XMAS WATCH: Christmas Specials on Sky Sports

Sky Sports presents a bumper line-up of programming this festive season with a host of Christmas specials and review shows looking back at the some the memorable moments that have enlightened viewers throughout 2012.

The Gillette Soccer Saturday team return to the pitch for their Christmas special as the show’s pundits pair off to battle it out again for the Soccer Saturday Cup, and stars from the worlds of sport and entertainment are welcomed onto the Soccer AM sofa for a special Christmas Day edition.

There’s also a chance to relive the drama of some of the biggest sporting moments of the year, including Chelsea’s sensational UEFA Champions League triumph in Munich and Europe’s remarkable comeback at the Ryder Cup in Medinah.

You can relive the full story of Andy Murray’s journey to becoming the first British man to win a Grand Slam title in 76 years at the US Open, plus a complete review of a pulsating Formula 1 season where Sebastian Vettel crossed the finish line to become the ninth man to win three world championships.

Each programme will be broadcast in high-definition and be repeated several times across the Sky Sports channels over the festive period, plus Sky subscribers will able to watch selected shows on-demand via Sky Go.

In addition to its packed line-up of Christmas specials, Sky Sports will be at the heart of all the main live sporting action this Christmas, including a bumper selection of live Barclays Premier League and npower Football League games.

There is also live Aviva Premiership rugby matches, international cricket from Australia and South Africa, plus the conclusion to the 2013 PDC World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace.

Details below:

Christmas Eve 6.00pm-8.00pm – Sky Sports 1 / Sky Sports F1
First Repeat: Christmas Eve – 10.00pm – Sky Sports 2 / Sky Sports F1

At the end of their debut season covering the world’s most glamorous and popular motorsport series, the Sky Sports F1 team reflect on all the major talking points and key moments from a fascinating 20-race championship.

Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull prevailed through all the twists and turns to secure their third consecutive double-championship victory after claiming both drivers’ and constructors’ championships yet again.

Simon Lazenby is joined by Martin Brundle and Johnny Herbert to look back at all the key moments of the 2012 season from the famous Beaulieu Motor Museum in Hampshire, home to many historic motor cars and world championship-winning Formula 1 cars.

In addition to its comprehensive two-hour season review, Sky Sports F1 will also broadcast 12 seperate half-hour review shows looking back at the 2012 Formula 1 season from the perspective of each of the teams that lined up on the 2012 grid.

Christmas Eve 8.00pm-9.30pm – Sky Sports 1
First Repeat: Christmas Eve – 10.00pm – Sky Sports 1

Paul Merson and Matt Le Tissier put their title on the line as one of football’s most eagerly anticipated competitions returns to Sky Sports on Christmas Eve.

In the show’s festive special, the Gillette Soccer Saturday team meet at Liverpool’s Academy to contest the 2012 Soccer Saturday Cup.

Jeff Stelling has the unenviable task of being the man with the whistle who is charged with keeping order both on the pitch and in the dugout.

Back in 2010, former England internationals Merson and Le Tissier teamed up to steer Baddesley Park to glory at the home of Eastleigh FC.

They saw off Charlie Nicholas and Phil Thompson’s St Francis Rangers, Paul Jewell and Chris Kamara’s Eastleigh Juniors, and Alan McInally and Iain Dowie’s Earls.

This year, their challenge comes from Nicolas and Thompson, Kamara, a beaten finalist in 2010, and Owen Coyle, and Dowie and Graeme Sharp.

Questioning a team’s decisions in the comfort of the Gillette Soccer Saturday studio is one thing, but can the faces of Sky Sports’ favourite weekend show demonstrate how it’s done this week?

Christmas Eve – 9.30pm-10.30pm – Sky Sports 1
First Repeat: Mon 24th Dec – 1am (Tue) – Sky Sports 1

There’s another chance for Chelsea fans to relive how their club became champions of Europe in a repeat showing of the behind-the-scenes documentary Kings of Europe – The Chelsea Story.

It was a remarkable journey for the Blues, who took down some Europe’s giants along the way, including Barcelona in an epic semi-final clash, to win the continent’s biggest club prize.

Christmas Day 9.00am-11.00am – Sky Sports 1
First Repeat: Christmas Day – 1.00pm – Sky Sports 2

On Christmas Day, Max Rushden, Helen Chamberlain and the rest of the Soccer AM crew put on a Yuletide special of football fans’ favourite Saturday morning show.

They will bring you loads of highlights from the season so far, while they will also welcome a former Wigan, Fulham and Hull midfielder and a famous father and son into the studio.

