Like advent calendars and carols, a cracking TV schedule has become something of a Christmas tradition. We take a look back at some of the most memorable Christmas TV moments.
It really is the season to be jolly as far as television is concerned, the line-up is full of one-off specials, film premieres and climatic soap storylines.
So, crack open the port, grab a selection box and feast on our compilation of some of the finest moments in the history of Christmas television.
Only Fools and Horses
Who can forget Heroes and Villains, the Only Fools and Horses Christmas special episode in 1996. The duo from Peckham dress up as crime fighting superheroes Batman and Robin and are late for a party, inadvertently preventing a crime.
Nearly 14 million viewers tuned in to see EastEnders Christmas day classic in 2007. Albert Square’s love rat Max Branning and Stacey Slater’s affair was finally exposed in sensational style. Both families gathered round the television to watch Lauren's DVD present to Bradley, which contained footage of Max and Stacey sharing a passionate moment.
Everyone got what they were hoping for in The Office Christmas special back in 2003. Tim and Dawn finally got together by sharing a kiss in what was a brilliant ending to a fantastic sitcom.
Inspired by Charles Dicken’s A Christmas Carol, Doctor Who’s Christmas special in 2010 was seen by over 12 million viewers and featured the acting debut (and harmonious vocals) of Welsh singer Katherine Jenkins.
The Queens Christmas Message
At 3pm on Christmas day in 1957, the Queen delivered her first televised Christmas message. She noted the milestone and the advance in technology by saying, “That it’s possible for some of you to see me today is just another example of the speed at which things are changing all around us”.
Men Behaving Badly
Jingle Balls, the Men Behaving Badly Christmas special in 1997 is fondly remembered for Martin Clunes and the rest of the cast's hilarious rendition of Ding Dong Merrily on High.
Gavin & Stacey
Viewers were treated to a Christmas episode of Gavin & Stacey in 2008, to tide them over as they waited for series three. As usual, the show was jam-packed with comic scenes (like this awkward moment) as well as British charm and classic characterisation from a talented cast.
The Royle Family
More comedy gold makes our list now with The Royle Family, who had six Christmas specials broadcast between 1999 and 2012. The stereotypical portrayal of working-class family life by Ricky Tomlinson and co made us love TV nearly as much as the Royles.
With another busy festive schedule on the horizon, standby for more classic TV moments this Christmas.