Christmas TV 2017: BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and more festive highlights

Christmas has arrived! as BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and SKY all announce it’s very merry festive TV line-up. What can you expect? Take a look at our breakdown of the top programes for all the family to enjoy.


Doctor Who Christmas Special

Doctor Who 2017 Christmas Special
Image Credit: BBC/BBC Worldwide

Peter Capaldi says goodbye to the Tardis as he regenerates into Jodie Whittaker but not before he reunites with companion Bill and battle the enchanted glass people. What more can we want? see our highlights.

Call The Midwife Christmas Special.
This Christmas the big freeze of 1963 takes centre stage as the residents of poplar prepare for havoc and disruption.

Little Women
Based on the classic novel by Louisa May Alcott, this three-part adaptation see’s Angela Lansbury and Michael Gambon star in the truly universal coming-of-age story. Set against the backdrop of a country divided, the story follows the four sisters Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy March on their journey from childhood to adulthood. With the help of their mother Marmee.

The Miniaturist

The Miniaturist
Image Credit: The Forge/BBC/ Laurence Cendrowicz

Based on the bestselling novel by Jessie Burton, the two-part show is set in 1686 and tells the story of a house full of beauty, privilege, lies and dangerous secrets.

The Branning family will once again be centre stage in this years festive episodes as Max Branning is set for the ultimate downfall. With Abi and Lauren already being confirmed for a Christmas exit could we see murder on the mind of the two sisters?

This new eight-part series is set to be one of this years most watched shows as James Norton takes on character Alex Godman who is forced to confront his values to protect those he loves.

The Highway Rat

The Highway Rat
Image Credit: BBC/Magic Light Pictures

The magical world created by Julia Donaldson and Axel Schffler comes to life as talents David Tennant, Rob Brydon and more put their voices to the every popular The Highway Rat – a rat who craves all sweet things.

Grandpa’s Great Escape
WWII flying Grandpa is moved into a home as his family struggle to deal with his Alzheimer’s however grandson Jack is soon enrolled to help with a ‘Great Escape’. Another fantastic adaption of David Walliams book and stars Jennifer Saunders, Tom Courtneay and Kit Conner.

Michael McIntyre’s Big Christmas Show

Michael McIntyres Big Show
Image Credit: BBC/Hungry Bear/Gary Moyes/Matt Burlem

Back one again with more laughter and unexpected stars of the show, Michael will be joined by soul sensation Seal and fellow comedian Bill Bailey. Fingers crossed for more ‘Send to All’.

Upstart Crow Christmas Special
Written by the talented Ben Elton, Upstart Crow is back for a Christmas special. Basedon the life and times id William Shakespeare (David Mitchell) this years show will also feature special guest star Emma Thompson as Queen Elizabeth I.

300 Years of French & Saunders
Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders reunite for the first time in 10 years for this very special anniversary episode. With never-seen before footage and surprise guest *cough* Joanna Lumley *cough* this will sure to be hit in most households this December.

Mrs Brown’s Boys Christmas Specials

Mrs Brown's Boys Christmas and New Year Special 2017
Image Credit: BBC Studios/Alan Peebles

Two Christmas specials will air this year, one which will presumably explain the departure of the much loved Rory. From Agnes’ special Christmas tree to Cathy’s new internet date, we can already tell this will have us all in stitches by the end of the night.

Eric, Ernie & Me
BBC4 celebrates the man behind Morecambe and Wise’s huge success on Eric, Ernie & Me. Taking us through the screen work of Britain’s most loved double act which will be played by Mark Bonnar as Eric and Neil Maskell ad Earnie.

Top of the Pops
Music lovers rejoice as Top of The Pops is back on Christmas day and New Year’s day.

Mel & Sue in a Big Christmas Thank You

Mary, Mel and Sue's Big Christmas Thank You
Image Credit: BBC Studios/Emilie Sandy

Mary Berry, Mel and Sue will all reunite for a huge festive treat as they spread some Christmas joy on an area which has fell on tough times. Putting on a marvelous party with all the trimmings this will warm even the coldest of people.

Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special
Past and present faces of SCD will be back to shake their tinsel on the festive special. Hosted by Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman stars including Judy Murray and BBC Two radio presenter Jeremy Vine will once again don the shoes and put their dancing skills to the test.

Not Going Out Christmas Special
Writer and star Lee Mack returns for a Christmas special plus this classic comedy will also return in 2018 for another series.

Nigella’s Christmas Table

Nigella’s Christmas Table
Image Credit: BBC/Robin Fox

Nigella is heading to the countryside to create her cosiest Christmas to date. Expect delicious delights and mire festive fancies.

A Christmas Carol Goes Wrong
After the hillarious Peter Pan Goes Wrong, the Oliver Award-winning Theatre Company will once again return to the screen with their take on Dickens’ famous festive fable this Christmas on BBC One.


Al Murray’s ‘Make Christmas Great Again’
The nations favourite pub landlord is back and this year he’s toasting to all things Christmas. With songs, guests, and a sack full of Christmas cheer we can expect to see many smiling faces.

Victoria Christmas Special

ITV Victoria

ITV has announced its biggest hit drama of last year, ‘Victoria’ will be back with a second series including a massive 2 hour long Christmas special. Joining Jenna Coleman and Tom Hughes will be Dame Diana Rigg and will explore the difficulties met by the King and Queen.

Gordon, Gino and Fred’s Great Christmas Roast
This Christmas, an epic battle by two of our favourite chefs – Gordon Ramsay and Gino D’Acampo will go head to head to produce the ultimate festive menu. From starter’s to delectable desserts this is one to make us all hungry!

Channel 4

The Great Christmas Bake Off/The Great Festive Bake Off
Prue, Paul, Noel and Sandi are back to bring us some holiday spices, sweets and plenty of treats as the GBBO gets TWO Christmas specials. Bakers will face new seasonal challenges with surprise musical guests, we wonder who will be the star of the Christmas tree?

Miranda Does Christmas
Miranda Hart is back! and this festive season she’s being joined by celebrity guests where she will offer advice on surviving Christmas.

The Price is Right
Alan Carr hosts one of the world’s longest running game show – The Price is Right. Full of those iconic ‘Come on Down’ moments and packed full of amazing prizes, this classic is set to entertain

Jamie’s Italian Christmas
We can join Jamie is a cosy log cabin deep in the mountains as he and his best friend Gennaro Contaldo cook up an epic Italian Christmas day feast. From the turkey to the chocolate orange tiramisu Jamie has mossed nothing out. this Christmas.

We’ll keep adding to this page as more Christmas TV specials are announced!

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