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From Downton to EastEnders, the TV shows you have to watch this Christmas

As Chris Rea sits in his Ferrari, stuck a traffic jam, humming merrily to himself, we can safely assume that on top of all the general stuff – family, a big fridge, many cheeses – one of the things he is most looking forward to is the hours and hours of special telly that he can enjoy when he finally gets home for Christmas.

But where to start with so much choice?

Well Chris worry not, we have curated the very best seasonal TV so you don’t have to go through the double Radio Times with your highlighter.



Watch the trailer for the Downton Abbey Christmas special


Cumberbatch is right: stop filming and be present in the moment


'Is it OK to objectify Poldark?'


Why we're glued to Gogglebox


Lucy Mangan celebrates the best bits of 2015


The joy of dressing up for Christmas

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Video sees children explain why Santa couldn't be a woman


Love Actually's Emma Freud reveals facts we never knew about the film



“How beauty rituals help me manage my depression”

One writer found comfort in an unexpected place

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Stress is genuinely good for you, experts reveal

Forget everything you thought you knew about stress…

by Kayleigh Dray
21 Oct 2016

Must-watch Christmas TV: tune in for Roald Dahl's Revolting Rhymes

Just in time for Christmas

by Sarah Biddlecombe
21 Oct 2016

Bake Off fans, the BBC has already found a replacement show for GBBO

And it's set to hit our televisions very soon...

by Kayleigh Dray
21 Oct 2016

Costa’s fancy new menu includes avocado toast and Prosecco

You may want to dress up for the world’s poshest Costa…

by Kayleigh Dray
21 Oct 2016

Real-life victims of revenge porn share their stories

“Within a week, everyone had seen them… I tried to kill myself shortly after”

by Kayleigh Dray
21 Oct 2016

People diagnosed with a terminal illness share powerful life lessons

“You only get one life – and we need to live it”

by Kayleigh Dray
21 Oct 2016

This gin is officially the best in Europe – and it's from the UK

Gin drinkers, take note…

by Kayleigh Dray
21 Oct 2016

Amazing tasting menus from top UK restaurants for under £50

Total steals from Michelin-starred spots

by Amy Swales
20 Oct 2016

9 hilarious tips for making it in a male-dominated workplace

"Never say anything that sounds like a question, even questions."

by Harriet Hall
20 Oct 2016