How we watch TV has changed in recent years, no longer do we pile in as a fam and watch the gogglebox, but at Christmas TV comes back into its own.

Whether its misery in Eastenders or merriment in Weatherfield, Call the Midwife or another repeat of the Vicar of Dibley, the Muppet’s Christmas Carol or Shaun the Sheep, there is loads to watch over Christmas.

So to help you decide what to watch, without the need to troll through the Sky Guide, we’ve had a look at some of the best stuff on tele this Christmas.

Tuesday 21

Shrek is on ITV at 1.45pm, need we say more? Over on the Beeb, Tom Hanks is playing himself, playing Walt Disney, in Saving Mr Banks while Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again is on ITV2 at 6.45pm. If you fancy something a bit more somber and royal, ITV is showing Philip: Prince, Husband, Father at 9pm. And if drama is your thing, BBC’s bizarre The Girl Before is on BBC1 at 9pm.

Wednesday 22

Wednesday sees ET back on the TV, ITV to be exact at 11.30am before Shrek 2 takes over at 2.15pm. In the evening BBC 1 has a repeat of the Repair Shop at 7pm, while The Girl Before concludes at 9pm. In reality there is only one big film on tomorrow, the greatest Christmas movie of all time, Die Hard, is on ITV at 10.45pm, Yippee Ki Yay moth, maybe not.

Thursday 23

A bang average film to kick off the day, don’t @ me, it’s Jack Frost at 11.30am on ITV, with war epic The Battle of River Plate on BBC 2 at 2pm. Throughout the evening, you can test your knowledge with Christmas University Challenge, join Joanna Lumley in the Land of the Northern Lights on BBC 4 at 8pm and at 11pm ITV and Channel 4 go head to head with The Holiday and Office Christmas Party screening at the same time. Ok this may be a day for Netflix and Disney Plus.

Friday 24

It’s Christmas Eve, so what better than a Nativity story? Well ITV have just the thing, Nativity Rocks is on from 11am and it’s a rare instance by the 1 star review given to it by the Radio Times may actually be generous. There are loads of films on on Christmas Day, Abomidable on BBC1 at 3pm is followed by Dolittle at 4.30pm, BBC2 has North by Northwest on at 3.20pm. Channel 4 is going with the classic It’s a Wonderlife Life at 2pm and over on Channel 5, they have Deck the Halls from 4.20pm.

Come the evening, ITV2 has Uncle Buck from 6pm the Top Gear lads, the new ones not the real ones, are doing their Christmas special at 8.30pm on BBC1 and The Greatest Snowman is on Channel 4 at 8pm. Once the kids are in bed, there are a lot of repeats on the Beeb, ITV and Channel 4, including the Vicar of Dibley and Cats Does Countdown or you can see The Last Leg’s Christmas Eve Special at 10.30pm on Channel 4.

Christmas Day

Don’t watch TV before Christmas, play with toys, wind your family up and steal some pigs in blankets. But if you are so incline, come 11.25am, Shaun the Sheep: The Flight Before Christmas is on BBC1, Casablanca is on BBC2 and This Morning is on ITV. Come the afternoon, White Christmas is on Channel 4 just before 1pm, while Mary Poppins Returns and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang are on BBC1 at 3.10pm and Channel 5 at 3.10pm respectively.

Come the evening, the soaps are serving up their usual misery, but Home Alone 2 is on Channel 4 at 5.15pm and Call the Midwife is on at 8pm. Mrs Brown’s Boys is ‘gracing’ our screens at 10.20pm before the day is capped off with more Vicar of Dibley or ITV are showing Love Actually. Yeah I give in you’ll be on Netflix by this point, I completely get it.

Stick to Netflix

Overall there is a lot of films, a lot of repeats and some soap based misery on this year, no wonder people settle down to watch Netflix or Prime or something, because the TV channels are basically doing the same thing anyway.

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