Boxing Day brings a large snowfall that covers the country. The adverse weather causes major disruption across Poplar as roads become blocked and pipes freeze. The milk float struggles to make its deliveries and families must queue outside for water from standpipes. Trixie’s holiday with Christopher is cancelled due to the snow. Valerie helps Linda and Selwyn, an unmarried couple living in a caravan, prepare for their baby. As the labour progresses, unforeseen complications knock Valerie’s confidence in her ability as a midwife.
Elsewhere, the freezing weather takes the life of Dr Turner’s patient, Percy Tillerson. Sister Julienne must inform the family of his death and uncovers an uncomfortable truth about the chirpy late Percy. Tom is offered a new position in Birmingham but it would mean him and Barbara leaving Poplar for at least six months. It’s all hands on deck to help during the weather crisis so Shelagh comes back to work. Nurse Crane meets her match in Sergeant Woolf as he challenges her driving ability and Akela leadership. Proving him wrong, Nurse Crane is instrumental in bringing the milk float back to Poplar.
Death in Paradise
Pulling in a record audience of over nine million last year, award-winning crime drama Death in Paradise returns to BBC One for a seventh series in the New Year. Ardal O’Hanlon reprises his role as DI Jack Mooney joining series regulars Josephine Jobert, Danny John-Jules, Tobi Bakare, Elizabeth Bourgine and Don Warrington plus an exciting line-up of guest stars for more baffling murder cases and warm hearted Caribbean fun.
Set on the idyllic tropical island of Saint Marie, Death in Paradise will continue to keep audiences guessing with intriguing mysteries and cunning plot twists at every turn. This new series sees Jack adapting to island life while also playing poker masterminds at their own game and uncovering secrets and lies within a famous reggae band. Meanwhile, Dwayne finally meets his match and a secret from JP’s past returns to haunt him.
The magical final chapter of the Twelfth Doctor’s (Peter Capaldi) journey sees the Time Lord team up with his former self, the first ever Doctor (David Bradley - Harry Potter, Game of Thrones) and a returning Bill Potts (Pearl Mackie), for one last adventure.
Two Doctors stranded in an Arctic snowscape, refusing to face regeneration. Enchanted glass people, stealing their victims from frozen time. And a World War One captain destined to die on the battlefield, but taken from the trenches to play his part in the Doctor's story.
An uplifting new tale about the power of hope in humanity’s darkest hours, Twice Upon A Time marks the end of an era. But as the Doctor must face his past to decide his future, his journey is only just beginning...
Twice Upon A Time is written by Steven Moffat, directed by Rachel Talalay, and executive produced by Brian Minchin. The 60 minute special guest stars Mark Gatiss as The Captain and Nikki Amuka-Bird as the voice of the glass woman, and will see Peter Capaldi’s Doctor regenerate into the Thirteenth Doctor (Jodie Whittaker).
With Christmas rapidly approaching in Albert Square, things are set to explode in catastrophic style. Secrets and lies are exposed and families are torn apart forever.
With his revenge plan unravelling at an alarming speed, Max finds himself a man on the edge as he desperately tries to claw himself out of an impossible situation. Increasingly unhinged, Max takes matters into his own hands and unfortunately for Ian and Phil, Max only has murder in mind. However, Max soon finds himself in the arms of his very own angel this Christmas but just when he thinks he can find his own saviour, an unearthed piece of evidence looks set to trigger Max Branning’s ultimate downfall in an apocalyptic scale that will destroy the Branning family forever.
With the Carters set to lose their beloved Queen Victoria, Mick and Linda put everything behind them to make their last year in Albert Square their best Christmas yet. Determined not to go down without a fight, they throw everything into their vow renewal.
However just as Mick thinks all is lost, step forward Aidan McGuire, who offers Mick a cracker of a gift. If Mick chooses to accept, he could see all of his problems blown away but the risks come with deadly consequences. Just how far is Mick Carter prepared to go to in order to save the roof over his families heads and not just one for himself at her majesty’s pleasure?
