What's on TV: 25th December - 5th January

What's on TV: 25th December - 5th January

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Bill (Pearl Mackie) and the first Doctor (David Bradley) see off Peter Capaldi in his final episode (credit: BBC)

Christmas season is upon us, and there's a bumper crop of festive treats on TV to celebrate. There are Christmas specials of Birds of a Feather, a new drama with BBC's McMafia and documentaries on music legends Elvis and Prince.

Christmas Day

Victoria and Albert have very different expectations for their family Christmas (credit: ITV)

  • Doctor Who - 5.30pm, BBC One
  • Victoria - 9pm, ITV 
  • The Great Christmas Bake Off - 7.40pm, Channel 4 
  • First Dates at Christmas - 9pm, Channel 4
  • Alan Carr's Christmas Chatty Man - 10pm, Channel 4
  • Mrs Brown's Boys - 10pm, BBC One

Boxing Day

Pauline Quirke, Lesley Joseph and Linda Robson return for a Birds of a Feather Christmas Special (credit: ITV)

  • Snow Bears - 6.30pm, BBC One 
  • Reindeer Family and Me - 8pm, BBC Two
  • Jurassic World - 6.40pm, ITV 
  • Little Women - 8pm, BBC One 
  • Birds of a Feather - 10.15pm, ITV 

Wednesday 27 December


  • Miranda Does Christmas - 9pm, Channel 4 
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - 8pm, ITV
  • Celebrity Mastermind - 7pm, BBC One 
  • Williams and Spielberg: the Adventure Continues - 8.45pm, Sky Arts
  • Alan Partridge: Why, When, Where, How and Whom? - 9pm, BBC Two

Thursday 28 December

David Attenborough travels to the Jura mountains between France and Switzerland for an eye opening journey into an ant 'supercolony' (credit: BBC)

  • Attenborough and the Empire of the Ants - 9.30pm, BBC Two
  • Still Open All Hours - 7.30pm, BBC One
  • What Britain Bought in 2017 - 9pm, Channel 4
  • Crystal Palace v Arsenal - 7.30pm, Sky Main Event 
  • Francis Bacon: a Brush with Violence - 9pm, BBC Four

Friday 29 December

Elvis: The Rebirth of a King - a documentary charting Elvis Presley's Las Vegas period (credit: BBC)

  • Eric, Ernie and Me - 9pm, BBC Four
  • Delicious - 9pm, Sky 1
  • Elvis: the Rebirth of the King - 10pm, BBC Four
  • Would I Lie to You? - 8.30pm, BBC One
  • Frankie Boyle's 2017 New World Order - 10pm, BBC Two

Saturday 30 December


  • A Christmas Carol Goes Wrong - 7.10pm, BBC One 
  • Avengers: Age of Ultron - 8pm, BBC One 
  • Liam Gallagher: Live in New York - 9pm, Sky Arts 
  • The Price is Right - 8pm, Channel 4
  • Grand Tours of Scotland's Lochs - 8.30pm, BBC Two

New Year's Eve

The chatty comedian is joined by a host of guests including Keith Lemon and Binkie Felstead for a mix of party games, sketches and all kinds of hilarity (credit: Channel 4)

  • The Crystal Maze: Celebrity Christmas Special - 8pm, Channel 4 
  • New Year's Eve Fireworks - 11.45pm, Sky 1
  • Alan Carr's new Year Spectacular - 9pm, Channel 4 
  • Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy - 6.25pm, ITV3 
  • Big Fat Quiz of the Year - 11pm, Channel 4
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 - 7.50pm, ITV

New Year's Day

Paul is on a mission to give some of the residents of Battersea Dogs & Cats home the best possible Christmas present: a new home (credit: ITV)

  • McMafia - 9pm, BBC One
  • Queen Night - 9pm, BBC Four
  • Sue Perkins and the Chimp Sanctuary - 9pm, BBC Two
  • Paul O'Grady: for the Love of Dogs at Christmas - 5.45pm, ITV 
  • Mrs Doubtfire - 5.30, Channel 4
  • Spectre - 8pm, ITV
  • World's Strongest Man Final - 6.35pm, Channel 5

Tuesday 2 January 

Prince: Last Year of a Legend - a documentary going behind the musician's public persona to reveal a man hitting a new creative peak both as an artist and activist (credit: Channel 4)

  • The Greatest TV Moments of All Time - 8pm, ITV
  • Inside No 9 - 10pm, BBC Two
  • Prince: Last Year of a Legend - 10pm, Channel 4
  • The Real T Rex with Chris Packham - 9pm, BBC Two
  • Diet Secrets and How to Lose Weight - 8pm, Channel 5 

Wednesday 3 January 

Chelsea travel to the Emirates Stadium to take on Arsenal, kick off 7.45pm (credit: BBC) 

  • Girlfriends - 9pm, ITV
  • Miriam's Great American Adventure - 9pm, BBC One
  • Tom Kerridge's Lose Weight for Good - 8pm, BBC Two
  • A Stitch in Time - 8.30pm, BBC Four
  • Hunting Down the Nazis - 8pm, Yesterday
  • Arsenal v Chelsea - 7pm, Sky Main Event

Thursday 4 January

DI Mooney and his team are tested when a hotel billionaire's fiancee falls from a balcony in the new series of Death in Paradise (credit: BBC) 

  • Acid Attack: My Story - 10am, BBC Three
  • Death in Paradise - 9pm, BBC One
  • Derry Girls - 10pm, Channel 4
  • Hunted - 9pm, Channel 4
  • The Hairy Biker's Mediterranean Adventure - 8pm, BBC Two

Friday 5 January 


  • FA Cup Match of the Day Live: Liverpool v Everton - 7.30pm, BBC One
  • River Monsters - 8pm, ITV
  • The Big Soap Quiz: Coronation Street v Emmerdale - 9pm, ITV
  • Rome Unpacked - 9pm, BBC Two
  • Will & Grace - 10pm, Channel 5

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