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Get ready for the holiday season with our comprehensive list of the top Christmas television shows in the UK.


Drama

Drama pick

Rewording not possible. This is the title of a TV show and cannot be changed.

The Tardis is now under the supervision of the new Doctor, Ncuti Gatwa, and it’s time for him to explore its possibilities. However, he will need a companion to join him. Ruby Sunday (Millie Gibson) becomes that companion when she meets the Doctor and the legendary Goblin King, leading to a thrilling and immersive adventure. With Russell T Davies once again in charge, the show is more crucial than ever before.

On December 25 at 5:55pm, tune into BBC One for Christmas programming.

Ncuti Gatwa in Doctor Who: The Church on Ruby Road.

“Blood Actually: A Murder, They Hope Mystery” cannot be reworded.

Johnny Vegas is running frantically through a snowy forest, dressed as Santa. This is part of a special holiday episode of his and Sian Gibson’s comedic mystery show. However, a visit to a countryside cottage takes a chaotic turn. The show is silly and exaggerated, but enjoyable to watch with a star-studded cast including Lee Mack, Rose Ayling-Ellis, Jane Horrocks, Martin Kemp, and Robert Webb.
Coast

On Saturday, December 16th at 9pm, we will be meeting at Gold Coast.

Vigil

Amy and Eliza’s inquiries have placed them in a difficult situation – indicating that they may be nearing some solutions. However, in the meantime, they face an issue as the rebels involved in the case hold them captive. While it may not have the same level of intense confinement as the previous series, it remains a fast-paced and engaging viewing experience.

On Sunday, December 17th at 9pm, tune in to BBC One.

Vanishing Act

The plot of this real-life thriller begins with a shoe containing a decaying foot appearing on an Australian shore – and the events only become more complex from there. The story is narrated through the eyes of Melissa Caddick (played by Kate Atkinson), a financial expert who disappeared after being accused of scamming both acquaintances and strangers out of millions of dollars.

On Monday, December 18th at 9pm, the TV channel ITV1 will be airing.

Christmas Special of the Sister Boniface Mysteries

A chilly and wintry full-length special that presents not just one, but three mysteries to unravel. The main character, a Catholic detective named Lorna Watson, finds herself stuck on a train in the glistening snow, with both a killer and a thief hiding among the other passengers. Meanwhile, back at home, a deceased naked man is discovered in a shed. This lighthearted and amusing piece offers a nostalgic escape.

On Tuesday, December 19th at 8pm, there will be a drama performance.

Mayfair Witches

This film is a triple feature based on Anne Rice’s time-traveling supernatural tale about a contemporary woman who uncovers her magical ancestry. Following her grandmother’s passing, Rowan (Alexandra Daddario) discovers her inheritance includes a fortune, house, family conflicts, and much more.

On Wednesday, December 20th at 10:30 PM, tune in to BBC Two.

Christmas Special for All Creatures Big and Small

Surprisingly, this revival of a beloved show succeeds by making minimal changes – the charm of the drama is preserved in a blissful state of naivety. In tonight’s episode, the town of Darrowby is getting ready for a festive gathering and James is determined to return home to his emotional wife Helen. With her pregnancy nearing its end, it’s not hard to guess what may happen next.

On Thursday, December 21 at 9pm, tune in to Channel 5.

The Heist Before Christmas

Lost in the woods … Timothy Spall as Santa in The Heist Before Christmas.

Young Bamber Todd steals the show as a naughty boy with a good heart (and a big mouth) in this weepy comedy-drama about a struggling Northern Irish family at Christmas. Mikey and his little brother find two Santas in the woods: the “real” one (Timothy Spall) who’s lost; and a fake one who’s used the costume to steal lots of cash (James Nesbitt). Will Mikey try to take half of the money or will he discover another way of helping his mum? Great fun with plenty of heart, too.

On Christmas Eve at 8pm, tune in to Sky Max.

