Set within the fictional realms of Charles Dickens’ critically acclaimed novels, Dickensian brings together some of his most iconic characters, including Scrooge, Fagin and Miss Havisham, as their lives intertwine in 19th century London. The Old Curiosity Shop sits next door to The Three Cripples Pub, while Fagin’s Den is hidden down a murky alley off a bustling Victorian street. With a wealth of back stories sourced from the novels, Dickensian delivers fast-paced storylines with surprising twists and turns in this 20-part series.
Bafta award-winning actor Stephen Rea (The Honourable Woman, Utopia), Pauline Collins OBE (Upstairs Downstairs, Bleak House), Caroline Quentin (Men Behaving Badly, Life Of Riley) and Peter Firth (Spooks, Mayday) star alongside an array of new and established British talent including Tuppence Middleton (Spooks: The Greater Good, The Imitation Game), Ellie Haddington (Foyle’s War, Ordinary Lies), Sophie Rundle (Peaky Blinders, Happy Valley), Omid Djalili (The Omid Djalili Show, Sex And The City 2) Anton Lesser (Wolf Hall, Game of Thrones) Ned Dennehy (Banished, Peaky Blinders), Adrian Rawlins (Glue, Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 1 & 2), Tom Weston-Jones (Copper, World Without End), Richard Ridlings (Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes), Alexandra Moen (Fortitude), Robert Wilfort (Wolf Hall, Gavin And Stacey), Jennifer Hennessy (Utopia), Phoebe Dynevor (The Musketeers), Brenock O’Connor (Game Of Thrones), Mark Stanley (Game Of Thrones), Christopher Fairbank (Wolf Hall) and rising star Joseph Quinn.
And Then There Were None
Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None is the best-selling crime novel of all time with 100 million copies sold worldwide, and now for the first time the book will be adapted into a major new three-part television series.
1939. Europe teeters on the brink of war. Ten strangers are invited to Soldier Island, an isolated rock near the Devon coast. Cut off from the mainland, with their generous hosts Mr and Mrs U. N. Owen mysteriously absent, they are each accused of a terrible crime. When one of the party dies suddenly they realise they may be harbouring a murderer among their number.
Douglas Booth (Great Expectations, The Riot Club) as Anthony Marston, Charles Dance (Game Of Thrones, Imitation Game) as Justice Lawrence Wargrave, Maeve Dermody (Black Water, Beautiful Kate) as Vera Claythorne, Burn Gorman (The Dark Knight Rises, Torchwood) as William Blore, Anna Maxwell Martin (The Bletchley Circle, Death Comes To Pemberley) as Ethel Rogers, Sam Neill (Peaky Blinders, The Tudors) as General John MacArthur, Miranda Richardson (Mapp & Lucia, Parade's End) as Miss Emily Brent, Toby Stephens (Black Sails, Jane Eyre) as Dr Edward Armstrong, Noah Taylor (Peaky Blinders, Game of Thrones) as Thomas Rogers and Aidan Turner (Poldark, The Hobbit Trilogy) as Philip Lombard form a stellar ensemble cast.
The 10 strangers include a reckless playboy, a troubled Harley Street doctor, a formidable judge, an uncouth detective, an unscrupulous mercenary, a God-fearing spinster, two restless servants, a highly decorated general and an anxious secretary. One by one they are picked off. Who will survive? And who is the killer? Copies of an ominous nursery rhyme hang in each room, the murders mimicking the awful fates of its ‘Ten Little Soldier Boys’.
On a leave of absence from the police force, Luther is laying low in a rundown cottage on the edge of England. But a visit from his old colleagues at the Met brings a shocking piece of news that draws him back to London in search of the truth.
Meanwhile, a gruesome serial killer has struck the city. With a trail of clues leading from one crime scene to the next, Schenk and his team must work out the twisted logic that connects each victim. But this murdering mastermind is more than a match for the police, outsmarting them at every step.
It’s not long before Luther is back in the Bullpen, determined to steal a march on the killer before it’s too late.
"Dr John Watson, meet Mr Sherlock Holmes.”
We've been here before - but what if this wasn't the modern day but the late Victorian period? What if the world's most famous consulting detective and his best friend lived in a Baker Street of steam trains, hansom cabs, top hats and frock-coats?
Welcome to 'Sherlock' in 1895!
Some things, though, remain reassuringly the same. Friendship, adventure and especially, MURDER...
