Christmas 2019 on BBC One...
Jodie Whittaker and friends are back with a bang! Doctor Who returns very early in 2020 with an epic and thrilling new series full of scares and surprises. The action-packed series will introduce terrifying new monsters alongside the return of some familiar but not so friendly faces…
Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor Who continues to attract a who’s who of acting talent with an exciting group of guest artists set to join the roster for series 12 alongside returning cast members Bradley Walsh, Mandip Gill and Tosin Cole.
Seven Worlds, One Planet: Continents Of Wonder
The most spectacular moments from the Seven Worlds, One Planet series that highlights the incredible rich and wonderful diversity of life found on our planets seven unique continents. Millions of years ago huge forces ripped apart the Earth's crust creating seven distinct continents. Over time, each one developed its own remarkable wildlife.
We see the extraordinary variety of life found in South America and visit the largest of all continents - Asia, so big it still hides rarely seen creatures. We explore the cities of Europe, full of surprises, and the wilds of Africa, home to the greatest gatherings of animals. We travel to the searing heat of Australia with its weird and wonderful wildlife, and witness the pioneering animals of North America that make the most of every opportunity. Finally we venture to the frozen wilderness of Antarctica were, on the most hostile continent of all, life manages to thrive against the odds. And we reveal how today the biggest challenge faced by wildlife is the impact of human activity on all seven of our incredible continents.
The Goes Wrong Show: The Spirit Of Christmas
A joyful Christmas tale as The Cornley Drama Society present the story of Santa and his elves trying to bring festive happiness to a sad little girl and her constantly-fighting parents. Can the magical toy machine restore her Christmas cheer? Or perhaps Mr Snowman and his enchanting dance will raise her spirits? We’ll never know, as an already surly Santa indulges in too much Christmas sherry and contrives to ruin everything. Crackers explode, an elf is trapped in a confined space for the duration of the show and the toy machine attempts to eat the snowman alive. Also, there are songs, and these don’t go well.
The Goes Wrong Show: The Spirit Of Christmas was written by and stars the original founding Mischief Theatre members; Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer, and Henry Shields alongside Nancy Zamit, Charlie Russell, Bryony Corrigan, Greg Tannahill, Dave Hearn and Chris Leask. The show is produced by Jim Poyser (Timewasters, The Job Lot) and directed by Martin Dennis (Men Behaving Badly, Black Books). The Executive Producers are Hilary Strong and Kenny Wax for Mischief Screen, Kenton Allen, Saurabh Kakkar and Matthew Justice for Big Talk Productions and The Goes Wrong Show was commissioned by Shane Allen, Controller Comedy Commissioning, Charlotte Moore, Director of BBC Content and Kate Daughton, Head of Comedy for the BBC.
Not Going Out: Driving Home For Christmas
Lee Mack’s multi award-winning hit show, will return to BBC One this Christmas. We all know Christmas simply wouldn’t be Christmas without a giant inflatable Santa, an aggressive bull in a field and a terrifying truck driver.
We are straight into seasonal suburban chaos as married couple Lee (Lee Mack) and Lucy (Sally Bretton) pop out on a last-minute Christmas Eve mission for the kids. With Lucy’s father Geoffrey (Geoffrey Whitehead), cutting more of a strict and stuffy Victorian gent than usual, and lovely mum Wendy (Deborah Grant) fortunately on hand to temporarily mind the children, surely it will be an uneventful evening? As ever for Lee, things don’t quite go to plan with a theft and unexpected trip into deep countryside. Meanwhile at home, Lee’s lovably feckless father, Frank (Bobby Ball) also turns up to offer gifts… and his unique festive flavour.
Not Going Out is produced by Avalon Television for BBC One. It is commissioned by Shane Allen and the commissioning editor for BBC is Gregor Sharp. Executive producers are Richard Allen-Turner, Rob Aslett, Lee Mack and Jon Thoday.
The Trial Of Christine Keeler
Sophie Cookson, James Norton, Ellie Bamber, Ben Miles and Emilia Fox lead a stellar cast in The Trial Of Christine Keeler, written by Bafta award-winning screenwriter and novelist Amanda Coe, series produced by Rebecca Ferguson and directed by Andrea Harkin and Leanne Welham.
The Trial Of Christine Keeler takes a fresh look at one of the most infamous British stories of the 20th century: the chain of events in the 1960s that came to be known as the Profumo Affair. At the centre of the storm was 19-year-old Christine Keeler - a young woman whom the powerful, male-dominated establishment sought to silence and exploit, but who refused to play by their rules. This six-part drama takes us behind the headlines to tell a human story about the sexual and cultural politics of one of the most revealing and iconic stories of modern times.
Sophie Cookson plays Christine Keeler; James Norton takes on the role of Stephen Ward; with Ellie Bamber as Mandy Rice-Davies. Ben Miles plays John Profumo and Emilia Fox stars as Valerie Profumo. Nathan Stewart-Jarrett plays Johnny Edgecombe and Anthony Welsh plays Aloysius 'Lucky' Gordon.
