Twenty must-see TV highlights for Christmas Week

1. Doctor Who - Christmas Day at 5.30pm on BBC One

This is Peter Capaldi's last episode as the Doctor and it's sure to be emotional when the time comes for his regeneration. However, it will also usher in an exciting new era as Jodie Whittaker becomes the first female to play the legendary character.

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2. Emmerdale - Christmas Day at 5.50pm on ITV

An executive producer has hailed the Christmas Day episode as "probably the weirdest episode we've ever done". There's even a surprise comedy cameo, apparently!

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3. Strictly Come Dancing: The Christmas Special - Christmas Day at 6.30pm on BBC One

Tess and Claudia welcome back former contestants including Judy Murray, Colin Jackson and Jeremy Vine for this special festive dance-off that also features a live performance by the Kaiser Chiefs. We don't predict a riot, though.

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4. Paul O'Grady: For The Love Of Dogs - Christmas Day at 7pm on ITV

Paul O'Grady is back at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home to spread some festive cheer among its furry residents.

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5. The Great Christmas Bake Off - Christmas Day at 7.40pm on Channel 4

The first of two Bake Off Christmas specials over the holidays will see some of the show's finest contestants return to the tent. Selasie and Val are back! Hooray!

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6. Call The Midwife - Christmas Day at 7.40pm on BBC One

This year's special sees the nuns, midwives and families struggle through the Big Freeze of 1962.

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7. Coronation Street - Christmas Day at 8pm on ITV

After two years away, Carla Connor makes a dramatic return to the cobbles, and she's harbouring a dramatic secret!

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8. EastEnders - Christmas Day at 9pm on BBC One

Max Branning is the focus of this year's Chritsmas special as his revenge storyline comes to a head following a year of secrets, lies and surprises. Check out a full rundown of EastEnders spoilers here.

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9. Victoria - Christmas Day at 9pm on ITV

Jenna Coleman's Victoria is preparing to become a mum for the fourth(!) time and is not happy when her husband invites some unwelcome guests to join them for Christmas.

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10. Mrs Brown's Boys - Christmas Day at 10pm on BBC One

Brendan O'Carroll is back as Mammy in an episode that sees Grandad worrying that the house is haunted as the family prepares for Christmas.

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11. 300 Years Of French & Saunders - Christmas Day at 10.35pm on BBC One

Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders are back together at last! This clips show celebrates 30 years of their comedy collaboration and features both old and new material.

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12. Tottenham v Southampton - Boxing Day at 12.30pm on Sky Sports Premier League

Kane

Boxing Day would not be complete without a set of top fight fixtures and Sky Sports viewers can enjoy the pick of the day as Southampton travel to Wembley aiming to blunt Spurs' attacking threats. Watch live to see if Harry Kane can continue his fine scoring form against last year's League Cup finalists.

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13. Snow Bears - Boxing Day at 6.30pm on BBC One

This beautiful true-to-life tale follows a polar bear family as they travel 400 miles across the Arctic in search of food.

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14. The Miniaturist - Boxing Day at 9pm and Wednesday 27 December at 9pm on BBC One

This period drama tells the mysterious story of a teenager who arrives in Amsterdam to become the new wife of merchant Johannes Brandt. However, after she receives an unusual wedding gift from the groom - a dolls house replica of their home - it begins predicting the future with spooky accuracy.

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15. Little Women - Boxing Day, Wednesday 27 and Thursday 28 December at 8pm on BBC One

Based on Louisa May Alcott's beloved novel, Little Women is a new three-part series, adapted by award-winning creator of Call The Midwife, Heidi Thomas.

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16. The Big Fat Quiz Of The Year - Boxing Day at 9pm on Channel 4

Jimmy Carr is back hosting this much-loved panel show that trawls back through the biggest events of 2017.

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17. Alan Partridge: Why, When, Where, How and Whom? - Wednesday 27 December at 9pm on BBC Two

This documentary looks back at the 25-year journey of the classic comedy character with contributions from Steve Coogan and his various co-stars.

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18. American Made (Cert 15) on the TalkTalk TV Store

American Made

On-demand viewers can now download and keep this drug smuggling action adventure through their TalkTalk TV boxes or online via the TalkTalk TV Store.

19. Alan Carr's The Price Is Right - Saturday 30 December at 8pm on Channel 4

Alan Carr is at the helm for this UK version of the world's longest running game show where contestants are challenged to guess the price of different items.

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20. New Year's Eve Live with Nile Rodgers and Chic - New Year's Eve at 11.20pm on BBC One

Coming live from County Hall on the River Thames Nile Rodgers and Chic will be bringing the Good Times this New Year's Eve. The concert will be rocking either side of the London fireworks display at midnight.

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