Beyond Paradise
This Death in Paradise spin-off – with put-upon DI Humphrey Goodman (Kris Marshall) swapping tropical island life for the Devon coast – was one of the BBC’s most successful drama launches of 2023. No wonder a festive special was fast-tracked. It sees Humph investigating a rash of burglaries while also dealing with a Scrooge-like proposal to shutter his local cop shop.

On December 24th at 9pm, tune in to BBC One for Christmas Eve festivities.

A Christmas Ghost Story: Lot Number 249.

This stylish version of an Arthur Conan Doyle short story is brought to us by the talented Sherlock showrunner, Mark Gatiss. Set in Victorian England, this half-hour episode is filled with laughter and gothic elements. The three main characters, portrayed by Kit Harington, Freddie Fox, and Colin Ryan, are all unique and quirky Oxford professors who team up to confront a menacing Egyptian mummy on their campus. It’s a blend of comedy and horror that is sure to entertain.

On the evening of December 24th, at 10 o’clock, tune in to BBC Two.

Call the Midwife

Helen George as Trixie Franklin in Call the Midwife.

In the year 1968 during the Christmas season, Apollo 8 is circling the moon, Mrs. Turner is providing assistance packages to undernourished children in Biafra, and a solitary man (famed actor Kulvinder Ghir from Goodness Gracious Me) also requires charity. Amidst all this, Call the Midwife continues to showcase a perfect balance of tone: grounded like a newly cut fir tree yet sparkling like the lights adorning it.

On December 25th at 8:15pm, tune in to BBC One for a special holiday program.

Vera

As she begins to plan the secret Santa event, DCI Vera Stanhope (Brenda Blethyn) receives a call to look into the alleged suicide of a disgraced TV celebrity during a school reunion retreat on a remote island. However, after noticing some unusual muddy footprints near the body, she shifts her focus to the victim’s four former friends who were staying with him. With any luck, she will be able to solve the case before the office holiday treats are served.
Boxing Day, 8pm, ITV1

Death in Paradise

English Rewording: Actress Patsy Kensit makes a special appearance in this extended episode of the cheerful crime show. She portrays the spouse of a business owner whose corpse is discovered in a ravine. As DI Neville Parker (Ralf Little) and DS Naomi Thomas (Shantol Jackson) investigate, a worker of the deceased who is in Saint Marie for a holiday work event disappears.

On the day after Christmas, at 9pm, tune in to BBC One for a special program.


Entertainment

Entertainment pick
The Hairy Bikers: Coming Home for Christmas

Si King and Dave Myers in The Hairy Bikers: Coming Home for Christmas.

Last year, one half of the bikers – Dave Myers – was diagnosed with cancer. This bittersweet programme follows his story from undergoing chemotherapy to reuniting with Si King and ultimately getting back to what he loves and does best – serving scrumptious feasts, specifically a banquet for all those who have helped Dave on his journey. It’s not really about the food, but there’s plenty of recipe inspiration anyway.

On December 19th at 9pm, tune in to BBC Two.

Survivor: The Finals

Only five players remain in the endurance competition taking place on a beach in the Dominican Republic. As the game nears its finale, there are evident tensions among the contestants, but their friendships have also endured through this experience. A difficult task awaits, with the promise of an immunity necklace for one player. However, with the chance to win £100,000 within reach, will the alliances stay strong?

On Saturday, December 16th at 6pm, tune in to BBC One.

“The Final of Strictly Come Dancing”
From Angela’s limber leg to Layton’s gobsmacking pole dance, it has been a vintage Strictly year. Layton joins Ellie and Bobby in the final – and the winner will be announced after they each perform three dances. To top it all off, the one and only Cher will be performing live as this year’s gang reunite to prance around her.

On Saturday, December 16th at 7pm, tune in to BBC One.

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The 2023 Royal Variety Performance.

