all the listings and highlights for 2017

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Raymond Briggs’ classic Christmas animation is followed by The Snowman and the Snowdog at 5.55pm. The Snowman airs again on Christmas Day at 12.45pm, followed by The Snowman and the Snowdog at 1.20pm and Briggs’ 1991 animation Father Christmas at 1.55pm.

The Snowman and the Snowdog

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Child Genius v Celebrities Christmas Special– 8pm on Channel 4 – Richard Osman presents a Child Genius festive special as four of the show’s most formidable past competitors take on four of the country’s finest celebrity minds – comedian Rob Delaney, Channel 4 News presenter Cathy Newman, comedian Dom Joly, and journalist and broadcaster Janet Street-Porter.

Gogglebox 2017 – 9pm on Channel 4 – Britain’s favourite opinionated TV viewers share their critiques of the year’s biggest and best shows, including Strictly Come Dancing, The One Show, The Crystal Maze, Doctor Foster and much more.

Christmas Day – Monday, December 25

The Alternative Christmas Message – 2.30pm on Channel 4 – An annual alternative to the Queen’s Christmas Day broadcast. This year’s speaker is yet to be confirmed.

The Great Christmas Bake Off – 7.40pm on Channel 4 – Eight merry bakers from Bake Off past – including Val and Selasi, Paul Jagger and Beca Lyne-Pirkis – past join Sandi Toksvig and Noel Fielding as they do battle in festive-themed challenges. It’s down to judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith to decide who wins the festive Star Baker title.

The Great Christmas Bake Off

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First Dates at Christmas – 9pm on Channel 4 – Fred and his Christmas Cupids celebrate an incredible year that has seen love blossom into wedding proposals, engagement rings and the very first First Dates baby! Some favourite couples return, while some special singletons are hoping for a kiss under the mistletoe or even to meet ‘the one’ at Christmas.

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