Why is Thomas Ricoletti a little surprised to see his wife dressed in her old wedding gown? Because, just a few hours before, she took her own life...
Mrs Ricoletti's ghost now appears to be prowling the streets with an unslakeable thirst for revenge. From fog-shrouded Limehouse to the bowels of a ruined church, Holmes, Watson and their friends must use all their cunning to combat an enemy seemingly from beyond the grave and the final, shocking truth about... the Abominable Bride!
It’s Christmas Day on a remote human colony and the Doctor is hiding from Christmas Carols and Comedy Antlers. But when a crashed spaceship calls upon the Doctor for help, he finds himself recruited into River Song’s squad and hurled into a fast and frantic chase across the galaxy. King Hydroflax (Greg Davies) is furious, and his giant Robot bodyguard is out of control and coming for them all! Will Nardole (Matt Lucas) survive? And when will River Song work out who the Doctor is?
All will be revealed on a starliner full of galactic super-villains and a destination the Doctor has been avoiding for a very long time.
Call the Midwife
As celebrations swing into action, Poplar readies itself for Christmas 1960; a festive bus trip to see the Regent Street lights and a visit from a BBC film crew promise to make it a Christmas to remember. But it’s a difficult time of year for grieving mother Iris, bringing back memories of her long-departed baby daughter.
And at Nonnatus, things are tense as Sister Monica Joan determines to bring the Christmas spirit early, despite Sister Evangelina’s disgust. As the community pull together to prepare for the televised carol concert, Nonnatus is rocked when Sister Monica Joan goes missing.
This Christmas on Albert Square is set to be one of the most explosive yet. Families at war will lead to tragedy and the worlds of some Walford residents will come crashing down around them. The Beales and Mitchells reach breaking point, which leads to life-changing consequences, and the Carters' wedding finally arrives, but will it be a happy new year?
The much-loved children’s picture book Stick Man will be brought to life this Christmas for BBC One. Written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler, creators of The Gruffalo, this heart-warming animated special produced by Magic Light Pictures will be voiced by a stellar cast of British acting talent. Martin Freeman is Stick Man, Hugh Bonneville is Santa and Jennifer Saunders narrates, with Russell Tovey, Rob Brydon and Sally Hawkins completing the cast.
Join Stick Man on an incredible adventure across the seasons as he runs from a playful dog, gets thrown in a river, escapes from a swan’s nest and even ends up on top of a fire. But will he ever get back to his family in time for Christmas?
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Shaun the Sheep: The Farmer’s Llamas
Shaun The Sheep: The Farmer’s Llamas, marks the first ever Shaun The Sheep half-hour special on BBC One. Created by Richard Starzak and directed by Jay Grace, The Farmer’s Llamas will continue Aardman’s heritage of festive specials on the BBC.
The stop-frame animated special will chronicle another of family favourite Shaun’s adventures and introduce a mischievous pack of llamas (Hector, Fernando and Raul) to our screens.
When the Farmer and Bitzer go to a Country Fair, Shaun steals away with them intent on causing mischief. Besotted by the exotic creatures he spots at auction, Shaun cleverly gets the unwitting Farmer to buy them. Back at Mossy Bottom Farm, Shaun is delighted with his prank and convinces the flock that the llamas are just what they need to spice up their lives. At first, everything’s great fun, but soon their new llama room-mates get a bit too comfortable in their new home. When things spiral out of control, Shaun is forced to take action to oust the intruders and save the farm.
BBC One is to dramatise David Walliams’ book Billionaire Boy with a stellar cast including Walliams himself. The hour-long special is the fourth BBC adaptation of a Walliams novel, and follows the successes of Gangsta Granny, Mr Stink and The Boy In The Dress.
Billionaire Boy is the story of Len, who makes a billion from inventing a new toilet roll, and his 12-year-old son Joe, who appears to have everything he could want but what he really needs is a friend.
The cast includes John Thomson (The Fast Show, Cold Feet) as Len and Catherine Tate (Doctor Who, The Catherine Tate Show) as Sapphire Diamond, a 40-something hand model who still likes to pretend she’s 21 and is dating Len for his money.
Playing Joe’s shy and very nervous head teacher is James Fleet (Vicar Of Dibley, Partners In Crime) while Rebecca Front (The Thick Of It) plays Joe’s firm but fair, opera-loving teacher. There’s also an appearance from Warwick Davis (Star Wars: Return Of The Jedi, Harry Potter, Life’s Too Short) playing himself in the role of Len and Joe’s celebrity butler. Joe is played by Elliot Sprakes in his first major TV role.
