Christmas comes early to ITV as festive shows stream on ITV Hub ahead of broadcast

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The Larkins: Christmas Special on ITV and ITV Hub

Pictured: Back row: Montgomery Larkin [Liam Middleton], Mariette [Sabrina Bartlett], Pop Larkin [Bradley Walsh] and Ma Larkin [Joanna Scanlan] and Primrose Larkin [Lydia Page]. Front row: Petunia Larkin [Rosie Coleman], Victoria Larkin [Lola Shepelev] and Zinnia Larkin [Davina Coleman].

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'The Larkins' will stream early. (Objective Fiction/Genial Productions)

Christmas is set to come early on ITV as the broadcaster has announced plans to stream shows on ITV Hub over the festive period from the morning of their main broadcast.

Viewers will not have to wait in to watch their favourite programmes over Christmas, as many of them will be made available to view on ITV Hub from 7am on the day they are scheduled to be broadcast on ITV's channels.

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One of those that will be included in the first look list is The Larkins Christmas special, which will air on Christmas Day at 9pm on ITV but will be available on the Hub from 7am, starring Bradley Walsh and Joanna Scanlan.

'The Larkins' will be back for Christmas Day. (ITV)
'The Larkins' will be back for Christmas Day. (ITV)

Details of the festive special have been released, with the village all focussed on the pantomime they're putting on when a spate of burglaries throws everyone into chaos.

At home, Ma and Pop Larkin are hit by an untimely power cut just as Mariette and Charley arrive with Charley's family for a Christmas visit.

Soap fans will also be able to see the Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day episodes of Coronation Street and Emmerdale from 7am on their day of broadcast and they will be available to watch throughout the day at any time.

From Multistory Media 

PAUL O'GRADY FOR THE LOVE OF DOGS
AT CHRISTMAS
Saturday 25th December 2021 on TV 

Pictured: Paul OÕGrady with Pancake the Pug 

It's Christmas at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, but not everyone's feeling festive. Paul OÕGrady helps a lonely beagle whose Christmas wish is to find a new friend, an excitable cross breed with a short attention span, and comforts a Patterdale Terrier cross who needs a serious operation following a past injury. 

(C) Battersea Cats and Dogs Home

For further information please contact Peter Gray
Mob 07831460662 /  peter.gray@itv.com

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Paul O'Grady is always popular at Christmas. (Battersea Cats and Dogs Home)

Other Christmas Day specials that will be on ITV Hub from 7am before they are broadcast that evening are Paul O'Grady: For the Love of Dogs at Christmas which will be on ITV at 5.30pm, followed by The Masked Singalong at 6pm.

Christmas Eve highlights which will be available to stream early include festive versions of Tipping Point, The Chase, Gino's Italian Family Adventure and Bradley and Barney: Breaking Dad, as well as Christmas Comedy Club with Lost Voice Guy.

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On Boxing Day, scheduled programmes that will be available to view early include Saturday Night Takeaway, The Chase, Celebrity Catchphrase, All Star Musicals and Billy Connolly: My Absolute Pleasure.

The change in format mirrors the different schedules used for the soaps over the summer, when Coronation Street and Emmerdale episodes were made available to stream early so as not to clash with the scheduled Euros matches.

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