Channel 4 Christmas 2021

Category: News Release

There’s a bonanza of festive treats on Channel 4 this Christmas. Below is a sneaky peak at some of what is to come.

Seasonal specials from the Great British Bake Off tent and the Taskmaster house return with some surprise new faces. And festive episodes of telly favourites include The Last Leg, Gogglebox and, as it’s Christmas, a Big Fat Quiz. Plus, Matt Baker opens up his festive farm in the Dales, Jamie Oliver has the perfect menus to create special Christmas memories with friends and family, and Kirstie Allsopp will be on hand for all your yuletide crafting needs. You could spend Christmas in The Dog House, The Lake District Farm Shop and Castle Howard or plan a Luxury Christmas for Less, watch some First Dates or tune in to see Joe Lycett hosting Mummy’s Christmas Do, live from Birmingham.   

It simply wouldn’t be Christmas without an animated film for all the family to enjoy. This year, the frostiest of hearts will be warmed by the beautiful adaptation of Terry Pratchett’s The Abominable Snow Baby.

If you prefer to unwrap a surprise this Christmas from Wednesday 1 December to Christmas Eve, All 4 will be bringing you a different show from behind the numbered windows of the All 4 Advent Calendar. From blockbusters to box sets, family favourites to comedy classics, who knows what you’ll open up and discover between now and Christmas? Check what’s on here:

Here’s to a wonderful Christmas!

2nd December, 8pm, Channel 4
Production company: Firecrest Films
Contact: Harpreet Gill

The last eighteen months have been the toughest period many of us have known and a key trend is emerging: we want to treat ourselves. Packed full of revelations and insight from insiders, Luxury For Less is a new six-part prime time series that uncovers how we can all indulge, without breaking the bank. Presenters Sabrina Grant and Sophie Morgan show how to bag the best discounts and how to buy luxury products at the lowest prices. From top tier items like champagne and holidays on a yacht, through to everyday luxuries like indulgent ready meals, chocolate, and designer jeans, we’ll show what's really worth paying more for, and how to get the same quality for a fraction of the price. 

10x60 (daytime), 1x60 (peak)
13th December, 5pm, Channel 4
Production company: Raise the Roof Productions
Contact: Lesley Land

Kirstie Allsopp is determined to make this Christmas the best one ever as the ultimate in festive craft shows returns. She will show, that with a little handmade magic, you can turn this Christmas into something truly spectacular. Showcasing a cornucopia of crafts over both a glorious peak episode and across ten fabulous festive days in daytime, there will be enough clever, crafty tricks and tips, decorations, gifts, food, and drink to satisfy even Father Christmas himself. To complete the carnival of extra special Christmas cheer, a host of crafty contestants will also be going all out to be crowned winner of one of Kirstie’s craft competitions and we’ll get a sneak peek into the workshops of some of the nation’s most creative makers and crafters.

13th December, 8pm, Channel 4
Production company: Jamie Oliver Productions
Contact: Gemma Bareham

Christmas cooking wouldn’t be the same without a little help from Jamie Oliver. In two delicious new specials, Jamie shares his ultimate guide to bringing together the people we love over phenomenal food made easy at Christmas. He kicks off the festivities with a gorgeous menu for the ultimate Christmas party that will make up for those we missed last year, before pushing the boat out with a sensational festive feast to ensure this Christmas is more memorable than ever. With a step-by-step guide to two festive menus that can be prepared well in advance and finished on the big day, Jamie Oliver: Together at Christmas offers inspiring ideas to help create special memories with friends and family this year.

13th December, 7.30pm, E4
Channel: E4 & All 4
Contact: Ryan Johnson Leigh

‘Tis the season to be frisky, as E4 hangs up the mistletoe and dusts off the naughty elf for a dating show like no other. Set in a wintery fairy-tale castle in Austria, three gorgeously sexy singles Faith, Chad and Garrett go on a series of dates over eight episodes in the hope of meeting that special someone to bring home for the holidays. From fugly sweater parties and an intriguing masquerade ball, to steamy après-ski activities and lit Christmas karaoke sessions, romantic connections are formed. But, in the tradition of all great festive rom-coms, there’s always a slippery slope to true love. Just as the singles start to make connections, they face elimination ceremonies and new love arrivals, including a few blasts from the past. When all the dates are over and with their sights set on the special one, there’s still a decision to be made. After bringing their love interest home for the holidays, they must decide whether to commit or walk away forever by the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve. Yule be sorry to miss it!

