Happy Christmas one and all! It's here at last and hopefully a wonderful day of present opening and turkey eating awaits you with loved ones. Let's face it though, in between all that, you will likely be plonked in front of the box seeing what this year's festive TV has to offer.

We went through our best TV and movie picks for all of the festive season on this week's episode of The Telly Show, but below are the shows you won't want to miss today.

You can check out our film picks for today, and every day over the festive season in our Christmas Movie Guide, and find out when all the soaps are on here.


The Young Offenders Christmas Special - RTÉ One - 10.35pm

Our favourite Cork lads are back on the box once more for their first Christmas special. The episode will see the residents of the estate where Conor (Alex Murphy), Jock (Chris Walley) and Mairead (Hilary Rose) live fighting off an eviction from the council. However, amongst all this, Mairead is taken ill and ends up in hospital. The situation proves to be more serious than they thought and not knowing how to help, the lads ask Mairead if there's anything they can get her. The two friends set off on a chaotic adventure to try make her wish come true and in the process find out something about themselves and the value of empathy. The episode, which will also feature a guest appearance from Robert Sheehan, follows on from a hugely successful BBC series and a smash hit feature film of the same name.


The Great Christmas Bake Off - Channel 4 - 8pm

'The Great British Bake Off' is back with not one but two festive specials, inviting eight former contestants to return to the famous tent to show off their not-so-soggy bottoms. Four bakers will be competing in the Christmas episode, and another four will grace the tent for the New Year’s special. Today’s episode will see Liam Charles and Flo Atkins from the 2017 series up against Jane Beedle and Andrew Smith from the 2016 series.


Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special - BBC One - 5.30pm

Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman present a special festive edition for Christmas Day, which sees the return of six old favourites from past series. Anita Rani, Caroline Flack, Ann Widdecombe, Aston Merrygold, Jake Wood and Michael Vaughan will all be taking to the dance floor to perform a special Christmas-inspired routine, while judges Shirley Ballas, Darcey Bussell, Bruno Tonioli and Craig Revel Horwood assess their efforts and decide who will be this year's Christmas champions.


Mrs Brown's Boy Christmas Special -  RTÉ One - 10pm and BBC One - 10.15pm

The festive season arrives once again in the Brown household, and Father Damian has organised a Christmas decoration contest to support the local football team. Agnes is keen to enter, especially as it might mean getting one over her old nemesis, Hillary Nicholson, but is soon distracted by her new `Wi-Fi assistant' and doesn't know quite what to do with it.


Michael McIntyre's Big Christmas Show - BBC One - 6.45pm

The comedy star returns with his annual festive special from the Theatre Royal in Drury Lane, London, which promises the same fun as his regular Saturday night show - just with a bit of tinsel and bells on. Chris Kamara will have an embarrassing text message sent in his name in Send to All, soprano Katherine Jenkins provides the music, and a York mum gets a surprise to discover that Michael's been in her house, and he knows all about her. Plus, 22 year-old Paige from Nottingham gets to sing one of the world's best known Christmas hits.


Call the Midwife Christmas Special - BBC One -  7.45pm

A 90-minute special will air this Christmas day, with eight more episodes to follow when series eight airs in the new year. As Poplar prepares for Christmas, the nuns travel to the Mother House to elect a new mother superior. Sister Julienne is the obvious replacement and must face this possibility as her future at Nonnatus House hangs in the balance. As they ready to leave, Sister Mildred, an indefatigable member of their order, arrives unexpectedly with four Chinese orphans en route to the Children's Home at the Mother House while, back in Poplar, Trixie returns from Portofino with her troubles behind her and Valerie leads the baby ballet Christmas performance. Miriam Margolyes joins the cast.


First Dates at Christmas - Channel 4 - 9pm

The restaurant hosts a festive party as maitre d' Fred Sirieix and his Cupids welcome new singletons through the doors as well as a few returning couples to reveal how their lives have changed since their first date. Participants include Tom, 23, who hopes to finally have a girlfriend at Christmas, but says he has 'the social etiquette of a four-year-old'. There will also be a live musical performance and a visit from a familiar looking Santa.



Alan Carr's Christmas Cracker - Channel 4 - 10.15pm

The comedian hosts a Christmas extravaganza in his own inimitable style from his Alpine lodge. He's joined by famous faces, including Channing Tatum, Danny and Dani Dyer, Lily Allen, Sharon Horgan, Olly Murs, Russell Howard, Alesha Dixon, Emilia and Freddie Fox, Vicky McClure and Martin Compston, and Chris Kamara.