List of Christmas television episodes and specials in the United Kingdom

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The following is a list of United Kingdom, Christmas television specials, as well as Christmas-themed episodes of regular television series.

Contents

Bands[edit]

Children's[edit]

The Basil Brush Show[edit]

  • The Basil Brush Show: Molly Christmas (2002)
  • The Basil Brush Show: Basil's Christmas Turkey (2003)
  • The Basil Brush Show: It's a Wonderful Brush (2004)
  • The Basil Brush Show: Santa Brush (2005)
  • The Basil Brush Show: There's No Business Like Snow Business (2006)
  • The Basil Brush Show: Basil's Christmas Dinners (2007)

ChuckleVision[edit]

  • ChuckleVision: Traditional Christmas (1987)
  • ChuckleVision: Christmas Special (1988)
  • ChuckleVision: Messy Xmas/Christmas Chuckle (2002)
  • ChuckleVision: The Mystery Of Little-Under-Standing (2008)

CBeebies[edit]

Balamory[edit]

  • Balamory: Panto (2002)
  • Balamory: The Snowflake Fairy (2003)

Fireman Sam[edit]

  • Fireman Sam: Snow Business (1988)
  • Fireman Sam: The Big Freeze/Let it Snow (2005)

Postman Pat[edit]

  • Postman Pat Goes Sledging/Letters on Ice (1982)
  • Postman Pat's Magic Christmas (2003)
  • Postman Pat and the Ice Ladder/the Rocket Rescue (2004)
  • Postman Pat's Christmas Eve (2006)

Teletubbies[edit]

  • Teletubbies: Teletubbies and the Snow (1997)
  • Teletubbies: Happy Christmas from the Teletubbies (1997)

Gerry Anderson productions[edit]

My Parents Are Aliens[edit]

  • My Parents Are Aliens: First Christmas: Part 1/First Christmas: Part 2 (2000)
  • My Parents Are Aliens: The Naughty List Part 1/The Naughty List: Part 2 (2004)
  • My Parents Are Aliens: Winter Blunderland (2006)

Raymond Briggs[edit]

Robbie the Reindeer[edit]

  • Robbie the Reindeer: Hooves of Fire (1999)
  • Robbie the Reindeer: Legend of the Lost Tribe (2002)
  • Robbie the Reindeer: Close Encounters of the Herd Kind (2007)

Thomas and Friends[edit]

  • Thomas and Friends: Thomas' Christmas Party (1984)
  • Thomas and Friends: Thomas and the Missing Christmas Tree (1986)
  • Thomas and Friends: Thomas, Percy and the Christmas Adventure (1991)
  • Thomas and Friends: It's Only Snow (2002)
  • Thomas and Friends: Not So Hasty Puddings (2003)
  • Thomas and Friends: Don't Tell Thomas (2004)

Drama[edit]

All Creatures Great and Small[edit]

  • All Creatures Great and Small: Merry Gentlemen (1978)
  • All Creatures Great and Small: Brotherly Love (1990)

The Bill[edit]

  • The Bill: Friends and Neighbours (1990)
  • The Bill: Twanky (1997)
  • The Bill: Christmas Star (1998)
  • The Bill: When the Snow Lay Round About (1999)
  • The Bill: The Night Before (2000)
  • The Bill: Santa's Little Helper (2008)

Bad Girls[edit]

  • Bad Girls: 2005 Christmas Special (2005)
  • Bad Girls: 2006 Christmas Special (2006)

Call the Midwife[edit]

  • Call the Midwife: 2012 Christmas Special (2012)
  • Call the Midwife: 2013 Christmas Special (2013)

Casualty / Holby City[edit]

