With Christmas less than two weeks away, I’ve rounded up the top 10 festive specials heading to our screens this year!
Mary, Mel & Sue’s Big Christmas Thank You | Christmas Eve | BBC1 | 7pm
It feels like forever since this lovable trio has been on our screens, and ever since Bake Off departed from the BBC last year (the less we mention it the better) we’ve all missed Mary, Sue and Mel dearly. But thanks to a Christmas miracle, they’re making a festive comeback to BBC1 to spread some Christmas joy to an area of south Wales which has been through some pretty tough times. Expect a festive feast with all the trimmings and some incredible community spirit that’s sure to put a smile on your face. Who needs Paul Hollywood anyway?
Top of the Pops | Christmas Day | BBC1 | 12.20pm
Join hosts Fearne Cotton and BBC Radio 1’s Clara Amfo as they present an hour of non-stop songs for the Top of the Pops Christmas Special. With live performances from Ed Sheeran, Clean Bandit, JP Cooper, The Script and more, you can sing along to some of the biggest tracks of the year before finishing off the show with the official Christmas number one.
Doctor Who Christmas Special | Christmas Day | BBC1 | 5.30pm
Christmas Day just isn’t complete without Dr Who. This year, Peter Capaldi says his final farewell to the Tardis as he regenerates into Jodie Whittaker, the first-ever female Doctor. After four years on the show, no-one is sure what Peter’s exit will be like, but if it’s anything like David Tennant’s we’re all doomed to be an emotional mess, crying into a box of Celebrations.
Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special | Christmas Day | BBC1 | 6.30pm
The winner of this year’s Strictly Come Dancing may have been crowned after an incredible series, but there’s still time to inject a little bit of glitter and sparkle into your 2017. Hosted by 2016 champion, Ore Oduba this year will see previous contestants including Kimberley Walsh, Jeremy Vine and Judy Murray take to the dancefloor once again as they battle it out for the glitterball trophy.
Call the Midwife | Christmas Day | BBC1 | 7.40pm
The midwives are back and ready to take on some of the coldest weather as they battle the treacherous conditions of 1963’s Big Freeze to make sure that babies in Poplar are delivered safely.
The Great British Bake Off Christmas Special | Christmas Day & New Year’s Day | Channel 4 | 7.40pm
Ready, set, bake! Paul (still annoyed at you for being such a traitor), Prue, Noel and Sandi are back in the famous tent with a familiar set of bakers who are cooking up some seriously delicious festive treats. Join bakers including Val, Selasi and Paul on Channel 4 for a very special Christmas Bake Off.
Mrs Brown’s Boys | Christmas Day & New Year’s Day | BBC1 | 10pm
One for the adults, Mrs Brown’s Boys is back on BBC One for a show packed with giggles including Cathy’s new internet date, Agnes’ Christmas tree and Rory’s plastic surgery.
The Big Fat Quiz of the Year 2017 | Boxing Day | Channel 4 | 9pm
Join Jimmy Carr as he hosts the popular Big Fat Quiz of the Year. This year will see the return of Noel Fielding, Richard Ayoade, David Mitchell and guests Big Narstie, Katherine Ryan and Roisin Conaty as they take a look back on the highs and lows of 2017.
A Christmas Carol Goes Wrong | December 30 | BBC1 | 7.10pm
Brought to you by the creators of the Olivier Award-winning stage show The Play That Goes Wrong (coming to Birmingham Hippodrome next March), A Christmas Carol Goes Wrong is a take on the Dickens’ Christmas classic like you’ve never seen before. Expect this much-loved tale to take a hilarious turn on BBC1 on December 30.
McMafia | New Year’s Day | BBC1 | 9pm
On January 1, 2017, the nation was glued to their screens when BBC aired the highly anticipated series four of the award-winning Sherlock. And the start of 2018 is once again set to go off with a bang as the BBC brings another eight-part thriller for us to feast our eyes on. Starring Happy Valley’s James Norton, this brand new drama has been described as “glamorous and gritty”.