Christmas Day is the perfect time to kick back, pour a glass, open the fifth packet of posh cheese straws, and watch some serious telly. With that in mind, here are our picks of the festive telly to keep you and the clan happy on the 25th.

Top of the Pops – BBC One, 2pm

Perma-positive hosts, Fearne Cotton and Reggie Yates, drop in for some pre-recorded hits from John Newman, Ellie Goulding, Rizzle Kicks, Chase and Status, Rudimental and more.

River Deep Mountain High: James Nesbitt in New Zealand – 2pm, ITV
In between filming his scenes as Bofur the dwarf in The Hobbit, Nesbitt fell for the southern islands. Here he travels the length of them, showing some spectacular sights along the way. Nice gig.

An Adventure in Space and Time – 4.15pm, BBC Two
Here's another chance to see the drama about the people who created Doctor Who. Brilliantly acted, it's great story, and not bad way to test the waters if you're not sure about Doctor Who.

Doctor Who – 7.30pm, BBC One
Matt Smith's swansong, in which he'll hand over the sonic screwdriver to Peter Capaldi, will dominate Christmas Day telly. And with good reason, because despite the cynics and haters, it's damn good fun.

Alan Carr: Chatty Man – 9.30pm, Channel 4
Always entertaining, Carr is joined by bronzed furniture salesman, David Dickinson, and Little Mix. But the real draw is Russell Brand, who's as funny and inflammatory, as you would imagine.

Father Ted – 11.05pm, Channel 4
If you've seen this 1996 classic, you'll know it's worth a revisit. If you haven't, get involved. Silly, surreal, and very, very funny, seeing Ted and the rest of the priests get trapped in the lingerie department of a shop is still unmissable.

Watch the trailer for Doctor Who below