Bradley Walsh appeared in this show for our monarchs three decades ago. To erase this unpleasant memory from the past, he has been prohibited from participating…oh wait, he’s the host. He will be accompanied by special guests such as McFly, Rick Astley, Cher, and actors from various Disney musicals. This suggests that the quality of performers has improved since the 1990s.

On Sunday, December 17th at 8pm, the program “ITV” will be airing.

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Rob and Romesh take on Lapland.

Rob Beckett and Romesh Ranganathan in Rob & Romesh vs Lapland.

Vanilla, a grown elf residing in Lapland, extends an invitation to Romesh and Rob to join her at Santa Claus Village for elf training and a baptism. She renames them Rom Rom and Ding Dong. Despite being uncertain about the situation, they assist with taking care of the reindeer, responding to letters from children, and even have the opportunity to meet Santa himself to determine if they have made the cut for his team.

On Sunday, December 17th at 9pm, tune in to Sky Max.

Christmas University Challenge

A fresh iteration of the yearly festive competition of the academic quiz, where notable graduates from different British universities compete for dominance. The first match features King’s College London against City University of London. The inevitable Amol Rajan serves as the quizmaster, with journalists Ayshah Tull and Joe Crowley among the participants.

On Monday, December 18th at 8:30pm, tune in to BBC Two.

BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2023

This year’s Spoty will be held on a Tuesday evening, breaking from tradition. However, the rest of the event will proceed as usual with Gabby Logan, Gary Lineker, Alex Scott, and Clare Balding hosting from MediaCityUK in Salford. The front-runner for the title according to bookies is the foul-mouthed goalkeeper Mary Earps, but cricketer Stuart Broad and athlete Katarina Johnson-Thompson are also considered strong competitors.

On Tuesday, December 19th at 7pm, tune in to BBC One.

World’s Strongest Man 2023

The yearly celebration of grunting and fierce expressions is a unique but enjoyable Christmas tradition. This year, it will take place at the Utilita Arena in Sheffield, where participants will be challenged with five different tests of strength. These include the Deadlift Ladder, Car Walk, Viking Press, Loading Race, and Power Stairs, all of which will push the competitors to their limits until a champion is declared. Commentary will be provided by Colin Bryce and Danny Wallace.

On Wednesday, December 20th at 7pm, tune in to Channel 5.

Celebrity MasterChef: Christmas Cook-Off 2023

Four past contestants of Celebrity MasterChef are vying for the coveted Golden Whisk trophy and the honor of being named Christmas Champion. Mel Blatt, Richard Blackwood, Duncan James, and Faye Winter will showcase their cooking skills using ingredients from Secret Santa Mystery Boxes as they are judged by John Torode and Gregg Wallace.

On Wednesday, December 20th at 9pm, tune in to BBC One.

Special

The Amsterdam Christmas Special with Nigella

Nigella’s Christmas celebration in Amsterdam

Nigella Lawson in Nigella’s Amsterdam Christmas.

Nigella Lawson has longstanding family ties to Amsterdam and this special sees her dipping into the unique festive ambience of the city and creating some meals in its spirit. She visits a liquorice shop, a cheese emporium and a chip shop with queues round the block, then plans a menu. Traditional Dutch cookies represent continuity with the past while a chicken biryani reflects Amsterdam’s multicultural present.

On Thursday, December 21st at 8pm, tune in to BBC One.

This is a special Christmas edition of the popular TV show, The Great British Sewing Bee, featuring celebrity contestants.

Introducing our new host! Kiell Smith-Bynoe, known for his roles in Ghosts, Stath Lets Flats, and Taskmaster, is now the presenter for our friendly embroidery competition. He starts off with the celebrity edition, having previously competed in 2021. Joining him in the intense competition are punk icon Toyah Willcox, Black Ops actor Hammed Animashaun, and comedic actresses Kerry Godliman and Jessica Knappett.

On Thursday, December 21st at 9pm, tune in to BBC One.

