The Handbook
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By Lottie Hulme | 12th September 2019

It’s Christmas time! Which means you have every excuse in the world to pig-out and watch the box (to put it bluntly!) And, as is the norm, there’s a tonne on telly to indulge in, mince pie and cheeky Baileys in hand and with Aunt Mildred snoring, legs outstretched and dribbling post-Christmas dinner. So, if you’ve watched Love Actually five times too many or maybe you’re getting old enough to realise that The Grinch is actually pretty darn scary, we’re here to give you a gentle nudge in the right direction…

Plus, we’ll be updating this fun-filled piece regularly as time edges nearer to the big day… watch this space!

Jack Whitehall's Christmas Special

He’s the guy that has us clutching our bellies as he and his equally as balmy father head about planet earth disagreeing on stuff and being, well, odd. Now, good news, Jack and pops will be hosting a Christmas variety special at the London Palladium which, to our delight, will be filmed! Featuring celeb guests and a musical performance, the one-off Christmas special is sure to get the guffaws going…

Tickets for The Jack Whitehall Christmas Special, which is being taped from 5pm on Saturday September 28, are available here.

Website: Jack Is Back!

Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special

Get your dancing shoes on, because no one puts the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special in the corner! Whilst info on this year’s special is thin on the ground we do know that if it’s anything like the 2018 showstopper then it’s going to be good! The 2019 line-up for Strictly has recently been released, with Saffron Barker, Catherine Tyldesley, Mike Bushell, David James and more, taking to the stage.

Christmas Day, BBC1, 5.30pm 

Website: More Info Here...

Gavin & Stacey Christmas Special

Recently, James Corden dropped some of the most exciting news we’ve heard since we discovered there were four bank holidays in a month: there’s a new Gavin & Stacey coming! And think what you might about Corden, Gavin & Stacey is one of the most heart-warming sitcoms ever made and it’s coming back for Christmas 2019. We’re short on facts at present, but the script’s in and it’s going to be a one-off Christmas special. And we’ll be back in Barry and Essex and all our favourite characters will be back (except potty-mouthed Dorris, played by Margaret John, who sadly died in 2011). So get on Dave Coaches and head straight for Barry Island this Christmas, there’s only 107 sleeps sleeps until Gavin & Stacey Christmas Special!

Christmas Day, BBC1, 10.15pm


A Christmas Carol Mini series

We’re all well versed with the story of Mr Scrooge but there’s a new BBC One and FX adaptation of the timeless classic, A Christmas Carol, and we’re ready for a good ol’ laugh, cry and cheer! The three-part special is a new take on the Charle Dickens’ classic that we’ve all grown to know and love (or loath) written by Steven Knight. And who’ll be playing ol’ Scrooge himself? Guy Pearce (from Mary Queen of Scots) is taking to the screen as Ebenezer Scrooge, while Joe Alwyn (from The Favourite) will be busying himself as poor Mr Bob Cratchit. Expect spine-chilling hallucinations, haunting Christmas ghosts, and the occasional Christmas cheer.

Date TBC 


Michael McIntyre's Big Christmas Show

It isn’t Christmas without Michael McIntyre. Fact! We’re not sure about you but we love seeing his happy face grace our screens whilst we potato away on the sofa after 700 Brussel sprouts, a turkey the size of a football pitch and way, way too much Christmas pudding. And, rumour has it, he’ll be back on BBC1 this year at 8.15pm, bringing with him his adorable smile and joyous trot across the stage. Plus, for McIntyre super fans, get excited about his return to BBC One for a fifth series this autumn, which you find out more about here…

Christmas Day, BBC1, 8.15pm

Call the Midwife Christmas Special

This year’s festive episode of the much-adored Call The Midwife will see the team heading for the remote, idyllic Scottish island, where the residents have a desperate need for nurses and midwives…

You’ll see the return of Jenny Agutter (Sister Julienne), Linda Bassett (Nurse Crane), Judy Parfitt (Sister Monica Joan), Fenella Woolgar (Sister Hilda), Ella Bruccoleri (Sister Frances), Helen George (Trixie), Laura Main (Shelagh Turner), Jennifer Kirby (Valerie), Leonie Elliott (Lucille), Stephen McGann (Dr Turner), Cliff Parisi (Fred), Annabelle Apsion (Violet), Georgie Glen (Miss Higgins), Max Macmillan (Timothy), Trevor Cooper (Sgt Woolf) and Daniel Laurie (Reggie) as they all head to the Outer Hebrides. It’s going to be a good’n!

Christmas Day, BBC1, 7.45pm

Website: More Info Here...

Worzel Gummidge

You might recognise him as the pirate whose eye pops out in Pirates of the Caribbean, but Mackenzie Crook is back starring as Worzel Gummidge in the reboot of the classic series.  Inspired by the books of Barbara Euphan Todd, Mackenzie has written, directed and stars as Gummidge himself.

If you don’t remember the old series, it tells the story of two young strangers who arrive in the village of Scatterbrook, and it’s not long before they encounter ol’ Worzel Gummidge, the scarecrow of Ten Acre Field. It all gets a bit confusing as Gummidge comes to life, but the only person more confused by the the whole situation is Gummidge himself, as he discovers the two children are not fellow scarecrow friends, but are in fact, humans.

Date TBC

We’ll be adding to this TV guide as the months move closer to Christmas, but to get a taste of what to expect you can check out 2018’s Christmas specials right here!