UK Christmas Special guide: Mrs. Brown’s Boys, Call the Midwife, Strictly Come Dancing

Call the MidwifeMerry Christmas! This is a special time of year, and it is especially for viewers in the UK. There are a lot of traditions associated with watching programs on television on this particular day.

Yet, at the same time it does feel like there’s a little bit less going on in terms of holiday TV, largely because Doctor Who is not around with a Christmas special for the first time in ages. Also, Victoria is not delivering one after doing one last year — rest assured, though, there are still some of your favorite staples coming on the air. Check out the guide below for a few assorted Christmas Day highlights.

Strictly Come Dancing (5:30 p.m., BBC One) – “Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman host as Caroline Flack, Anita Rani, Jake Wood, Aston Merrygold, Ann Widdecombe and Michael Vaughan compete for the Christmas Trophy.”

Michael McIntyre’s Big Show (6:45 p.m., BBC One) – “Michael McIntyre’s annual festive special, featuring music from Welsh soprano Katherine Jenkins. Former footballer and TV presenter Chris Kamara plays Send to All.”

Call the Midwife (7:45 p.m., BBC One) – “As Poplar prepares for Christmas, the nuns leave for the Mother House to vote in a new mother superior and to help care for a group of Chinese orphans. Meanwhile, Trixie returns to Poplar refreshed and is shocked to discover that many mothers no longer want to give birth at home.” (Be sure to preview this special further!)

EastEnders (9:15 p.m., BBC One) – “Kat is determined to have the perfect family Christmas, unaware that her world is about to be turned upside down when the truth about Alfie and Hayley surfaces – bringing with it consequences that nobody could predict.”

Torvill & Dean (9:15 p.m., ITV) – If you love ice-dancing or just the work of Will Tudor, either way this could be recommended viewing for you.

Mrs. Brown’s Boys (10:15 p.m., BBC One) – “It’s the festive season once again in the Brown household, and Father Damian has organised a Christmas decoration contest. Agnes is keen to enter, especially as it might mean getting one over her old nemesis Hilliary Nicholson. But she is soon distracted when Dermot and Buster give Agnes a ‘Wi-Fi assistant’, and she has trouble figuring out what to do with it. Meanwhile, Cathy is up for a promotion at work, and Dino and Rory give Buster a full makeover so he can look his best for an internet date. It’s bound to go well – as long as she looks like she does in her photo.”

We certainly do wish that there was more of a Christmas tradition for TV in America, but at least Call the Midwife will be coming up on Christmas Day on PBS, as well!

What are you planning to watch this Christmas Day in the UK? Be sure to share some of your thoughts right now in the attached comments. (Photo: BBC.)

Love TV? Be sure to like Matt & Jess on Facebook for more updates!