What I’ll Be Watching This Christmas

Not only do we have amazing food, gifts and quality time with our families to look forward to at Christmas, the TV schedule is pretty great too! From Christmas specials to one-off dramas, here’s what I’m looking forward to watching this year.

The Miniaturist

I am so excited for this! One of my favourite books in recent memory has been adapted for the screen and will be shown on BBC One this Christmas. The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton tells the story of Nella who moves to Amsterdam to live with her wealthy new husband Johannes, who gifts her a dollhouse of their home. Nella enlists the services of a miniaturist to furnish the dollhouse, but her creations are more than what they seem. Just writing that makes me want to read the book again!

Tune into BBC One at 9pm on Boxing Day for part one, then 9pm the following day for part two.

The Great British Bake Off

Rumour has it we’re getting not one, but two servings of Bake Off this festive season. The best part is beloved Selasi, a.k.a the smoothest man to ever grace the tent, is back! He joins seven former contestants to take on Yuletide challenges, including one of my personal faves Benjamina.

The Great British Bake Off Special is on Channel 4 at 7.40pm on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

Strictly Come Dancing

Oh, I do love a bit of Strictly! In fact, the winner of this season has just been announced as I’m writing this (congrats Joe!). The Christmas special has become a staple in my family’s festive schedule and I’m looking forward to the glitz and glam after Christmas dinner.

Pop BBC One on at 6.30pm on Christmas Day to watch the Strictly special.

Top of the Pops

Remember when Top of the Pops was a weekly occurrence? Now we have to wait until the festive season for it, which I admit I still get excited for. I think I enjoy the nostalgia more than the music itself, but there are always a few acts I look forward to each year.

Tune into BBC One at 12.20pm on Christmas Day and 4.05pm on New Year’s Day to watch.

Paul O’Grady’s For The Love of Dogs at Christmas

This is an absolute gem of a show, which I cry at more often than not. If you’re not familiar with it, Paul O’Grady visits Battersea Dogs and Cats Home to follow the stories of some of the furry residents and it’s even more touching at Christmas time. Have the tissues ready!

Watch Paul O’Grady’s For The Love of Dogs at Christmas at 7pm on ITV.

Until next time,



  1. Em

    December 21, 2017 at 8:03 pm

    Great post! I did a similar one over on my blog for blogmas! I can’t wait to watch Strictly! I’m absolutely OBSESSED with it. I was so pleased Joe won – I won a sweepstake because of it (exciting!) – have a wonderful Christmas

    -Em xo

    1. Donna

      December 21, 2017 at 10:24 pm

      Aww, thank you 😌 Haha, love a good sweepstake! I thought Alexandra was going to win for sure, but glad Joe took it home for the Scots 🙌🏻 You too x

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