  • Casualty: Survival/Closure (1986)
  • Casualty: These Things Happen (1987)
  • Casualty: Silent Night (1992)
  • Casualty: Comfort and Joy (1993)
  • Casualty: Talking Turkey (1994)
  • Casualty: Lost Boys (1995)
  • Casualty: Do You Believe in Fairies? (1996)
  • Casualty: The Golden Hour (1997)
  • Casualty: New Year and all that (1998)
  • Casualty: Peace on Earth (1999)
  • Holby City: Tidings of Comfort and Joy (1999)
  • Casualty: Merry Christmas Dr Spiller (2000)
  • Holby City: A Christmas Carol, Part I/A Christmas Carol, Part II (2000)
  • Casualty: Life and Soul (2001)
  • Holby City: 'Twas the Night (2001)
  • Casualty: Some Comfort, No Joy, Little Peace, Bit Too Much Love (2002)
  • Holby City: Sinners And Saints (2002)
  • Casualty: Eat, Drink and Be Merry (2003)
  • Holby City: In The Bleak Midwinter (2003)
  • Casualty@Holby City: (Part One)/(Part Two) (2004)
  • Casualty: Do They Know It's Christmas? (2005)
  • Casualty@Holby City: Deny Thy Father part 1/Deny Thy Father part 2 (2005)
  • Casualty: Silent Night (2006)
  • Holby City: The Good Fight (2006)
  • Casualty: What's So Funny 'Bout Peace, Love and Understanding (2007)
  • Holby City: Elliot's Wonderful Life (2007)
  • Casualty: This Will Be Our Year/Took a Long Time to Come (2008)
  • Holby City: Maria's Christmas Carol (2008)
  • Casualty: All I Want for Christmas/Tidings of Comfort and Joy (2009)
  • Holby City: Stand By Me (2009)
  • Casualty: Season of Goodwill/Winter Wonderland (2010)
  • Holby City: The Most Wonderful Time of the Year (2010)
  • Casualty: Next of Kin (2011)
  • Holby City: Wise Men (2011)
  • Casualty: I Saw Mommy Killing Santa Claus (2012)

Doctor Who[edit]

Downton Abbey[edit]

  • Downton Abbey: Christmas at Downton Abbey (2011)
  • Downton Abbey: A Journey to the Highlands (2012)
  • Downton Abbey: The London Season (2013)

Grange Hill[edit]

  • Grange Hill: 1981 Christmas Special (1981)
  • Grange Hill: 1985 Christmas Special (1985)

Heartbeat / The Royal[edit]

  • Heartbeat: A Winter's Tale (1994)
  • Heartbeat: The Queen's Message (1997)
  • Heartbeat: Echoes of the Past (1998)
  • Heartbeat: Cold Turkey (2000)
  • Heartbeat: No Hiding Place (2001)
  • Heartbeat: Many Splendoured Thing (2002)
  • The Royal: Famous for a Day (2003)
  • Heartbeat: In the Bleak Midwinter (2004)
  • Heartbeat: Christmas Album (2005)
  • Heartbeat: Auld Acquaintance (2005)

Jonathan Creek[edit]

  • Jonathan Creek: Black Canary (1998)
  • Jonathan Creek: Satan's Chimney (2001)
  • Jonathan Creek: The Grinning Man (2009)

Northern Lights[edit]

Upstairs, Downstairs[edit]

  • Upstairs, Downstairs: Whom God Hath Joined (1972)
  • Upstairs, Downstairs: Goodwill to All Men (1973)

Comedies[edit]

2point4 children[edit]

  • 2point4 children: Misery (1992)
  • 2point4 children: Babes in the Wood (1993)
  • 2point4 children: Relax-ay-voo (1994)
  • 2point4 children: Porky's (1995)
  • 2point4 children: Two Years Before the Mast (1996)

After You've Gone[edit]

  • After You've Gone: And So This Is Christmas (2007)
  • After You've Gone: There Will Be Pud (2008)

'Allo 'Allo![edit]

Are You Being Served?[edit]

  • Are You Being Served?: Christmas Crackers (1975)
  • Are You Being Served?: The Father Christmas Affair (1976)
  • Are You Being Served?: Happy Returns (1978)
  • Are You Being Served?: The Punch and Judy Affair (1979)
  • Are You Being Served?: Roots? (1981)

Birds of a Feather[edit]

  • Birds of a Feather: Sailing (1989)
  • Birds of a Feather: Falling in Love Again (1990)
  • Birds of a Feather: We'll Always Have Majorca (1991)
  • Birds of a Feather: The Chigwell Connection (1992)
  • Birds of a Feather: It Happened in Hollywood (1993)
  • Birds of a Feather: Christmas in Dreamland (1994)
  • Birds of a Feather: Reservoir Birds (1997)
  • Birds of a Feather: Holy Ground (1998)

Bread[edit]

  • Bread: Christmas with the Boswells (1988)
  • Bread: A Quiet Christmas (1989)
  • Bread: Another Christmas with the Boswells (1990)

The Brittas Empire[edit]