David Walliams (Little Britain, Big School, Britain’s Got Talent) plays Mrs Trafe, a dinner lady at Joe’s school who is described as dirty and old and who is dreadful at cooking.
The Further Adventures Of Professor Branestawm
The original mad professor is back as Harry Hill reprises his role as the title lead. Set in the quintessential English village of Great Pagwell, the hour-long special sees Branestawm face money troubles when his bills are literally out of control. In order to try and pay off his debts, Connie suggests he enter the town’s best inventing competition to win a cash prize of £1,854 and a thruppeny bit - enough money to pay off his tax bill. But can he out-invent the self-professed greatest inventor in the world, Professor Algebrain?
Joining Harry are a raft of talented names including Steve Pemberton (Inside No 9) as Professor Algebrain, Dame Diana Rigg (Game Of Thrones) as Lady Pagwell and Matt Berry (Toast Of London) as Professor Awfulshirt.
Returning are Vicki Pepperdine as Mrs Flittersnoop (Getting On), Madeline Holliday as Connie (CBBC’s Hank Zipzer), Simon Day as Colonel Dedshott (The Life Of Rock With Brian Pern), Charlie Higson (The Fast Show) as the Mayor, David Mitchell (Peep Show) as councillor Harold Haggerstone, Sophie Thompson (Jericho) as Connie’s mum Aggie, and Adrian Scarborough (Gavin and Stacey).
Still Open All Hours
Sir David Jason returns for a second series as Granville, who has inherited the corner shop from his beloved but miserly uncle Arkwright. Now running the business with his son, Leroy, Granville continues to serve the local community with a keen eye on a profit. There are some familiar and new faces: Nurse Gladys Emmanuel and Mrs Featherstone return along with Granville’s never-quite-declared old flame Mavis, who is living with her formidable sister, Madge. Joining them are pessimistic Eric, gullible Cyril, the queen of local gossip Mrs Hussein and the ever love-sick 'Gastric'.
It’s Christmas at Arkwright’s, and Granville has his eye on a tree, which gives him more than he bargained for. Nurse Gladys gossips with Mrs Featherstone about tactics for her new job, and Eric and Cyril embark on a new fitness plan to impress their wives. Meanwhile, as Granville plans a cosy festive drinks party, can he and Gastric tempt Madge into the Christmas spirit?
It’s Christmas Eve at the Calais Shuttle terminal and everyone’s on their way back from a trip to a German Christmas market, laden with French wine and German gingerbread. Joyce is desperate to get the last train so she’ll be back in time for her granddaughter’s first Christmas, but circumstances conspire to make the journey a little more fraught.
Carol gets an attack of claustrophobia and overmedicates herself with travel pills; Trevor gets caught unwittingly trying to smuggle Rude Santas; John is involved in a running battle with a group of Germans over seating space; and Alan discovers his inner Easy Rider when he meets a leather-clad female biker.
Snowmen, reindeers and an actual donkey. It must be Christmas in the Khan household. Mr Khan is embracing Christmas like never before. In fact, he is launching his own range of traditional halal mince pies with the help of a local business dragon.
Meanwhile, Shazia and Amjad are trying to find somewhere else to live, because their landlord is selling their house and they can’t afford the deposit to buy it. Naani has a solution - she’s going to give them the money for the deposit. Her only mistake is entrusting it to Mr Khan. Mr Khan loses the money and to retrieve it, he heads to the Community Centre’s ‘Winter Wonderland’, where Dave’s putting on a show about a talking snowman that may or may not be able to fly.
Mr Khan finds himself re-creating an iconic festive scene. The story ends with a tearjerker as Mr Khan suffers a very personal loss.
Mrs Brown's Boys
Brendan O’Carroll’s multi-award-winning comedy phenomenon returns to BBC One with two hilarious Christmas Specials for 2015.
Episode one Agnes Brown is determined to have a safe and peaceful Christmas at home this year. But with Mark and Betty rowing over the reappearance of his first love, Bubbles, with carol singers haunting Agnes’ every waking hour, and with Buster installing a new Christmas tree with a very unusual safety feature, how will Agnes survive?!
