Sunday 19 December 2021


Well it's that time of year again where I scour the festive Radio Times (it was almost £6 this year) and highlight my favourite programmes and specials.

So here's the rules;
No films (although feature length 'made for TV' are fine).
Festive fayre is preferred but not essential.
Nothing that would ordinarily be in the schedule unless it's a festive special.
So here goes...

Monday 20th
Would I Lie To You (BBC1 8:30pm)
A festive edition of the long running comedy panel show.

Tuesday 21st
dinnerladies (BBC4 9pm)
A classic festive edition of the brilliant sitcom set in a works canteen. 

Wednesday 22nd
Live at the Apollo (BBC2 10pm)
I love stand up comedy and this is a festive special of the king of all the stand up shows.

I was going to pick "Live: Joe Lycett - Mummy's Big Christmas Do!" but according to his Insta it's been cancelled because of the new Covid variant.

Thursday 23rd
Ghosts (BBC1 8:30pm)
A seasonal special of the supernatural sitcom from the 'Horrible History' people.

Not Going Out (BBC1 10pm)
A festive panto features in this year's special episode of the long running sitcom starring Lee Mack.

Christmas Eve
A bumper selection tonight

Spitting Image Christmas Special (ITV 10pm)
A gamble since I've never seen the revival of the popular satirical puppet show (it's a Britbox streaming service exclusive) but for old times sake I'll be giving it a go. 

8 out of 10 Cats Does Countdown (Ch4 9:30pm)
Festive edition of the comedy words and numbers quiz.

The Last Leg Christmas Special (Ch4 10:30pm)
Satirical comedy special. 

The Repair Shop (BBC1 7pm)
Who doesn't love this heartwarming programme?

Christmas Day
I don't watch TV on the day, today is all about feasting and making merry.

The Great Christmas Bake Off (Ch4 8pm)
It's bake off!

Boxing Day
Big Fat Quiz of the Year (Ch4 9pm)
A bit of a tradition now, 2 hours of comedy quizzing with Jimmy Carr.

Monday 27th
Jon and Lucy's Christmas Sleepover (Ch4 9pm)
Husband and wife comedians.

Tuesday 28th
Worzel Gummidge (BBC1 7:15pm)
I'm loving these retelling of the classic stories.

Royal Institution Christmas Lectures with Jonathan Van-Tam (BBC4 8pm)
Probably an apt subject for this year's lectures given by the Chief Medical Officer. 

Wednesday 29th
Frankie Boyle's 2021 New World Order (BBC2 10pm)
You either love him or hate him. I love him.

New Year's Eve
Have I Got 2021 News for You (BBC1 9:30pm)
The daddy of all panel shows reviews the year. 

The Last Leg of the Year (Ch4 9pm)
An end of year special. 

Annoyingly the Radio Times finishes on New Year's Eve so I can't include New Year's Day. I'm guessing Doctor Who will be the pick but I've no idea what time it's on. 

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