The best TV shows to stream at Christmas

1923, A Spy Among Friends and Emily In Paris, are some of the best new TV boxsets to binge this Christmas. (Paramount+/ITV/Netflix)

Settle in at home this Christmas with the best in binge-worthy streaming TV – whether you’re into holiday fun, gritty drama, or can’t wait to catch up on a favorite series, there’s something for everyone.

Netflix welcomes viewer hits including Emily in Paris and The Witcher, while season three of Jack Ryan arrives on Prime Video and a Bad Education reunion is set for the BBC iPlayer.

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Look out for the new ITVX streaming service, out 8 December, which has some major series lined up for the holiday season, including A Spy Among Friends starring Damian Lewis and Guy Pearce, Litvinenko with David Tennant in the lead role, and Without Sin with Vicky McClure.

Netflix Christmas TV

December 16: The Recruit

Noah Centineo as Owen Hendricks in The Recruit.  (Netflix)

Noah Centineo as Owen Hendricks in The Recruit. (Netflix)

A CIA lawyer becomes entangled in a dangerous transaction when an asset threatens to expose her relationship to the agency if they don’t clear her of a serious crime.

December 21st: Emily in Paris (S3)

Emilia in Paris.  Lily Collins as Emily in episode 305 of Emily in Paris.  Cr.  Stéphanie Branchu/Netflix © 2022

Emily returns to Paris for the third season. (Netflix)

Lily Collins is back as the aspiring US fashionista who is trying to carve out a fashionable life for herself in Paris, but a year after her move, where will her loyalties rest?

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25th December: The Witcher: Origin of Blood

Michelle Yeoh in The Witcher: Blood Origin.  (Netflix)

Michelle Yeoh in The Witcher: Blood Origin. (Netflix)

Fans of The Witcher get a spin-off prequel series set 1200 years before the events of the main story and telling how the first witcher was born.

December 26: Betrayal

Charlie Cox in Betrayal.  (Netflix)

Charlie Cox in Betrayal. (Netflix)

A complicated triangle between an MI6 agent, his wife and a Russian spy with whom he shares a tangled past, as they try to uncover each other’s secrets.

Prime Video Christmas TV

December 2: Three Pines

Alfred Molina stars in this Canadian crime series about a series of murders in a village, based on the novels by Louise Penny.

Read more: All new streaming on Prime Video in December

December 21st: Jack Ryan (S3)

Jack Ryan is finally out on Amazon Prime.  (REX/Shutterstock)

The third season of Jack Ryan is coming. (REX/Shutterstock)

It’s a big call for Jack Ryan this series as he has to avoid World War III by putting an end to a rogue faction in the Russian government.

Disney+ Christmas TV

Out now: The patient


Steve Carell as Alan Strauss, Domhnall Gleeson as Sam Fortner in The Patient. (Suzanne Tenner/FX)

Steve Carell and Domhnall Gleeson star in this thriller about a psychiatrist taken hostage by his patient, who asks for help to curb his killer instincts before striking again.

Read more: All new streaming on Disney+ in December

Out now: Willow

(LR): Willow Ufgood (Warwick Davis) and (Graham Hughes) in Lucasfilm's WILLOW exclusively on Disney+.  ©2022 Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM.  All rights reserved.

Willow is streaming now. (Disney+)

Warwick Davis returns to his cult classic role for a TV series that follows Willow as she leads a group of misfit heroes on a dramatic and dangerous rescue mission.

December 14: National Treasure: Edge of History

Jess Valenzuela’s life is turned upside down when an enigmatic stranger gives her a lead to an age-old treasure that may be connected to her long-dead father.

Paramount+ Christmas TV

December 1: The sharing

(LR) Tiffany (Jessica Brown Findlay) in The Flatshare (Paramount+)

(LR) Tiffany (Jessica Brown Findlay) in The Flatshare (Paramount+)

Two cash-strapped Londoners share a bed, but have never met, as one works nights and the other day with a timeshare in the room. But when the two start leaving notes for each other, the attraction grows.

December 5th: George and Tammy

Jessica Chastain and Michael Shannon play legendary country music couple George Jones and Tammy Wynette in the new series George & Tammy.  (Basic)

Jessica Chastain and Michael Shannon as country music couple George Jones and Tammy Wynette. (Basic)

The country musical drama about Tammy Wynette and George Jones stars Jessica Chastain and Michael Shannon.

Read more: All new streaming on Paramount+ in December

December 19: 1923

Harrison Ford and Helen Mirren play another generation of the Dutton family in the new Yellowstone 1923 prequel series. (Paramount)

Harrison Ford and Helen Mirren play another generation of the Dutton family in the new Yellowstone 1923 prequel series. (Paramount)

Meet a new generation of the 1883 Dutton family in this spin-off series covering pandemics, droughts, the end of Prohibition and the onset of the Great Depression.

December 11th: Stroke: Restless blood

Strike is back, this time taking on his first cold case: the 40-year-old mystery of a missing mother and her daughter who is still looking for her.

December 15: Bad manners: Reunion

Bad Education is back for a reunion.  (BBC)

Bad Education is back for a reunion. (BBC)

Jack Whitehall is back for one last hurray as the world’s most inept teacher, ahead of a 2023 comeback series that reboots the sitcom with a few former students as teaching staff.

ITVX Christmas TV

December 8: A spy among friends

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Guy Pearce and Damian Lewis in A Spy Among Friends. (ITV)

Damian Lewis and Guy Pearce launch ITV’s new streaming service with this stylish and moody Cold War thriller based on the true story of Nicholas Elliott and Kim Philby, two British spies and lifelong friends.

December 15: Litvinenko

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David Tennant plays Alexander Litvinenko. (ITV)

The true story of the former Russian security agent turned poisoning of MI6 informant Alexander Litvinenko in the UK and his murder investigation which began weeks before his actual death. David Tennant stars.

December 28: Without Sin

Vicky McClure plays a grieving mother who begins meeting the man in prison for the murder of her 14-year-old daughter.

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