Your Must See TV this Christmas

After the presents have been opened, the food has been consumed, thoughts turn to Christmas television viewing, and which of our favourites has a Christmas special on. For some people, watching their seasonal specials are a huge part of enjoying the time off that the festive season allows us. So whether you are a Dr Who fan, or want to catch up on the Strictly Come Dancing professionals, check out your must see TV for this Christmas.

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DOCTOR WHO

BBC1, Christmas Day

Transported back to Christmas Eve 1892, Dr Who welcomes his new companion – played by Jenna-Louise Coleman. The falling snow is the stuff of fairytales but this soon turns into a nightmare as a chilling menace threatens earth, when unorthodox young governess, Clara, calls on the Doctor for help but the Doctor is in mourning, reclusive and determined not to engage in the problems of the universe. Will the Doctor abandon humankind or will he fight to save the world and Christmas from the icy clutches of this mysterious menace?

Stars Matt Smith, along with guests stars Richard E Grant and Tom Ward.

DOWNTON ABBEY

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ITV1, Christmas Day

Last year saw the wonderful special in which Matthew proposed to Lady Mary under the falling snow. The special this year however, is set in the summer and sees Lord and Lady Grantham and family heading for a summer break to Duneagle, a country house in the Highlands of Scotland, leaving most of their servants back at home. Meanwhile back in Yorkshire estate land agent Tom Branson (Allen Leech) has stayed behind at Downton with young daughter “Sybbie”. In spite of the family’s attempts to integrate the former chauffeur into their world, he continues to live between the Crawleys and the servants below stairs, in mourning for wife Sybil, who died after giving birth to their first child.

CALL THE MIDWIFE

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BBC1, Christmas Day

When an abandoned baby is discovered on the steps of the convent the community rallies round to provide food and clothing and to try to trace his mother. Nurse Jenny Lee, meanwhile, gets caught up in the heartbreaking mystery that surrounds an elderly, semi-vagrant local woman, Mrs Jenkins. For newly married Chummy (Miranda Hart) other challenges await as she puts on a rather different children’s nativity play.

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STRICTLY COME DANCING

BBC1, Christmas Day

Fans of the main series of Strictly Come Dancing will be on the edge of their seats as contestants from previous seasons come together for a final dance on the famous wooden floor. The Strictly Allstars are Rachel Stevens, Chelsee Healey, Natasha Kaplinsky, Kelly Brook, Chris Hollins, Tom Chambers and Colin Jackson, together with comedy turns Ann Widdecombe and Russell Grant. Plus there will be a special line-up of six brand new celebrities taking to the dance floor. This year celebrities include former Bolton football star Fabrice Muamba, actress Sheila Hancock, JLS’s Jonathan “JB” Gill, entertainer Bobby Ball, comedienne Katy Brand and children’s TV presenter Helen Skelton.

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OUTNUMBERED

BBC 1 Christmas Day

We’re going to a party at the Brockmans! In what turns out to be misguided seasonal spirit, Pete and Sue (Hugh Dennis and Claire Skinner) invite all their neighbours around for a drink. It’s left to Ben to organise the games, which isn’t a good idea. The neighbours are an odd bunch, including a traumatised ex-weatherman. Sanjeev Bhaskar and Mark Heap guest star.