Updated by Richard Charles Beech on Mar 16, 2013

Richard Charles Beech What to watch on TV this Christmas

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A round-up of the best Christmas TV shows and films this Christmas

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  1. 1. The Snowman and The Snowdog - Channel 4, 24th Dec, 8PM

    The Snowman and The Snowdog - Channel 4, 24th Dec, 8PM

    The Snowman and the Snowdog - Christmas Eve at 8pm on Channel 4

  2. 2. Alice in Wonderland (2010) - BBC ONE, 26th Dec, 6:50PM

    Alice in Wonderland (2010) - BBC ONE, 26th Dec, 6:50PM

    Directed by Tim Burton. With Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway. 19-year-old Alice returns to the magical world from her childhood adventure, where she reunites with her old friends and learns of her true destiny: to end the Red Queen's reign of terror.

  3. 3. Bad Santa - Channel 5, 23 Dec, 9PM

    Bad Santa - Channel 5, 23 Dec, 9PM

    Film in which a man dresses as Santa to deceive people in parting with their money and belongings, but will he change his ways?

  4. 4. The Royle Family - BBC ONE, 25th Dec, 9:45PM

    The Royle Family - BBC ONE, 25th Dec, 9:45PM

    Barbara goes overboard on the Christmas shopping, much to Jim's disgust!

  5. 5. Room on the Broom, BBC ONE, 25th Dec, 4:35PM

    Room on the Broom, BBC ONE, 25th Dec, 4:35PM

    Animated version of the children's book written by David Walliams

  6. 6. Doctor Who - The Snowmen, BBC ONE, 25th Dec, 5:15PM

    Doctor Who - The Snowmen, BBC ONE, 25th Dec, 5:15PM

    A terrifying Christmas tale, 'The Snowmen'.

  7. 7. Downton Abbey - ITV1, 25th Dec, 8:45PM

    Downton Abbey - ITV1, 25th Dec, 8:45PM

    From the pen of award-winning writer Julian Fellowes comes the highly anticipated Christmas Special of Downton Abbey, starring Hugh Bonneville and Maggie Smith.

  8. 8. Miranda Christmas Special - BBC One, 26th Dec, 9:00PM

    Miranda Christmas Special - BBC One, 26th Dec, 9:00PM

    It doesn't matter what Miranda attempts in life, she always seems to fall flat, and Christmas is no different.

  9. 9. Superstars 2012 - BBC One, 29th Dec, 6:45PM

    Superstars 2012 - BBC One, 29th Dec, 6:45PM

    A one-off Olympic episode of Superstars will be aired over Christmas with 10 London 2012 gold medallists taking part.

  10. 10. George Clarke's Amazing Spaces Xmas special - C4, 20th Dec, 8PM

    George Clarke's Amazing Spaces Xmas special - C4, 20th Dec, 8PM

    Christmas special of George Clarke's Amazing Spaces

  11. 11. Text Santa - ITV, 21st Dec, 8PM

    Text Santa - ITV, 21st Dec, 8PM

    Ant and Dec host 'Text Santa', a charity fundraising appeal with a Christmas theme.

  12. 12. Nativity! (film) - BBC2, 24th Dec, 3:55PM

    Nativity! (film) - BBC2, 24th Dec, 3:55PM

    Film starring Martin Freeman, an under-achieving school teacher tells students that a Hollywood producer will be coming to watch their school play in an effort to galvanise them. But this is far from the truth.

  13. 13. A Christmas Carol (2009) - BBC1, 24th Dec, 6:45PM

    A Christmas Carol (2009) - BBC1, 24th Dec, 6:45PM

    Directed by Robert Zemeckis. With Jim Carrey, Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Steve Valentine. An animated retelling of Charles Dickens' classic novel about a Victorian-era miser taken on a journey of self-redemption, courtesy of several mysterious Christmas apparitions.

  14. 14. Outnumbered, Christmas Special 2012 - BBC ONE, 24th Dec, 9:35PM

    Outnumbered, Christmas Special 2012 - BBC ONE, 24th Dec, 9:35PM

    The Brockman family throw a party for the neighbours but it doesn't go so smoothly.

  15. 15. Mrs Brown's Boys - BBC ONE, 24th Dec, 10:15PM

    Mrs Brown's Boys - BBC ONE, 24th Dec, 10:15PM

    Mammy's Christmas - Comedy starring Brendan O'Carroll as Agnes Brown, the loudest, proudest mother in Ireland.

  16. 16. Tangled | Disney, ITV1, 25th Dec, 3:10PM

    Tangled | Disney, ITV1, 25th Dec, 3:10PM

    Disney presents a new twist on one of the most hilarious and hair-raising tales ever told. When the kingdomʼs most wanted – and most charming – bandit Flynn Rider hides in a mysterious tower, the last thing he expects to find is Rapunzel, a spirited teen with an unlikely superpower – 70 feet of magical golden hair! Together, the unlikely duo sets off on a fantastic journey filled with surprising heroes, laughter and suspense.

  17. 17. Call The Midwife - Christmas Special - BBC ONE, 25th Dec, 7:30PM

    Call The Midwife - Christmas Special - BBC ONE, 25th Dec, 7:30PM

    A baby is left on the doorsteps of the hospital, and the midwives try to find the mother.

  18. 18. Panto! - ITV1, 27th Dec, 9:00PM

    Panto! - ITV1, 27th Dec, 9:00PM

    The stand-up comedian John Bishop has co-written the show, which also stars Sheridan Smith, Samantha Spiro and Chesney Hawkes

  19. 19. Peep Show - Channel 4, 24th Dec, 10PM

    Peep Show - Channel 4, 24th Dec, 10PM

    Season Finale from the Peep Show boys

  20. 20. The Only Way Is Essex | TOWIE - ITV, 19th Dec, 10PM

    The Only Way Is Essex | TOWIE - ITV, 19th Dec, 10PM

    After the wreck of a TV spectacle that was TOWIE Live, the TOWIE Christmas special will at least promise entertainment, even if it's unintended.

  21. 21. The Hoarder Next Door Christmas Special - Channel 4, 21st Dec, 9PM

    The Hoarder Next Door Christmas Special - Channel 4, 21st Dec, 9PM

    Hoarders who are so obsessed with Christmas decorations that their homes are crumbling under the weight of all the paraphernalia.

  22. 22. Top of the Pops, Christmas 2012, BBC ONE, 25th Dec, 2PM

    Top of the Pops, Christmas 2012, BBC ONE, 25th Dec, 2PM

    Fearne Cotton and Reggie Yates celebrate Christmas Day with a special Top of the Pops.

  23. 23. Strictly Christmas Special - BBC ONE, 25th Dec, 6:15PM

    Strictly Christmas Special - BBC ONE, 25th Dec, 6:15PM

    Six new celebrities, including actress Sheila Hancock and former footballer Fabrice Muamba, are to take to the dance floor for Strictly Come Dancing's Christmas Day special.

  24. 24. BBC Two - The Christmas No.1 Story - 19th Dec, 9PM

    BBC Two - The Christmas No.1 Story - 19th Dec, 9PM

    A journey through the last 60 years of British Christmas number ones.

  25. 25. Alan Carr: Chatty Man - Channel 4, 25th Dec, 9:00PM

    Alan Carr: Chatty Man - Channel 4, 25th Dec, 9:00PM

    Christmas special of Alan Carr's hit chat show - Chatty Man