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What to watch on TV this Christmas

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

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

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

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

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

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

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?

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

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

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.

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.

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

Season Finale from the Peep Show boys

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

A terrifying Christmas tale, 'The Snowmen'.

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.

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.

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

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

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

Christmas special of George Clarke's Amazing Spaces

Text Santa - ITV, 21st Dec, 8PM

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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