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Published on December 18th, 2014 | by admin

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What Will You Be Watching On TV This Christmas?

Only one week to go! For many of us, the festive break will mean relaxing on the sofa in front of the TV to enjoy plenty of our favourite soaps, one-off Christmas specials and classic movies.

Last year the most popular shows in the festive schedule on Christmas Day included Mrs Brown’s Boys, Doctor Who, Coronation Street, EastEnders and Strictly Come Dancing. The biggest peak audience of 10.2 million tuned in to see the Doctor Who Christmas special which marked the arrival of the Twelfth Doctor.

But what can we expect this year? On Christmas Day notable highlights on TV will include Downton Abbey, EastEnders, Mrs Brown’s Boys, the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special as well as an adaptation of M R James’s chilling ghost story The Tractate Middoth. Meanwhile the tenth annual Doctor Who Christmas Special this year will see Peter Capaldi in his first festive adventure in the TARDIS as he heads to the North Pole.

Classic Childrens TV will be served in the shape of The Snowman but with a twist – as Raymond Briggs’s long standing animation has been joined by a Snowdog again this year after his first appearance in 2012. Essential family viewing this Christmas for all the family also includes The Boy in the Dress, Roald Dahl’s Esio Trot and On Angel Wings.

Included in the top ten of most watched programmes last year, the Queens Speech from Buckingham Palace will once again be essential viewing as our Monarch looks back on the past year. The Queen is sure to make reference to the 100th anniversary of World War One which has seen many moving ceremonies and events take place in 2014. Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday were particularly moving this year in memory of those who sacrificed their lives.

During Christmas week, we will also be treated to nearly 300 hours of reruns on the main free to air channels of much loved TV hits including Dad’s Army, Morecambe & Wise, Father Ted as well as ‘Allo ‘Allo.

And before all of that, this Saturday is the Strictly Come Dancing grand final whilst Sunday will see Alan Sugar choose his preferred candidate when The Apprentice – The Final is aired at 9pm. Even if it means wrapping presents or writing Christmas cards at the same time, these TV gems are not to be missed!

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