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What’s on this Christmas for car lovers

Posted 10th December 2020

TV Christmas For Car Lovers

This year, you might feel like you have missed out on some motoring fixes with many car events being cancelled. There is still time to get your fill of car content though, as we look into the best Christmas TV for car lovers.

If you are in need of a series or a film to keep you occupied over the festive season, we have highlighted the most entertaining car shows and films that you can watch this Christmas. Let us know what you are most looking forward to watching, or let us know if we have missed something which is a must-see this year in the comments at the bottom.

Sunday 20th December

No blog about Car TV content would be complete without a mention of Top Gear (or two…), so we are kicking off with the Top Gear Nepal Special on Dave at 3.20pm. Join Freddie Flintoff, Paddy McGuinness and Chris Harris to discover Nepal from the comfort of your living room.

At 5.45pm on Sky Documentaries, you can watch Senna and learn about one of the greatest F1 racing drivers of all time. Then tune into Sports Personality of the Year on BBC1 at 8pm - to see if seven-time Formula One World Champion Lewis Hamilton will get the viewers vote on the night.

Top GearPhoto: BBC

Monday 21st December

Channels like Dave and Quest are full of great content for car lovers who will be at home this Christmas. Why not check out the World’s Most Dangerous Roads on Dave at 10.00am or Salvage Hunters Classic Cars at 6.20am on Quest?

You might find a new series to entertain you throughout Christmas and into the New Year! Over on Sky Action you can watch Jason Statham in the thrilling film The Transporter at 6.50pm, and if you enjoy that, Transporter 2 is on the same channel directly after at 8.30pm!

Salvage Hunters (2)Photo: Amazon

Tuesday 22nd December

If you are working through Christmas, there is still plenty of car TV to enjoy when you get home, such as Wheeler Dealers on Quest at 6.00pm. Tune into ITV4 at 7.00pm for On the Road to see the ultimate fast Ford being tested both on track and on the road, and then stay tuned on ITV4 for Car of the Year at 8.00pm to see which of 16 vehicles will be crowned the Evo Car of the Year at Anglesey Circuit in Wales.

What’s on this Christmas for car lovers 4Wheeler DealersPhoto: Amazon

Wednesday 23rd December

If you enjoyed yesterday's recommendations, there is a new edition of Car of the Year at 8.00pm on ITV4, so check in to see eight journalists testing 20 cars. Then get behind the wheel of a vintage red Jaguar E-Type with Jennifer Saunders on ITV at 9.00pm for Jennifer Saunders Memory Lane where she will be interviewing Michael Sheen. If this isn’t your cup of tea, then you could swap over to ITV2 for Fast and Furious 7 at 9.00pm.

Memory LanePhoto: ITV

Thursday 24th December - Christmas Eve

If you have budding car enthusiasts in the family, Cars 3 is on BBC1 at 2.15pm. Introduce your family to Lightning McQueen and the gang and see if you can find some of your favourite

Dick Lovett brands such as Sally Carrera the Porsche! Back in the real world of cars, you can see the last episode in the series of Bangers and Cash at 8.00pm on Yesterday. At 9.00pm on ITV4, head to Morocco with Gordon, Gino and Fred’s Christmas Road Trip: Three Unwise Men for some comedy capers as the team hit the road.

Cars 3Photo: Disney

Friday 25th December - Christmas Day

If the children have control of the remote on Christmas Day, then a family-friendly choice to please car lovers is Chitty Chitty Bang Bang which starts at 3.10pm on Channel 5.

However, if your Christmas Day is going to be unrivaled car viewing, you could opt for The Italian Job at 3.30pm on Channel 4. Enjoy the Mini Coopers racing around in the iconic car chase scenes with Michael Caine.

And would it really be Christmas without a Bond film? Not in our opinion! See the Aston Martin DB10 and Jaguar C-X75 in Spectre at 8.00pm on ITV2 and cheer Daniel Craig on as he goes on his round-the-world mission to bring down a shady organisation.

