Get ready to start planning your Christmas Day viewing because the final TV schedules are in.
Doctor Who special The Snowmen introduces new companion Jenna-Louise Coleman in a teatime slot of 5:15pm on BBC1, while Downton Abbey on ITV1 at 8:45pm avoids a clash with BBC1’s own period offering Call the Midwife at 7:30pm.
The two major soaps also steer clear of one another, with Coronation Street on at 7:30pm on ITV1 (after Emmerdale) and EastEnders in a later slot of 8:45pm on BBC1.
Other festive specials include Strictly Come Dancing at 6:15pm on BBC1, The Choir: A Year with the Military Wives, following the members of Gareth Malone’s chart-topping ensemble on BBC2 at 8:45pm, and the Royle Family Christmas special – the first for two years – back on BBC1 at 9:45pm.
Earlier in the day, Top of the Pops also makes a return to BBC1 with acts including Robbie Williams, Coldplay, Girls Aloud and the as-yet-unnamed winner of The X Factor performing from 2pm, while at 4:35pm kids (and adults) can enjoy Room on the Broom, the animated adaptation of the picture book about a witch and her cat by children’s laureate Julia Donaldson.
For more details of Christmas Day TV, film and radio, and your essential guide to a fortnight of festive porgramming, pick up a copy of the legendary Radio Times Christmas double issue, on sale from 8 December in London and nationwide by 12 December.