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Seasonal Highlights for BBC weeks 52/53


BBC weeks 52/53
20 December 2008-2 January 2009


 

A slice of Christmas action from the BBC


Picture highlights:

Wallace And Gromit – A Matter Of Loaf And Death
BBC ONE

Wallace And Gromit get a slice of the action in their latest adventure which sees their bakery, Top Bun, doing a roaring trade – not least because a deadly killer is on the loose
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Doctor Who – The Next Doctor
BBC ONE

David Tennant, David Morrissey and Dervla Kirwan star in Russell T Davies's Christmas episode of Doctor Who, as two doctors combine forces in a bid to defeat Miss Hartigan and the Cybermen (Doctor Who At The Proms, a musical odyssey through time and space, hosted by Freema Agyeman, can also be seen over the festive period)
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The 39 Steps
BBC ONE

Rupert Penry-Jones stars as Richard Hannay in Lizzie Mickery's adaptation of John Buchan's classic novel, set in the run-up to the outbreak of the First World War
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Dustbin Baby
BBC ONE

Juliet Stevenson, David Haig and Dakota Blue Richards star in this powerful family drama based on Jacqueline Wilson's novel about a teenager who sets out to discover where she came from
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Crooked House
BBC FOUR

BBC Four promises a ghostly Christmas in Mark Gatiss's haunting tale of three spine-chilling stories, starring Gatiss alongside Julian Rhind-Tutt, Philip Jackson, Lee Ingleby, Jean Marsh, Samuel Barnett, Daniela Denby-Ashe, Anna Madeley and, in his debut dramatic role, illusionist Derren Brown (all three tales are woven together in a 90-minute special)
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Programme copy (Crooked House – Something Old)
Programme copy (Crooked House – The Knocker)
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Other festive highlights

Antiques Roadshow
BBC ONE

His Royal Highness The Prince Of Wales talks to Fiona Bruce about his role in a £45m rescue plan to save Dumfries House, near Cumnock in East Ayrshire
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Around The World In 20 Years
BBC ONE

Michael Palin returns to Dubai and Bombay, two of the most memorable destinations from his Around The World In 80 Days trip of 20 years ago, in search of the dhow, captain and crew who helped him on his way
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Blackadder Rides Again
BBC ONE

BBC One has a cunning plan in store this Christmas as Rowan Atkinson and other cast members, including Miranda Richardson, Tim McInnerny and Tony Robinson, remember the phenomenal success of Blackadder, marking the 25th anniversary of the comedy
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Gavin & Stacey Christmas Special
BBC ONE

Gavin, Stacey, Smithy and Nessa have a Christmas to remember – and not necessarily in a good way – in a special festive edition of the award-winning comedy (BBC Three goes behind the scenes at the making of the Christmas episode in Gavin & Stacey – The 12 Days Of Christmas, featuring interviews with all the cast including Mathew Horne, Joanna Page, Ruth Jones and James Corden)
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Jonathan Creek – The Grinning Man
BBC ONE

The master of illusion meets his match as Alan Davies and Sheridan Smith star in a one-off special of the award-winning comedy drama
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Lark Rise To Candleford – Christmas Special
BBC ONE

Julia Sawalha, Olivia Hallinan, Dawn French, Brendan Coyle and Mark Heap star in a captivating seasonal tale as the heart-warming adaptation of Flora Thomson's charming memoir of her Oxfordshire childhood returns for a new series
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The Royle Family – The New Sofa
BBC ONE

Ricky Tomlinson, Sue Johnston, Caroline Aherne and Craig Cash star as Jim, Barbara, Denise and Dave, who return to contemplate a Royle Christmas ... and a new sofa
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Top Of The Pops
BBC ONE

Fearne Cotton and Reggie Yates present Top Of The Pops as it returns – for two episodes only – to count down to the Christmas No. 1 and review the year in pop
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Hansel And Gretel From The Royal Opera House
BBC TWO

Sir Colin Davis conducts Humperdinck's sumptuous fairy-tale opera, recorded recently at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
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New Year's Day Concert 2009 – Live From Vienna
BBC TWO and BBC FOUR

The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra performs its annual celebratory concert of waltzes, polkas and marches, conducted for the first time by Argentinean-Israeli pianist and conductor Daniel Barenboim
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Rab C Nesbitt Christmas Special
BBC TWO

Govan sage Rab C Nesbitt is a changed man in this festive edition of the Scottish comedy starring Gregor Fisher
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Shooting Stars
BBC TWO

Vic Reeves, Bob Mortimer and Matt Lucas are back for one night only in the cult panel show which first aired 15 years ago (a Shooting Stars Documentary takes a celebratory look back at the series and interviews some of the stars who put themselves in Vic and Bob's firing line, including team captains Will Self and Ulrika Jonsson)
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Star Of Bethlehem – Behind The Myth
BBC TWO

Drawing on evidence from as far afield as Rome, Prague, Babylon, Persia and even China, BBC Two sheds new light on the story of the Star of Bethlehem and uses state-of-the-art computer imaging techniques to reassess the date of Jesus's birth and investigate the identity of the Wise Men
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Sacred Music – The Story Of Allegri's Miserere
BBC FOUR

Simon Russell Beale tells the story behind Allegri's Miserere, one of the most popular pieces of sacred music ever written, in a programme featuring a full performance by award-winning choir The Sixteen, conducted by Harry Christophers (viewers also have another chance to see Beale's landmark Sacred Music series exploring the flowering of Western church music, broadcast earlier this year)
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3rd & Bird – A Very Squooky Christmas
CBEEBIES

Younger viewers are in for a Christmas treat as the residents of 3rd and Bird Street help reunite a little mouse with his parents, singing seasonal songs along the way
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The Pinky & Perky Show – It's Christmaaaas!
CBBC

The porcine pair are up to their usual tricks in this Christmas special as they realise they might be the little pigs who Santa forgot
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Advisory note: BBC programme week numbers

 

Please note that this year the BBC has 53 programme weeks – our Week 53 will be Saturday 27 December to Friday 2 January. For some broadcasters this will be
Week 1.

 

Therefore BBC Week numbers throughout 2009 will differ from those of other broadcasters.

 

We are making changes to the BBC Picture Publicity and BBC Press Office websites so that we refer to "BBC Week Numbers" and, wherever possible, actual dates.

 

We will also reflect this in email correspondence and telephone conversations with you.


BBC Television and Radio Programme Information Christmas pull-up publication dates are now available up to and including Week 4: Publication dates


The BBC Programme Information team would like to wish its readers a very merry Christmas and happy New Year.



NETWORK TV – BBC WEEKS 52/53

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Transmission details will be posted after final schedules for BBC Weeks 52 and 53 are confirmed.


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