Christmas is a time for laughter, fun, and to watch your favourite TV show Christmas special. Let’s face it, would Christmas really be the best time of the year if you couldn’t cuddle up on Christmas day night, have a hot chocolate, and watch the TV. Christmas is all about coming together to share moments you won’t forget. It’s pretty obvious but TV companies know this and make the most of it by bringing out some of the best shows of the year that get everyone talking. From our favourite time-lord regenerating with a new body and face to the hilarious, classic episodes of Gavin and Stacey. Nothing beats Christmas TV, and that’s exactly why we’ve put together some of best TV shows you simply can’t miss this Christmas.
Even if you don’t watch these shows throughout the year, it’s worth relaxing on the best night of the year (for many families!) and flicking on the TV to that beloved channel. Well, because what else would you expect from a British TV but be the best around? It’s why it’s loved everywhere. So, get on your Christmas jumper and strap yourself onto the Christmas train as we discuss a list of TV shows you can’t miss for Christmas in 2017.
It might be on for most of the year, but the BBC just keep adding more and more twists every year during their Christmas special. From the Darek’s reappearing (like we didn’t know they would anyway!) to the Doctor getting lost in an awkward part of history. This drama is definitely one that will add some mystery, fun and humour to your Christmas Day. It’s such a family-friendly show too, so you don’t need to worry if the kids are around. This year, Doctor Who’s Christmas special sees the departure of the twelfth doctor, Peter Capaldi has been on the show for exactly 4 years and the introduction of the first ever female doctor, Jodie Whittaker. As much as the change will be a big one for the show, it doesn’t make it any less exciting for fans! This episode is set to see the Doctor pairing up with the very first Doctor (now played by David Bradley) to escape the Arctic snowscape. It will air at 5:30 pm on BBC1 on Christmas Day (25th December 2017), and it’s definitely one you can’t miss.
Call the Midwife
Call the Midwife has quite quickly become one of the nation’s favourite TV show with their heart-breaking, dramatic Christmas specials becoming a tradition. It returns again for the fifth year and with even more snow than every other year! Set to tell the story of the ‘Big Freeze’ of 1962/1963, which was one of the coldest winters ever on record for the United Kingdom, the characters must withstand the blizzardy conditions and conquer the coldness despite bringing the beloved London to a complete halt, they must deliver babies left right and centre whilst plans start to be severely disrupted. It’s completely different to last years episode (which was set in South Africa) but this year it will feel even more festive as it’s set with lots of snow. This national treasure is set to air at 7:40 pm on BBC1 on Christmas Day of 2017. You might miss it, but we certainly wouldn’t recommend it.
Gavin and Stacey
Would it even be Christmas if the Gavin and Stacey Christmas special isn’t on our TV’s at least 3 times? The show might not be currently airing new episodes but that doesn’t stop us comedy TV lovers watching this Christmas special every year! If you’ve never seen this, then you’re definitely missing out. It’s Christmas Eve and the Wests are joining the Shipman’s for Mick’s famous turkey dinners, Gavin and Stacey make an announcement that doesn’t exactly fill everyone with joy and a lot of other stuff seems to happen. Although it’s from 2008, the show still airs every year including this year on Christmas Eve (24th December 2017) at 5:00 pm and also on Christmas Day at 7:40 pm, that’s probably just in case you missed it! It’s a hilarious comedy that you surely can’t miss to get everyone in the spirit this festive period.
If you’ve been an avid watcher of Blue Planet II this year then this documentary is right up your street and you’ve got to be warned, it’ll be cuteness overload. It’s a one-off documentary about baby polar bears and their families, whilst staying pretty light-hearted (it’s family friendly) this show will definitely get everyone in the festive mood, as well as maybe make you want to go and adopt a polar bear immediately! As well as the beloved polar bears, we’ll get to see walruses, arctic foxes and even reindeer on our screen during this Christmas one-off. It’s a must for all animal lovers out there, just to see these beautiful creatures in their natural habitats and keep the festivities going on Boxing Day. It airs at 6:30 pm on BBC1 on the 26th December, so how could you miss this? I mean, who wouldn’t want to venture to the North Pole to see these little fluffy white bears?
The Highway Rat
Something a lot more child and family-friendly this Christmas is the animated adventure of a funny, mischievous rat (voiced by David Tennant), a slightly crazy squirrel (voiced by Tom Hollander) and a super girly duck (voiced by Nina Sosanya) as they all want lots of sweeties. It’s a half an hour special that will leave the kids laughing after their delicious Christmas dinner and is sure to tickle the adults a little too. The show is perfect for anyone who loved the ‘Stick Man’ as both shows have the same producer. The show is an adaptation of the popular children’s book by Julia Davidson and airs right before the kid’s bedtime – airing at 4:45 pm on Christmas Day on BBC1. It’s set to be one of the best, family Christmas TV specials on this year so if you’re looking for something to relax too after everyone is stuffed off the turkey, you can always try this!