The 30 best shows on TV for Christmas 2016 and New Year 2017

From The Great British Bake Off Christmas special to Doctor Who, Grantchester, Call the Midwife and many, many more, here are all the festive treats lined up in the UK this year


Christmas is coming, Radio Times magazine is getting fat, and every channel in the UK is pulling their absolute best out of the hat to fill the festive TV schedules this year.


We’ve picked out some of the best TV shows on during Christmas 2016 in the UK right here, complete with confirmed broadcast times, cast lists and much more.

From Christmas staples like Strictly Come Dancing and Mrs Brown’s Boys to great dramas including Sherlock, Doctor Who, Call the Midwife, Grantchester and more, there’s something for everyone this year.

So, without further ado, check out the grid below to see if your favourite is here. Click on the pictures to find out more about each show, including when they’re on and what’s in store.


And remember to pick up a copy of the special Radio Times Christmas issue for your full daily festive TV guide.