Freeview's Festive Highlights

Posted December 22, 2010 - Features

Christmas would not be Christmas without Christmas TV. What with the classic films, the comedy repeats and the exciting new specials that are talked about all autumn, your are really in for a treat this festive season on Freeview.

Check out Freeview’s Festive Highlights below.

There’s new epsiodes of BenidormThe Royle FamilyTop Gear and Dr. Who, plus there’s brand new series including comedy, Come Fly With Me, and drama, Upstairs Dowstairs.

Don’t forget to record the wealth of films with Freeview+ so you can watch them again and again including blockbusters such as Charlie and the Chocolate FactoryEnchantedShrek the Third and Ice Age. Plus, if you’ve got Freeview HD, the first ever epsiode of EastEnders shot in high definition premieres on Chritsmas Day on BBC One HD. It really is the season to be jolly.

Christmas Eve

Kicking off the festivities on Christmas Eve is The Queen on ITV1. Helen Mirren stars as head of the UK’s monarchy, looking very much like her royal highness herself at 3pm on BBC One.

Over on BBC One, a recent Disney Pixar favourite, Cars, is on at 3.05pm. The adventure focuses around a race track and the cars are voiced by a host of stars including Owen Wilson and Paul Newman.

Channel 4 dedicate the afternoon to a celebrity edition of Come Dine With Me starring Rodney MarshLesley Joseph,Abi Titmuss and Linda Lusardi. Each will host a dinner party in aid of a £1000 charity prize. The first of five episodes kicks off at 2.20pm.

One Born at Christmas is the Christmas special of One Born Every Minute, the series that documents the labours and then the birth of babies in the Princess Anne Hospital maternity ward. This festive episode will continue on Christmas Eve night and throughout Christmas day.

You’ve Been Framed! Christmas will be showcasing a selection of funny blooper videos with a festive feel. Harry Hill presents the show at 8.30pm on ITV1.

Channel 4 will be having a Peep Show night from 9pm starting with Peep Show & Tell, a documentary looking at the comedy show that now in its 7th series. The show is followed by three Peep Show episodes back to back.

There’s two Christmas countdowns on Christmas Eve. More4 will be hosting The 100 Greatest Christmas Momentsfrom 8.10pm and Channel 5 will be counting down the 50 Greatest Christmas TV Moments from 9pm. Both shows will reliving classic moments from shows such as Only Fools and Horses, The Royal Family and Morcambe and Wise.

Paul O’ Grady will be having a special Christmas edition of his show at 9pm on ITV1. The presenter will be joined for a chat by Bette Midler and Cilla Black with a big band Christmas finale.

ITV2 will be focusing on Celebrities and Essex’s finest. The Only Way is Essexmas is on at 9pm followed by four episodes of Celebrity Juice: JLS, McFly, N-Dubz and the Christmas special, in that order.

Christmas Day

On Christmas Day, after the presents have been unwrapped and half a turkey has been consumed, there is a selection of films across the channels and of course, The Queen’s Speech. You can catch Her Majesty’s review of the year on BBC One and ITV at 3pm, and at the same time C4 will be hosting An Alternative Message courtesy of N-Dubz member, Dappy.

At 3.10pm on BBC One, Shrek the Third will be shown with A-list voices including Cameron DiazEddie Murphy andMike Myers whilst The Grinch is the movie focus on ITV1, also at 3.10pm.

Channel 4 will be continuing its coverage from the Princess Anne Hospital in One Born at Christmas. The update episodes will roll out at 2.50pm, 4.50pm and 9pm, witnessing the mothers and the babies they give birth to on such a special day.

Later in the evening at 6pm, the much anticipated Doctor Who Christmas Special will start on BBC One. The episode is called A Christmas Carol, starring the Doctor, his new side kick and a guest appearance from opera singerKatherine Jenkins.

The Dr will be followed by a Christmas Special of Strictly Come Dancing with Fearne Britton, John Barrowman and Vince Cable all taking to the floor. The dance-off is followed by a seasonal episode of EastEnders that premieres in HD over on BBC One HD. Check out our EastEnders HD feature here.

ITV1 will be showing festive episodes from EmmerdaleCoronation Street and Family Fortunes from 6pm, followed byAgatha Christie’s Poirot episode: Murder on the Orient Express at 9pm.

The much loved Royle Family return to their couch for a Christmas Day special starring Caroline Aherne and Ricky Tomlinson at 9pm on BBC One. It’s been a while since the family got together and this episode proves the Royle’s are just like everyone else on Christmas Day.

Channel 5 will be hosting a rundown of the Greatest Christmas Adverts at 9pm. Entries will no doubt include the famous Coca Cola venture and the Yellow Pages mistletoe kiss. Awww.

At 10pm on BBC One, a new comedy starring Little Britain’s Matt Lucas and David Walliams will premiere. Come Fly with Me is a spoof documentary set in a busy airport terminal with a selection of new characters played by the comedy duo.

Alan Carr’s successful tour, Tooth Fairy Live, is on at 10pm on Channel 4. The camp comedian will be poking fun at Lidl, his parents and the fact he was forced to play sports at school.

Jamie Oliver is the focus on Channel 4 at 11.05pm in Jamie’s Christmas Lock-in. The celebrity chef will be hosting a drink-up with special guests including Charlotte Church and Louie Spence.

Boxing Day

Boxing Day is serving up another large helping of great films, Christmas specials and classic repeats starting with the ultimate fantasy film, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at 4.10pm on ITV1.

The terrestrial premiere of Enchanted hits BBC One at 3.25pm – the new age Disney adventure that’s made for both adults and children is a mix of cartoon and real life and stars Amy Adams and Timothy Spell.

Jonathan Ross will countdown the 100 Greatest Toys on Channel 4 at 6.55pm. Alongside industry experts, the public has voted on the top list which includes Barbie, Matchbox Cars and Yahtzee.

The Top Gear trio make tracks to the Middle East in a Boxing Day special on BBC Two at 8pm. Jeremy Clarkson and team test a selection of sporty cars in the unknown territories of Syria and Iraq.

Harry Hill pops his head up at 8.30pm on ITV1 for a Best of Christmas TV Burp. We’ll get a look back at the previous specials plus some comedy crackers from recent showings in TV land.

A remake of Upstairs Downstairs will premiere on BBC One at 9pm. The three-part series stars Keely Hawes from Ashes to Ashes with the second episode at 9pm on BBC One the following day.

Benidorm returns to ITV1 for a Christmas special at 9pm. The comedy that’s set in sunny Spain gets some celebrity cameos including Su Pollard and Louie Spence.

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