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Simply ha-avin’ a wonderful Christmas time! The mood is right, the spirit’s up… and the TV schedule for Christmas 2020 is looking fab! Have you checked out all the unmissable TV shows and films that are on over the next couple of weeks?
As much as the Argos catalogue is part of the history of Christmas for me, the Christmas Radio Times is one festive tradition that has been around for as long as I can remember. A bumper 2 week collection of all the unmissable TV shows and films that are going to be on to indulge in. Back when we had our first freeview box and could only record one thing at a time, it became a challenge to figure out what to tape and what to watch live.
Now? Now it’s a case of trying to keep up with the multiple channels, all the streaming services, and the DVDs I love to watch every year! But we got our bumper Radio Times a week ago now, so I can’t wait to share what I see as the unmissable TV of Christmas 2020.
Unmissable TV 22nd and 23rd December
Rather than dividing these days up, or splitting TV shows from films, I will just be combining the few days before Christmas. There’s loads more unmissable stuff on the TV this Christmas, so don’t take this list as the be-all-and-end-all! However if you would like to check out what I haven’t included, you can do so here.
On TV on 22nd
High Society BBC2 at 10:30am
The Goes Wrong Show: The Nativity BBC1 at 7pm
Julie Andrews Forever Sky Arts at 8pm
All Creatures Great and Small: Christmas Special Channel 5 at 9pm
Being Bridget Jones BBC2 at 9pm
What I’m not missing on TV on 23rd!
Nativity! BBC1 at 10:15am
Jane Eyre (2011 film) BBC2 at 10:20am
The Never Ending Story BBC1 at 1:45pm
All Creatures Great and Small (1974 film) Channel 5 at 3:10pm
Mary Berry Saves Christmas BBC1 at 6:30pm
Motherland BBC2 at 9pm
Calendar Girls Channel 5 at 10pm
The Vicar of Dibley in Lockdown BBC1 at 11:50pm
Christmas Eve Unmissable TV and Films
We’re one of those families with a set routine of how we do things on Christmas Eve. And yes things will be different this year, but there’s a lot on the box we won’t get time to view! So below is a mix of what we’ll watch and what will be taped.
Santa Claus: The Movie ITV at 11am
It’s A Wonderful Life Channel 4 at 2:35pm
Carols From Kings BBC2 at 5:30pm
The Man Who Invented Christmas More4 at 6:55pm
The Great British Christmas Bake Off Channel 4 at 7:40pm
Would I Lie To You Christmas Special BBC1 at 7:45pm
Alan Carr’s Epic Gameshow ITV at 8:15pm
Cinderella Comic Relief Pantomime BBC2 at 8:15pm
Roald and Beatrix: The Tail of the Curious Mouse Sky1 at 8:15pm
Phantom of the Opera Sky Arts at 9pm
Miranda’s Games with Showbiz Names BBC1 at 9:45pm
Have I Got 30 Years For You BBC1 at 10:15pm
Carols at Christmas ITV at 11:15pm
Christmas Day Unmissable Viewing
Our TV tends to be off most of Christmas Day. However, with rules and restrictions the way they are, some of you may be looking for something to watch. Here’s a few of my top picks for the day!
Singing In The Rain BBC2 at 11:35am
Top of the Pops at Christmas BBC1 at 11:55am
Some Like It Hot BBC2 at 1:15pm
The Queen BBC1 or ITV or your echo dot at 3pm
The Italian Job (1969 film) Channel 4 at 3:30pm
Quentin Blake’s Crown Channel 4 at 7:40pm
Gogglebox 2020 Channel 4 at 9:10pm
Goodbye Christopher Robin (2017 film) Film4 at 6:50pm
Call The Midwife BBC1 at 7:40pm
It’s Clarkson on TV ITV at 9:55pm
Mrs Browns Boys BBC1 at 10pm
TV On Boxing Day!
The Story of SM:TV Live ITV at 9:25am
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society BBC2 at 6:40pm
Braveheart (1995 film) SonyMovies at 9pm
Big Fat Quiz of the Year Channel 4 at 9:05pm
Dunkirk (2017 film) BBC1 at 9:05pm
TV and Films between 27th and 30th December
Since we can’t go anywhere, yet again in another lockdown, let’s take a few days to catch up on TV and films that I [personally deem unmissable!
The Sound of Music BBC1 on 27th at 3:45pm
Billy Elliot BBC4 on 27th at 9pm
Black Narcissus BBC1 on 27th at 9pm
Silence of the Lambs ITV on 27th at 10:40pm
Jack Frost ITV on 28th at 9:25am
Inside Out BBC1 on 28th at 1:20pm
House of Games Night BBC1 on 28th at 7pm
Only Connect BBC2 on 29th at 8pm
To Catch a Thief BBC2 on 30th at 1:05pm
North By Northwest BBC2 on 30th at 2:50pm
Ghost Channel 5 on 30th at 8pm
Not Going Out Christmas Special BBC1 on 30th at 9pm
What To Watch to Welcome In The New Year
Since all our parties are cancelled, why not have a pj party and curl up in front of one of my top picks for 31st December and 1st January?
Beauty and the Beast BBC1 on 31st at 2:20pm
The Poseidon Adventure (1972 film) ITV4 on 31st at 3:20pm
Last Leg of the Year Channel 4 on 31st at 9pm
The Big New Year’s In BBC1 on 31st at 9pm
Graham Norton BBC1 on 31st at 10:25pm
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Channel 5 on 1st January at 11:35am
Tea With Mussolini BBC2 on 1st January at 1:20pm
Four Kids and It (2020 film) Sky1 on 1st at 3:35pm
The Greatest Showman Channel 4 on 1st at 5:30pm
Mr Holmes BBC2 on 1st at 6:20pm
Doctor Who Christmas Special BBC1 on 1st at 6:45pm
The Serpent BBC1 on 1st at 9pm
Mrs Browns Boys BBC1 on 1st at 10pm
Pitch Perfect ITV on 1st at 10:45pm
So what’s there that you’ll be watching? Or have I missed something you deem as completely unmissable on the TV this year? Let me know in the comments below!
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