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The Best Book-Related TV This Christmas

Some of the best TV shows are adaptations of books and at Christmas this trend is no different. Every year the UK's top TV channels broadcast a variety of exciting TV specials just for the Christmas and New Year period - and who doesn't love a bit of Christmas telly? This year, we'll be seeing a range of brilliant new TV adaptations, including a new Julia Donaldson show, not one but two new David Walliams TV specials and a gripping crime thriller. Read on to find out which book-related TV shows you can't miss this festive season...

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1. Ratburger - Sky1

David Walliams

David Walliams' Ratburger has become one of his most popular children's books and now Sky1 is having the honour of broadcasting an adaptation of this unusual story. Zoe lives with her lazy stepmother, played by Sheridan Smith, and dancing pet rat Armitage, but things are getting tough for Zoe as Burt from Burt's Burgers, played by David Walliams, is determined to take Armitage and make him into a burger. Funny and quirky, this adaptation will be loved by the whole family.

When's it on?

6pm Christmas Eve (it will also be available on NOW TV at the same time)

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2. The Highway Rat - BBC1

Julia Donaldson

This Christmas day highlight is adapted from Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's well-loved picture book. The Highway Rat's title character is voiced by David Tennant and stars a whole host of other stars, including Tom Hollander, Nina Sosanya, Rob Brydon and Frances de la Tour. The Highway Rat steals food from all the other animals that travel along the highway but will his greed be his downfall? This fun, cheeky story follows in the same vein as the BBC's previous Julia Donaldson adaptations, including The Gruffalo, Room on the Broom and last year's Stick Man.

When's it on?

4:45pm Christmas Day

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3. Little Women - BBC1

Louisa May Alcott

Louisa May Alcott's moving story about the four March sisters is coming to the small screen once more in a 3-part adaptation for BBC1. Starring Emily Watson as Marmee and Angela Lansbury as Aunt March, this story is perfect for the festive period as it is all about family.

When's it on?

Part 1 - 8pm Boxing Day

Part 2 - 8pm 27th December

Part 3 - 8:30pm 28th December

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4. The Miniaturist - BBC1

Jessie Burton

Jessie Burton's The Miniaturist was an instant hit when it was published back in 2014, set in Amsterdam in 1686, this unusual book is filled with suspense. Young Nella marries the wealthy but elusive merchant Johannes Brandt and has to face living with his severe sister, Marin. But, things get stranger when Johannes gifts a miniature replica of their house to Nella filled with furnishings by a mysterious miniaturist who seems to be all too aware of the happenings of the Brandt household. The BBC has created a 2-part adaptation of this gorgeous novel to enchant you on Boxing Day. So, once the fun of Christmas day is done, you'll still have this gem to look forward to the next day.

When's it on?

Part 1 - 9pm Boxing Day

Part 2 - 9pm 27th December

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5. Grandpa's Great Escape - BBC1

David Walliams

The BBC's adaptation of David Walliams' charming and cheeky story about Jack and his adventurous Grandpa is sure to be a hit this Christmas. Starring David Walliams, Tom Courtenay and Jennifer Saunders, the story follows Jack and his Grandpa, a former Spitfire pilot with dementia, on a wild journey. Don't miss this hilarious and moving story brought to the small screen this New Year's Day.

When's it on?

6:55pm New Year's Day

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6. McMafia - BBC1

Misha Genny

Journalist Misha Genny has had a truly fascinating career; he has spoken to gangsters and criminals involved in all kinds of organised crime from across the world. His eye-opening non-fiction book looks at the shocking reality of international organised crime. This may not seem to be the most conventional basis for a BBC1 festive drama, but on New Year's Day, you can catch the first part of a gripping crime drama inspired by Misha Genny's book. The BBC's McMafia sees Alex, played by James Norton, grow up in a family with a Mafia past, and, as he tries to give himself a normal life, he is pulled into the world of crime and international intrigue he has tried desperately to steer clear from.

When's it on?

Part 1 - 9pm New Year's Day

Part 2 - 9pm 2nd January

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Celebrate the Christmas season with a whole range of exciting new stories, whether those be on the page or screen. Merry Christmas!