13th December, 9pm, More 4
Production company: Big Circus Media
Contact: Lesley Land

The Baker family farm is decked with boughs of holly and Matt, Nicola, their children Luke & Molly and Matt’s parents Mike and Janice get ready to celebrate Christmas. But before presents can be opened and turkey can be eaten, there’s plenty of work to be done down on the farm. Expect cameo appearances from the miniature donkeys, sheep, dogs, and chickens all against the glorious backdrop of the Durham Dales as we also look back at the last year on the farm.

14th December, 10pm, Channel 4
Production company: Alley Cat Films
Contact: Rachel Gordon

It's almost Christmas and time to head to the HQ of Lovehoney, the UK's popular online sex toy retailer, where the sex toy developers, lingerie designers and content creators have their hands full in the hectic run up to Christmas - one of the firm's busiest times of the year. Naughty & Nice: Sex Toy Britain examines how and why Britain has become a nation of sexual adventurers. Not long ago, owning a sex toy was something to be kept quiet. But in lockdown sales of sex toys boomed. The programme finds out how our once chilly Christmas has become a steamy time of the year and meets some of Lovehoney's customers to find out what makes a perfect seasonal sex toy. 

Christmas At Castle Howard: 15th December, 9pm, Channel 4
Christmas At Chatsworth House: 18th December, 7pm, Channel 4
Christmas At Holkham Hall: 23rd December, 8pm, Channel 4
Production company: ITN
Contact: Gemma Bareham

Celebrate Christmas at three of the UK’s most recognisable stately homes - Castle Howard, Chatsworth House and Holkham Hall. This magical series gains unprecedented, behind-the-scenes access to a trio of the country’s greatest houses as they deck their halls and transform for Christmas in their own unique ways.

16th December, 8pm, Channel 4
Production company: Five Mile Films
Contact: Tom Watts

The Dog House is back at Wood Green, The Animals Charity for Christmas.  A dog isn’t just for Christmas but that doesn’t mean the staff have stopped trying to find the pooches their perfect home.  In between the match making, there’s plenty of time for doggy Christmas jumpers and the unwrapping of tasty presents as our four-legged friends get spoiled rotten. Michael the lurcher has never had a family of his own and is hoping to spend his first ever Christmas in his forever home.   Matched with Nhung and her two (very excited) children, he’ll need to make full use of his doggy senses in the pen to make friends with everyone. Meanwhile Bentley the portly pug is introduced to widower Ramesh.  At first, sparks don’t fly but things start to look up when they discover a mutual love of Christmas treats. 

And Clarence the one-eyed Daschund has to overcome his shyness when he meets nurse Holly and boyfriend Dom.  After a rocky start he agrees to some cuddles, but will it be enough to go home in time for Christmas?

17th December, 8pm, Channel 4
Production company: Studio Lambert
Contact: Lesley Land

This is a chance to see some of the best moments from this year’s Celebrity Gogglebox in review from the country’s favourite celebrities. The line-up of famous faces critiquing the year’s biggest and best shows to date includes Clare Balding & Alice Arnold, Gyles Brandreth & Maureen Lipman, Mo Gilligan & Babatunde Aleshe, KSI & S-X and Shaun Ryder & Bez.

18th December, 6pm, Channel 4
Production company: Purple Productions
Contact: Sally Kent and Jennifer Ikeme at Objective Media Group

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas! This year’s festive season will be a very special one, as millions of people across the country head home to visit family, and for many it will be the first time since the pandemic hit. As they drive across the countryside a countless number of them will be pulling into the world famous Tebay Services.

We return to the beloved station for a one – off special during its busiest and most joyful time of the year. Tebay’s staff and its army of local producers will go above and beyond to make a magical Christmas happen for its customers. Head Butcher Dave Morland will play a key part to the station, as customers come in their droves to buy their table centrepieces and holiday essentials. Key staff members will also have their work cut out for them preparing for the increase in travellers and bookings, and this year Tebay will offer an array of speciality artisan and craft products, from delightful hampers to delicious gifts.

