what to watch: christmas day


This Christmas Day there’s something for everyone… as long as you’re watching BBC One. There’s music, a family movie, baking, dancing, drama and comedy. The perfect cocktail of festive favourites for your Christmas Day TV viewing.

Here are the 7 shows you have to watch this Christmas Day…

1. Top Of The Pops Christmas | 1:50pm on BBC One


Ever since Top Of The Pops was cancelled back in 2006, rumours have been rife of a full series return, but sadly that’s all they ever turn out to be, just rumours.

But every Christmas since the cancellation we have been treated to a festive special (or two some years) and this year is no different. Just in time for Christmas Day lunch, Top Of The Pops returns with an hour-long celebration of all things pop.

The festive TV favourite will review 2016’s year in music with a line-up of some of the biggest musical names of the year, including Clean Bandit featuring Anne Marie, DNCE, Olly Murs, Skepta, Jonas Blue featuring Dakota, Zara Larsson, Calum Scott, Kungs, James Arthur, Craig David and Louisa Johnson.

Once again, Fearne Cotton and Reggie Yates will host the hour-long special, which will conclude with the all-important Christmas Number One. But who will it be?


2Frozen | 3:10pm on BBC One


Whether you’ve seen Frozen or not, you’ve almost certainly heard the song Let It Go and thanks to BBC One showing the family favourite this Christmas, kids up and down the country will be singing the songs from Frozen all Christmas!

When the newly crowned Queen Elsa accidentally uses her power to turn things into ice to curse her home in infinite winter, her sister, Anna, teams up with a mountain man, his playful reindeer, and a snowman to change the weather condition.

Fun for all the family this Christmas and a chance for those who haven’t watched it to see what all the fuss was about.

3. The Great Christmas Bake Off | 4:45pm on BBC One


You might have thought that we’d seen the end of Bake Off on the BBC and certainly the last of Mel, Sue, Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood all together. But that’s not the case.

Before the show makes the rather tragic move to Channel 4, the hit series has one more hurrah on BBC One with a Christmas special.

In the first episode they face three festive challenges, starting with the signature challenge. Paul and Mary want them to make some highly decorative Christmas bakes that require intricate icing.

For the technical challenge, Mary has a special present of mystery ingredients and a recipe which, if the bakers follow correctly, will produce a stunning bake, decorated with chocolate snowflakes. And finally there is the showstopper, for which the bakers must produce a festive masterpiece with Christmas theme.

In the second episode, the judges have set three festive challenges, starting with a savoury signature to get the Christmas party started. In the technical, Paul has a gifted them a bread challenge that’s not for the faint-hearted.

The final challenge, the showstopper, is huge, as the judges lay the festive gauntlet and ask the bakers to make a trio of Christmas favourites. But who will hold their nerve and produce the perfect desserts?

See first look pics here!


4. Strictly Come Dancing (Christmas Special) | 6:45pm on BBC One

Christmas Special 2016

Already feeling lost without Strictly Come Dancing in your life? Well fear not, because the sequins and sparkles are back for one more festive outing.

The couples pay tribute to some of the most memorable Christmas films of all time. With past contestants Ainsley Harriott, Pamela Stephenson, Gethin Jones, Denise Lewis, Melvin Odoom and Frankie Bridge competing for the trophy, the night promises to be a spectacular celebration of the movies that families love to watch at Christmas.

Settle down with a mince pie and some popcorn and enjoy routines inspired by Home Alone, The Polar Express, Love Actually, Meet Me in St Louis, Elf and Frozen. The Strictly judges embrace the Christmas spirit as they get into costume as their favourite Christmas movie characters.

Matt Goss performs White Christmas, plus there are two group performances from the entire Strictly cast.


5. Call The Midwife (Christmas Special) | 8pm on BBC One


Back on BBC One this Christmas is popular drama Call The Midwife with a 90-minute Christmas special. As Poplar enjoys celebrating a white Christmas, an unexpected SOS call from the Mother House interrupts festivities.

Hope Clinic, a tiny mission hospital that has links to the Order is threatened with closure. A small working group of midwives and a cleric have been requested to travel out to South Africa to work at the clinic and assess its future viability. Sister Julienne swiftly procures the help of Sister Winifred, Trixie, Barbara, Nurse Crane, Dr Turner, Shelagh, Fred and Tom Hereward and they are soon transported to South Africa to try and save Hope Clinic.

The African clinic poses many problems, and the team are both shaken and exhilarated by the challenges they are faced with: a water supply that’s running dangerously low, no electricity and Dr Myra Fitzsimmonds, the clinic’s doctor, who is suffering from a mystery illness. But the biggest hurdle is a neighbouring white farmer, who refuses access across his land for a new water pipe, which could save the clinic’s future.

The team dig deep and face these challenges head on, and achieve real success – a completed polio immunisation programme, several trips to save lives in remote locations and a caesarean performed by candlelight. In their courageous attempt to save Hope Clinic and make a difference to the lives of the people that use it, some of their own lives are changed forever.


6. EastEnders | 9:30pm on BBC One


To say EastEnders has been great of late would be lying, but it’s a Christmas tradition to watch EastEnders on Christmas Day.

As is always the case with soaps, they have to go down to come back up and I’m hoping that the return of Max Branning on Christmas Day will be the start of the soap getting back in good shape, something it has really struggled with since the departure of Dominic Treadwell-Collins.

Last seen on our screens for a brief moment earlier this year, Max Branning is returning to Albert Square on Christmas Day after return after a year in jail and his arrival is set to be explosive as he heads back to settle a few scores after being acquitted of Lucy’s murder.

Intent on seeking revenge, we see Max burst in on Ian Beale and his family during their Christmas Day meal and the rumours are he’s not all that happy with Phil Mitchell either.

7. Mrs Brown’s Boys | 10:30pm on BBC One


In the first of two brand new episode of Mrs Brown’s Boys, Mammy’s Forest, something isn’t quite right in the Brown household this Christmas.

Agnes Brown has had enough hassle with Christmas trees to last a lifetime, so this year she refuses to have one. But with Grandad’s health a worry for everyone, is there something else missing this Christmas apart from just the tree?

Meanwhile, a fire at Wash And Blow leaves Rory and Dino with nowhere to cut hair – until Mrs Brown steps in. And Dermot faces stiff competition to win a contract. But is business partner Buster also up to the challenge?


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