Get ready for some good drama lashes, festive specials, and belly laughs as TV chefs serve up a festive Christmas cookie feast.
There are loads of TV goodies – from family favorite movies like Strictly and Britain’s Got Talent, to thrillers, like the highly anticipated The Serpent.
And the Zog dragon is sure to be a hit with kids.
It will be a welcome boost after the hectic year we have had.
Here we pick the top 20 shows for December and the New Year.
1. Zog and the Flying Doctors, BBC1, on Christmas Day
Following in the footsteps of The Gruffalo, The Highway Rat and Stick Man, this adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s children’s book is sure to delight their army of fans. With voiceovers from Sir Lenny Henry, Rob Brydon and Hugh Skinner, Pearl must be saved from her uncle, the King, by the dragon Zog and Sir Gadabout.
2. The Serpent, BBC1, to be confirmed
JENNA Coleman stars in this long-awaited true six-part crime thriller that tells the incredible story of the hunt for one of Interpol’s most wanted men.
The Victoria star plays the glamorous sidekick of Charles Sobhraj, played by Tahar Rahim, who was a con artist and serial killer operating in Thailand in the 1970s.
3. Jeremy Clarkson’s review on ITV 2020, to be confirmed
The Sun columnist and host of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? uses his mind to provide a unique view of television over the past 12 months.
Jeremy will be examining all the great stories, all the unexpected heroes, and all the confusing bits and pieces in between.
4. Strictly: The countdown to Christmas, BBC1, tbc
The BBC may have been forced to ditch their usual festive version of Strictly on Christmas Day, but they choreographed this festive little treat anyway.
Hosts Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman will reveal which dances viewers voted in the top 25 of all time and there will be a brand new group dance.
5. Jamie: Keep cooking on Christmas, Channel 4, tbc
THE Naked Chef is back with two 60-minute specials providing useful tips for a festive season in the unusual world of Covid.
Jamie shows viewers everything from creating edible gifts to give to people we can’t meet in person to ensuring our food goes beyond so we don’t have to go out shopping.
6. Doctor Who: Revolution of the Daleks BBC1, to be confirmed
JODIE Whittaker returns as Time Lord in this festive special that sees the Doctor locked in a high-security alien prison.
This means that his companions in the Tardis – Yaz, Ryan, and Graham – are on their own and end up facing off against their greatest enemies, the Daleks.
7. ITV daytime broadcasts, Christmas day
THE trinity of TV shows that feature the country – Good Morning Britain, Lorraine and This Morning – will come together for a festive premiere.
A block of seasonal specials will be followed by an additional serving of cooking shows in the form of James Martin’s Christmas Day and Ainsley’s party food.
8. The Pembrokeshire Murders, ITV, New Years
HOLLYWOOD hunk and proud Welshman Luke Evans stars in ITV’s latest real-life crime drama as Det Supt Steve Wilkins, who investigated a series of murders that took place in the ’80s.
He reopened the cases in 2006 and his investigation concerned a crucial episode of the Bullseye game show.
9. Be Bridget, BBC2, to be confirmed
RENEE Zellweger, Colin Firth and Hugh Grant all feature in this celebration of Bridget Jones as the character celebrates her 25th birthday.
The creator of our hapless heroine, author Helen Fielding, also appears in this documentary looking at newspaper columns from 1995 that went on to novels and then three blockbuster films.
10. Worzel Gummidge: Saucy Nancy, BBC1, to be confirmed
AFTER successfully rebooting classic children’s stories last year, Mackenzie Crook is back as a living scarecrow for an hour-long movie.
Harry Potter star Shirley Henderson plays Saucy Nancy, a character portrayed in Barbara Windsor’s television series. The cast even includes acting royalty Vanessa Redgrave, as Peg.
11. Blankety Blank, BBC1, to be confirmed
THE kitsch game show, once hosted by Terry Wogan, then Les Dawsons and Lily Savage, has been reboosted for the 21st century.
Essentially, that means he has a new host in the form of comedian Bradley Walsh.
The concept of the show remains unchanged, though the jokes are even more sassy.
12. Call the midwife special, BBC1, on Christmas Day
FORMER Doctor Who Peter Davison makes an appearance as a circus ringleader who lifts neighborhood spirits as he rides through Poplar, east London. But the ladies of Nonnatus House are also devastated as Sister Monica Joan is rushed to hospital as they prepare for Christmas.
13. The Christmas repair shop, BBC1, to be confirmed
THE surprise success of the lockdown, which continued to attract viewers throughout 2020, is delivering a giveaway in the form of a Christmas special.
Led by Jay Blades, the show features renovations that will hold our hearts as its skilled team scramble to save objects with a festive side.
Sure to have you in tears.
14. Billy Connolly: It was a pleasure, ITV, to be confirmed
Fans of the comedian’s CELEBRITY including Dustin Hoffman, Whoopi Goldberg and Sir Paul McCartney gather to celebrate The Big Yin’s career.
This tribute will naturally also feature Billy, including never-before-seen footage of the Scotsman who’s breaking up.
15. Large Christmas and festive pastries, Channel 4, to be confirmed
FANS will be delighted to hear that Bake Off will be back for TWO specials, as a selection of its past stars return for one final tent contest.
Judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith will be joined by host Matt Lucas, with comedian Tom Allen replacing Noel Fielding, who is on paternity leave.
16. Mrs Brown’s Boys Festive Specials, BBC1, date to be confirmed
The unforgettable Irish matriarch of BRENDAN O’Carroll returns for two Christmas offerings.
In a reflection of life in confinement, they offer a festive experience that reflects “the new normal”.
But, as usual, it’s certainly anything but normal in Agnes Brown’s madhouse.
17. Chitty Flies Again Channel 4, tbc
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang fanatic David Walliams admits himself to leading this unique special celebrating the iconic musical film’s 50th anniversary.
David will attempt a spooky feat of engineering by building a car that, like the famous vehicle at the heart of children’s story, can actually take flight.
18. Britain’s Got Talent, ITV, Christmas Day
SOME of the biggest bands in BGT’s history return for a unique and unique performance for the festive edition of this talent competition.
Amanda Holden is once again joined by fellow judges David Walliams and Alesha Dixon, with Ashley Banjo once again replacing injured Simon Cowell.
19. Black Narcissus, BBC1, to be confirmed
This mysterious drama sees Gemma Arterton play the nun Sister Clodagh, who goes on a mission to Mopu Palace in the Himalayas in the 1930s.
Based on the acclaimed novel of the same name, the trio also stars the late Lady Diana Rigg as Mother Dorothea, in one of her last roles.
20. The Vicar Of Dibley In Lockdown, BBC1, starts December 7th
Expect lots of laughs as Reverend Geraldine Granger – aka Dawn French – delivers a trio of ten-minute Zoom sermons from her couch alongside James Fleet, who reprise her role as hapless Hugo Horton.
Her first in this miniseries sees Geraldine explaining the difference between meters and miles when it comes to social distancing.
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