The BBC offers a delightful assortment of content guaranteed to immerse everyone in the Christmas spirit and infuse festive cheer throughout the UK via TV channels and iPlayer.

Featuring a collection of beloved family classics, Christmas specials, blockbuster movies, gripping dramas, and side-splitting comedy, complemented by top-notch arts, documentary, music, and religious programming, this impressive 2023 lineup is available for live or on-demand viewing on BBC iPlayer and across the array of TV channels. Additionally, a wide selection of box sets allows viewers to choose when and where they wish to enjoy the content.

Charlotte Moore, BBC’s Chief Content Officer says: “This year’s Christmas line-up on the BBC is an extravaganza of must watch shows! Join us as we welcome a brand new Doctor and wave goodbye to our beloved sitcom Ghosts. Alongside a spectacular range of entertainment, drama, comedy and factual programming across the festive fortnight. It’s essential viewing for everyone as we bring friends and families together across the UK.”

Left: Tabby McTat Right: Millie Gibsona and Ncuti Gatwa in Doctor Who

At the heart of this year’s Christmas schedule are some of the most hotly anticipated programmes of the year. On Christmas Day Ncuti Gatwa will take control of the TARDIS as the Fifteenth Doctor in his first epic adventure following Doctor Who’s 60th anniversary celebrations, and the finale of smash hit comedy Ghosts will see the restless spirits and Button House residents give the show the send-off it deserves. There’s a star-studded animation of Tabby McTat based on Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s successful book about the warm and wonderful friendship between a musical cat and a talented busker.

In EastEnders all will be revealed as viewers discover which unlucky Walford male meets his demise. Festive thrills are set to continue with plenty of action in store for viewers. Hit drama The Tourist returns starring Jamie Dornan and Danielle Macdonald set against the striking backdrop of Ireland, and Agatha Christie’s classic mystery Murder is Easy is the perfect whodunnit for the Christmas season. Poignant, funny and life affirming drama Men Up tells the story of five ordinary Welsh men who embark on an extraordinary journey when they take part in the trial of a new drug that will later become Viagra.

The Call the Midwife Christmas special takes viewers back to 1968 when Apollo 8 was poised to circle the moon and new drama series Beyond Paradise makes a Christmas special debut, alongside a feature length Death in Paradise. Kit Harington and Freddie Fox star in Mark Gatiss’ adaptation of Arthur Conan Doyle’s Ghost Story for Christmas: Lot No.249.

Clockwise from top left: Death in Paradise Christmas Special, Call The Midwife Christmas Special, Agatha Christie's Murder is Easy and Sir David Attenborough posting with fossils in Attenborough and the Giant Sea Monster

Attenborough and the Giant Sea Monster follows Sir David Attenborough as he investigates the discovery of a lifetime and in Charles III: The Coronation Year viewers will get a unique insight into the life of King Charles III and Queen Camilla taking them behind the scenes of the first year of his reign.

Strictly Come Dancing returns to the Ballroom for a Christmas special bringing festive fun, frolics and fab-u-lous dancing for all the family to enjoy as Dan Snow, Sally Nugent, Jamie Borthwick, Tillie Amartey, Danny Cipriani and Keisha Buchanan take to the floor alongside a musical performance from Sam Ryder, whilst there are also festive specials from a raft of entertainment favourites including The Graham Norton ShowThe Hit ListThe Weakest LinkBlankety Blank and Would I Lie To You. There is a tinsel-covered edition of Michael McIntyre’s Christmas Wheel featuring Rylan Clark, Peter Crouch, and Nicole Scherzinger as the celebrity contestants hoping to answer their way to a festive fortune for their chosen charities. Bob, Paul and Ted travel to Scotland to fish for salmon and to taste the traditional Hogmanay celebrations on offer in Mortimer and Whitehouse: Gone Fishing and the barn open its famous doors for some magical festive fixes in The Repair Shop with Jay Blades.

For the first time in MasterChef history, after years of tasting and critiquing contestants’ dishes, the tables will be turned on five of the country’s top food critics in MasterChef: Battle of the Critics 2023. Who will receive positive reviews and who will crumble at being critiqued? Then it’s time to deck the halls, stuff the turkey and break out the Christmas fizz, as MasterChef judges Gregg Wallace and John Torode welcome back four of the most memorable celebrities from past series in Celebrity MasterChef: Christmas Cook-Off 2023.

Clockwise from top left: MasterChef critics, Nigella Lawson, The Hairy Bikers and Mary Berry

Nigella Lawson’s love of Amsterdam’s food and culture at Christmas will be showcased in Nigella’s Amsterdam Christmas and Dame Merry Berry heads to her mother’s homeland of Scotland for a magical Christmas Special in Mary Berry’s Highland Christmas plus The Hairy Bikers are back on their bikes after nearly a two year break in The Hairy Bikers: Coming Home For Christmas.

After all these shows that promise a full belly, there will be plenty of belly laughs too with a cluster of comedy to enjoy over the festive period. Mrs Brown’s Boys is back with two episodes as Mammy tries to enjoy a nice, peaceful Christmas before the whole gang start the New Year by attempting a tough new health and fitness regime. Catch big-name cameos as Spandau Ballet’s Gary and Martin Kemp return with more television Gold with a follow up to their to the hit 2020 mockumentary in The Kemps: All Gold and even more laughs are in store with brand new festive editions of Not Going OutQIHere We Go and Live at the ApolloBad Education returns for an extra special musical-themed Christmas spectacular, starring Layton Williams, Charlie Wernham, Mathew Horne and Vicki Pepperdine alongside the cast of Class K as they’ve never been seen before.

More musical moments coming up include Britain’s most gifted classical musical family, Nottingham’s Kanneh-Masons, visiting Salzburg to walk in the footsteps of Austria’s most famous musical family, the Von Trapps – the inspiration behind Hollywood’s The Sound Of Music in The Hills Are Alive With The Kanneh-Masons and elsewhere Top Of The Pops returns for a review of 2023 hosted by Clara Amfo plus there is music from the critically acclaimed RAYE at the Albert Hall.

Clockwise from top left: Mrs Brown's Boys, Kemps: All Gold, Here We Go and Not Going Out

Rick Astley Rocks New Year’s Eve with Rick and his all-star guests partying right into 2024 whilst Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra take centre stage once again for Jools’ Annual Hootenanny. New Year’s Day will see Petroc Trelawny present the New Year’s Day Concert Live from Vienna 2024. Inspired by the TV series and specially filmed on the Birmingham Hippodrome stage, Rambert’s exhilarating performance of their hit stage show Peaky Blinders: The Redemption of Thomas Shelby debuts whilst Grammy-winning singer and songwriter Gregory Porter returns to Cheltenham for a spellbinding sold-out show at this year’s world-famous Jazz Festival in Gregory Porter: Live from Cheltenham 2023.

There will be a wonderful selection of religious programming, including live worship, traditional carols and musical celebration including Midnight Mass from Portsmouth CathedralChristmas Morning from Manchester Cathedral, the second series of My Life at ChristmasCarols From King’s and The Archbishop of Canterbury’s New Year Message.

Clockwise from top left: Christmas Morning from Manchester Cathedral, The Great British Sewing Bee, The Kanneh-Masons and French and Saunders with Alan Yentob

Imagine… French & Saunders: Pointed, Bitchy, Bitter explores a brand of comedy based on satire, silliness and above all friendship – of the UK’s most successful double act of the last 40 years, Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders. Dawn will also return (almost) live from London’s iconic Palladium theatre, as she reveals (almost) all the most excruciating gaffes and howlers she’s made across her forty-year career as a comedian and actress in Dawn French is a huge TW*T. Elsewhere, the unique life and talent of Caroline Aherne is celebrated in a new Arena film Caroline Aherne: Comedy Queen plus in a film narrated by Alan Cumming with Rupert Everett as the voice of Noel Coward, Mad About The Boy: The Noel Coward Story chronicles the life of the most celebrated actor, playwright and songwriter of his generation. Antiques Roadshow presents a festive end-of-year special as the team gets into the Christmas spirit at a glorious country house and Esme Young and Patrick Grant put four celebrities’ sewing skills to the test in The Great British Sewing BeeCelebrity Christmas Special with brand new host Kiell Smith-Bynoe joined by Toyah Willcox, Kerry Godliman, Jessica Knappett and Hammed Animashaun.

There will be network premieres of films including Toy Story 4, The Addams Family 2The Witches, House of Gucci and the live action version of The Lion King and if all that was not enough, there will be hundreds of box sets and classic Christmas specials to stream on BBC iPlayer from much-loved shows like GhostsGavin and StaceyLine of DutyShetlandMan Like MobeenCall the MidwifeThis CountryNot Going Out and The Royle Family.

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What’s on BBC TV and iPlayer this Christmas?

Festive Family Time

Tabby McTat

Tabby McTat sits on Fred's shoulder on a snowy London riverside
Tabby McTat and Fred (Image: BBC/Magic Light Pictures)

BBC One and BBC iPlayer

From BAFTA-winning and Oscar-nominated producers Magic Light Pictures, Tabby McTat is a Christmas animated adventure about the warm and wonderful friendship between a musical cat and a talented busker called Fred.

Fred and Tabby McTat enjoy a contented life singing on the streets of London to delighted audiences. However one day when chasing a thief, Fred falls and breaks his leg and is whisked away in an ambulance. What will become of the busker’s cat left alone on the city streets?

Adapted from the hugely successful picture book written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler, the film stars Rob Brydon (Gavin and Stacey) as Fred, Ṣọpẹ́ Dìrísú (Gangs of London) as Tabby, Cariad Lloyd (Peep Show) as Prunella, Joanna Scanlan (The Thick of It) as Pat, Jodie Whittaker (Doctor Who) as the Narrator, and Susan Wokoma (Enola Holmes) as Sock.

Tabby McTat is a Magic Light Pictures (1 x 30) production for BBC One and BBC iPlayer. Executive producers are Barney Goodland and Michael Rose for Magic Light Pictures and Nawfal Faizullah for the BBC.

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The Famous Five

Picture shows: Cousins George, Julian, Dick and Anne, along with Timmy the Dog, make a gruesome discovery - the body of a diver washed up on their beach.
Diaana Babnicova (George), Flora Jacoby Richardson (Anne), Kit Rakusen (Dick), Elliott Rose, (Julian) and Kip (Timmy the Dog) (Image: BBC/James Pardon)

BBC One, CBBC and BBC iPlayer

The much-anticipated first episode of The Famous Five airs this Christmas on BBC One and iPlayer.

Nicolas Winding Refn (byNWR) and Matthew Read (Moonage Pictures) bring these classic adventures to life with a new, fresh, modern reimagining of Enid Blyton’s iconic stories. The Famous Five follows daring young explorers as they encounter treacherous, action-packed adventures, remarkable mysteries and astounding secrets.

In the first episode, ‘The Curse of Kirrin Island’, a body washes up on the beach, apparently the victim of a local curse. Cousins George, Julian, Dick, Anne and Timmy the dog set out to discover the source of the problem – Kirrin Island, an uninhabited island that belongs to the family.

Two more episodes of The Famous Five will follow in 2024.

The Famous Five is a Moonage Pictures and byNWR production (3 x 90’) for CBBC, BBC One and BBC iPlayer made in co-production with German ZDF and Mediapro for Spain and Latin America. BBC Studios, who have a minority investment in Moonage Pictures, are distributing the series internationally and have presold to TF1 in France. It was commissioned by Sarah Muller, Senior Head of BBC Children’s Commissioning 7+. The Executive Producers are Nicolas Winding Refn (byNWR) and Matthew Read (Moonage Pictures). The Commissioning Editor for the BBC is Amy Buscombe.

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Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty

Two ballet dancers on stage in Matthew Bourne's Sleeping Beauty - the man holds a flower, wrapping one arm around the waist of the woman who is dancing in an outdoor garden scene
Andrew Monaghan as Leo and Ashley Shaw as Princess Aurora in Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty (Image: BBC/Illuminations TV Ltd./Johan Persson)

BBC Two and BBC iPlayer

Enter a wondrous world of magical fairies and vampires, where the timeless tale of good versus evil is turned upside down, creating a supernatural love story that even the passage of time itself cannot hinder. Will Princess Aurora ever find her true love again?

Since its premier in 2012, Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty has been enchanting audiences throughout the UK and across the globe.

With Tchaikovsky’s unforgettable score played live by the New Adventures orchestra, Bourne’s masterful storytelling and sumptuous sets and costumes, get ready to be transported in time from the halcyon days of the late Edwardian era through to the modern day in this dazzling gothic romance.

Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty is an Illuminations/New Adventures production for BBC Two and BBC iPlayer (1 x 105 mins). The Executive Producer for Illuminations is John Wyver and the Commissioning Editor for BBC Arts is Stephen James-Yeoman.

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Attenborough and the Giant Sea Monster

Sir David Attenborough holding an ammonite fossil at Kimmeridge Bay in Dorset, UK
Sir David Attenborough (Image: BBC Studios)

BBC One and BBC iPlayer

150 million years ago, dinosaurs ruled the land, but the oceans were dominated by a mysterious sea monster. Meet the pliosaur, the Tyrannosaurus rex of the seas! Now, a giant skull has been found in the cliffs of Dorset…

Attenborough and the Giant Sea Monster follows Sir David Attenborough as he investigates the discovery of a lifetime. He’s joining two of the UK’s most intrepid fossil hunters on their perilous expedition to excavate the skull from its resting place 12 metres up in the cliff face. David’s been an avid fossil collector since he was a young boy, but he has never come across a find quite like this.

