CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN BLOG Monday 14th December 2020








          At Christmas our house is like a Donnie and Marie Christmas Special. – Kevin Richardson


Christmas TV Guide 2020 – The 50 Best Shows To Feast Your Eyes On

Christmas is all about TV especially this year

HuffPost have posted these 50 TV programmes to watch over Christmas. It reminds me of a list I would have done because it just covers BBC1 & 2, ITV, Channel 4 and I can’t even see any Channel 5

With Christmas taking a different form for the vast majority of us this year, we’re going to need our screens more than ever over the festive period.

And while the pandemic stopped TV production for a huge chunk of 2020, the BBC, ITV and Channel 4 have all still managed to ensure all tastes will be catered for with a swathe of new shows.

Whether you’re looking for top dramas, gripping soap storylines, quizzes and game shows, or festive editions of your favourites, there really is something for everyone this Christmas.

With the full listings having now been revealed, we’ve trawled through them all to pick out the 50 best shows you won’t want to miss. 

  1. The Story Of SM:TV

Boxing Day at 9.25am on ITV

Ant, Dec and Cat are reunited for this long-awaited special, which will take a nostalgic look back at their much-loved Saturday morning kids show.

  1. Britain’s Got Talent Christmas Spectacular

Christmas Day at 8pm on ITV

  1. The Vicar Of Dibley

Wednesday 23 December at 12am on BBC One

  1. Doctor Who

New Years’s Day at 6.45pm on BBC One

  1. his Morning

Christmas Day at 10am on ITV

  1. The Serpent

New Years’s Day at 9pm on BBC One

  1. The Great British Bake Off Christmas And New Year Specials

Christmas Eve at 7.40pm and Sunday 3 January at 7.45 on Channel 4

  1. The Great British Bake Off : The Winners

Wednesday 23 December at 7pm on Channel 4

  1. The Masked Singer

Boxing Day at 9pm on ITV

  1. Cinderella: A Comic Relief Pantomime for Christmas

Christmas Eve at 8.15pm on BBC Two

BBC/Quentin Blake Olivia Colman will make her pantomime debut as the Fairy Godmother, starring opposite The Crown co-star Helena Bonham Carter in a virtual charity version of Cinderella.

  1. Pandemonium

Wednesday 30 December at 9.45pm on BBC One

After Alison Steadman reprised her role as Pam Shipman in last year’s Gavin & Stacey Christmas special, this year she’s starring in a new one-off sitcom centred on the Jessop family.

  1. Blankety Blank

Christmas Day at 7pm on BBC One

Iconic gameshow Blankety Blank is back with a brand new host, Bradley Walsh for a festive special, as a new panel of celebrities try to fill in the missing blanks.

  1. The Great British Sewing Bee Christmas Specials

Boxing Day at 7.45pm and New Year’s Eve at 8pm on BBC One

  1. Mrs Brown’s Boys

Christmas Day at 10.05pm and New Year’s Day at 10pm on BBC One

  1. Call The Midwife

Christmas Day at 7.40pm on BBC One

  1. EastEnders

Christmas Day at 9.10pm on BBC One

  1. Emmerdale

Christmas Day at 6pm on ITV

  1. Coronation Street

Christmas Day at 7pm on ITV

  1. Miranda’s Games With Showbiz Names

Christmas Eve at 9.45pm on BBC One

  1. Black Narcissus

Sunday 27, Monday 28 and Tuesday 29 December at 9pm on BBC One

  1. Strictly: The Christmas Countdown

Christmas Day at 4.45pm on BBC One

  1. The Cube Celebrity

Sunday 20 December at 8pm on ITV

  1. The Repair Shop At Christmas

Boxing Day at 6.45pm on BBC One

  1. Dancing On Thin Ice With Torvill & Dean

New Year’s Day at 9pm on ITV

  1. Worzel Gummidge: Saucy Nancy

Christmas Eve at 5.55pm on BBC One

  1. Birds Of A Feather

Christmas Eve at 9.15pm on ITV

  1. Celebrity Masterchef Christmas Cook Off

Monday 21 and Wednesday 23 December at 9pm on BBC One

  1. It’s Clarkson On TV

Christmas Day at 9.55pm on ITV

In what sounds absolutely nothing like ITV’s attempt to recreate the success of Charlie Brooker’s annual Screenwipe, Jeremy Clarkson will host a TV review of the year show reviewing the best, worst and most bizarre TV offerings of 2020.

