What wildlife programmes are on this Christmas?

We've collated the wildlife programmes across the BBC TV channels this Christmas, so you can plan your festive celebrations accordingly.

The Snail and the Whale. © Magic Light

Saturday 21 December

6.45pm, BBC Two: Meet the Moose Family (Natural World 2016-2017 series, repeat programme, originally broadcast in April 2016), narrated by Hugo Kitching.

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8.20pm, BBC Two: Meet the Bears (Natural World 2019-2020 series, repeat programme, originally broadcast in November 2019), narrated by Hugh Bonneville.

An American black bear cub clinging to the side of a tree in Smoky Mountain National Park, USA. © EEI_Tony/Getty

Sunday 22 December

11.30am, BBC One: Snow Bears (repeat programme, originally broadcast in December 2017), narrated by Kate Winslet.

6pm, BBC Two except Scotland, Wales, and BBC Scotland: Chris & Michaela: Under the Christmas Sky (repeated programme, originally broadcast in December 2018), presented by Chris Packham and Michaela Strachan.

Monday 23 December

4pm, BBC Two and BBC Scotland: Florida: America’s Animal Paradise (Natural World 2019-2020 series, repeat programme, originally broadcast in April 2019), narrated by Paul McGann.

Florida manatees head inland to Florida’s warm springs during the winter months.
Florida manatees head inland to Florida’s warm springs during the winter months.

6pm, BBC Two except Scotland: Winter’s Weirdest Events (repeat programme, originally broadcast in December 2017), presented by Chris Packham.

Christmas Eve, Tuesday 24 December

7.30pm, BBC Four: The Last Igloo (new programme), presented by Julius Nielson.

Christmas Day, Wednesday 25 December

2.30pm, BBC One: The Snail and the Whale (new programme), narrated by Diana Rigg, with voice characters by Sally Hawkins, Rob Brydon and Cariad Lloyd. Repeated on New Year’s Day at 2.05pm.

Boxing Day, Thursday 26 December

12noon, BBC One: Spy in the Snow (repeat programme, originally broadcast in December 2018), narrated by David Tennant.

9pm, BBC Two: Paddington: The Man Behind the Bear (new programme), narrated by Hugh Bonneville, and featuring interviews with celebrities guests including Stephen Fy, Konnie Huq and Jeremy Clarkson.

Friday 27 December

11.30am, BBC One: Planet Earth II: A World of Wonder (repeat programme, highlights of the series, originally broadcast in January 2017), presented by Sir David Attenborough.

8.30pm, BBC Two: The Snow Wolf: A Winter’s Tale (repeat programme, originally broadcast in December 2018), narrated by Emilia Fox.

The Snow Wolf: A Winter’s Tale. © Boréales/Cyril Ruoso
The Snow Wolf: A Winter’s Tale. © Boréales/Cyril Ruoso

Saturday 28 December

4pm, BBC Two except Wales: Tasmania: Weird and Wonderful (Natural World 2018-2019 series, repeat programme, originally broadcast in March 2019), narrated by Sir David Attenborough.

Sunday 29 December

6pm, BBC Two except Wales, and BBC Scotland: The Octopus in My House (Natural World 2019-2020 series, repeat programme, originally broadcast in August 2019), narrated by David Scheel.

8pm, BBC One: Snow Cats and Me episode one (new programme), presented by Gordon Buchanan.

Gordon with ‘Bryansk’, a young male Eurasian lynx rescued from the pet trade. © Oak Island Films Ltd/Hello Halo TV

12noon, BBC One (except Wales): Blue Planet II: Oceans of Wonder (repeat programme, highlights of the series, originally broadcast in January 2018), presented by Sir David Attenborough

Monday 30 December

12noon, BBC One: Life in the Snow (repeat, originally broadcast in December 2016), presented by Gordon Buchanan.

6pm, BBC Two and BBC Scotland: Weasels: Feisty and Fearless (Natural World 2019-2020 series, repeat programme, originally broadcast in October 2019), narrated by Julie Walters.

7pm, BBC One: Snow Animals (new programme), presented by Liz Bonnin.

Liz Bonnin will be presenting Snow Animals. © Simon Baxter/BBC NHU

9pm, BBC One: Snow Cats and Me episode two (new programme), presented by Gordon Buchanan.

Tuesday 31 December

6pm, BBC Two except Wales, and BBC Scotland: Hippos: Africa’s River Giants (Natural World 2019-2020 series, repeat programme, originally broadcast in July 2019), narrated by Sir David Attenborough.

New Year’s Day, Wednesday 1 January

1.05pm, BBC One: Seven Worlds, One Planet: Continents of Wonder (new programme, highlights of the series), presented by Sir David Attenborough.

9pm, BBC Two: Earth’s Tropical Islands episode one, Madagascar (new programme), narrated by David Harewood.

Grandidier’s baobab in Madagascar. © Justin Maguire

Thursday 2 January

9pm, BBC Two: Earth’s Tropical Islands episode two, Borneo (new programme), narrated by David Harewood.

Friday 3 January

4.15pm, BBC Two and BBC Scotland: Snow Chick – A Penguin’s Tale (repeat, originally broadcast in December 2015), narrated by Kate Winslet.

9pm, BBC Two: Earth’s Tropical Islands episode three, Hawaii (new programme), narrated by David Harewood.


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Main image: The Snail and the Whale. © Magic Light