The Italian JobPhoto: Quad

Saturday 26th December - Boxing Day

Sit back and relax on Boxing Day with some easy viewing such as the Red Bull Soap Box Race at 9.00am on Dave. Even though this one isn’t strictly car-related, it makes for exciting and entertaining viewing!

If you fancy some real-life car action, you could watch Caught on Dash Cam on Sky Witness at 7.00pm to see some outrageous car clips. And if you are looking for something warm and fuzzy to see out Boxing Day, you could tune into The Holiday on ITV4 at 10.45pm - even if it is purely for the scene when Cameron Diaz drives a MINI through a quaint country village!

The HolidayPhoto: The Holiday (2006)

Sunday 27th December

Catch the original Disney Pixar Cars on Sky Disney at 1.10pm. Even big kids will enjoy Owen Wilson voicing Lightning McQueen as he goes on a quest to become a great race car.

If you have had enough of waiting for TV shows to come on and want to binge a series before you head back to work, why not head to Netflix and stream Car Masters - Rust to Riches; with two full seasons, this should keep you occupied for a little while! Or if you are looking for a film on Netflix try Initial D; a must-watch for any retro Japanese car lover.

Initial DPhoto: Automoblog

Monday 28th December

Sticking with the streaming theme, you could also watch the two seasons of Fastest Car on Netflix over the Christmas break, but if you are looking for something more classic, Planes, Trains and Automobiles is on Channel 4 at 4.05pm this bank holiday.

And while we are talking of classic car movies, Back to the Future is on Sky Hits this year. Starting at 12.45pm, you can watch all three on the bounce if you can clear your Christmas schedule of any interruptions!

Back to the FuturePhoto: Amazon

Tuesday 29th December

Early risers can catch Antiques Road Trip on Really at 6.00am. If you are feeling the cabin fever by this point of the Christmas break, why not escape to the coast of Dorset with Christopher Timothy and Peter Davidson on Great British Car Journeys at 6.50pm on More 4 or Ricky & Ralf’s Very Northern Road Trip at 9.55pm on Gold and start planning a dream holiday in the UK for next year?

Great British Car JourneysPhoto: The Telegraph

Wednesday 30th December

If you prefer the original Top Gear episodes, you can rewatch the Top Gear: Burma Special with Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May on Dave at 11.20am, and some episodes can also be found on Netflix.

If you liked the seventh film, you can see the next installment of the Fast and Furious franchise; Fast and Furious 8 on ITV2 at 8.30pm. If you missed it the first time round, you can also catch Brian Moore meets Niki Lauda on ITV4 at 2.05am, so be sure to set your box to record this gem.

Original Top GearPhoto: BBC

Thursday 31st December - New Year’s Eve

Another dose of Bond can be found on ITV at 9.00pm as Daniel Craig this time stars in Skyfall, but if you would rather delve into the world of cars beyond Bond’s Aston Martin, you can watch World’s Greatest Cars on Quest at 9.00pm instead. To ring in the New Year in style, watch Stirling at 11.00pm on Sky Sports Main Event and enjoy the story of Formula 1 driver Stirling Moss.

SkyfallPhoto: Skyfall (2012)

Friday 1st January - New Year's Day

If you are up early with the little ones, watch the Adventure Bay 500 Race on Paw Patrol: Ready, Race, Rescue! at 7.40am on Channel 5. Not just for the little ones, Chitty Flies Again with David Walliams at 7.30pm on Channel 4, will see David undertake building a real life Chitty Chitty Bang Bang with help of an aircraft engineer to get the car off the ground!

And just for the adults, Bad Boys For Life at 9.00pm on Sky Cinema Premiere where Will Smith and Martin Lawrence will be teaming up to fight crime in the new Porsche 911.

David WalliamsPhoto: @davidwalliams

We hope you have enjoyed our rundown of everything car-related you can find on TV and Netflix this year! Let us know what you enjoyed in the comments and most importantly...

We wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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