Freeview’s festive treats: what’s on TV this Christmas

Posted December 8, 2015 - Blog Posts

Every year there’s a blizzard of Christmas TV, here our picks for the festive period. 

Sherlock, BBC One

TFI Friday Christmas Special

Friday 18 December at 9pm, Channel 4

Aha! Two of the country’s most popular radio presenters unite to co-host this special edition of TFI Friday – the incumbent Chris Evans and Norfolk’s prodigal son Alan Partridge. Guests include James Corden, Sir Tom Jones and Jack Whitehall.

Alan Davies: Xmas Untitled

Wednesday 23 December at 10:00pm, Dave

Alan Davies: Xmas Untitled, Dave

Reverend Richard Coles, Jo Joyner, Joe Lycett and Jason Manford are Alan’s guests in this special edition, as they chew the (goose) fat on all things festive including nativity upgrades, yuletide stains, and midnight meetings in underwear.

The Sleigh Ride

Thursday 24 December at 8:00pm, BBC Four

The Sleigh Ride, BBC Four

It’s exactly what it says on the tin. This new ‘Slow TV’ programme will show a sleigh ride through the fairy tale wilderness of Lapland with no commentary to disturb – ideal for those tensely competitive Christmas board games.

Doctor Who

Friday 25 December at 5.15pm, BBC One

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UWwi_q2k9Ag

Series nine has only been and gone, but you can already look forward to the Doctor Who Christmas Special. The Doctor (Peter Capaldi) is reunited with his wife River Song (Alex Kingston) in what must be the most complicated relationship in the universe. Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without some family bickering.

Although, expect a more light-hearted tone than the previous series, special guests include comedians Matt Lucas and Greg Davies.

Downton Abbey

Friday 25 December at 8:45, ITV

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3MMcK8giRpY

Sadly, the Abbey closes its doors for good this Christmas. So handkerchiefs at the ready, because we’re expecting an emotional send-off. Will the unlucky-in-love Edith have her happy ending? Will Daisy and Andy get together? Can we expect a guest appearance from the Crawleys? It’s all too much…

Dickensian

Saturday 26 December at 7:00pm, BBC One

Dickensian, BBC One

‘Another Dickens adaptation’, you cry? Well, hold your horses (or reindeers), this is in fact a mash-up of the writer’s greatest hits. The likes of Scrooge, Fagin and Miss Havisham all intertwine in this 20-part drama…yes 20 parts. No one said Dickens was brief, you know.

And Then There Were None

Saturday 26 December at 9pm, BBC One

And Then There Were None , BBC One

It’s such a joyful time of year, now even more so for the ladies. In Poldark, women were swooning at his shirtless scythe work – yep, you guessed it, Aidan Turner is back (albeit with less hair). This Agatha Christie adaption sees ten strangers arrive on a remote island in Devon for a party, where some dark secrets are revealed.

Harry Price: Ghost Hunter

Sunday 27 December at 8:30pm, ITV

Harry Price: Ghost Hunter, ITV

A fascinating look at real-life ghosthunter Harry Price, starring Rafe Spall. Set in the 1920s, fiction and fact are mixed in a tale in which Harry is working as a fake medium to earn money, until a tragedy makes him reassess.

Moby Dick

Wednesday 30 December at 11am, Drama

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nKKlA1rtzQ8

This adaption of Herman Melville’s classic novel boasts a stellar cast including William Hurt as the rancorous Captain Ahab, Ethan Hawke as Ahab’s first mate Starbuck, Gillian Anderson as Mrs Ahab, Daredevil’s Charlie Cox as Ishmael and Donald Sutherland as Father Mapple.

David Attenborough’s Great Barrier Reef

Wednesday 30 December at 9:00pm

David Attenborough’s Great Barrier Reef, BBC One

Like Santa Claus, Sir David Attenborough has been whizzing around the globe for what seems like an age. And in his new three-part series, Attenborough takes us on another eye-opening journey. Using pioneering technology, this documentary reveal the effects of climate change on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.

Sherlock

Friday 1 January at 9:00pm, BBC One

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lAai7yjv6v4

Deerstalker, pipe, and cape all return in this one-off episode. The Abominable Bride sees Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freemen reprise their roles of Sherlock and Dr Watson in this snowy, ghostly tale – the perfect cure for that New Year’s Day hangover.

 

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