The BBC has announced what we can expect this Christmas.
Charlotte Moore, Director, BBC Content, says: “The BBC has assembled a sensational range of programmes to give viewers a festive season filled with Christmas crackers. We are bringing back some classic favourites with the likes of Gavin & Stacey, Miranda, Scrooge and Dracula! As well as introducing original new shows too. Whether you’re a fan of drama, comedy, entertainment or simply want to wallow in the beauty of the natural world, there really is no better place to be than watching the BBC this Christmas.”
Making a welcome return to BBC One on Christmas Day is Gavin & Stacey, from Ruth Jones and James Corden, in which the nation will discover what has been happening to the Shipmans and the Wests in the last ten years, as they all gather in Barry where Uncle Bryn is cooking Christmas dinner for over thirteen people. This one-off special also stars Alison Steadman, Larry Lamb, Rob Brydon, Mathew Horne, Joanna Page, Julia Davis and Adrian Scarborough. And Miranda Hart also returns for a one-off special, Miranda: My Such Fun Celebration, filmed at the London Palladium in which the cast and crew take a fond look back at some of their favourite memories from the past ten years.
From the Mischief Theatre comes The Goes Wrong Show: The Spirit Of Christmas, in which Santa and his elves try to bring happiness to a sad little girl; and Mackenzie Crook writes, directs and stars in a new adaptation of children’s favourite Worzel Gummidge, also starring Zoe Wannamaker, Sir Michael Palin, and Vicki Pepperdine as Aunt Sally.
Doctor Who, starring Jodie Whittaker in the title role alongside Bradley Walsh, Mandip Gill and Tosin Cole, returns with a bang for a 12th series of new monsters and a fantastic line up of guest stars.
Mary Berry caters for a very special party for charity volunteers in A Berry Royal Christmas; and following another glittering series, the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special returns for an all-star episode as six of the most-loved Strictly stars – Debbie McGee, Chizzy Akudolu, Gemma Atkinson, Joe Sugg, Mark Wright and Richard Arnold take to the dancefloor in a one-off spectacular hosted by Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman; and Bradley Walsh and Holly Willoughby give members of their audience a chance to win a trip of a lifetime to Lapland in a brand new one-off special, Take Off With Bradley And Holly.
In addition, BBC One will host Christmas specials from some of its best-loved entertainment programmes, including Not Going Out; Still Open All Hours; Mrs Brown’s Boys; A Question Of Sport; Celebrity Mastermind; Pointless Celebrities; Would I Lie To You?; The Graham Norton Show; Top Of The Pops; and The Hit List Celebrity Special
A new documentary, Hugh Grant: A Life On Screen, will showcase Hugh’s work and interview the man himself about his career; Inside The Christmas Factory will take a look at how the nation’s favourite party food is produced; and Gareth Malone’s Christmas Concert will put on a choral concert with some of the staff, patients and their families of Watford General Hospital.
The boys from Top Gear will be back, setting out on an extremely tough road-trip, travelling from Kathmandu in Nepal to the Forbidden City of Lo Manthang. In the latest The Christmas Misadventures Of Romesh Ranganathan, the intrepid presenter will be in the Sahara desert battling heat of 50 degrees Celsius.
On the drama front, Sophie Cookson, James Norton, Ellie Bamber, Ben Miles and Emilia Fox will star in The Trial Of Christine Keeler, written by Bafta award-winning screenwriter and novelist Amanda Coe. The Trial Of Christine Keeler takes a fresh look at one of the most infamous British stories of the 20th century: the chain of events in the 1960s that came to be known as the Profumo Affair. At the centre of the storm was 19-year-old Christine Keeler – a young woman whom the powerful, male-dominated establishment sought to silence and exploit, but who refused to play by their rules. This six-part drama takes us behind the headlines to tell a human story about the sexual and cultural politics of one of the most revealing and iconic stories of modern times.
A Christmas Carol is a unique and original take on the Charles Dickens’ iconic ghost story by Steven Knight and a haunting, hallucinatory, spine-tingling immersion into Scrooge’s dark night of the soul. The three-part special follows Ebenezer Scrooge played by Guy Pearce, the miserly cold-hearted boss, as he is visited by ghosts from the past, present and future, on a freezing Christmas Eve. Forced to face up to how his self-interested, penny pinching behaviour has impacted his own life and those around him, is it too late for him to save the spirit of Christmas, and himself? The cast includes Guy Pearce, Andy Serkis, Stephen Graham, Charlotte Riley, Joe Alwyn, Vinette Robinson, Jason Flemyng, Kayvan Novak and Lenny Rush. Plus the return of Call The Midwife for a festive special.
Also confirmed is Dame Edna: Rules the Waves. Filmed in front of an audience, Dame Edna will host a very exclusive evening with celebrity guests including Sharon Osbourne, Rob Rinder and Emily Atack with music from Nile Rodgers and Chic. There’ll also be a few surprises direct from her luxury yacht, staffed by some familiar faces.