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What to watch on TV this Christmas

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

Dec 17, 2012 - - 215
The Snowman and The Snowdog - Channel 4, 24th Dec, 8PM

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

Dec 17, 2012 - - 195
The Royle Family - BBC ONE, 25th Dec, 9:45PM

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

Dec 17, 2012 - - 208
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.


Bad Santa - Channel 5, 23 Dec, 9PM

Dec 17, 2012
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?

Dec 17, 2012 - - 213
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.

Dec 17, 2012 - - 192
Peep Show - Channel 4, 24th Dec, 10PM

Season Finale from the Peep Show boys

Dec 17, 2012 - - 208
Room on the Broom, BBC ONE, 25th Dec, 4:35PM

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

Dec 17, 2012 - - 236
Doctor Who - The Snowmen, BBC ONE, 25th Dec, 5:15PM

A terrifying Christmas tale, 'The Snowmen'.

Dec 17, 2012 - - 246
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.

Dec 17, 2012 - - 208
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.

Dec 17, 2012 - - 192
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.

Dec 17, 2012 - - 233
BBC Two - The Christmas No.1 Story - 19th Dec, 9PM

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

Dec 17, 2012 - - 223
George Clarke's Amazing Spaces Xmas special - C4, 20th Dec, 8PM

Christmas special of George Clarke's Amazing Spaces

Dec 17, 2012 - - 251
Text Santa - ITV, 21st Dec, 8PM

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

Dec 17, 2012 - - 215
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.

Dec 17, 2012 - - 244
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.

Dec 17, 2012 - - 251
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.

Dec 17, 2012 - - 241
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.

Dec 17, 2012 - - 182
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.

Dec 17, 2012 - - 244
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.

Dec 17, 2012 - - 221
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.

Dec 17, 2012 - - 254
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.

Dec 17, 2012 - - 210
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.

Dec 17, 2012 - - 241
Alan Carr: Chatty Man - Channel 4, 25th Dec, 9:00PM

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

Dec 17, 2012 - - 246
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