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In pictures: BBC Christmas 2013 TV schedule highlights
26 November 2013
Last updated at 14:00
Doctor Who, Bad Education and Strictly Come Dancing are among the shows airing Christmas specials on the BBC.
The BBC has announced the highlights of its Christmas TV schedule. Following a celebration of Doctor Who's 50th anniversary, a festive episode will be broadcast on Christmas Day. The Time of the Doctor will see Matt Smith make his final appearance as the Time Lord alongside Jenna-Louise Coleman.
The BBC's Christmas schedule will also see Benedict Cumberbatch (left) and Martin Freeman appearing in the highly anticipated return of Sherlock, while the first series of fantasy drama Atlantis will draw to a close.
Mathew Horne (right) will star alongside Jack Whitewall (centre) in a Christmas special of high school based comedy Bad Education. One-off episodes of Mrs Brown's Boys and Call the Midwife will be on during the festive period.
Radio 1 DJ Sara Cox and The Saturdays' singer Rochelle Humes are among the celebrities appearing in Strictly Come Dancing's Christmas special. Viewers will also find out who wins the coveted glitter ball trophy on this year's main competition as the series comes to a close.
Danny Dyer (centre) is making his first appearance as the landlord of The Queen Vic in EastEnders over Christmas. Radio 1 Breakfast Show host Nick Grimshaw will also appear in the soap over the festive period as Dougie, a Walford caretaker who is working at a Christmas party.
Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood will appear in a special episode of the Great British Bake Off while semi-finalists of the Great British Sewing Bee will compete again in a one-off special.
Nev Wilshire (right), the star of BBC Three's The Call Centre, returns in The Call Centre Christmas Choir, while Gareth Malone will explore the roots of choral singing in The Choir: Sing While You Work.
Some of the films being shown across the BBC over Christmas include Toy Story 3, Cars 2, Gnomeo and Juliet and Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (pictured).
The Matt Lucas Awards will also have a Christmas special. Mock the Week, Never Mind the Buzzcocks and QI are among the other panel shows airing special Christmas editions. Final schedule details for the BBC's Christmas schedule will be released on 4 December.
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