Channel 4 Christmas 2011 Press Pack


Channel 4 today unveils a rich and varied Christmas season which includes explosive drama from Shane Meadows, a one-off special following the Irish traveller community at Christmas time, Jon Snow's personal recollection of some of the extraordinary stories from the past 12 months, and a specially commissioned film to celebrate the world and work of Matthew Bourne.

Comedy, Entertainment and Drama

  • Switch on the fairly lights and get the mistletoe ready as Alan invites some very special guests round for a fun-filled Alan Carr Chatty Man Xmas special.
  • Join Alan on New Year's Eve when he broadcasts from a forgotten Channel 4 basement that he's turned into his party headquarters.
  • The Bank Job (w/t) is a week-long live event with a gripping online element that gives players the chance to pull off the ultimate heist.
  • Jimmy Carr puts a panel of A list celebrities to the test as they battle it out to see who remembers most about the events of 2011.
  • Chris Moyles' Quiz Night loves Christmas like no other quiz show and this very special seasonal special sees Chris competing against a host of celebrities.
  • Comedy duo Ben Miller and Alexander Armstrong bring their brand new sitcom Felix and Murdo to Channel 4.
  • The festive film season on 4 features the premieres of the Oscar-winning Woody Allen comedy Vicky Cristina Barcelona and the outrageous comedy Bruno.
  • Film4 brings together the best in contemporary science-fiction cinema for over two weeks of amazing tales, visionary adventures and far-flung fantasy.
  • Hacks is Channel 4's very first phone hacking comedy. Hacks takes a satirical swipe at the recent momentous events surrounding the British newspaper industry.
  • One soon-to-be-married couple brings their two extended families together for the first time in the run up to Christmas... What could possibly go wrong?
  • Made in Chelsea returns to E4 for a one-off feature length Christmas special.
  • Jameela Jamil shocks the participants of a dating show set in Spain with the revelation that they are actually taking part in 'Playing It Straight'.
  • So This Is Christmas is a nostalgic romp through the fleeting joy and protracted horror that is Christmas as we know it.
  • T4 boasts a sackful of festive programmes for the yuletide season.
  • Renowned filmmaker Shane Meadows follows up the explosive, Bafta award-winning This Is England '86 with three hour-long films.
  • This one-off special looks at the untold life of British national treasure, comedian and magician Tommy Cooper.
  • The ever popular panel show 8 Out of 10 Cats returns for an hour-long Christmas Special.

Factual Entertainment and Features

  • Coach Trip makes a special departure this festive season for a three week Christmas special as Brendan and his tourists embark on a trip to Lapland.
  • Gordon Ramsay serves up an action-packed and irresistibly entertaining guide to cooking a fool-proof Christmas dinner - live on Christmas Day!
  • In two festive specials, Jamie shows that Christmas can be fun with a collection of traditional classics, alongside new ideas and fantastic party food.
  • Jimmy Doherty shows viewers where their Christmas dinner comes from - as well as discovering what our Christmas feasts were like before the supermarkets existed
  • Queen of all things handmade, Kirstie Allsopp, returns with two festive specials full of gorgeous treats and inspiration for a thoroughly crafty Christmas.
  • This one-off observational documentary follows the celebrations and traditions of members of the Irish traveller community at Christmas time.
  • Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and the River Cottage team serve up an extra special festive menu with a twist this Christmas.
  • The SuperScrimpers return with a festive theme and show how to have a very frugal but fun yuletide.


  • This heart-warming, humorous and quirky film explores the world of extreme Christmas decorating.
  • Jon Snow turns his eye and mind back to an extraordinary 12 months of news in Britain and abroad, and reflects on how his own life has changed in the past year.
  • This Christmas, to celebrate the world and work of Matthew Bourne, Channel 4 has commissioned a new dance film that showcases Bourne's signature abilities.


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