The countdown to Christmas has begun, and in the runup to the big day many of our favourite shows will be celebrating with seasonal specials and returns. Which festive treat will you tune in for?Drama
Thursday 25 December, 6 p.m.
It's Christmas Eve 1851 and there are two doctors in town. David Tennant is joined by a second Time Lord, played by James Morrissey, in a quest to free the world from the clutches of the Cybermen and save Christmas day.
DCI Tom Barnaby and DS Ben Jones have no time to celebrate this Christmas after there's an explosion at a haulage yard and a man's body is found floating in a lake. Will they be able to solve the crime and get back in time for Christmas dinner?
Thursday 1 January, 9 p.m.
Alan Davies returns after a four-year break to solve another murder mystery. This one-off show will see the magician's assistant back to his old tricks as he investigates some unexplained deaths in the attic of a Gothic house.
Saturday 20 December 6:40 p.m. and Thursday 25 December, 7 p.m.
Along with the final of the celebrity dance contest, this Christmas will play host to a special Strictly show, featuring favourite contestants from past and present. Kelly Brook, Alisha Dixon, and Jill Halfpenny return to the stage to compete with this year's finalists for the Strictly Christmas Champion title.
Sunday 21st of December Channel 4
Thursday 25 December, 2 p.m. BBC1
Fearne Cotton and Reggie Yates present this year's festive Top of the Pops, bringing you performances from some of the year's biggest stars and counting down to reveal that all-important Christmas No. 1.
Tuesday 23rd of December
Alan Carr presents a seasonal battle between panto's goodies and baddies. Barbara Windsor, Paul Daniels, and Debra Stephenson take part in the festive fun as they take on the roles of well-known panto characters.
The sing-a-long game show, hosted by Shane Richie, returns with a festive focus this December, as contestants complete the lyrics to Christmas classics in a bid to win a cash prize.
"Love, Springfieldian Style" is the first of Sky's "12 Days of Exclusive Simpsons" episodes (which includes--yup, you've guessed it--12 days of exclusive Simpsons programming). After getting stuck in a Tunnel of Love ride at a carnival, Homer, Marge, and Bart pass the time by sharing some of the greatest love stories ever told.
Thursday 25 December, 8:30 p.m.
Wednesday 24 December, 10 p.m.
Everyone's off to the Shipmans' this year, and Smithy can't wait to spend his first Christmas with baby Neil. All doesn't go to plan, however, as an unexpected visitors turn up. There's also a behind-the-scenes special to keep your eyes peeled for during the festive period.
Ben plays Scrooge this Christmas as he attempts to buy Susan a necklace at a bargain price. It's not easy, though, and he soon comes face to face with an especially unhelpful shop assistant. Will he manage grab Susan a good bargain, or will he come away empty-handed?
Peter Kay is back with a follow up to his comedy Britain's Got the Pop Factor.... This one-hour special continues the reality mockery by counting down the "best" performances from the last show. The show features interviews with this year's winner Geraldine McQueen, as well the chance to hear her new Christmas single, "Once Upon a Christmas Song."
Thursday 25 December, 9:30 p.m.
Two years since the last Christmas special, The Royle Family returns. The festive period is treated with their usual irreverence as Jim and Barbara continue to taunt each other while Denise and Dave still aspire for more.