The BBC have revealed that their Christmas line-up will be headlined by the final two episodes of Luther and the Victorian special of Sherlock.
The final episode of Luther, which sees Idris Elba’s rogue copper being pulled back into the force, is due to air on the 22nd December. Meanwhile Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch journey back to 1895 for a unique one-off episode of Sherlock.
The Victorian theme continues with Dickensian; a twenty-part series that is set in a fictional world in which some of Charles Dickens’ most famous characters live together. Dickensian is written and created by Tony Jordan whilst its all-star cast includes Pauline Collins, Stephen Rea, Peter Firth and Caroline Quentin.
More period drama is on the way courtesy of Agatha Christie adaptation And Then There Were None which is based on the best-selling crime novel of the same name. The story centres around ten people who are all called to a mysterious island and accused of a terrible murder with one of their number later being revealed as a killer. The cast is set to include Douglas Booth, Burn Gorman, Charles Dance, Toby Stephens, Aidan Turner, Miranda Richardson and Sam Neill.
As well as these new dramas, BBC One are bringing all the usual suspects back for their now annual Christmas Specials. Doctor Who sees Alex Kingston’s River Song return to rub shoulders with Peter Capaldi’s version of the Time Lord for the first time. The Call the Midwife Christmas Special focuses on a trip to see the Regent Street lights being switched on and Sister Monica Joan going missing. Meanwhile Bruce Forsyth returns for the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special which sees former winners and memorable contestants compete for the festive Glitterball Trophy.
Comedy fans will be well catered for over Christmas with a host of BBC One favourites offering up special festive instalment. Amongst the sitcoms returning for Christmas are Mrs Brown’s Boys, Citizen Khan, Not Going Out, Boomers and Still Open All Hours. Additionally BBC One will be celebrating the nation’s favourite Bolton-based comic in Peter Kay 20 Years of Funny whilst Catherine Tate will be reviving her Nan character for two specials. Additionally there are Christmas Specials from Michael McIntyre, John Bishop and the Would I Lie To You? team.
The now annual adaptation of a David Walliams children’s book heads up BBC One’s family output as Billionaire Boy hits screens over Christmas. The cast is set to include John Thomson, Catherine Tate, Rebecca Front and James Fleet whilst Walliams himself will cameo as a Dinner Lady. Elsewhere Harry Hill returns as the eccentric Professor in The Further Adventures of Professor Branestrawm and Christmas entertainment is also provided by Aardman Animation in Shaun The Sheep: The Farmer’s Llamas.
Finishing off the BBC One line-up is that annual tradition of misery that is the Eastenders Christmas Special. This year The Beales and The Mitchells reach breaking point whilst the Carter wedding dominates the New Year day episode.
BBC Two’s line-up is headlined by We’re Doomed: The Making of Dad’s Army a one-off drama focusing on the creation of one of the nation’s favourite sitcoms. The drama sees Paul Ritter and Richard Dormer as Jimmy Perry and David Croft whilst the Dad’s Army cast will be played by the likes of Julian Sands, Mark Heap, John Sessions and Shane Richie.
Russell Howard makes his acting debut in A Gert Lush Christmas; which he has co-written alongside fellow stand-up Steve Williams. In the comedy drama plays Gary, a regular guy who is about to introduce the woman of his dreams to his crazy but loveable West Country family. Elsewhere on BBC Two Gareth Malone returns in a special show in which he attempts to reunite all the choirs he’s put together in his various programmes.
Finally BBC Four sees in the festive period with a season focusing on the Golden Age of Children’s TV as well as a special episode of the wonderful Detectorists.
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