Christmas TV 2020: What to watch this week (21st-27th December)
The biggest week of the TV calendar, where we traditionally sit at home watching the box while eating as many mince pies as we can fit in our bodies, is finally here.
The rest of 2020 might have stolen Christmas’s thunder in terms of sitting at home doing nothing, but at least this time around we’ve got plenty of festive telly.
Here’s what’s coming up this week:
1. 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown
The comedy word game gets a festive makeover for 2020, with regulars Jimmy Carr, Susie Dent and Rachel Riley. Jon Richardson and Sarah Millican face off against Sean Lock and David Mitchell, while David O’Doherty joins Susie.
Monday December 21 on Channel 4 at 9pm
2. Upstart Crow
The great bard finds himself in lockdown as the plague ravishes London, in this tongue-in-cheek tribute to Shakespeare and 2020. David Mitchell and Gemma Whelan star.
Monday December 21 on BBC Two at 9pm
3. The Big Quiz
Stephen Mulhern hosts this battle of the brains between the cast of ITV’s beloved soaps. Jack P Shepherd captains a Coronation Street team comprising Simon Gregson and Sair Khan, while Emmerdale‘s Mark Charnock takes the leads a team including Karen Blick and Jay Kontzle.
Monday December 21 on ITV at 9pm
4. All Creatures Great and Small
In the festive edition of the drama based on the works of veterinarian James Heriot, as James and Helen get trapped in the foggy Dales on the night of her wedding. Nicholas Ralph and Rachel Shenton star.
Tuesday December 22 on Channel 5 at 9pm
Sandi Toksvig and Alun Davies return for a festive edition of the quiz show, joined by
Chris McCausland, Justin Moorhouse and Holly Walsh. Festive-themed questions include how to get a reindeer into a submarine, plus the show aims to set two Christmas-themed world records.
Tuesday December 22 on BBC Two at 9.30pm
6. Jack & the Beanstalk: After Ever After
David Walliams’ comedy exploration of what happened after Jack felled the beanstalk and defeated the giant, starring Sheridan Smith, Blake Harrison, and Walliams himself.
Wednesday December 23 on Sky One at 8pm
7. The Midnight Sky
George Clooney stars in this science fiction premiere, which sees the superstar actor take on the role of the last scientist on Earth following a devastating global catastrophe.
Wednesday December 23 on Netflix
8. Cinderella: A Comic Relief Pantomime for Christmas
A star-studded TV pantomime for Comic Relief, starring Olivia Colman as the Fairy Godmother and Helena Bonham Carter as the evil stepmother Lady Devilia.
Christmas Eve on BBC Two at 8.15pm
9. Roald & Beatrix: The Tail of the Curious Mouse
Dawn French stars in a new comedy drama about a six-year-old Roald Dahl’s adventure to meet beloved author Beatrix Potter. Based on a true story.
Christmas Eve on Sky One at 8.15pm
10. Birds of a Feather
The comedy returns for a very special festive outing, in which Dorien now rules the roost as a Chigwell homeowner while Sharon is stuck on a cruise ship in Costa Rica. Linda Robson and Lesley Joseph star.
It’s Christmas 1965 at Nonnatus House but the festivities don’t seem to be quite going to plan! Sister Monica Joan is rushed to hospital, Trixie’s dress allowance has been replaced with a marriage bureau consultation, and the circus is in town.
Christmas Day on BBC One at 7.40pm
12. Britain’s Got Talent ITV 8pm
A new Christmas special bringing together some of the talent show’s most beloved acts from the past fourteen years to collaborate together. Ant and Dec host, while Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon, David Walliams and Ashley Banjo are our judges.
Christmas Day on ITV at 8pm
13. Mrs Brown’s Boys
It’s not Christmas without a disaster at the Brown matriarch’s house, is it? In 2020, Buster and Dermot have new jobs raising awareness of the dangers of coronavirus, while Winnie and Agnes are more interested in winning a chance to perform an alternate Queen’s speech.
Christmas Day on BBC One at 10pm
A scandalous new Regency-London set drama produced by American TV great Shonda Rhimes. Based on the bestselling novels of Julia Quinn, the series stars Phoebe Dynevor and Regé-Jean Page, withs Julie Andrews as narrator.
