The 2016 festivities bring the first Outnumbered Christmas special in three years. And brace yourself: all the kids have grown up. A lot.

But despite the almost adult children, the 40-minute episode still promises to bring all the Brockman action we’ve come to expect: the special is penned by regular writers Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkin. 

And the plot? Here’s the BBC summary:

It's Boxing Day and the Brockman family have to carry out a special mission for Grandad. They encounter car problems, child problems, parent problems, emotional problems and World War Two. If the adults can't sort things out the children will have to.

What time is the Outnumbered Christmas Special on TV?

Outnumbered is on at 10pm on Boxing Day on BBC1.

Who will star in the Outnumbered Christmas Special? 

They look (a lot) older, but all the main Brockmans are returning to the show: Hugh Dennis (Mock The Week) plays dad Pete, Claire Skinner (Power Monkeys) plays mum Sue, Tyger Drew-Honey (Tyger Takes On) plays eldest son Jake, Daniel Roche (Casualty) plays Ben, and Ramona Marquez (The King's Speech) plays Karen once more.

Also, expect guest appearances from Daisy Edgar-Jones (Cold Feet), Ruth Madeley (The Level), Mark Benton (The Halcyon), Katherine Jakeways (Tracey Ullman), Martin Trenaman (PhoneShop) and Miles Jupp (Rev).

What are the best shows to watch on TV this Christmas?

And what time are they on?

Doctor
Who

Call the
Midwife

Strictly Come Dancing
Christmas special

Grantchester 

Maigret's Dead Man
 

Sherlock

Mrs Brown's Boys

Outnumbered

We're Going on
A Bear Hunt

EastEnders

Coronation
Street


Emmerdale

The Great
Christmas Bake Off

Witness for the 
Prosecution

Ethel and Ernest
 

Last Tango in
Halifax

To Walk Invisible:
The Bronte Sisters

Jonathan
Creek

Birds of a
Feather

Walliams
and Friend

Robot Wars
 

Philomena Cunk
On Christmas

The Real Marigold
On Tour 

The Entire
Universe

Gogglesprogs

The Windsors

Blankety
Blank

The Flying Scotsman
From the Footplate

Still Open
All Hours

Revolting
Rhymes 

Find out more in the Radio Times Christmas issue, on sale from Saturday 3rd December