  • The Brittas Empire: In the Beginning (1994)
  • The Brittas Empire: Surviving Christmas (1996)

Carry On[edit]

  • Carry on Christmas (1969)
  • Carry on Again Christmas (1970)
  • Carry on Christmas: Carry on Stuffing (1972)
  • Carry on Christmas (1973)
  • Carry on Laughing's Christmas Classics (1983)

The Catherine Tate Show[edit]

  • The Catherine Tate Show: Christmas Special (2005)
  • Nans Christmas Carol (2009)
  • New show featuring Nan 2013 on BBC

Citizen Smith[edit]

  • Citizen Smith: A Story for Christmas (1977)
  • Citizen Smith: Buon Natale (1980)

Creature Comforts[edit]

  • Creature Comforts: Merry Christmas (2003)
  • Creature Comforts: Merry Christmas Everybody! (2005)

Dad's Army[edit]

The Detectives[edit]

  • The Detectives: Thicker Than Water (1995)
  • The Detectives: Go West, Young Man (1997)

Fresh Fields / French Fields[edit]

  • Fresh Fields: A Dickens of a Christmas (1985)
  • French Fields: Noel, Noel (1990)

George and Mildred[edit]

  • George and Mildred: No Business Like Show Business (1977)
  • George and Mildred: On the Second Day of Christmas (1978)
  • George and Mildred: The Twenty Six Year Itch (1979)

Happy Ever After / Terry and June[edit]

  • Happy Ever After: Christmas (1976)
  • Happy Ever After: Terry's Parents (1977)
  • Terry and June: The Christmas Show (1980)
  • Terry and June: Christmas (1981)
  • Terry and June: Christmas with Terry and June (1982)
  • Terry and June: Pantomania (1985)

Keeping Up Appearances[edit]

  • Keeping Up Appearances: The Father Christmas Suit (1991)
  • Keeping Up Appearances: Sea Fever (1993)
  • Keeping Up Appearances: Angel Gabriel Blue (1994)
  • Keeping Up Appearances: The Pageant (1995)

Last of the Summer Wine[edit]

  • Last of the Summer Wine: Small Tune on a Penny Wassail (1978)
  • Last of the Summer Wine: And a Dewhurst Up a Fir Tree (1979)
  • Last of the Summer Wine: Whoops (1981)
  • Last of the Summer Wine: All Mod Conned (1982)
  • Last of the Summer Wine: Merry Christmas, Father Christmas (1986)
  • Last of the Summer Wine: Big Day at Dream Acres (1987)
  • Last of the Summer Wine: Crums (1988)
  • Last of the Summer Wine: What's Santa Brought for Nora Then? (1989)
  • Last of the Summer Wine: Barry's Christmas (1990)
  • Last of the Summer Wine: Situation Vacant (1991)
  • Last of the Summer Wine: Stop That Castle (1992)
  • Last of the Summer Wine: Welcome to Earth (1993)
  • Last of the Summer Wine: A Leg Up for Christmas (1995)
  • Last of the Summer Wine: Extra! Extra! (1996)
  • Last of the Summer Wine: There Goes the Groom (1997)
  • Last of the Summer Wine: Potts in Pole Position (2001)
  • Last of the Summer Wine: A Musical Passing for a Miserable Muscroft (2002)
  • Last of the Summer Wine: A Short Blast of Fred Astaire (2003)
  • Last of the Summer Wine: Variations on a Theme of the Widow Winstanley (2004)
  • Last of the Summer Wine: Merry Enthwhistle and Jackson Day (2005)
  • Last of the Summer Wine: A Tale of Two Sweaters (2006)

Mock the Week[edit]

  • Mock the Week: Christmas Special (2008)
  • Mock the Week: Christmas Special (2009)
  • Mock the Week: Christmas Special (2010)
  • Mock the Week: Christmas Special (2011)
  • Mock the Week: Christmas Special (2012)
  • Mock the Week: Christmas Special (2013)

The Morecambe and Wise Show[edit]

(1969–1973, 1975–1977 on BBC One and 1978–1983 on Thames/ITV)