The Final Stage of Christmas

Last year, the Green party made their news satire show more exciting by dressing up as characters from popular movies like Shrek, Kermit, and the Grinch. Can they outdo themselves tonight? Tom Davis, known for his role in Wonka, and Alison Hammond, who is always willing to participate in any shenanigans, will join them in creating chaos.
Friday 22 December, 9pm, Channel 4

Spending the holidays with Katherine Jenkins

Celebrating Christmas with Katherine Jenkins

Katherine Jenkins’s festive performance, recorded at the Swansea Arena, features a variety of gown changes, crowd-pleasing songs, and special guests. Alongside Jenkins are Wynne Evans, classical pianist Chloe Flower, and Jack Savoretti, who joins her for a delicate rendition of “What the World Needs Now Is Love.”

On Saturday, December 23rd at 7:10pm, tune in to BBC Two.

The Voice UK

After completing the blind auditions and callbacks, it is now time for the judges, Anne-Marie, Olly Murs, Tom Jones, and will.i.am, to make some tough decisions. They have narrowed down the initial 40 acts to a final 12, but ultimately only four will move on to next week’s final. Who will be the chosen ones?

On Saturday, December 23rd at 8:10pm, tune in to ITV1.

The Unofficial Science of Die Hard

Is it possible to jump off a roof while wearing a firehose around your waist? This playful and silly documentary offers solutions to this question and other mysteries presented in the holiday action film Die Hard. Comedians Chris Ramsey and Paul Chowdhry, along with engineer Zoe Laughlin, recreate iconic scenes from the film starring John McClane. Additionally, Alex Brooker visits the real Nakatomi Plaza and interviews the actors who played Ellis and Argyle.

On Saturday, December 23rd at 8:10pm, tune into Sky Max.

Christmas Special for Blankety Blank

The Christmas-themed installment of this game show showcases a group of the most boisterous individuals in the history of light entertainment, including Brian Blessed, AJ Odudu, Gemma Collins, Rob Beckett, Ainsley Harriott, and Katherine Ryan, as they compete for screen time. Bradley Walsh attempts to control them and help the regular contestants win prizes despite being outnumbered.

On Saturday, December 23 at 9pm, tune in to BBC One.

The Kanneh-Masons bring life to the hills.
Fans of The Sound of Music will be thrilled by this film that tracks the journey of a talented British family in the classical music world. The family visits Salzburg to honor the Von Trapps, whose movie they watch and perform their own versions of every year. Yodel-ay-hee-hoo!

On December 24th at 5:40pm, tune in to BBC Two for Christmas Eve programming.

Mog’s Christmas

“Curse that feline!” Mog, the unfortunate cat, can’t seem to catch a break as the Thomas family gets ready for Christmas in this charmingly animated version of Judith Kerr’s story. However, when she becomes stranded on the roof, Mog starts to view things in a new light. This is a great choice for young children and features a talented cast including Adjoa Andoh, Claire Foy, and Miriam Margolyes, along with a new song by Sophie Ellis-Bextor.

On the evening of December 24th at 7:45pm, tune into Channel 4.

Tabby McTat

Sopé Dìrísú as Tabby and Rob Brydon as Fed in Tabby McTat.

The touching story by Julia Donaldson about a street performer’s noisy cat who gets lost from its owner is wonderfully depicted in this animated production. Jodie Whittaker provides the narration, with Rob Brydon and Sopé Dìrísú portraying Fred and Tabby, and Susan Wokoma as Sock, the cat’s love interest. Kids will enjoy the plot, while adults may shed a tear fueled by cremant as they contemplate themes of separation and affection.

On Christmas Day at 2:35pm, tune in to BBC One.