Aidan’s plan does not just involve wanting Mick Carter on his job but also others that he has carefully chosen for their own, well “skills”… Top of his list are Phil Mitchell and Vincent Hubbard to name just two. But with simmering tensions within the group from the outset, is Aidan’s job as fool proof as he claims? One thing is for sure, cross Aidan McGuire and be prepared to have your baubles hanging decoratively on your Christmas tree.
This Christmas is set to be the most explosive yuletide in Albert Square’s history, taking us through to a New Year which goes off with a bang. Should auld acquaintance be forgot and never brought to mind? That’s a question only those in Albert Square can answer.
Based on Louisa May Alcott’s universally beloved novel, Little Women, is a new three-part series, adapted by award-winning creator of Call the Midwife Heidi Thomas and directed by Vanessa Caswill (Thirteen).
Set against the backdrop of a country divided, the story follows the four March sisters: Jo (Maya Hawke), Meg (Willa Fitzgerald), Beth (Annes Elwy), and Amy (Kathryn Newton) on their journey from childhood to adulthood while their father (Dylan Baker) is away at war. Under the guidance of their mother Marmee (Emily Watson), the girls navigate what it means to be a young woman: from gender roles to sibling rivalry, first love, loss and marriage. Accompanied by the charming boy next door Laurie Laurence (Jonah Hauer-King), their cantankerous wealthy Aunt March (Angela Lansbury) and benevolent neighbour Mr. Laurence (Michael Gambon), Little Women is a coming of age story that is as relevant and engaging today as it was on its original publication in 1868.
BBC One’s ground-breaking new international thriller McMafia is an eight-part series created by Hossein Amini and James Watkins and inspired by Misha Glenny’s best-selling book of the same name.
It charts Alex Godman’s (James Norton) journey as he is drawn deeper and deeper into the world of organised crime.
As the English-raised son of Russian exiles with a mafia history, Alex has spent his life trying to escape the shadow of that criminal past, building his own legitimate business and forging a life with his girlfriend Rebecca (Juliet Rylance). But when his family’s past returns to threaten them, Alex is forced to confront his values to protect those he loves. What starts out as a story of survival and revenge becomes an epic tale of a man’s struggle against the lures of corruption in the modern world and in himself. McMafia is impressive and intimate, glamorous and gritty, global in scale and forensic in detail.
Further cast include David Strathairn, Faye Marsay, Aleksey Serebryakov, Maria Shukshina and Merab Ninidze.
The Highway Rat
This enchanting half hour animated special from Magic Light Pictures brings to life another magical world from the UK’s number one picture book duo Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.
The festive family highlight will be voiced by a stellar cast of British acting talent, featuring David Tennant as the Highway Rat, Rob Brydon as the narrator, Nina Sosanya as the Duck, Tom Hollander as the Squirrel and Frances de le Tour as the Rabbit.
First published in 2011, The Highway Rat is about a ravenous rat who craves buns, biscuits and all sweet things. Tearing along the highway, he searches for sugary treats to steal, until his sweet tooth leads him to a sticky end. A swashbuckling tale of bandits and biscuits the whole family will enjoy!
Set in 1686, 18 year-old Nella Oortman knocks at the door of a grand house in the wealthiest quarter of Amsterdam. Full of hopes and dreams, she has come from the country to begin a new life as the wife of wealthy merchant, Johannes Brandt. But instead of Johannes, she’s met by his cold sister Marin and quickly realises that nothing is as it seems in the Brandt household.
When Johannes finally appears he presents her with an extraordinary wedding gift: a dolls house replica of their home. It is to be furnished by an elusive miniaturist, whose tiny creations mirror what is happening within the house in unexpected ways and seem to be predicting and unravelling the future with unsettling accuracy. As Nella begins to uncover its secrets and those of the Brandt household she realizes the escalating dangers that await them all. Does the miniaturist hold their fate in her hands? And will she be the key to their salvation or the architect of their downfall?
