Buckle up, it's time for the annual game of 'Is there anything on TV or should we watch a film/get out a board game?'

Here's a chronological breakdown of what to expect:

5am

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ITV1 gets off to a bleak start with a re-run of The Jeremy Kyle Show. If your kids are pestering you to get up so they can open presents, this should prove sobering enough to get them back to sleep.

6am

ITV1 kicks off festivities with celebrity-voiced animation Olive, the Other Reindeer while BBC Two quite randomly screens The Road to El Dorardo.

Sky Atlantic mercifully commences a Seinfeld marathon, while E4 starts back-to-back episodes of the televisual wallpaper that is Rude(ish) Tube.

7am

BBC Two wisely pipes in Sir David Attenborough's soothing tones with Galapagos - Islands of Change: Natural World, though it's about how natural habitats are being ruined by migration and tourism, so maybe not the cheeriest viewing.

8am

ITV2 opts for Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas, a stop-motion animation based on that Will Ferrell film Elf that's fast becoming a Christmas classic. Includes the voices of Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory's Sheldon) and Mark Hamill (Star Wars).

9am

Drowning in Carry On Cruising, Herbie Rides Again and You've Been Framed repeats. Avoid.

10am

The pious can enjoy Christmas Day Service Live from Bath Abbey on BBC One.

11am

The Christmas movies start proper, though with the fairly uninspiring The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause and Santa Claus: The Movie.

12pm

Channel 4 reminds you that life is short and unfair with annually soul-shattering animation The Snowman.

1pm

Most channels are midway through movies (Happy Feet, Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted). The surrealist will tune into Pick for Riverdance in Beijing.

2pm

Premiere of Tim Burton's Frankenweenie on Two. The Muppet Christmas Carol on 4. One gives over to Slade et al with Top of the Pops Christmas.

3pm

BBC One premieres Pixar's Brave.

4pm

Revel in the bucolic scenes of swans migrating with Countrywise Winter Wonderland. Or Channel 4 has E.T: The Extra Terrestrial.

5pm

BBC One has Baz Luhrmann's Romeo & Juliet! Worth it just for that Des'ree song.

6pm

The BBC has a Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special 2015 for those still watching the floundering contest. ITV2 cashes in on the year's Jurassic World buzz with The Lost World: Jurassic Park. ITV1 wins with Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.

7pm

A pretty uninspiring selction of soaps and Dad's Army episodes. BBC Three is your best bet - showing Toy Story.

8pm

Gogglesprogs starts on 4. Basically Gogglebox but with kids. Because you won't have heard enough out of them already that day or anything.

9pm

Downton Abbey finally gives up the ghost with its finale episode. ITV2 goes for Bond, but weirdly one of the worst ones - Quantum of Solace.

10pm

Mrs Brown's Boys Christmas Special. Despair.

11pm

Michael McIntyre's Big Christmas Show fights ITV's Our Cilla. ITV2 shows The Bourne Supremacy for one must be the 8,000th time.

12pm

The Big Lebowski is on ITV4. Done.

1am

As if sensing the Christmas fatigue you'll be experiencing by this point, BBC One runs the film Surviving Christmas, but you'll want to switch over to for 4 for Ferris Bueller's Day Off.

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