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Posted on 20th December, 2019
The Countdown to Christmas is well underway and with it, a host of festive specials of our favourite shows on the box.
There is set to be something for everyone to enjoy and we’ve picked out what we think are the best programmes to look out for, alongside our and which of our delicious flavours you should be settling down to enjoy them with.
A Christmas Carol – BBC One
Airs: 22nd-24th December at 9pm
The king of all Christmas stories has been given a fresh adaptation with three episodes airing on consecutive nights, starting on December 22.
Guy Pearce is the man to take on the role of Dickens’ miserly businessman and utter the famous words “Bah, humbug!” with the Australian actor joined by Charlotte Riley, Stephen Graham, Andy Serkis and Vinette Robinson
Watched best with – Love Popcorn Sea Salt and Cracked Black Pepper.
Martin’s Close – BBC Four
Airs: Christmas Eve at 10pm
The latest spooky story based on the works of MR James to be written and directed by Mark Gatiss, this ghost story follows a court case in which the accused seems to have been visited by the ghost of his victim.
The cast is headlined by Peter Capaldi and continues the tradition of the channel airing a chilling tale over the festive period.
Watched best with – Love Popcorn Sea Salt.
Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special – BBC One
Airs: Christmas Day at 10pm
It’s hard to imagine a BBC One Christmas Day schedule that doesn’t include Strictly, and the Saturday night favourite returns to host another festive extravaganza this year.
Six famous faces from the previous series – including Joe Sugg and Gemma Atkinson – will pull their dancing shoes on one more time as they bid to impress the studio audience and take home the special Christmas trophy.
Watched best with – Love Popcorn Fiery Salsa
Call The Midwife – BBC One
Airs: Christmas Day at 7pm
The period drama has become a staple of the Christmas Day viewing schedule, and this year’s festive special will mark the start of the ninth season of the hit show.
Miriam Margoyles returns to the cast following her Call the Midwife debut in 2018’s Christmas special, as the team travel to an idyllic Scottish island to provide much needed support for the residents.
Watched best with – Love Popcorn Salted Butterscotch
Gavin & Stacey Christmas Special – BBC One
Airs: Christmas Day at 8:30pm
It’s been 10 years since the last new episode, so the return of the beloved sitcom for a one-off Christmas special is sure to be an undisputed highlight of the festive TV calendar.
Original cast members Rob Brydon, James Corden, Matthew Horne, Ruth Jones, Larry Lamb, Joanna Page, Alison Steadman and Melanie Walters and are all onboard for the hour-long special, which takes prime position in BBC One’s Christmas Day schedule.
Watched best with – Love Popcorn Sweet
Worzel Gummidge – BBC One
Airs: Boxing Day at 6:20pm, 27th December at 7pm
The classic children’s sitcom is set for a festive reboot, with Mackenzie Crook taking on the mantle as the titular scarecrow who comes to life and penning the two hour-long episodes.
He is joined by an array of British comedy talent including Michael Palin, Zoë Wanamaker and Steve Pemberton.
Watched best with – Love Popcorn Sweet Vanilla
The Great Christmas Bake Off – Channel 4
Airs: Christmas Day at 8pm,
Prue, Paul, Noel and Sandy return to the tent not once but twice over the festive period with two exciting specials.
The first airs on Christmas Day and sees favourites from previous seasons – including 2017’s Yan and Tom as well as Briony and Terry from 2018 – return to the tent to put their baking skills to the test.
Watched best with – Love Popcorn Cocoa CrispBack to Pop-Log
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