Don't write off this Christmas week as TV-free. A surprising number of first-run shows are on the schedule, plus all those classics you might still want to catch. Here are some highlights.
"One Direction: The TV Special"
7 p.m. Tuesday on NBC
Maybe you've heard of this British boy band? In their first U.S. network TV special, the fellows offer a look inside their South American tour, including (NBC promises) "documentary material, comical stunts and musical performances."
"The Year: 2014"
8 p.m. Tuesday on ABC
Robin Roberts anchors the fourth annual special looking back at the highs and lows of the year, including interviews with newsmakers.
"Mozart in the Jungle"
Tuesday on Amazon Prime
Gael Garcia Bernal ("Rosewater") is the eccentric, sexy new conductor of a symphony orchestra in an original comedy with Malcolm McDowell and Bernadette Peters.
"It's a Wonderful Life"
7 p.m. Wednesday on NBC
The must-see Christmas classic gets its second seasonal airing on NBC. And speaking of classics, TBS and TNT air the annual 24-hour "A Christmas Story" marathon beginning at 7 p.m. Christmas Eve. This year, the 1983 movie is simulcast on both channels.
"Call the Midwife"
8 p.m. Thursday on PBS
In England, popular series often air special episodes on Christmas Day. PBS picks up the tradition this year with the "Call the Midwife" special, followed (at 9:30 p.m.) by the "Vicious" Christmas special. Also Christmas Day, the "Doctor Who" special airs at 8 p.m. on BBC America.
"The Great British Baking Show"
7 p.m. Sunday on PBS
What's so special about a baking competition? There are quite a few these days, but you haven't seen baking until you've seen what's called "The Great British Bake Off" and draws huge ratings in its home country. This is the series that was adapted for the United States last summer, with Jeff Foxworthy as host, but trust everyone who's seen the original: This is one special show.