To help unravel the skull’s mysteries, an international team of scientists and palaeontologists search for clues about how this fearsome beast not only looked but how it behaved, and the strategies it used to hunt its prey. Cutting-edge visual effects sequences bring the sea monster to life, showcasing its astonishing size – thought to be an incredible 12 metres long – and its phenomenal strength. A momentous new discovery, scientists now believe this could be a completely new species of pliosaur.

Attenborough and the Giant Sea Monster will combine ground-breaking science, fascinating natural history with gripping storytelling, and state-of-the-art CGI to explore the tale of the most formidable predator of the Jurassic world…one that hunted in the seas just off the coast of Britain!

Attenborough and the Giant Sea Monster is a BBC Studios Natural History Unit (1×60) production for BBC One and BBC iPlayer co-produced by PBS and the WNET Group. It was commissioned by Jack Bootle, Head of Commissioning, Specialist Factual. The Executive Producer for BBC Studios is Mike Gunton, and the Commissioning Editor is Tom Coveney.

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Carols From King’s

BBC Two and BBC iPlayer

The candlelit, fan-vaulted Chapel of King’s College, Cambridge is the stunning setting for this much anticipated annual celebration of the Christmas story, told through music, readings and prayers with an invited congregation of college members and guests. Led by the Dean, the Revd Dr Stephen Cherry, the service begins in the time-honoured way as a solo chorister sings the first verse of Once in Royal David’s City. The world renowned choir, directed by Daniel Hyde, sings carols old and new, including Silent Night (arr. John Rutter), In the Bleak Midwinter (Harold Darke), In the Stillness (Sally Beamish) and Child in a Manager (arr. John Rutter). The choir leads the congregation in popular carols, including O Come All Ye Faithful, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen and Hark! the Herald Angels Sing. The story of the Nativity is read by members of King’s College in the words of the King James Bible and in poems by Mary Elizabeth Coleridge, Marion Strobel, Thomas Hardy and Walter de la Mare.

Carols From King’s is a BBC Studios production (1×75’) for BBC Two and iPlayer. It was commissioned by Daisy Scalchi, Head of Religion and Ethics TV. The Executive Producer is Catherine Stirk.

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Midnight Mass from Portsmouth Cathedral

BBC One and BBC iPlayer

The traditional celebration of the First Eucharist of Christmas and Blessing of the Crib, will be broadcast live from the ‘Cathedral of the Sea’ situated in the historic heart of the city of Portsmouth. The Dean of Portsmouth, the Very Revd Dr Anthony Cane, will introduce and lead the service with Bishop of Portsmouth, the Rt Revd Dr Jonathan Frost preaching. Music will include the well-loved carols O Come, All Ye Faithful; It Came Upon a Midnight Clear; and Hark! The Herald Angels Sing. The Organist and Master of the Choristers, Dr David Price will lead the Cathedral Choir accompanied by musicians of His Majesty’s Royal Marine Band Service.

Midnight Mass from Portsmouth Cathedral is a BBC Studios Production (1×75’) for BBC One and iPlayer. It was commissioned by Daisy Scalchi, Head of Religion and Ethics TV. The Executive Producer is Catherine Stirk.

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Christmas Morning from Manchester Cathedral

Very Revd Rogers Govender, Dean of Manchester Cathedral, stands with his hands outstretched at the doors of the cathedral
Very Revd Rogers Govender Dean of Manchester Cathedral (Image: BBC/Manchester Cathedral)

BBC One and BBC iPlayer

A joyful service of hope, peace and goodwill, live from Manchester Cathedral on Christmas morning led by the Dean, the Very Revd Rogers Govender. The Bishop of Manchester, the Rt Revd Prof David Walker, will preach. The wonder of the Nativity; the Journey of Mary, Joseph and the Shepherds will be captured in a liturgy of music and readings. Manchester Cathedral Choir, directed by the Organist & Master of the Choristers, Christopher Stokes, will lead the congregation in some of the nation’s favourite carols, including O Come, All Ye Faithful, Unto Us Is Born a Son and While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks By Night.

Christmas Morning from Manchester Cathedral is a BBC Studios production (1×60’) for BBC One and iPlayer. It was commissioned by Daisy Scalchi, Head of Religion and Ethics TV. The Executive Producer is Catherine Stirk.

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On Christmas Night

BBC One and BBC iPlayer

As Christmas Day draws to a close, a well-known celebrity narrates the story of the first Christmas from Luke’s Gospel, when angels appeared to shepherds to proclaim the news of Jesus’s birth. The reading is followed by a familiar carol, performed by a solo singer or choir.

On Christmas Night is a BBC Studios production (1×4’) for BBC One and iPlayer. It was commissioned by Daisy Scalchi, Head of Religion and Ethics TV. The Executive Producer is Catherine Stirk.

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The Archbishop of Canterbury’s New Year Message

BBC One and BBC iPlayer

For his 2024 New Year Message, the Archbishop of Canterbury, explores what it means to serve your community and your country. This year, Archbishop Welby is focusing on those people who personify the notion of “service”, and sometimes even self-sacrifice: the British Armed Forces. He’ll be at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire, which has nearly 6000 service personnel, plus hundreds of civilian staff. It’s home to the RAF’s Air Mobility Force, and is also where desperately needed humanitarian aid is loaded onto planes and flown to parts of the world experiencing devastating war and conflict as well as natural disaster.

The Archbishop of Canterbury’s New Year Message is a BBC Studios (1×5’) for BBC One and iPlayer. It was commissioned by Daisy Scalchi, Head of Religion and Ethics TV. The Executive Producer is Catherine Stirk.

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The 2023 Christmas Lectures from the Royal Institution

Mike Wooldridge, Professor of AI at Oxford, sits on bright pink seating holding a piece of technology in his hands
Professor Michael Woolridge (Image: BBC/Windfall Films/Paul Wilkinson Photography)

BBC Four and BBC iPlayer

The truth about artificial intelligence, the most important and rapidly evolving field of science in the world today, will be revealed in the 2023 Christmas Lectures from the Royal Institution.

Artificial intelligence (AI) has increasingly grabbed the headlines in recent years – generating excitement and concern in equal measure – and not since the World-Wide Web emerged 30-years ago has a new technology promised to change our world so fundamentally and so swiftly.

But what should we believe? In three Christmas Lectures to be shown on BBC Four and iPlayer, Mike Wooldridge, Professor of AI at Oxford University and Director for AI at The Alan Turing Institute in London, will tackle the big questions facing AI research and unravel the myths about how this ground-breaking technology really works.

The 2023 Christmas Lectures from the Royal Institution are produced by Windfall Films (3 x 60’) for BBC Four and iPlayer. They were commissioned by Kate Phillips, Director of Unscripted and Jack Bootle, Head of Commissioning, Specialist Factual. The Commissioning Editor for the BBC is Siobhan Mulholland. The Series Producer is Zara Powell and the Executive Producer is David Dugan.

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Festive Feel Good

Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special

Strictly Come Dancing Christmas 2023 contestants. Top left to right - Dan Snow, Sally Nugent and Jamie Borthwick. Bottom left to right - Tillie Amartey, Danny Cipriani and Keisha Buchanan
Strictly Come Dancing Christmas 2023 contestants. Top left to right – Dan Snow, Sally Nugent and Jamie Borthwick. Bottom left to right – Tillie Amartey, Danny Cipriani and Keisha Buchanan

BBC One and BBC iPlayer

Strictly Come Dancing returns to the Ballroom for a Christmas special bringing festive fun, frolics and fab-u-lous dancing for all the family to enjoy on Christmas Day. Join Tess Daly & Claudia Winkleman as six stars take to the floor in a bid to be crowned Christmas Champion 2023, but will the judges be naughty or nice this year? Sam Ryder will also be performing in the Ballroom and there are two spectacular group routines guaranteed to bring Christmas cheer.

The Strictly Come Dancing Christmas special will air on BBC One and BBC iPlayer on Christmas Day.

Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special is a BBC Studios production (1 x 60) for BBC One and BBC iPlayer. It was commissioned by Kalpna Patel-Knight, Head of Entertainment Commissioning at the BBC. The Executive Producer for BBC Studios is Sarah James and the Commissioning Editor for the BBC is Jo Wallace.

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The Hit List Christmas Special

Left to right: George Shelley, Kimberly Wyatt, Una Healy, Rochelle Humes, Marvin Humes, Kitty Scott-Claus, Kate Thornton and Gregg Wallace on the set of The Hit List
George Shelley, Kimberly Wyatt, Una Healy, Rochelle Humes, Marvin Humes, Kitty Scott-Claus, Kate Thornton and Gregg Wallace (Image: BBC/Tuesday’s Child/Graeme Hunter)

BBC One and BBC iPlayer

You better watch out – it’s time for a star-studded Christmas Special of The Hit List!

The three teams joining Marvin and Rochelle Humes for this festive episode are popstars Una Healy and Kimberly Wyatt, presenters Gregg Wallace and Kate Thornton, Union J’s George Shelley and drag queen Kitty Scott-Claus – but who will jingle all the way to the Final Chart Rundown for a chance to win £10,000 for their chosen charity?

Get ready to play along and shout out the answers at the telly!

The Hit List Christmas Special is a Tuesday’s Child Scotland (1 x 45”) for BBC1 and BBC iPlayer. It was commissioned by Kalpna Patel-Knight, Head of Entertainment. The Executive Producer for Tuesday’s Child Scotland is Karen Smith and the Commissioning Editor for the BBC is Neil McCallum.

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MasterChef: Battle of the Critics 2023

William Sitwell, Grace Dent, Jay Rayner, Leyla Kazim and Jimi Famurewa stand in the MasterChef kitchen
William Sitwell, Grace Dent, Jay Rayner, Leyla Kazim and Jimi Famurewa

BBC One and BBC iPlayer

For the first time in MasterChef history, after years of tasting and critiquing contestants’ dishes, the tables will be turned on five of the country’s top food critics.

In this special episode, the Restaurant Critics will be putting their own culinary reputations on the line as they battle for the title of MasterChef Critics Champion 2023. Competing are Grace Dent, Leyla Kazim, William Sitwell, Jay Rayner, and Jimi Famurewa, who will be pushed to the extreme in two demanding challenges cooking for judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace and then also returning champions Ping Coombes (MasterChef 2014), Kenny Tutt (MasterChef 2018) and Nikita Pathakji (MasterChef: The Professionals 2022).

Will the diners show them any leniency, or do they have scores to settle? Who will receive positive reviews and who will crumble at being critiqued? Only one critic will be crowned champion and take home the coveted Golden Cutlery trophy. It’s the ultimate showdown.

MasterChef: Battle of the Critics 2023 is made by Shine TV, part of Banijay (1 X 60) for BBC One and BBC iPlayer. The Commissioning Editor for the BBC is Sarah Clay and the Executive Producer for Shine TV is David Ambler.

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Celebrity MasterChef: Christmas Cook-Off 2023

BBC One and BBC iPlayer

Deck the halls, stuff the turkey and break out the Christmas fizz, as MasterChef judges Gregg Wallace and John Torode welcome back four of the most memorable celebrities from past series.

Battling to take home the ultimate Christmas present – the coveted Golden Whisk – are musician Mel Blatt, actor and comedian Richard Blackwood, singer Duncan James, and reality star Faye Winter. Christmas sunshine is guaranteed as the celebrities must create a dish reflective of Australia during the festive season – each with a recipe to follow and a set of ingredients from their Secret Santa Mystery Box.

Tasting their dishes along with the judges is special guest – one of Australia’s greatest exports and national treasure – Peter Andre. The celebrities then must cook up their ultimate Christmas dinner. Expect fireworks and a sprinkling of fairy dust, as all four celebrities fight to sleigh the competition and be crowned Celebrity MasterChef Christmas Champion 2023.

Celebrity MasterChef: Christmas Cook-Off 2023 is made by Shine TV, part of Banijay (1 X 60) for BBC One and BBC iPlayer. The Commissioning Editor for the BBC is Sarah Clay and the Executive Producer for Shine TV is David Ambler.

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Call The Midwife

The cast of Call The Midwife sit around a dinner table piled with festive foods as someone takes a photograph
(Image: BBC/Neal Street Productions)

BBC One and BBC iPlayer

Call The Midwife’s 2023 Christmas Special begins two weeks before Christmas, with Apollo 8 poised to circle the moon.

Sister Monica Joan (Judy Parfitt) is convinced this could be her final Yuletide and decides she’ll not live to see man walk on the moon. The Nonnatus Family, including Trixie’s (Helen George) brother Geoffrey (Christopher Harper), decide something must be done to try and lighten her state of mind. Nancy (Megan Cusack) has recommitted to staying at Nonnatus House and Sister Julienne (Jenny Agutter) has offered her and Colette (Francesca Fullilove) a room for the foreseeable future. Trixie and Matthew (Olly Rix), fresh from their honeymoon, are preparing their first Christmas together as husband and wife when Geoffrey pays them an unexpected visit days before Christmas. Cyril (Zephryn Taitte) gently intervenes when he discovers a lost soul living alone in a dilapidated basement flat. For this man, Christmas is a reminder of all he’s lost and all he’s never had. Nurse Crane (Linda Bassett), away on her refresher course, makes it home in time for Christmas festivities despite a treacherously heavy snowfall.

