Christmas television highlights

THERE S no reason to leave the warmth of your living room this Christmas with a host of unmissable television on offer to keep both adults and children entertained. The very best in entertainment for all the family will be hitting our screens over Christ

THERE'S no reason to leave the warmth of your living room this Christmas with a host of unmissable television on offer to keep both adults and children entertained.

The very best in entertainment for all the family will be hitting our screens over Christmas with a fabulous selection of drama, comedy and one-off specials.

Comedy specials from the BBC will see the return of Gavin and Stacey, My Family and Outnumbered.

Thrilling time-travelling adventure comes courtesy of a special edition of Doctor Who, which sees The Doctor (David Tennant) up against his psychotic nemesis, the Master. With both determined to cheat death, the battle ranges but the alien Ood warn of an even greater danger.

Anyone looking for some culinary tips over the festive period should watch Channel 4 for the Jamie at Home Christmas Special and Christmas with Gordon Ramsey.

For the children The Gruffalo is on BBC One and on ITV there will be the network premieres of Happy Feet and Tim Burton's The Corpse Bride.

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The festive season will also see comedy from Harry Hill with his seasonal version of TV Burp on ITV1. On BBC One there will be a comic re-telling of Charles' Dickens A Christmas Carol in Catherine Tate's Nan's Christmas Carol. This features an acid-tongued nanny who is visited by the ghost of Christmas past, present and future and her dead husband to try and mend her Scoorge-like ways.

Also look out for the Jamie at Home Christmas Special on Channel 4 on December 21 at 9pm and the Outnumbered Christmas Special on BBC One on December 27 at 10.30pm.

Unmissable Christmas television:

Christmas Eve

10.25am - Curious George ITV1

6pm - Corpse Bride ITV1

8pm - My Family Christmas Special BBC One

9pm - Victoria Wood's Mid-Life Christmas BBC One

9pm - Christmas with Gordon Ramsey Channel 4

Christmas Day

2pm - Top of the Pops Christmas Special BBC One

3.40pm - Happy Feet ITV1

5.30pm - The Gruffalo BBC One

6pm - Doctor Who - The End of Time BBC One

7pm - Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special BBC One

9pm - Agatha Christie's Poirot ITV1

9pm - The Royle Family BBC One

10pm - Gavin and Stacey BBC One

10.30pm - Catherine Tate Nan's Christmas Carol BBC One

Boxing Day

4.40pm - March of the Penguins ITV1

6.30pm -Harry Hill's TV Burp Review of the Year ITV1

7.30pm - Ant and Dec's Christmas Show ITV1

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