  • The Morecambe & Wise Show: Christmas Special (1969)
  • The Morecambe & Wise Show: Christmas Special (1970)
  • The Morecambe & Wise Show: Christmas Special (1971)
  • The Morecambe & Wise Show: Christmas Special (1972)
  • The Morecambe & Wise Show: Christmas Special (1973)
  • The Morecambe & Wise Show: Christmas Special (1975)
  • The Morecambe & Wise Show: Christmas Special (1976)
  • The Morecambe & Wise Show: Christmas Special (1977)
  • The Morecambe & Wise Show: Christmas Special (1978)
  • The Morecambe & Wise Show: Christmas Special (1979)
  • The Morecambe & Wise Show: Christmas Special (1980)
  • The Morecambe & Wise Show: Christmas Special (1981)
  • The Morecambe & Wise Show: Christmas Special (1982)
  • The Morecambe & Wise Show: Christmas Special (1983)

Mrs. Brown's Boys[edit]

  • Mrs. Brown's Boys: Mammy's Ass (2011)
  • Mrs. Brown's Boys: Mammy Christmas/The Virgin Mammy (2012)
  • Mrs. Brown's Boys: Buckin' Mammy/Who's a Pretty Mammy? (2013)

My Family[edit]

  • My Family: Ding Dong Merrily (2002)
  • My Family: Sixty Feet Under (2003)
  • My Family: Glad Tidings We Bring (2004)
  • My Family: ... And I'll Cry If I Want To (2005)
  • My Family: The Heart of Christmas (2006)
  • My Family: Ho Ho No (2007)
  • My Family: Have An Unhappy Christmas (2008)
  • My Family: 2039: A Christmas Oddity (2009)
  • My Family: Mary Christmas (2010)

Nearest and Dearest[edit]

  • Nearest and Dearest: The Ghost Of Picklers Past (1969)
  • Nearest and Dearest: Cindernellie/All Star Comedy Carnival (1972)

Not Going Out[edit]

  • Not Going Out: Murder at Christmas (2007)
  • Not Going Out: Absent Father Christmas (2009)
  • Not Going Out: The House (2013)

On the Buses[edit]

  • On the Buses: Christmas Duty (1970)
  • On the Buses: Boxing Day Social (1971)

One Foot in the Grave[edit]

  • One Foot in the Grave: Who's Listening? (1990)
  • One Foot in the Grave: The Man In The Long Black Coat (1991)
  • One Foot in the Grave: One Foot in the Algarve (1993)
  • One Foot in the Grave: The Man Who Blew Away (1994)
  • One Foot in the Grave: The Wisdom of the Witch (1995)
  • One Foot in the Grave: Starbound (1996)
  • One Foot in the Grave: Endgame (1997)

Only Fools and Horses / The Green Green Grass / Rock & Chips[edit]

Outnumbered[edit]

  • Outnumbered: The Robbers (2009)
  • Outnumbered: The Broken Santa (2011)
  • Outnumbered: The Sick Party (2012)

Porridge[edit]

  • Porridge: No Way Out (1975)
  • Porridge: The Desperate Hours (1976)

QI[edit]

  • QI: Advent (2003)
  • QI: Birth (2004)
  • QI: December (2006)
  • QI: Empire (2007)
  • QI: Elephants (2007)
  • QI: Fire and Freezing (2008)
  • QI: Groovy (2009)
  • QI: Hocus Pocus (2010)
  • QI: Icy (2011)
  • QI: Jingle Bells (2012)
  • QI: Kris Kringle (2013)

Rab C. Nesbitt[edit]

  • Rab C. Nesbitt: Seasonal Greet (1988)
  • Rab C. Nesbitt: Clean (2008)
  • Rab C. Nesbitt: Hoodie (2013)

Robin's Nest[edit]

  • Robin's Nest: Christmas at Robin's Nest (1979)
  • Robin's Nest: No Room at the Inn (1980)

Rowan Atkinson[edit]

The Royle Family[edit]

  • The Royle Family: Christmas with the Royle Family (1999)
  • The Royle Family: The Royle Family at Christmas (2000)
  • The Royal Family: The Queen Of Sheba (2007)
  • The Royle Family: The New Sofa (2008)
  • The Royle Family: The Golden Egg Cup (2009)
  • The Royle Family: Joe's Crackers (2010)
  • The Royle Family: Barbara's Old Ring (2012)

Shelley[edit]

  • Shelley: Christmas with Shelley (1980)
  • Shelley: Cold Turkey (1989)

Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em[edit]

  • Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em: Jessica's First Christmas (1974)
  • Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em: Learning to Drive (1975)
  • Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em: Learning to Fly (1978)

Steptoe and Son[edit]

