The Radio Times guide to Christmas

Everything you need to ensure your TV, radio and film Christmas is very merry indeed

The Radio Times guide to Christmas
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The best - and worst - television for 2012

TV editor Alison Graham loathes Desperate Scousewives - but loves Benedict Cumberbatch's Sherlock...

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Radio Times magazine: 7-13 January 2012

The new issue comes with four free and exclusive David Hockney postcards

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Radio Times TV and entertainment review of the year

In a four-part series, we look back at the most talked about TV topics of 2011...

Read our round-up


Christmas/New Year TV, radio and film: the Radio Times daily guide

Catch the best festive treats with this day-by-day guide to essential TV and radio programmes and movies

See the cream of festive TV, radio and film

Photo gallery: Dancing on Ice 2012

The new celebrity line-up revealed

See the photos

Endeavour - should it get a full series?

Vote now on whether the Morse spin-off deserves to return

Cast your vote



Usain Bolt: "I would like to try soccer after I retire"

The world's fastest man on new year celebrations, cricket and his love of football

Catch up with the gold medal-winning athlete


Christmas/New Year films: the Radio Times daily guide

Film buff? Your day-by-day companion to some of the best movies on the small screen this festive season

Check out our dedicated festive film guide

Radio Times top 40 TV shows of 2011: the top ten

We reveal our critics' top programmes of the year! And the winner is...

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Review: Sherlock - A Scandal in Belgravia

A first look at series two plus the latest gossip from its stars and writers...

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Andrew Collins's festive film feast

Radio Times's film editor reviews the Christmas season's must-see movies

Read the run-down

New Year's Eve: a broadcast history

Celebrate new years past with our whistle-stop tour of the annual knees-up on TV down the years

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Nine unmissable Christmas radio treats

Radio Times's radio editor Jane Anderson selects the nine programmes you must tune in to

See our radio picks

Photo gallery: Christmas TV guide

A day-by-day pictorial rundown of this year's festive televisual treats.

See what's on

Strictly Come Dancing: behind-the-scenes video

Enjoy footage of the Strictly stars' take on the 12 Days of Christmas at our exclusive photoshoot

Watch the video

Doctor Who Christmas special: preview and photos

Read a preview of this year's festive Who outing and have a sneak peek at some images from the show

Read the preview See the photos

Christmas gift guide: the best TV DVDs of 2011

Need a pressie for that special someone? Check out our pick of this year's telly DVDs...

Read our round-up of this year's best TV DVDs

One in four eat Christmas dinner with the television on

And 60 per cent don’t tune in for the Queen’s speech according to an exclusive poll

Read our survey results

Twelve Christmas TV crackers

From Dickens to Downton to Doctor Who, TV editor Alison Graham on this year's best festive viewing:

Take a look at some of the best Christmas telly

Top Gear in India

See photos of Richard Hammond and the gang in India filming this year's Christmas special

See the gallery

Christmas gift guide: technology and gadgets

Our pick of the best tech buys this festive season

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The Archbishop of Canterbury's Christmas message to RT readers

Dr Rowan Williams writes exclusively for Radio Times about the real meaning of the season

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Christmas TV: scheduling confirmed for Doctor Who, Strictly and Downton

Will the return of Absolutely Fabulous be flattened by Downton Abbey?

See when all the big Christmas programmes are on

Andrew Collins: My films of 2011

RT's film editor on the best movies of the year

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It's a Wonderful Life tops Radio Times Christmas film poll

Timeless feel-good movie romps home with nearly 20% of the vote

See the full results of our poll

Katherine Kelly gallery

The Corrie barmaid is bringing a touch of festive glamour to Weatherfield

See the photos

Christmas gift guide: TV and film merchandise

From Doctor Who to Downton, Harry Potter to Darth Vader, Tulisa to Frankie Cocozza...

Ten top gifts for film and TV fans

Darcey Bussell gallery

Take a look at our stunning photos of the ballerina in action

See the photos

Christmas gift guide: stand-up comedy DVDs

Ten of the best stand-up DVDs out this Christmas for your delectation.

See which comedians tickled our fancy in 2011

BBC reveals Dickensian Christmas line-up 

Plus the return of comedy stalwarts David Jason and the Ab Fab girls - and that all-important Doctor Who special...

Take a sneak peek at the Beeb's festive offerings

Radio Times Christmas covers gallery

Take a trip down memory lane - check out some of our favourite festive front pages:

Plenty of Santa and snow here

The X Factor, Nirvana or TOWIE? Jon Morter on the 2011 Christmas number one race

The man who beat Simon Cowell to the top spot with Rage against the Machine in 2009 assesses this year's contenders

Take a look at the frontrunners

Radio Times Christmas cards

What better subject for a set of festive cards than vintage RT covers? Take a look at the designs available and find out how to order yours!

Get your RT Christmas cards...