What is on TV this Christmas 2018?

From Doctor Who to Strictly Come Dancing and Watership Down, here are the festive highlights from BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Sky

Comedy


Click & Collect

Click & Collect, BBC Pictures

Who is in Click & Collect?

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The Office co-creator Stephen Merchant is teaming up with People Just Do Nothing’s Bafta-winning Asim Chaudhry for this new BBC comedy.

What is Click & Collect about?

The pair play two mismatched neighbours who embark on a road trip across the country to retrieve a toy – Sparklehoof the Unicorn Princess – before the shops shut for the festive season.

When can I watch it and on which channel?

9pm, BBC1 on Christmas Eve.


Bad Move Christmas Special

Jack Dee in Bad Move, ITV Pictures

Who’s in Bad Move Christmas special cast?

Jack Dee and Kerry Godliman, with the full cast yet to be confirmed.

What happens in the Bad Move Christmas special?

Following its second series, the sitcom returns, again following married couple Steve (Dee) and Nicky (Godliman) and their struggles after making a dream escape from the city to the Yorkshire countryside.

When can I watch it and on what channel?

Christmas Eve, 8.30pm on ITV


Hold the Sunset

Hold The Sunset episode 1

Who is in the cast of Hold the Sunset?

Reprising their roles as Edith and Phil are Alison Steadman and John Cleese, joined by Jason Watkins, James Cosmo, Sue Johnston, Anne Reid, Joanna Scanlan and Rosie Cavaliero.

What is the Hold the Sunset Christmas special about?

Titled If I Were a Wise Man, this first special for the comedy marks the last Christmas Edith will have with her family before she rides off into the sunset with Phil – who spends the episode talking to a ghost. Meanwhile, Edith’s son Roger enlists her one-time flame – Bob ‘the burglar’ – to liven up Christmas.

When can I watch it and on which channel?

6.20pm, BBC1 on the the 23rd December


The Keith and Paddy Picture Show Christmas Special

Who’s in the Keith and Paddy Picture Show Christmas cast?

Leigh Francis (as Keith Lemon) and Paddy McGuiness will no doubt be joined by some special guest stars.

What happens in the Keith and Paddy Picture Show?

After parodying Grease, Top Gun, Jurassic Park, Pretty Woman and Terminator 2, the comedy duo will return with their own very special version of 1980s classic Gremlin. Zach Galligan, who played Billy in the original film, is also set to feature.

When can I watch it and on what channel?

10pm, Saturday 29th December, ITV


Mrs Brown’s Boys

Mrs Brown's Boys Christmas and New Year 2017

Who’s in the Mrs Brown’s Boys cast?

Pretty much every single member of Brendan O’Carroll’s extended family. We’ve drawn up a family tree to explain the many connections among the cast.

What will happen in the Mrs Brown’s Boys Christmas and New Year specials?

In the first of two episodes – Exotic Mammy – Father Damian has organised a Christmas decoration contest in support of the local football team. Agnes is keen to enter for the chance to get one over on her old nemesis Hillary Nicholson. Then in New Year’s special, Mammy’s Hotel, Mrs Brown provides shelter for Winnie and Sharon after their pipes burst, but Agnes and Cathy soon discover living with best friends isn’t quite what they imagined.

When can I watch it and on what channel?

10.15pm on Christmas Day, BBC1 and 10pm New Year’s Day on BBC1


The Inbetweeners: Fwends Reunited

The Inbetweeners: Fwends Reunited (Channel 4)
The Inbetweeners: Fwends Reunited (Channel 4)

Who is in The Inbetweeners: Fwends Reunited

Simon Bird (Will), Joe Thomas (Simon), Blake Harrison (Neil) and James Buckley (Jay) are all set to appear.

What will happen in The Inbetweeners: Fwends Reunited?

They’re back! The fab four are returning for a one-off special celebrating the comedy’s 10th anniversary. The two-hour show will air on New Year’s Day, and is expected to revisit classic moments from the TV series and films. It will also go behind the scenes of the show’s success and celebrate with some of the comedy’s famous fans.

When can I watch it and on what channel?

The Inbetweeners: Fwends Reunited will air on 1st January 2019 at 9pm on Channel 4


The Queen and I

The Queen and I

 Who does The Queen and I star?

David Walliams plays a power-mad Prime Minister, while Samantha Bond takes the role of a Queen fallen on hard times. Also features Julia McKenzie, Frances Barber, Amanda Abbington and Oliver Chris.

What is The Queen and I about?

What would happen if the Royal Family were stripped of their riches, palaces, and influential chums, and were (shock horror) forced to slum it with the common folk? It’s a question answered by this new adaptation of the Sue Townsend book.

When can I watch it and on what channel?

The comedy is set to air Christmas Eve (24th December) at 6pm on Sky 1


Upstart Crow 

Upstart Crow (BBC)

Who’s in the Upstart Crow Christmas cast?

Kenneth Branagh comes on board as a mysterious stranger, while David Mitchell reprises his role as Will, Mark Heap plays Greene and Karl Theobold appears as Job Scratchit.