19th December, 6pm, Channel 4
Production company: ITN
Contact: Lesley Land

Last Christmas was a washout for most of us and it was no different for supermarket giant Sainsbury’s. This year, Sainsbury’s is determined to get us back in the party spirit by innovating its Christmas fare, offering unexpected and irresistible new delicacies.  We go behind the scenes and follow their product development team as they get set to manufacture and launch 300 new products including Pigs in Snowy Blankets sushi, but when the new Christmas delicacies finally launch in store, will they become festive hits?

19th December, 7pm, Channel 4
Production company: True North
Contact: Sian Thompson

A seasonal trip to the lofty moors and craggy coastline of England's south west to celebrate the festive season with the people who live and work in this beautiful corner of Britain. Summer may be the boom time for this tourist hotspot, but the run up to Christmas is also hectic for many across Devon and Cornwall. And after the low-key festivities in 2020, the people of these two counties are aiming to push the boat out and have a proper Christmas this time around for 2021- none more so than the fishing village of Clovelly on Devon's north coast, renowned for its Christmas lights switch-on, which attracts people from across the country to its cobbled main street and picturesque quayside. At the heart of it, the volunteer lifeboat crew rig a quarter of a mile of festoon lights from top to bottom of the village, before erecting an unusual Christmas tree made from ocean rubbish washed up on the seashore. In Cornwall, traditional cider maker Tom Bray is pressing ahead with production right up to Christmas. As well as his regular cider and apple juice, Tom has got into the tradition of making mulled cider every year on his farm near St Mabyn. On the Scilly Isles, Christmas is a particularly busy time for farmer Ned Rogers, whose family have been growing flowers on St Mary's for over 170 years. Demand for narcissi rockets during the festive season but meeting that surge all depends on the weather... and some perfect planting! Back on the mainland, it's festive full steam ahead for the volunteers on the Dartmouth Steam Railway, who are busy transforming a locomotive and 10 carriages into a steam train of over 50,000 lights. And in St Austell, fused glass artist Claire Harris is preparing a special festive commission for a local client in her workshop in the town's Grade II listed Market House. 

19th December, 8pm, Channel 4
Production company: Two Rivers Media and Chateau Television
Contact: Nick Walker

Join Dick, Angel, Arthur and Dorothy for a magical festive adventure in this special Christmas episode of Escape to the Chateau with a glorious family celebration using France as their inspiration.

20th December, 9pm, Channel 4
Production company: ITN
Contact: Lesley Land

Like all non-essential retailers, iconic London department store Liberty was forced to close its doors in the run up to last Christmas – a time when they’d usually be taking a huge chunk of their annual takings. This year’s festive season is more business critical than ever so Liberty are planning their most magical Christmas yet. Visual Merchandising Manager Lisa, aka Mrs Christmas, is responsible for transforming the heritage store into a festive visual feast, but this year, it’s trickier than usual as Liberty is in the midst of an ambitious building restoration, their first in 100 years. Home Buyer, Bryony is a fan of maximalist table-scaping but are this year’s customers really in the market for red cabbage plates and ornate candle holders. As the Gay Men’s Chorus officially launch Christmas, what will the public make of the festive magic? And can the store put the magic back into their Christmas bank account?

20th December, 10pm, Channel 4
Production company: Strident Media
Contact: Gemma Bareham

Meet the UK’s busiest Christmas decorators as they race to transform our best-loved landmarks into the country's brightest winter wonderlands.

Behind the graceful glitz of 4-storey trees, giant teddy bears and miles of twinkling tinsel, the pressure is on for this team of top professionals.  After last year’s cancelled Christmas this Liverpool-based company is more determined than ever to create the biggest and best ever festive season.  From the Natural History Museum and Blenheim Palace to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital and London’s exclusive The Lansdowne Club, our cameras follow the design teams as they tackle the unique challenges at each world-famous location, creating enchanting festive designs to wow thousands of visitors. With tight deadlines to meet and shipping delays to overcome it’s busier than Santa’s workshop.

