It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas TV: But is this the best we can do?

This year’s Christmas TV schedule will make Gemma Collins’ snowman building seem like fun.  

The Only Way Is Essex’s star, aged 41, will be featured on Channel 4’s The Greatest Snowman. Here, she will compete against other ‘celebs to build snow and create ice sculptures under the snowy climes Austria. 

Sue Perkins presented the show. The guide, which began to emerge today, includes many other Christmas shows. 

As the Geordie duo launch their first Christmas edition of Limitless Win, it will be joined by a Strictly Come Dancing special featuring Anton Du Beke on BBC and more Ant and Dec on ITV. 

This year’s Christmas TV schedule will make Gemma Collins’s snowman building seem like fun. The Only Way Is Essex, 41-year-old star, will appear on Channel 4’s The Greatest Snowman 

A Strictly Come Dancing Special With Anton Du Beke (Pictured) And The Rest Of The Judging Panel Will Feature On The Bbc This Christmas

The BBC will air a special Strictly Come Dancing with Anton Du Beke (pictured), and the rest of their judging panel this Christmas 

These are the best Christmas movies to stream on streaming services 

While much of the traditional broadcasters offer one-off specials or repeats, streaming services this year will show some of the latest Hollywood blockbusters –  as well as their own original productions. 

Christmas CaroleSky Max)

If you are looking for something festive and fun, this is the flick for you. This remake of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol stars Suranne Jones (a British favorite) as a unashamedly wealthy businesswoman. Nish Kumar and Taj atwal star together. 

Glass Onion – A Knives Out Mystery – Netflix

This murder mystery, available to stream starting December 23, is a sequel of the dark comedy Knives Out. It was a huge hit in 2019, and will be streamed live. Starring Daniel Craig and Kate Hudson as Benoit Blanc, alongside Edward Norton. 

Top Gun: Maverick, (Paramount+).

Tom Cruise returns to his iconic role as Maverick in this sequel. He stars alongside Jennifer Connelly, and he also plays the part of a recruiter. Available starting December 22. 

The Banshees Of Inisherin – Disney+

Martin McDonagh directs this black tragedyomedy movie about lifelong friends Colin Farrell (director) and Brendan Gleeson (writer). Their relationship abruptly ends when one of them suddenly leaves. Available starting December 21. 

Other regular specials include The Graham Norton Show (EastEnders), Antiques Roadshow (Antiques Roadshow), and Call The Midwife (Calling The Midwife). 

ITV Daytime, Lorraine and Good Morning Britain are among the other shows ITV Daytime offers. 

There will also be one-off festive shows for big hits such as BBC’s Motherland or Sir David Attenborough’s Dynasties II or Frozen Planet II. 

Blankety Blank and The Weakest Link will be featured on the game show specials. 

The BBC will also award viewers with two festive specials featuring Mrs Brown’s boys.

One viewer joked via Twitter that he hoped for power cuts during the specials. A second said: ‘There’s two things that are inavoidable… death and Mrs Browns Boys Christmas Day BBC 1’ 

Another jibed on Facebook: ‘Mrs Browns Boys? Is the nation still suffering enough?

Another person compared the BBC schedule to “some very thin gruel”, while another stated: “As always the BBC show what’s on at Christmas, and as has been so many years, there’s no one I fancy, there’s even a Dr Who!” 

However, the BBC was quick defend its line-up. 

Charlotte Moore, BBC Chief Content Officer, stated that “Nothing brings people together like Christmas on BBC” and that this year’s line-up is unrivaled. 

“Get ready for a great escape with a wide range of exciting festive shows, live and on demand. There’s something for everyone.

A part of this ‘world-class lineup’ is The Great British Sewing Bee Celebrity Christmas Special. Here, familiar faces will attempt to transform unsolicited materials into something festive. 

Cliff Richard fans rejoice! The King of Christmas will perform a special one-hour on BBC Two. 

Cliff At Christmas will present some of Cliff’s classics to a church in east London. Cliff also has some new material. 

There Will Be Yet More Ant And Dec On Itv This Christmas, As The Geordie Duo Launch The First Christmas Edition Of Their New Limitless Win Gameshow

Ant and Dec will continue to be on ITV Christmas with the launch of the Christmas edition by the Geordie duo of their new Limitless Win gameshow

Top Gun: Maverick Will Stream On Paramount+ This Christmas (Pictured: Tom Cruise In The Sequel)

Top Gun: Maverick will air on Paramount+ this Christmas. (Pictured in the sequel by Tom Cruise) 

There Will Also Be Festive One-Offs For Big Hits, Including Bbc'S Motherland (Cast Pictured) And Two Sir David Attenborough Shows; Dynasties Ii And Frozen Planet Ii

You can also expect festive one-offs of big hits such as BBC’s Motherland (pictured) and two Sir David Attenborough shows, Dynasties II & Frozen Planet II.

Another Twitter user said, “Thank God for Amazon and Netflix,” after having read the schedules. 

Another called the list of programming a horror story. 

Some were more excited about the schedule. One said: “Finally, some great Christmas specials by the BBC this year!” We look forward to this.  

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'Thank God For Amazon And Netflix': Viewers React To Announcement Of Christmas Tv Schedule

“Thank God for Amazon, Netflix”: Viewers react to Christmas TV schedule announcement 

On Channel 4, comedian Nish Kumar will host Celebrity Legomasters At Christmas. This will feature three celebrity teams competing in the ultimate Lego-building contest. 

The broadcaster will show, just like in the past few years a celebrity edition. 

Vardy v Rooney, a courtroom drama, is its most original offering. 

Michael Sheen plays the role of Wagatha Christie in the series. This trial, also known as the ‘libel case of the century’ between WAGs Coleen and Rebekah Vardy captured the nation’s imagination. 

What is being shown on TV this Christmas?  


  • The Smeds and the Smoos, (BBC One). 
  • The Boy, The Mole (BBC One), The Fox, and The Horse 
  • That’s My Jam With Mo Gilligan (BBC One).
  • The Weakest Link Christmas Special (BBC One
  • Michael McIntyre’s Christmas Wheel (BBC One). 
  • Cliff At Christmas (BBC Two)
  • Christmas Night (BBC One).
  • Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special (BBC One). 
  • The Great British Sewing Bee – Celebrity Christmas Special (BBC One). 
  • The Time Tina Turner Visited Britain (BBC Two).
  • Detectorists, BBC Two 
  • Bad Education (BBC Three). 
  • Christmas Special by The Midwife (BBC One)


  • Ant & Dec’s Christmas Limitless Win 
  • Britain Goes Singing
  • Britain’s Got Talent – The Ultimate Magician 
  • Royal Carols: Christmas together 
  • A Year On Planet Earth (ITVX). 
  • Lost Voice Guy’s Christmas Comedy Club 
  • Riches (ITVX) 

Channel 4

  • Christmas with Celebrity Legomasters 
  • The Greatest Snowman
  • The Great Festive Bake Off
  • Five Star Christmas Inside The Corinthia 
  • Lighting Up Christmas 
  • Miriam’s Dickensian Christmas
  • Vardy v Rooney  

Channel 5

  • All Creatures Great and Small 

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Merry C. Vega is a highly respected and accomplished news author. She began her career as a journalist, covering local news for a small-town newspaper. She quickly gained a reputation for her thorough reporting and ability to uncover the truth.

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