Your Christmas Day TV Planner
It’s that time of year once again. Things are a little too manic around the household, what with the Christmas dinner plans and family organisation. But get your priorities sorted! There’s always time to fit in a good dose of TV! So here is how we’re going to fit it all in:
10am: The impatient family members have opened their presents and it’s time to sit the kids down in front of the TV for a good family movie. Alternatively, you’re 45 years old, with no kids, but you just like kiddie films (there’s no shame in it). There are several options, including the premiere of The Meerkats on BBC2, and several Santa Claus-type films on both BBC1 and ITV1.
2pm: Hopefully, by now, your Christmas dinner is well and truly under way. Everyone’s chatting and getting slowly sozzled on wine. Now’s about the time to have BBC1 on in the background, as Top of the Pops Christmas brings us Matt Cardle’s first live performance since The X Factor final, JLS, Tinie Tempah and Plan B.
3pm: Just before Shrek the Third premieres on BBC1, it’s time for The Queen’s Speech. If you are a secret anarchist at heart, then tune into Sky1 for Louie Spence’s camp alternative. Incidentally, our poll revealed 46% of TVGuide.co.uk users were going to stick with HRH this year, and not divert to the alternatives.
5pm: By now you probably have food coma, and are vegging on the sofa with a bad cracker joke in one hand and a broken paper hat in the other (why do those things always break?!). Now might be the time to sneak in a quick nap, or continue with the drinking, depending on your priorities! If not, there’s always One Born at Christmas on Channel 4 or The One Ronnie on BBC1.
6-8pm: OK people, stop messing about – it’s Doctor Who time!! Get that TV on BBC1 now! Straight after that it’s Strictly Come Dancing’s Christmas Special. But soap fans, now is the time Tracy’s going to kick off on Coronation Street and Janine acts out revenge on Stacey in EastEnders. 64% of TVGuide.co.uk users believed EastEnders would be the most dramatic soap storyline this Christmas.
9pm: For some unknown reason, now’s about the time we typically reach into the fridge and make a sandwich out of all the turkey remains – despite still being full. If you need something televisual to accompany your snack, tune into Agatha Christie’s Poirot on ITV1, it’s the classic Murder on the Orient Express.
11pm: Still up? If you’re not going to hit the sales early tomorrow, then why not join Jamie Oliver for his Christmas Lock-In on Channel 4? If it’s a movie you’re after, there’s light-hearted comedy in the shape of Starksky & Hutch on BBC1 and You, Me and Dupree on ITV1.
That’s Christmas Day done and dusted. You can also check out our daily top TV picks for now until New Year’s Day on our LoveTV shows here. Read our New Year’s Day planner later in the week to help sort your life out after those crazy NYE celebrations. Merry Christmas from TVGuide.co.uk!