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Programme Information

Network TV Seasonal Highlights for
BBC Weeks 51/52 18-31 December 2010

Picture highlights:

Come Fly With Me

Saturday 25 December on BBC ONE and BBC ONE HD

The nation's opinions of airports and the people who work there will never be the same again as Matt Lucas and David Walliams return to BBC One in a new mock documentary series

Doctor Who Christmas Special – A Christmas Carol

Saturday 25 December on BBC ONE and BBC ONE HD

Michael Gambon guest stars in Steven Moffat's festive edition of the time-travelling drama as The Doctor (Matt Smith) battles to save Amy (Karen Gillan) and Rory (Arthur Darvill)

Upstairs Downstairs

From Sunday 26 December on BBC ONE and BBC ONE HD

One of television's most famous homes opens its doors once again as a new generation moves into 165 Eaton Place, in this lavish serial starring Keeley Hawes, Ed Stoppard, Jean Marsh, Eileen Atkins, Art Malik and Anne Reid

The Nativity

From Monday 20 December on BBC ONE and BBC ONE HD

Tatiana Masalany, Neil Dudgeon, Claudie Blakely, Andrew Buchan, Al Weaver, Ruth Negga, Peter Capaldi and Jack Shepherd star in Tony Jordan's magical adaptation of The Nativity

Just William

From Tuesday 28 December BBC ONE

Warren Clarke, Caroline Quentin and, in the title role, Outnumbered star Daniel Roche, head the cast of Simon Nye's adaptation of the antics of the mischievous Just William

Whistle And I'll Come To You

Friday 24 December on BBC TWO and BBC HD

John Hurt stars in Neil Cross's thoroughly modern adaptation of MR James's atmospheric Edwardian ghost story that tells the tale of a man's encounter with an apparition on a desolate British beach

Other festive highlights

BBC Sports Personality Of The Year 2010

Sunday 19 December on BBC ONE

Live from Birmingham, Sue Barker, Gary Lineker and Jake Humphrey present the biggest-ever Sports Personality Of The Year, celebrating the best moments from a thrilling year which has seen the Winter Olympics, the football World Cup, Ryder Cup golf, the Commonwealth Games and one of the most exciting Formula 1 seasons ever

Boxing Day Big Sing

Sunday 26 December on BBC ONE

Five thousand voices come together as Aled Jones hosts this festive sing-along of favourite carols and Christmas music, with guest appearances from tenor Russell Watson, Howard Goodall's Enchanted Voices and international soprano Hayley Westenra


Saturday 25 December on BBC ONE and BBC ONE HD

As the Queen Vic opens its doors for EastEnders' first true High Definition broadcast, Stacey (Lacey Turner) is forced to make a life-changing decision

The Royle Family – Joe's Crackers

Saturday 25 December on BBC ONE and BBC ONE HD

Jim, Barbara, Denise, Dave and Anthony celebrate Christmas as only the Royles can, in a special festive edition of the comedy starring Ricky Tomlinson, Sue Johnston, Caroline Aherne, Craig Cash and Ralf Little

Strictly Come Dancing

Saturday 18 December on BBC ONE and BBC ONE HD

The waiting is over as Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly introduce the finalists for the last time to see who the public has voted as their Strictly Come Dancing Champion 2010 (the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special sees five new famous faces – Fern Britton, June Brown, Ronni Ancona, John Barrowman and Vince Cable MP – compete in a programme that's guaranteed to bring some cha-cha-cheer to the festive season)


Thursday 30 December on BBC ONE and BBC ONE HD

Helena Bonham Carter stars as Nigel Slater's stepmother in this film based on the renowned food writer and chef's bestselling autobiography that also features Freddie Highmore as the young Slater


Saturday 25 December on BBC TWO and BBC HD

The Birmingham Royal Ballet, in its 20th anniversary year, perform in BBC Two's new production of Cinderella, choreographed by David Bintley

Les Mis At 25 – Matt Lucas Dreams The Dream

Wednesday 29 December on BBC TWO

Matt Lucas goes behind the scenes of the world's longest-running musical as the extraordinary story of Les Misérables is told; BBC cameras also follow Matt in rehearsals as he prepares for the role of a lifetime when he fulfils his dream of performing in the show in its 25th anniversary year

Mozart's Don Giovanni From Glyndebourne

Friday 24 December on BBC TWO and BBC HD

Jonathan Kent's new production of Mozart's Don Giovanni, a highlight from the 2010 Glyndebourne festival season, stars Gerald Findley, one of the world's leading baritones, in the title role as Mozart's charismatic but amoral seducer

Rules Of Love

Saturday 18 December on BBC TWO

A bitingly original urban teen musical, written by Sarah Counsell and Simon James Green, stars Jacke Roche, Daisy Head and Paterson Joseph and includes eight original R&B tracks

Ruth Jones' Christmas Cracker

Monday 20 December on BBC TWO

Ruth Jones serves up a generous serving of festive fun with guests Ricky Gervais, Will Young and Miranda Hart, as she makes her UK debut hosting her own show

Swingin' Christmas

Saturday 25 December on BBC TWO

John Wilson and his Orchestra perform an exclusive celebration of festive musical treats from the golden age of swing, with Seth MacFarlane, Anna-Jane Casey and special guest Curtis Stigers

When Harvey Met Bob

Sunday 26 December on BBC TWO and BBC HD

Domhnall Gleeson and Ian Hart star in this drama set in the mid-Eighties focusing on the extraordinary relationship between Bob Geldof and Harvey Goldsmith as they hatch their plan to stage a concert to "feed the world"

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