It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and the brilliant TV is definitely part of that.
It is absolutely freezing outside, it’s dark, it’s (probably) raining and nobody really wants to leave their homes, and that is absolutely fine because it’s Christmas.
And one of the most important Christmas traditions, besides decorating your tree and handing out gifts like you’re Father Christmas himself, is watching a lot of TV.
This year, BBC One, Channel 4, ITV and other broadcasters have pulled out all the stops to ensure you’ve got something fab to watch as you lie, comatose in front of the telly with a belly full of turkey or nut roast.
So, whether you’re waiting for the drama on EastEnders, placing your bets on the winner of this year’s Strictly Come Dancing Christmas special, or just planning to watch Home Alone 2 for the millionth time, all you need to know is the channel and time you can find your TV picks for this year.
Here’s what’s on TV this Christmas Day.
Christmas TV schedule: BBC One, BBC Two, ITV, Chanel 4 and Channel 5
BBC One Christmas Day schedule
BBC One is always a gold mine of brilliant TV on Christmas Day, and this year is no different.
Queen Elizabeth’s annual speech is on at 3pm, and she is expected to pay tribute to her late husband Prince Philip, who died earlier this year.
This is followed by the network premiere of Mary Poppins Returns, starring Emily Blunt as the magical singing nanny.
We’ll then have some fab competitions and game shows, from the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special to Blankety Blank, followed by EastEnders and finishing up with Mrs Brown’s Boys.
BBC One Christmas Day TV schedule
11.25pm Shaun The Sheep: The Flight Before Christmas
12.00pm Top of the Pops Christmas Special
1.10pm The Secret Life Of Pets 2
3.00pm The Queen’s Speech
3.10pm Mary Poppins Returns
5.10pm Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special
6.25pm Michael Mcintyre’s Christmas Wheel
7.25pm Blankety Blank Christmas special
8.00pm Call The Midwife
10.20pm Mrs Brown’s Boys Christmas Special
BBC Two Christmas Day schedule
BBC Two is offering nostalgia galore on Christmas Day, with a look back at classic comedy duo The Two Ronnies, an iconic Robin Hood film, and a documentary on the unique art of Roald Dahl’s illustrator, Quentin Blake.
The channel will also offer a sign language broadcast of the Queen’s speech, two hours after its initial airing on BBC One.
BBC Two Christmas Day TV Schedule
3.10pm The Two Ronnies Christmas Sketchbook
3.40pm The Two Ronnies: The Studio Recordings
4.10pm Quentin Blake: The Drawing Of My Life
5.10pm Sign Zone: The Queen’s Christmas Broadcast
5.20pm The Adventures Of Robin Hood
7.00pm The Morecambe and Wise Christmas Show 1971
7.45pm The Morecambe and Wise Show 1970 – The Lost Tape
8.35pm A Musical Family Christmas with the Kanneh-Masons
ITV Christmas Day schedule
ITV knows exactly the type of shows people are looking to watch when they can barely think after spending the day eating, drinking and eating some more.
But in the morning, when you’re up, about and excited, unwrapping your presents and wishing everyone a Merry Christmas, there are festive specials of ITV current affair favourites Good Morning Britain, Lorraine and This Morning, which looks set to be an emotional watch.
The afternoon kicks off with a classic Santa Claus movie, followed by The Masked Singer, before two iconic soaps in a row, and finishing with the legendary Love Actually.
ITV Christmas Day TV Schedule
7.00am Good Morning Britain
10.00am This Morning
12.00pm James Martin’s Saturday Morning
2.00pm Ainsley’s Good Mood Food
3.10pm Santa Claus: The Movie
5.30pm Paul O’Grady: For The Love Of Dogs
6.00pm: The Masked Singer
8.00pm Coronation Street
9.00pm The Larkins
10.40pm Love Actually
Channel 4 Christmas Day schedule
It is absolutely not Christmas until you’ve had a bit of a cry at The Snowman, and Channel 4 knows it.
The channel kicks off the afternoon with the classic animated short film, followed by its sequel, and then its annual Alternative Christmas Message for those looking for something a little different to the Queen’s speech.
We can then watch Kevin McCallister viciously attack two hapless burglars in New York before settling down for The Great Christmas Bake Off, followed by a look back at this mad year through the eyes of the Gogglebox cast.
Channel 4 Christmas Day TV schedule
3.20pm Father Christmas
3.55pm The Snowman
4.30pm The Snowman and the Snowdog
5.00pm The Alternative Christmas Message
5.15pm Home Alone 2: Lost In New York
7.30pm Terry Pratchett’s The Abominable Snowbaby
8.00pm The Great Christmas Bake-Off
9.15pm Gogglebox 2021
11.15pm First Dates At Christmas
12.20am Slumdog Millionaire
Channel 5 Christmas Day schedule
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is one of those films that has nothing to do with Christmas, but is pretty much a Christmas film because it’s played on the big day each year (See also: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory).
This year is no different, as Channel 5 promises to bring audience on that wacky adventure once more – and with the recent death of Truly Scrumptious actor Sally Ann Howes, the film will it just a little different.
Channel 5 Christmas Day TV Schedule
3.10pm Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
6.15pm Britain’s Greatest 80’s Songs
9.00pm Britain’s Favourite Party Songs
11.05 Kylie: 30 Years Of Hits
Credit: Original article published here.