The five must-watch shows on TV this Christmas

The five must-watch shows on TV this Christmas

December 13, 2018

The five must-watch shows on TV this Christmas

Watching television with the family – it’s as synonymous with Christmas as wrapped presents and roast turkey. There’s fewer better feelings than snuggling in to the sofa with something warm and finding a Christmas classic on the box to tune in to.

But how can we possibly navigate through the multitude of great television on offer, with so much to choose from? 

Fortunately for you, we’ve taken a look at what this year’s schedules have thrown up and specially selected the five essential TV shows you have to watch this Christmas – with something for all the family.

The Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special airs on Christmas Day (BBC1, 5:30 PM)

Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special – Christmas Day (BBC1, 5:30 PM)

On Saturday, this year’s edition of Strictly will close its curtains, as one of 2018’s fabulous celebrity stars is crowned champion of the ballroom. 

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Fortunately you won’t have to wait much longer for your next fix of Strictly, as Craig, Darcey, Shirley and Bruno are all back for a one-off Christmas special.

Among the returning cast are former champion and Love Island host Caroline Flack, EastEnders star Jake Wood, and the unforgettable Ann Widdecombe, paired alongside her former dance partner and fan favourite Anton Du Beke. 

Expect glitz, glamour and maybe a little bit of a festive farce along the way too!

Watership Down airs 22nd December (BBC1, 7:00 PM) and 23rd December (BBC1, 7:20PM)

Watership Down – 22nd December (BBC1, 7:00 PM) and 23rd December (BBC1, 7:20PM)

There won’t be a dry eye in the house this Christmas, as the BBC (teaming up with Netflix) premieres this latest, two-part animated version of the classic story of Watership Down.

Based on Richard Adams’ incredible, heart-rending book, this adaption’s all-star cast – including Gemma Arterton, Nicholas Hoult and James McAvoy – portray the tale of a group of rabbits desperately searching for a new home, whilst avoiding dangers and threats at every turn. 

Filmed in stunning CGI, immerse yourself in this unforgettable adventure.

You can read how Watership Down Stars, Gemma Arterton and Nicholas Hoult approached taking on this iconic tale inside Weekend magazine, FREE with this Saturday’s Daily Mail

The Great Christmas Bake Off airs on Christmas Day (Channel 4, 08:00 PM)

The Great Christmas Bake Off – Christmas Day (Channel 4, 08:00 PM)

Once you’re full from your Christmas dinner, you’ll no doubt be thinking about dessert – and The Great Christmas Bake Off could well be exactly what your looking for.

Sandi, Noel, Paul and Prue are back in the tent for this festive edition on Channel 4, and they’re joined by a few familiar faces from previous seasons. 

Flo and Liam return from 2017, joined by 2016’s Jane and Andrew to take on three gruelling challenges. But who will be crowned Christmas Star Baker?

Call The Midwife Christmas Special airs on Christmas Day (BBC1, 7:45 PM)

Call The Midwife Christmas Special – Christmas Day (BBC1, 7:45 PM)

No other show consistently pulls off the true meaning of Christmas spirit like a Call The Midwife special, and this year is no different. 

In this festive episode, show creator Heidi Thomas delicately balances love and loss, sprinkled with the most adorable young babies – ingredients guaranteed to touch even the iciest of hearts.

There’s a collection new faces, including the confident and bolshy Sister Mildred, played by the glorious Miriam Margoyles – but its old hat Jenny Agutter’s Sister Julienne who steals the show, as she wrestles a life changing dilemma. 

If you see nothing else this Christmas, you must see this.

You can read an exclusive full-length preview of this incredible Christmas special in the Daily Mail’s 96-page bumper edition of Weekend magazine, FREE this Saturday.

The ABC Murders – Starts Boxing Day (BBC1, 9:00 PM)

This Christmas, there’s been a crime committed, and it’s not the underdone sprouts. 

There’s only one man for the job, and John Malkovich is the latest to take to our screens as the legendary Hercule Poirot this Boxing Day for Agatha Christie’s, The ABC Murders.

Tasked with investigating a murderous psychopath, simply known as ‘A.B.C’, Belgium’s most famous detective and his team must navigate a heap of twists and turns, and a of shifty suspects in the frame. 

Former Harry Potter star, Rupert Grint, also stars in a supporting role as Inspector Crome.

There’s so much great TV to look forward to this Christmas, and you can find it all in Britain’s biggest and best Christmas TV magazine, Weekend, free with Saturday’s Daily Mail. It promises to be a cracker!



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