A Christmas Carol Goes Wrong
After last year’s hilarious Peter Pan Goes Wrong, the Olivier Award-winning Mischief Theatre Company - the brains behind the hugely successful The Play That Goes Wrong and The Comedy About A Bank Robbery in the West End - return to the small screen with their take on Dickens’ famous festive fable this Christmas on BBC One.
Blacklisted by the BBC after ruining Peter Pan, the Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society are not taking their ban lying down and force themselves back on the BBC by hijacking the jewel the Christmas schedule - a ‘live’ production of A Christmas Carol staged by a professional cast.
The following hour finds the Cornley gang trying to make the show work on ‘live’ television where they soon realise they are completely out of their depth with no idea how to direct a live studio or handle special effects and are having their own internal rivalries revealed on television. Plus, there’s an angry professional cast trying to get back into the studio.
A Christmas Carol Goes Wrong will be produced by BBC Studios and will feature soon to be announced guest stars and the Mischief Theatre Company fresh from their Broadway triumph of The Play That Goes Wrong.
300 Years of French & Saunders
Dragged up all the way from the ocean bed, national treasures Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders are back together this festive season for a special 30th anniversary clip show bursting with brand new material, greatest hits, hilarious rarities, and even some never before seen footage. Reuniting for their first TV show together in 10 years, the huge comedy talents that brought the world Absolutely Fabulous and The Vicar of Dibley promise to be on top form where nothing is out of bounds and no-one is safe.
Our Friend Victoria - Christmas Special
This extended episode of Our Friend Victoria, which celebrates Victoria Wood’s huge back-catalogue, looks at all things festive!
This episode is hosted by one of Victoria’s long-term collaborators, Anne Reid. Victoria had a huge impact on Anne’s career, taking her from serious drama to comedy - Anne reveals how she spotted her knack for comedy and for that she is eternally grateful.
Anne has known Victoria since the late 70s when her late husband, Peter Eckersley, spotted Victoria performing in her self-written play Talent at Sheffield’s Crucible Theatre. He asked her to recreate it for television - this was Victoria’s big break and from there she never looked back.
The episode kicks off with some classic stand-up from Victoria perfectly summing up the downsides of Christmas - over spending, over indulgence and all too tiring. But Victoria’s close friends, including Julie Walters and Dan Rigby reveal how the opposite was in fact true. Their best friend absolutely adored Christmas!
Also in this episode, Victoria’s friends - including memories from Celia Imrie, Richard E. Grant and Reece Shearsmith - look back at their favourite sketches chosen from all of her Christmas episodes.
As ever the show finishes with a song. Ted Robbins and sister Kate, reminisce about the huge production values and time taken to pull off this particular Christmas musical spectacular. While former Shadow Home Secretary, Ann Widdecombe, recalls the conversations she had with Victoria prior to production of this spoof show stopper entitled, Ann Widdecombe. She also reveals her thoughts on watching it for the first time.
Mrs Brown’s Boys - Christmas and New Year’s Specials
Brendan O’Carroll’s comedy sensation returns to BBC One with two new Christmas Specials.
Episode 1: Mayhem in the Brown household again this year. Grandad thinks the house is haunted, Cathy’s got a new internet date and Rory is undergoing plastic surgery. At least Agnes has been given a special Christmas tree from Buster Brady to cheer her up - what could possibly go wrong?
Episode 2: Father Damien convenes a Neighbourhood Watch patrol to tackle the rising amount of crime in Finglas, but catching criminals isn’t necessarily something Agnes and Winnie are cut out to do.
Meanwhile Cathy has had yet another disastrous internet date so Agnes takes some unorthodox steps to put her daughter’s man troubles to rest once and for all.
Michael McIntyre’s Big Christmas Show
Michael McIntyre's annual festive special returns to BBC One this Christmas, stuffed with big stars, big laughs and big surprises!
