Velvet All Over Our Christmas Television Screens

Whether you like long films or just want a solid 30 minutes of entertainment; a Victorian drama or a comedy quiz show – you can pick and choose this Christmas, because there’s a hearty selection to choose from.

Read on, bring your calendars and note down what to watch and when…

December 11th

© Channel Four

© Channel Four

Black Mirror

The second episode of Black Mirror, Charlie Brooker‘s techno-satire, features Booshdom’s Julia Davis. Davis plays a judge on a talent contest called ‘Hot Shot’, which in this reality with nothing but a gloomy future where the residents toil away, is the only way out of misery.

More information about Black Mirror and the Fifteen Million Merits episode can be found at our previous post.

Black Mirror airs on Channel 4 at 9.30PM.

December 17th



Catherine Tate: Laughing at the Noughties

A new addition to our Christmas viewing guide! @ChloeeCakes has alerted us to Catherine Tate: Laughing at the Noughties, a 2-hour show presented by Catherine Tate that casts a look back at the best comedy of the the last decade. We hope to see a few of the acts that we cover on TVO included in that one! Noel Fielding is listed as one of the contributors to the show as well, so it’s well worth a look.

It airs at 10pm on Channel4.

December 19th



The Bleak Old Shop Of Stuff

This star-studded BBC show is a Victorian comedy drama about Jedrington (Robert Webb), the owner of The Old Shop of Stuff, which sells miscellaneous odd things, as well as his family life. The show marks the 200th birthday of Charles Dickens and several big names star in the show. Amongst them is The IT Crowd‘s Katherine Parkinson, who plays Jedrington’s wife Conceptiva, James Bachman, Colin Hoult, Stephen Fry and David Mitchell.

The Christmas Special is the first episode of four which means there will be more to come! Read more about this show here and here.

The Bleak Old Shop Of Stuff Christmas Special will be on BBC2 at 8.30PM.

The Rob Brydon Show Christmas Special 



Noel Fielding will be a guest on the show alongside Sarah Harding, Angelos Epithemiou (aka Dan Skinner), Rhys Darby from Flight of the Conchords and Charlie Baker. Because of the Christmas theme, the guests will be quizzed on their Holiday activities and traditions. Fielding will also talk about his upcoming Channel 4 show Noel Fielding’s Luxury Comedy and the viewers might even get a little glimpse of said show!

If you cannot wait and want to know more about this particular episode, take a look at what we wrote back in May!

The Rob Brydon Show airs on BBC at 9PM.

© Talkback Thames

© Talkback Thames

Never Mind the Buzzcocks

Never Mind the Buzzcocks will be on this Monday, the 19th, per usual and since this will be the last episode of series 25  – it’s a Christmas episode! Captains Noel Fielding and Phill Jupitus are joined by John Barrowman who will be this week’s host. The captains will have an array of guests on their teams – more specifically Jason Derulo, Jason Manford, Joe Wilkinson and Helen Skelton.

As always, NMTB will be on BBC2 at 10PM.

December 22nd



How Not To Live Your Life

Yet another Christmas special, this one coming from Dan Clark and the How Not To Live Your Life gang. The episode is titled t’s A Don-Derful Life and as we’ve previously revealed, both Julia Davis and Tom Meeten will be guest-starring!

This will be the last How Not To Live Your Life and will give the answers all the questions you might have accumulated over the last series, something which you can read about here.

Watch the hour-long special on BBC3 at 9PM.

December 24th

FatherTed_CastFather Ted Christmas Special

In the Christmas episode of Father Ted, the series created by Graham Linehan and Arthur Mathews, Father Ted, Father Dougal and the other priests find themselves in a nightmare scenario as they get lost in the lingerie department of a store. Faced with the possibility of an embarrassing scandal for the Church, they have to think quick but the happening still comes with some consequences…

The Father Ted Christmas Special will air on Tuesday, December 24th, 11.55PM on Channel 4.

Despite the fact that the series aired between 1995 and 1998, it still amuses audiences and has now become a cult classic. If you want more Father Ted – tune into Channel 4 on the 26th at 10.50PM and 11.20PM. Father Ted: Unintelligent Design and Far Away: The World of Father Ted will be broadcasted then, giving the viewers an inside view into the making of the whole show and the inspiration behind it.

December 25th



Absolutely Fabulous

Ab Fab will return on Christmas Day to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the original production! Three new episodes with Eddy, Patsy, Saffy, Bubble and Mother will air on BBC, starting December 25th with an episode involving ‘someone’s’ return… With her, she brings a new best friend and so the intrigue begins.

The original cast is reunited plus a few surprising guests which includes Lucy Montgomery. The first episode has an issued “warning” (involving a wedding and Bubble) and if you want to know what wedding, this is the place.

The new adventures of the Ab Fab gang will begin at 10PM on BBC1.

December 26th



The Borrowers

Sharon Horgan stars in another of the BBC’s top family films this Christmas season. The Borrowers is a modern-day adaptation of the 1997 film by the same name and is yet another film with a star-studded cast.  Stephen Fry, Victoria Wood, Christopher Eccleston, Robert Sheehan and Aisling Loftus will all be a part of the film.

Sharon Horgan will be playing Homily Clock, Arrietty’s mother. Arrietty is the teenager in the Clock family with a rebellious streak and as expected, her rebellious nature brings forth a series of problems for the family. If you’re not familiar with The Borrowers or want to know more about this adaptation, visit this BBC’s website.

Join Clock family and their adventures on BBC1 at 7.30PM.

More Christmas television programmes might get scheduled after the posting of this. In order to stay updated, keep a close eye on our home page and revisit this post as we’ll keep adding to it.

5 Comments on Velvet All Over Our Christmas Television Screens

  1. Ahh! I’m so happy! Its gonna be a great christmas (tv wise at least)! Can’t actually wait anymore!


  2. Is The Rob Brydon Show Christmas Special on christmas day?


  3. BRILLIANT ! double dose of Noel Fielding on the 19th, result XXXXXXXX


  4. Sparklesharked // December 8, 2011 at 8:55 am // Reply

    This is why I love the holidays… 😀


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