Ah, television! Christmas specials, the old and the new, I love them all!
Here are all the programmes I’ve circled in the TV guide this year, hopefully, I’ll have time to watch them all!
It Was Alright in the 70s
17th December, Channel 4, 9pm
“Matt Lucas narrates this look at the programmes that flirted with danger during the decade, including Blue Peter, which carried on filming as a fire broke out live on air”
Inside the Christmas Factory
20th December, BBC2, 9pm
“Gregg Wallace, Cherry Healey and Ruth Goodman discover how traditional Christmas items are manufactured, including mince pies, Yule logs, tinsel and wrapping”
Penguins Make You LOL
20th December, Channel 5, 8pm
“Documentary featuring the flightless birds at their funniest, led by social media star Spoke from Birdland in the Cotswolds”
The Dog Rescuers at Christmas
21st December, Channel 5, 8pm
“Alan Davies presents a seasonal special edition of the animal welfare series, detailing the dedicated work of staff at Hamsworth Animal Hospital and South Godstone Animal Centre”
The Secret Life of the Zoo at Christmas
22nd December, Channel 4, 8pm
“A young orangutan opens all his family’s Christmas stocking, 10 brave keepers deal with a 23ft reticulated python which is off its food and a bear couple face a trial separation”
Santa Makes You LOL
22nd December, Channel 5, 8pm
“Zoe Lyons Ellie Taylor, Marlon Davis and Iain Lee showcase some of the most popular Christmas-themed viral videos currently doing the rounds online”
Mock the Week Christmas Special
23rd December, BBC2, 10.30pm
“Host Dara O’Briain is back with the comedy panel show’s traditional helping of seasonal silliness”
Michael McIntyre’s Big Christmas Show
24th December, BBC1, 7.25pm
“Michael puts a festive spin on his weekend variety entertainment show with live performances by Alfie Boe, Michael Ball, Catherine Tate and Harry Enfield”
The Great Christmas Bake Off
25th December, BBC1, 4.45pm
This one doesn’t need an introduction really does it…!
The Big Fat Quiz of the Year 2016
26th December, Channel 4, 9pm
“Richard Ayoade, Rob Delaney, Mel Giedroyc, Sarah Millican, David Mitchell and Romesh Ranganathan battle it out as Jimmy Carr hosts the annual comedy quiz to determine which of his guests has their finger firmly on the pulse of modern life”
Life in the Snow
29th December, BBC1, 8pm
“Gordon Buchanan goes in search of animals that live in snowy conditions and have adapted to survive in cold weather, including polar bears, penguins, owls, wolverines and reindeer”
The other specials and Christmastime films I’m looking forward to watching that are on all the time every year are The Vicar of Dibley, Gavin and Stacey and of course Harry Potter!
What TV are you most looking forward to this year?