Religious programming from across the BBC this Christmas
The BBC unveils another entertaining season of family fun with a bumper selection of festive treats.
With season highlights including a Call The Midwife special, kayaking Olympians, carols with Katherine Jenkins, the return of Miranda and another sparkly Strictly Come Dancing Special, there will be something for everyone this Christmas.
Roger Mosey, Director, BBC Vision, says: “The BBC has a rich tradition of being at the heart of British families’ Christmas celebrations and we believe this year’s line-up is one of the most exciting yet. There’s something for everyone, with special episodes of Call The Midwife, Doctor Who, and Miranda; brand new shows such as Mr Stink and Loving Miss Hatto; a special Superstars reflecting our Olympic year; and programmes that reflect the meaning of Christmas from Goodbye To Canterbury, led by Dr Rowan Williams, to the traditional carol service from King’s College, Cambridge.”
In a web of lies and betrayal, deep secrets begin to unravel in EastEnders this Christmas. Alfie's heart is ripped apart when he uncovers the devastating truth about Kat’s affair but he is shocked when he finds out that Kat’s lover is so close to home. As the Brannings are preparing for Max and Tanya’s wedding, the pressure builds for Max as his 'problem' increases their demands but when someone close to him makes the ultimate betrayal, it looks as though the Brannings world is about to be turned upside down.
A sombre Doctor comes out from the cold in this year's Doctor Who Christmas Special, The Snowmen, just in time to save the world with a little help from a feisty young governess called Clara. The nuns and midwives of Poplar rally round to help an abandoned baby in Call The Midwife.
Miranda kick-starts the festive season with a new job and Agnes sets out to stage a nativity in her local community hall in Mrs Brown’s Boys. The Royle Family return for another quiet chat on their Wythenshawe sofa and chat show favourites, Sarah Millican and Graham Norton end the year in their own inimitable styles.
BBC One begins its countdown to Christmas on air on Tuesday 27 November with Rob Brydon getting the show on the road: catch him after The One Show a 7.30pm.
Following the success of last year’s animated delight, The Gruffalo, Room On The Broom is set to warm the Christmas cockles.
From Mo Farah to the Brownlee brothers, the stars of London 2012 battle it out in kayaks and on the archery field in Superstars, while Fabrice Muamba, JB from JLS and a host of familiar faces compete for this year’s festive Strictly Come Dancing glitter ball.
Katherine Jenkins leads the carols in Songs Of Praise and on Christmas Eve there will be the programme that for many marks the start of Christmas – Carols from King’s. Midnight mass comes live from Leeds Cathedral with the Christmas Morning Eucharist live from St Mary Redcliffe, Bristol. More information on the BBC religious schedule is available here.
A stellar cast lead a heart-warming adaptation of the award-winning Mr Stink and CBeebies brings us Peter Rabbit and a Jack And The Beanstalk panto for the little ones.
A star-studded two-part adaptation of William Boyd’s Restless showcases the best of British drama and The Girl tells the story of Alfred Hitchcock and Tippi Hedren while a glittering cast chart the incredible story of the pianist Joyce Hatto in Loving Miss Hatto.
Dr Rowan Williams looks back on his career in Goodbye To Canterbury and Sir David Attenborough takes us on a breath-taking journey across the African plains in Africa. Sir Chris Hoy and Sir Patrick Stewart are just a few of the car enthusiasts retracing the steps of their Racing Legends.
The Military Wives look back on their heroic year as Sue Perkins tells the story of the Sound Of Music in Climb Every Mountain. Len Goodman takes us on a twirl around the ballroom and Arena reveals the story of the original screen goddess, Clara Bow, and Sister Wendy.
This year, film premieres will include Up, Shrek: Forever After, A Christmas Carol, The Princess And The Frog, How To Train Your Dragon and Prince Of Persia.
Notes to Editors
More information on programmes airing in BBC weeks 52 and 1 is available by clicking on the following links:
Final schedule details will be published on 4 December