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Top Christmas TV Programme: Gavin and Stacey ‘SMASH’ Christmas Day TV Ratings



It’s a day that is widely renowned for its entertaining programmes, and Christmas Day 2019 looks set to be no different.

Several top shows will be hitting the screens, with several familiar faces set to complete the TV guide for the 25th December.

It’s an important occasion for many, with millions expected to tune in across BBC, ITV and Channel 4 throughout the day.

The return of Gavin and Stacey for a one-off special has got everyone in the UK talking. Gavin, Stacey, Smithy and Nessa will all return to our TV screens on Christmas Day, with Uncle Bryn also back for more.

After a nine-year break from the screens, Gavin and Stacey is currently 2/5 to be the top show this Christmas. It’s expected to return to the very top after a lengthy spell away from the limelight.

Christmas Day TV Ratings

  • Gavin & Stacey Christmas Special 2/5
  • Call The Midwife 3/1
  • Michael McIntyre’s Big Christmas Show 8/1
  • Mrs Brown’s Boys 10/1
  • Queen’s Speech 20/1
  • Eastenders 40/1
  • Coronation Street 100/1
  • The Great Christmas Bake Off 100/1

The Gavin & Stacy Christmas Special is set to be another success for James Corden.

Call the Midwife follows closely behind at 3/1.

The drama set in London’s East End during the 1950s has brought all sorts of emotions to its loyal viewers.

Season nine of the show is expected to air early next year, but up first is the Call the Midwife Christmas special. It’s currently 3/1 to be the nation’s favourite show this Christmas.

Even later on Christmas Day is Michael McIntyre’s Big Christmas Show.

The award-winning stand-up brings his successful show to London’s Theatre Royal Drury Lane. It’s 8/1 for the entertaining programme to be the top show.

BBC undoubtedly plays host to several of the nation’s favourite shows, with Mrs Brown’s Boys available at 10/1 to be the top show.

Also on BBC is the world-famous and all-important Queen’s Speech.

It’s currently 20/1 for the royal to steal the headlines and boast the top show this Christmas.

Moving to ITV and it’s back-to-back soap specials.

Eastenders is currently 40/1 to be the top programme, with Coronation Street available at 100/1.

After those two on the same channel it’s a special Who Wants to be a Millionaire. The celebrity episode is available at 100/1.

And finally it’s Channel 4’s The Great Christmas Bake Off that is also in the running, also at 100/1.

There will be plenty of well-known shows and films hitting the screens this month.

But one programme in particular will be able to brag more than the others come Christmas Day.

Top Christmas Day TV Winners (all time)

  • Crocodile Dundee (BBC1, 1989): 21.7m
  • Only Fools And Horses (BBC1, 2001): 21.3m
  • Only Fools And Horses (BBC1, 1996): 21.3m
  • Just Good Friends (BBC1, 1986): 20.7m
  • Only Fools And Horses (BBC1, 1992): 20.1m
  • Only Fools And Horses (BBC1, 1989): 20.1m
  • Only Fools And Horses (BBC1, 1993): 19.5m
  • EastEnders (BBC1, 1986): 19.5m
  • Birds Of A Feather (BBC1, 1993): 19.3m
  • Raiders Of The Lost Ark (ITV, 1984): 19.3m
  • Indiana Jones And The Temple of Doom (BBC1, 1987): 18.9m
  • EastEnders (BBC1, 1986, late evening): 18.9m
  • Only Fools And Horses (BBC1, 1986): 18.7m
  • Ghost (BBC1, 1993): 18.5m
  • The Two Ronnies (BBC1, 1985): 18.4m
  • Bread (BBC1, 1988): 18.00m
  • It’ll Be Alright On Christmas Night (ITV, 1987): 18.00m
  • Coronation Street (ITV, 1987): 17.9m
  • Only Fools And Horses (BBC1, 1990): 17.9m
  • One Foot In The Grave (BBC1, 1995): 17.7m


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