Christmas TV 2017 on Channel 4: What's on and when – Bake Off, Alan Carr, Jamie Oliver’s Christmas

Get ready for some of the best TV of the year with the Christmas schedules.

If Christmas to you means holing up at home with some of the cheeriest, most addictive TV made all year, then you'll love Channel 4’s festive line-up.

On the menu this year is everyone’s favourite TV chef with a delicious feast, the nation’s top baking contest gets a Christmas twist, and there’ll be plenty of laughs with top comedians and funny specials.

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Channel 4 may not go for the big-budget drama that some of the other broadcasters do, but for unmissable telly specials, they’ve got it sorted.

The Great Christmas Bake Off

In this double-episode special of the show that was on everyone’s lips in 2017, eight of our favourite bakers return to the tent for a new challenge.

They will take on festive baking showdowns to see who will be crowned the Star Baker, with seasonal fun including Christmas jumpers and surprise musical guests.

The Great Christmas Bake Off - Christmas Day, 7.45pm, Channel 4

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Miranda Does Christmas

Comedian Miranda Hart combines her witty tips for the festive season with some special famous guests in this Christmas party extravaganza.

Miranda Does Christmas - December 27, 9pm, Channel 4

Old People’s Home for 4 Year Olds Christmas

One of the most heartwarming documentaries of the year was Old People’s Home for 4 Year Olds, which introduced a group of small children to the residents of a care home with the aim of reducing social isolation in the elderly.

The young and old stars of the show are back for an emotional Christmas special to show how the project has continued to influence their lives as they prepare for a carol service.

Old People's Home for 4 Year Olds Christmas - December 18, 9pm, Channel 4

Jamie’s Italian Christmas

If there’s one man who can guide the nation through making a sumptuous Christmas feast, it’s Jamie Oliver.

He’ll be joined by his friend and mentor Gennaro Contaldo in a log cabin deep in the mountains of Piedmont, where they’ll be rustling up Christmas classics with an Italian twist.

Turkey, porchetta, cracker ravioli, pink peppercorn negronis and chocolate orange tiramisu are all set to be served up by the culinary duo.

Jamie's Italian Christmas - December 19, 8pm, Channel 4

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The Crystal Maze Christmas special

Start the Christmas fans, please – maze master Richard Ayoade is back for a special version of the challenge show.

Five intrepid celebrities will take on the Aztec, Medieval, Industrial and Futuristic zones with the aim of raising money for Stand Up To Cancer.

Alan Carr

Channel 4’s favourite chat show host has a festive double header this year, with a Christmas version of Chatty Man followed later in the season by his New Year’s Eve Spectacular.

His Christmas Chatty Man guests include Noel Gallagher, Christian Slater and Lorraine Kelly, while his New Year's Eve Spectacular will welcome a studio audience to the party games and feature plenty of musiic.

Alan Carr: Christmas Chatty Man - Christmas Day, 10pm, Channel 4

Big Fat Quiz of the Year 2017

Test your knowledge of all the biggest events from the past year alongside teams of famous contestants in Channel 4’s traditional end-of-year quiz.

Comedian Jimmy Carr will be back again to preside over the tough questions and add some humour.

Big Fat Quiz of the Year 2017 - Boxing Day, 9pm, Channel 4

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Gogglebox 2017

Review the year's telly with the armchair experts, as the Goggleboxers give their unique take on some of the small screen’s highlights.

Catch up with your favourite stars of the show to reminisce about some of 2017’s top TV.

Gogglebox 2017 - Christmas Eve, 9pm, Channel 4

Kirstie’s Handmade Christmas 2017

Make your Christmas truly unique by learning some new festive crafts from the queen of homemade, Kirstie Allsopp.

By following Kirstie’s guidance, you could be fashioning your own decorations, making presents for your loved ones, or even creating gin infusions.

Kirstie's Handmade Christmas 2017 - December 11 - 20 weekdays, 5pm, Channel 4

Child Genius v Celebrities Christmas special

We all loved marvelling at the young stars of Child Genius earlier in the year, but just what does it take to outwit them?

Rob Delaney, Cathy Newman, Dom Joly and Janet Street Porter are the band of well-educated celebs who will go up against four of the finest minds from the series in this Christmas special, hosted by Richard Osman.

Child Genius v Celebrities Christmas special - Christmas Eve, 8pm, Channel 4

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Travel Man: 48 Hours in Hong Kong

In Richard Ayoade’s second festive show, he travels to Hong Kong with Mad Men star Jon Hamm to try out the tourist trail of trams, ferries and cable cars.

The pair will sample some unfamiliar food and, as enthusiastic suit wearers, will try out some of the city’s 24-hour tailors.

Travel Man: 48 Hours in Hong Kong - Boxing Day, 8pm, Channel 4

The Undateables at Christmas

Been wondering whatever happened to your favourite singletons from the disability dating documentary series?

Here’s your chance to catch up with them as they get ready for Christmas and update us on how their love lives have been progressing – and whether they’ll be getting a kiss under the mistletoe this year.

The World's Best Christmas Lights: From Liverpool to Bethlehem

For the past five years, a group of Christmas decorators from Liverpool have been travelling to Bethlehem to deck out Manger Square ready for the season.

This year, a documentary crew will follow them as they tread carefully through tensions in the region and try to negotiate tight budgets to make the holy site sparkle.

The World's Best Christmas Lights: From Liverpool to Bethlehem - December 23, 8pm, Channel 4

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Made in Chelsea Christmas special

See how the other half celebrates Christmas with a visit to the posh crew in Chelsea to share their seasonal celebrations.

This Champagne-fuelled episode acts as a wrap party for the series, rehashing all the drama, rows and break-ups of recent months under the watchful eye of host Rick Edwards.

First Dates at Christmas

The restaurant cupids throw a Christmas party with the aim of helping some special singletons from previous episodes to find love.

Also in attendance will be some of our favourite First Dates couples and the show's stars will celebrate a year which has seen proposals, engagement rings, and even the first First Dates baby.

First Dates at Christmas - Christmas Day, 9pm, Channel 4

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