Christmas Day TV 2021: A guide to the Christmas films, comedy specials and kids shows to watch on Christmas Day

Ahead of Christmas Day this Saturday, here’s a TV guide for the Christmas films, comedies, concerts and more on television this weekend – and how to watch

Christmas Day TV 2021: A guide to the Christmas films, comedy specials and kids shows to watch on Christmas Day (Image credit: Getty Images via Canva Pro)
Christmas Day TV 2021: A guide to the Christmas films, comedy specials and kids shows to watch on Christmas Day (Image credit: Getty Images via Canva Pro)

As Christmas fast approaches, households across the UK are already looking to the latest television guides to see what’s broadcasting in the UK on Christmas Day.

While many of us will be streaming festive films and our favourite TV shows on Netflix, Amazon Prime and other streaming channels, there’s plenty of Christmas content available to watch on our TV screens this Saturday.

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From It's a Wonderful Life to Love Actually and The Italian Job - there are films for everyone on TV for Christmas Day 2021. (Image credit: Getty Images via Canva Pro)

From perfect kids programmes with a Christmas twist, to romantic comedy films and the comedy specials families look out for each year, here’s a guide to what you can watch on Christmas Day this year.

Films on TV on Christmas Day 2021

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Megamind

9.40am to 11.30am

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There are plenty of films and TV shows to keep children occupied throughout Christmas Day - from 5am to 5pm. (Image credit: Getty Images via Canva Pro)

E4

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The Man Who Invented Christmas

9.55am to 12pm

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Mrs Doubtfire

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11am to 1.25pm

Film4

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How to Train Your Dragon

11am to 12.55am

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Jack Frost

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11.05am to 1.05pm

ITV2

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Casablanca

11.10am to 12.50pm

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BBC Two

The Snowman

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11.30am to 12.10am – E4

3.55pm to 4.30pm – Channel 4

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Stuart Little

12.40am to 2.20pm

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E4

Meet Me in St Louis

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12.50pm to 2.40pm

BBC Two

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White Christmas

12.55am to 3.20pm

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Channel 4

Peter Pan (2003)

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1.05pm to 3.20pm

ITV2

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The Secret Life of Pets 2

1.10pm to 2.30pm

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BBC One

Little Women (1994)

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1.35pm to 3.55pm

Film4

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Mary Poppins Returns

3.10pm to 5.10pm

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BBC One

Santa Claus: The Movie

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3.10pm to 5.15pm

STV/ITV1

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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

3.10pm to 5.15pm

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Channel 5

Chicken Run

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3.50pm to 5.40pm

ITV2

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows

4.55pm to 7.05pm

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E4

Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

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5.15pm to 7.30pm

Channel 4

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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

5.40pm to 8pm

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ITV2

Independence Day

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6.10pm to 9pm

Film4

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It’s a Wonderful Life

6.25pm to 9pm

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4seven

The Italian Job (1969)

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6.55pm to 9pm

ITV4

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Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again!

8pm to 10.20pm

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ITV2

John Wick: Chapter Three – Parabellum

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9pm to 11.35pm

Film4

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Lost at Christmas

9.30pm to 11.05pm

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BBC Scotland

Love Actually

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10.40pm to 1.05am

STV/ITV1

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Last Christmas

12.05am to 1.45am

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BBC One

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Christmas Day TV for kids

With Christmas Day typically starting in the wee hours for those with young children keen to unwrap their presents from Santa, there’s plenty of TV shows on from 5am to keep them busy.

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Here’s what’s on TV for kids this Christmas Day.

Mr. Bean: The Animated Series

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5.25am - 6am (three episodes)

STV, ITV1

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Mr Magoo

6am – 6.35am (four episodes)

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STV, ITV1

Be Cool, Scooby-Doo!

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6.35am - 7am

STV, ITV1

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Beethoven’s Christmas Adventure

6.50am to 8.30am

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ITV2

The Simpsons

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7.15am to 10am (five episodes)

Channel 4

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Tinkerbell and the Legend of the NeverBeast

7.10am to 8.20am

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BBC Two

Danger Mouse: Yule Only Watch Twice

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7.15am to 7.35am

CBBC

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Shaun the Sheep: The Flight Before Christmas

7.45am on CBBC, 11.25 on BBC One

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Horrible Histories

8.50am to 9.50am, 4.30pm to 5.30pm (two Christmas specials)

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CBBC

Zog

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9.05am to 9.35am

BBC One

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Zog and the Flying Doctors

9.35am to 10pm

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BBC One

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt

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10am to 10.30am

Channel 4

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The Tiger Who Came to Tea

10.30am to 11am

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Channel 4

Blue Peter

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11.35am to 12.05pm

CBBC

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Shrek the Halls

3.20pm to 3.50pm

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ITV2

Andy and the Band: Odd Socks Saves Christmas

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4pm to 4.30pm

CBBC

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Christmas specials on TV for Christmas Day 2021

Ainsley's Christmas Good Mood Food

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2pm to 3pm

STV/ITV1

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The Two Ronnies Sketchbook: Christmas

3.10pm to 3.40pm

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BBC Two

Quentin Blake – The Drawing of My Life

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4.10pm to 5.10pm

BBC Two

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Paul O'Grady: For the Love of Dogs at Christmas

5.30pm to 6pm

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STV/ITV1

The Masked Singalong

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6pm to 7pm

STV/ITV1

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Michael McIntyre’s Christmas Wheel Show

6.25pm to 7.25pm

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BBC One

Reflections at the Quay: Christmas Special

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7pm to 8pm

BBC Scotland

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Blankety Blank: Christmas Special

7.25pm to 8pm

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BBC One

Terry Pratchett’s The Abominable Snow Baby

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7.30pm to 8pm

Channel 4

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The Great British Bake Off: Christmas Special

8pm to 9.15pm

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Channel 4

Call the Midwife: Christmas Special 2021

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8pm to 9.30pm

BBC One

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Gogglebox 2021

9.15pm to 11.15pm

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Channel 4

Mrs Brown's Boys: Mammy's Mechanical Merriment

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10.20pm to 10.50pm

BBC One

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The Vicar of Dibley Christmas Special: The Handsome Stranger (2006)

10.55pm to 11.40pm

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BBC One

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