Channel 4's best Christmas TV for 2020 – from Bake Off's festive specials to a Taskmaster treat

Laura Jane Turner
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Photo credit: Digital Spy - Channel 4

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It's December, Christmas decorations are starting to spring up across the country and the long-awaited 2020 Christmas TV listings are here.

We've already shared what to watch from the BBC Christmas schedule, as well as what ITV will have on offer.

Now, our attention turns to Channel 4 and what telly will be airing over there for the festive period – including three Gogglebox specials, a star-studded Taskmaster episode and some quiz show favourites.

8 out of 10 Cats Christmas Special

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Photo credit: Channel 4

Airs on Channel 4, December 21, 9pm.

Jimmy Carr will host this brand new festive edition of the comedy panel show, along with team captains Rob Beckett and Katherine Ryan.

Guests will include comedian Tom Allen, Bake Off star Liam Charles, TV personality and I'm a Celebrity star Scarlett Moffatt, and comedian Maisie Adam.

First Dates Christmas

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Photo credit: Channel 4

Airs on Channel 4, December 23, 9pm.

Promising to tap into the nation's favourite festive rom-coms for inspo, First Dates is sure to warm the cockles of our hearts.

Singles will be making their way to the country's cosiest pubs, on the hunt for some Christmas romance (and probably some mistletoe).

Snackmasters Christmas Special

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Photo credit: Channel 4

Airs on Channel 4, December 23, 8pm.

First Dates' Fred Sirieix will be bringing us a Christmas-themed culinary challenge – recreating the iconic Quality Street.

All that's left is to decipher which one they'll be attempting. It has to be a Strawberry Delight, right?

The Great British Bake Off: Festive specials

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Photo credit: Channel 4

Airs on Channel 4, December 24, 7.40pm.

Would it even be Christmas without a generous dollop of Bake Off?

As usual, we'll be given two tasty treats from the tent – one Christmas special, and one episode to celebrate New Year.

Complete with a dramatic Prue Leith hair makeover, past contestants – including last year's Rosie Brandreth-Poynter and Jamie Finn, 2018 finalist Ruby Bhogal and 2017's James Hillery – will compete to become 2020's Christmas Star Baker.

Sadly, Noel Fielding will be missing from the festivities due to paternity leave, but Tom Allen will be on hand to try and fill his Chelsea boots.

Gogglebox: Best of 2020

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Photo credit: Channel 4

Airs on Channel 4, December 25, 9.10pm.

It's fair to say that Gogglebox was one of the shows that got us through the year, and this will be your opportunity to see some of the 2020 show's highlights.

Your favourite sofa-sitters will be commentating on the year's TV antics, including The Siddiquis, Giles and Mary, Jenny and Lee, Ellie and Izzi, Mary and Marina, and Amira and Iqra.

Celebrity Gogglebox: Best of 2020

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Photo credit: Channel 4

Similarly to the aforementioned show, fans will also be getting a chance to revisit some of 2020's best Celebrity Gogglebox moments, courtesy of Denise Van Outen and her partner Eddie, Rylan-Clark-Neal and his mum Linda, Mo Gilligan and Babatunde Aleshe, KSI & S-X, Gyles Brandreth and Maureen Lipman, and Shaun Ryder and Bez.

Gogglebox: Festive Special

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Photo credit: Jude Edginton - Channel 4

Focusing on this year's biggest Christmas TV shows, our favourite Gogglebox cast members will be sharing their thoughts and feelings in this fun-filled festive offering.

Big Fat Quiz of the Year 2020

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Photo credit: Channel 4

Airs on Channel 4, December 26, 9.05pm.

Jimmy Carr will once again be back with a quiz that's themed around the year gone by. We can only imagine the 2020 material...

As always, there'll be celebrity teams and guest appearances from Mitchell Brook Primary School, Charles Dance and Jon Snow (and those dance moves).

The Supervet at Christmas

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Photo credit: Channel 4

Airs on Channel 4, December 27, 8pm.

A Channel 4 staple, The Supervet's Professor Noel Fitzpatrick and his team will be working hard to get all their patients well and home in time for celebrations.

What's more, this year promises some special celeb guests...

Taskmaster's festive special

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Photo credit: Channel 4

Airs on Channel 4, January 1, 9pm.

Yes, you read that right!

Our beloved Taskmaster is bringing us a special one-off episode for New Year.

Boasting a stellar line-up made up of Rylan Clark-Neal, Strictly Come Dancing's Shirley Ballas, Derry Girls' Nicola Coughlan, BAFTA-nominated film star John Hannah and Channel 4 News' Krishnan Guru-Murthy, it's clear that we must have been nice this year to deserve such a treat.

We only wish it were another full series...

Be sure to check out the BBC Christmas schedule, as well as ITV's festive offerings, and everything else you need on Christmas TV.

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