Top 8 Best Shows on TV Christmas 2016

Christmas telly is the best telly in our opinion, and there are some very exciting shows to look forward to for Christmas 2016! From Doctor Who to Agatha Christie, there's something for everyone this festive season, and each show listed here has a book tie-in to enjoy, too.

Doctor Who

Join our favourite time-travelling hero, the eccentric and brilliant Doctor Who (Peter Capaldi), in this superhero-themed Christmas special, The Return of Doctor Mysterio! It also stars Matt Lucas in his recurring role as Nardole, River Song's former assistant. In preparation for this exciting episode, don't forget to check out the amazing range of Doctor Who books, such as the comprehensive compendium Doctor Who: The Whoniverse, the enthralling Doctor Who Fiction Collection and the brilliant Doctor Who: Time Traveller's Journal.

The Great British Bake Off

With the delightful (yet somehow intense) Great British Bake Off making a sparkling return this festive season, Christmas can't come soon enough! There will be two Christmas specials this year, each featuring beloved baking queen Mary Berry, the picky Paul Hollywood, and four past GBBO contestants. With sprinkles of Mel and Sue's rib-tickling wit and lots of festive food guaranteed, these specials are sure to delight this Christmas. But if thinking about all that baking is making you hungry, not to worry - we have lots of brilliant Bake Off recipe books so you can try out some bakes for yourself! Check out Bake Off: Creme De La Creme for a scrumptious start, or Mary Berry's own range of beautiful baking bibles.

Maigret's Dead Man

If you're a fan of dark and gritty murder mysteries, look no further. Maigret's Dead Man, based on the crime novel by Georges Simenon, stars Rowan Atkinson as the enigmatic Chief Inspector Jules Maigret, who must investigate the murder of an anonymous man in the murky Parisian underworld. Get the original novel here, and check out our extensive range of Maigret titles.

The Bronte Sisters

This biography of the Bronte family, including Emily, Anne, Charlotte, their brother Branwell and their father Patrick, is a fascinating insight into their difficult lives, living in a grim house in Haworth beside the vast, grey moors. The sisters manage to overcome difficulties and emerge from obscurity to become some of the greatest writers of English literature. Discover their captivating novels, including Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte and Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte.

Witness for the Prosecution

Murder mystery fans are in for a treat this Christmas with the TV adaptation of Agatha Christie's 23-page short story. When Leonard Vole is arrested on suspicion of murdering Emily French, a wealthy older woman who had recently made him her principal heir, Leonard's wife Romaine decides to testify not in his defence, but as a witness for the prosecution. Her rather intricate plan is actually to free her husband, but can she manage it? And who did kill Miss French? See the play of this short story in The Mousetrap and Seven Other Plays, and be sure to check out our range of gripping Agatha Christie mysteries. This includes the 5-book Agatha Christie Collection, which follows the detective dream team Tommy and Tuppence as they solve a series of fascinating cases.


Sherlock's back on New Year's Day to bring us a sharp-witted story after the fuggy merriment of Christmas! The first episode of the highly-anticipated series 4 is entitled 'The Six Thatchers', and, judging by the mysterious trailer, it looks like a dark, exciting start to the series. If you can't wait till the New Year to satisfy your Sherlock cravings, why not pick up a Sherlock book? Our range includes the special TV tie-in title, Sherlock: The Essential Arthur Conan Doyle Adventures, a collection of original Arthur Conan Doyle stories, selected by the TV show co-creators, Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss.

Revolting Rhymes

Roald Dahl's hilariously subversive retelling of six famous fairy tales, in which he does away with happy endings, has now been adapted into a two-part animation, starring the voices of David Walliams, Dominic West and Tamsin Grieg. Cinderella decides not to marry the prince, Snow White befriends seven gambling jockeys, and Goldilocks turns out to be a right ruffian! Take a look at the wonderful illustrated book here, perfect for kids aged 5 and above, as well as our range of other Roald Dahl treasures.

We're Going on a Bear Hunt

Get excited - a gorgeous animation of Michael Rosen's beloved 1993 children's story is going to be shown on TV this Christmas! The animation will feature Olivia Colman, Pam Ferris and Mark Williams as the voices of the famous family who go splashing through a river and squelching through mud in search of a bear! Get the original spellbinding story here, and check out more magical Michael Rosen titles here.

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    'The more solitary, the more friendless, the more unsustained I am, the more I will respect myself'. Passionate, poetic and revolutionary, "Jane Eyre" is a novel of naked emotional power. Its story of a defiant, fiercely intelligent woman who refuses to accept her appointed place in society - and instead finds love on her own terms - has become famous as one of the greatest romances ever written, but it is also a brooding Gothic mystery, a profound depiction of character and a transformative work of the imagination. This is the Penguin English Library - 100 editions of the best fiction in English, from the eighteenth century and the very first novels to the beginning of the First World War.
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    Award-winning children's classic, We're Going on a Bear Hunt, by Michael Rosen, has a perfect sing-song verse for plodding along to on a family walk.

