Here are the best TV shows you won't want to miss this Christmas 3 years ago

Here are the best TV shows you won't want to miss this Christmas

There's so much great TV on over the Christmas season.

When does the Christmas season start? Feck it, it starts now. You've our permission to leave your desk and not return until the New Year.


As we frequently do, we'll be bringing you the best films on TV for each day over the festive season, but with so much great TV to choose from, we've decided to look at some of the best shows, documentaries and specials that will be on the box over the next 10 days or so.

With The Inbetweeners reunion, Season 5 of Luther, The Young Offenders Christmas Special, and documentaries about Billy Connolly, Bruce Springsteen, and Phil Lynott to come, there's plenty of great TV to enjoy this Christmas season.

Given the jam-packed schedule and the fact that there are about 2,793 channels to choose from, we've done our best to make this as broad and multi-ranging as possible.

Also, there will always be some days where the schedule is just brimming with films only, so bear with us; fans of certain shows like Doctor Who, Strictly Come Dancing, etc. will already know the craic by now (they're Christmas institutions) with regards to when they'll be going out on air.


Here's a sample of what's in store along with a brief summary for some of the lesser-known titles.

22 December

Watership Down - BBC One, 19:00

The seminal animation that traumatised an entire generation is back and the cast is seriously impressive.


Billy Connolly & Me - Virgin Media One, 23:40

Best Christmas TV

23 December

The Young Offenders Christmas Special - BBC One, 23:15 (Repeated on Christmas Day at 22:35 on RTÉ One)


Father Ted Christmas Special - Channel 4, 22:00 (Repeated on Christmas Eve at 20:05 on RTÉ2)

Christmas Eve

Gogglebox 2018 Special - Channel 4, 21:00

Pat Shortt's Music from D'Telly Christmas Special - RTÉ One, 18:20

Christmas Day


Mrs Brown's Boys Christmas Special - RTÉ One, 22:00

Not everyone likes it but there are plenty of people who do.

A League of Their Own Christmas Special - Sky One, 23:15

Have I Got A Bit More For You 2018 - BBC One, 23:50

Best Christmas TV

St Stephen's Day

Summer of Hurling - RTÉ2, 20:35

RTÉ Sport looks back at the 10 best games as shown on ‘The Sunday Game Live

Big Fat Quiz of the Year - Channel 4, 21:00

The ABC Murders - BBC One,  21:00

Agatha Christie's beloved murder mystery gets a star-studded adaptation as Hercule Poirot, Arthur Hastings and Chief Inspector Japp contend with a series of killings by a mysterious murderer known only as "A.B.C.".

27 December

Liveline: Call back - RTÉ One, 20:30

A follow up on the some of the amazing stories and people who talk to Joe Duffy on his radio show.

Ireland's Hockey World Cup: Live Like Legends - BBC Two, 19:00

Frankie Boyle's New World Order - Channel 4, 22:00

The comedian's take on everything that happened in 2018.

Best Christmas TV

28 December

Take That - BBC One, 19:00

If you've got the patience then fans of the iconic boyband will love this intimate special featuring anecdotes and tunes.

Players of the Faithful - RTÉ One, 21:30

The story of the Offaly team that famously ended Kerry’s bid to become the first county to win five All-Ireland football titles in a row in 1982.

Billy Connolly: Made in Scotland - BBC 2, 21:00

The crown jewel in a night dedicated to The Big Yin, this travel documentary is bound to please fans of the gifted comedian.

That Was 2018 - Virgin Media One, 21:00

Who doesn't love a good magazine round-up show?

Best Christmas TV

29 December

The Chase: The Bloopers - Virgin Media One, 19:00

30 December

Les Miserables - BBC One, 21:00

Based on the original novel, the series with will star Dominic West, David Oyelowo, and Lily Collins.

Phil Lyontt: Scéalta On Old Town - RTÉ One, 19:30

A half-hour documentary that tells the story behind one of the most iconic Irish pop music videos of all time, Phil Lynott’s ‘Old Town'. 

Jayo - RTÉ One, 21:30

Boom Boom Boom let me hear you say JAYO! Fans of the Dubs are going to love this documentary on a cult hero.

Rory Gallagher Irish Tour - TG4, 21:30

Best Christmas TV

New Year's Eve

MOTD: The 2018 World Cup Story - BBC One, 14:10

Graham Norton Special - BBC One, 22:40

New Year's Eve Countdown - RTÉ One, 23:45

New Year's Day

Life After the Rising - RTÉ One, 18:30

A documentary that explores the lives of normal Irish people that lived during extraordinary times.

Luther, Season 5 - BBC One, 21:00

Escape at Dannemora - Sky Atlantic, 21:00

The headline-making true story of a 2015 prison break in upstate New York, which spawned a massive manhunt for two convicted murderers, who were aided in their escape by a married female prison employee with whom they both became sexually entangled.

The Inbetweeners Reunion Special - Channel 4, - 21:00

Best Christmas TV

January 2

Bruce Springsteen: In His Own Words - RTÉ One, 23:15

The Boss looks back and muses upon his life as a successful musician. His reflection is coupled with snippets of live performance, all joining together to form the narrative, in his own words.