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Wednesday 29 Oct 2014

Programme Information

Network TV
Seasonal Highlights for BBC Weeks 51/52

Picture highlights:

The Gruffalo

Friday 25 December on BBC ONE

The classic children's picture book is brought to life in this animated film featuring the voices of Robbie Coltrane (as the Gruffalo), James Corden, John Hurt, Rob Brydon, Helena Bonham Carter and Tom Wilkinson

Doctor Who – The End Of Time

Friday 25 December on BBC ONE

David Tennant embarks on his final journey as the Tenth Doctor in this two-part special written by Russell T Davies and guest starring John Simm as The Master, Bernard Cribbins, Catherine Tate, Timothy Dalton, David Harewood and June Whitfield

Victoria Wood's Mid-Life Christmas

Thursday 24 December on BBC ONE

Lark Pies To Cranchesterford is among the highlights in this festive sketch show from the queen of comedy, which also features the further adventures of soap star Bo Beaumont, played by Julie Walters (What Larks! – The Making Of Victoria Wood's Mid-Life Christmas goes behind the scenes of the programme)

Catherine Tate – Nan's Christmas Carol

Friday 25 December on BBC ONE

Nan's acid-tongued insults catch up with her when the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future pay an unexpected visit in this year's festive special from Catherine Tate


Saturday 26 December on BBC TWO

David Tennant stars in the title role of the Bard's great tragedy in the Royal Shakespeare Company's award-winning production of Hamlet

Balletboyz – The Rite Of Spring

Wednesday 23 December on BBC THREE

Street dance meets ballet in this powerful new version of Stravinsky's The Rite Of Spring

Other festive highlights


Sunday 27 December on BBC ONE

The shadow of the railway still looms over the town as Dame Judi Dench, Julia McKenzie, Deborah Findlay and Imelda Staunton return for a two-part special

Gavin & Stacey

Friday 25 December on BBC ONE

Stacey has some life-changing news for Gavin; Nessa's wedding day dawns; and Smithy wishes her all the best in the final two episodes of the last series of the Bafta Award-winning comedy starring Joanna Page, Mathew Horne, Ruth Jones and James Corden

Outnumbered Christmas Special

Sunday 27 December on BBC ONE

Santa isn't the only one who has visited the Brockmans as Hugh Dennis and Claire Skinner return in a Christmas special of the award-winning comedy that captures the turbulent chaos of family life (My Family and The Royle Family also return for a festive specials)

Strictly Come Dancing

Saturday 19 December on BBC ONE

After 14 action-packed weeks, the remaining couples dance for one last time in a bid to take the title of Strictly Come Dancing Champions 2009 (there is also a Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special on over the festive period)

The Turn Of The Screw

Wednesday 30 December on BBC ONE

Michelle Dockery and Sue Johnston star in Sandy Welch's (Emma, Jane Eyre) adaptation of Henry James's chilling ghost story about a young governess sent to a country house to take charge of two orphans

Steve Coogan – The Inside Story

Sunday 27 December on BBC TWO

BBC Two takes a quirky and unconventional look at the best of Steve Coogan's television work and character comedy, with Rob Brydon, Victoria Wood, Ben Miller and Simon Greenall and featuring specially filmed sketches from Coogan and Julia Davis

The Tsarina's Slippers

Thursday 24 December on BBC TWO

The Royal Opera stages Tchaikovsky's opera for the first time, based on a Christmas story by Gogol that mixes folktale with fairytale fantasy



An enchanting, one-off drama tells the story of three children who find an ancient glass bottle, marking the beginning of an exciting adventure

Bedtime Stories


Doctor Who star David Tennant swaps the Tardis for the Bedtime Story chair and breathes life into the enchanting seasonal tale of The Christmas Bear, by Henrietta and Paul Stickland

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