  1. Mary Berry Saves Christmas

Wednesday 23 December at 6.30pm on BBC One

  1. Billy Connolly: It’s Been A Pleasure

Monday 28 December at 9.30pm on ITV

  1. Zog And The Flying Doctors

Christmas Day at 2.35pm on BBC One

  1. QI Christmas Special

Wednesday 23 December at 9.30pm on BBC Two

  1. Top Of The Pops Christmas Special

Christmas Day at 11.55am on BBC One

  1. First Dates At Christmas

Christmas Day at 11.10pm on Channel 4

  1. Alan Carr’s Epic Gameshow – The Price Is Right Christmas Special

Christmas Eve at 8.15pm on ITV

  1. Escape To The Chateau At Christmas

Christmas Day at 8.10pm on Channel 4

  1. Ghosts

Wednesday 23 December at 8.30pm on BBC One

  1. Ainsley’s Festive Food We Love

Christmas Day at 2pm on ITV

  1. Have I Got 30 Years For You

Christmas Eve at 10.15pm on BBC One

  1. The Big Fat Quiz Of The Year

Boxing Day at 9.05pm on Channel 4

  1. The Chase Celebrity Christmas Specials

Christmas Day at 5pm and Boxing Day at 6pm on ITV

  1. One Night In Hamleys

Christmas Eve at 9pm on Channel 4

With no security guards or grown-ups there to hamper the fun, the three comics run amok, raid the shelves, chat about Christmas, invent daft games to play, and reminisce with funny festive stories, as they hang out after hours and unsupervised in the fun emporium.

  1. Not Going Out Christmas Special

Wednesday 30 December at 9pm on BBC One

  1. Back To The… 80s / 90s / 00s / 10s

Sunday 27 and Monday 28 December at 9pm, Tuesday 29 and Wednesday 30 December at 10pm on Channel 4

  1. Stephen Fry’s 21st Century Firsts

Wednesday 30 December at 8.30pm on ITV

  1. Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? Celebrity

Boxing Day at 9.30pm on ITV

  1. The Big New Year’s In

New Year’s Eve from 9pm on BBC One

A live entertainment show will run throughout the evening packed with famous faces, before Alicia Keys provides 2020’s New Year’s Eve concert.

  1. Victoria Wood: My Secret List

Christmas Day at 9.10pm on BBC Two

This two-part programme counts down the late comedian’s personal favourite moments from her illustrious TV career.

  1. The Hit List Christmas Special

New Year’s Eve at 5.50pm on BBC One

  1. The Last Leg Of The Year

New Year’s Eve at 9pm on Channel 4

Put together by Ash Percival – HuffPost –

Do Have Fun!



A Christmas Carol (1984)


  1. 08 Christmas Dragnet (Yulenet) Part 3:18
  1. 09 Christmas Dragnet (Yulenet) Part 3:30


The Robin and the Reindeer by Rosa Bailey (Author), Carmen Saldaña (Illustrator)

Hardcover : 96 pages

Publisher : Hodder Children’s Books (15 Oct. 2020)

Reading level : 5 – 7 years

A little reindeer, lost in the forest … and a robin, who will help her fly home; this is a gift book for children and parents to treasure.

Little Reindeer is lost in the forest.

It begins to snow. And as the snowflakes crowd through the trees, she catches a glimpse of something: a flash of startling red and wings blurring in the air. A robin!

In a piece of woodland magic, the generous robin lends the red from his feathers to Little Reindeer’s nose, and they fly home together.

A perfect gift book for the winter season, with a gorgeous foiled and textured cover.

For anyone who loves The Snowman by Raymond Briggs, or The Fox and the Star by Coralie Bickford-Smith.


The Holly and the Ivy


               What is Olivia Colman’s favourite part of a turkey?  The Crown.



Jim Carrey


Rev. – Series 2, Episode 7

UK/Series 2/2011Aired on BBC

Rev. is a British television sitcom produced by Big Talk Productions. Written by actor Tom Hollander and James Wood, the show premiered on BBC Two on 28 June 2010 and ended on 28 April 2014. The show’s working titles were The City Vicar and Handle with Prayer.

No. of episodes: 19 3 Series I Christmas Special


131         4,200 tonnes– And of course, the turkey needs wrapping too – around 4,200 tonnes of aluminium foil gets thrown away every Christmas in the UK.               

132         1931, when the beverage company Coca Cola  hired an illustrator named Haddon Sundblom for magazine ads that we got the jolly old elf.               

133         31 – The age of Dickens when he had Christmas Carol published               

134         1843 – The year A Christmas Carol               

135         5 shillings – Priced at five shillings (equal to £25 in 2020 pounds), the price of the book A Christmas Carol when it was first published in 1843               

136         6,000 – The number of copies of the first print run of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens Published  19 December, the first edition sold out by Christmas Eve               

137         £230 – The high production costs upon which Dickens insisted led to reduced profits, and the first edition of A Christmas Carol  brought him only £230 (equal to £23,000 in 2020 pounds)[67] rather than the £1,000 (equal to £99,000 in 2020 pounds)[67] he expected.[72] A year later, the profits were only £744, and Dickens was deeply disappointed.               

138         11 – By the end of 1844 eleven more editions of A Christmas Carol had been released.               

139          2 million – A Christmas Carol was Dickens’s most popular book in the United States, and sold over two million copies in the hundred years following its first publication there.               

140          14,700 people visit hospitalA&E each November and December from Christmas related decorating accidents.


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