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TV fans rejoice. Christmas Day 2016 is choc a bloc with some the best shows of the year.

And if family tensions get too much or the Baileys runs dry, this is just the excuse you need to switch on the box and provide a welcome distraction. Happy watching!

11:50am The Snowman (Channel 4)

This silent animation of a young boy’s friendship with a snowman that comes to life, is a Christmas classic.

11:50am FILM Scrooge (Channel 5)

This musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, stars Albert Finney and Alec Guinness (1970).

2:20pm FILM It’s a Wonderful Life (Channel 4)

This feel good movie sees the life of a suicidal small-town businessman turned upside down by a visit from a angel. Starring James Stewart and Donna Reed.

3:10pm FILM Frozen Premiere.


This Disney animated adventure stormed the box office! A princess tries to save her sister, whose magic has plunged the kingdom into eternal winter.

4.45pm The Great Christmas Bake Off (BBC1)

Mary, Paul, Sue and Mel reunite for this festive two-part special featuring former contestants. Here’s a little teaser:

5:45pm Emmerdale (ITV)


Will Zak reunite with Lisa as he questions whether a move away is for the best? There’s also a Christmas surprise in store for Ashley and the Thomas family!

5:45pm Doctor Who (BBC1)


Peter Capaldi reprises his role as Doctor Who. He’s joined by Justin Chatwin (as The Ghost), Charity Wakefield (as Lucy Fletcher) and Little Britain star Matt Lucas (as Nardole). While we haven’t got the plot details, the above pic hints at the return of a previous Doctor Who adversary. The Shoal of the Winter Harmony are a mysterious organisation which popped up in last year’s Christmas special. We can feel the tension building already!

6:45pm Strictly Xmas Special (BBC1)


A number of former Strictly stars will compete to be crowned Christmas champions 2016. They are as follows:

Olympian and presenter Denise Lewis (series two’s runner-up), singer Frankie Bridge (series 12’s runner-up), writer and actress Pamela Stephenson (series eight), TV chef Ainsley Harriott (series 13), presenter Gethin Jones (series five) and presenter Melvin Odoom (series 14).

6:45pm Christmas University Challenge (BBC2)

Jeremy Paxton hosts this the penultimate first-round match of the special run of Christmas episodes. Alumni of Magdalene College, Cambridge, and St Hilda’s, Oxford compete.

8pm Coronation Street (ITV)


In this hour-long episode Toyah Battersby makes her expected return to the cobbles. She kicks off proceedings by cancelling Leanne’s Christmas plans and revealing that she and her husband Toby have split due to his affair. We won’t reveal the rest, but the above picture should give you an idea of the forthcoming drama!

8pm Call the Midwife (BBC1)

Call the midwife

The nuns of Nonnatus House and their fellow midwives come together to help an ailing hospital in South Africa.

9pm Gogglebox 2016 (Channel 4)


This special programme looks back at the highlights of the recent series over the last 12 months. Expect the usual wry comments on shows including Planet Earth II, Strictly Come Dancing, Poldark, Victoria and the US election news.

9:30pm EastEnders (BBC1)

Things are going from bad to worse for Phil, but it seems there may be one light at the end of the tunnel. Fans are guessing that the news of his impending fatherhood – Denise Fox is pregnant with his baby in case you missed it – could brighten his outlook. But is all well that ends well?

11pm FILM Love Actually (ITV)


Nine intertwined stories of life and love combine for the ultimate festive tearjerker. Hands up who’s watched it more than 10 times?

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