Christmas 2015 Must See TV

As Christmas Day fast approaches, our sofas seem to grow ever comfier and the thought of sitting by the fire indulging in fantastic food and excellent, never-ending telly grows every more appealing. Stay out of the inevitable sleet this Crimbo, and make sure you catch these upcoming and unmissable shows for the festive season...


Snow Chick                                                                

Settle down on Christmas Eve’s Eve to enjoy this chilly little delight – narrated by national sweetheart Kate Winslet, Snow Chick details the journey of a young Emperor penguin from Antarctica. Expect the same lush and intimate footage we’ve come to expect from a BBC nature documentary – but without the gorier parts of the circle of life for a more family-friendly experience.  23rd December, 8.30pm

Family Friendly Rating: A

Carols from King’s                                                     

Christmas Eve is all about tradition; hanging the stockings, leaving a little sherry for ol’ Saint Nick and hunkering down in your blankets looking forward to the excitement that’s to come on the morrow. Embrace the festive rituals this year with a look at this eponymous Crimbo TV event – the beautifully staged Carols from King’sChristmas Eve, 5.45pm

Family Friendly Rating: B

Downton Abbey                                                            

It’s not just a Christmas special – this year we’ll be saying goodbye to the Abbey and its much-loved inhabitants forever! As we prepare for post-turkey biscuits and cheese, and the global hit show’s final outing, this episode above all is sure to dredge up some emotions – even from dad! Christmas Day, 8.45pm

Family Friendly Rating: C

Michael Mcintyre’s Big Christmas Show                      

Everyone’s favourite comedian returns to the small screen with another of his Big Christmas Shows. Pack the kiddies off to bed with their presents, pour yourself a sizeable snip of sherry and settle down to enjoy celebrity guests, skits and special appearances, all glued together by the boundless energy and enthusiasm of Mcintyre. A late-starter, this one, and ample opportunity for dad’s everywhere to grab a quick, unnoticed, post-dinner nap… Christmas Day, 10.25pm

Family Friendly Rating: D


Shaun the Sheep: The Farmer’s Llamas                       

Take half an hour, if you can, to prize your little ‘un from their newest gadget or gizmo and catch the latest from those wonderfully talented people at Aardman animations. Follow all the events from Mossy Bottom Farm, where the farmer ends up, no small thanks to Shaun, with a couple of troublesome llamas on his hands. Hilarious hijinks are sure to ensue, with baa-rmy consequences! Boxing Day, 6.15pm

Family Friendly Rating: A+

By Jake Taylor 

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