Channel 4's Christmas TV 2017: Complete guide

Morgan Jeffery
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From Digital Spy

Our definitive guide to this year's Christmas telly continues: you can already read up on the BBC's festive scheduling here and ITV's Christmas highlights here – and now here's everything we know about Channel 4's line-up. And if all you care about is movies on TV, then we've got that covered too.

Two Bake Off specials, the return of The Price is Right, an all-new Big Fat Quiz and much more lie ahead this festive season – read on for all the details.

(BONUS: An early treat comes in the form of The Crystal Maze Christmas special on Thursday, December 14 at 9pm on Channel 4.)

Monday, December 18

Old People's Home for 4 Year Olds at Christmas – 9pm on Channel 4 – Hamish, Zina, Pat and David, residents of St Monica Trust, are reunited with some of their young friends for this festive special.

Made in Chelsea – 9pm on E4 – Make-ups and break-ups abound as the Christmas festivities get under way in SW3.

Tuesday, December 19

Jamie's Italian Christmas – 8pm on Channel 4 – The celebrity chef draws inspiration from the snowy Alps of northern Italy to help create his most delicious Christmas Day yet.

Wednesday, December 20

Kirstie's Handmade Christmas – 5pm on Channel 4 – The magical festive HQ hosts Kirstie's handmade stocking competition.

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The Secret Life of the Zoo at Christmas – 8pm on Channel 4 – It's Christmas time and Chester Zoo's keepers are busy making gifts for all the animals. But it's a chaotic time for the chimps.

Thursday, December 21

Kirstie's Handmade Christmas – 5pm on Channel 4 – This time, the festive HQ hosts Kirstie's best Christmas wrapping competition.

The Supervet at Christmas – 8pm on Channel 4 – In this festive special, Professor Noel Fitzpatrick helps a Humboldt penguin chick with a very unhappy foot. And a husky from Thailand undergoes hip surgery. But will he be fit in time for Christmas?

The Undateables at Christmas – 9pm on Channel 4 – The heartwarming series returns with some familiar faces sharing their extra special plans with loved ones for the festive season.

Friday, December 22

Kirstie's Handmade Christmas – 4.30pm on Channel 4 – In the final episode, the magical festive HQ plays host to Kirstie's handmade gift competition.

Jamie and Jimmy's Friday Night Feast – 8pm on Channel 4 – Jamie Oliver and Jimmy Doherty welcome Hollywood star Liv Tyler to the cafe for the cooking lesson of a lifetime.

The Last Leg Christmas Special – 9pm on Channel 4 – The final instalment of the year is a Christmas edition where the boys are joined by special guests including Stephen Merchant.

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Saturday, December 23

The World's Best Christmas Lights: From Liverpool to Bethlehem – 8pm on Channel 4 – In this one-off special, four unlikely lads and a lass from Liverpool head to Manger Square to decorate Bethlehem in time for Christmas.

Christmas Eve – Sunday, December 24

The Snowman – 5.20pm on Channel 4 – On Christmas Eve a young boy decides to make a snowman. During the night, it comes to life...

Raymond Briggs' classic Christmas animation is followed by The Snowman and the Snowdog at 5.55pm. The Snowman airs again on Christmas Day at 12.45pm, followed by The Snowman and the Snowdog at 1.20pm and Briggs' 1991 animation Father Christmas at 1.55pm.

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Child Genius v Celebrities Christmas Special- 8pm on Channel 4 – Richard Osman presents a Child Genius festive special as four of the show's most formidable past competitors take on four of the country's finest celebrity minds – comedian Rob Delaney, Channel 4 News presenter Cathy Newman, comedian Dom Joly, and journalist and broadcaster Janet Street-Porter.

Gogglebox 2017 - 9pm on Channel 4 – Britain's favourite opinionated TV viewers share their critiques of the year's biggest and best shows, including Strictly Come Dancing, The One Show, The Crystal Maze, Doctor Foster and much more.

Christmas Day – Monday, December 25

The Alternative Christmas Message – 2.30pm on Channel 4 – An annual alternative to the Queen's Christmas Day broadcast. This year's speaker is yet to be confirmed.