“The Christmas Piano”

The first Christmas special for the beloved 2023 series is here and it’s filled with heartwarming moments. The special includes special appearances by celebrities, a Secret Santa exchange, and a touching performance by 13-year-old musical genius Lucy, who is visually impaired and neurodivergent. Lucy is joined on the piano by Grammy-winning artist Gregory Porter.
Christmas Day, 8.45pm, Channel 4

Only Connect Specials: Boxing

Victoria Coren Mitchell’s quiz values creative thinking. It is likely that this is how they decided on the boxing theme for tonight’s Boxing Day special. Two teams from previous series will make a comeback, but the real question is whether Victoria will continue to wear those cumbersome boxing gloves.

On Boxing Day at 8pm, tune into BBC Two.


Comedy

Comedy pick
Ghosts Christmas Special

Charlotte Ritchie as Alison and Kiell Smith-Bynoe as Mike in Ghosts Christmas Special.

The last episode of this well-loved comedy series starts off with a situation that many new parents can relate to. Mike’s mother comes to stay for a few days to assist Alison with adjusting to being a mother. However, a few months pass and the couple starts to question if she will ever leave. To make matters worse, she has noticed something strange about Button House. With a perfect mix of laughter and emotion, you’ll want to have tissues nearby.

On Christmas Day at 7:45pm, tune in to BBC One.

Who cares about Leo Reich?

Leo Reich, a posh and young stand-up comedian who is openly gay and incredibly self-absorbed, gained popularity as one of the top performers at the 2022 Edinburgh fringe festival. His show, which playfully focuses on narcissistic themes, has now been captured as an HBO special, adding to the prestige and luxury associated with the brand. With this special, a larger audience can now appreciate Reich’s sharp observations about Generation Z, entertaining musical breaks, and attention-grabbing gym shorts.

On Monday, December 18th at 9:40pm, tune in to Sky Comedy.

The Christmas Special of Never Mind the Buzzcocks

The title of the song by host Greg Davies, “I’ve Consumed a Pint of Baileys and Now I Dislike Myself,” is sure to be a hit when it’s released for Christmas. Maybe he can get some advice from pop stars Ricky Wilson of the Kaiser Chiefs and Leigh-Anne from Little Mix? The show also includes some comical dancing by Harry Hill and a risqué story about Noddy Holder and a drunken donkey.
Tuesday 19 December, 9pm, Sky Max

Special

Rewording not necessary as it is the title of a show.

The Lateish Show with Mo Gilligan Christmas.

The popular host of TV’s late-night show prepares for the holiday season with a Christmas celebration. Leona Lewis, who recently went on tour with her Christmas album a decade after its release, will be in attendance, along with First Dates’ Fred Sirieix, presenter Joel Dommett, and People Just Do Nothing’s Allan Mustafa. The event will feature a special Christmas edition of Nursery Grimes and Babatunde Aléshé will serve as MC for a karaoke competition.

On Wednesday, December 20th at 10pm, tune in to Channel 4.

Lycett After Hours: It’s the holiday season!

Joe Lycett has become a popular late-night tradition during the holiday season, much like forgetting to turn off the Christmas lights and rearranging the elf on the shelf. Along with familiar faces such as Linda Biscuits, Hardev from the shop, and Lycett’s aunties who always bring quiche, this year’s guest list includes Self Esteem, Aisling Bea, Guz Khan, Shaun Ryder, and Mel B. And in a special surprise, a celebrity secret Santa will be making a visit to Birmingham to join in on the festivities.

On Thursday, December 21st at 10 o’clock in the evening, tune in to Channel 4.

A Broke Christmas

A Very Brassic Christmas.

It appears highly likely that a holiday episode of Brassic will include a heist. This is confirmed as a team plans to rob a winter wonderland in order to rescue Christmas. Additionally, watch out for a mischievous interpretation of the nativity tale. The episode includes notable appearances from well-known actors Greg Davies and Imelda Staunton.

“On Thursday, December 21 at 10pm, tune in to Sky Max.”