Episode two When a handsome stranger appears in Foley’s Pub, everyone presumes he must be after Cathy. But the stranger reveals he only has eyes for one special woman: Agnes Brown herself. Will Agnes go on her first date in years? And if she does, who’s in for the bigger surprise: Agnes Brown, or the stranger?
Not Going Out
BBC One's multi-award-winning peak time sitcom Not Going Out, written by and starring the British Comedy Award and BAFTA-winning comedian Lee Mack, returns for a nail-biting Christmas special.
An action-packed episode at the end of last year saw Lee finally tie the knot with his long-suffering landlady and object of his affections, Lucy (Sally Bretton). One year on, a heavily pregnant Lucy is three days overdue with their first baby when they find themselves mistakenly caught up in a robbery at the local department store along with Lee's dad Frank (Bobby Ball) dressed as Santa's elf, uber-ditzy friend Daisy (Katy Wix), and neighbours Toby (Hugh Dennis) and Anna (Abigail Cruttenden).
Locked in and faced with a dangerous robber wearing a Father Christmas latex mask, they need to come up with an escape plan before things take a turn for the worse. With plenty of screaming and hiding in Santa's grotto, will Lee's actions and usually ill-thought-out ideas get them into even more trouble?
Catherine Tate’s Nan specials
Following the successful BAFTA-nominated one-off special that was broadcast on BBC One in 2014, Catherine Tate is bringing Britain’s best-loved OAP back to screens for two further half-hour episodes:
Nanger Management Nan's aggressive attitude to harmless pensioners finally gets her into trouble with the police and she’s forced to attend anger-management classes. However, her course leader is revealed to be struggling with some latent issues of his own, which are in danger of being brought bubbling back to the surface. Meanwhile, Jamie joins forces with Nan’s kindly new neighbour to raise funds for the local zoo, with unexpectedly dramatic results.
Knees Up Wilmott-Brown When the freehold on Nan’s block of flats in London’s newly fashionable East End is bought up by some ruthless property developers, all the residents join together to fight for their survival. All except Nan that is, who having bought her own flat in the 1980s finds herself holding a unique position of power over the developers and their oily representative, the unfortunate Charles Wilmott.
Peter Kay 20 Years of Funny
A unique documentary celebrating Peter’s illustrious career in comedy spanning two decades as one of Britain’s best-loved comedians. From his childhood growing up in Bolton, to the places and people who have influenced him, we reveal how Peter began his journey into the world of comedy and his eventual rise to become a household name and national treasure. Featuring colleagues and peers sharing their insights into just what makes Peter tick, in this long overdue look at a very exceptional British comic talent.
Strictly Come Dancing The Final
After 13 sensational weeks of sparkle, glamour and show-stopping performances, the wait is finally over as tonight the remaining four couples will take to the dance floor for the last time to compete in the Strictly Come Dancing Grand Final 2015.
Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman present the ultimate ballroom showdown as each couple will perform two dances to impress judges Len Goodman, Darcey Bussell, Craig Revel Horwood and Bruno Tonioli and the audience at home. Each couple will perform one of their routines from the series, chosen by the judges. They will then perform their show dance in their bid to make it through to the final three. The judges will score each couple on their performances but their scores are for guidance only. Tonight it will be up to the viewers to decide who will be in the final three.
Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman present part two of Strictly Come Dancing The Final.
One last dance stands between the final three couples and the Strictly trophy. The time has finally come for one dancing duo to be announced as the winners of Strictly Come Dancing 2015. The show begins with the fourth placed couple, based purely on the viewers' votes, leaving the competition. The three remaining pairs will perform their favourite dance from the series and then the viewer’s vote one last time to decide their favourite. Then it will be time to find out who the public has chosen to be crowned Strictly Come Dancing Champions 2015.
The evening wouldn’t be complete without an extraordinary musical performance fit for the final and the Strictly Come Dancing celebrities of 2015 will all return to perform a spectacular group number too.
Following the show, press the red button for an exclusive interview with the winning couple plus the runners up too.
Strictly Come Dancing Christmas special
Deck the halls with glitter balls as the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special 2015 returns to BBC One on Christmas Day.
Six of the most loved Strictly Come Dancing winners and contestants from previous series will return for a festive edition of the nation’s favourite show.
