Christmas Lights PICTURED: l-r - MAXINE PEAKE as Pauline, MARK BENTON as Howard, ROBSON GREEN as Colin and NICOLA STEPHENSON as Jackie Colin and Howard are in their 30s, both happily married and living in the same street. But despite their grown-up responsibilities, they're still locked in a schoolboy obsession with outdoing each other. Once it was football, girls and clothes, now they compete over cars, jobs and... Christmas decorations on their homes! As they cover their houses with an ever-expanding and costly array of lights and animatronic animals, they seem oblivious to the damage wreaked on their marriages and their lives. Can anything bring them to their senses? © ITV plc (Granada International)

Virgin Media Television will be delivering a whole host of festive programming specials and family favourite movies this Christmas.

The channel unveiled their Christmas schedule last week, and it’s set to be a treat for both young and old with a range of festive treats and retrospective looks at the year that was.

Soap addicts are getting some extra love this festive season, as Stephen Mulhern hosts the quiz that tests the stars of Coronation Street and Emmerdale on their funniest, and most memorable soap moments of 2018 on ‘The Big Soap Quiz’ at 9pm on December 21.

Corrie lovers are in for a special treat with ‘Coronation Street: DNA Secrets revealed’ which will air at 8:30pm on Christmas Eve.

In this one off, 90-minute special, Coronation Street’s DNA Secrets reveals the secrets lying deep in the DNA of one of the best-loved streets.

For fans of hit TV show The Chase, there’s a treat this Christmas as Bradley Walsh hosts a very special edition of ‘The Celebrity Chase’ on December 26, as well as brand new ‘The Chase Bloopers Show’ with all the bits you were never meant to see in an hour long special on December 29 at 7pm.

If you’re still suffering from Love Island withdrawals, an early Christmas present is on the way in the form of a festive special where Caroline Flack reunites 19 of the most talked about Islanders in ‘Love Island The Reunion’ on Virgin Media Two on December 17 at 9pm.

The channel have got the whole family covered when it comes to movies with classics such as The Commitments, Marian Keyes Watermelon, Bridget Jones Diary, Night at the Museum, Chicken Run, Babe, The Wizard of Oz, Kung Fu Panda and Madagascar.

Music lovers are also being spoiled in the schedule, with specials such as ‘Happy Hour with Olly Murs’ on Virgin Media One at 9 on December 15; ‘Voice of Hope 2’, a special concert by Tommy Fleming on December 11 and ‘Celtic Woman: Ancient Land’ on December 16 at 6.05pm.

There will also be a look back at the most memorable parts of 2018, with Virgin Media rounding up what has been a memorable year with ‘Ireland’s Weather 2018: Climate Chaos’ airing on December 24 and ‘That Was 2018’ on December 28 at 9pm.

On December 31, ring in the New Year with Graham Norton as his special New Year’s Eve show, ‘The Graham Norton Show NYE 2018’, airs at 11.35pm.