Call The Midwife (1×90) is a Neal Street Productions for BBC One and BBC iPlayer. Executive producers for Neal Street Productions are Pippa Harris, Heidi Thomas and Ann Tricklebank, with Gaynor Holmes for the BBC.

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Death in Paradise Christmas Special

A scene from Death in Paradise 2023 Christmas episode featuring Doon Mackichan and Ralf Little having a conversation at a festive party - Ralph wears a red Santa hat.

BBC One and BBC iPlayer

It’s the most wonderful time of the year as we return to sun-drenched Saint Marie to join the police team for a festive feature-length Death in Paradise Christmas special.

When entrepreneur and family man, Gerry Stableforth (Geoff Bell), is found dead in a ravine, his family – wife Bella (Patsy Kensit), children Benjamin (Freddy Carter), Mariana (Amelia Clarkson), and niece Riley (Leila Khan) – are left in shock. As DI Neville Parker (Ralf Little), DS Naomi Thomas (Shantol Jackson), Officer Marlon Pryce (Tahj Miles) and Trainee Officer Darlene Curtis (Ginny Holder) set to work on cracking this mysterious death, things take a turn as the family’s visiting digital marketing guru, Debbie Clumson (Bronagh Waugh), suddenly disappears. Once news of Debbie’s disappearance reaches home, her hapless partner, Dave (Youssef Kerkour), is determined to find out what happened to her.

Meanwhile, Neville’s larger-than-life mum, Melanie (Doon Mackichan), arrives on the island to spend Christmas with her son in the sun. Quickly striking up a fabulous friendship with Catherine Bordey (Élizabeth Bourgine), the pair take the Saint Marie dating scene by storm. But not before Melanie attempts to impart some words of wisdom upon her love-scarred son, who is battling the notion that some people just aren’t meant to find love, with him being one of them…

Also taking notes from Neville’s mum, Naomi attempts to loosen up and focus on herself outside of work –but is she about to make things awkward between herself and a close friend at the Christmas party? And is Neville the man responsible for putting an awkward stop to Commissioner Selwyn Patterson’s (Don Warrington) big Christmas lights switch on?

Death in Paradise (1×90) is a Red Planet Pictures production for BBC One and BBC iPlayer. Executive producers for Red Planet Pictures are Tim Key and Ceri Meyrick, with Danielle Scott-Haughton for the BBC.

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Beyond Paradise Christmas Special

BBC One and BBC iPlayer

Following the hugely successful launch of Beyond Paradise, the UK’s most watched new drama series of the year so far, comes the show’s first Christmas special.

Starring Kris Marshall and Sally Bretton, Beyond Paradise is a Red Planet Pictures (1×60”) production for BBC One and BBC iPlayer. Executive Producers for Red Planet Pictures are Tony Jordan, Tim Key and Belinda Campbell, with Danielle Scott-Haughton for the BBC.

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Stacey Solomon’s Crafty Christmas

Stacey Solomon smiles for the camera holding a large festive craft
Stacey Solomon (Image: BBC/Optomen TV/Mark Dolman)

BBC One and BBC iPlayer

Stacey Solomon returns with a Christmas special where friends and family join her to create a new batch of ingenious home-made gifts and decorations that she hopes will bring joy without blowing the budget. This year she’ll be making even more gifts as she throws a special Christmas party to say thank you to the volunteers in the local area who have been working through the year to help those in need.

With Joe being Joe, and five kids to keep occupied, Stacey will need all of the help she can get. Together with her boys, sister, the local WI, and with a special appearance from her 90-plus grandmother and professional organiser and Sort Your Life Out co-star Dilly Carter, it’s time to put everyone to work. Crafting a range of ingenious money-saving makes from Nutcracker figures made from household items to stunning Christmas Pudding wreaths and hand-made festive lanterns to personalised presents, foraged decorations and a very special home-made gift for Joe, can Stacey pull off her most ambitious Christmas craft party yet?

Stacey Solomon’s Crafty Christmas is made by Optomen (1 x 60) for BBC One and BBC iPlayer. It was commissioned by Clare Sillery, Head of Commissioning, Documentaries. The Executive Producers for Optomen are Nick Hornby and Tina Flintoff, and the Commissioning Editor for the BBC is Beejal-Maya Patel.

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The Great British Sewing Bee: Celebrity Christmas Special

Judge Patrick Grant, Presenter Kiell Smith-Bynoe and Judge Esme Young stand exchanging Christmas gifts, wearing red Christmas hats
Judge Patrick Grant, Presenter Kiell Smith-Bynoe and Judge Esme Young (Image: BBC/Love Productions/Paul Andrews)

BBC One and BBC iPlayer

Esme Young and Patrick Grant put four celebrities’ sewing skills to the test in The Great British Sewing Bee: Celebrity Christmas Special.

Brand new host and former Christmas Special sewer, Kiell Smith-Bynoe is joined by actor, musician and punk icon Toyah Willcox, actor and comedian Kerry Godliman, comedian and writer Jessica Knappett and actor Hammed Animashaun as they put their twist on a pattern for a Christmas stocking. They then turn puffer jackets into food themed fancy dress for kids and finally create an outfit fit for their dream Christmas Day.

The Great British Sewing Bee: Celebrity Christmas Special is a Love Productions programme (1 x 60 minute) for BBC One and BBC iPlayer. It was commissioned by Catherine Catton. The Executive Producers for Love Productions are Richard McKerrow and Tom Davies and the Commissioning Editor for the BBC is Patrick McMahon.

amanda@colsolepr.co.uk

Nigella’s Amsterdam Christmas

Nigella Lawson stands in a kitchen that's been decorated for Christmas. She wears a red and white striped top.
Nigella Lawson (Image: BBC Studios / Jay Brooks)

BBC One and BBC iPlayer

Nigella Lawson’s love of Amsterdam’s food and culture at Christmas can’t be tamed, and this year for BBC One and iPlayer she’s bringing Dutch joy to viewers back home with Nigella’s Amsterdam Christmas.

Amsterdam is entrancing at the best of times, but Nigella wants to bring its special festive atmosphere and sense of enchantment to viewers cosied up at home this winter. She has a long history with the city and her family ties go back generations. Her many visits to the city bring up fond memories of lights reflecting in the canals, the sights of people huddled against the cold drinking Claret Cup, the smells of spice-sweet and fruited breads, the crunch of icing-laced cookies.

With visits to Nigella’s favourite places in Amsterdam, this special will follow the tried and tested Nigella approach – alongside her unique narrative storytelling which viewers love.

Filmed in both London and Amsterdam, this festive special delivers the much-loved charisma, unique storytelling, and enchantment that viewers have come to expect from Nigella. With delicious and accessible recipes along the way that will give a festive twist to Christmas this year, buckle in for a very personal journey through the Dutch capital this Christmas.

Nigella’s Amsterdam Christmas Special is made by BBC Studios (1 x 60’) for BBC One and BBC iPlayer. It was commissioned by Catherine Catton, Head of Commissioning, Factual Entertainment and Events. The Executive Producer is Paolo Proto and the Commissioning Editor for the BBC is Ricky Cooper.

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Mary Berry’s Highland Christmas

Dame Mary Berry stands at the counter in a festively decorated kitchen, smiling
(Image: Rumpus Media)

BBC One and BBC iPlayer

Dame Merry Berry is heading to her mother’s homeland of Scotland for a magical Christmas Special this December in Mary Berry’s Highland Christmas for BBC One and BBC iPlayer, produced by the multi award-winning Rumpus Media.

In this enchanting festive special, Mary Berry travels to the Highlands on a winter break, cooking up some truly indulgent dishes that can be enjoyed at any time over the festive season. Audiences will have the opportunity to recreate some of Mary’s favourite Christmas dishes, as well as those steeped in Scottish tradition, including a spectacular Cranachan wreath, indulgent cheese fondue and her classic Buche de Noel. Sprinkled amidst the abundance of rich cultural delights will be Mary reflecting on her heritage with fascinating anecdotes about her Scottish roots. She’s not going alone, accompanying her on this magical adventure will be special guests who’ll make this one a Christmas to remember.

Mary’s Highland Christmas is made by Rumpus Media (1×60’) for BBC One and iPlayer. It was commissioned by Catherine Catton, Head of Commissioning, Factual Entertainment and Events. The Director is Katy Fryer and the Executive Producers are Emily Hudd and Kelly Sparks, and the Commissioning Editor for the BBC is Ricky Cooper.

charlotte.kershaw@multitudemedia.co.uk

My Life at Christmas with Adrian Chiles

Adrian Chiles and Oti Mabuse sit in two armchairs around a coffee table and smile to camera. The room is decorated with a Christmas tree and wreaths.
(Image: BBC/Big Circus Media)

BBC One and BBC iPlayer

In this second series of My Life at Christmas for advent 2023, journalist and broadcaster Adrian Chiles meets three well-known faces to find out how their festive memories reflect their lives, careers, family and faith.

Dancer Oti Mabuse recalls her journey from a South African township to becoming a two-time Strictly Come Dancing champion, and how a new arrival this year is going to change her Christmases forever.

Veteran BBC news reporter and World Affairs Editor John Simpson discusses his family, faith and a career filled with Christmases spent in far flung places across the world – from dangerous war zones and political revolutions to devastating tropical storms.

And Martin and Shirlie Kemp open their garden grotto to Adrian to share their Christmas memories, from the heady days of 80s pop stardom and TV & film success to becoming a family and coping with serious ill health.

Episode 1 – Oti Mabuse – BBC One Sunday 3 December

Episode 2 – John Simpson – BBC One Sunday 10 December

Episode 3 – Martin & Shirley Kemp – BBC One Sunday 17 December

My Life at Christmas with Adrian Chiles is a Big Circus Media production (3×60’) for BBC One and BBC iPlayer. It was commissioned by Jack Bootle, Head of Commissioning, Specialist Factual. The Executive Producers are Gareth Collet, Matt Baker and Elliot Falk. The Series Producer is Jim Turner and the Commissioning Editor for the BBC is Daisy Scalchi.

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DIY SOS EastEnders Special

Nick Knowles and Natalie Cassidy wear hard hats and hi-vis vests
Nick Knowles and Natalie Cassidy (Image: BBC Studios)

BBC One and BBC iPlayer

The BBC’s flagship home renovation programme sees EastEnders stars join Nick Knowles and the team in Essex for a Christmas special edition of DIY SOS.

Joined by an army of volunteers, the cast members from Albert square help to create a new building for local mental health hub Butterfly Effect Well-being. In need of desperate repairs, the crew work to turn this unloved space into a warm and welcoming space for the local community.

DIY SOS EastEnders Special (60’ x 1) is a BBC Studios Unscripted Production for BBC One and BBC iPlayer. It was commissioned by Catherine Catton, Head of Commissioning, Factual Entertainment and Events. The Executive Producer for BBC Studios is Sarah Trigg and the Series Producer is Carrie Smith. The Commissioning Editor for the BBC is Jasmyn McGuile.

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Antiques Roadshow Christmas Special

BBC One and BBC iPlayer

In this festive end-of-year special, the Roadshow team gets into the Christmas spirit at a glorious country house as they look back on some of the most memorable and moving stories to have appeared on the show in recent years to find out ‘what happened next?’

The daughter of pioneering female pilot Jackie Moggridge traces her mother’s story at the Biggin Hill airbase, where she sees a Spitfire her mum would have flown. A collection of glass negative photos seen at the Roadshow in Edinburgh reveal a heart wrenching story of young boys taken from Scotland to work as unpaid laborers in Canada at turn of the 20th century. Jewellery expert Geoffrey Munn discovers a rare, previously unknown brooch by Victorian designer William Burgess.

Expect emotional moments and surprising discoveries as we’re reunited with a handful of characters who made a lasting impression when they first appeared on the show.

Antiques Roadshow Christmas Special (60’ x 1) is a BBC Studios production for BBC One and BBC iPlayer. The Executive Producer for BBC Studios is Robert Murphy and the Commissioning Editor for the BBC is Clare Mottershead.

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The Hairy Bikers: Coming Home For Christmas

Si King and Dave Myers stand outside a large red brick house with their motorbikes
Si King and Dave Myers (Image: BBC/South Shore Productions/Neil Ferry)

BBC Two and BBC iPlayer

The Hairy Bikers are back on their bikes after nearly a two year break.

12 months ago Dave received a cancer diagnosis that left him facing an uncertain future. But now, reunited with his best mate Si, the boys are back on the road, searching for wonderful seasonal ingredients to create a festive banquet to thank all those who’ve helped Dave throughout his recent struggles.

From the doctors and nurses who helped with his treatment, to the food producers who helped him fall back in love with food, and with the family and friends who have supported him through his darkest days, the preparation for this year’s Christmas will tell the story of an incredibly emotional year for Dave and Si.

From wonderful local delicacies… to a traditional roast centrepiece… to a pudding that defies expectation… the bikers are making up for lost time and determined to create the greatest Hairy Bikers festive feast ever.