“Will I deceive you?” during the holiday season.
Wilty remains pretty much the best panel show on TV and this festive special provides more effortless entertainment. Guests include Alex Brooker, Melvyn Hayes, Naga Munchetty and, most notably, Victoria Coren Mitchell whose presence offers the prospect of a tantalising glimpse into her husband David Mitchell’s private life.

On Friday, December 22nd at 8pm, tune in to BBC One.

Here We Go

Jim Howick, Katherine Parkinson, Alison Steadman, and Tom Basden are back in this above-average sitcom about the Jessops, a typical English family. The show follows their daily lives, which are captured by their son’s filming. Rachel, the mother (played brilliantly by Parkinson) is under tremendous pressure as she tries to plan a flawless day. However, with a baking tray as a gift, a trip to the hospital, and a power outage, her plans are thrown off course.

On Friday, December 22 at 8:30pm, BBC One will be airing.

Can I Offer You 2023?

At the conclusion of another year where finding humor in current events proved to be a challenge, a compilation show highlights the top moments from the tireless leader of satirical TV panel games. Alongside Ian Hislop on his right and Paul Merton on his left, guests include Guz Khan, Victoria Coren Mitchell, Harry Hill, and the somewhat controversial Clive Myrie, known for his criticism of Boris Johnson.

On Friday, December 22nd at 9pm, tune in to BBC One.

Two Doors Down

Michelle, also known as Joy McAvoy, is portrayed as a more realistic character compared to the exaggerated ones in the comedic yet underappreciated show. However, things may not go as planned when she decides to host a Chinese takeout night for everyone. This leads to reminiscing about Billy Connolly, Christine’s discovery of Deliveroo, and Cathy (played by Doon Mackichan) making sharp remarks as she resumes her role as the drama queen of the neighborhood. The following day, Alan and Michelle come back from their trip to Vegas with some exciting news.

On December 22nd, Friday, at 9:30pm, turn to BBC One.

Unfortunately, there will not be a Christmas special episode of the show “Not Going Out” this year.
The 100th episode of the sitcom is filled with multiple festivities. Lee and Lucy invite elderly Wilfred over for Christmas dinner, leading to a chaotic evening. Wilfred demands to watch Naked Attraction and threatens to involve the police if he’s served a vegan meal.

On Christmas Eve at 10pm, tune in to BBC One.

Ronnie Corbett: My 30 Funniest Moments

A special program that spans two hours showcases the highlights of the late comedian’s career. It begins with his early film roles and cabaret performances, then delves into his collaborations with David Frost and the future members of Monty Python in the late 1960s. His popularity reaches its peak with The Two Ronnies and Sorry! in the 1970s and 1980s, and he later becomes a highly regarded veteran actor with appearances on Extras as a guest.

On December 26th at 8pm, tune in to Channel 5 for Boxing Day programming.


Factual

Factual pick

The Disco Era: The Musical Voice of a Revolution

Excellent … Disco: Soundtrack of a Revolution.

The series accurately presents disco music as more than just pure pleasure-seeking, recognizing its political significance in promoting LGBTQ+ and Black liberation during the 1970s. The first episode features Nicky Siano reflecting on his beginnings in the disco scene, discusses how the “beef crisis” in the US played a role in the rise of disco, and includes an interview with renowned drummer Earl Young on the essential elements of disco drumming.

On Saturday, December 16th at 10pm, tune in to BBC Two.

Creating a gigantic cruise ship worth one billion pounds.

Constructing a colossal cruise ship valued at one billion pounds.

A team of skilled French engineers is working diligently to finish the construction of one of the largest and most technologically advanced cruise ships in the world. This project involves handling 42,000 tonnes of steel and putting together over 2,500 cabins, as well as 13 dining areas, multiple shops and bars, and seven swimming pools. However, this task is still less complicated than assembling an average Ikea furniture piece.

On Saturday, December 16th at 8pm, tune in to Channel 4.

