What's coming to CBC Gem in December 2019

From CBC original series like Family Feud & Bitplayas, kid's favourites Life with Derek and Shrek 2, to holiday specials like The Last Holiday — there's something for the whole family this Holiday season.

The top 20 things to watch in December on CBC Gem.

New TV Series

Family Feud Canada
Gerry Dee hosts Family Feud Canada, featuring two families competing to guess the most popular answers to fun, family-friendly survey questions, with a uniquely Canadian twist on the iconic format — December 16th

Bit Playas

Bit Playas
CBC Gem original comedy premiering about two best friends living in downtown Toronto. Think the classic relationship of The Odd Couple meets the urban angst of Broad City, crossed with the playful magic realism of Man Seeking Woman — December 26th

Life With Derek
Get your fill of childhood nostalgia with Seasons 1-4 of the Disney Family Channel original series and feature film, Derek on Vacation — December 26th 


The Family Law
This Chinese-Australian family are unlike any you've ever met, and yet, they may also be disturbingly familiar. This is a show about sabotaged expectations, growing pains, finding your place in the world, and the strange embarrassment we feel toward the people we're supposed to love the most: our family — December 26th 

Little Women 
This classic coming-of-age story follows the March sisters on their journey from childhood to adulthood, under the guidance of their mother Marmee (Emily Watson, Chernobyl; Punch-Drunk Love), while their father is away at war. Watch here on CBC Gem — December 13th

New Movies

Shrek 2 & Shrek the Third

Watch Shrek 2 here and Shrek the Third here on CBC Gem — December 1

(© Duncan de Young)

Based on the true story of Canadian artist, Maud Lewis, this unlikely romance begins when a fragile, yet determined woman, played by Sally Hawkins (The Shape of Water), is hired to be a housekeeper for the reclusive Everett Lewis (Ethan Hawke). Unexpectedly, Everett finds himself falling in love. Watch here on CBC Gem — December 6th

The Breadwinner 
This animated Academy Award-nominated film, executive-produced by Angelina Jolie, tells the story of Parvana, an 11-year-old girl growing up under the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2001. When her father is wrongfully arrested, Parvana disguises herself as a boy in order to support her family. The Breadwinner is a timely and inspiring tale about the transcendent power of stories, and their potential to unite and heal us all — December 13th

Being Julia
An intoxicating combination of wicked comedy and smart drama, Being Julia tells the story of a great actress, Julia Lambert (Annette Bening, The Kids Are Alright; American Beauty) who has found her successful theatrical career and her marriage to handsome impresario Michael Gosselyn (Jeremy Irons, WatchmenRed Sparrow) have become stale and unfulfilling — December 27th

New CBC Documentaries

Margaret Atwood: A Word After A Word After A Word Is Power
CBC documentary channel feature is a rare glimpse at the author's backstory and practice as she completes the final chapters of The Testaments on planes, on boats and on the road. It follows Atwood to the set of The Handmaid's Tale, where she meets with lead actor Elisabeth Moss, and Ane Crabtree, the designer of the blood-red robes. Watch here on CBC Gem — December 1st 

Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My Mind 
If You Could Read My Mind is an exploration of the career, music and influence of legendary Canadian musical icon, Gordon Lightfoot — December 26th

A Sweet and Sour Christmas
Looking for something short and sweet to watch? This CBC Short Doc follows the story behind a family-run Chinese restaurant spreading their deep-fried holiday cheer and also taking a bit of time during the seasonal rush for their own holiday celebration. Watch here on CBC Gem — December 6th

King Lajoie 
This 20-minute doc explores the kitsch universe of a small-town Québec Elvis impersonator. We meet his 88-year-old parents, his astrologer Therese, his octogenarian secretary, his hairdresser with magic hands, and a young impersonator who follows in his footsteps. Watch here on CBC Gem — December 6th

New Holiday Features

Holly Star (premiering on CBC Gem exclusively)
Sloan (Katlyn Carlson, Going in Style) returns home for the holidays and gets caught up in a mysterious treasure hunt with her paintball-obsessed best friend, her tango-dancing grandmother and her childhood sweetheart. Watch here on CBC Gem — December 6th

(© Steffan Hill 2013)

Get Santa
In this British Family comedy, Santa needs help from a father and son to get back to the North Pole — December 8th

Frosty the Snowman
The classic 1969 animated tale of the beloved snowman who comes to life by a magic top-hat — December 8th

With Bill Murray playing a selfish TV executive, this hilarious twist on Charles Dicken's A Christmas Carol will be on CBC Gem for a 14-day period — December 24th

White Christmas 
The 1954 American musical film starring Bing Crosby will be on CBC Gem for a 14-day period — December 22nd

Last Holiday
This feel-good holiday adventure starring Queen Latifah will be on CBC Gem for a 14-day period — December 23rd

Back in Time for Christmas
The Campus family gives up their modern Christmas traditions for a taste of holidays past. From the 1940s to the 1990s, their home is their time machine as they travel through six decades. Watch here on CBC Gem — December 6th

Everything coming to CBC Gem in December:


  • A SWEET & SOUR CHRISTMAS - December 6th

  • KING LAJOIE -  December 6th

  • IF YOU COULD READ MY MIND -  December 26th

  • BIT PLAYAS - December 26th


  • LIONA BOYD: A WINTER FANTASY (Concert Film, 2017) - December 6th

  • HOLLY STAR - December 6th


  • JAMIE'S CHRISTMAS WITH BELLS ON (Lifestyle, UK) - December 6th

  • BACK IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS (Lifestyle, UK) -  December 6th

  • NADIYA'S PARTY FEASTS (Lifestyle, UK) -  December 6th

  • JAMIE'S FESTIVE FEAST (Lifestyle, UK) - December 26th


  • MAUDIE (Drama, 2016) -  December 6th

  • THE BREADWINNER (Drama, 2017) -  December 13th 

  • BEING JULIA (Drama, 2004) - December 27th


  • WORLD'S TINIEST MASTERPIECES (Documentary, 2018) - December 6th

  • LITTLE WOMEN (Drama, UK) - December 13th

  • SNOW BEARS (Documentary) -  December 20th

  • THE BIGGEST LITTLE RAILWAY IN THE WORLD (Documentary) - December 26th

  • KARENA & KASEY'S FOREIGN FLAVOURS Season 1 (Lifestyle, New Zealand) - December 26th 

  • THE FAMILY LAW Season 1 (Comedy, Australia) - December 26th

  • THE RELUCTANT LANDLORD (Comedy, UK) - December 26th

  • THE TUNNEL: SABOTAGE (Drama, UK/France) - December 26th

  • ESCAPE TO THE CHATEAU Season 5 (Lifestyle, UK) December 26th 

  • VERSAILLES Season 1 (Drama) - December 26th 


  • FAMILY FEUD CANADA - December 16th

  • Past and current seasons of CBC series, including crowd-pleasing dramas MURDOCH MYSTERIES, FRANKIE DRAKE MYSTERIES, HEARTLAND, and ANNE WITH AN E; acclaimed comedies STILL STANDING, TALLBOYZ, KIM'S CONVENIENCE, BARONESS VON SKETCH SHOW and SCHITT'S CREEK; and classic CBC hits like THE KIDS IN THE HALL and BEING ERICA.