These classic shows on The Drama Channel are all you’ll want for Christmas this year

Done with wrapping your presents? Then settle down and wrap yourself in some timeless stories with the Drama Channel

Jenny Agutter

What’s Christmas without a little nostalgia? Whether it’s decking your home with treasured decorations (some of which may even be older than you), or rustling up much-loved recipes that have been passed down the family through generations, the festive season is all about relaxing, reconnecting and, of course, reminiscing. So, why not wrap yourself up in a big old blanket of nostalgia with The Drama Channel this festive season?

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Just like cranberry sauce and turkey, the Drama Channel and Christmas are made for each other. A treasure trove of classic and modern shows, the channel is home to timeless comedies such as Are You Being Served? and Keeping Up Appearances, as well as more contemporary dramas like Call the Midwife (which always feels inherently Christmassy, even when it’s not) and Silent Witness. So go on, get ready to have all of those special TV memories come flooding back with the Drama Channel!

Here’s just a taste of what’s on offer this Christmas…

Father Brown

Father Brown fans rejoice, because the super sleuth priest is back! Mark Williams (The Fast Show, Harry Potter) returns as the crime-solving cleric with a penchant for solving grisly murders – a handy feat given that his parish has a body count to rival the mean streets of Midsomer! Abetted by his loyal parishioners, including Bridgette McCarthy (Sorcha Cusack) and Lady Felicia Montague (Nancy Carroll), there’s no mystery Father Brown can’t unravel.

Wrap up with Father Brown, weeknights at 8pm, from Monday 21st December

Death in Paradise

Sun, sea and murder may not sound like the most appealing holiday mix, but when paradise looks this good, who cares? For a spell of pure escapism, shows don’t get much better than Death in Paradise. Ardal O’Hanlon (Father Ted, My Hero) stars as DI Jack Mooney, a detective committed to solving a slew of murders on the beautiful fictional Caribbean island of Saint Marie – if only he didn’t hate sun, sea and sand…

Wrap up with Death in Paradise, weeknights at 9pm from Monday 21st December

Pride and Prejudice

If the festive season hasn’t sparked a twinkle in your eye yet, then Colin Firth’s iconic turn as the handsome yet haughty Mr Darcy in Pride and Prejudice surely will. Firth is at his smouldering best in this classic 1995 BBC adaptation of the Jane Austen novel, making this a romantic drama that deserves to be enjoyed time and again – if nothing else, just to see that famous lake scene!

Wrap up with Pride and Prejudice, New Year’s Day at 2.20pm

Call the Midwife

It may be Christmas, but there’s never any rest for the midwives of Poplar. Led by a supremely talented female cast including Pam Ferris, Helen George and Charlotte Ritchie, it’s no surprise Call the Midwife has fast become a national institution. Offering a candid view of motherhood, along with endless words to live by, this critically-acclaimed drama is heart-warming and heart-wrenching in equal measure. Have your tissues at the ready!

Wrap up with Call the Midwife, from 1pm, Sunday 20th December; continues weekdays at 3.20pm

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The Drama Channel is available on Freeview 20, Sky 143, Virgin 130 or watch on demand with UKTV Play