Joanna Lumley As A 'Dirty' Mary Berry And More Brilliant Christmas TV

Joanna Lumley As A 'Dirty' Mary Berry And More Brilliant Christmas TV

Family tub of Quality Streets at the ready? Here's what's on TV this Christmas

A really good whodunnit

And Then There Were None (Boxing Day, BBC One) 

For Poldark fans this is another excuse to oggle Aidan Turner (Mr Poldark) who stars in this new BBC adaptation opposite Sam Neil, Miranda Richardson and Charles Dance, while for Agatha Christie fans it's a chance to see the biggest selling crime novel of all time brought back to the screen. To give you a (non-spoiler) version of the plot, ten people are invited to an island off the south coast of England just before the WW2 by a mystery host and, um, there's some murder. This is the one where your Dad waddles into the room with a plate of cheese halfway through and says 'so what's this about, then?'

A whole family people pleaser

David Attenborough's Great Barrier Reef (30th December, BBC One) 

"I love David Attenborough" said everyone ever. Father nature is back this Christmas to teach us about the Great Barrier Reef, his favourite place in the natural world where he first filmed in 1957. 

A hit of period drama

Dickensian (Boxing Day, BBC One) 

The 26th marks the beginning of the BBC's massive new 20-part drama which mashes up all the Charles Dickens stories into one big soap-opera series - think Eastenders with whalebone corsets. 

Something for the kiddies

Peter and Wendy (Boxing Day, ITV) 

Stanley Tucci plays Hook in a new Peter Pan drama (yes we know, another one) with Paloma Faith as Tinker Bell. 

Something for the oldies 

Doomed! The Dad's Army Story (22nd December, BBC Two) 

In February Bill Nighy, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Gambon will release a big-screen remake of Dad's Army, but in the meantime there's this drama-about-the-drama, the story of how the real life writers of the show got Dad's Army commissioned in the first place. Skeptical teenagers in the family might roll their eyes and ask if we could, like, PLEASE turn it over, but it's a good one for anyone north of fifty. 


The Doctor Who Christmas special (Christmas Day, BBC One) 

As usual, if you're a diehard Doctor Who fan you'll love it. And if you've never really got Doctor Who you'll probably still not really get it. 

Read more: Jenna Coleman talks life on Doctor Who

A Cumber-fan fix 

Sherlock (New Year's Day, BBC One) 


For such a massive show, Mark Gatiss and Seven Moffat's genius Sherlock - which made Benedict Cumberbatch an international star - hasn't exactly milked the cash cow dry, which makes the arrival of a new series all the more exciting. On New Year's Day the duo are back with another all-too-short three parter, a portion of which will be staged in Sherlock's original 19th Century setting. We can't wait. 

A final (final) Downton 

Downton Abbey (Christmas Day, ITV) 

No this really is the last one. The official release promises "love and loss, happiness and heartbreak." We just hope somewhere in there is a happy ending for Edith and Mary. 

Read More: Laura Carmichael on saying goodbye to Lady Edith

Night before Christmas LOLZ

Walliams and Friends (Christmas Eve, BBC One)

David Walliams has teamed up with Joanna Lumley and Morgana Robinson for a new sketch show, which includes a rather genius-looking Great British Bake Off skit. Lumley plays a 'dirty' Mary Berry to Walliams's Paul Hollywood - though knowing his penchant for cross dressing that could so easily be the other way round. 

A child's-eye view

Gogglesprogs, (25th December, Channel 4) 

If you're already as obsessed with Gogglebox as we are, Channel 4 have a treat for you come Christmas day. Welcome to Gogglesprogs, where 10 sets of hilarious kids will watch the biggest hits on TV, including Frozen, The Great British Bake Off and even the election. We can't wait to see what Mia, Charlotte and co have to say about that last one...

A non-taxing documentary

The Rich Kids of Instagram (21st December, Channel 4) 


If you already follow the Instagram account you'll enjoy the new documentary, delving into the ostentatious lives of rich twenty-somethings who document all their Cristal-on-the-private-jet antics on social media. 

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