And with several unexpected hiccups along the way all eyes are on the big switch-ons when the spectacular displays are unveiled. It’s in this crucial all-or-nothing moment that these masters of Christmas know if they have delivered the magic of Christmas.

21st December, 8pm, Channel 4
Production company: Outline Productions
Contact: Mark Ogle

Britain's favourite property expert, Sarah Beeny, her husband Graham Swift and their four boys have all quit their lives in London to start anew in the country. They've bought a semi-derelict former dairy farm in Somerset where, with 220 acres of land available, they're immersing themselves in everything rural life has to offer. It's Christmas, so the family take a break from building the house as Sarah has a grand plan for a tree house inspired by a traditional alpine chalet that will form the centrepiece of their Christmas in the countryside. It's early autumn but already preparations are underway for Christmas - the Beeny-Swift family's favourite time of the year.

They're all out in their woods searching for the perfect logs to build their winter wonderland festive tree house. With the new house not yet complete, the tree house will be where they host an early Christmas party for family and close friends. Now that Sarah has a ready supply of honey, she's keen to try to make the honey-based alcoholic drink, mead. So she enlists the help of her brother Diccon to make a batch that she hopes will be an unusual drink for her Christmas party guests. And with the leftover beeswax, Sarah makes a candle for the tree house. The family dig up one of their Nordman Firs to be a potted mini tree in their tree house and, keen to get everyone in a festive mood, Sarah and Graham take Billy and Laurie to a nearby farm which has some very special animals: reindeer; and where the redundant antlers give Sarah an idea for an impressive focal point in the tree house. And with the party being thrown outdoors down by the lake, Sarah's decided to cook the turkey al fresco. But cooking a turkey on a spit isn't easy and after the first attempt goes wrong, can Sarah find a better way? Sarah also arranges some experiences for the boys as part of their Christmas presents this year, based on their love of archery.

On the day of the Christmas party, the alpine winter wonderland tree house is revealed in all its glory. Their guests enjoy the mead that Sarah prepared, a hot mulled cider and of course the turkey roasted on a spit over an open fire. Inspired by the arrow-making experience, the boys have prepared a fiery spectacle for the party and attempt to light a floating bonfire on the lake using flaming arrows. And could that possibly be real snow coming down at the end, to really start the Christmas season? 

21st December, 9pm, Channel 4
Production company: Plum Pictures
Contact: Nick Walker

George Clarke pulls on his woolly socks and gloves and heads to magical Iceland for some winter wanderlust. In this festive special, George and his friend, master craftsman Will Hardie, explore the best of Iceland's architecture; from a cool, contemporary lake house and a traditional home made out of turf, to a treetop hotel room inspired by a Christmas bauble and a stunning, modernist build in the snowy wilderness. And George and Will get to grips with a lot more than inspirational design, including mysterious elves, majestic horses, geothermal baths and wild camping! Series Prod: Stephen Leigh; Exec Prods: Will Daws; Stuart Cabb; Prod Co: Plum Pictures

22nd December, 9pm, Channel 4
Production company:  Twenty Twenty
Contact: Niamh at Multitude Media  

Fred and the team return once again for another festive edition of First Dates - and after last year’s Christmas was cut short for so many of us, they are going all out to give this new crop of festive singletons a Christmas to remember. Now more than ever, First Dates at Christmas is about bringing people together in the name of love. At the heart of First Dates has always been people’s stories, and this merry edition is no exception - even more so after the year we have all had.

22nd December, 10pm, Channel 4
Production company: Rumpus
Contact: Lesley Land

Joe Lycett is hosting a big queer Christmas house party – live from his Birmingham hometown. The festive spectacular will see the comedian and consumer warrior celebrate the return of Christmas as only Joe knows how. He will get the yuletide party started in sparkling style complete with a large dose of Joe’s trademark wit and a side order of tinsel. Packed to the rafters with special guests, musical performances and stand-up comedy, the live show will celebrate all things queer. The specially invited audience will be the real stars of the show – made up of LGBTQ+ icons, allies of the LGBTQ+ community, and local heroes in addition to some people who may well be in for some devilish surprises from Joe. Expect presents, snow, a veritable feast of shimmering seasonal goodies and lots of laughs as Joe becomes the angel atop Channel 4’s Christmas Tree.