The Hairy Bikers: Home For Christmas is a South Shore production (1×60’) for BBC Two and iPlayer. It was commissioned by Catherine Catton, Head of Commissioning, Factual Entertainment and Events. The Executive Producers are Andrew Mackenzie-Betty and Melanie Leach. The Series Producer and Director is Francois Galdofini and the Commissioning Editor for the BBC is Jasmyn McGuile.

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Father Brown

Brenda Palmer (Ruby-May Martinwood), Sgt. Goodfellow (John Burton), Father Brown (Mark Williams), Mrs Devine (Claudie Blakley) and Chief Inspector Sullivan (Tom Chambers) are all gathered by the steps of a large house
Brenda Palmer (Ruby-May Martinwood), Sgt. Goodfellow (John Burton), Father Brown (Mark Williams), Mrs Devine (Claudie Blakley) and Chief Inspector Sullivan (Tom Chambers) (Image: BBC Studios/Gary Moyes)

BBC One and BBC iPlayer

Father Brown returns with a brand new series. In the first episode, Father Brown investigates when rivalries escalate to murderous heights at the Kembleston Olimpicks.

Mrs Devine (Claudie Blakley) is shocked when her son Eddie (Barney Wilkinson) returns to Kembleford. She is determined to keep her new relationship with Chief Inspector Sullivan (Tom Chambers) a secret from everyone, although Father Brown (Mark Williams) and Brenda (Ruby-May Martinwood) know exactly what’s going on!

Soon the competitive nature of the games starts to show, with disgruntled gardener Patty Frewin (Erin Shanager) blaming Dr Geoffrey Fleming (Toby Williams) for her withdrawal from the competition, while Shirley Fraser (Amy Trigg) is also unusually edgy around the doctor. Elsewhere, Geoffrey disqualifies his own brother Brian (Kelvin Fletcher), much to the delight of Hambleston captain, William Redshaw (Esh Alladi). When Hambleston competitor Ursula Fanshaw (Barbara D’Alterio) is poisoned during the spinach eating contest, it soon transpires that Geoffrey was the intended target. Can Father Brown identify the killer before they strike again?

Father Brown is a BBC Studios (10 x 45) production for BBC One and BBC iPlayer. The Executive Producer for BBC Studios is Neil Irvine and the Commissioning Editor for the BBC is Helen Munson.

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Inside The Factory

Gregg Wallace stands inside a factory beside a conveyor belt of Yorkshire puddings.
Gregg Wallace (Image: BBC/Voltage TV)

BBC Two and BBC iPlayer

Gregg Wallace is following production of a seasonal favourite, the Yorkshire pudding. Inside the factory in Hull, they produce five hundred million frozen Yorkies every year. Although the factory makes them by the tonne, the ingredients are as simple as when you make them at home – flour, eggs, milk and salt. But the processes are entirely industrial, with high tech mixers, a 53 metre-long conveyor oven and huge freezers.

Gregg learns that the key to getting the perfect Yorkshire pudding shape is to trap air in the batter while mixing, and to make sure the oil added to the cooking pan forms a ‘halo’. Elsewhere in the episode, Cherry Healey visits one of the country’s largest wheat testing and storage depots where each silo contains enough wheat to make flour for 416 million Yorkshire puddings. And if you prefer beef to your Christmas turkey, she teams up with food scientist, Barbara Bray to learn how to cook the perfect gravy. Historian, Ruth Goodman bites into the history of the roast dinner; and helps a chef master the art of washing up Tudor-style.

Inside the Factory is made by Voltage TV (1×60’) for BBC Two and BBC iPlayer. It was commissioned by Jack Bootle, Head of Commissioning, Specialist Factual. The Executive Producers are Michael Rees and Lucy Carter and the Commissioning Editors for the BBC are Siobhan Mulholland and Sreya Biswas.

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Mortimer and Whitehouse: Gone Fishing

BBC Two and BBC iPlayer

In this special hour-long festive episode, Bob, Paul and Ted travel to Scotland to fish for salmon and to taste the traditional Hogmanay celebrations on offer.

As well as fishing the rivers Dee, Tay and Ericht, they will be joined by an old friend for dinner and invite a very special guest to perform at their New Year’s Eve party.

They start their trip on a steam train overlooking the River Dee, the first place they’ll fish, a river that brings back special memories for Paul as he used to fish the very same beat with his father for many years.

On the train they set out their resolutions for the New Year, while Ted shows off his brand new Christmas present.

In true Gone Fishing style, Bob reveals unique accommodation in enchanting locations where all three can relax after a hard days fishing.

Mystic Wilf drops by to predict their year ahead and Ted is treated to a special afternoon’s entertainment before the traditional works party and awards ceremony.

The show ends with a musical bang as they bid farewell to 2023 and welcome 2024 … and away …

Mortimer and Whitehouse: Gone Fishing is an Owl Power production (1 x 60) for BBC Two and BBC iPlayer. It was commissioned by Catherine Catton, Head of Commissioning, Factual Entertainment and Events. The Executive Producer is Lisa Clark, the Director is Rob Gill and the Producer is Stephanie Fyfe. The Commissioning Editor for the BBC is Patrick McMahon.

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University Challenge

Amol Rajan stands on set for Christmas University Challenge
Amol Rajan (Image: BBC/Lifted Entertainment, Part of ITV Studios)

BBC Two and BBC iPlayer

Once again, University Challenge celebrates Christmas by giving students a short break, and instead inviting teams of distinguished alumni to compete on behalf of their former university.

Expect to see some of the UK’s finest minds test themselves on one of the UK’s toughest quiz shows, with plenty of seasonal brainteasers to test what they know – and what they don’t – about pretty much everything. Fourteen teams have been brave enough to accept our challenge to compete in seven first-round matches, with places in the semi-finals for the four smartest teams, two of whom will then battle it out for nothing more than the glory of being named Christmas series champions. We cordially invite all University Challenge viewers to test themselves alongside our fearless teams. As a former contestant on Christmas University Challenge himself, presenter Amol Rajan will know exactly what the teams will be going through!

University Challenge is made by Lifted Entertainment/ITV Studios (10 x 30’) for BBC Two and BBC iPlayer. It was commissioned by Kalpna Patel-Knight. The Executive Producer for Lifted Entertainment is Peter Gwyn, Series Producer is Clare Parody and the Commissioning Editor for the BBC is Suzanne McManus.

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The Repair Shop Christmas Special

Will Kirk, Dominic Chinea, Jay Blades and Kirsten Ramsay stand in a very festive workshop, decorated with lights, wreaths and Christmas trees
Will Kirk, Dominic Chinea, Jay Blades and Kirsten Ramsay (Image: BBC/Ricochet/Cody Burridge)

BBC One and BBC iPlayer

The Repair Shop Christmas Special (w/t) sees the barn open its famous doors for some magical festive fixes. Jay Blades is joined by a team of favourite experts from across the series as they are tasked with the restoration of cherished items full of Christmas memories.

Among the precious items arriving in the barn is an extraordinary mechanical Christmas cake invention dating back to the 1940s that calls on a collaboration of skills from Steve Fletcher, Kirsten Ramsay and Mark Stuckey; whilst Pete Woods, Dominic Chinea and Suzie Fletcher team up to make a Caribbean steel pan sing once more…just in time for a special party.

Whilst tackling the restorations the team also create some incredibly personal Secret Santa gifts for each other leaving some of the experts speechless and as the items are returned to their grateful owners the spirit and excitement of the season is shared by all.

The Repair Shop: Christmas Special (TITLE TBC) is a Ricochet Production (1 x 60 Mins) for BBC One and BBC iPlayer. It was commissioned by Catherine Catton, Head of Commissioning for Factual Entertainment. The Executive Producers for Ricochet are Glenn Swift and Emma Walsh, with Series Producer, Matt Baker, and the Commissioning Editor for the BBC is Julie Shaw.

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Celebrity Escape to the Country

Celebrity Escape to the Country in text with the i in celebrity sparkling. Cottage in the background

BBC One and BBC iPlayer

Beloved house-hunting show, Escape to the Country is getting a sprinkling of star dust in this brand-new celebrity edition. In this very special series, Celebrity Escape to the Country welcomes an exciting host of well-known faces hoping to make a countryside relocation including the nation’s favourite panto dame and King of the Jungle, Christopher Biggins; Bucks Fizz popstar, Cheryl Baker; TV health professional, Doctor Ranj Singh; Strictly Come Dancing’s Janette Manrara and Aljaž Škorjanec; and TV quiz sensation, Jenny Ryan AKA ‘The Vixen’ from The Chase.

First launching in 2002, the BBC’s longest running property show Escape to the Country has showcased an idyllic look into rural Britain’s property market, giving urban homeowners an insight into a prospective country life. Guided by the property experts, the buyers decide whether or not to swap the hustle and bustle of city living in favour of the slower quietude of the countryside. Celebrity Escape to the Country will see our celebrity house hunters explore the serene landscapes and lifestyles of the Home Counties, Cheshire, the Peak District, Lancashire, Kent and Sussex.

Celebrity Escape to the Country is a Naked West (a Fremantle label) production for (45’ x 5) for BBC One and BBC iPlayer. It was commissioned by Rob Unsworth. The Executive Producer for Naked West is John Comerford and Emma Smith and the Commissioning Editor for the BBC is John Comerford and Emma Smith.

john.comerford@nkdtv.com

Bargain Hunt Christmas Specials

Presenter Christina Trevanion wears a green Christmas jumper and Father Christmas hat, holding Bargain Hunt cue cards in her hand.

BBC One and BBC iPlayer

In the first of two special Christmas episodes, the reds and blues are Christmas shopping in Malvern, alongside experts Tim Weeks and Izzie Balmer and Charlie Ross learns about the story of British Christmas stamps.

In the second festive helping two Christmas-loving teams enjoy a festive shop in Malvern with Tim Weeks and Izzie Balmer, while Charlie Ross discovers how to make the perfect Christmas cracker.

Bargain Hunt Christmas Specials are a BBC Studios Production (2 x 45’) for BBC One and BBC iPlayer. They were commissioned by Lindsay Bradbury, Commissioning Editor, BBC Daytime. The Executive Producer for BBC Studios is Paul Tucker, and the Commissioning Editor for the BBC is Lindsay Bradbury.

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Morning Live at Christmas

BBC One and BBC iPlayer

Morning Live at Christmas will bring together the BBC’s most trusted experts to serve up the best money, health, food and time saving tips and advice to help get you through the festive season.

Morning Live is a BBC Studios Production for BBC One and BBC iPlayer. It was commissioned by Carla Maria Lawson. The Executive Producer for Morning Live is Emma Morris and the Commissioning Editor for the BBC is Rachel Platt.

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Festive Funny

Ghosts Christmas Special

The Ghosts gather around a four poster bed, where Alison and Mike look at paperwork and a book of ghost stories. Humphrey's head lies on the ground at the foot of the bed. There's a gold star at the centre of the top beam on the bed and Christmas stockings hang from the posts, which are also decorated with twinkling lights. A garland of holly hangs across the foot of the bed.

BBC One and BBC iPlayer

Christmas is just around the corner and Mike’s mum, Betty is staying. Although she is just trying to be helpful, Mike and Alison soon lose patience with her interfering ways. There’s no easy way to ask her to go home so the couple (and the Ghosts) struggle on, with Button House feeling fuller than ever.

Now a Christmas convert, Robin is missing that all important ‘Christmassy’ feeling, so the gang share their secrets to getting into the festive spirit. But when even more decorations and merry music don’t do the trick, the Ghosts wonder if Robin will be able to capture that Christmas magic again?

Ghosts is a half hour Christmas Special for BBC One and BBC iPlayer. It was commissioned by Jon Petrie, Director of Comedy. The Executive Producers for Monumental Television are Alison Carpenter, Debra Hayward and Alison Owen and the Commissioning Editor for the BBC is Seb Barwell. The producer is Pat Tookey-Dickson, the director is Simon Hynd and the episode is written by Mathew Baynton and Jim Howick.

Mathew Baynton, Simon Farnaby, Martha Howe-Douglas, Jim Howick, Laurence Rickard, Ben Willbond are also executive producers.

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Here We Go: Mum’s Classic Family Christmas

Robin (Tom Basden), Sam Jessop (Jude Collie), Amy Jessop (Freya Parks), Sue Jessop (Alison Steadman), Paul Jessop (Jim Howick), and Rachel Jessop (Katherine Parkinson) in pyjamas by a Christmas tree
Robin (Tom Basden), Sam Jessop (Jude Collie), Amy Jessop (Freya Parks), Sue Jessop (Alison Steadman), Paul Jessop (Jim Howick), and Rachel Jessop (Katherine Parkinson) (Image: BBC Studios/Jonathan Browning)
The cast of Not Going Out sit and stand in front of a Christmas tree holding a large glittering number 100. Back row: Toby (Hugh Dennis), Anna (Abigail Cruttenden), Lee (Lee Mack), Lucy (Sally Bretton), Wendy (Deborah Grant), Geoffrey (Geoffrey Whitehead) Front Row: Molly (Francesca Newman), Benji (Max Pattison), Charlie (Finley Southby)
Back row: Toby (Hugh Dennis), Anna (Abigail Cruttenden), Lee (Lee Mack), Lucy (Sally Bretton), Wendy (Deborah Grant), Geoffrey (Geoffrey Whitehead) Front Row: Molly (Francesca Newman), Benji (Max Pattison), Charlie (Finley Southby) (Image: BBC/Avalon/Pete Dadds)

BBC One and BBC iPlayer

Lee Mack’s multi-award-winning show, the longest running sitcom on air, returns with a new Christmas special as the comedy series hits 100 episodes, joining an elite group of sitcom centenarians.

