2020’s Christmas Day TV line-up won’t disappoint.
BBC, ITV and Channel 4 are bringing festive films, one-off specials and classic episodes to our screens today, December 25.
Once you’ve eaten Christmas dinner, opened your presents and spoken to loved ones, there’s nothing more satisfying than crashing on the couch and settling down with one of these Christmassy programmes.
But what exactly is on the box today?
Here is all you need to know…
Christmas TV schedule: BBC One, BBC Two, ITV, Chanel 4 and Channel 5
In the morning, BBC One kicks off with an hour of the Gruffalo (from 8.55am) for families, along with other family-friendly flicks playing throughout the day – until The Queen’s Speech at 3pm.
The much-anticipated Strictly Christmas Special starts at 4.45pm, while as the evening grows darker, favourites Call The Midwife, EastEnders and Mrs Brown’s Boys fill the schedule.
Of course, we can’t wait for the Blankety Blank Christmas Special – hosted by Bradley Walsh – at 7pm, either…
BBC One Christmas TV schedule
3pm: The Queen’s Christmas Broadcast
4.45pm: Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special
6pm: Michael McIntyre’s Christmas Wheel
7pm: Blankety Blank Christmas Special
7.40pm: Call The Midwife
10.05pm: Mrs Brown’s Boys Christmas Special
Fans of classic BBC programming will want to tune in to BBC Two all Christmas afternoon. 1975 Christmas episodes of Dad’s Army and The Morecambe and Wise Show will air, as will a 1992 episode of Victoria Wood’s All Day Breakfast.
Loyal royalists can also learn about the history behind The Queen’s Speech at 3.15pm, while listening to her annual broadcast again at 5.50pm, while modern film fans can revisit Academy Award-winning musical La La Land later at 10.10pm.
BBC Two Christmas TV schedule
3.15pm: Cue The Queen: Celebrating The Queen’s Christmas Speech
4.15pm: The Morecambe and Wise Show, 1975 Christmas Special
5.20pm: To The Manor Born
5.50pm: The Queen’s Christmas Broadcast
6pm: Matthew Bourne’s The Red Shoes
7.40pm: Dad’s Army, 1975 Christmas Special
8.20pm: Victoria Wood’s All Day Breakfast
9.10pm: Victoria Wood: The Secret List
10.10pm: La La Land
Now, over to ITV, where Britain’s Got Talent at Christmas is set to air at 8pm – with hosts Ant & Dec, plus judges David Walliams, Alesha Dixon and Amanda Holden. Sadly, Simon Cowell wont be joining for this edition.
The judges are set to perform with past winners of the show, while it’s said that dance group Diversity will be back for a special performance.
ITV Christmas TV schedule
3.40pm: Tenable Christmas Cracker
5pm: The Chase Celebrity Christmas Special
7pm: Coronation Street
8pm: Britain’s Got Talent at Christmas
9.55pm: It’s Clarkson on TV
10.35pm: It’ll Be Alright On The Night Christmas special
For a lazy afternoon movie marathon, Channel 4 delivers with The Italian Job and Christmas classic Home Alone 2.
Fans of illustrator Quentin Blake will want to tune in at 7.40pm, for a half-hour animation of his book, Clown, which follows a discarded toy clown making a new life for itself. Sounds like it’ll be teary.
Channel 4 Christmas TV schedule
3.30pm: The Italian Job
5.30pm: Home Alone 2: Lost In New York
7.40pm: Quentin Blake’s Clown
8.10pm: Escape To The Chateau
9.10pm: Gogglebox (Best Of Celebrity Gogglebox)
11.10pm: First Dates
It’s a complete nostalgia fest over on Channel 5, with 1968 musical Chitty Chitty Bang Bang airing before a three-hour programme devoted to ’80s music.
Music fans will also enjoy documentaries about late icons Freddie Mercury and George Michael, both of whom had a special connection to Christmas.
Channel 5 Christmas TV schedule
3.10pm: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
6pm: Pets Do The Funniest Things
6.25pm: Britain’s Favourite ’80s Songs
9.10pm: Freddie Mercury: A Christmas Story
10.40pm: George Michael: Last Christmas
Credit: Original article published here.