The celebrity ladies and gentlemen rocking around the Strictly Christmas tree this year will be:
Abbey Clancy Model and TV Presenter Winner of Strictly Come Dancing (Series 11)
Alison Hammond TV Presenter Contestant in Strictly Come Dancing (Series 12)
Cassidy Little Former Royal Marine Medic Winner of The People's Strictly for Comic Relief 2015
Harry Judd McFly Drummer Winner of Strictly Come Dancing (Series 9)
Lisa Snowdon TV and Radio Presenter Runner up in Strictly Come Dancing (Series 6)
Tom Chambers Actor Winner of Strictly Come Dancing (Series 6)
Professional dancers Pasha Kovalev, Brendan Cole and Robin Windsor will partner the ladies while Natalie Lowe, Oti Mabuse and Joanne Clifton will partner the gentlemen.
In this year’s Christmas cracker of a show, all six couples will each perform an enchanting and magical routine themed around a host of family favourites including Alice in Wonderland, Jack Frost and Scrooge, in a bid to be crowned Christmas champions 2015 and lift the famous Silver Star trophy.
Plus a Strictly Christmas wouldn’t be complete without our Judges - Darcey Bussell Sprouts and her three wise men, Len Glitter Goodman, Bruno Tinsel Tonioli and Craig Revel Humbug will be there to bring along some joy and festive cheer and decide who is good and who is bad!
And the icing on top of the Christmas cake will be a spectacular music performance from the legendary Dame Shirley Bassey and Blake.
Following the Grand Final of Strictly Come Dancing 2015, Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman will be back for the annual Christmas Special on BBC One on Christmas Day at 6.15pm, and there will be a very special video message from Sir Bruce Forsyth.
Bruce’s Hall of Fame with Alexander Armstrong
Sir Bruce Forsyth invites Alexander Armstrong to host another star-studded extravaganza for BBC One. Alexander takes to the stage alongside some of the UK’s best-loved entertainers to celebrate the artists who inspired their careers.
Joining Alexander in paying tribute to their inspirations are award-winning comedian and actress Catherine Tate; former Pussycat Doll Kimberley Wyatt; Australian film star, singer and dancer Adam Garcia; West End musical sensation Beverley Knight; Canadian comedian Katherine Ryan; EastEnders actress and singer Shona McGarty and; Britain’s Got Talent runner-up, magician and illusionist Jamie Raven. Sir Bruce celebrates one of his own showbiz heroes too! Bruce’s Hall of Fame with Alexander Armstrong puts a modern twist on the most famous acts of all time. It’s a chance for today’s stars to pay homage to their heroes and find out what it’s like to perform as their showbiz legends would have done.
Walliams & Friend
David Walliams stars in this brand new sketch show spectacular alongside very special guest and national treasure, Joanna Lumley. Filmed in front of a live studio audience, the show also features Morgana Robinson (House of Fools) and Mike Wozniak (Man Down) and was written by David Walliams and Dawson Bros.
The Great Barrier Reef with David Attenborough
In 1957, Sir David Attenborough first visited and scuba-dived on one of our planet’s most extraordinary creations, the Great Barrier Reef. Shrouded in mystery and mostly inaccessible, he always wanted to go back to further explore the ecosystem he describes as “like no other in the natural world”. Sixty years on, using brand-new technology and the latest scientific research, David has the opportunity to unlock the secrets of the Reef as he embarks on a personal journey that reveals the true extent of its diversity, characters and complexity along the way.
For this 3 x 60 BBC One series, David climbs aboard the Alucia, a 56-metre research and exploration vessel equipped with a state-of-the-art Triton submersible, laboratories and a helicopter. It will allow him to take to the seas and the skies to give a perspective on the Great Barrier Reef that has never been seen before and unprecedented access to some of the most remote parts of the Reef and it’s magical residents and visitors.
Midwinter in the Antarctic, and after months of blizzards and temperatures of -60°C, male emperor penguins are watching and waiting for their chicks to hatch. Snow Chick is the last to emerge into this harsh, frozen world.
Narrated by Kate Winslet, The Snow Chick takes an intimate look at this tiny chick’s first precarious months on the ice, growing up in the world’s most extreme nursery. Emperor penguins are the only animals to breed in the Antarctic winter.
“This has to be one of nature’s most incredible stories, and one huge adventure for such a tiny creature,” said John Downer, Director of this natural history special.
Snow Chick is ‘elbowed’ out of the baby gang, ventures too far for comfort, hides from chick-snatching penguins and avoids a scavenging petrel by the fluff of his back – all while slipping and skating on treacherous ice. Finally, he gets tossed unceremoniously into the open ocean – his new home for the next three years.
