The best TV shows to watch on Netflix this Christmas

From new episodes of The Crown to British TV classics like Gavin & Stacey, Call the Midwife and Doctor Who, check out all the TV series guaranteed to get you into the Christmas spirit this year

Prince Philip prepares to deliver his Christmas address in The Crown season 2 (Netflix, JG)

Christmas is a time for bingeing, whether that be turkey or TV. So if you’re short of something to watch with the family this year – or if you’re desperate to escape the regular TV festive offerings – check out some of the best TV shows to watch on Netflix this Christmas.

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Gavin & Stacey

Probably the most successful British Christmas comedy special of recent years, and certainly the one with the biggest heart. Almost a decade on from its first airing, Ruth Jones and James Corden’s festive special will still have you laughing and crying (and singing along with Smith of course). Watch on Netflix (the Christmas special is also available on BBC iPlayer this December)

Sherlock

No new Sherlock this New Year *sobs*, but three series plus the 2016 New Year’s Day special The Abominable Bridge are available to watch online. Watch on Netflix

Only Fools and Horses

Proof that the oldies are still goodies, Only Fools and Horses was one of the most-watched shows on Netflix last Christmas. Maybe with more Time on Our Hands we return to the ones we know best? Watch on Netflix

War & Peace

A big, strutting, scything giant of BBC drama, Andrew Davies’ binge-friendly Tolstoy adaptation is perfect viewing for when this year’s TV dramas dry up. Watch on Netflix

Dark

It’s weird, spooky and at times deadly complex, but if you’re missing the kind of creepy mystery/ghost story that used to be a regular sight at Christmas, then Netflix’s latest Original series Dark may just fit the bill. Watch on Netflix

Dickensian

Charles Dickens characters collide in the snowy streets of Victorian London. Bah humbug… Watch on Netflix

Frozen Planet

Feel the chill with David Attenborough’s remarkable Frozen Planet, just one of many natural history epics to delve into on Netflix. Watch on Netflix

The Crown

Prince Philip prepares to deliver his Christmas address in The Crown season 2 (Netflix, JG)

With a second season released on 8th December, the royal historical drama has gained new depth – and Matt Smith dressed in a Christmas jumper. Watch on Netflix

Call the Midwife

The first five series of the BBC Christmas staple are available to watch online all over again, from the early years of Jessica Raine and Miranda Hart through to Charlotte Ritchie’s first appearance as Nurse Barbara. Watch on Netflix

Gilmore Girls

Seasons come and go, but Amy Sherman-Palladino’s comedy drama remains timeless. The big buzz of last year’s revival may have gone, but that doesn’t mean Netflix subscribers still aren’t lucky as hell to be able to drop into Stars Hollow whenever they like. Watch on Netflix

Doctor Who

Christmas specials, regenerations, plus some of the best British storytellers and directors to be found anywhere: Doctor Who is a modern Christmas tradition, even when the hype of Peter Capaldi’s final episode as the Doctor ends. Watch on Netflix

A Series of Unfortunate Events

Think your family’s a little… odd? You’ve got nothing on the Baudelaire children. This Netflix series goes deep into Lemony Snicket’s peculiar series of books in a way the previous movie version never could. Season two isn’t far away either… Watch on Netflix

Pride and Prejudice

OK, we’re getting a little heavy on the period drama front now, but if you’re going to watch anything, surely it has to be this? Nothing will lift the winter gloom better than a summer’s dip in a fountain… Watch on Netflix

Sense8

A 124 minute long festive special called Happy F*cking New Year? Sense8 viewers have been spoiled… until the series was cruelly cancelled earlier this year. There will still be a two-hour special to come in 2018, a direct result of fans’ dedication to this unquestionably unique series. Watch on Netflix

Blackadder

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Infuriatingly, Netflix only has the rights to series three and four, so a trip back to the Elizabethan era is off limits. But to be honest, with the First World War Blackadder Goes Forth on repeat all December, we’re still happy. And don’t forget Rowan Atkinson’s take on A Christmas Carol is also available online. Watch on Netflix