The good and dramatic telly is part of what makes Christmas, so here’s a list of what I’m looking forward to watching this Christmas & New Year.

Alan Carr’s New Years Specstacular – Channel 4, 31st December, 9pm

British comedian Alan Carr has a bash on nearly every occasion (Grand National included) and gets lots of celebrity guests on the show, a live audience and lots of booze. He gets so drunk and the show just turns into crowd control and madness. It’s a great watch, even if you see it for this year only.

Outnumbered Christmas Special – BBC1, Boxing Day (26th December), 10pm

The original series of Outnumbered was great, about a family living in suburbia and who have a somewhat normal life. The kids get to improvise their lines and ask stupid questions, which is the reason the show is so funny.

For this year’s Christmas special the kids who were really young when they filmed the original are really grown up now, so come with a new set of struggles to deal with as a family.

The Great Christmas Bake-Off – Part 1: Christmas Day, 4:45pm, Part 2: Boxing Day, 7pm 

Mel & Sue, Paul & Mary and the iconic tent is back on the BBC for a Christmas special. With more innuendos from Mary and a bit of real-world baking advice from Paul, it’ll be a very popular show as it’s the last hoorah before the show moves to Channel 4 without half of the cast. Definitely not one to be missed!

Still Game Hogmanay Special – BBC1, 31st December, 11pm and Midnight

I loved this special when my parents first showed me it a few years ago. It’s so great that it’s playing on TV again, as it can be introduced to new audiences and you can have a laugh even if you’re not going out for NYE.

That rounds up my personal TV listings of specials that I want to watch this festive season. What will you be watching? Let me know 👇👇 I hope you all enjoy the TV, I know I will be.
Happy Listening! (or should that be watching?)
A K Jones

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