Brace for yuletide suburban chaos courtesy of Lee (Lee Mack) and Lucy (Sally Bretton) as Lee throws everything at creating the perfect family Christmas, agreeing to Lucy’s wishes to do something charitable and having “a normal Christmas where nothing goes wrong.” This moment of festive spirit sees the couple invite Wilfred, a lonely pensioner from the nearby care home, to join them for Christmas dinner. The only instruction is that Wilfred is not, under any circumstances, allowed to drink alcohol…

Given best friends Toby (Hugh Dennis) and uptight ice-queen Anna (Abigail Cruttenden) are on hand, as well as Lucy’s lovely mum Wendy (Deborah Grant) with curmudgeonly dad Geoffrey (Geoffrey Whitehead), surely Lee can ensure this Christmas runs to plan?

Not Going Out is produced by Avalon (1×45) for BBC One and BBC iPlayer. It was commissioned by Jon Petrie, Director of Comedy at the BBC. The Executive Producers for Avalon are Richard Allen-Turner, Rob Aslett, Lee Mack and Jon Thoday and the Commissioning Editor for the BBC is Gregor Sharp.

DLloyd@avalonuk.com

Mrs. Brown’s Boys Christmas – Mammy’s Mare

The cast of Mrs Brown's Boys gather around a dinner table in the Brown family kitchen. It's laid with Christmas food.
(image: BBC Studios / Elaine Livingston)

BBC One and BBC iPlayer

All Mrs Brown wants is a nice, peaceful Christmas, but the family have other ideas! Cathy’s decided to cook Christmas dinner for the first time ever, a sentimental decoration has gone missing and a surprise dinner guest all have the potential to ruin Agnes’ quiet Christmas.

Mrs Brown’s Boys is a BBC Studios Comedy Production in partnership with BOC-PIX for BBC One and BBC iPlayer. It was commissioned by Jon Petrie, Director of Comedy at the BBC. The Executive Producers for BBC Studios are Steven Canny and Josh Cole, the director is Ben Kellet and the Commissioning Editor for the BBC is Gregor Sharp.

connie@plankpr.com

Mrs. Brown’s Boys New Year’s – New Year, New Mammy

BBC One and BBC iPlayer

Mrs Brown and the gang start the New Year by attempting a tough new health and fitness regime. New year, new Agnes! But while Maria and Cathy work hard to get the gang into shape, a mysterious visitor to Finglas raises some difficult questions from Agnes and Winne’s past.

Mrs Brown’s Boys is a BBC Studios Comedy Production in partnership with BOC-PIX for BBC One and BBC iPlayer. It was commissioned by Jon Petrie, Director of Comedy at the BBC. The Executive Producers for BBC Studios are Steven Canny and Josh Cole, the director is Ben Kellet and the Commissioning Editor for the BBC is Gregor Sharp.

connie@plankpr.com

The Kemps: All Gold

Ensemble image of cast members including Dexter Fletcher, Gary Kemp, Tamzin Outhwaite, Martin Kemp and Adil Ray.
(L-R: Dexter Fletcher, Gary Kemp, Tamzin Outhwaite, Martin Kemp and Adil Ray) Image: BBC/Kieron McCarron

BBC Two and BBC iPlayer

Spandau Ballet’s Gary and Martin Kemp are back with more television Gold with a follow up to their to the hit 2020 mockumentary The Kemps: All True. This time, award-winning documentary filmmaker Rhys Thomas OBE follows the brothers over a whole year as they make a biopic, get divorced and form a supergroup. Naturally, not everything goes to plan. Michael Kitchen returns as the Kemps’ long-suffering manager, alongside a number of big-name cameos.

The Kemps: All Gold is a BBC Studios Comedy production (1 x 60) for BBC Two and BBC iPlayer. It was commissioned by Jon Petrie, Director of Comedy at the BBC. The Executive Producer for BBC Studios is Rhys Thomas and the Commissioning Editor for the BBC is Ben Caudell.

MJ

Bad Education Christmas Special

Stephen (Layton Williams), Alfie (Jack Whitehall) and Mitchell (Charlie Wernham)
Stephen (Layton Williams), Alfie (Jack Whitehall) and Mitchell (Charlie Wernham) (Image: BBC/Tiger Aspect/Adam Lawrence)

BBC Three and BBC iPlayer

Bad Education returns for an extra special musical-themed Christmas spectacular, starring Layton Williams, Charlie Wernham, Mathew Horne and Vicki Pepperdine alongside the cast of Class K as they’ve never been seen before. Featuring original songs and choreography to tell a Dickens-inspired tale, Jack Whitehall returns for a special Christmas cameo as Alfie Wickers with an unmissable musical theatre performance.

On the last day of Christmas term at Abbey Grove, drama teacher Stephen (Williams) stages his own funeral to hear what the school will say about him when he leaves for his new job in a pantomime. But he is shocked to encounter the ghost of Alfie, who tells him he will be visited by three ghosts to show him the error of his ways. Alfie wants Stephen to care about teaching more than he ever did; but his happiness depends on the lessons he learns that night, when Stephen has an important decision to make about his career at Abbey Grove.

Bad Education is produced by Tiger Aspect Comedy (part of Banijay UK) and Jackpot Productions. It was commissioned by Jon Petrie, Director of BBC Comedy and the Commissioning Editors are Ben Caudell and Navi Lamba for BBC Three and BBC iPlayer. The Executive Producers are Jack Whitehall, Freddy Syborn, Sarah Fraser and Richard Ackerman. The director is Freddy Syborn. Banijay Rights will distribute the series internationally.

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Blankety Blank

Bradley Walsh stands between two Christmas trees, smiling
Bradley Walsh (Image: BBC/Thames)

BBC One and BBC iPlayer

The legendary gameshow Blankety Blank returns for a Christmas special on BBC One and iPlayer, presented by the irrepressible Bradley Walsh. Six brilliant celebrities will be helping contestants by filling in the missing festive BLANKS. If their answers match, they’ll be in with the chance of winning some of telly’s most ‘unique’ prizes.

Expect a lot of laughter and silliness in this yuletide version of the well-loved classic gameshow. Joining the panel is Ainsley Harriott, Brian Blessed, AJ Odudu, Katherine Ryan, Rob Beckett and Gemma Collins.

Blankety Blank is a Thames (a Fremantle label) production (10 x 35’) for BBC One and BBC iPlayer. It was commissioned by Kalpna Patel-Knight, Head of Entertainment Commissioning at the BBC. The Executive Producer for Thames is Christopher Barbour and the Commissioning Editor for the BBC is Clodagh O’Donoghue.

ant.fragnito@fremantle.com

Live at the Apollo Christmas Special

Thanyia Moore, Tom Allen and Lloyd Griffith
Thanyia Moore, Tom Allen and Lloyd Griffith (Image: BBC/Open Mike/Ellis O’Brien)

BBC Two and BBC iPlayer

The BAFTA nominated Live At The Apollo returns to BBC Two for a highly anticipated eighteenth series with seven brand new episodes.

Live At The Apollo is back with seven all new episodes welcoming an array of established and up-and-coming stand-ups to the world-famous Apollo stage. At the forefront of its genre, the roll call of stand-ups who have performed in front of the iconic Live At The Apollo lights plays out like a who’s who of comedic royalty and this series is no different.

In this special festive edition of the award-winning Live at the Apollo the fabulous Tom Allen is your host as he introduces Thanyia Moore and Lloyd Griffith to the stage.

Live At The Apollo is an Open Mike Productions (1 x 45mins) production for BBC Two and BBC iPlayer. It is directed by Paul Wheeler, the series producer is Anthony Caveney and the Executive Producer is Andrew Beint. The Commissioning Editor for the BBC is Suzanne McManus.

alison@alisonpeterspr.com

Michael McIntyre’s Christmas Wheel

Michael McIntyre sits on the edge of Aled Jones' chair on The Wheel. Aled wears a Snowman jumper.
Michael McIntyre and Aled Jones (Image: BBC/Hungry McBear/Gary Moyes)

BBC One and BBC iPlayer

BAFTA award-winning Michael McIntyre returns to our TV screens on Christmas Day for a tinsel-covered edition of his Saturday-night gameshow, jam-packed with extremely famous faces, even more laughs, and a colossal spinning wheel!

Rylan Clark, Peter Crouch, and Nicole Scherzinger are the special celebrity contestants, hoping to answer their way to a festive fortune for their chosen charities.

Our seven celebrity experts are on hand to use their knowledge of all things Christmas, to help the three famous faces bank as much cash as possible. Abbey Clancy, Nigel Havers, Carol Vorderman, Aled Jones, Judi Love, Joe Marler and Scott Mills will each have their time in the spotlight, answering questions on everything from pantos, toys, and carols to Christmas hits, Christmas dinners, as well as everyone’s favourite Christmas classic, ‘The Snowman’. This year’s Christmas Wheel even sees questions dedicated to the main man himself, Father Christmas!

Michael McIntyre’s Christmas Wheel is a Hungry McBear Media Production (1 x 60’) for BBC One and BBC iPlayer. It was commissioned by Kalpna Patel-Knight, Head of Entertainment Commissioning at the BBC. The Executive Producers for Hungry McBear are Dan Baldwin and Tom Blakeson and the Commissioning Editor for the BBC is Clodagh O’Donoghue.

isabelle.martin@multitudemedia.co.uk

The Graham Norton Show New Year’s Eve

Graham Norton
Graham Norton (Image: BBC/So Television/The Graham Norton Show/Christopher Baines)

BBC One and BBC iPlayer

The Bafta and National TV Award-winning chat show returns for its traditional New Year’s Eve edition on BBC One. Sparkling chat, jokes and music as Graham takes a look back at the events of 2023, together with a sofa of star guests. Plus, end-of-year stories from the audience in the world-famous Big Red Chair.

The Graham Norton Show is a So TV production BBC One and BBC iPlayer. It was commissioned by Kalpna Patel-Knight, Head of Entertainment Commissioning at the BBC. The Executive Producer for So Television is Graham Stuart, and the Commissioning Editor for the BBC is Suzanne McManus.

mary@marycollins-pr.com

Would I Lie To You? At Christmas

Naga Munchetty, David Mitchell, Victoria Coren Mitchell, Rob Brydon, Alex Brooker, Lee Mack and Melvyn Hayes wear Christmas hats, jumpers and accessories on set
Naga Munchetty, David Mitchell, Victoria Coren Mitchell, Rob Brydon, Alex Brooker, Lee Mack and Melvyn Hayes (Image: BBC / Zeppotron / Brian Ritch)

BBC One and BBC iPlayer

Rob Brydon is back in the host’s chair for a festive one-off, Would I Lie To You? At Christmas.

As ever, David Mitchell and Lee Mack are the lightning-quick team captains. Over the course of the show, a stellar cast of celebrity guests reveal amazing stories about themselves. But are they telling the truth, or are they making it all up? David Mitchell is joined by Victoria Coren Mitchell and Naga Munchetty, while Lee Mack is joined by Alex Brooker and Melvyn Hayes. The stories debated include: Did Victoria Coren Mitchell once shock David with one of her Christmas gifts to him? Did Alex Brooker once accidentally tip his bin men £500? And did Lee Mack once rescue a couple called Mary and Joseph when there was no room at the Premier Inn?

Would I Lie To You? At Christmas is a Zeppotron production (1 x 30”) for BBC One and BBC iPlayer. It was commissioned by Senior Head of Entertainment Kalpna Patel-Knight and Director of Unscripted Kate Phillips. The Executive Producers for Zeppotron are Peter Holmes and Rachel Ablett, and the Commissioning Editors for the BBC are Pinki Chambers and Suzanne McManus.

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The Weakest Link

Romesh Ranganathan stands at the podium wearing a red Father Christmas hat
Romesh Ranganathan (Image: BBC Studios)

BBC One and BBC iPlayer

Romesh Ranganathan brings his festive cheer to a star-studded Christmas Special of The Weakest Link. Eight celebrities will initially have to work together to try to win up to £50,000 for their individual chosen charity, in one of the world’s most iconic quizzes. Each round, one player will be voted The Weakest Link by their fellow contestants and will leave with nothing.

One player will be crowned The Strongest Link and will take the prize ho-ho-home! The festive line up is Alex Jones, Cliff Parisi, Coleen Nolan, Dane Baptiste, Mel Schilling, Danny Beard, Paul Zerdin and Meryl Williams.

The Weakest Link is a BBC Studios production (16 x 45’) for BBC One and BBC iPlayer. It was commissioned by Kalpna Patel-Knight, Head of Entertainment Commissioning at the BBC. The Executive Producers for BBC Studios are Pete Ogden and Gareth Edwards, and the Commissioning Editor for the BBC is Neil McCallum.