  • Steptoe and Son: The Party (1973)
  • Steptoe and Son: A Perfect Christmas. (1974)

Still Game[edit]

  • Still Game: Christmas Special – Cold Turkey (2005)
  • Still Game: Hogmanay Special – The Party (2006)
  • Still Game: Christmas Special – Plum Number (2007)
  • Still Game: Hogmanay Special – Hootenanny (2007)

Sykes[edit]

  • Sykes: Christmas Party (1975)
  • Sykes: Sykes at Christmas (1977)

That's My Boy[edit]

  • That's My Boy: Cold Turkey (1983)
  • That's My Boy: Little Donkey (1984)

Till Death Us Do Part / In Sickness and in Health[edit]

  • Till Death Us Do Part: Peace and Goodwill (1966)
  • Till Death Us Do Part: Christmas Special (1972)
  • In Sickness and in Health: Christmas Special (1985)
  • In Sickness and in Health: Christmas Special (1986)
  • In Sickness and in Health: Christmas Special (1987)
  • In Sickness and in Health: Christmas Special (1989)
  • In Sickness and in Health: Christmas Special (1990)

To the Manor Born[edit]

  • To the Manor Born: Christmas Special (1979)
  • To the Manor Born: Christmas Special (2007)

The Two Ronnies[edit]

  • The Two Ronnies: 'Old-Fashioned Christmas Mystery (1973)
  • The Two Ronnies: Christmas Special (1980)
  • The Two Ronnies: Christmas Special (1981)
  • The Two Ronnies: Christmas Special (1982)
  • The Two Ronnies: Christmas Special (1984)
  • Christmas with the Ronnies (1985)
  • The Two Ronnies: Christmas Special (1987)
  • The Two Ronnies Sketchbook: The Christmas Sketchbook (2005)

The Vicar of Dibley[edit]

  • The Vicar of Dibley: The Christmas Lunch Incident (1996)
  • The Vicar of Dibley: Winter (1999)
  • The Vicar of Dibley: Merry Christmas (2004)
  • The Vicar of Dibley: The Handsome Stranger/The Vicar in White (2006)

Victoria Wood[edit]

Waiting for God[edit]

  • Waiting for God: Christmas at Bayview (1992)
  • Waiting for God: Another Christmas at Bayview (1993)

Watching[edit]

  • Watching: Seasoning (1987)
  • Watching: Twitching (1988)
  • Watching: Slipping (1991)
  • Watching: Reverting (1993)

You're Only Young Twice[edit]

  • You're Only Young Twice: Christmas at Paradise Lodge (1979)
  • You're Only Young Twice: Twas the Night Before Christmas (1980)

Christmas Television Plays[edit]

From the mid-1950s until the mid-1980s, the British Christmas television play was a popular television programming genre:-

General entertainment shows[edit]

Cookery Shows[edit]

Music/Dancing[edit]

Gameshows[edit]

The Generation Game[edit]

  • The Generation Game: Christmas Special (1972)
  • The Generation Game: Christmas Special (1973)
  • The Generation Game: Christmas Special (1974)
  • The Generation Game: Christmas Special (1975)
  • The Generation Game: Christmas Special (1976)
  • The Generation Game: Christmas Special (1977)
  • The Generation Game: Christmas Special (1978)
  • The Generation Game: Christmas Special (1979)
  • The Generation Game: Christmas Special (1980)
  • The Generation Game: Christmas Special (1981)
  • The Generation Game: Christmas Special (1990)
  • The Generation Game: Christmas Special (1991)
  • The Generation Game: Christmas Special (1992)
  • The Generation Game: Christmas Special (1993)
  • The Generation Game: Christmas Special (1994)
  • The Generation Game: Christmas Special (1996)
  • The Generation Game: Christmas Special (1997)
  • The Generation Game: Christmas Special (1999)
  • The Generation Game: Christmas Special (2001)

Specials[edit]

  • Ant & Dec Saturday Night Takeaway at Christmas (2005)
  • Ant & Dec's Christmas Show (2009)
  • The Funny Side of Christmas (1982)
  • Greatest Christmas Comedy Moments (2008)
  • Oz and Hugh Drink to Christmas (2009)
  • The Real Hustle: The 12 Scams of Christmas (2006)
  • Ruth Jones Christmas Cracker (2009-present)

Top Gear[edit]

Misc[edit]

See also[edit]