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    The fabulous text and pictures are totally in tune and this simple book will have young children returning to it again and again.
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    'She looked so like herself that I knew not how to bear it'. In this sensational, hard-hitting and passionate tale of marital cruelty, "The Tenant of Wildfell Hall" sees a mysterious tenant, Helen Graham, unmasked not as a 'wicked woman' as the local gossips would have it, but as the estranged wife of a brutal alcoholic bully, desperate to protect her son. Using her own experiences with her brother Branwell to depict the cruelty and debauchery from which Helen flees, Anne Bronte wrote her masterpiece to reflect the fragile position of women in society and her belief in universal redemption, but scandalized readers of the time. This is the Penguin English Library - 100 editions of the best fiction in English, from the eighteenth century and the very first novels to the beginning of the First World War.
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    Including the likes of Murder on the Orient Express, The ABC Murders and Death on the Nile, this 12-book collection contains some of Agatha Christie's most critically acclaimed novels starring Hercule Poirot.

    With the news that Sophie Hannah is to open a new case for the moustachioed Belgian detective in 2014, there has never been a better time to read or re-read the gripping original stories.

    Always enticing and real page-turners, the influence of Christie on contemporary crime fiction is undeniable with this unputdownable and very entertaining collection.

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    Roald Dahl dispenses with the usual happily ever after endings in the retelling of six famous fairy tales in Revolting Rhymes.

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    The Great British Bake Off is coming back and we can't contain our excitement - we simply cannot wait to see the contestants who are battling it out for Britain's biggest baking prize in the famous tent this year.

    This new book ties in with the latest series and includes recipes from the beloved judges Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry, as well as those from this year's contestants fighting it out to be Star Baker.

    Ideal for all levels of baker, each chapter is full of recipes for traditional classics with a twist and uses simple ingredients that can be transformed into something adventurous. The book also has clear advice on the equipment, ingredients and quantities you should be using on your way to the top!
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    With six original and exciting adventures starring Peter Capaldi's Twelfth Doctor and his ever-loyal assistant Clara (played in the show by Jenna-Louise Coleman), this collection will make the perfect gift for any fan of the BBC's long-running sci-fi show.

    The Doctor comes face to face with a murderer known only as the Governor; he has to unravel a mystery dating back to the Second World War when a giant mosquito attacks a boy on his way to school; and looks into why the Phaeron race from outer space disappeared over a million years ago.

    Full of the quirks and intelligence of the hit TV show, this is a set of paperback books to keep any Whovian happily entertained as they wait patiently for the next rip-roaring series.
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    The hit BBC series Sherlock has introduced a whole new generation of fans to Arthur Conan Doyle's legendary detective. In this unique collection, Sherlock co-creators Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss have selected their all-time favourite Sherlock Holmes adventures, providing readers a curated masterclass in crime fiction. Each of these nineteen tales, from Sherlock's first appearance in A Study in Scarlet to the late classic The Dying Detective, is a potent mix of murder, suspense, cryptic clues, red herrings, and revenge - a ground-breaking combination of forensic science and bold storytelling. Sherlock Holmes established new rules for what a fictional hero could be, and provided a template for detective stories we still follow today. With introductions by Steven and Mark for each story, this beautifully designed collection is the perfect introduction to the world of Sherlock Holmes and the ultimate gift for fans of the show it inspired. The selected stories: A Study In Scarlet; The Sign of Four; A Scandal in Bohemia; The Red-Headed League; A Case of Identity; The Man with the Twisted Lip; The Blue Carbuncle; The Speckled Band; Silver Blaze; The Yellow Face; The Musgrave Ritual; The Greek Interpreter; The Final Problem; The Hound of the Baskervilles; The Empty House; Charles Augustus Milverton; The Bruce-Partington Plans; The Devil's Foot; and, The Dying Detective.
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    Calling all Whovians! This compendium will take you on a journey through time and space without having to enter the TARDIS.

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    The Sherlock Holmes Book chronicles every case of the world's greatest detective and his assistant Dr Watson. The game is afoot and now you can discover every detail of Sherlock Holmes' world. From the first novel A Study in Scarlet, through to the masterpiece that is The Hound of the Baskervilles and the detective's last story, The Adventure of Shoscombe Old Place, The Sherlock Holmes Book explores every facet of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's most memorable creation. Discover how Holmes reaches his conclusions through deductive reasoning, plus in-depth biographies of key characters, from Holmes and Watson themselves to Inspector Lestrade, Mrs Hudson, and the detective's arch-enemy Professor Moriarty. Whether you're a fan of the books, movies or TV shows, The Sherlock Holmes Book offers all you want to know about the world-famous sleuth and his stories.