23rd December, 9pm, Channel 4
Production company: Zeppotron, a Banijay UK company
Contact: Alison Peters

This December, the Last Leg pals Alex Brooker and Josh Widdicombe lead a new five-part series where, in each show, they spend the night along with their friends from the world of comedy at some of the UK’s most exciting tourist attractions with no other visitors around. Alex and Josh will be joined by different comedic companions each episode and will be let loose for a night unsupervised at theme parks, a zoo, a museum and, in a Christmas-themed edition, a top-end department store to roam free and muck about into the wee small hours.

24th December, 8pm, Channel 4
Production company: Southshore
Contact: Kate Conway

Hosted by Sue Perkins The Greatest Snowman follows the Alpine adventure of a band of celebrities who will compete in an epic snow building competition.

With thousands of tonnes of snow and giant blocks of crystal-clear ice at their disposal, Johnny Vegas, Laurence Llewellyn-Bowen, Dani Dyer, Liam Charles, and Cherry Healey will go head to head across three tough rounds challenging them to build incredible structures made from snow and ice. Supported by a cast of seasoned sculptors, engineers, and snow builders these stars will have to design and create some of the most extraordinary snow creations ever seen on TV.  The competition will culminate in the ultimate snowy challenge where the famous faces will use all they have learned in each round to attempt to construct The Greatest Snowman.

24th December, 9.30pm, Channel 4
Production company: Zeppotron, a Banijay company, ITV Studios
Contact: Nick Walker

Jimmy Carr hosts a special Christmas edition of 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, packed with festive surprises. Jon Richardson and Sarah Millican take on Lee Mack and Jason Manford in the classic words and numbers quiz. They're joined by guests Nick Mohammed and Joe Wilkinson, and Countdown regulars Susie Dent and Rachel Riley.

24th December, 10:30pm, Channel 4
Production company: Open Mike
Contact: Alison Peters

Adam Hills, Josh Widdicombe and Alex Brooker host a festive special of the quadruple BAFTA-nominated and multi-award-winning The Last Leg. Offering their unmatched satirical insight into current world events, Adam, Josh, and Alex will be joined by guests from the worlds of comedy, entertainment, and politics for a merriment-packed Christmas edition. As ever, the hashtag #isitok will pave the way for the gang to round up the week’s leading the most entertainment news via their acerbic wit, enlightening discussions, unique sketches, and a sprinkle of festive cheer.

25th December, 5pm, Channel 4
The alternative message is a tradition that started in 1993 and has since featured illustrious and varied speakers such as Danny Dyer, John Bercow and whistle-blower Edward Snowden.

25th December, 7.30pm, Channel 4
Production company: Eagle Eye Drama
Contact: Alex Dyche

The magic of Terry Pratchett, the legendary national treasure and maverick British author who sold over 100 million books worldwide, comes to life in this half-hour animation. The Abominable Snow Baby, starring Julie Walters, Hugh Dancy, and David Harewood, tells the story of a quintessentially English town which is thrown into disarray by a huge snowfall and the dramatic appearance of a 14-foot tall Abominable Snow Baby. Shunned and feared by the local townsfolk, Snow Baby is rescued by the indomitable Granny (Julie Waters) who along with grandson Albert (Hugh Dancy) and narration by David Harewood, welcomes him into her home, showering her new pet with love and affection, changing the town’s perception and helping the community overcome their initial prejudices.

25th December, 8pm, Channel 4
Production company: Love Productions
Contact: Amanda Console

The cast of Channel 4’s award-winning hit show It’s A Sin will be reuniting this Christmas for a seasonal special of The Great British Bake Off. Swapping the Pink Palace for an equally iconic erection, Olly Alexander; Lydia West; Nathaniel Curtis; and Shaun Dooley will enter the Bake Off tent to try their hand at some festive themed bakes. Judges Prue Leith and Paul Hollywood and hosts Noel Fielding and Matt Lucas will preside over the hotly contested competition to see who on the cast knows their sieves from their spatulas in the first of two festive episodes airing on Channel 4 over the holiday period.