Rewording the title: Tracking the Preying Couch Surfer: An Unpleasant Host Experience

This week’s episode of the three-part series follows the story of a couch-surfing host who sexually assaulted and raped his guests. A woman from Portugal takes action and starts the fight against him. The story involves private Facebook groups, internet investigations, and the beginning of efforts to hold the predator accountable.

On Saturday, December 16th at 9pm, tune in to Sky Documentaries.

Steve Backshall and the Whale

Whale With Steve Backshall.

Steve Backshall shares more fascinating insights into the natural world as he embarks on a journey to connect with the majestic creatures of the sea. In tonight’s episode, he takes us to Tahiti where he comes face to face with predatory seagulls and captures a rare moment of a newborn calf nursing from its mother. Aside from these exciting encounters, Backshall also delves into the pressing issues of rising shipping activity and the urgent climate crisis, and how they are affecting the habitats of these magnificent creatures.

On Sunday, December 17th at 8pm, tune in to Sky Nature.

A day in the custody of the police.

This installment of the true-crime documentary series delves into a complicated and distressing case involving the alleged rape of a man following a date arranged on Grindr. The details are difficult to sort through, as one party claims the encounter was consensual while the other believes it was assault. The episode delves into the intricacies of personal boundaries and intentions, raising questions about the role of law enforcement in personal matters and the use of one’s sexual history as evidence. It is a thought-provoking and unsettling watch.

On Sunday, December 17th at 9pm, tune in to Channel 4.

Reworded: Solving the Mystery of Conan Doyle’s Death: Lucy Worsley Investigates Sherlock’s Demise

Lucy Worsley continues her intriguing examination of the peculiar dynamic between Arthur Conan Doyle and his well-known character. In this episode, as Sherlock’s popularity rises, Worsley delves into the repercussions of Conan Doyle’s choice to end his life (an event that was presented in the newspapers of the time as a real death). However, was it possible for the author, who had become weary of Holmes, to insert himself as the protagonist of his own tale?

On Sunday, December 17th at 9pm, tune in to BBC Two.

Where can we find Baby Gabriel?

A new documentary series consisting of three parts will be shown tonight, chronicling the vanishing of seven-month-old Gabriel Johnson from San Antonio in 2009. Initially, his mother Elizabeth confessed to killing him, but later retracted her statement and suggested that he was sold on the black market, adding more complexity to the case. Will the truth ultimately be revealed?

On Sunday, December 17th at 10:30pm, tune into Channel 4.

Jamie’s Christmas Shortcuts

Jamie’s Christmas Shortcuts.

Jamie Oliver has been a staple on Christmas food television for many years and continues to come up with clever ways to turn panettone into a unique dessert. Other recommendations for cooking during the “betwixtmas” time include a brussels sprout Caesar salad, a savory version of tarte tatin, and a hearty gnocchi dish with winter vegetables that will last you until the new year.
Monday 18 December, 8pm, Channel 4

The Hidden Treasures of Aldi during the Holiday Season

Can anyone resist trying pigs-in-blankets flavored ice cream? As part of the strange tradition of Christmas supermarket documentaries, we now have the chance to peek into Aldi’s enchanting middle aisle and beyond. However, there are some issues arising, including a massive chocolate ornament and poorly dressed smoked salmon. The tension is high.

On Monday, December 18th at 9pm, tune in to Channel 4.

Envision: Russell T Davies – My Experience with The Doctor

Of course, Russell T Davies is well into his career with multiple successful shows, and he is highly regarded as one of the best TV writers. Despite this, he still has a strong attachment to the Tardis. In this moving documentary, Alan Yentob follows Davies’ journey back to Doctor Who, the show that has been a guiding light since his childhood. Along the way, we get a glimpse into his creative process and the ups and downs of his career. One common trait is his remarkable patience (he often spends years thinking about his writing) and his extraordinary ability to infuse warmth into even the most somber topics.

On Monday, December 18th at 10:40pm, tune into BBC One.

“David Harewood Explores Italy Through the Eyes of Dickens”

Dickens in Italy With David Harewood.

