December 20, 2023

By Chloe Roden

What better than some Christmas TV to get you in the festive spirit? There’s some wonderful content showing on streaming platforms and broadcasters this Christmas, many of which used the English Regions as its backdrop.

From all new TV specials to returning series and classic films, explore our list of film and TV shows coming to our screens that filmed in England, outside of London.

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The Crown Series 6

Part two of the final series of The Crown arrived on Netflix last week, which followed its predecessors by filming on location in some astounding places across England, including at Elstree Studios.

Want to learn where the series filmed? Find out here!

Streaming on Netflix from 14th December

A Very Brassic Christmas

One of the North West’s most iconic series, Brassic, returns for a Christmas special this year – with guest appearances from Imelda Staunton and Greg Davies.

Airing at 10pm on Sky Max on 21st December

All Creatures Great and Small – Festive Special

Set and filmed in the glorious Yorkshire Dales, All Creatures Great and Small is treating us to another Christmas special.

Airing at 9pm on Channel 5 on 21st December

The Muppet Christmas Carol

Recently crowned The Guardian’s No.1 Christmas film, The Muppet Christmas Carol is available to watch on Disney+ this Christmas. Did you know that the muppets and team filmed this at Shepperton Studios in Surrey?

Streaming on Disney + now

The Winter King

Telling the story of how King Arthur came to be lord of war, The Winter King is a brand new ITV series that filmed in Wiltshire and Bristol.

Airing on ITVX on 21st December

Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special

It wouldn’t be a festive watchlist without the Strictly Christmas Special! The Strictly dancers are back bringing us a glamorous special on Christmas day, filmed at Elstree Studios.

Airing at 4.40pm on BBC One on Christmas Day

Doctor Who Holiday Special: The Church on Ruby Road

The Doctor is back! A very special Doctor Who episode is premiering on Christmas Day, starring new doctor Ncuti Gatwa and featuring locations across Bristol.

Airing at 5:55pm on BBC One on Christmas Day.

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The Holiday

A quaint cottage in Godalming, Surrey, has become an iconic filming location thanks to its appearance in 2006 rom-com The Holiday. See Surrey in all of its glory alongside Jude Law, Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet and Jack Black in The Holiday, on Netflix. 

Streaming on Netflix


Modern Christmas classic Nativity! is available to watch on Amazon Prime, starring Martin Freeman as an uptight primary school teacher. Production for this took place in Coventry, Wawrickshire.

Streaming on Amazon Prime or Netflix

Paddington 2

Catch some amazing locations across the country including the Lake Distract, the Nidd Gorge Viaduct in North Yorkshire and HM Prison Shepton Mallet in Somerset in the delightful Paddington 2!

Airing at 6pm on BBC One on 30th December

Mr. Bates vs the Post Office

Toby Jones stars in the TV adaptation of an extraordinary true story in which innocent post office workers were wrongly accused of theft in Mr. Based vs The Post Office, which filmed in Essex and Kent. 

Premiering on ITV1 on New Year’s Day