What To Watch: 25/12/2011

Christmas is good for lots of things, but mainly for absolutely cracking TV. From the 19th December to the 1st January, we'll be giving you a daily report on what you should be watching.

A Musical Nativity with John Rutter
2:10pm on BBC2
John Rutter is a beautiful composer and arranger, as this Nativity shows. This is a mix of traditional carols and his own compositions, and is lovely and gentle to watch whilst you digest dinner.

The Queen
3:00pm on BBC1
Dear Liz's annual address. Show some respect, children.

The Gruffalo's Child
6:30pm on BBC1
An all-star cast heads up this gorgeous and endearing adaptation. Sweet and gentle, it's delightful viewing.

Doctor Who
7:00pm on BBC1
It's the Doctor Who Christmas special. Do I really have to say any more?

Blackadder the Third
8:00pm on BBC2
Another show that has absolutely nothing to do with Christmas, it'll be a nice break from all the simpering sentiment that Christmas Day is filled with.

Strictly Come Dancing
8:00pm on BBC1
Sequins, brilliant music, fake tan, lots of cleavage and sparkles. No competitive element to fret about, just a bit of fun.

Downton Abbey
9:00pm on ITV
Two hours of pure delight here. Downton Abbey is filled with a Christmas tree, gifts and sherry, but all is not as cheerful as it seems. There's a murder trial, a lovesick wife, a love triangle and someone getting punches in the face. And snow. Excellent Christmas fodder.

Absolutely Fabulous
10:00pm on BBC1
The girls are back, and this is going to be good. Watch for the in-jokes if you're a fan of The Killing, giggle at hilarious characters and enjoy the break from all things Christmas.

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