Can Christmas truly be complete without a dose of Dickens? In a departure from the usual, David Harewood follows in the footsteps of the renowned writer through Italy, visiting Venice, Naples, Genoa, and Rome. Along the way, he uncovers the impact of the country on Dickens’ writing style, political views, and personal experiences.

On Tuesday, December 19th at 8pm, tune in to Sky Arts.

Inside McVitie’s at Christmas

Have you sampled a white chocolate digestive cookie yet? This crucial examination of McVitie’s holiday preparation and their competitive advantage reveals the innovative approach taken to create this new treat. Additionally, there is a twist on the Penguin candy bar, but is altering beloved classics taking things too far?

On Tuesday, December 19th at 9pm, Channel 4 will air.

The show “Love it or List it” hosted by Kirstie and Phil.

The show featuring Kirstie Allsopp renovating a current residence while Phil Spencer searches for new options is back. Tim and Sonia returned to Chippenham to assist his sick mother. With her passing, they and their daughter Ella are seeking a new beginning. While it is a heartfelt episode, Kirstie still expresses disapproval when she learns of their idea for a large kitchen island.

On December 20th, at 8pm, tune in to Channel 4.

The 1970s Supermarket at Christmas

The creation of the white, gooey center in an After Eight mint has been a puzzling question for the brightest minds in biochemistry for many years. Prepare for a cascade of intriguing revelations, such as the reason behind sprout-induced flatulence and the enigmatic disappearance of the tantalizing Terry’s Chocolate Lemon from 1979.

On Wednesday, December 20th at 9pm, tune in to Channel 5.

The Real Vanishing Act: Missing Millionaires

You don’t have to have seen ITV’s true-crime show Vanishing Act, which has been available for streaming this week. This accompanying documentary delves into the real-life story of fraudster Melissa Caddick and is intriguing in its own right. In November 2020, Caddick, who was being investigated for a $30 million fraud, disappeared from her oceanfront mansion in Sydney. Did she plan her own escape from punishment? Or was there something more sinister going on?

On Thursday, December 21st at 9pm, tune in to ITV1.

Caroline Aherne was known as the Queen of Comedy.

Caroline Aherne: Queen of Comedy.

This documentary is an emotional ride that serves as a tribute to the incredible comedic talent of Caroline Aherne while also highlighting the difficulties she faced in her personal life and her untimely passing. Through interviews with her colleagues, such as Steve Coogan, Henry Normal, and Craig Cash, we are reminded of Aherne’s impact and influence on those around her. Along with personal struggles, the documentary also includes footage from her early stand-up performances, her iconic role as Mrs. Merton, and her beloved sitcom with Cash, The Royle Family. Ultimately, it becomes a celebration of Aherne’s extraordinary life, though tinged with sadness and ultimately deeply moving.

On Christmas Day at 10:25pm, tune in to BBC Two.

The Crowning of Charles III: A Year of Celebration

A BBC decoration to accompany the holiday garland, this film narrated by Helena Bonham Carter examines King Charles’s initial year as ruler with deferential admiration. The focal point of the documentary is the coronation: how did the royal family convince the remaining members of the Monty Python crew to come together and plan such a bizarre and humorous ceremony? Additionally, anticipate hearing insights from at least one, but likely not both, of Charles’s sons.

On the day after Christmas, at 6:50pm, tune in to BBC One for a special event.

Passionate About the Young Man: The Tale of Noël Coward

As a child, I was taught to seek attention and I have continued to do so successfully until now. Alan Cumming and Rupert Everett narrate a captivating film about the extraordinary life of “the master”. Using his own words and archival footage, it recounts his experience as a gay man in a heterosexual society, his rise to becoming the world’s highest-paid writer by the age of 30, and his numerous accomplishments in theater, television, and film.

On the evening of December 26th, at 9 o’clock, BBC Two will air a boxing event.

Source: theguardian.com