The best of Christmas TV 2013

The best of Christmas TV 2013
Posted by James Hood

It’s fair to say the festive period can be hit and miss when it comes to what’s on the box. But this year there’s plenty for every one of your friends and family members. And if you can’t agree on what to watch, there’s always Pictionary. Here’s a quick roundup of what’s on. 


Tonight (23rd December) kick start the festive film fun with Toy Story. Not strictly a Christmas flick but one that’s sure to make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. The two sequels are being shown on Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Jim Carey also stars as The Grinch in the classic tale on Christmas Eve (3.50pm on Channel 4). Plus you can see Up on 28 December at 6.50pm (BBC1). Then of course there’s The Muppets Christmas Carol (Christmas Day 4.35pm Channel 4) – unbeatable. 


Supermarket capers continue in a special Trollied on Christmas Eve (9pm Sky 1). Plus there’s a Christmas version of Not Going Out Not Going Out (10pm BBC1 Christmas Eve). Then those loveable Essex sisters Sharon and Tracey are back in a re-booted Birds of a Feather on 2 Jan (ITV). 


More documentary than drama but entertaining none-the-less, Gary Barlow heads to Afghanistan to put on a show for the troops. Catch it tonight (Monday 23 December) on ITV at 9pm. 

Death Comes To Pemberley (26 December BBC1). Author P.D. James was almost 90 when she decided to write a kind of sequel to Jane Austen’s Pride And Prejudice. The end result is Death Comes To Pemberley, a number one bestseller in 2011. Now it’s been made into a TV series period fans will love. 

Call The Midwife (BBC1) is on at 6.15pm on Christmas Day. Among othertrials and tribulations, the lights go out over Poplar as residents cope with an unexploded bomb. 

Finally, downton Abbey makes its comeback for Christmas and sees the Crawleys descend on London for the festive period. Those who’ve been following (and even those who haven’t) will probably enjoy the seasonal decadence on display. Watch on Christmas Day evening on ITV. 


Happy Christmas and remember that when it comes to buying or renting property, we always have some crackers all year round.

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