The Great Christmas Bake Off – 7.40pm on Channel 4 – Eight merry bakers from Bake Off past – including Val and Selasi, Paul Jagger and Beca Lyne-Pirkis – past join Sandi Toksvig and Noel Fielding as they do battle in festive-themed challenges. It's down to judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith to decide who wins the festive Star Baker title.

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First Dates at Christmas – 9pm on Channel 4 – Fred and his Christmas Cupids celebrate an incredible year that has seen love blossom into wedding proposals, engagement rings and the very first First Dates baby! Some favourite couples return, while some special singletons are hoping for a kiss under the mistletoe or even to meet 'the one' at Christmas.

Alan Carr's Christmas Chatty Man – 10pm on Channel 4 – Alan is joined on the sofa by Noel Gallagher, Christian Slater, Lorraine Kelly, Rob Beckett and Gogglebox stars Giles and Mary. Music and further chat comes from rock band Kasabian, Adam Lambert and Dua Lipa.

Made in Chelsea's Christmas Ding Dong – 10pm on E4 – Rick Edwards is back for a Christmassy end of season party. There are parlour games, seriously awkward reunions and some blistering fashion feedback from Mark-Francis.

Boxing Day - Tuesday, December 26

Travel Man – 8pm on Channel 4 – In an hour-long Christmas extravaganza, Richard Ayoade is joined by Jon Hamm for a Yuletide yomp around Hong Kong, the most visited and most vertical city on the planet.

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Big Fat Quiz of the Year – 9pm on Channel 4 – Quizmaster Jimmy Carr tests a panel of A-list celebrities including Richard Ayoade, Noel Fielding, David Mitchell, Big Narstie, Katherine Ryan and Roisin Conaty to see how closely they've been paying attention to the last year.

Wednesday, December 27

Miranda Does Christmas – 9pm on Channel 4 – Miranda Hart hosts this one-off variety special, rewarding the good deeds of unsuspecting members of the audience and bringing romance to two singletons, with special guests including David Tennant, Sam Smith and Prue Leith.

8 Out of 10 Cats – 9.40pm on E4 – A new compilation of more of the best bits from the latest series of the popular long-running quiz. Expect to hear Jimmy Carr's laugh a lot.

Thursday, December 28

The Secret Life of 5 Year Olds on Holiday – 8.30pm on Channel 4 – Some familiar faces from the previous series are jetting off to the Sunwing family resort in Cyprus, and and the little ones are taking their families along too.

What Britain Bought in 2017 – 9pm on Channel 4 – An intriguing, eye-opening one-off look at what the nation's £7.5 billion-a-week shopping bill says about us and our collective mood.

Friday, December 29

Jamie and Jimmy's Friday Night Feast – 8pm on Channel 4 – Jamie Oliver and Jimmy Doherty are joined in the café by Ashley Jensen, star of Extras, Ugly Betty and Catastrophe.

Saturday, December 30

The Price is Right – 8pm on Channel 4 – Alan Carr invites five lucky members of the studio audience to "come on down" for a Christmas special of the world's longest-running TV game show.

Photo credit: Channel 4 Television

New Year's Eve – Sunday, December 31

Alan Carr's New Year Specstacular 2017 – 9pm on Channel 4 – Sketches, party games and celebrity guests, with Big Narstie, Jonnie Peacock, Keith Lemon, Caroline Flack, Alex Brooker, Binky Felstead, Tom Davis, Charlotte Dawson and Kim Woodburn all joining Alan.

New Year's Day – Monday, January 1

The Great Festive Bake Off – 7.40pm on Channel 4 – Tis the season to be jolly. And what better way to celebrate, than with the second of two Yuletide specials from the Bake Off team.

Tuesday, January 2

Prince: Last Year of a Legend – 10pm on Channel 4 – This documentary goes behind Prince's public persona to reveal a man hitting a new creative peak both as an artist and activist during the 12 months leading up to his tragic death, aged 57.

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