The cracking Courier Christmas Day TV guide

In a picture special, TV Editor Jack Parker takes a look at what you should be watching on the big day.

Top of the Pops

BBC One, Christmas Day, 2pm

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Okay, Top of the Pops is a bit of a damaged brand these days, but the now-traditional Christmas specials have come to satisfy my nostalgic cravings for the show. Plus, with the BBC recently announcing plans for a new weekly music show, the future looks bright.

EastEnders

BBC One, Christmas Day, 9pm

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No Christmas Day viewing schedule would be complete without a trip to Albert Square. Christmas is far too jolly, and EastEnders is the ideal antidote for excess festive Cheer. With a main character rumoured to die this year (shock), you should all join me in tuning to see who meets their grisly end.

The Royle Family

Whenever you want, Christmas Day

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Always an oldie but goodie, The Royle Family is a true comedy classic. Its warm, comforting humour, centred around a close-knit Northern family is something that almost anyone can relate to. Whether you watch the 2006 special, where Nana sadly died, or the recent 2012 special, you are sure to enjoy yourself. You might even find that your own family joins you around the TV, life imitating art, indeed.

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