The Trial Of Christine Keeler is an Ecosse Films and Great Meadow co-production, commissioned by Charlotte Moore and Piers Wenger for BBC One. The BBC Commissioning Editors are Lucy Richer and Ayela Butt. Executive Producers are Amanda Coe, Douglas Rae, Kate Triggs, and Robert Bernstein.
A Christmas Carol
A Christmas Carol is a unique and original take on the Charles Dickens’ iconic ghost story by Steven Knight and a haunting, hallucinatory, spine-tingling immersion into Scrooge’s dark night of the soul. The three-part special follows Ebenezer Scrooge played by Guy Pearce, the miserly cold-hearted boss, as he is visited by ghosts from the past, present and future, on a freezing Christmas Eve. Forced to face up to how his self-interested, penny pinching behaviour has impacted his own life and those around him, is it too late for him to save the spirit of Christmas, and himself?
The cast includes Guy Pearce, Andy Serkis, Stephen Graham, Charlotte Riley, Joe Alwyn, Vinette Robinson, Jason Flemyng, Kayvan Novak and Lenny Rush.
A Christmas Carol is an FX Productions, Scott Free, Hardy Son & Baker production, it was commissioned by Charlotte Moore and Piers Wenger for BBC One. Executive producers are Steven Knight, Tom Hardy, Ridley Scott, Dean Baker, David W. Zucker and Kate Crowe, and Mona Qureshi for the BBC. It is produced by Julian Stevenson and directed by Nick Murphy.
From the co-creators of BBC One’s Sherlock, three feature-length episodes will re-introduce the world to Dracula.
In Transylvania in 1897, the blood-drinking Count is drawing his plans against Victorian London. And be warned: the dead travel fast.
Award-winning Danish actor Claes Bang stars as Dracula in Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss’ brand new mini-series inspired by Bram Stoker’s classic novel.
Dracula is a Hartswood Films production, it was commissioned by Charlotte Moore and Piers Wenger for BBC One. The BBC Commissioning Editor is Ben Irving and executive producers are Sue Vertue, Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss.
The Snail And The Whale
The Snail And The Whale follows the amazing journey of a tiny snail who longs to see the world and manages to hitch a ride on the tail of a huge humpback whale. The story is a joyous, empowering tale about the natural wonders of the earth and discovering that however small you are, you can make a difference. This half hour adaptation is a beautiful account of an unlikely friendship, and is voiced by stellar British acting talent, Rob Brydon as the whale, Sally Hawkins as the snail, Cariad Lloyd as the teacher and Dame Diana Rigg as the narrator.
Written in 2003 by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler, creators of the modern classic The Gruffalo, this marks the seventh BBC One adaptation by Magic Light Pictures of a Donaldson/Scheffler children’s book.
The Snail And The Whale is a Magic Light Pictures production, acquired by Charlotte Moore and Tommy Bulfin for BBC One. The producers are Michael Rose and Martin Pope of Magic Light Pictures and directors are Max Lang and Daniel Snaddon.
See The Snail And The Whale media pack for more info.
Call The Midwife Christmas Special
As Christmas approaches, a bout of influenza sweeps through Nonnatus House. When Mother Mildred (Miriam Margolyes) declares that God is calling her to set up a branch house in the Outer Hebrides, it seems an ideal opportunity for some of the team to convalesce in the fresh Scottish air. As they recover, they will be able to help the island where there is a nursing and doctor shortage.
Much to Violet’s (Annabelle Apsion) frustration, Fred (Cliff Parisi) is enlisted to drive them all. Sister Monica Joan (Judy Parfitt) associates the Outer Hebrides with St Eustace’s White Stag, a symbol of Christ, and is thrilled at the idea. However, she soon discovers to her annoyance that she is being left behind.
They quickly set off on their journey where they are to stay in a freezing cold, converted church. As the team set about establishing an antenatal clinic and treating the local population, they must battle not only the weather and bleak terrain, but the suspicions of some of the islanders.
Meanwhile, in Poplar, Reggie (Daniel Laurie) has come home for Christmas and finds a hidden present: The Guinness Book of World Records. Inspired by the triumphs of others, Reggie decides that he too will try to break a world record.
Call The Midwife is a Neal Street Production, it was commissioned by Charlotte Moore and Piers Wenger for BBC One. The BBC Commissioning Editor is Mona Qureshi and executive producers are Pippa Harris, Heidi Thomas and Ann Tricklebank.
See the Call The Midwife media pack for more info.
Mimi And The Mountain Dragon
A special animated adaptation of Sir Michael Morpurgo’s children’s book Mimi And The Mountain Dragon.
Mimi And The Mountain Dragon is the story about a village that quakes in feature of the mighty Mountain Dragon. One winter, a shy little girl called Mimi finds a baby dragon asleep in her family woodshed. Mimi takes the perilous journey through the blizzard and darkness to return the baby dragon to her mother, whom all the villagers fear.
Following an introduction by the award-winning writer himself, Sir Michael Morpurgo, the film is narrated throughout by an original score by Oscar-winning composer Rachel Portman performed by the BBC Philharmonic and featuring singers from the Hallé’s family of choirs. The animation is based on original drawings by Emily Gravett and has been adapted for the screen by novelist, poet and playwright Owen Sheers.