Recorded at a packed Theatre Royal Drury Lane, in London's West End, Michael McIntyre's Big Show is overflowing with performances from soul sensation Seal and comedy virtuoso Bill Bailey, as well as unmissable new stand-up material from Michael himself.
Plus a very special guest will be bravely handing over their phone in Celebrity Send To All and Father Christmas gets the surprise of his life before delivering a spine-tingling finale as the Unexpected Star.
Not Going Out - Christmas Special
The BBC’s multi-award winning primetime sitcom Not Going Out, written by and starring the British Comedy Award and BAFTA-winning comedian Lee Mack, returns for a much anticipated Christmas special.
Viewers last saw Lee (Lee Mack) and Lucy (Sally Bretton) showcase their chaotic parenting skills as they tackled the challenges of raising seven year old Charlie, five year old twins Benji and Molly, AND keep the romance alive in their marriage.
Now it’s Christmas Eve, and Lee and Lucy face a possible yuletide disaster when they discover the perfect present they have bought for their children has already been gifted to them by their grandparents. Lee is forced to rush out at the last minute in search of a suitable substitute. But, with all the local shops closing their doors for the festive period, the race is on for Lee to avoid the ultimate parenting fail on Christmas morning and disappoint his three excited children…
Still Open All Hours
It’s Christmas in the nation’s favourite corner shop, but some of Granville’s (Sir David Jason) most important customers have plans to leave town. Not only is Madge (Brigit Forsyth) planning to take his beloved Mavis (Maggie Ollerenshaw) away for a Christmas break but is Mr Newbold (Geoffrey Whitehead) also thinking of doing a runner, leaving Granville at the mercy of Mrs Featherstone’s (Stephanie Cole) amorous advances?
Granville has to use some of his craftiest wiles to persuade everyone not to travel at Christmas. After all, as well as wanting to stay close to Mavis, he’s also got to shift a large number of distinctly wonky Christmas Crackers.
Tim Vine Travels Through Time Christmas Special
Master of the pun Tim Vine journeys back in time to Tudor England in a quest to find a silver lion and bring Christmas to Henry VIII’s court…
It’s Christmas time at Tim’s antiques shop, and special celebrity guest Emma Bunton needs Tim’s help. Can he make this antique silver lion as good as new? Thanks to his time travelling grandfather clock, the answer is always yes!
Tim travels back to Tudor England, arriving in the court of Henry VIII just as the Christmas celebrations are getting underway. But finding a silver lion isn’t going to be as easy as it seems…Catherine of Aragon (Sally Phillips) has a new lady in waiting, Anne Boleyn (Emma Bunton), who’s desperate to impress - and save her head - by arranging a fantastic Christmas party for the king.
There’s just one problem: no one has RSVP’d! And when Tim meets the King he’s mistaken for the new court jester and immediately put in charge of the entertainment. Looks like the search for a new silver lion will have to wait…
Can Tim step up to the plate as the new court jester and pull off a party fit for a king? Can he find the silver lion and get back to his shop before Christmas? Can he fit any more puns into half an hour?! Only time travel will tell…
With celebrity guest cameos, big laughs and more puns than you can shake a stick at, Tim Vine Travels Through Time is a festive treat for the whole family.
The cast includes: Tim Vine, Emma Bunton, Sally Phillips, Danny John Jules, Reverend Richard Coles, Spencer Jones, Mandeep Dhillon, Marek Larwood and John Archer.
BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2017
Hosted by Gary Lineker, Clare Balding and Gabby Logan, BBC Sports Personality of the Year celebrates the biggest sporting achievements of 2017. The star-studded event will broadcast live on BBC One from the Echo Arena Liverpool on Sunday 17 December.
Last year saw Wimbledon champion Sir Andy Murray crowned BBC Sports Personality of the Year for a record third time, ahead of triathlete Alistair Brownlee and showjumper Nick Skelton.
