Boxing Day TV guide as A Very British Scandal and kids favourites to air today

Boxing Day is here, and with it, mountains of leftovers, naps and plenty of TV to watch.

Those looking to take it easy today will have no shortage of movies and programmes to see, writes Wales Online.

Grown ups can catch the new BBC drama A Very British Scandal, which features the divorce of Scotland’s Duke and Duchess of Argyll, starring The Crown’s Claire Foy and Paul Bettany of WandaVision.

Kids will be contented with favourites like Trolls or a classic like Beauty and The Beast as they delight in their new toys.

As for musical lovers, you can settle in for a rewatch of Singing in the Rain tonight.

This Boxing Day is jam-packed with top TV – so here are the best picks for December 26.

What’s on TV this Boxing Day

Shaun the Sheep movie, BBC1 – 10.10am

It may feel like Armageddon out there this year (and last year too) but it’s farm-ageddon in Shaun the Sheep movie.

The famous sheep travels to the big city in search of a missing farmer but he dins it hard returning home safely with his trusty flock.

Trolls, BBC1 – 11.30am

If it’s a lazy morning eating leftover turkey, stick this on in the background and it will bring you nothing but joy.

The synopsis reads: “After the Bergens invade Troll Village, Poppy (Anna Kendrick), the happiest Troll ever born, and the overly-cautious, curmudgeonly Branch (Justin Timberlake) set off on a journey to rescue her friends.

“Their mission is full of adventure and mishaps, as this mismatched duo try to tolerate each other long enough to get the job done.”

Beauty and the Beast, BBC1- 2.20pm

Dan Stevens as The Beast and Emma Watson as Belle.
The Beauty and the Beast with Emma Watson is on TV this Boxing Day

You’ve spent all the money in your bank account and you ate so much cheese and crackers last night that you now can’t do up the new jeans you got for Christmas.

Belle (Emma Watson), embarks on a journey to save her father from a creature that has locked him in his dungeon. She then learns that the creature is an enchanted prince who has been cursed.

Singing in the Rain, BBC2 – 10.40pm

Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds and Donald O’Conner star in this classic film.

When the transition between silent films and the talkies happens, everyone in the film industry is adapting.

Don and Lina are repeatedly cast as a couple, but when their latest movie is remade into a musical, only Don has the voice for it.

After a lot of practice, Lina still isn’t up to scratch and Kathy, a young, aspiring actress, is hired to record over her voice.

A Very British Scandal, BBC1 – 9pm

Paul Bettany as Ian Campbell, Claire Foy as Margaret
Paul Bettany and Claire Foy play the Duke and Duchess of Argyll in a new BBC programme

The story behind the notorious, real life divorce of the Duke and Duchess of Argyll during the 1960s.

Jeremy Thorpe, a politician, tries to get his former lover, Norman, murdered for fear he may end his career.

Claire Foy plays Margaret, Duchess of Argyll.

Mortimer and Whitehouse: Gone Christmas Fishing, BBC2 – 9pm

The official information says: “Paul Whitehouse’s Christmas gift to Bob Mortimer this year is to take him on a quest to catch an elusive English Salmon. So the pair head to the beautiful rivers Eden and Tyne around Newcastle to start their Gone Christmas Fishing seasonal adventure.

“They are accompanied as always by fishing dog Ted and are joined along the way by some very special guests. Together they discover and celebrate the true meaning of Christmas, to spend quality time with those you love, both on and off the riverbank.

“There are plenty of laughs, a few tears and some big surprises in this hour-long special episode, which will leave you well and truly immersed in the Christmas spirit.”

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The Chase Celebrity Christmas Special, ITV – 5pm and 6pm

It’s a celebrity special and Lesley Joseph, Judge Jules, Jenni Falconer and Patrick Kielty will take on five of the Chasers who have donned their best outfits for the night, but will the team outshine the Chasers and win thousands of pounds for their chosen charities?

Bradley Walsh hosts, as always.

All Star Musicals at Christmas, ITV – 8pm

Fern Britton, actor Ben Miller, former-MP and broadcaster Gyles Brandreth, presenter Anita Rani, actress Catherine Tyldesley, and sports presenter Radzi Chinyanganya, take centre-stage for a night of festive entertainment.

It’s the ultimate musical theatre masterclass, expect bangers from a range of iconic musicals, both contemporary and traditional, including; Cats, Moana and The Rocky Horror Show.

Crocodile Dundee, Channel 4 – 4pm

Crocodile Dundee with crocodile
Crocodile Dundee heads to New York on screens today

A New York reporter heads to Australia to interview Mike Dundee (Paul Hogan).

She is so impressed with him that she brings him home, where he is amazed by the wonders of the city and the interesting people that he meets.

Big Fat Quiz of the Year, Channel 4 – 9pm

Jimmy Carr is joined by guests including Sarah Millican, James Acaster, Jonathan Ross, Judi Love and Guz Khan.

Children from the Mitchell Brook Primary School pose the question.

Around the World in 80 Days, BBC1 – 5.50pm

This dramatisation of Jules Verne’s novel stars David Tennant and is perfect Boxing Day vibes.

It’s London, 1872 and Phileas Fogg bets he can get around the whole world in 80 days.

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