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Dawn French is a huge TW*T

Dawn French performs on stage, looking animated
Dawn French (Image: BBC/Phil McIntyre Live/Marc Brenner)

BBC One and BBC iPlayer

Live (almost) from London’s iconic Palladium theatre, the nation’s favourite comedy star, Dawn French is about to reveal (almost) all the most excruciating gaffes and howlers she’s made across her forty-year career as a comedian and actress. Dawn likes a laugh, and she likes it best of all when the laugh is on her. Her new one-woman show is more than just stand-up. This is the ultimate, ‘Oh my god! You’ll never guess what Dawn did!’ show – as everyone’s favourite fictional lady vicar takes us through her career in comedy while simultaneously, laying bare her imperfections through massive landmarks of her life.

Playing to a full house at the Palladium, Dawn weaves together the highs and lows of her life through her self-confessed ‘stupid mistakes or misunderstandings.’ These excruciatingly buttock-clenching embarrassing stories give the audience a peek behind the scenes of her glittering career in comedy.

Packed with showbiz anecdotes and celebrity stories, from an epic fail in front of Sir Kenneth of the Branagh, to a toe-curling Abba audition for a once in a life-time part in Mamma Mia.

And even though this is a ‘one-woman show,’ we also get to enjoy a treasure trove of classic clips from her forty years in comedy – from early performances on The Comic Strip, to unforgettable French & Saunders sketches, plus an abundance of personal unseen photographs that take us on a journey through the life and times of this award-winning actor, best-selling novelist, and all-round very funny lady.

Dawn French is a huge TW*T (1 x 75′) is a Phil McIntyre Television Production acquired for BBC One and BBC iPlayer by BBC Entertainment. The Executive Producers for Phil McIntyre are Lucy Ansbro and Maureen Vincent and the Producer is Lindsay Jex. The Commissioning Editor for the BBC is Katie Taylor.

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QI

Alan Davies, Jo Brand, Sandi Toksvig, Eshaan Akbar and Jimmy Carr in the QI studio, standing around a giant block of ice, shaped like a magnifying glass, with a letter i at the centre
Left to right: Alan Davies, Jo Brand, Sandi Toksvig, Eshaan Akbar and Jimmy Carr

BBC Two and BBC iPlayer

Don your ugly jumpers to celebrate Christmas with QI’s Yuletide special! Sandi Toksvig and Alan Davies are joined by comedians Eshaan Akbar, Jo Brand and Jimmy Carr to unwrap their favourite festive facts from under the tree. They’ll uncover Santa Claus’ whereabouts, why horses make excellent party guests, and why there always seems to be room for Christmas pudding – plus Sandi showcases her super-cool, cutting-edge hidden talent.

“All I Want For Christmas Is U” kicks off the brand new series of QI in the New Year, showing the more unusual and unbelievable side of our universe, all under the umbrella of the letter “U”.

QI is a joint production between QI Ltd and FremantleMedia Ltd. Produced by Talkback a Fremantle label (15 x 29’ and 15 x 45’ and 2 x 29’ comps) for BBC Two and BBC iPlayer. The Executive Producers are Jonno Richards for Talkback and John Lloyd for QI Ltd, and the Commissioning Editor for the BBC is Sarah Clay.

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Festive Thrills

Doctor Who

The Doctor (Ncuti Gatwa) looks out over a dark wintry scene
The Doctor (Ncuti Gatwa). (Image: James Pardon/BBC Studios/Bad Wolf)

BBC One and BBC iPlayer

As Ncuti Gatwa takes charge of the TARDIS as the Fifteenth Doctor in this epic Christmas special, he soon encounters Ruby Sunday as they embark on their first adventure together.

Ncuti Gatwa is the Fifteenth Doctor and Ruby Sunday is played by Millie Gibson.

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EastEnders

Left to right: Stacey Slater (Lacey Turner), Suki Kaur Panesar (Balvinder Sopal), Linda Carter (Kellie Bright), Sharon Watts (Letitia Dean), Denise Fox (Diane Parish) and Kathy Beale (Gillian Taylforth)
Left to right: Stacey Slater (Lacey Turner), Suki Kaur Panesar (Balvinder Sopal), Linda Carter (Kellie Bright), Sharon Watts (Letitia Dean), Denise Fox (Diane Parish) and Kathy Beale (Gillian Taylforth). (Image: BBC/Jack Barnes/Kieron McCarron)

BBC One and BBC iPlayer

On February 20 2023, EastEnders aired a first-of-its-kind flashforward scene that offered its viewers a glimpse into the highly-anticipated Christmas Day storyline.

Whilst it’s usually a happy time for many, Christmas Day in Albert Square is notoriously riddled with heartbreak and deceit, and this year will be no exception. Viewers know that one unlucky Walford male will find himself on the floor of The Queen Vic in the dreaded cufflinks but two very important questions remain to be answered – who is it and how has he come to be there?

Whilst the exact circumstances relating to his death will remain a tightly kept secret up until Christmas Day, one thing is for certain – six of Walford’s much-loved matriarchs will find themselves embroiled in a series of events that lead up to his demise, and in a flash, their lives will be permanently changed forever…

EastEnders is a BBC Studios production for BBC One and BBC iPlayer.

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Agatha Christie’s Murder is Easy

Left to right: Dr Thomas (Mathew Baynton), Mrs Humbleby (Nimra Bucha), Rev Humbleby (Mark Bonnar), Lord Whitfield (Tom Riley), Bridget (Morfydd Clark), Luke Fitzwilliam (David Jonsson), Miss Pinkerton (Penelope Wilton), Major Horton (Douglas Henshall), Rivers (Jon Pointing), Honoria Wayneflete (Sinéad Matthews) and Mrs Pierce (Tamzin Outhwaite). They all stand in a forest.
Agatha Christie’s Murder is Easy (Image: BBC/Mammoth Screen/Mark Mainz/Gavin Andrews)

BBC One and BBC iPlayer

England, 1954. On a train to London, Fitzwilliam (David Jonsson) meets Miss Pinkerton (Penelope Wilton), who tells him that a killer is on the loose in the sleepy English village of Wychwood under Ashe.

The villagers believe the deaths are mere accidents, but Miss Pinkerton knows otherwise – and when she’s later found dead on her way to Scotland Yard, Fitzwilliam feels he must find the killer before they can strike again. Because for a certain kind of person, murder is easy…

Murder is Easy (2×60’) is adapted from Agatha Christie’s novel by Siân Ejiwunmi-Le Berre, and is directed by Meenu Gaur. Produced by Mammoth Screen and Agatha Christie Limited for BBC One and BBC iPlayer, it also stars Morfydd Clark, Sinead Matthews, Tom Riley, Douglas Henshall, Mathew Baynton, Mark Bonnar, Nimra Bucha, Tamzin Outhwaite, Jon Pointing and Phoebe Licorish.

Executive producers are Siân Ejiwunmi-Le Berre, James Prichard for Agatha Christie Limited, James Gandhi and Damien Timmer for Mammoth Screen, Danielle Scott-Haughton for the BBC, and Reemah Sakaan and Stephen Nye for BritBox International.

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Vigil (Series 2)

DI Kirsten Longacre (Rose Leslie) and DCI Amy Silva (Suranne Jones) are pictured looking up to the sky, where drones are flying
DI Kirsten Longacre (Rose Leslie), DCI Amy Silva (Suranne Jones) (Image: BBC/World Productions LTD/Nicky Hamilton/Rufina Breskin)

BBC One and BBC iPlayer

Following multiple unexplained deaths at a Scottish military base, Amy Silva (Suranne Jones) and Kirsten Longacre (Rose Leslie) are tasked with uncovering the cause. Entering the hostile and closed ranks of the air force to catch a killer, the pair must face the deadly warfare of tomorrow as they fight for their own future.

Vigil series two is made by a World Productions (6 x 60’) for BBC One and BBC iPlayer. The Executive Producers are Simon Heath and Jake Lushington for World Productions, and Gaynor Holmes for the BBC.

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Men Up

Phaldut Sharma, Iwan Rheon, Mark Lewis Jones and Steffan Rhodri stand on a pier beside a van selling hot food including bacon and egg rolls and jumbo sausages
Phaldut Sharma, Iwan Rheon, Mark Lewis Jones and Steffan Rhodri (Image: BBC/Quay Street Productions/ Tom Jackson)

BBC One and BBC iPlayer

Men Up explores the lives of five ordinary Welshmen who embark on an extraordinary journey when they take part in the trial of a new drug which would later become Viagra. The feature-length drama is loosely inspired by the remarkable true story of one of the world’s first medical trials for the drug, held in Swansea’s Morriston Hospital in 1994.

Mixing drama with humour, Men Up is a poignant and beautiful story in which a group of unassuming men rise to the challenge to reclaim their sex lives. In this fictionalised account, Men Up follows Meurig (Iwan Rheon), Colin (Steffan Rhodri), Tommy (Paul Rhys), Peetham ‘Pete’ (Phaldut Sharma) and Eddie (Mark Lewis Jones) in pursuit of their ultimate reward… the return of a romantic connection in their lives. But as the drug brings the hope of a return to that once-lost intimacy, the men realise the hard work has only just begun. The trial will take them to some very unexpected places and force them to re-assess their lives.

Men Up is a Quay Street Productions and Boom (1×90’) co-production for BBC One and BBC iPlayer. It was commissioned by Director of BBC Drama Lindsay Salt and BBC Cymru Wales Head of Commissioning Nick Andrews. Executive producers are Nicola Shindler and Davina Earl (Quay Street Productions), Rachel Evans (Boom), Matthew Barry and Russell T Davies, with Rebecca Ferguson for the BBC.

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The Tourist (Series 2)

Jamie Dornan runs on a road in a valley

BBC One and BBC iPlayer

Elliot (Jamie Dornan) and Helen (Danielle Macdonald) travel to Ireland to find answers about Elliot’s identity, but instead they are forced to face the dangerous consequences of his past actions.

The Tourist (6×60) also stars Conor MacNeill, Greg Larsen, Olwen Fouéré, Francis Magee, Mark Mckenna, Nessa Matthews, and Diarmaid Murtagh. It is a Two Brothers Pictures production for BBC One and BBC iPlayer. Executive producers are Harry and Jack Williams, Sarah Hammond and Daniel Walker for Two Brothers Pictures, Jamie Dornan, and Nawfal Faizullah for the BBC.

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A Ghost Story for Christmas: Lot No. 249

Monkhouse Lee (Colin Ryan), Smith (Kit Harington) and Bellingham (Freddie Fox) stare worriedly into a sarcophagus
Monkhouse Lee (Colin Ryan), Smith (Kit Harington) and Bellingham (Freddie Fox). (Image: BBC/Adorable Media Ltd/Colin Hutton)

BBC Two and BBC iPlayer

Mark Gatiss’ adaptation of the Arthur Conan Doyle short story comes to BBC Two this Christmas, starring Kit Harington and Freddie Fox.

1881. Old College, Oxford plays host to three very different young academics: Abercrombie Smith, a model of Victorian manhood, clean of limb and sound of mind; Monkhouse Lee, a delicate and unworldly student from Siam; and the strange and exotic Edward Bellingham, whose arcane research into Ancient Egypt is the talk of the campus.

Could Bellingham’s unnatural experiments bring the breath of life to the horrifying bag of bones tagged Lot No.249?

An end-of-Empire chiller, Lot No. 249 stars Kit Harington, Freddie Fox, Colin Ryan, John Heffernan, James Swanton, Jonathan Rigby and Andrew Horton.

Lot No. 249 is an Adorable Media production for BBC Two and BBC iPlayer (1×30). The Executive Producer for Adorable Media is Isibéal Ballance for Adorable Media, and the Commissioning Editor for the BBC is Mark Bell.

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Rambert Dance in Peaky Blinders: The Redemption of Thomas Shelby

Rambert dancers Conor Kerrigan, Guillaume Quéau and Joseph Kudra in Peaky Blinders: Rambert dance.
Conor Kerrigan, Guillaume Quéau and Joseph Kudra (Image: BBC/Rambert)

BBC Four and BBC iPlayer

Inspired by the TV series and specially filmed on the Birmingham Hippodrome stage, Rambert’s exhilarating performance of their hit stage show Peaky Blinders: The Redemption of Thomas Shelby comes to BBC Four this Christmas, with an iconic soundtrack.

Adapted for the stage by Steven Knight and choreographed and directed by Rambert’s Artistic Director Benoit Swan Pouffer, the performance includes the full company of Rambert dancers and marks ten years since the first episode of Peaky Blinders aired on the BBC.

The story opens in the trenches of The Somme in 1916, a personal story unfolds in post-war industrial Birmingham as the Shelby family navigate the decisions that determine their fate and Tommy is intoxicated by mysterious newcomer, Grace. While Tommy is building his empire, Grace is operating as an undercover agent for Special Branch on a mission to get close to the heart of Tommy’s gang. As the story unfolds, hearts are broken and revenge is sought.

Birmingham-born writer and poet Benjamin Zephaniah, who played street preacher Jeremiah Jesus in the TV series, picks up the spoken-word element, while a live on-stage band perform specially commissioned music by Roman GianArthur and iconic Peaky Blinders’ tracks from Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, Radiohead, Anna Calvi, The Last Shadow Puppets, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club.