In a year which has once again seen British sports stars excel on the world stage, 2017 will have no shortage of talented sports men and women vying to take home the coveted award.
John Humphrys returns for another series of Britain's toughest quiz as 40 more famous faces brave the black chair in their quest to be crowned Celebrity Mastermind.
The series will be broadcast over the Christmas fortnight on BBC One, as a whole host of people including pop stars, comedians, sports stars and presenters are put to the test on their specialist subjects and general knowledge.
With each one competing on behalf of their chosen charities, who will claim the glass trophy and the title Celebrity Mastermind?
Doodlebugs; where clip show meets sketch show and draws a funny face on it. Doodlebugs gives a voice to all that stuff in the World that doesn’t have a voice - because it can’t actually talk. Washing machines, wheelie bins, mobility scooters and suitcases at long last get a chance to air their views and opinions through voices from the comedy world, among others, Kayvan Novak, Cardinal Burns, Morgana Robinson and Spencer Jones. 6x15mins.
Even Better Than The Real Thing
Even Better Than the Real Thing is back with a fun filled Christmas Special hosted by Paddy McGuinness with five more of the best professional Tribute acts in the world in a night to remember.
The five competing acts pay tribute to music legends Michael Bublé, Michael Jackson, John Lennon, Kylie Minogue and Bruce Springsteen. They deliver breath-taking performances, each singing an iconic Christmas hit made famous by their musical idol.
The studio audience’s favourite acts then take part in never before seen duets to really get the Christmas party started. After the duets round, the studio audience vote one last time for their ultimate champion, the one act who is truly ‘Even Better Than the Real Thing.’
Grandpa’s Great Escape
Based on an original book by David Walliams, Grandpa’s Great Escape tells the tale of Grandpa, a World War II flying ace, who now sadly suffers from Alzheimer’s disease. When his family can no longer look after him he is moved to an old people’s home called Twilight Towers, run by Miss Dandy.
It soon becomes clear Miss Dandy is running Twilight Towers for her own ulterior motives and it is up to Grandpa and his grandson Jack to make a daring escape. Failure could have the most dire consequences but success will give Grandpa a final chance to relive his past and once again take to the sky in his beloved Spitfire.
Grandpa is played by Tom Courtenay (45 Years, Doctor Zhivago, The Dresser), his grandson Jack is played by Kit Connor (Get Santa, Mr Holmes) and Miss Dandy is played by Jennifer Saunders (French and Saunders, Absolutely Fabulous). Jack’s mum is played by Samantha Spiro (Babs, Game of Thrones) and Jack’s dad is played by David Walliams (Little Britain, Britain’s Got Talent). Miss Trifle is played by Michele Dotrice (Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em).
Nile Rodgers & CHIC: Good Times 2017/2018 and New Year’s Eve Fireworks 2017
Music Legend Nile Rodgers and his sensational band CHIC will be lighting up this New Year’s Eve live on BBC One as they bring some of the biggest hits ever to an unmissable music and firework spectacular in London.
For the fifth year running, BBC One will broadcast a special live music concert before and after the world famous fireworks display on the River Thames.
Of course, the live music is just part of the party as a festival of fireworks fills the night sky over the River Thames in London as Big Ben strikes midnight.
London’s famous firework display will be choreographed to fit a specially edited medley of music.
The celebrations along the Thames will end with a traditional rendition of Auld Lang Syne, before the action switches back inside as Nile and CHIC continue the party with a raft of hits including Good Times, Le Freak and Everybody Dance.
Pointless Celebrities Christmas Special
Tinsel? Tick. Christmas jumpers? Tick. A whole host of Pointless Celebrities with a plethora of Christmas hits between them? Double tick!
On the Pointless Celebrities Christmas Special, Alexander Armstrong and Richard Osman are joined by eight festive hit makers - including choir master Gareth Malone and his lead soloist Samantha Stevenson, who along with the rest of the Military Wives choir, achieved a Christmas number one in 2011 with Wherever You Are.
