Christmas TV can be a bit hit and miss, sometimes it is easier to just go for your default classic movies and reruns of the Christmas specials and avoid anything new.
Well we thought we’d make it a little easier for you to decide what to watch, but pulling out our highlights for this Christmas.
The Sound of Music Live!
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Starring Kara Tointon (Eastenders), this celebrating of the classic film, is based on the West End musical and was all filmed and performed live last night on ITV. It also stars Julian Ovenden as Captain von Trapp (Downton Abbey), Katherine Kelly as Baroness Schraeder (Mr Selfridge) and Alexander Armstrong as Uncle Max (Armstrong and Miller). Note this isn’t an ITV original though, NBC tried this last year with Carrie Underwood (American Idol) and Stephen Moyer (True Blood).
We’re Doomed!: The Dad’s Army Story
Tuesday 22 December, 9pm BBC2
If you are a fan of the classic show and also looking forward to the movie which is hitting cinemas in February next year, they you’ll enjoy this one off drama which is set in the 60s when Dad’s Army was created. It takes a look at how the creators of the show struggled to get it made and issues with casting. It has a great cast line up too with Richard Dormer, Kevin Bishop, Shane Ritchie and Sally Phillips.
Walliams and Friend
Christmas Eve, 10.05pm BBC1
We haven’t seen David Walliams dressed up as a ‘lady’ for a while, he has been too busy selling 10 million children’s books. Finally he is back, and this time he is back with a new co-star in town. Walliams and Friend co-stars Joanna Lumley (Ab Fab) and is a series of comedy sketches, filmed in front of a live studio audience. Let’s hope that this is just the first in what could become a new Walliams series. We’re particularly looking forward to their outing as Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry.
Christmas Day, 5.15pm BBC1
This Christmas the Doctor is in the year 5343 and he arrives on a snowy planet where he meets a local called Nardole, played by Matt Lucas, along with his wife River Song. He might be shocked to see her, but she hasn’t met his new, older-looking incarnation and flirts with everyone but him as she ropes him in to help her with a bizarre mission.
Call the Midwife
Christmas Day, 7.30pm BBC1
The nuns and midwives are now celebrating Christmas in 1960 and they take a trip to London’s West End to see the Lights. Sister Monica Joan causes trouble again as she goes missing . You may also remember from the last series that Trixie was coming to terms with her alcohol problem, and Christmas can be a troublesome time to try and stay sober.
Christmas Day, 8.45pm ITV
If you weren’t happy with the ending of the final season of Downton Abbey then fear not as this Christmas episode is the real finale and should hopefully give us the closure we need to move on with our lives. Let’s hope it ends with Edith getting her happy ending with Bertie. She’ll have to charm Bertie’s mother though, played by Patricia Hodge (Miranda).
Christmas Day, 10.45pm ITV
Following the sad loss of the legendary Cilla Black, this special TV show celebrates her career and brings together her showbiz friends and family to look back over her life and career. Prepare for tears as you hear her loved ones speak as well as see rare archive footage. Ringo Starr, Paul O’Grady, Cliff Richard and Elaine Page all pay tributes to the legend that was Our Cilla.
And Then There Were None
Boxing Day, 9pm, Sunday 27 December 9pm, Monday 28 December 9.05pm BBC1
This three parter is the latest adaptation on Agatha Christie’s masterpiece and stars a SciFiDQ favourite Aidan Turner (Being Human, The Hobbit, Poldark). The story follows 10 strangers who are invited to a remote island near the Devon coast, where one by one each of the guests are killed off. Can you guess who the murderer is? Aside from the lovely Turner, there is a great cast including Charles Dance (Game of Thrones), Douglas Booth (The Riot Club), Sam Neill (Jurassic Park) and Miranda Richardson (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows).
Boxing Day 7pm & 8.30pm, Sunday 27 December 7.30pm & 8.30pm, New Year’s Day 8.30pm, BBC1
Have you ever wondered what the world would be like if all the characters from Charles Dicken’s classic Victorian books were living side-by-side? Well Dickensian will help you see that come to life, as Scrooge, Mrs Bramble and Fagin all star in this show. It’s on at random times, with two episodes per night on Boxing Day and Sunday, followed by the final episode on New Year’s Day.
Harry Price: Ghost Hunter
Sunday 27 December, 8.30pm ITV
If you love dramas based on true stories, especially when they are based around ghost stories, then you will love this. It star Rafe Spall as Harry Price, a famous real-life ghost hunter who investigated paranormal activity in London in the 1920s. A period piece, ghosts and real0life, sounds like a ScifiDQ dream show!
Catherine Tate’s Nan
Sunday 27 December 10.25pm, Wednesday 30 December 10.25pm, BBC1
A favourite character in the ScifiDQ household, this two-part special sees Catherine Tate bring back one of her classic characters, Nan, for her very own show. Get ready for lots of potty-mouthed fun, we just hope there will be lots of “What a f*&%^$g liberty” throughout the two episodes.
New Year’s Day, 9pm BBC1
We all loved the BBC’s modern take on Sherlock, but with this festive special, Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson step back in time to the year 1895. This one-off special, The Abominable Bride is a spooky murder mystery, as a man named Thomas Ricoletti claims his wife is walking the streets in her old wedding dress hours after she took her own life.
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