Here's what you should be making time for on TV on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and St Stephen's Day
Christmas Eve, Saturday, December 24th
The channel’s annual visit to the country’s airports to see joyful families reunited for the festive period.
With the Welsh diva turning 80, superfan Walliams will present a gala in her honour, with the singer and the comedian doing what they do best.
The junior version of the channel’s popular TV-watching show Gogglebox returns for a festive special.
The comedy writer, now 82, was followed for a year by documentarians trying to get a glimpse of how he spends his days in Yorkshire.
Living legend Daniel O’Daniel offers up an evening of festive standards, ably backed by the Presentation School Choir Kilkenny, who made a big splash on Britain’s Got Talent.
Christmas Day, Sunday, December 25th
For the last time on the BBC, Mel and Sue bring back some of the bakers from seasons past to face the jubilant judgement of Paul and Mary in three special shows.
Brendan O’Carroll’s beloved sitcom returns with another annual special, with Dublin woman Agnes putting her foot down and refusing to decorate her house with a tree this year.
This year’s adventure sees Peter Capaldi’s Doctor in New York, where Manhattan has come under attack from a swarm of brain-swapping aliens.
With the comedian’s chat show having been axed by the network, this will be the last chance to see the Chatty Man in action. Guests include Gary Barlow, Danii Minogue, Martin Kemp, and Tom Daley.
Footage of the Irish singer performing his debut album Bitter Pill in Dingle makes for an alternative night’s viewing. Presented by Annie Mac and Huw Stephens.
St Stephen’s Day, Monday, December 26th
The comic and actor presents a clips show celebrating the best of Irish TV’s funny Christmas moments over the years.
The much-loved family sitcom returns for a Christmas special, with the Brockman’s attempting to carry out a special mission for Grandad.
Based on children’s writer Roald Dahl’s famous rewriting of a number of fairytales in brilliant rhyming couplets, three of his revolting retellings are turned into animations.
It’s starters for 10 as a special edition of the quiz brings a few famous faces into the fold, with Jeremy Paxman ready to admonish anyone foolish enough to buzz in and get the question wrong.
The now annual Jimmy Carr-fronted ironic look at the last 12 months returns again, with Richard Ayoade, Rob Delaney, Mel Giedroyc, Sarah Millican, David Mitchell, and Romesh Ranganathan on board.