Jona Lewie, who had the perennial Christmas classic Stop The Cavalry, plays alongside Mike Batt who not only had the festive hit Wombling Merry Christmas but also co-wrote David Essex’s 1982 song A Winter’s Tale. Jimmy Osmond and his 1972 Christmas Number 1 Long-Haired Lover From Liverpool teams up with X Factor winner Ben Haenow, who also took the Christmas number 1 spot in 2014 - and the final pair, Justin & Dan Hawkins from The Darkness, not only trying to take home the Pointless Trophy but also play-out the show with their anthem Christmas Time (Don’t Let The Bells End).
Strictly Come Dancing - The Final
The wait is finally over, and after 13 amazing weeks of glitter, excitement and sensational dance performances, the most glamourous night of TV has arrived and the Strictly Come Dancing Final comes live to BBC One.
Fifteen celebrities entered the ballroom, but now only the finalists remain. Each couple will perform in front of the judges and to the audience at home to battle it out in the ballroom for the very last time. The judges scores will be for guidance only and the winner will be decided by the viewers’ votes alone.
Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman will then reveal which celebrity and professional dancer the viewers have chosen to lift the famous Glitter Ball Trophy and be crowned the champions of Strictly Come Dancing 2017.
Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special
Six of the most-loved Strictly stars are returning to the dance floor for an all-star Christmas extravaganza special coming to BBC One on Christmas Day.
This year the leading ladies set to rock around the Christmas tree are Katie Derham (series 13); Judy Murray (series 12) and Kimberley Walsh (series 10).
The gentlemen hoping to sprinkle joy on the dancefloor are Colin Jackson (series 3); Robbie Savage (series 9) and Jeremy Vine (series 13).
Professional dancers taking part will be Brendan Cole, Neil Jones, Pasha Kovalev, Amy Dowden, Dianne Buswell and Karen Clifton.
In this year’s cracker of a show, each of the six couples will perform a routine which tells the story of what everyone loves about Christmas in a bid to be crowned Christmas champions 2017.
Hosted by Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman, the show wouldn’t be complete without the festive foursome on the judging panel. Craig Revel Horwood, Darcey Bussell and BrunoTonioli will be joined by Head Judge Shirley Ballas in her first appearance on a Strictly Christmas special.
The judges will be on hand to score each couple and spread some cheerful joy, yet it will be down to the studio audience to vote for which dancing duo will win the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special 2017 and lift the famous Silver Star trophy.
The icing on top of the cake will be a music performance fit for Christmas Day and our couples will be bringing some festive cheer to some very special and deserving people.
The Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special will air on BBC One on Christmas Day and will be available on BBC iPlayer.
The Apprentice - Final
The remaining candidates battle it out to be crowned Lord Sugar’s business partner and secure a £250,000 investment in their business plan. Familiar faces from the series return and teams are picked, as the finalists prepare to present their brand and business plan to Lord Sugar, Baroness Karren Brady, Claude Littner and a panel of business heavyweights to prove they are worthy of the coveted prize.
After 11 tough weeks proving their credentials, with tasks ranging from making burgers, selling robots and advertising cars to running a tour in Bruges and hosting a corporate event at Wembley, all attention is focused on the finalists and their investment proposal.
Back in the boardroom, business plans are evaluated and presentations assessed, but there can only be one winner as the strongest of this year’s budding entrepreneurs fight it out to claim victory and hear the words - “YOU’RE HIRED!”
Top of the Pops returns to BBC One this festive period with a Christmas special featuring some of the biggest names in pop music from 2017 including Ed Sheeran, Dua Lipa, Clean Bandit, Rita Ora and The Script.
Fearne Cotton and Clara Amfo will present the one hour special that will celebrate the biggest hits and most successful acts of the year, concluding with the all-important Christmas Number 1.
Top of the Pops also returns over the New Year period with a special that will celebrate the biggest hits and most successful acts of 2017.
