TV really comes into its element over Christmas, and this year is no exception, whether it’s Christmas classics, new dramas, or the Downton Christmas special that you’re excited about, here’s The Resident’s guide to what to watch on TV this Christmas
1 Gogglebox 2014
A chance to see some of the best moments of the past year of Gogglebox 2014 in review from the country’s best loved households. Revisiting the funniest comments from the likes of Leon and June, Steph and Dom, Christopher and Stephen, and Brixton’s Sandy and Sandra.
9.30pm, Channel 4, Christmas Eve
2 Call the Midwife
Call the Midwife is back on 25 December with the Christmas special that sees Chummy, Trixie and Sister Julienne return to our screens. This year, Miranda Hart is joined by a stellar cast including Pam Ferris and Jenny Agutter. It’s safe to say you can expect babies and nativity scenes in the storyline, although it’s not all baubles and festive cheer, as the trailer on BBC 1 shows a baby being taken away from mother.
7.50pm BBC 1 Christmas Day
3 The Boy in the Dress
David Walliams, Kate Moss, Jennifer Saunders and Meera Syal are among the cast of this BBC 1 Christmas programme. The Boy in the Dress tells the story of 12-year old Dennis who wishes he could escape his boring grey life filled with divorce woes, until a chance view of Kate Moss on a magazine cover introduces him to a new world. The Boy in the Dress is the third annual Christmas adaptation for David Walliams, and follows last year’s Gangsta Granny and 2012’s Mr Stink.
6.55pm BBC 1, Boxing Day
4 Downton Abbey
Downton Abbey’s Christmas special picks up in autumn 1924. It’s grouse shooting season and Rose’s father-in-law, Lord Sinderby, has rented out Brancaster Castle in Northumberland and invited the Crawley family to a shooting party. Surprises are in store as the families become better acquainted with each other and some new faces arrive on the scene. Spoiler alert: one of the new faces is not George Clooney, sadly.
9pm, ITV, Christmas Day
5 Toy Story 3
With rumours of Toy Story 4 in the pipeline, catch up on the latest of the Disney Pixar film on Christmas Eve. Toy Story 3 is most definitely not just for children, the plot follows the group of toys, led by cowboy Woody, as they’re dropped off at a daycare centre. Throughout the film they encounter evil children and other toys, not least a terrifying bear called Lots-O.
6.25pm, BBC1, Christmas Eve
6 Esio Trot
Dustin Hoffman and Judi Dench lead the cast 9which also includes James Cordon) of this heart-warming Roald Dahl adaptation by Richard Curtis and Paul Mayhew-Archer. The tale of a pensioner’s romance and a growing tortoise will tug at the heartstrings this Christmas, for the same reasons that is has become one of Roald Dahls best-loved children’s books.
6.30pm, BBC 1, New Year’s Day
7 Charlier Brooker’s 2014 Wipe
If you’ve had enough of the mushy stuff this Christmas, tune in to Charlie Brooker’s satirical retrospective of the year’s cultural events. Brooker has become know for his sardonic commentating of society and his 2014 Wipe skews the worst of media and public behaviour, with interludes from a selection of special cultural commentators.
10pm, BBC2, 30th December
8 Blackadder’s Christmas Carol
Fans of Blackadder will love his take on the classic Christmas Carol. In a parody of Charles Dickens’ novel, Ebenezer Blackadder (Rowan Atkinson) is the nicest man in England. As a result, everybody takes advantage of his kindness, and all but Mr. Baldrick (Tony Robinson) view him as a victim. His business turns no profit, all his earnings going to charity and to con artists, and he lives a lonely, miserable life. But on Christmas Eve, Blackadder’s destiny changes when the Spirit of Christmas (Robbie Coltrane) makes the mistake of calling round to congratulate him for his ways. With all the favourites popping up throughout the programmer and Hugh Laurie narrating, this is one all the family will laugh to.
8.30pm, BB2, Christmas Day
9 Tsunami Survivors Stories
Survivors of the Boxing Day Tsunami recall one of the world’s largest ever natural disasters and reveal how their lives have unfolded a decade on from the tragedy, in this ITV documentary.
9pm, ITV, 22 December
10 8 Out of 10 Cats Christmas Special
In this special festive edition of the show, Jimmy Carr and team captains Jon Richardson and Sean Lock are joined by special guests Freddie Flintoff, Ricky Wilson and Roisin Conaty.
9pm, Channel 4, 23 December
11 Mapp & Lucia
EF Benson’s much-loved novels Mapp & Lucia, a series of social comedies about warring upper-middle-class ladies in interwar Sussex, are being brought to life in a three-part drama over Christmas, starring Anna Chancellor, as Lucia, and Miranda Richardson as Mapp. Set in 1930 in the quaint Queen Anne village of Tilling the series follows the villages eccentric inhabitants as they battle through bridge parties, garden fetes, art competitions and even the odd yoga class.
First episode 9.05pm, BBC1, 29 December