The John Bishop Christmas Show
Following his critically acclaimed eight-part series, broadcast in May this year, John Bishop is set to return to BBC One with a Christmas Special in December 2015.
Guests include singing sensations Kylie Minogue and Jess Glynne and the hilarious comedians Sarah Millican and Danny Bhoy. The special, which is a guaranteed hour of roaring festive entertainment and laughter, will be recorded at the Lyceum Theatre, in the heart of London's West End.
This will be John's third BBC One Christmas show.
John said; "I can't wait to bring back the show to BBC One for a Christmas special. It will be filled with buckets of festive fun for all the family, some of the most exciting guests in music and comedy and my best show opening yet!”
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Michael McIntyre’s Big Christmas Show
Michael McIntyre is back on BBC One this Christmas in Michael McIntyre’s Big Christmas Show for what will be an unmissable night of entertainment recorded in front of a live audience at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, London.
In this Christmas Day special for BBC One, Michael presents the world’s leading comedians and music superstars as well as his own unique talent for a night packed with festive treats and surprises. Expect the unexpected as Michael provides his own inimitable take on Christmas with a little help from an unsuspecting audience and some star guests. It’s a night at the theatre you won’t want to miss!
The Christmas Big Sing
The Christmas Big Sing on BBC One is a feast of carols and festive music from the Royal Albert Hall. Hosted by Sally Magnusson and David Grant, it features special guests Ronan Keating, quizmaster Alexander Armstrong, Ruby Turner and star of The Lion King, Shaun Escoffery. A 500-strong choir and the Big Sing Orchestra lead the audience in seasonal favourites including Joy To The World, On Christmas Night and O Come, All Ye Faithful.
Graham Norton Show
The BAFTA-winning chat show, featuring the biggest celebrities and the brightest conversation on television. Among the stellar line-up on Graham’s festive show are Hollywood actors Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamil, stars of the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
In a New Year's Eve special, Graham brings 2015 to a close with an all-star line-up including, a first-time appearance by Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence, and a welcome return for comedy genius Will Ferrell and actor/producer Mark Wahlberg.
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Sports Personality of the Year
Taking place in Northern Ireland for the first time, this year’s event is live from The SSE Arena, Belfast on Sunday 20 December. On the night, sporting greats from past and present will gather in the arena to celebrate and look back on what has been a fantastic 12 months of sport. Hosts Gary Lineker, Clare Balding and Gabby Logan will welcome the live audience and the millions watching on BBC One to Belfast for this year’s star-studded event.
This year’s sporting highlights include Northern Ireland reaching their first major football tournament in 30 years, Chris Froome claiming his second yellow jersey in the Tour de France, England finishing third in the Women’s World Cup, Wayne Rooney becoming the Three Lions’ top scorer, England’s Ashes triumph, Great Britain in their first Davis Cup final since 1978, a Rugby World Cup taking place on home soil, swimmer Adam Peaty setting a new world record at the World Swimming Championships and gold medals for Mo Farah, Jessica Ennis-Hill and Greg Rutherford at the World Athletics Championships.
Top of the Pops
Top of the Pops is set to return to BBC One with two star-spangled shows, one on Christmas Day and a New Year special. The festive hour-long programmes celebrating the biggest hits and most successful acts of 2015 will be jam-packed with performances from some of the best names in pop including Jess Glynne, OMI, Little Mix, James Bay, Sigma & Rita Ora and Ellie Goulding.
Hosted by Fearne Cotton and Reggie Yates, the Christmas Day show will conclude with the all-important Christmas Number 1.
Eat Well for Less at Christmas
In this festive edition of Eat Well For Less?, Gregg Wallace and Chris Bavin are donning their santa hats and helping one family save money, and time, without scrimping on indulgence this Christmas.
From banking on big brands to over-buying it’s the one time of year when we go all out but how can you put on the perfect party without breaking the bank? Does it make a difference where you buy that all-important Turkey? Who makes the best mince pies? Can you really tell your Champagne from your Cava? And how can you make leftovers the star of the show?
With their usual brand of cheek and charm Gregg and Chris are on a mission to show you can Eat Well For Less At Christmas.
Home Comforts at Christmas
James Martin gets ahead for Christmas, providing lots of clever tips and tricks to save you time and stress on the big day. Special guests include Sir Michael Parkinson, Mary Berry and Denise Lewis in this 10-part series.