Rambert Dance in Peaky Blinders: The Redemption of Thomas Shelby is a Rambert and North South Production for BBC Four and BBC iPlayer (1 x 105). It was commissioned by BBC Arts. The Executive Producers are Helen Shute, Steven Knight, Caryn Mandabach, Emma Cahusac and Fiona Morris, and the Commissioning Editor for the BBC is Stephen James Yeoman.

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Festive Musical Moments

Rick Astley Rocks New Year’s Eve

BBC One and BBC iPlayer

Made by BBC Studios Entertainment, and coming from the iconic Roundhouse, the dazzling TV event will see Rick joined on stage by some very special guests.

Performing his global hits and some surprise numbers, Rick and his all-star guests will party right into 2024. This one-off TV recording of Rick Astley Rocks New Year’s Eve for BBC One will be a night to remember. The festivities will continue after BBC One goes live to London for the traditional epic fireworks display.

Rick Astley Rocks New Year’s Eve (2 x 30) is a BBC Studios Entertainment production for BBC One and BBC iPlayer and was commissioned by Jonathan Rothery, Head of Popular Music, TV and Rachel Davies, Commissioning Editor, BBC Pop Music TV. The Series Editor is Rina Dayalji, the Executive Producer is Alison Howe and the Director is Liz Claire.

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Songs of Praise

Aled Jones stands in front of a Christmas tree in a festive studio, smiling
Aled Jones (Image: BBC/CTVC)

BBC One and BBC iPlayer

Songs of Praise is reflecting the excitement and joy of the festive season with a rich selection of programming from across the country.

We begin our celebrations on the first Sunday of Advent with Aled Jones hosting final of the BBC Young Chorister of the Year, as six of the best junior and senior choristers perform a favourite Christmas choice.

In a very special programme to celebrate the beautiful music enjoyed at this time of year, Pam Rhodes is joined by fellow hymn expert Andrew Gant as they discuss some of the nation’s most loved carols. Our own Songs of Praise presenters also reveal their favourite carol and what Christmas means to them.

In County Durham, the Rev. Kate Bottley visits a dementia-friendly community where local school children and residents of a care home come together to mark the birth of Jesus as they rehearse their nativity play. 

And on Christmas Eve, with a congregation of over 2000 people at the magnificent Sheffield City Hall, Aled Jones leads the carol singing with performances from Katherine Jenkins, Michael Ball, Strictly Come Dancing’s lead vocalist Tommy Blaize and the newly crowned Young Choristers of the Year.

Completing our festive offering is a New Year’s Eve special hosted by the UK’s most successful mezzo-soprano, Katherine Jenkins. Katherine is joined by an array of celebrated guests including Aled Jones, the Gospel Choir of the Year winner and opera singer Carly Paoli to sing out 2023. 

Songs of Praise is a CTVC production for BBC One and BBC iPlayer. It was commissioned by Daisy Scalchi, Head of Religion and Ethics TV. The Executive Producers are Andrew O’Connell and Matthew Napier.

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The Hills Are Alive With The Kanneh-Masons

The Kanneh-Masons at the Sound Of Music location above Salzburg, Austria
Aminata, Jeneba, Isata, Stuart (dad), Sheku, Braimah, Konya, Kadie (mum) and Mariatu (Image: BBC/MacLarty Brown Media & Wag Entertainment/Len Brown)

BBC Two and BBC iPlayer

Britain’s most gifted classical musical family, Nottingham’s Kanneh-Masons, visit Salzburg to walk in the footsteps of Austria’s most famous musical family, the Von Trapps – the inspiration behind Hollywood’s The Sound Of Music.

For this one-off Christmas special, all nine members of the Kanneh-Mason family, including mum Kadie and dad Stuart, visit the film’s key locations and explore the incredible story of the Von Trapps.

Having grown up watching the film every Christmas, the seven younger members – who like the Von Trapps are two brothers and five sisters – now perform their own arrangements of iconic music from the soundtrack, including Climb Every Mountain, My Favourite Things, Do Re Mi and Edelweiss.

The Kanneh-Mason siblings are all talented musicians, and more than half are internationally renowned classical soloists. Cellist Sheku (who won the 2016 Young Musician of the Year), violinist Braimah and pianist Isata all performed at this year’s BBC Proms, and the whole family performed Carnival Of The Animals at the 2019 Proms.

This is the second festive offering from the family, following on from A Musical Family Christmas with the Kanneh-Masons, which aired on BBC Two on Christmas Day 2021.

The Hills Are Alive With The Kanneh-Masons is a MacLarty Brown Media production for BBC Two and BBC iPlayer (1x 60 check). The Executive Producer for MacLarty Brown Media is Bridget Boseley and the Commissioning Editor for the BBC is Stephen James-Yeoman.

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Top Of The Pops: Review of 2023

BBC Two and BBC iPlayer

Top Of The Pops returns for a special hosted by Radio 1’s Clara Amfo.

The show will take a look back over the last 12 months delving into music’s biggest stories and showcasing performances from some of the most talked about artists of 2023.

Top Of The Pops: Review of 2023 is a BBC Studios (1 x 60) production for BBC Two and BBC iPlayer. It was commissioned by Suzanne McManus, Commissioning Editor for Entertainment. The Executive Producer for BBC Studios is Alison Howe.

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Jools’ Annual Hootenanny

BBC Two and BBC iPlayer

As has become time-honoured tradition in the UK’s televised celebration of the New Year, Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra take centre stage once again for Jools’ Annual Hootenanny.

Jools will be ringing in 2024 in fine style. He’ll be bringing viewers the very best music from a fabulous mix of the biggest stars, as well as the brightest new talent and will be joined by special guests.

Making his Hootenanny debut this year is British rock and pop legend, Rod Stewart, who performs alongside Joss Stone, Olivia Dean, Paul Jones, PP Arnold, Raye, Sugababes and The Mary Wallopers.

There’ll be music from Boogie Woogie Queen and powerhouse vocalist Ruby Turner and as always, the Pipes & Drums of the 1st Battalion Scot Guards will feature, as the hour strikes midnight. Plus, Jools will hear from comedians, actors and more stars of 2023 from amongst the audience about their predictions and resolutions for the New Year.

Jools’ Annual Hootenanny rounds off another spectacular year for Jools. He has hosted a further two series of Later…with Jools Holland which have featured performances from artists including Bombay Bicycle Club, Gabriels, Hozier, Jessie Ware, Johnny Marr, Jorja Smith, Róisín Murphy, Royal Blood, Sharleen Spiteri, Take That, The National, The Streets and many more.

Jools’ Annual Hootenanny is a BBC Studios production (120’ x 1) for BBC Two and BBC iPlayer. It was commissioned by Jonathan Rothery, BBC Head of Pop Music TV. The Executive Producer for BBC Studios is Alison Howe and the Commissioning Editor for the BBC is Rachel Davies.

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Inside Classical: The Hound of the Baskervilles

BBC Four and BBC iPlayer

Prepare to be transported to the vast and dangerous moors where lies the Baskerville Hall estate and its dark secrets. A desolate house, an escaped murderer and a bloodthirsty supernatural beast provide the backdrop for Arthur Conan Doyle’s bestselling Sherlock Holmes novel – the story of “a foul thing, a great, black beast, shaped like a hound, yet larger than any hound that ever mortal eye has rested upon”.

Mark Gatiss stars as Sherlock Holmes with Sanjeev Bhaskar as Dr Watson in this reading of Arthur Conan Doyle’s bestselling mystery, recorded on the stage of London’s Barbican Theatre. The gripping story is accompanied by a new musical score by dramatist and composer Neil Brand, played on stage by the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

Through music and drama, with no theatrical set or props, this play takes Holmes and Watson from the comfort of 222b Baker Street and audiences from the auditorium of the Barbican Hall in London to the moors of the Baskerville Hall estate in this chilling, gripping and hair-raising version of this legendary tale.

The Hound of the Baskervilles is an Afanti production for BBC Four and BBC iPlayer (1×80). It was commissioned by BBC Arts. The Executive Producer for Afanti is Emyr Afan and the Commissioning Editor for the BBC is Stephen James-Yeoman.

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New Year’s Day Concert Live from Vienna 2024

BBC Two, BBC Four and BBC iPlayer

Petroc Trelawny presents live from the New Year’s Day 2024 Vienna Philharmonic concert from the Golden Hall of the Musikverein in Vienna.

The orchestra is directed by guest conductor Christian Thielemann, principal conductor of the Staatskapelle Dresden and designated General Music Director of the Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin, in an array of polkas, waltzes and gallops by the Strauss family and their contemporaries.

As always, the concert will end with the ever-popular By The Beautiful Blue Danube and the Radetsky March.

New Year’s Day Concert Live from Vienna 2024 is an ORF production for BBC Two, BBC Four and BBC iPlayer (1×145 for BBC Two; 1×120 for BBC Four). It was commissioned by BBC Arts. The Executive Producer for the BBC is Paul Bullock and the Commissioning Editor for the BBC is Stephen James-Yeoman.

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Gregory Porter: Live from Cheltenham 2023

Gregory Porter performing on stage
Gregory Porter (Image: BBC / Cheltenham Jazz Festival)

BBC Four and BBC iPlayer

Grammy-winning singer and songwriter Gregory Porter returns to Cheltenham for a spellbinding sold-out show at this year’s world-famous Jazz Festival.

Alongside sparkling versions of his favourite hits such as Revival, Take Me To The Alley and Liquid Spirit, Gregory and his band are joined on stage by two special guests: acclaimed American vocalist Lizz Wright and Italian-born New Yorker Giacomo Smith on clarinet.

Gregory Porter first performed at the Cheltenham Jazz festival in 2012 and has since made the town his home away from home. In 2023 he continues as the festival’s Artistic Curator.

Gregory Porter: Live from Cheltenham 2023 is a BBC Studios, Wales production (1×85) for BBC Four and BBC iPlayer. The Executive Producer for BBC Studios is Paul Bullock. It was commissioned by BBC Arts and the Commissioning Editor for the BBC is Stephen James-Yeoman.

Festive Me Time

imagine… French & Saunders: Pointed, Bitchy, Bitter

Dawn French, Alan Yentob and Jennifer Saunders stand by a window
Dawn French, Alan Yentob and Jennifer Saunders (Image: BBC Studios)

BBC One and BBC iPlayer

imagine… French & Saunders: Pointed, Bitchy, Bitter explores a brand of comedy based on satire, silliness and above all friendship – of the UK’s most successful double act of the last 40 years, Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders.

French & Saunders’ relationship started when they were college flatmates, entertaining each other by playing pranks and inventing characters. Behind the scenes at a recording of their successful podcast, Titting About, it’s clear they’re still sparking off each other to create comedy.

imagine… charts their journey from the game-changing Comic Strip team, which helped launch the new Channel 4 in 1982, to their domination of BBC schedules over the decades and their recent ventures on the stage, the page and in film.

Dawn and Jennifer revisit the former site of the Comic Strip Club in Soho where a group of young comedians revolutionised the comedy scene. Alongside interviews with Comic Strip comedians Alexei Sayle, Adrian Edmondson and Nigel Planer, Dawn and Jennifer tell the story of being the women in a team that would change the face of television. Just five years after Dawn and Jennifer met, they would be part of The Comic Strip Presents… Five Go Mad in Dorset, shown on the launch night of the new Channel 4.

At the start of French and Saunders’ career comedy was still firmly a male domain. Interviews with later generations of female comics like Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins, who Dawn and Jennifer encouraged when they were a young double act, reveal how empowering their presence on TV was at the time.

Dawn and Jennifer are joined by a cast of collaborators including Dame Joanna Lumley, Ruby Wax, Richard Curtis and Alexei Sayle. These interviewees help to reveal the caustic wit behind their cosy exterior and show the huge impact that French & Saunders had on the generations of comedians that followed.

Produced and directed by Laura Blount

imagine… French & Saunders: Pointed, Bitchy, Bitter is a BBC Studios production (1×60) for BBC One and BBC iPlayer. It was commissioned by BBC Arts. The Executive Producer for BBC Studios is Tanya Hudson, the Series Editor is Alan Yentob and the Commissioning Editor for the BBC is Mark Bell.

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Charles III: The Coronation Year

King Charles III
(Image: BBC/Oxford Film and Television)

BBC One and BBC iPlayer

Charles III: The Coronation Year is a new 90-minute documentary made by Oxford Films for BBC One and iPlayer. The film will offer a unique insight into the life of King Charles III and Queen Camilla and take viewers behind the scenes of the first year of the reign of King Charles. Narrated by Helena Bonham Carter, it will air this December as part of the BBC’s Christmas offering.

With exclusive access, the cameras follow King Charles III and Queen Camilla through landmark moments of the first year of their reign, as they embrace their new roles and carry out their work and duties. Filmed as Buckingham Palace prepares for, delivers, and celebrates the first Coronation in 70 years, and in the months that followed, this historic documentary features contributions from members of the Royal Family and key players in The King and Queen’s Household.

Charles III: The Coronation Year is made by Oxford Films (1 x 90) for BBC One and BBC iPlayer. The Executive Producer for Oxford Films is Nicolas Kent and the BBC Commissioning Editor for the BBC is Simon Young. It is directed by Ashley Gething, produced by Faye Hamilton and the writer and co-producer is Robert Hardman.

