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Boxing Day 2021 TV schedule: What’s on TV today and tonight?

A Very British Scandal, Big Fat Quiz of the Year and Around the World in 80 Days are some of our top picks for Boxing Day (Picture: BBC; Channel 4)

This year’s TV offerings on Boxing Day are packed full of films, comedy legends and high drama, so do get sitting comfortably – there’s a lot to take in.

Whether you’re looking for a festive helping of drama, or just a really cute film, we’ve collated all that’s on offer on Boxing Day to help you decide what to watch.

Claire Foy and David Tennant act as the big faces of BBC’s Christmas offerings, playing the leads in A Very British Scandal and Around The World in 80 Days respectively.

Meanwhile, if you fancy something slightly more light-hearted Ralf Little’s bumbling British detective is back in a feature-length instalment of Death in Paradise, and Channel 4 offers up its Big Fat Quiz of the Year at 9pm.

Here’s your complete guide to what’s on TV this Boxing Day.

BBC One Boxing Day TV Schedule

David Tennant stars as explorer Phileas Fogg (Picture: BBC / Slim 80 Days)

There’s plenty of films to go round in the afternoon, with Emma Watson and Dan Stephens’ starring in Beauty and The Beast followed by Paddington if you fancy spending a few hours relaxing on the sofa before an evening filled with drama.

David Tennant will spring up as explorer Phileas Fogg, who attempts the seemingly impossible as he tries to travel across the whole world in just 80 days, with A Very British Scandal promising to turn things up a notch.

The BBC have even popped EastEnders in the 10pm slot to finish off a very high octane few hours in the best way possible.

BBC One Boxing Day TV Schedule

10.10am Shaun The Sheep: The Movie

11.30am Trolls

12.55PM BBC News and Weather

1.15pm Songs of Praise

1.50pm Revolting Rhymes

2.20pm Beauty And The Beast

4.20pm Paddington

5.50pm Around The World in 80 Days

7.30pm Death in Paradise

9pm A Very British Scandal

10pm EastEnders

BBC Two Boxing Day TV Schedule

Paul and Bob get into the festive spirit for the Christmas special of Gone Fishing (Picture: BBC/Owl Power)

As ever, BBC Two is offering chockablock films and nostalgia in high doses on Boxing Day, sure to put you in a good mood.

Singing In The Rain starts the afternoon off, followed by Some Like It Hot, before moving onto Final Score to assess the afternoon’s Boxing Day kick offs.

There’s more throwbacks in store from some comedy greats, with The Two Ronnies and The Perfect Morecambe & Wise bringing some cheer to the early evening, before we get a very special Christmas appearance from Mortimer and Whitehouse on their latest fishing excursion.

BBC Two Boxing Day TV Schedule

12.40pm Singing In The Rain

2.20pm Some Like It Hot

4.20pm Final Score

5.20pm The Two Ronnies

6.10pm The Perfect Morecambe and Wise

7.40pm: Anything Goes: The Musical

9pm: Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing

10pm: Adele: The BBC Sessions


ITV Boxing Day TV Schedule

Anita Rani will be one of the celebs taking to the stage on All Star Musicals (Picture: ITV)

ITV has saved most of its special picks for the evening, with a fairly standard Sunday of programming scheduled, with the racing dominating the early afternoon.

Of course, there’s a hefty helping of soaps to spice up the evening, with an hour-long episode of Coronation Street airing at 7.30pm straight after a trip to the Dales.

There’s more entertainment to come in the evening as stars such as Fern Britton and Anita Rani will try their hand at All Star Musicals, as the transform into some of the world’s most iconic stage characters.

ITV Boxing Day TV Schedule

11.55am Ainsley’s Christmas Good Mood Food

1pm ITV Racing

3.30pm Paul O’Grady: For The Love Of Dogs

4pm ITV News and Weather

4.15pm Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway

5pm The Chase Celebrity Special

6pm Catchphrase Celebrity Special

7pm Emmerdale

7.30pm Coronation Street

8pm All Star Musicals

9.30pm Billy Connolly: My Absolute Pleasure


Channel 4 Boxing Day TV Schedule

(L-R) Guz Khan, Sarah Millican, James Acaster, Sarah Pascoe, Jimmy Carr, Judi Love & Jonathan Ross on Big Fat Quiz of the Year (Picture: Channel 4)

Channel 4 is probably home to the calmest offerings on December 26, with a selection of classic films, mixed in with a sprinkle of travel and a strong dose of trivia to finish off the evening.

There’s a festive edition of Sunday Brunch to begin the day with, which sounds like the perfect accompaniment to tuck into leftovers with.

Elsewhere, we get to pay Dick and Angel Strawbridge’s French chateau a visit at 7pm, which we’re sure will feature some enviable interiors.

Jimmy Carr hosts his bumper two hour-long quiz which features all the biggest news stories and celebrity events of the year, as comedians including Sara Pascoe and Judi Love fight it out to win the annual special.

Channel 4 Boxing Day TV Schedule

9.30am Christmas Brunch

12.30pm Terry Pratchett’s The Abominable Snow Baby

1.05pm The Simpsons

1.55pm Home Alone 3

4pm Crocodile Dundee

6pm Britain’s Scenic Railways… At Christmas

7pm Escape To The Chateau: At Christmas

8pm All I Want(ed) for Christmas

9pm Big Fat Quiz of the Year 2021


Channel 5 Boxing Day TV Schedule

Channel 5 really is treating us with four hit films throughout the day, so if you fancy giving up pretty early on into the day, it sounds like the perfect way to relax.

Helen Mirren and Julie Walters star in Calendar Girls at 12.45pm, with Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds providing some afternoon fun in The Proposal, before moving straight onto Sister Act.

If that’s not more than enough TV for one day already, the World’s Strongest Man 2021 heats begin at 7pm.

Channel 5 Boxing Day TV Schedule

10.45am Toys That Made Christmas Great

12.45pm Calendar Girls

3pm The Proposal

5.10pm Sister Act

7pm World’s Strongest Man 2021

8pm Dirty Dancing


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