Christmas and New Year TV guide: The best films and programmes to watch this week

The latest coronavirus restrictions mean meeting over the festive period will be limited this year.

So it would therefore be understandable if a lot more of us fancy sitting back on the couch and enjoying all the festive specials that the small screen has to offer.

Here, we outline some of the best festive TV and film specials over the next couple of weeks.

From timeless classics to brand new episodes, we scoured through the Radio Times listings to find the best of the best:

Christmas Eve

What: The Snowman

When: 5.10pm

Channel: Channel 4

Made a Scottish favourite by the Irn-Bru parody, Raymond Brigg’s wordless delight features the song everyone loves to sing along with – Walking in the Air.

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What: The Great Christmas Bake Off 2020

When: 7.40pm

Channel: Channel 4

After the success of Edinburgh’s Peter Sawkins on this year’s baking show, GBBO is back for a festive special with some old show favourites – as well as a performance from Alexandra Burke.

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What: Still Game

When: 9pm

Channel: BBC Scotland

Join Ford Kiernan and Greg Hemphill as Jack and Victor for a repeat of a classic favourite – the Christmas special ‘Cold Turkey’ episode of Still Game.

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What: Scot Squad – The Chief’s Festive Message

When: 9.30pm

Channel: BBC Scotland

A Christmas message from Scot Squad’s chief Cameron Miekelson (Jack Docherty), who reminds viewers that despite the pandemic, there’s still a few triumphs in Scotland that people can be grateful for.

Christmas Day:

What: Lorraine

When: 9am

Channel: STV

Scotland’s very own Lorraine Kelly is joined by guests including Kylie Minogue, Michael Ball, Alfie Boe and Chris Kamara for this festive special edition of the morning show.

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What: Top of the Pops

When: 11.55am

Channel: BBC One

Fearne Cotton and Clara Amfo review the biggest songs of the last 12 months  – plus the Christmas number one is revealed.

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What: The Queen

When: 3pm

Channel: BBC One

Her Majesty’s annual address to the nation and the people of the Commonwealth.

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What: Mrs Brown’s Boys Christmas Special

When: 10pm

Channel: BBC One

The family that you love to hate are back on our small screens for a Christmas special: ‘Mammy of the People’.

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Boxing Day:

What: Racing

When: 12.55pm

Channel: STV

Live from Kempton, STV are bringing all the Boxing Day races including the King George VI Steeple Chase.

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What: Rangers v Hibs

When: 12pm

Channel: Sky One/Sky Sports

Rangers take on Hibs, with full coverage before kick-off at Ibrox at 12.30pm.

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What: Hamilton V Celtic

When: 2.45pm

Channel: Sky One/Sky Sports

Hamilton take on Celtic, with full coverage before kick off from the SuperSeal Stadium at 3pm.

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What: Wallace and Gromit: A Close Shave

When: 4.30pm

Channel: BBC Two

A timeless classic, the Oscar-winning characters are back with this re-run of their third adventure – A Close Shave.

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What: Scot Squad

When: 11pm

Channel: BBC Scotland

A special festive edition of the  much-loved Scottish Police Force crew, “spreading goodwill this Christmas by locking up Bad Santas”.

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What: Big Fat Quiz of the Year 2020

When: 9.05pm

Channel: Channel 4

Question-master Jimmy Carr is joined by a panel of celebrity quizzers looking back at some of the most memorable moments of the last 12 months.

December 27

What: Two Doors Down

When: 9pm

Channel: BBC Scotland

The Two Doors Down gang are back for another Christmas special – swapping Latimer Crescent for plush lodge in the Highlands, what could possibly go wrong?

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What: Mock The Week

When: 10.45pm

Channel: BBC Two

Mock The Week is back again with a Christmas special, showing some seasonal material, fond favourites and previously unseen bits.

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What: How Auld Lang Syne Took Over The World

When: 9.55pm

Channel: BBC Scotland

Dougie Vipond looks at how Robert Burns’ 18th-century poem – traditionally sung around the world on New Year’s Eve, became one of Scotland’s best-known musical exports.

December 28

What: Billy Connolly: It’s Been a Pleasure

When: 9.30pm

Channel: STV

Celebrating the comedian’s greatest performances, this special programme was made to mark Billy Connolly’s retirement from stand-up.

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Hogmanay

What: Only an Excuse?

When: 10.25pm

Channel: BBC One

A mix of classic sketches, famous faces and up-to-date skits tackling 2020 from a hilarious perspective.

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What: Rab C Nesbitt

When: 10.30pm

Channel: BBC Scotland

The BBC Scotland channel are running a repeat of the 1994 Christmas special, in which Rab is bewildered at the prospect of becoming a father-in-law.

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What: Jool’s Annual Hootenanny

When: 11.15pm

Channel: BBC Two

The piano man returns with his annual New Year music show – but with a few changes this year.

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What: Hogmanay 2020

When: 11.30pm

Channel: BBC One

Susan Calman and her guests bring in the bells, with music from the likes of Deacon Blue, Amy Macdonald and more – with live reports from Edinburgh Castle at midnight.

What: Still Game

When: 12.40am (Jan 1)

Channel: BBC One

A New Year favourite, BBC One are putting on a repeat of the festive Still Game episode ‘The Party’ – featuring the hilarious moment when Jack and Victor get stuck in a lift at Hogmanay.

January 1

What: Doctor Who

When: 6.45pm

Channel: BBC One

Jodie Whittaker is back for a New Year Doctor Who special – with fan favourite Captain Jack back to help the gang in this episode, ‘Revolution of the Daleks’.

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What: Frankie Boyle’s 2020 New World Order

When: 10pm

Channel: BBC Two

With the help of Miles Jupp Sophie Duker, the comedian tries to make sense of the bewildering year that was 2020.

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What: Mrs Brown’s Boys New Year Special

When: 10pm

Channel: BBC One

The second of two festive specials of the comedy, written by and starring Brendan O’Carroll.

January 2

What: Rangers v Celtic

When: 12.30pm

Channel: Sky Sports

Sky will have all the coverage from the first Old Firm meeting of 2021, with Rangers hosting Celtic at Ibrox.

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