TV bosses have released this year's festive schedules, revealing that 'EastEnders' and 'Downton' will both air at 8.30pm on BBC One and ITV respectively.
The ratings battle is a blow for the BBC, who cast Danny as the new landlord of The Queen Vic earlier this year as part of a revamp to boost ailing ratings.
Elsewhere on BBC One, 'Toy Story 3' will receive its terrestrial premiere at 3.20pm, Strictly Come Dancing's Christmas Special airs at 5pm, followed by a festive edition of 'Call The Midwife' at 6.15pm
Comedy is provided by 'Mrs Brown's Boys' at 9.30pm, with a Michael McIntyre special scheduled for 10.05pm.
Over on ITV, 'Paul O'Grady's Love Of Dogs' is at 5.15pm, followed by a 75-minute episode of 'Emmerdale', while 'Love Actually' will bring Christmas Day to a close.