It’s only natural that, over the festive period, there will come a point when you’ve had quite enough of cloying Christmas movies or fallen out with your entire extended family over who really won the last round of Monopoly. In those times, seek solace with these six programmes that will be airing on TV and radio during the holidays.
Top Of The Pops
WATCH: BBC One, December 25, 2pm; December 31, 4.15pm
The chart show is reanimated for its festive double-header once again. This year, hosts Fearne Cotton and Reggie Yates will celebrate Christmas with Gorgon City, Jess Glynne and George Ezra, amongst others. They’ll invite Charlie XCX and La Roux into the BBC studios for a special New Year’s party a week later.
The Radcliffe & Maconie Show
LISTEN: BBC 6 Music, December 26, 1pm
As Mark Radcliffe and Stuart Maconie present a look back through their best bits over the last 12 months, they’re giving listeners the opportunity to revisit their interview with poet and rapper Kate Tempest. Also featured are John Lydon, Daniel Radcliffe, Blondie and more.
The Bee Gees
Joy Of The Bee Gees
WATCH: BBC Four, December 22, 10.35pm
Discover the Gibb brothers’ history in this programme celebrating the Mancunians’ genre-spanning career. The Bee Gees At The BBC… And Beyond follows, offering live performances from the network’s vast archives.
Quadrophenia Live In London
WATCH: Sky Arts 1, 9pm, December 27
In 2013, surviving Who members Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey reunited to perform their seminal rock opera ‘Quadrophenia’ in full. Relive that night at Wembley Arena with this footage from the gig.
LISTEN BBC 6 Music, 4pm, December 24
In the first of three episodes in this special series (the other two are hosted by Neneh Cherry and Alison Goldfrapp), St Vincent caps a stellar year by presenting and curating a one-off two-hour show. Tune in to hear some of her favourite songs, plus conversation and a specially selected ‘Wise Gift’ track.
Christmas Special 1978/1979
WATCH Sky Arts 1, 8pm, December 19
The country legend heads to LA and Nashville respectively in this pair of seasonal specials. In the former, he’s joined by comedian Steve Martin as he performs classic songs and timely tunes, while June Carter Cash, Andy Kaufman and more join in the fun for the latter.