Top TV Picks: Christmas Day

Top TV Picks: Christmas Day

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Sunday, 25th December 2016
The Last dragonslayer Sky One

See the Bake Off gang all together for one last time on BBC One, watch Channel 4's Alternative Christmas Message and follow Nonnatus House as they travel to help those in need in South Africa.

The Alternative Christmas Message

Channel 4, 2.05pm

Brendan Cox (Credit: Channel 4)

This is Channel 4's alternative to the Queen's annual message.

The Alternative Christmas Message has previously featured a varied selection of presenters, including last year's Abdullah Kurdi, the father of drowned Syrian boy Alan Kurdi, whose body was photographed on a Turkish beach.

This year Brendan Cox, husband to Jo Cox who was fatally murdered earlier this year. She was an outspoken critic of the lack of a strategic policy in Syria and a humanitarian who campaigned for women’s rights around the world.

HM The Queen

ITV, 3pm

Queen Elizabeth II
(Credit: Crown Copyright 2013/Sergeant Adrian Harlen)

The Queen makes her annual address to the Commonwealth and the nation.

The Great Christmas Bake Off

BBC One, 4.45pm

This will be the last-ever episode of Bake Off to be shown on the BBC! 

The Great Christmas Bake Off will bring back past bakers from previous series to take part in some seasonal challenges.

Doctor Who Christmas Special

BBC One, 5.45pm

Doctor Who
Lucy (Charity Wakefield), Doctor Who (Peter Capaldi), Nardole (Matt Lucas). (Credit: BBC/Simon Ridgway) 

The Doctor joins forces this Christmas with a masked superhero for a New York adventure. Will the Doctor be able to save Manhattan, and who is the man behind the mask? So many questions!

The Last Dragonslayer

Sky One, 5.45pm

Ellise Chappell as Jennifer Strange. (Credit: Sky 1)

A brand-new feature length drama for Sky, this is an epic adventure based on Jasper Fforde's series of novel.

Jennifer Strange (Ellise Chappell) discovers her destiny is to become the last dragonslayer, The show is the perfect blend of magic and medieval.

Monkeys: An Amazing Animal Family

Sky One, 8pm

Patrick Aryee. (Credit: Sky One).

Biologist Patrick Aryee explores the primate family's rise to power in a three-part series.

He travels to South America, Africa and Asia to come face-to-face with some mischievous monkeys and find out how they came to be what they are now.

Call the Midwife Christmas Special

BBC One, 8pm

Call the Midwife
Sister Winifred (Victoria Yeates), Sister Julienne (Jenny Agutter), Sister Monica Joan (Judy Parfitt), Nurse Trixie Franklin (Helen George), Barbara (Charlotte Ritchie), Nurse Crane (Linda Bassett). (Credit: BBC/Neal Street Productions/Nicky Johnson)

In this year's Christmas special, Nonnatus House receives an urgent SOS call from Hope Clinic, a mission hospital in South Africa, which is underfunded and understaffed.

The Nonnatus family face their toughest challenges yet as they try to make a difference to the people they're travelling to help.

Maigret's Dead Man

ITV, 9pm

Rowan Atkinson as Jules Maigret. (Credit: ITV)

Maigret’s Dead Man is a stand-alone drama film featuring fictional French detective Jules Maigret, played by Rowan Atkinson.

In this one-off film, a series of attacks on three wealthy farms in Picardy hit the headlines and the Brigade Criminelle's expertise is called upon in tracking down the gang responsible. But Maigret's current case - the murder of an anonymous Parisian - might just hold the key to both crimes. Spooky.


BBC One, 9.30pm

Abi Branning (Lorna Fitzgerald), Max Branning (Jake Wood), Lauren Branning (Jacqueline Jossa). (Credit: BBC/Nicky Johnston)

Phil's health is slowly deterioating in this Christmas episode, whilst Max Branning makes a return to Watford, considering he hasn't been seen since he went to prison for the murder of Lucy Beale.

Mrs Brown's Boys: Mammy's Forest

BBC One, 10.30pm

Christmas tree hassles, a worry for grandad's health and a fire... a lot for the Brown household this holiday season. No doubt this special will provide lots of laugh out loud moments.

Alan Carr's Christmas Chatty Man

Channel 4, 10.30pm

Alan Carr
Alan Carr. (Credit: Brian J Ritchie/Channel 4)

Join Alan on Christmas Day for festive antics and celeb chat. His guests on the sofa are the judges from the new BBC talent show Let It Shine: Gary Barlow, Dannii Minogue and Martin Kemp.

The cast of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Mads Mikkelsen, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn and Riz Ahmed chat to Alan about the popular film, while Tom Hardy discusses his new BBC drama Taboo. Scarlett Moffatt, winner of I'm a Celebrity, pops in for a chat.


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See the Bake Off gang all together for one last time on BBC One, watch Channel 4's Alternative Christmas Message and follow Nonnatus House as they travel to help those in need in South Africa.