The best TV to stream over Christmas

Damian Lewis and Guy Pearce star in ITVX's A Spy Among Friends. (ITV)
Damian Lewis and Guy Pearce star in ITVX's A Spy Among Friends. (ITV)

Cosy up at home this Christmas with the best in binge-worthy TV streaming - whether you're into festive fun, gritty drama, or looking forward to catching up a favourite series, there's something for everyone.

Netflix welcomes back viewer hits including Emily in Paris and The Witcher, while Jack Ryan season three arrives on Prime Video and a Bad Education reunion is set for BBC iPlayer.

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Look out for new streaming service ITVX, launching on 8 December, which has some major series lined up for the festive period including A Spy Among Friends starring Damian Lewis and Guy Pearce, Litvinenko with David Tennant in the lead role, and Without Sin featuring Vicky McClure.

The best TV streaming over Christmas 2022

Netflix Christmas TV

Emily In Paris. Lily Collins as Emily in episode 305 of Emily In Paris. Cr. Stéphanie Branchu/Netflix © 2022
Emily's back in Paris for season 3. (Netflix)

16 December

The Recruit

A CIA lawyer becomes enmeshed in a dangerous transaction when an asset threatens to expose what her relationship with the agency is if they don't exonerate her of a serious crime.

21 December

Emily in Paris (S3)

Lily Collins is back as the US would-be fashionista who is trying to carve out a stylish life for herself in Paris - but a year on from her move, where will her loyalties lie?

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25 December

The Witcher: Blood Origin

Fans of The Witcher get a spin-off prequel series set 1200 years before the main story's events and telling how the first witcher came into being.

26 December


A complicated triangle between an MI6 agent, his wife and a Russian spy who he shares a tangled past with, as they try to expose each other's secrets.

Amazon Prime Video Christmas TV

Jack Ryan has finally dropped on Amazon Prime. (REX/Shutterstock)
Jack Ryan season 3 is coming. (REX/Shutterstock)

2 December

Three Pines

Alfred Molina stars in this Canadian detective series about a series of murders in a village, based on the novels by Louise Penny.

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21 December

Jack Ryan (S3)

It's a big ask for Jack Ryan this series as he must avert World War III by putting a stop to a rogue faction in the Russian government.

Disney+ Christmas TV

(L-R): Willow Ufgood (Warwick Davis) and (Graham Hughes) in Lucasfilm's WILLOW exclusively on Disney+. ©2022 Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All Rights Reserved.
Willow is streaming now. (Disney+)

Out now

The Patient

Steve Carell and Domhnall Gleeson star in this thriller about a psychiatrist taken hostage by his patient, who is demanding help in curbing his killer instinct - before he strikes again.

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Warwick Davis returns to his cult classic role for a TV series following Willow as he leads a misfit group of heroes on a dramatic and dangerous rescue mission.

14 December

National Treasure: Edge of History

Jess Valenzuela’s life is turned upside down when an enigmatic stranger gives her a clue to a centuries-old treasure that might be connected to her long-dead father.

Paramount+ Christmas TV

Jessica Chastain and Michael Shannon portray legendary country music couple George Jones and Tammy Wynette in new series George & Tammy. (Paramount)
Jessica Chastain and Michael Shannon as country music couple George Jones and Tammy Wynette. (Paramount)

1 December

The Flatshare

Two cash-strapped Londoners share a bed - but they've never met, as one works nights and the other days with a timeshare on the room. But as the pair begin to leave notes for each other, an attraction grows.

5 December

George & Tammy

The country music drama about Tammy Wynette and George Jones stars Jessica Chastain and Michael Shannon.

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19 December


Meet a new generation of 1883's Dutton family in this spin-off series that covers pandemics, drought, the end of Prohibition and the beginning of the Great Depression.

BBC iPlayer Christmas TV

Bad Education is back for a reunion. (BBC)
Bad Education is back for a reunion. (BBC)

11 December

Strike: Troubled Blood

Strike is back, this time tackling his first ever cold case - the 40-year-old mystery of a mother who disappeared, and the daughter who is still searching for her.

15 December

Bad Education: Reunion

Jack Whitehall is back for a last hurrah as the world's most inept teacher, before a comeback series in 2023 that reboots the sitcom with some former students as teaching staff.

ITVX Christmas TV



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David Tennant plays Alexander Litvinenko. (ITV)

8 December

A Spy Among Friends

Damian Lewis and Guy Pearce launch ITV's new streaming service with this stylish and moody Cold War thriller based on the true story about Nicholas Elliott and Kim Philby, two British spies and lifelong friends.

15 December


The true story of former Russian security agent turned MI6 informant Alexander Litvinenko's poisoning in the UK and his murder investigation which began weeks before his actual death. David Tennant stars.

28 December

Without Sin

Vicky McClure plays a grieving mother who starts to meet with the man in prison for her 14-year-old daughter's murder.