25th December, 9.15pm, Channel 4
Production company: Studio Lambert
Contact: Lesley Land

Britain's favourite opinionated TV viewers share their sharp, insightful, passionate, and sometimes emotional critiques of 2021's biggest and best shows so far. This is a chance to see some of the best moments from some of the country's best loved households, including the Siddiquis, Giles and Mary, Jenny and Lee, Ellie and Izzi, Marcus and Mica, and Amira & Iqra. The shows on the 'Box in 2021 included: I Can See Your Voice, Mastermind, Nadiya (mac 'n' cheese), Ready to Mingle, Line of Duty, The Mating Game, Petrol News, Sex Actually with Alice Levine, Strictly Come Dancing (Rose's dance), Squid Game, An Audience with Adele, Headspace Guide to Sleep, Vigil, Life Drawing Live, Sex, Love & Goop, and Coronation Street (sinkhole shootout).

26th December, 6pm, Channel 4
Production company: Flint TV
Contact: Sian Thompson

Climb onboard for a magical journey through a winter wonderland along Britain's most scenic railways and join the teams protecting the tracks and the volunteers preserving our steam heritage as they celebrate Christmas. As the festive season approaches, we enjoy the sparkling illuminations of Steam in Lights at the Severn Valley Railway, we ride with Santa on a steam train through the Yorkshire Moors, we take a stunning helicopter flight checking for snow drifts in the wild Scottish Highlands and we join the Cairngorms reindeer herd on a day trip to the Strathspey steam railway.

26th December, 8pm, Channel 4
Production company: Spelthorne Community Television
Contact: Lesley Land

As kids, Christmas meant one thing: toys! But no matter how many mountains of presents we tore through, there was always that one longed-for toy that Santa never delivered. Even now, we still secretly hope that there might be a Mr Frosty, an Easy-Bake Oven or a Scalextric waiting for us underneath the Christmas tree. This joyous holiday special turns those once-distant dreams into reality, as some of the nation's best-loved celebrities reminisce about Christmases gone by, and finally get the chance to unbox the present they always pined for. Was that one present really worth the fuss, or was Santa right all along? Narrated by Stephen Fry and starring Jonathan Ross, Asim Chaudhry, Robert Webb, Big Narstie, Keith Lemon, Rosie Jones, Martine McCutcheon, London Hughes, Aled Jones, Kerry Godliman, Kiri Pritchard-McLean, Charlie Higson, Simon Day, Grace Dent, Lucy Porter and Justin Edwards. 

26th December, 9pm, Channel 4
Production company: BFQ Ltd
Contact: Lesley Land

To celebrate the welcome dawn of another year, Jimmy Carr puts a panel of top celebrity teams to test as he presents his big, fat and fiendishly difficult quiz. As always, Jimmy will be ably assisted by a whole host of superstar question setters including Mitchell Brook Primary School, Charles Dance and Jon Snow as the teams battle it out to see who can remember most about the last twelve months.

27th December, 8pm, Channel 4
Production company: North One Television
Contact: Lesley Land

After nine series gallivanting around the globe, Richard Ayoade has handed the Travel Man baton over to fellow comedian Joe Lycett and first up for Joe and his companion is a festive getaway to Iceland. Jetting off on his first seasonal minibreak, Joe is joined by actor, comic and Strictly Come Dancing champion, Bill Bailey as the pair jet off to the country of glaciers, volcanoes, geysers, and black sand beaches. The pair will embark on their own unique whistle-stop tour of the Land of Fire and Ice, sampling the culinary delights and local tipples before relaxing with a plunge in the famous Blue Lagoon.

27th December, 9pm, Channel 4
Production company: Ranga Bee Productions
Contact: Gemma Bareham

Jon Richardson and Lucy Beaumont, are hosting a Christmas getaway for some of their closest friends in a one-off seasonal special. Jon and Lucy are joined by comedy pals to eat, drink and get very merry during a night away from the post-Christmas, pre-New Year lull as they look back at the year gone by.  Joining Jon and Lucy for this rollicking knees-up are Roisin Conaty, Romesh Ranganathan and Rob Beckett. There’ll also be a few surprise guests along the way as the gang reflect on the highs and lows of 2021 and enjoy a boozy festive feast guaranteed to lead to misbehaving and chaos.

