Best Christmas TV 2015

Festive specials, quality repeats and more seasonal shows

Best Christmas TV 2015

1 Downton Abbey
In this year’s final, top secret episode, we bid farewell to the Crawley family and their staff. Catch it on Christmas Day.

2 Strictly Come Dancing

Sir Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly present a panto-themed dance-off starring previous celebrity contestants such as Russell Grant and Rachel Stevens.

3 Saturday Night Live
Your belly will wobble like a bowlful of jelly with this mirthful collection of comedy sketches from top stand-up comedians.

4 Match of the Day Special
A bumper edition of bloopers, gags and, of course, plenty of world-class football to dissect.

5 Doctor Who Special
Time traveller professor River Song meets her husband’s new incarnation, in the form of Peter Capaldi, for the first time in the eleventh Doctor Who special.

6 A Charlie Brown Christmas

It’s the 50th anniversary of this animated classic, in which poor old Charlie Brown lacks holiday cheer until Lucy suggests he directs the school’s Christmas play.

7 The tonight show starring Jimmy Fallon
Most years, Jimmy Fallon will attempt to do a reading of Twas The Night Before Christmas, often joined by a celebrity guest.

8 A Very Special Family Guy Freakin’ Christmas

Christmastime is chaos in the town of Quahog, when Peter donates all the presents to a local charity by accident, the turkey goes up in smoke, and Lois is shot by a tranquilliser dart. Meanwhile, Stewie goes along with the Christmas pageant in the hope of pleasing Santa Claus, to whom he has written asking for the gift of plutonium.

9 A Very Murray Christmas

Bill Murray is back in the holiday spirit in this Netflix special. With rumoured guests including George Clooney, Miley Cyrus and the Rockettes, the quirk factor here will be through the roof, which should please folks who like to keep their holidays as unsentimental as possible.

10 Sherlock: The Abominable Bride

Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Dr. Watson find themselves in 1890s London in this holiday special, an extended cut of which will also get a theatrical release in the UK and the US. There’s still time to book flights…

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