One of my absolute favourite things about the Christmas period is the telly! There is such a huge assortment of programmes to choose from, from every possible genre. There are classic programmes that we all know and love and new ones we’ve never seen before.
A Christmas tradition of mine is to get the Christmas copy of the Radio Times and highlight all of the programmes and films that I’d like to watch over the holidays. From the looks of my RT this year, the record function on my Sky box is going to be working overtime.
Here are just a sample of the programmes that I definitely won’t want to miss this Christmas:
The Last Leg Christmas Special
Friday 23rd December, 9pm, C4
Adam Hills is one of my current favourite comedians and The Last Leg is one of the best satirical chat shows on TV at the moment. As 2016 has been full of drama I’m sure they will have plenty of material to work with. This Christmas special is bound to be hilarious.
Carols from King’s
Christmas Eve, 5.45pm, BBC2
It really doesn’t get much more festive than the annual carol service broadcast from King’s College, Cambridge. We’ll very possibly be out at the time the show is aired, but I imagine we’ll watch it on catch-up many times before the holidays are over.
Shaun the Sheep: The Farmer’s Llamas
Christmas Day, 1.20pm. BBC1
Our family are all huge fans of the Aardman animation studio and I’d be hard pressed to think of one of their projects that we don’t like. Obviously Wallace and Gromit is the pinnacle of plasticine perfection, but Shaun the Sheep comes in close behind. The original film is brilliant and so I’m really looking forward to seeing what other antics our woolly friend gets up to!
The Great Christmas Bake Off
Christmas Day, 4.45pm & Boxing Day, 7pm, BBC1
I was one of the scores of people on Twitter who was devastated to hear that Bake Off will be leaving BBC1 and we will be losing Mel, Sue and Mary. The Christmas special will be incredibly poignant but I wouldn’t miss it for the world. Who knows what it will be like when it moves over to Channel 4?
Christmas Day, 5.45pm, BBC1
I’m not going to lie, I’ve kind of lost interest in Doctor Who a little since Peter Capaldi took over. This is no reflection on the actor himself – I think he’s brilliant. I just don’t think he’s been given the same standard of storylines as Eccleston and Tennant (and even some of Smith’s episodes). I could go on and on about what’s wrong with the current series of Doctor Who, but whatever my opinion it won’t stop me watching the Christmas special in the hope that they’ll recapture some of the old magic.
Strictly Come Dancing
Christmas Day, 6.45pm, BBC1
Seriously, how good was the SCD final last week? I thought all of the dancers were simply A-May-Zing but I was really happy that Ore won. I don’t think there’s any possible way the Christmas special could top the battle between Ore, Danny and Louise but I’m sure it will be brilliant Christmas Day telly.
Boxing Day, 6.30pm & Tues 27th December, 6.30pm, BBC1
Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes was one of my fave books when I was a kid (still is really). I’ve recently introduced Miss Mess to the book and although she was a little shocked at first, she quite likes it now. I’ll be really interested to see how they handle the TV version.
The Witness for the Prosecution
Boxing Day, 9pm & Tuesday 27th December, 9pm, BBC1
Mr Mess and I both love Agatha Christie/Whodunnit programmes and it’s become a bit of a tradition of ours to watch these while enjoying some quiet time on Christmas Day after the chaos has stopped. We’ll have to wait until Boxing Day for our Murder Mystery fix this year, but I have no doubt we’ll enjoy this latest drama with a glass of festive tipple and so Christmassy leftovers.
The Big Fat Quiz of the Year
Boxing Day, 9pm, C4
Eight out of Ten Cats does Countdown Christmas Special
Tuesday 27th December, 11.35pm, C4
We do love our comedy in this household and these two programmes are usually a really funny way to pass an evening. Plus I love quiz shows generally and can get quite competitive. Fun times!
Wednesday 28th December, 9pm, BBC1
Jonathan Creek is probably one of my favourite TV shows of all time. It’s funny, it’s dramatic, it’s gripping. I love trying to guess the twist in the tale before Jonathan reveals it, which I almost NEVER do. I think this is a new episode (although it’s not always easy to tell with the Radio Times) but either way I’m really looking forward to it!
Robot Wars: Battle of the Stars
Wednesday 28th December, 8pm & Thursday 29th December, 8pm, BBC2
I watched A LOT of Robot Wars as a kid but haven’t watched any for a really long time. I hope it still has some of the classic robots. My favourite ever competitor was Hypnodisc so I’ll be interested to see how to the bar has been raised since the last time I watched.
Charlie Brooker’s 2016 Wipe
Thursday 29th December, 9pm, BBC2
Charlie Brooker’s unique style of satire is brilliant at any time, but I feel this year will have given him plenty of ammo to play with. I can’t wait to see what he has to say about the ups and downs of 2016. It’s gonna be brutal.
And finally, I realise this isn’t a TV show and that we watch it pretty much weekly in our house, but when I was a child there was one film that was guaranteed to be on telly over Christmas. That film was:
Tuesday 27th December, 4.10pm, Channel 5
Before I had the DVD (or multiple copies) in our house, the only time I would ever watch Labyrinth would be over Christmas. It’s kooky 80’s style can never be beaten in my eyes. Although we can now watch it as many times as well like there is still something really special about watching it on telly, over Christmas, just like I did for all those years before.
In writing this post I’ve pretty much worn out the record button on my remote! I’m so ready for Christmas now!