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Amazon gives UK telly fans a Christmas treat

All Amazon UK customers have the chance to watch the first episode of its big budget car show The Grand Tour for free, between now and midnight on Boxing Day (26th December 2016).

The streaming giant has also made available the first episodes of a number of other Amazon Originals shows, including The Man in the High Castle, Transparent, Mozart in the Jungle, Just Add Magic, Wishenproof, Creative Galaxy and Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street.

The best Christmas TV specials

Despite the digital era taking many viewers from traditional broadcasting to online platforms, there is no disputing that Christmas time is dominated by our television screens.

The classic Christmas Day family argument normally stems from a fight over the remote; but there are some TV specials that have the whole family laughing or crying together.

Whether it’s reruns of classic moments or the excitement at the return of an old favourite, there is a Christmas TV special for everyone. 

Here are six of the best Christmas TV specials to get you in the festive spirit.

Outnumbered returns for Christmas special

Outnumbered BBC 1 Xmas

It's been three years since Outnumbered was on our screens, but this Christmas brings us a 40-minute special of the BBC One comedy.

It's Boxing Day and the Brockman family have to carry out a special mission for Grandad. They encounter many problems along the way and if the adults can't sort things out the children will have to. Starring Claire Skinner and Hugh Dennis this is sure to be a Christmas favourite. Hugh Dennis has said: "I can't wait to re-join our TV nucleus, and what better place to experience the full joy of family life than stuck in the family car."

Wednesday's top TV

Jane Horrocks returns in Trollied: A Christmas Carol

Snow Chick: a Penguin’s Tale

BBC One

8.30pm

Kate Winslet narrates this captivating story following an emperor penguin chick’s first few months in the Antarctic.

Filmed over an entire year, we see the penguin chick take his first steps, evade chick-hunting predators and take his first dip in the ocean.