Best Christmas TV That’s Free to Watch

Published: 21/12/2020 and written by P Smith

Christmas TV Schedule

With the Christmas season now upon us, something most of us look forward to is snuggling-up on the sofa, with a warm drink, watching the best films and TV shows. Here at Mr Lender we’ve saved you having to go through the entire Christmas TV guide with our top picks of films and TV shows on free-to-air TV channels over the Christmas period.


Dory fish

What’s on: Finding Dory
Channel: BBC 1
Time:  3:40pm

Enjoy a mid-week film for all the family with Finding Dory – Disney Pixar’s much anticipated follow up to the ever-popular Finding Nemo.

Also on:
Nativity, BBC 1, 10:15am
Mary Berry Saves Christmas, BBC 1, 6:30pm
First Dates at Christmas, Channel 4, 9:00pm


Christmas pudding

What’s on: The Great Christmas Bake Off
Channel: Channel 4
Time: 7:40pm

Bake Off is back with a one-off Christmas special. Join Paul Hollywood and the team and you may even find some last-minute inspiration for your sweet treats on Christmas Day.

Also on:
A Christmas Carol, Channel 4, 12:40pm
It’s a Wonderful Life, Channel 4, 2:35pm
Birds of a Feather Christmas Special, ITV, 9:15pm


Queen vic pub

What’s on: Eastenders
Channel: BBC 1
Time: 9:10pm

If there’s one thing guaranteed every year, it’s that it won’t be a trouble-free  Christmas Day for the residents of Albert Square. Discover the latest drama with Eastender’s extended Christmas Day episode.

Also on:
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Channel 5, 3:10pm
Strictly: The Christmas Countdown, BBC 1, 4:45pm
Home Alone 2, Channel 4, 5:30pm
Coronation Street, ITV, 7:00pm
Call the Midwife Christmas Special, BBC 1, 7:40pm
Mrs Brown’s Boys, BBC 1, 10:00pm


the chase quiz show

What’s on: The Chase Celebrity Christmas Special
Channel: ITV
Time: 6:00pm

Test your and your family’s general knowledge with The Chase Celebrity Christmas Special. Celebrities featured include Tim Lovejoy, Kay Burley, Eni Aluko and Richard Herring.

Also on:
Shrek the Third, Channel 4, 5:00pm
The Repair Shop at Christmas, BBC 1, 6:45pm
Dunkirk, BBC 1, 9:05pm
Big Fat Quiz of the Year, Channel 4, 9:05pm




What’s on: Despicable Me
Channel: ITV
Time: 2:35pm

Enjoy a relaxing Sunday with another family-favourite and see what the Minions are getting up to with Despicable Me. Steve Carrell voices one of the most iconic movie characters in this legendary animation.

Also on:
The Sound of Music, BBC 1, 3:45pm
The Supervet at Christmas, Channel 4, 8pm
Who Wants to be a Millionaire Celebrity Special, ITV, 9:15pm




What’s on: Matilda
Channel: Channel 5
Time: 12:55pm

Make the most of the bank holiday Monday with the classic family film for all ages, Matilda, with the excellent Danny DeVito, Rhea Perlman and Mara Wilson.

Also on:
The Jungle Book, BBC 1, 3:00pm
Christmas University Challenge, BBC 2, 8:30pm
Billy Connolly: It’s Been a Pleasure…, ITV, 9:30pm


Wonder Woman

What’s on: Wonder Woman
Channel: ITV
Time: 7:30pm

Bring some action to the festive season with the Network Premiere of 2017’s Wonder Woman starring Gal Gadot as she attempts to save humanity from destruction.

Also on:
Frozen, BBC 1, 3:35pm
Penguins: Meet the Family, BBC1, 6:30pm
MasterChef The Professionals: A Festive Knockout, BBC 1, 8:00pm


Watermelon christmas

What’s on: Dirty Dancing
Channel: Channel 5
Time: 6:00pm

A must-see feel good film starring Jennifer Gray and Patrick Swayze. This romantic musical drama is considered one of the most iconic films ever made.

Also on:
Stephen Fry’s 21st Century Firsts, ITV, 8:30pm
Not Going Out, BBC 1, 9pm


paddington bear

What’s on: Paddington
Channel: Channel 4
Time: 5:15pm

End the year with 2014’s hit family film, Paddington, which sees the Peruvian bear start a new life in London. Starring Hugh Bonneville and Sally Hawkins, Paddington is the perfect way to start your New Year’s Eve plans.

Also on:
Beauty and the Beast, BBC 1, 2:20pm
Syfall, ITV, 9:00pm
The Graham Norton New Year’s Eve Show, BBC1, 10:25pm
Jool’s Annual Hootenanny, BBC 2, 11:15pm


Dr Who Tardis

What’s on: Dr Who Christmas Special
Channel: BBC 1
Time: 6:45pm

Jodie Whittaker continues her portrayal of the iconic Doctor leading the way to fight the dreaded Daleks. The Dr Who Christmas Special airs on New Year’s Day.

Also on:
Jumanji, Channel 5, 2:30pm
The Greatest Showman, Channel 4, 5:30pm
Dancing on Thin Ice with Torvill & Dean, ITV, 9pm
Taskmaster’s New Year Treat, Channel 4, 9pm

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