Christmas TV Schedule and Ads 2020: What’s on Christmas?

The main event is finally here – and such is the biggest and best Christmas TV.

From Blankety Blank’s return to the British show Got Talent Christmas to a completely different Strictly Come Dancing special, no matter what the odds, in 2020 she still managed to create a pretty night of fun.

Not surprisingly, the schedule is quite crowded, which you can choose on December 25, but below we have selected some of the most interesting parts of Christmas from the main broadcasters.

Oh, and Merry Christmas!

Zog and the Flying Doctors – 14:35, BBC One

Zog and the Flying Doctors


The BBC is showing adaptations of Julia Donaldson’s children’s books by The Gruffalo in 2009, and in 2020 it continues that trend with Zog and the Flying D0ctors. A sequel to 2018’s Zoga, this wonderful short film shows Sir Gadabout and Dragon Zog trying to save Princess Pearl after her uncle locks her up. Will they be able to free her so they can continue to heal the animals? Listen to impressive voice roles including Lenny Henry, Rob Brydon, Patsy Ferran and Hugh Skinner.

Queen’s Christmas broadcast – 15:00, BBC One and ITV

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - In this undated image provided by Sky News, Queen Elizabeth II is sitting at a table in the Room in 1844 at Buckingham Palace after filming a Christmas show about the Commonwealth at Buckingham Palace in London.  (Photo by John Stillwell - WPA Pool / Getty Images, BA)

The Christmas tradition, Her Majesty the Queen will reflect on a year unlike any other and provide comfort and sympathy to the nation. In addition to the coronavirus pandemic, the Queen is likely to offer her personal thoughts on other key events in 2020, and perhaps look to 2021.

Strictly come to dance: Christmas Countdown – 16:45, BBC One

Strictly come to dance


Something a little different from Strict this year – since the COVID regulations meant that the usual one-time dance competition could not go as planned, Beeb will count down the 25 most impressive dances of all time, as the public voted strictly: Christmas countdown. The key word here is memorable – although we’ll certainly see a few perfect 40s like Kelvin Fletcher and Stacey Dooley, Ann Widdecombe and John Sargeant are sure to show up.

Home Alone 2: Lost in New York – 5:30 p.m., Channel 4

Home Alone 2

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Although the original may not be shown on TV this year, viewers from the UK can still enjoy this worthy sequel that takes the action to one of the richest Christmas locations on Earth: winter New York. The seriously unfortunate Kevin McCallister was separated from his family for the second time, but instead of being stuck at home, he now finds himself in the Big Apple itself – along with the Wet Robbers who terrorized the last film …

Blankety Empty Christmas Special – 7pm, BBC One

blankety blank

Following the show The Price is Right on Christmas Eve, Bradley Walsh will host another show in this revival of the classic show Blankety Blank. Comedians Sue Perkins and Jimmy Carr, actor Emilia Fox, TV presenter Anita Rani, boxer Amir Kahn and McFly singer Danny Jones will try to fill in the gaps, with legendary Blankety Blank check and a pencil promising a comeback.

Quentin Blake Clown – 19:40, Channel 4

Clown Quentin Blake (Channel 4)

Channel 4

It’s a big Christmas for legendary cartoonist Quentin Blake: not only does it illustrate the BBC’s virtual Cinderella pantomime, but his classic children’s book Clown is animated for Christmas screenings. Says Helena Bonham-Carter, The Clown tells the story of a little toy clown who is thrown away and sets off with friends in search of a new home he loves. Created with traditional hand-drawn techniques, this charming story will delight both old and young fans.

Call the midwife – 19:40, BBC One

Call the midwife


Now a long-standing Christmas tradition, the team was determined to record the Call the Midwife Christmas specialty – and it got its wish. There will be no shortage of dramas at the Nonnatus House at Christmas 1965; Sister Monica Joan is transferred to the hospital, while Trixie receives a subscription to the Marriage Office as a Christmas present. The circus is also coming to town – including former Dr. Who Peter Davison as bell leader.

Britain got talent for Christmas, spectacular – 20:00, ITV

Britain has talent


Without the X Factor and Britain’s postponed Got Talent finale, it was a tumultuous year for Simon Cowell’s shows. Nonetheless, the ever-popular BGT returns to the British special Got Talent Christmas, in which actors from the entire history of the show will once collaborate and perform together. Ashley Banjo replenishes Cowell, along with a regular cast of Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and David Walliams.

EastEnders – 21:10, BBC One

eastenders christmas 2020 ian beale

Christmas is never a happy Christmas in Soapland, but it results in iconic stories like the Max and Stacey affair, Archie’s death and, of course, Dirty Den serving Angie for divorce papers. It seems that Christmas at Easter will finally reveal who tried to kill Ian – and it also represents the return of serial killer Lucas, according to EastEnders’ Christmas breakdowns.

Ms. Brown’s Boys – 22:00, BBC One

Mrs. Brown's Boys Boys


Another long-standing Christmas tradition – and often one of the most watched festive specialties – Ms. Brown returns to a fairly timely episode. Named Mammy of the People, Ms. Brown’s Boys Christmas specials see the Brown clan trying to adjust to the new normal situation after the coronavirus, and is also entering Radio Times competition in performing an alternative Christmas message!

Looking for something else to watch? Watch our TV guide.