Christmas Day on Netflix
15. The Masked Singer
The singing contest that championed mask-wearing ahead of its time returns for a new series on Boxing Day, in which audiences must guess the famous faces performing in disguise. Rita Ora, Jonathan Ross and Davina McCall all return, joined by newcomer Mo Gilligan.
Boxing Day on ITV at 7pm
16. Big Fat Quiz of the Year 2020
The celebrity quiz show returns with its 2020 edition to try to make light of the year’s events. Jimmy Carr is the question master, joined by James Acaster, Stacey Solomon, David Mitchell, Maya Jama, Richard Ayoade and Joe Lycett.
Boxing Day on Channel 4 at 9.05pm
17. Black Narcissus
Gemma Arterton stars in this new adaptation of Rumer Godden’s novel, which tells the story of a group of Anglo-Catholic nuns who travel to the Himalayas on a mission to rebuild the Palace of Mopu and open a school.
Sony Movies Christmas has launched! Here are the best films to watch
Summer is over, which means it’s time to start getting festive.
Sony Movies Christmas launches today (September 24), so we can start getting our festive fix early this year. A new season of Christmas classics awaits on the dedicated Christmas film channel, located on Freeview 50, Sky 319, Virgin 424 and Freesat 303.
It may only be September, but after the year we’ve had, we deserve a little cheer. Here are our top Sony Movies Christmas highlights to get the holiday spirit pumping.
1. A Beauty and the Beast Christmas
A Christmas love story for the new generation tells the story of Ginger Holiday, a Christmas social media influencer who loses her sparkle after damaging her face in an accident. Could a fake relationship with infamous bad boy Beau Bradley to boost her public profile be the answer?
AIRS 8PM TODAY (SEPTEMBER 24) ON SONY MOVIES CHRISTMAS
2. The Christmas Contract
If you can’t get enough of the fake relationship cheese, here’s another good dose of it. Web designer Jolie Guidry returns to her hometown in Louisiana for Christmas on a downer: her ex childhood sweetheart Foster Broussard will be there with his new partner, and she’ll be alone. That is, until Jolie’s best friend Naomi suggests hatching a daring plan to balance the playing field.
AIRS 8PM FRIDAY OCTOBER 23 ON SONY MOVIES CHRISTMAS
3. Battle of the Bulbs
We all have that neighbour who goes all out on the Christmas decorations every year, and this film is about them. Bob Wallace prides himself on his incredible festive display each Christmas, until one year he notices his new neighbour, Stu Jones, has put on an even bigger and better display. The fight is on.
AIRS 2PM TODAY (SEPTEMBER 24) ON SONY MOVIES CHRISTMAS
4. Defending Santa
Small town sheriff Scott Hanson gets more than he bargained for on a Christmas Eve call out, when he discovers a sleeping Santa Claus in the woods. When Santa is put on trial to defend his identity, Hanson begins to fall for Santa’s court-appointed defence attorney, Sarah, as the whole town wonders what is real and what isn’t.
AIRS 6PM TODAY (SEPTEMBER 24) ON SONY MOVIES CHRISTMAS
5. Dashing Through the Snow
Crafter Ashley Harrison is desperate to get home for Christmas, but when her prescheduled flight is cancelled at the last minute, she’s left with only one option: to share a rental car with the mysterious Dash Sutherland. It’s far from plain sailing though, with car troubles, secrets and the real reason Ashley’s flight was cancelled ahead of them.
AIRS 10PM FRIDAY OCTOBER 23 ON SONY MOVIES CHRISTMAS
6. Christmas All Over Again
A festive twist on Groundhog Day, Christmas All Over Again tells the story of spoilt and materialistic teenager Eddie, who is forced to repeatedly endure a Christmas Day without presents until he gets his priorities in order. Can the chain be broken, and can Eddie learn to be a better person?
AIRS 10PM MONDAY OCTOBER 12 ON SONY MOVIES CHRISTMAS
Watch Sony Movies Christmas on Freeview 50, Sky 319, Virgin 424 and Freesat 303 from today (September 24).