Call the Midwife’s Christmas special sees the nuns and midwives of Nonnatus House find an abondoned baby on the doorstep of the convent, prompting a desperate search for the mother in the BBC1 hit
Will Miranda finally get her long longed-for kiss from Gary (Tom Ellis) in the Christmas special on BBC1?
Stephen Fry stars as an art history professor who goes crooked in ITV1’s feature-length comedy-drama Doors Open, which co-stars Lenora Critchlow and Dougie Henshall
In BBC1’s Outnumbered, the Brockmans’ plans to bring the locals together by hosting a Christmas party go spectacularly wrong as hyperactive Ben is left in charge of organising party games for the oddball collection of guests
The Royle Family returns after a year off, with Jim pinning all his hopes on a winning scratchcard, while Dave hopes to get on Dragons’ Den!
Ripper Street is BBC1’s innovative take on the Jack the Ripper saga set in Whitechapel six months after the murders, starring Matthew Macfadyen as Inspector Edmund Reid
BBC1’s Restless is a two-part adaptation of William Boyd’s hit spy thriller about a young woman who discovers her Russian mother was a British spy during World War II. The glamour cast includes Michelle Dockery, Michael Gambon and Charlotte Rampling
Mrs Brown’s Boys is becoming a Christmas perennial on BBC1
Comedian John Bishop wrote and stars in Panto! (ITV1) his affectionate take on what goes on behind the scenes in panto-land
Hugh ‘Lord Grantham’ Bonneville plays the title role in Mr Stink, BBC1’s adaptation of David Walliams’ book about 12-year-old Chloe who befriends a homeless man
Channel 4’s The Snowman and the Snowdog is the sequel to Raymond Briggs’ children’s classic The Snowman
Another children’s favourite is likely to be BBC1’s Room on the Broom, from the creators of The Gruffalo
The family relocate to Duneagle Castle in the Scottish Highlands in the feature-length Christmas special of Downton Abbey on ITV1. But the drama continues back at the estate, with Carson losing control of his staff
And Christmas isn’t Christmas without Doctor Who, which this year introduces a new companion, Clara, played by former Emmerdale star Jenna-Louise Coleman. Richard E Grant plays the villain