Christmas Onions 2016

The festive season is upon us and there’s plenty to keep you entertained on the tellybox. Here’s our roundup of this year’s most essential Christmas viewing.

Drunk History

Wednesday 21st December at 10pm, Comedy Central UK


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Rick Edwards tells the story of the World War I Christmas Truce and Russell Kane narrates the birth of Jesus with help from Sally Phillips, Stephen Mangan, Johnny Vegas and Danny John-Jules.

The Windsors

Friday 23rd December at 10pm, Channel 4


© Channel 4

The royals are back for a Christmas special with TVO regulars Morgana Robinson, Katy Wix and Ellie White on board, as well as a guest appearance from Paul Whitehouse. Once again, Adam Miller of Mongrels fame directs. Find out more here.


Friday 23rd December at 10pm, BBC Two


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Matt Lucas, Susan Calman and Josh Widdicombe join Alan Davies and host Sandi Toksvig for a festive special of the always enjoyable panel show.


Christmas Eve at 6.30pm, Sky 1


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Don’t worry, Yonderland fans… series three may have just ended, but the gang will soon be back for an hour-long Christmas special!

Doctor Who

Christmas Day at 5.45pm, BBC One

© Ray Burmiston / BBC

© Ray Burmiston / BBC

Matt Lucas returns as Nardole in the Doctor Who Christmas special ‘The Return of Doctor Mysterio’.

The Last Dragonslayer

Christmas Day at 5.45pm, Sky 1

© Sky One

© Sky One

Matt Berry is among the cast of this ambitious fantasy drama suitable for all the family. Find out more here.

Travel Man

Christmas Day at 8pm, Channel 4


© Channel 4

Tune into Travel Man on Christmas Day to see Richard Ayoade exploring Florence, Italy with Rebel Wilson. See preview images of the episode here.

Big Fat Quiz of the Year

Boxing Day at 9pm, Channel 4

Big Fat Quiz of the Year 2016

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It just wouldn’t be Christmas without the Big Fat Quiz! This time, host Jimmy Carr will be joined by Richard Ayoade, Rob Delaney, Mel Giedroyc, Sarah Millican, David Mitchell and Romesh Ranganathan.

The Entire Universe

Boxing Day at 9.30pm, BBC Two


© BBC/Guy Levy

Noel Fielding joins Eric Idle and Professor Brian Cox in this all singing, all dancing special to tell the story of the universe’s creation. See preview images here.

Inside No. 9

Tuesday 27th December at 10pm, BBC Two


© BBC/Sophie Mutevelian

Before series three of Inside No. 9 begins in 2017, Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton are treating us to festive special ‘The Devil of Christmas’. See preview images here.

Charlie Brooker’s 2016 Wipe

Thursday 29th December at 9pm, BBC Two

© BBC / Endemol / Kieron McCarron

© BBC / Endemol / Kieron McCarron

At the end of this *ahem* eventful year, Charlie Brooker is on hand to recap, with help from Barry Shitpeas and Philomena Cunk. How he’ll fit it all into just one hour we don’t know!

Cunk on Christmas

Thursday 29th December at 10pm, BBC Two

© House of Tomorrow (Part of Endemol Shine Group)

© House of Tomorrow (Part of Endemol Shine Group)

After Charlie Brooker’s 2016 Wipe has finished, stay tuned into BBC Two for Cunk on Christmas. Following the success of her Shakespeare special a few months ago, Philomena Cunk (aka Diane Morgan) is back and on a mission to discover what the true meaning of Christmas really is.

2016: A Year in the Life of a Year

Friday 30th December at 10pm, BBC Four

© Talkback Thames

© Talkback Thames

Brian Pern creator Rhys Thomas has re-edited year’s biggest events for a 2016 recap like no other.

Big Fat Quiz of Everything

Friday 6th January at 9pm, Channel 4


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The Big Fat Quiz dream team of Noel Fielding and Richard Ayoade are back, along with Aisling Bea, Katherine Ryan, David Walliams and Jonathan Ross.

Keep your eyes peeled over the coming weeks for more festive Onion updates on our Twitter feed and we hope you enjoy the picks we’ve highlighted above. All that’s left is to say Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from everyone here at TVO!


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