What is Upstart Crow’s Christmas special about?

Titled a Crow Christmas Carol, this festive episode sees the Shakespeare family come to terms with the tragic loss they suffered at the end of the last series. But when Branagh’s “mysterious stranger” shows up and shares with Will a tale of redemption, it fills their lives with light and hope anew and sends Will on a mission to save another soul – Greene – from a life of despair. Will the three “ghosts” arranged to visit him before Christmas persuade him to change his ways and show some generosity to his servant?

When can I watch it and on what channel?

Upstart Crow’s Christmas special will air on Christmas Day (aka Tuesday 25th December) at 8.35pm on BBC2


Not Going Out Live Special

Lee Mack in the shed

How will Not Going Out be performed live?

For the first time, Not Going Out will go out live over Christmas, as couple Lee and Lucy discuss the Ding Dong Merrily on Live Christmas Spectacular – a Christmas variety show they’ve been coerced into organising. Chief amongst their worries: the rather thin line-up of quality acts. Who will they turn to?

Who is in the cast of the Not Going Out Live Special?

Lee Mack leads the cast, with Sally Bretton (as Lucy), Hugh Dennis (Toby) and Abigail Cruttenden (Anna).

How can I watch and on which channel?

Not Going Out will go live on BBC1 on Friday 21st December at 9pm


The Big Fat Quiz of the Year 2018

Big Fat Quiz of The Year

What will happen on The Big Fat Quiz of the Year 2018?

Who stole the show at the Royal Wedding? What does Danny Dyer think about David Cameron? And what is Kanye West’s passcode? Just some of the questions you can expect from this comedy TV pub quiz.

Who’s in The Big Fat Quiz of the Year 2018?

David Mitchell, Michelle Wolf, Claudia Winkleman, Mo Gilligan, Noel Fielding and Richard Ayoade are this year’s panellists. Jimmy Carr will once again host.

How can I watch and on which channel?

The Big Fat Quiz of the Year 2018 will air 9pm Boxing Day, C4


The Crystal Maze

The Crystal Maze Christmas Special 2018

What will happen in The Crystal Maze?

The game show returns for a festive edition with a team of celebrities challenged to take on a set of tasks in a vaguely panto-themed Maze.

What celebrities are on the show?

Usual host Richard Ayoade will guide Christopher Biggins, Deborah Meaden, Jamie Laing, Frankie Bridge and Chris Kamara round the course.

How can I watch and on which channel?

The Crystal Maze is on 8pm Boxing Day, C4


Goodness Gracious Me – 20 years innit!

Goodness Gracious Me - 20 years innit! BBC Pictures

What is Goodness Gracious Me – 20 years innit?

No, this isn’t a new episode of Goodness Gracious Me – instead, it’s a celebration of this trailblazing comedy, looking back at some of its funniest and most loved moments with ten memorable sketches, decided by fans of the show, plus exclusive interviews with its stars and creators. No word yet on exactly who will be taking part but it looks like Meera Syal will make an appearance…

How can I watch and on which channel?

Goodness Gracious Me – 20 years innit! will air on BBC2 on Saturday 22nd December at 10:15pm, followed by the Goodness Gracious Me Christmas special at 10:55pm.


Travel Man: 98 hours in Jordan

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What is Travel Man: 98 hours in Jordan?

Richard Ayoade traditionally pulls out all-the-stops for the festive episode of Travel Man – and this year is no exception. In 2018, comedian David Baddiel joins the host on a super-sized (4-ish days, or 98 hours to be precise) trip to Jordan.

How can I watch and on which channel?

Travel Man: 98 hours in Jordan will air at 9pm on Thursday 27th December on Channel 4


Happy New Year, Colin Burstead

Colin Burstead, BBC Pictures

Who is in the cast of Colin Burstead?

Neil Maskell joins Asim Chaudhry, Joe Coe, Charles Dance, Doon Mackichan, Sam Riley and Hayley Squires in this film.

What is Colin Burstead about?

Director Ben Wheatley (High-Rise, Sightseers) tells the dark comedic tale of a family reunion gone wrong as the eponymous Colin (Maskell) gathers together his relatives in a lavish country manor to celebrate New Year, only to have his position of authority challenged by the arrival of his estranged brother.

How to watch and on which channel?

The film will air on BBC2 on Sunday 30th December at 10:30pm and will then be available to watch on BBC iPlayer for a year.


The Young Offenders – Christmas Special

Young Offenders, BBC Pictures

Who is in the cast for The Young Offenders Christmas special?

Alex Murphy, Chris Walley and Hilary Rose are back as Conor, Jock and Mairead, with Shane Casey also on board as Billy Murphy.

What will happen in The Young Offenders Christmas special?

In Christmas week, the residents of the estate have been fighting off an eviction from the council and have created a barricade to show their determination, attracting national media coverage. Meanwhile, Mairead is taken to hospital and expresses her one wish: to see a white Christmas, which the two friends set out to try and make happen.

How can I watch and on which channel?

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Sunday 23rd December, 11.15pm, BBC1