Celebrity Mastermind returns for another 10 programmes this Christmas as forty famous faces put their reputations on the line and brave the famous black chair.
This year’s series features celebrities including World Champion Ricky Hatton, the chef Tom Kerridge, the actor Ardal O’Hanlon, Blue Peter presenter Radzi Chinyanganya, the actress Rebecca Root, the comedians Rob Delaney, Nick Helm and Gary Delaney and the England Women’s Football captain Steph Houghton answering questions on their specialist subject and their general knowledge, risking it all for the their chosen charities and the right to say, “I was Celebrity Mastermind”.
CBeebies Christmas Show: Alice in Wonderland
The ever-popular CBeebies Christmas Show will return to BBC One again with an adaptation of Alice in Wonderland, starring CBeebies favourites Cat Sandion as Alice and Justin Fletcher as the Queen of Hearts along with a host of other much-loved CBeebies presenters. Pan-Wales youth choir Only Kids Allowed will also have a starring role.
The classic novel by Lewis Carroll has been specially adapted for the CBeebies audience, with high adventure, aerial acrobatics, laugh-out-loud moments and catchy songs featuring throughout.
Alice’s story starts at a riverside family picnic where she is encouraged to use her imagination by her family. The result is a playful journey through Wonderland, where Alice meets a colourful succession of characters and learns how to make believe.
New Year’s Eve Fireworks
In New Year’s Eve Fireworks, BBC One will be counting down to midnight and bringing audiences around the country all the spectacular action from the firework display from the banks of the river Thames in London.
As an extra special New Year treat for viewers, BBC One will be bringing an exclusive performance from an international music star. Details of the act will be announced at a later date.
Take That Concert
This Christmas, join Gary, Mark, and Howard as they give BBC One an up-close-and-personal look at life on the road with Take That. With exclusive behind-the-scenes footage, interviews with the band, and spectacular songs from the show itself, we’ll discover how their first tour as a three piece was created. We’ll see them at work and at play, and hear how life has changed for the one time boyband after almost 25 years in the music industry.
Beckham: For the Love of the Game
One of the most iconic players of his or any generation, David Beckham returns to BBC One for a unique journey as he plays seven games in all of the seven continents around the world.
England’s most capped outfield player will show the incredible global appeal of football, joining local communities from all walks of life who play the beautiful game in some of the most challenging, remote and extreme locations on the planet.
The 90-minute film follows the footballing icon on a journey to the villages of Papua New Guinea, the foothills of Nepal, the streets of Buenos Aires, the desert plains of Djibouti to the elevated pitches of Miami and frozen wastelands of Antarctica.
David’s ambitious challenge and journey across the continents promises to showcase a rich and varied tapestry of characters, all linked together by one game, seeking to discover what the game means across the globe and how it has the power to transform lives as it did for him. Beyond the pitch, he will explore the lives of those who struggle to make a living in environments that present a daily challenge as well as those who get to live the dream when they make it to the big leagues. The journey ends where it all began for Beckham at Old Trafford, where he plays his final game with a host of internationally renowned footballing legends who he played for and against in his illustrious career.
Would I Lie To You? At Christmas
Rob Brydon hosts a festive edition of the award-winning comedy panel show Would I Lie To You?, with Lee Mack and David Mitchell returning as the lightning-quick team captains.
Pointless Christmas Special
Viewers are in for a special treat this Christmas, as popular pantomime stars put their obscure knowledge to the test in this festive edition of Pointless Celebrities.
Guests The Krankies (Mr Smee and Wee Smee), Su Pollard as Wicked Queen, and Jeffrey Holland as the panto dame, Alison Hammond as The Slave of The Ring and Robin Windsor as The Man In The Mirror, Colin Baker as Herman The Henchman amd Louise Jameson as The Good Fairy will all take to the Pointless Podium and do their best to spread some Christmas cheer for their chosen charities.
Hosted by Alexander Armstrong and his Pointless friend Richard Osman, there will be something for the whole family; children can look forward to seeing Father Christmas and there’s also a special seasonal duet with Alexander Armstrong and Kim Wilde to get everyone in the mood for the best Christmas ever.
On Pointless, each question has been put to a panel of 100 people before the show and all our celebrities must do is find the lesser-known answers. The Holy Grail is a Pointless answer – an answer that none of the 100 people thought of.