Jimmy Bullard, who hung up his boots earlier this season, will be on the sofa, alongside sports presenter Jim Rosenthal and his son, comedian and Friday Night Dinner star Tom Rosenthal. 

As all three talk footy and get involved in the festivities, the Soccer AM team have got plenty more to keep you entertained, including Roland from Grange Hill returning for another eating world-record attempt, Wilcko performing ‘Oi Oi, it’s Franky Fryer’ and the Crystal Palace cheerleaders dancing in the car park. 

There will be all the best goals so far from the Premier League, SPL and the Champions League, plus the finest strikes from the Championship, and Leagues One and Two.

Plus they will look back on the show’s best moments from the opening months of the 2012/13 series.

These will include Tubes’ question, Soccer AM’s Soccerettes, the funniest Third Eyes, Showboat, News with Pat, and the top goals and tricks from this season’s games at home and abroad.

Christmas Day – 9.30am-10.00am – Sky Sports News
Repeats: Christmas Day – 1.30pm & 5.30pm – Sky Sports News

Generations of sports fans loved listening to the lyricism and wit of the legendary Sid Waddell and on Christmas Day, Sky Sports News will look back at his extraordinary life in Special Report – The Voice of Darts.

Rarely has a broadcaster been as inherent to the growth of a sport as Waddell was to darts, but his poetic one-liners and unbounded enthusiasm helped it transcend from pub game to global phenomenon.

It was Waddell who spotted the potential for the game as a television sport in the 1970’s and he was central to its growth throughout the 1980’s before the emergence of the PDC in the 1990’s.

When Waddell died last August, the sport was firmly established as an arena-filling behemoth and while he never expected the game he first enjoyed in a Yorkshire working man’s club to reach such giddy heights, his role in its expansion should not be underestimated.

He pushed forward the game on TV from its beginnings as part of the Indoor League show, developed the idea of the now-familiar split-screen camera shot and, perhaps most importantly of all, gave the sport a voice.

And what a voice! The self-styled “Geordie banshee” became synonymous with TV darts commentary and his brilliant one-liners were soon etched into the public consciousness.

As one fan noted on Twitter shortly after his death, it’s not often someone dies and everyone remembers them by laughing about all the funny things they said!

So join Special Report as they follow the journey of a miner’s son from the coalfields of the North East to the TV commentary box, via Cambridge University.

The programme will talk to those closest to him and relive some of his finest moments on TV, plus there’s a previously unseen interview with him ahead of his final commentary.

Christmas Day – 9.00am-11.00am – Sky Sports 2
First Repeat: Christmas Day – 9.00pm – Sky Sports 1

“Unbelievably, it’s Europe’s Ryder Cup!” – proclaimed Sky Sports commentator Ewen Murray as Europe completed the greatest comeback in the history of the Ryder Cup.

At 10-6 down after the first two days, Europe’s chances of retaining the trophy they won so famously at Celtic Manor two years before looked improbable.

But that mindset was certainly not present in the thoughts of the 12 European players and their captain Jose Maria Olazabal as they entered the final day singles.

Inspired by the memory of Ryder Cup legend Seve Ballesteros, the European team managed to pull of one of the most sensational sporting upsets in front of a stunned American crowd at the Medinah Country Club in Illinois.

David Livingstone presents a full review of all the twists and turns from one of the greatest golf tournaments ever seen.

On Christmas Eve, fans can relive the drama of the final day singles in its entirety on Sky Sports 2 from 12.30pm

Christmas Day11.00am-1.00pm – Sky Sports 1
First Repeat: Christmas Day – 3.00pm – Sky Sports 2

Join Jeff Stelling and a panel of star sporting guests on Christmas Day as Sky Sports looks back on 2012 – The Greatest Sporting Year.

Cycling star Mark Cavendish, Olympic athlete Christine Ohuruogu, Paralympic gold medallist Lee Pearson, tennis presenter Annabel Croft, former Ryder Cup captain Sam Torrance and Sky Sports football expert Jamie Redknapp will sit down with Jeff to discuss their highlights of the year

After 12 months of sensational sport there’s plenty for them to discuss, including the most dramatic finish to a Premier League season as Sergio Aguero clinched the title for Manchester City with the last kick of the campaign.

After battling back from the brink against Napoli and stunning Barcelona, Chelsea conquered the Champions League with a famous victory over Bayern Munich in their own back yard.

Bradley Wiggins made history by becoming the first Briton to win the Tour de France and followed it up with Olympic gold just a few days later.

Thepanel will reflect on a magical summer in London, including that Super Saturday when Jessica Ennis, Mo Farah and Greg Rutherford delivered three golds in 45 minutes.

