Gavin & Stacey Christmas Special

David Walliams Cinderella

The holiday season has long been seen as the perfect time to stuff oneself with as much food, drink and festive cheer as possible to manage. Well, it seems as though the telly overlords have been thinking something very similar – as the schedules are positively packed with goodies for the weeks ahead!


Some are true holiday specials – all halls decked with holly boughs. Others are awesome dramas returning to give us an extra present to look forward to. Whichever the case, though, make sure to make some room in your diary for these…



Christmas Eve, 8pm, Sky One, Virgin TV 114


You’ve obviously heard the classic story – but prepare to see it with a spin that you could never have imagined! David Walliams is the one behind this telling of what happened when the original cut off – and suffice to say that this is one tale definitely away with the fairies!



Christmas Day, 12.30pm, RTÉ One, Virgin TV 101


A gift from right here at home, this brand new animation is based on the true story of a letter to Santa found in Terenure, decades after it was written. An all-star voice cast is involved – Kate Winslet narrating, with Catriona Balfe and Fiona Shaw playing their parts – in one that’s sure to find favour with Irish viewers!




Christmas Day, 8.30pm, BBC One, Virgin TV 108


There’s only one word for it: lush. The Essex boy and the Barry girl are back – with family and friends in tow, as always – making a long-awaited return almost ten years since we last saw them. What’s changed? Well, they honestly haven’t told us much yet – so there’s only one way to find out! That’s right – step in…




New Year’s Day, 6.55pm, BBC One, Virgin TV 108


Jodie Whittaker’s turn as the good doctor resumes, in what must be as spectacular a start to 2020 as you could ask for. We’ve been promised guest stars, old favourites and all manner of fireworks, and that’s before mentioning the best news of all; it’s not just a seasonal one-off, but the start of a full ten-episode Season 12!




Jan 1-3, 9pm, BBC One, Virgin TV 108


He might normally be associated with another holiday, but this time around the Count’s getting Christmassy – or close enough, at least! Three consecutive nights will see this adaptation unfold, as Sherlock writers Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat sink their teeth into another literary icon; pull the curtains and prepare for a scare!



January 2, 9pm, Channel 4, Virgin TV 111


Jimmy quizzing his guests on the events of the previous 12 months has become a staple part of the seasonal schedule – but with the end of a full ten year chunk of earth years comes an excuse to pull out all the stops! Everyone from Jonathan Ross to Claudia Winkleman will put their brains to the test – but when it’s this much fun, is anyone really keeping score?!


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