UK Christmas 2023 TV Guide: the Best Festive Specials, New Drama & Comedy Series

The Doctor Who Christmas Special is back! Alongside a final treat from Ghosts, new Taskmaster, Slow Horses & more. Here’s our guide to the best British TV for Christmas 2023

Martha Howe-Douglas in Ghosts, Ncuti Gatwa in Doctor Who, Christopher Eccleston in Dodger
Photo: BBC

It’s beginning to look a lot like… well, November. 

But while it’s certainly pretty Novembery at the time of writing this, there’s already a sleighful of excellent UK Christmas TV to look forward to – from festive funnies like Not Going Out and the last ever episode of Ghosts to Christmassy crime dramas like Beyond Paradise and brand-new Agatha Christie adaptation Murder Is Easy

And of course, every Whovian’s Christmas wish has been answered with the return of the Doctor Who Christmas special!

There’s a festive feline theme to family viewing, with Julia Donaldson’s annual animated gift to parents being Tabby McTat, and Channel 4 giving us an all-star adaptation of Mog’s Christmas. And, as dependable as cranberry sauce and family arguments, there are all your favourite Christmas special episodes, from Taskmaster to QI and beyond.


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