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Planet Earth III: Wonders of Nature

BBC One and BBC iPlayer

This special episode brings together highlights from the series. From hidden forests, and turbulent coasts, to vast unexplored deserts

We begin in the oldest desert on earth – the Namib, in SW Africa. A pair of ostriches raise their family in the searing heat to keep them safe from predators – but time is ticking as the chicks begin to hatch.

Away from the tropics, in the cold waters off North America, the sun fuels forests of giant kelp. It is a dangerous place for young horn sharks – giant sea bass and large sharks patrol through the kelp, but the real danger is buried beneath. A little horn shark unwittingly stumbles into an ambush set by an angel shark. With a lightning strike, it is swallowed whole, but it is not over yet – the little horn shark has a secret weapon.

From kelp forests to rainforests, animals must develop remarkable strategies to survive and in the Amazon jungle, alien-like treehoppers form surprising alliances to keep their young safe and fight off deadly assassin bugs. Here it pays to work together.

Leopards are the most adaptable of big cats, and a handful of special individuals have learnt to hunt by hiding and leaping from treetops – some higher than the roof of a two storey house. Their lives depend on them getting this unique game of hide and seek right, and when they do, their prey doesn’t see them coming.

In Botswana, nestled amongst flowering water lilies, newly hatched ‘lily-trotter’ chicks learn a vital lesson – how to ‘walk on water’.

South Africa’s Robberg Peninsula, is a treacherous place to start life. Thousands of Cape fur seals are squeezed onto a small ledge. In recent years, this coast has been home to unprecedented numbers of great white sharks and to protect themselves the seal colony so something extraordinary – band together to see off the world’s most notorious predator.

Many animals must now rise to a new challenge ….living alongside us. Some animals are meeting this challenge head on and thriving. In Bali, long-tailed macaques have learned to steal tourists’ most valued items, and then use them to barter with temple staff for their favourite food.

A lucky few can succeed in a human world, but our impact now extends to even the most remote corners of our planet.

Planet Earth III is a BBC Studios Natural History Unit (1×60) for BBC One and BBC iPlayer co-produced by BBC America, ZDF, FTV and The Open University. It was commissioned by Jack Bootle, Head of Commissioning, Specialist Factual. The Executive Producer for BBC Studios is Mike Gunton, and the Commissioning Editor is Sreya Biswas.

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Caroline Aherne: Comedy Queen

A black and white portrait image of Caroline Aherne. She smiles for the camera, wearing glasses.
Caroline Aherne (Image: BBC/Passion Docs/Trevor Leighton)

BBC Two and BBC iPlayer

The unique life and talent of Caroline Aherne is celebrated in a new Arena film, featuring unseen photographs and contributions from a cast of her lifelong friends, including Steve Coogan, Jon Thompson, Craig Cash and producer Andy Harries.

Aherne’s pioneering representation of working class and family life in The Royle Family won her three Baftas and changed comedy writing forever, while her alter-ego Mrs Merton’s question to stage performer Debbie McGee – “So what first attracted you to the millionaire Paul Daniels?” – is considered one of the greatest comic one-liners in British TV history.

The film traces Aherne’s life from childhood in Wythenshawe, Manchester, through her early adventures as a (rare) woman on Manchester’s alternative stand-up scene and the breakthrough moment when the BBC commissioned The Mrs Merton Show, when she fast became a national icon and surreptitious satirist-in-chief of mid-90s’ celebrity culture.

As the 90s entered its final years Aherne, with Craig Cash, conceived, wrote and starred in The Royle Family. Co-writers Henry Normal and Phil Mealy, and fellow cast members Sue Johnston, Ricky Tomlinson and Ralf Little recall the remarkable writing and acting talent at the heart the series – a sitcom playing out in near-real time, devoid of studio laughter, punchlines, or anything much happening at all – but that built huge audiences and garnered multiple awards.

As her star rose, the realities of living with her own fame came to define Aherne’s life, as she became a fixture of tabloid speculation about her personal life, something she would struggle with throughout her career.

Tragically Caroline died of cancer in 2016. Her friends recall not just the lasting cultural and creative legacy she left behind, but of the joy she found in human life, her inimitable sense of mischief and the happiness she brought those closest to her.

Produced and Directed by Claire Whalley and Hannah Lowes.

Caroline Aherne – Comedy Queen is a Passion Pictures production (1 x 70) for BBC Two and BBC iPlayer. It was commissioned by BBC Arts. The Executive Producer for Passion Pictures is Hamish Fergusson and the Commissioning Editor for the BBC is Mark Bell.

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Mad About The Boy: The Noel Coward Story

Noël Coward stands in the desert in Las Vegas, Nevada, in 1955 drinking from a cup
Noël Coward (Image: BBC/Fragile Films Ltd./Unigram Media Ltd./Noel Coward Estate/Mark Swain)

BBC Two and BBC iPlayer

There’s only one man in the world who’s described as The Master.

Born in a shabby London suburb at the turn of the 20th century, Noel Coward would become the most celebrated actor, playwright and songwriter of his generation. This is his remarkable journey, told in his own words, music and extraordinary home movies, in a new film for Arena.

Coward left school when he was only nine years old. “I was trained when I was very young as a show-off and I’ve continued triumphantly until this moment,” he told a tv interviewer.

A maverick, pioneer and pathfinder, by the age of 30 he was the highest-paid writer in the world and a star on the Broadway stage, writing, directing and acting in some of the finest plays and movies of all time, including Private Lives, Blithe Spirit, Brief Encounter and In Which We Serve.

Queer in a very straight world, Coward became one of the most successful artists of the 20th century, defining an era and leading an extraordinary life. He discovered John Gielgud, Laurence Olivier and David Lean; was a spy in the Second World War and a world-renowned songwriter and performer, of whom Frank Sinatra said, “If you want to hear how a song should be sung, go see Mr Noel Coward.”

Narrated by Alan Cumming with Rupert Everett as the voice of Noel Coward and appearances from Laurence Olivier, Maggie Smith, Harold Pinter, Frank Sinatra, Lauren Bacall, Michael Caine and Lucille Ball. Adam Lambert sings the title track.

Directed by Barnaby Thompson.

Mad About The Boy: The Noel Coward Story is a Fragile Films production for BBC Two and BBC iPlayer (1×90). It was commissioned by BBC Arts. The Executive Producer for Unigram is Gregor Cameron and the Commissioning Editor for the BBC is Mark Bell.

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Amazing Hotels: Life Beyond The Lobby

Rob Rinder and Monica Galetti pose in the pool at a hotel in the Italian Alps
Rob Rinder and Monica Galetti (Image: BBC Studios)

BBC Two and BBC iPlayer

Monica and Rob head to the snowy Alps to discover the little known Panorama Hotel Hubertus – a resort in the Tyrol region of Northern Italy that’s the vision of one family. Their hotel gives spectacular views of the mountains because its thoroughly modern architecture is something to behold – with dramatic angles and levitating pools and saunas. This creative architecture serves as a magnet to attract thousands of guests to this otherwise quiet valley. The Gasser family run this hotel and also have links to the world-class ski resort above it – all bringing valuable income into the community. Rob and Monica work behind the scenes in the unique ‘Heaven and Hell’ spa, cleaning the suspended pool, leading mountain treks and get to know the family behind the vision.

Amazing Hotels: Life Beyond the Lobby is made by BBC Studios (8 x 60) for BBC Two and BBC iPlayer. It was commissioned by Catherine Catton, Head of Commissioning, Factual Entertainment. The Executive Producer is Dunk Barnes and the Commissioning Editor for the BBC is Patrick McMahon.

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Countryfile Christmas Special

BBC One and BBC iPlayer

The festive season is well under way and we’re back in the Cumbrian fells, near Appleby, with Shepherdess Katie and her family on their upland farm for this year’s Countryfile Christmas! With livestock to keep warm, and sheep to herd on the 250 acre farm, winter is a busy time for Katie. So with Christmas fast approaching Sammi and Joe are on-hand to roll up their sleeves to help out in the fields, hang up the baubles and cook up some festive cheer as they join in with Katie’s festive traditions to celebrate a rural working Christmas, down on the farm.

Countryfile is a BBC Studios production for BBC One and BBC iPlayer.

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Wild Scandinavia

Iconic image for Wild Scandinavia, showing a landscape and an underwater scene. At the bottom of the image, a humpback whale swims below the surface of a body of water. At the top of the image, the Northern Lights fill the sky above a mountain range. Text on the image reads: “Wild Scandinavia”

BBC Two and BBC iPlayer

Wild Scandinavia is a new three-part series for BBC Two celebrating the stunning wildlife, dramatic landscapes and unique culture of the furthest northern reaches of Europe, made by BBC Studios Natural History Unit and co-produced by PBS and Sveriges Television (SVT).

Across 3 x 60 minute episodes, Wild Scandinavia will immerse viewers in the realm of Norse Gods, of Odin and Thor. Each film explores a different captivating natural world – the hauntingly beautiful coast, the magical seasonal forests, and the volcanic and arctic extremes.

Wild Scandinavia, a 3 x 60’ series for BBC Two and iPlayer, is made by BBC Studios Natural History Unit and co-produced by PBS and Sveriges Television (SVT). It was commissioned by Jack Bootle, Head of Commissioning, Specialist Factual and Sreya Biswas, Head of Natural History, BBC Commissioning. The Executive Producer is Rosemary Edwards and the Series Producer and Director is Tuppence Stone.

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Pianoforte – Storyville

Aleksandra Świgut wears a long green gown as she stands on stage in a theatre, photographed from behind, facing the audience
Aleksandra Świgut (Image: BBC/Telemark)

BBC Four and BBC iPlayer

Considered to be one of the most prestigious competitions in classical music, the International Chopin Piano Competition held in Warsaw every five years since 1927 has been a career launchpad for some of the world’s greatest virtuoso pianists. The competition itself is a rollercoaster of a classical ride with extremely tough qualifying rules, multiple stages, legendary jurors and a lot of pressure. Pianoforte takes us behind the scenes of this fascinating contest, meeting some of the most talented young professional piano players from across the world and watching them navigate the competition, along with its intense practices, new friendships, drama and nerves.

Pianoforte is a Telemmark SP (1 x 90) production for BBC Four and BBC iPlayer. It was commissioned by Emma Hindley, Lead Commissioning Editor for BBC for BBC Storyville. The Executive Producer for Telemark SP is Maciej Kubicki and the Commissioning Editor for the BBC is Lucie Kon.

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The Witches

BBC One and BBC iPlayer

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Belfast

BBC Two and BBC iPlayer

Oscar and BAFTA winning autobiographical drama.

1969. Young Buddy’s happy home life is rocked by the eruption of “the Troubles”, on top of his concerns about ailing grandparents, a crush on a girl at school, and doing maths. Street violence means the family face a stark future.

Marry Me

BBC One and BBC iPlayer

Singer Kat Valdez is about to marry her fellow superstar Bastian in a live broadcast in front of a global audience of millions when it turns out he’s been unfaithful. Instead she picks Charlie, a total stranger in the crowd, and marries him.

Respect

BBC Two and BBC iPlayer

A biographical drama about the life and rise to fame of the American soul singer Aretha Franklin.

House of Gucci

BBC Two and BBC iPlayer 

Ridley Scott’s rendition of the rise and fall of the Gucci fashion empire, set between Milan and New York and centred around the marriage of Maurizio Gucci and Patrizia Reggiani, who eventually and notoriously hired a hitman to have Maurizio killed in 1995.

Toy Story 4

BBC One and BBC iPlayer

When Woody, Buzz and the gang join Bonnie on a road trip with her new craft-project-turned-toy, Forky, the innocent little spork’s hilarious antics launch Woody on a wild quest filled with unexpected new characters—and one long-lost friend! 

Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway

BBC One and BBC iPlayer

Bea is delighted to be approached by ambitious publisher Nigel, but new husband Thomas is not so keen. Peter Rabbit is horrified to learn that he is being cast as a bad character, so determinedly sets out on his own to the city, but is soon approached by Barnabas who embroils Peter and his friends in some dastardly deeds.

The Lion King (2019 Live Action)

BBC One and BBC iPlayer

Simba, a young lion cub, is forced to flee his kingdom when his evil uncle frames him for the murder of his father. Years later a chance encounter with Nula, his childhood friend causes him to return and claim what is rightfully his.

The Addams Family 2

BBC One and BBC iPlayer

Wednesday is delighted to find a like-minded genius, who happens to be the sponsor of her school’s science fair. When an irritating lawyer arrives at the family home, Gomez takes the Addams on an impromptu and diverting trip around America, but Wednesday is haunted by doubt. Why is she so different from the rest of her family? Animated sequel.

Boss Baby Family Business (2020)

BBC One and BBC iPlayer

Set a few decades later than the original film, Tim is now a stay at home dad with two daughters and his younger brother Ted has grown up into a hedge fund CEO. Much to Tim’s surprise he finds that his daughter Tina is an undercover agent boss baby whose mission is to thwart the world domination plans of the headmaster of her older sister’s school.

Spirit Untamed

BBC One and BBC iPlayer

Headstrong Lucky Prescott’s life is changed forever when she is reunited with her father when she becomes too much for her grandparents to handle. Lucky and her Aunt are to spend the summer in a frontier town near the Mexican border where against her father’s wishes she forms a bond with a wild mustang stallion.