It's that time of year again when our family buys our one-a-year copy of the Radio Times. To me, this has always signalled CHRISTMAS.

"Two-week bumper Radio Times...feel the heft of telly heaven." - Miranda

For those outside of the UK, the Radio Times is a magazine that also has the TV line up, and at Christmas time, they have a 2-week version covering the days before Christmas, up to and past the main event, all the way til New Year and the first few days of January. Because the UK places huge importance on its festive TV offerings, having one magazine that tells us all that's on offer for the season is very, very, useful, and we need to make sure we watch all the tv specials, films, and if you're really interested, the Queen's speech.

It's been a tradition for as long as I can remember - not really even something anyone's imposed on me, I just kinda did it anyways - for me to flick through the bumper Christmas Radio Times and get an idea of what I need to watch. Sometimes I highlight, sometimes I circle, sometimes I just rely on my brain.

But honestly, not having a look gives me small levels of anxiety and FOMO in case I don't get the maximum Christmas TV viewing.

So, obviously I've had a read and this is what I've earmarked for this Christmas, if you're interested:
  • Mary Berry's Absolute Christmas Favourites - because who doesn't love a Christmas cooking show hosted by a national treasure? (That was a hypothetical question, obviously)
  • Nigella's Christmas Table - pure entertainment value + amazing recipes and she always decorates her 'house' very well indeed
  • As many of the Harry Potter films as possible, for obvious reasons
  • Any of the following: The Holiday, Home Alone, Muppets Christmas Carol, Elf, The Grinch, Gavin & Stacey Christmas Special, Miranda Christmas Special, The Snowman, The Snowman and The Snowdog - essentially, anything I've not already watched so far
  • Maigret in Montmartre - because I bloody love a good murder mystery, and I love Rowan Atkinson
  • Mary, Mel and Sue's Big Christmas Thank You - RIP original Bake Off lineup, hello new Christmas show with three of my faves.
  • The Vicar of Dibley - BBC1 are showing an episode on Christmas Eve, and I've not watched this in ages!
  • The inevitable Disney(/Pixar) film on Christmas Day - this year it's Toy Story 3 and also the live version of Cinderella, which is just joyful
  • The Great Christmas Bake Off - because obviously. I mean, baking, humour and Christmas rolled into one beautiful present? Yes please
  • Victoria Christmas Special - got to be done. My mum and dad have got me into this show this year and I love it!
  • 300 Years of French and Saunders - I am SO excited for this I can't begin to explain. I've watched these two since I was little!
  • Any old films I've not watched/I know I love, i.e. Oliver!, Singin' in the Rain, Guys and Dolls, Mary Poppins, etc
  • New adaptations of books I love - the BBC are doing versions of Little Women and The Miniaturist which are very exciting indeed
  • Miranda Does Christmas - because she's my absolute favourite and I love pretty much anything she does
  • Alan Partridge - Why, When, Where, How and Whom? - he's back properly next year and I can't wait so I need to watch this to start getting even more excited and mentally prepare myself

I'm sure there are more but to be honest, I've got plenty already, and realistically, I won't watch everything. But I like to be as prepared as possible!

M x