London 2012 produced even more magical moments when the Paralympics captured the imagination of the nation and made stars out of Jonnie Peacock, David Weir, Ellie Symonds and Sarah Storey.

From heartache in the Wimbledon final to golden redemption at the Olympics to becoming the first British male to win a tennis grand slam event in 76 years, it was quite a year for the Scotsman.

The Ryder Cup produced one of the most dramatic comebacks in sporting history as Jose Maria Olazabal’s European side roared back to retain the trophy.

There’s plenty more too, including a fantastic year for Rory McIlroy, Spain’s glory at Euro 2012 and a famous win for England’s rugby team over the All Blacks.

The programme will also hear from a range of sporting names on their own sporting highlights of 2012, and viewers will be asked to vote for their own moment of the year.

Christmas Day – 1.00pm-3.00pm – Sky Sports 4
First Repeat: Christmas Day – 5.00pm – Sky Sports 1

Sky Sports presents a look back at Andy Murray’s historic victory at the 2012 US Open.

The Scot defeated Novak Djokovic in a Monday final in New York to become the first British man since Fred Perry in 1936 to win a grand slam singles title.

In addition, you can relive all the drama as it unfolded at Flushing Meadows with a full replay of the men’s singles final on Sky Sports 2 from 4pm on Boxing Day.

Christmas Day 9.00pm-10.00pm – Sky Sports 2
First Repeat: Tues 25th Dec – 1.30am (Wed) – Sky Sports 2

A new Sky Sports series featuring legendary sporting figures from the past and present in one-to-one conversation begins on Christmas Day.

In the opening episode, England’s 2003 World Cup-winning rugby union coach Sir Clive Woodward interviews England football manager Roy Hodgson about a range of topics, from tactics and coaching to missed penalties.

Christmas Day – 10.00pm-11.30pm – Sky Sports 2

Another chance to see the compelling Sky Atlantic documentary that followed British cycling star Bradley Wiggins in a year when he became the first Brit to win the Tour de France.

Then just days later he also captured gold in the individual time-trial at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

This 90-minute film follows Wiggins on his personal journey to the cherished summit of world road cycling, from his gruelling pre-season training regime to the glories in claiming the ultimate prize in Paris.

Christmas Day  12.00pm-12.30pm – Sky Sports 4

A selection of the most significant and spectacular tries from the 2012 Stobart Super League season, where Leeds Rhinos were crowned champions in a thrilling grand final at Old Trafford.

Christmas Day12.00pm-12.30pm – Sky Sports 4

A chance to relive some of the most significant and spectacular tries from the past year, featuring action from the Aviva Premiership, Heineken Cup, plus the summer international tours, IRB World Sevens and England’s home autumn internationals.

Christmas Day – 6.00pm-6.30pm – Sky Sports 2

A celebration of Barcelona and Argentina forward Lionel Messi.

A three-time Ballon d’Or winner, Messi is Barca’s all-time leading goalscorer and has helped them to five La Liga titles.

All on Sky Sports F1
Red Bull: The Triple Double – Boxing Day, 7.00pm
Ferrari: Fight for the Title – Boxing Day, 7.30pm
McLaren: Lewis’ and Jenson’s Year – Thu 27th Dec, 7.00pm
Lotus: Comeback Kings – Thu 27th Dec – 7.30pm
Mercedes: Brawn’s Report – Fri 28th Dec – 7.00pm
Sauber: Power Serg – Fri 28th Dec – 7.30pm
Force India: 2012 Drivers’ Story – Sat 29th Dec – 3.00pm
Williams: Back on the Top Step – Sat 29th Dec – 3.30pm
Toro Rosso: Rookies on the Rise – Sun 30th Dec – 3.00pm
Caterham: The Fight for 10th – Sun 30th Dec – 3.30pm
Marussia: On the Up – New Year’s Eve – 3.00pm
HRT: Battle at the Back – New Year’s Eve – 3.30pm

New Year’s Eve  6.00pm-8.00pm – Sky Sports 1

Monday Night Football presenters Ed Chamberlin and Gary Neville analyse the weekend’s Barclays Premier League football and look back on the season so far.

New Year’s Eve 8.00pm-10.00pm – Sky Sports 1

A chance to relive a dramatic 12 months of boxing on Sky Sports, featuring Carl Froch, Amir Khan and Kell Brook.

New Year’s Day 9.30am-10.30am – Sky Sports 1

A look back at the programmes, events and stories that made the headlines on Sky Sports throughout 2012, featuring the dramatic finale to the 2011/12 Premier League season, Europe’s Ryder Cup victory and the debut season of Sky Sports F1 HD.

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