From Porridge to Dad’s Army – when are the classic Christmas comedies on?

Your guide to when the likes of Blackadder, The Good Life and Victoria Wood are showing over the festive season

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New episodes of Outnumbered and Mrs Brown’s Boys are all well and good, but who doesn’t enjoy a visit from the Comedies of Christmas Past over the festive season? Enter Captain Mainwaring, Blackadder and Fletch will all their classic episodes! Find out who’s showing when with our handy guide:

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Blackadder’s Christmas Carol

Christmas Day (7:15pm, BBC2) – kindly Ebenezer Blackadder is visited by his ghastly ancestors

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Dad’s Army

Saturday 17 December (6:25pm, BBC2) – a chance to see the first ever episode

Christmas Eve (7:00pm, BBC2) – Mainwaring tests the platoon’s stamina. Christmas special from 1971

Christmas Day (8:00pm, BBC2) – is Mainwaring really a softie at heart? From 1974

Boxing Day (6:50pm, BBC2) – Arthur Lowe plays two roles when Mainwaring’s brother shows up. From 1975

Tuesday 27 December (7:00pm, BBC2) – a fundraising bazaar causes rivalries to resurface. From 1976

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The Good Life

Christmas Day (1:55pm, BBC2) – Margo is left without food and drink on Christmas Day. From 1977

Wednesday 28 December (7:00pm, BBC2) – Tom fears he and Barbara have no money set aside for their old age. From 1978

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Morecambe and Wise

Christmas Day (5:40pm, BBC2) – festive edition from 1976 featuring Elton John, John Thaw and Dennis Waterman

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Porridge

Friday 23 December (5:15pm, BBC2) – 1976 Christmas special sees Reg Unwin trying to take Mr Barrowclough hostage

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To the Manor Born

Thursday 29 December (7:00pm, BBC2) – Festive special from 1979. Audrey is preparing for Christmas

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Victoria Wood

Sunday 18 December (7:40pm, BBC2) – a whole evening of special programmes and archive classics

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Plus: Sky, Virgin and BT subscribers can see vintage episodes of the likes of Only Fools and Horses, The Vicar of Dibley and The Royle Family throughout the festive period on Gold. Check your Christmas issue of Radio Times for more details (out now).

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