease the soul.

A Musical Household Christmas with the Kanneh-Masons

Christmas Day, 8.35pm, BBC Two

A Musical Household Christmas With The Kanneh-Masons (Picture: BBC/Nick Robinson)

The musical household share their Christmas celebrations and carry out a few of their festive favourites. Fusing their Sierra Leone and Caribbean heritage with a traditional Christmas in Nottingham, anticipate renditions of “We Three Kings”, “Santa Child”, and “Within the Bleak Midwinter” in addition to Bob Marley’s “Who the Cap Match”, and Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah”.

Adele: The BBC Classes

Boxing Day, 10pm, BBC Two

Adele on the BBC (Picture: BBC)

Adele carried out a live performance for the BBC again in 2015, a few of which options on this retrospective of the singer’s performances on the establishment. Most enjoyable is her first TV look ever on Later… with Jools Holland in 2007, when she carried out “Daydreamer” from her first album, 19.

Girl Gaga on the BBC

29 December, 11.20pm, BBC Two

Girl Gaga on the BBC (Picture: BBC)

One other look again at a celebrity’s performances on the Beeb. Anticipate Girl Gaga’s usually avant-garde tackle pop music – together with her storming look at Radio 1’s Large Weekend in 2011 – in addition to her jazz alter ego, as seen in her attractive duet with Tony Bennett on Strictly Come Dancing.

Jools’ Annual Hootenanny

New 12 months’s Eve, 11.25pm, BBC Two

Jools’ Annual Hootenanny (Picture: BBC)

Ringing in 2022 can be Ed Sheeran, Gregory Porter, Lulu, Pleasure Crookes, Rag’n’Bone Man, Yola, Vic Reeves, Ruby Turner and, after all, the Pipes and Drums of the first Battalion Scots Guards.

New 12 months’s Eve Live performance

New 12 months’s Eve, TBC, BBC One

Broadcast both facet of midnight. Years & Years singer and star of It’s a Sin Olly Alexander hosts and can carry out alongside Kylie Minogue and Pet Store Boys.

New 12 months’s Day Live performance Dwell from Vienna

New 12 months’s Day, TBC, BBC Two

Conductor Daniel Barenboim leads the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra as they carry out their conventional New 12 months’s Day live performance. As normal, the programme – broadcast from the Golden Corridor of the Musikverein in Vienna – consists of music from Austrian composers together with Josef Strauss and Carl Michael Ziehrer.

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