One of the best things about the holidays are the Christmas specials. Settling down in front of the T.V and the tree on Christmas Day to watch whatever Christmas special is your favourite is a vital part of the day. There are so many different specials this year, which is why we’ve handpicked some of our favourites. Here’s our guide to Christmas T.V of 2021.
The BBC never fails to disappoint at Christmas. We start with the Ghosts Christmas special, which airs on the 23rd of December at 8 pm. Ghosts, which is now 3-seasons strong, has quickly become one of the nation’s favourite. Combining the genius of Horrible Histories stars with a heartfelt family fear, Ghosts is a must-see this Christmas. We also can’t forget the formidable Call The Midwife Christmas special, now in its 10th series. No Christmas Day is complete without the annual Call the Midwife episode. Some new specials include Around The World in 80 Days, starring David Tennant and Leonie Benesch, as well as A Very British Scandal which focuses on the divorce of the Duke and Duchess of Argyll. If you’re looking for something more family-friendly, Worzel Gummidge is back and there is also a Shaun the Sheep Christmas special.
Sky has also released some great Christmas specials this year. Michael Sheen stars in Last Train to Christmas, which premiered on the 18th of December. This film seems to be inspired by A Christmas Carol, taking Sheen’s character Tony Towers back to different points of his life. One Sky original film that is great viewing for all of the family is Boy Called Christmas. A truly heartwarming Christmas story will make you laugh, cry and rejoice all in one viewing. Mark Gatiss leads a remake of Amazing Mr Blunden, allowing the book to come back into print after 30 years.
As usual, Channel 4 will be showing the Christmas classics of The Snowman, Father Christmas, and The Snowman and The Snowdog on Christmas Eve. These short animations are a must-see for any Raymond Briggs fan. There will also be a Christmas special of The Great British Bake Off featuring It’s A Sin stars. Following the success of the Derry Girls special last year, this year’s Christmas edition of The Great British Bake includes Olly Alexander and potential 14th-doctor candidates Lydia West and Omari Douglas. A new animated special, the Abominable Snow Baby, adapted from Terry Pratchett’s short story will definitely become a festive favourite. Featuring the voices of Hugh Dancy, Julie Walters, and David Harewood, the Abominable Snow Baby tells a story of a town which is thrown into chaos when a 14-foot tall Snow Baby appears from the huge snowfall. This special is showing on the 24th of December.
Although Netflix is known for its original Christmas rom-coms, one T.V short that we had to include was Robin Robin. This animated musical special focuses on a young, optimistic robin who was raised by a family of mice. This robin makes a heartfelt wish on a Christmas star – can she learn who she really is and learn how to fly? Starring Bronte Carmichael, Richard E. Grant and Gillian Anderson this is the perfect short film to watch with all the family.