28th December, 8pm, Channel 4
Production company: Tuesday’s Child
Contact: Lesley Land

Broadcaster and national treasure Sandi Toksvig is whisking another of the nation’s most fascinating and funny women off on a festive Extraordinary Escape. Longing to spend quality time with her guest, the pair will explore a handful of wild, remote, and beautifully designed holiday digs, all offering glorious Christmassy sanctuary. Expect sumptuous seasonal food Scandi style and a yuletide cocktail or two as Sandi and her guest make the most of their time away whilst reflecting on the important things in life.

29th December, 7pm, Channel 4
Production company: Raise The Roof
Contact: Kate Conway

Exclusive behind the scenes access to some of the most internationally celebrated florists as they cater to the luxury end of the market, creating designs for the most discerning clients imaginable. Internationally renowned Jamie Aston is planning one of his enormous Christmas displays for one of London’s most exclusive venues. The design is so large the team have to bring in scaffolding, but as the build must be completed overnight the ticking clock adds to the pressures. Celebrity floral designer Paula Rooney’s client wants their entire mansion decorated for Christmas. With a grand hall and 2 eight-foot pillars to dress, Paula must hunt out hundreds of spectacular stems and install her designs before the best blooms start to wilt. Taking the floral world by storm newcomers Iona and Romy are Sage flowers and have a contemporary take on floristry, mixing flowers and subculture to create a cool Christmas installation at one of the world’s top 50 restaurants. Billionaire Blooms is a wonderful insight into this spectacular world of amazing design, discerning clients, meticulous planning, and engineering floral installations on an epic scale. 

29th December, 9pm, Channel 4
Production company: Waddell Media
Contact: Faber Bishopp

This brand-new series explores one of the world's largest luxury estate agencies, UK Sotheby's International Realty, and gives a fascinating insight into the exclusive world of super-prime properties. In a summer which saw demand for houses double and the international super-rich gradually return to the UK, the brokers are having to use every trick and contact in their little black books to succeed in the super-prime competitive market. In this episode, brokers John and Mary head to Windsor to view a mega mansion on behalf of Mary's millionaire contact - a French Moroccan socialite who can't travel due to Covid-19 restrictions.

29th December, 10pm, Channel 4
Production company: CPL
Contact: Nick Walker

Comedian Tom Allen hosts an all-celeb edition of the hilarious game in which contestants' general knowledge is put to the test by the serious quiz with the silliest answers. Siobhán McSweeney, Jo Brand, Rob Rinder and AJ Odudu go head to head in a contest to conquer the fiendish questions and win up to £25,000 for charity. But there's a twist... if they want to win the game, the celebrity quizzers will need to prove their brains by looking daft.

31st December, 9pm, Channel 4
Production company: Open Mike
Contact: Alison Peters

Adam Hills, Josh Widdicombe and Alex Brooker are joined by a host of celebrity guests to wave goodbye, and good riddance, to 2021 and look ahead to what 2022 might have in store. The bumper two-hour extravaganza will feature some of the nation’s best comedians, hilarious VTs and joyously raucous debate as the team bring in 2022 in their own inimitable style.

Production company: Love Productions
Contact: Amanda Console

Celebrating the New Year with another special episode is The Great Festive Bake Off. Four former bakers will return to the tent.  Series nine bakers Kim-Joy and Jon and series 11’s Hermine and Rowan will face three favourite festive challenges and find out who tops the tree as Star Baker.

Production company: Avalon
Contact: Florrie Sheehan

Feeling in a particularly festive mood, the almighty Taskmaster Greg Davies has once again gathered five famous faces from radically different specialities for another standalone special on Channel 4 with ‘Taskmaster’s New Year Treat’. Set to air over the festive season, the formidable Taskmaster will put these celebrity guests through their paces in a series of ludicrous challenges supervised by his devoted sidekick, assistant, and stats keeper Little Alex Horne.

Production company: Studio Lambert
Contact: Lesley Land

The nation's favourite armchair critics cast their eyes over the year’s biggest Christmas TV shows. They’ll be passing review on the most talked about hits from the festive season including classic movies, exciting new dramas, and some of telly’s biggest traditional treats.