What to watch on TV this Boxing Day, from Spiceworld and Snow Bears to EastEnders and Little Women

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What to watch on TV this Boxing Day, from Spiceworld to Snow Bears
What to watch on TV tonight: Boxing Day edition (Picture: REX/BBC)

You’ve pulled the crackers, eaten the Christmas roast and opened all the presents, so now’s the time so sit in front of the TV and scoff Quality Street by the dozen alongside your nearest and dearest.

From Spiceworld and Snow Bears to EastEnders and Little Women, there’s plenty of TV to keep you busy this Boxing Day. That’s until you fall asleep with your head in the box of Celebrations, of course…

A Royal Night Out – 5.15pm – Channel 5

What to watch on TV this Boxing Day, from Spiceworld to Snow Bears
A Royal Night Out (Picture: Nick Wall/Ecosse/Filmgate/Scope/Lionsgate/Kobal/REX/Shutterstock)

If you’re a fan of The Crown or Victoria, you’ll love this regal rom-com inspired by true events.

The film tells the story of a young Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret celebrating on VE Day in 1945, ditching their armed chaperones to experience a taste of normality.

Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella – 5.35pm – BBC Two

What to watch on TV this Boxing Day, from Spiceworld to Snow Bears
Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella (Picture: Jane Hobson/REX/Shutterstock)

Performed at London’s Sadler’s Wells Theatre, choreographer Matthew Bourne creates a modern love story told through the medium of dance.

Set in London during World War II, this interpretation of the classic fairy tale has a wartime romance at its heart.

Spiceworld: The Movie – 6pm – Comedy Central

What to watch on TV this Boxing Day, from Spiceworld to Snow Bears
Spiceworld: The Movie (Picture: Alex Bailey/Polygram/Kobal/REX/Shutterstock)

Does this need an introduction? Featuring cameos from Elton John and Hugh Laurie, fasten your seat belts because the Spice Girls are taking you on a roller coaster ride which will spice up your life!

Keep your eyes peeled for the Tower Bridge scene – possibly our fave film moment in 90s history. Possibly.

Snow Bears – 6.30pm – BBC One

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Snow Bears (Picture: BBC One / Snow Bears)

If you’re missing your nature documentary fix after Blue Planet 2 came to an end recently, Snow Bears might be right up your street.

Narrated by Oscar-winning actress Kate Winslet, Snow Bears is the enchanting true-to-life tale of polar bear cubs and their mother on a 400-mile journey from their birth den in Svalbard to the pack ice surrounding the north pole.

EastEnders – 7.30pm – BBC One

What to watch on TV this Boxing Day, from Spiceworld to Snow Bears
EastEnders (Picture: Gary Moyes/BBC/PA Wire)

After *that* shocking Christmas Day episode where Lauren and Abi Branning fell from the roof – seriously, WTF?! – it’s clear that life for the Brannings will never be the same again.

Will Max get his comeuppance? Did Lauren and Abi survive? Does Martin find out about Stacey’s affair? SO MANY QUESTIONS.

Little Women – 8pm – BBC One

What to watch on TV this Boxing Day, from Spiceworld to Snow Bears
Little Women (Picture: BBC)

Boasting an all-star cast and adapted for the small screen by a talented writer, Little Women should be one of the highlights of the Christmas TV period.

A three-part adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s novel about the lives of four women, from childhood to adulthood, and the story of their love, lives and everything in between, set against the backdrop of the American Civil War.

Travel Man: 48 Hours In Hong Kong – 8pm – Channel 4

What to watch on TV this Boxing Day, from Spiceworld to Snow Bears
Travel Man: 48 Hours In Hong Kong (Picture: Channel 4)

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Richard Ayoade and (random guest alert) Jon Hamm immerse themselves in the fourth-most densely populated region in the world.

The pair take in a tai chi drop-in session, a ride in a chopper and some fusion dim sum.

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The Miniaturist – 9pm – BBC One

The Miniaturist
The Miniaturist (Picture: BBC)

A genre-defying period thriller, this two-part special of The Miniaturist is definitely worth a watch if you’re looking for a little more variety in your Christmas television viewing.

The Miniaturist follows the story of a young Nella Oortman, who’s recently begun living in Amsterdam as the wife of a wealthy merchant after an arranged marriage.

Big Fat Quiz of the Year 2017 – 9pm – Channel 4

What to watch on TV this Boxing Day, from Spiceworld to Snow Bears
Big Fat Quiz Of The Year (Picture: Channel 4)

Jimmy Carr gathers together a panel of funny people to discuss the year’s standout moments.

The comedian quizmaster tests celebs including Richard Ayoade (you could watch him on Travel Man first and have THREE HOURS of Richard Ayoade), comedian Katherine Ryan, Bake Off’s Noel Fielding, grime MC Big Narstie, David Mitchell and Roisin Conaty.

But who has been paying attention, and who has been living under a rock for the last 12 months?

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