Top Of The Pops New Year’s Special
Fearne Cotton and Clara Amfo will celebrate the biggest hits and most successful acts of 2017 during a Top Of The Pops New Year’s special.
The show, that will showcase 2017’s greatest hits and brightest chart stars to BBC One audiences, includes a star-spangled line-up of performances from James Arthur, Craig David feat Bastille, Paloma Faith, Ed Sheeran, Dua Lipa and Rita Ora.
The New Year’s special will also share the last Number 1 of 2017.
Darcey Bussell: Looking for Fred Astaire
Darcey Bussell explores the dancing legend that is Fred Astaire, uncovering stories of the series of strong women that shaped and influenced him throughout his life and career.
His story begins with the influence of his stage-struck mother, Ann, who thrust five year old Fred onto the stage as a convenient partner for his older sister, Adele, with whom he danced for 27 years. Darcey goes on to explore perhaps the most famous and recognisable woman in Fred’s life, Ginger Rogers.
Despite only making 10 films together, it was this partnership that cemented Fred Astaire’s fame and legacy. Darcey uncovers how despite being renowned as one of history’s greatest dance duos, Fred hated sharing the limelight, and following his partnership with Ginger resisted partnering with one leading lady too many times, though he went on to dance with some of Hollywood’s greatest stars including Audrey Hepburn, Rita Hayworth and Judy Garland.
This film also shines a light on the star’s later years and his personal relationships with both his first and second wives, Phyllis and Robin.
Mary Berry’s Christmas Party
This winter you’re invited to Mary Berry’s Christmas Party!
Celebrate the festive season with the perfect dusting of Mary Berry’s very own Christmas magic. In a one-off television treat, Mary will open her kitchen to some of TV’s best-loved faces as they join her in cooking delicious party dishes especially for her Christmas Party table.
With varying degrees of nerves, skill and determination, but tons of excitement, presenters and broadcasters Alex Jones, Fearne Cotton, Darcey Bussell and Adil Ray take turns to join Mary beside her stove.
Packed with humour, warmth and exceptional festive food ideas - Mary Berry’s Christmas Party is the perfect invitation for yuletide escape.
Mary, Mel and Sue's Big Christmas Thank You
For one exceptional group of people in South Wales, Christmas has come early. In an area that’s experienced some tough times, Mary, Mel and Sue will sprinkle their festive magic on its residents, who, despite their setbacks have pulled together to open a community centre. With their local school and post office closing, the centre has become a lifeline for young children and elderly pensioners alike, providing everything from regular hot meals to weekly bingo. It’s the beating heart of the community, but both the centre and the amazing volunteers keeping it afloat, are deserving of some serious festive cheer.
Usually, the volunteers at the centre try and make Christmas as special as possible, but this year, they’re in for the shock of their lives, as Mary, Mel and Sue will surprise them with the most magnificent Christmas party the town has ever seen.
Mary, along with a gang of local helpers, will create a spectacular traditional Christmas dinner, while Mel and Sue will rally the troops and stage a magical back drop to the party, as well as give the centre a face lift, leaving a legacy for the community which will last for years to come.
Judi Dench's Secret Woodland
Join Judi Dench as she embarks on a magical journey to uncover the mysteries about one of her greatest passions - trees. Told through the narrative of the changing seasons and filmed over the course of a year, Judi Dench’s Secret Woodland uses innovative filming techniques and the latest cutting edge scientific technology and research to unlock the remarkable secret lives of trees.
Snow Bears is the enchanting true-to-life tale of polar bear cubs on the journey of a lifetime to the ice surrounding the North Pole. With the arrival of Spring they must travel 400 miles in search of the seal-rich pack ice surrounding the north pole, meeting a host of extraordinary arctic characters along the way from reindeer to narwhals and walrus to arctic foxes. This story is a fun-packed, snowy adventure as two young bears learn how to survive in their frozen world.