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What to watch: The best Christmas TV for 2023

5 December 2023

Get ready for the holiday season with our top picks of the best Christmas TV shows for 2023. From festive family favourites to comedy crackers and yuletide dramas, there’s something to ensure everyone is having a very merry Christmas time.

Doctor Who Christmas special | BBC One

On Christmas Day, Ncuti Gatwa will face his first epic adventure as the Fifteenth Doctor, alongside companion Millie Gibson.

The Masked Singer Christmas Special | ITV

The first ever Masked Singer Christmas Special will see show regulars Rita Ora, Mo Gilligan, Davina McCall, and Jonathan Ross come together to figure out which four famous faces are hidden behind some “festively flamboyant” costumes.

​Call the Midwife Christmas Special | BBC One

It wouldn’t be Christmas without the nuns of Nonnatus House. This year’s Chritsmas special will be taking viewers back to 1968 when Apollo 8 was poised to circle the moon. As with previous years, this special is guaranteed to tug at viewers’ heartstrings.

Ghosts Christmas Special | BBC One

Despite officially coming to an end earlier this year, there will be one last Christmas at Button House, giving fans a final chance to bid farewell to the long-running comedy series.

Mr Bates vs The Post Office | ITV1

Toby Jones stars in a new four-part series that tells the story of how hundreds of innocent subpostmasters and postmistresses were wrongly accused of theft, fraud and false accounting because of a defective IT system.

Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special | BBC One

Strictly will return once again for a festive special where six celebrities will take to the ballroom floor for a one-off performance in a bid to win the Glitterball Trophy. This year’s celebrity contestants are Tillie Amarty, Danny Cipriani, Keisha Buchanan, Dan Snow, Sally Nugent and Jamie Borthwick.

Taskmaster New Year Treat | Channel 4

Taskmaster Greg Davies and his assistant Alex Horne will once again kick-start the new year by putting celebrities, including Deborah Meaden, Kojey Radical and Zoe Ball, through a series of absurd one-off challenges.

CBeebies Panto: Robin Hood | CBeebies

Full of catchy songs, dancing and fun for all the family, this action-packed panto will see Robin Hood and his Merry Band spring into action to stop the naughty Sheriff of Nottingham from destroying Sherwood Forest.

The Hairy Bikers: Coming Home For Christmas | BBC Two

After Dave’s cancer diagnosis in 2022 left him facing an uncertain future, fans will be delighted to see The Hairy Bikers back on the road. In this special Christmas episode, cameras follow Dave and Si as they search for seasonal ingredients to create a festive banquet as a thank you to all those who’ve helped Dave throughout his recent struggles.

Mog’s Christmas | Channel 4

In this special animated adaptation of Judith Kerr’s classic children’s book, Mog the cat flees to the roof for safety after a massive Christmas tree arrives at the Thomas family’s home. Will Mog make it back home in time for Christmas Day? Listen out for the voice talents of Adjoa Andoh, Claire Foy, Benedict Cumberbatch, Miriam Margolyes, Zawe Ashton and many more!

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