Best Christmas 2020 TV shows, specials, and films to watch – Gogglebox, Strictly, Call The Midwife and Britain’s Got Talent

Christmas Day 2020 is going to feel a little strange this year, with the whole country finding themselves unable to see all of their loved ones due to the coronavirus pandemic.

But one thing that hasn’t changed is that there’s a host of TV shows and films for us all to enjoy over the festive period.

Strictly Come Dancing, Call The Midwife and Britain’s Got Talent are among the programmes that will be providing festive entertainment this year.

We’ve flicked through the TV guides and put together a list of highlights for you all to enjoy. So put on your Christmas PJs, grab a beverage and some festive snacks and settle down.

Christmas Day TV and films:

BBC One

  • The Queen’s Christmas Broadcast, 3pm – The Queen delivers her traditional festive message to the nation.
  • Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special, 4.45pm – The BBC celebrity dancing programme gives a run through of some of its all-time best dances.

  • Michael McIntyre’s Christmas Wheel, 6pm – Celebrities including Holly Willoughby and Alan Carr join the comedian for a special edition of the game show.

  • Call The Midwife, 7.40pm – A 90-minute special of the drama will tell the story of Nonnatus House over the festive period in 1965.

  • Mrs Brown’s Boys Christmas Special, 10pm – The first instalment of the comedy’s festive episodes arrives on Christmas Day. A second episode will then be shown on New Year’s Day.

BBC Two

  • Matthew Bourne’s The Red Shoes, 6pm – The award-winning ballet performance was captured in a 2016 recording.
  • Victoria Wood: The Secret List, 9.10pm – A selection of the late comedian’s favourite sketches will be discussed by a selection of famous faces.
  • La La Land, 10.10pm – A 2017 musical set in Los Angeles starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone.

ITV

  • Good Morning Britain, 7am – In a Christmas first, the news programme will be broadcast on December 25.
  • Lorraine, 9am – Lorraine Kelly will be joined by special guests for a special episode of her chat show.
  • This Morning, 10am – Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby will present their daytime programme.
  • The Chase Celebrity Special, 5pm – Famous faces including Colin Jackson and Nicky Campbell will appear on the quiz show.
  • Britain’s Got Talent, 8pm – Ant and Dec will reflect on some of the best performances the programme has seen.

Channel 4

  • Alternative Christmas Message, 3.25pm – The message offers a contrast to the Queen’s traditional festive broadcast.
  • The Italian Job, 3.30pm – The classic 1969 film tells the story of a group of criminals trying to pull of a heist in Italy.
  • Gogglebox 2020, 9.10pm – The special episode offers a look back at some of the programme’s highlights of the year.

Channel 5

  • Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, 3.10pm – The 1968 musical starring Dick Van Dyke tells the story of an inventor who creates a flying car.

Soaps

  • EastEnders, 8.15pm Christmas Eve and 9.10pm Christmas Day on BBC One – Mick and Linda Carter continue to deal with problems in their relationship as Christmas arrives in Albert Square.
  • Emmerdale, 6.45pm Christmas Eve and 6pm Christmas Day on ITV – Festive specials of the ITV soap will air on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
  • Coronation Street, 7.45pm Christmas Eve and 7pm Christmas Day on ITV – Weatherfield celebrates Christmas for the 60th time following the show’s anniversary earlier this year.

Streaming services

  • Bridgerton, available on Netflix from Christmas Day – The romantic period drama arrives on the streaming platform on December 25.
  • Sylvie’s Love, available on Amazon Prime from Christmas Day – The film tells the story of a musician and a record shop worker falling in love in 1950s New York.
  • Soul, available on Disney Plus from Christmas Day – The animation, starring Jamie Foxx, follows a school music teacher who dreams of being a jazz performer.

What are you looking forward to watching? Let us know in the comments section.

 

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