Spending Christmas with family members you sometimes don’t see for months on end can often be stressful – especially when the TV remote is involved.
But in a bid to make things as pain-free as possible over what to watch on the box over the festive period, we’ve rounded up the best shows either in the schedules or available to stream to watch with specific members of the family.
You can thank us later.
To watch with your nostalgia-filled grandparents
The Crown, Netflix
The Crown is perfect to watch with older generations of your family, as not only will they be taken back in time for a dose of royal nostalgia, but they will be able to give you an insight into how the events you see on screen actually played out in real life. A win-win.
To watch with that relative who needs their mind broadening
Pose, BBC iPlayer
Listen, we’ve all got that one relative whose worldview differs greatly to our own and if you’re looking to broaden their horizons, you could start at worse places than Pose.
Set against the backdrop of ball culture in 1980s New York, the series is an important lesson in queer history as it follows the story of Blanca Rodriguez, a trans woman who decides to start her own house to give back to the community when she discovers she is HIV+. Both series are all on iPlayer, and come complete with a fabulous soundtrack too.
To watch with your mates
Kylie’s Secret Night, Christmas Day, 10.30pm, Channel 4
After her triumphant Glastonbury and Brighton Pride sets, Kylie has helped make many memories for a lot of people this year, so prepare to gather up your friends once again as the Princess Of Pop rounds off 2019 with her own special on Channel 4, hosted by the hilarious Alan Carr.
To watch with the adventure-loving pre-teen
Doctor Who, New Year’s Day, 6.55pm, BBC One
With the end of the holidays looming, the kids will likely be feeling a little bit jaded by the time New Year’s Day rolls around, but you can serve them one last Christmas gift in the shape of a brand new series of Doctor Who, which will make for ideal 1 Jan viewing. Jodie Whittaker is back in the title role and the series opens with her battling to save the day when intelligence agents come under attack from aliens.