Mimi And The Mountain Dragon was commissioned by Head of BBC Music TV Commissioning, Jan Younghusband for Charlotte Moore, Director of BBC Content. The project is also supported by Alice Webb, Director of BBC Children’s & Education. The Executive Producer is Leopard Picture’s Chief Creative Officer Kristian Smith, and Phil Chalk from Bafta award-winning studio Factory.
Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special
Ho ho ho! Strictly Come Dancing returns for an all-star Christmas special as six of the most-loved Strictly stars return to the dance floor for the annual special coming to BBC One on Christmas Day.
This year the leading ladies are Debbie McGee, Chizzy Akudolu and Gemma Atkinson and the gentlemen returning to the ballroom are Joe Sugg, Mark Wright and Richard Arnold.
Hosted by Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman, the show wouldn’t be complete without the festive foursome on the judging panel. Head Judge Shirley Ballas returns joining Motsi Mabuse on her first Christmas special alongside fellow judges, Bruno Tonioli and Craig Revel Horwood.
Join us to find out who will be crowned Christmas champions 2019!
Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special is made by BBC Studios. The Executive Producer is Sarah James.
Still Open All Hours
In this festive special, Granville tries to put the magic back into Christmas but things don’t always go according to plan and people keep disappearing - although the nations’ favourite grocer might have one last trick he can perform successfully, if he can find a glamorous assistant.
Eric and Cyril try to persuade their wives to try Arkwrights’ special French custard and Mr Newbold 'accidentally' bumps into Mrs Rossi at the café and she invites him to Christmas lunch, but will the Black Widow throw the book at him when she finds out?
Still Open All Hours, a comedy programme for BBC One, was commissioned by Charlotte Moore and Shane Allen. The BBC Commissioning Editor is Gregor Sharp. Sarah Hitchcock is the Producer and Gareth Edwards is the Executive Producer for BBC Studios.
A Question Of Sport: Christmas Special
Sue Barker asks the questions in this festive edition of the long-running sports quiz. Regular team captains Matt Dawson and Phil Tufnell are joined by sporting stars Rebecca Adlington, James Toseland, Darren Bent and Amy Williams.
All the questions over the course of the show have a Christmas theme and there is even a guest appearance by Father Christmas who poses his own seasonal teaser to the teams.
A Question Of Sport: Christmas Special, for BBC One, was commissioned by Charlotte Moore and Kate Phillips. The BBC Commissioning Editor is Pinki Chambers. Gareth JM Edwards is the Executive Producer for BBC Studios.
Four former Celebrity Mastermind champions brave the infamous black chair and donate to charity in a special ‘champion of champions’ episode of the classic quiz, presented by John Humphrys.
Comedian Tim Vine, newsreader Alastair Stewart, comedian and writer Hal Cruttenden and journalist and broadcaster Samira Ahmed are back in the spotlight tonight answering questions on Jaws, Lewis Hamilton, Magnus Magnusson and Space: 1999.
Celebrity Mastermind, a studio entertainment quiz series for BBC One, was commissioned by Charlotte Moore, Director, Content and Kate Phillips. The BBC Commissioning Editor is Sarah Clay. David Young, Jimmy Mulville, Kate Middleditch and Chris Jones are the Executive Producers for Hindsight/Hat Trick Productions.
A Berry Royal Christmas
Join Mary Berry for a very festive Christmas. Mary will visit a host of charities across the country whose staff work throughout the holidays. Inspired by her visits, Mary will design a fittingly festive feast for a very special party laid on by some VIPs.
A Berry Royal Christmas, a 1x60' for BBC One, is made by Shine TV. It was commissioned by Charlotte Moore, Director, TV Content. The Executive Producer for Shine TV is Tanya Shaw.
Winter Animals (w/t)
Liz Bonnin introduces a cast of charismatic animals to reveal the remarkable strategies they use to survive, and even thrive, in the winter.
In this spectacular season, our world is transformed into a wonderland of sparkling frost, snow and ice. But for animals, this is the toughest time of year, and preparations start early. In autumn, Siberian chipmunks collect food in their cheek pouches to stockpile in their burrows, while Caribou make an epic journey to new feeding areas away from the worst weather. With the arrival of winter, the American Bobcat has to find its prey beneath deep snow, while an arctic fox relies on its wits to find a meal amongst us. A sea otter keeps her cub warm by blowing air into its coat, while some animals, as if by magic, turn white to blend in with the snow around them. As winter begins to loosen its grip, an Arctic ground squirrel stirs from an eight month hibernation and has to woo its mate in just 12 hours, and baby animals emerge to play in the snow before spring’s imminent arrival. Along the way, Liz meets our most iconic winter animals to uncover the secrets behind their remarkable stories.
Winter Animals (w/t), a 1x60’ for BBC One, is made by BBC Studios Natural History Unit. It was commissioned by Charlotte Moore, Director, TV Content and Jack Bootle, Commissioning Editor, Natural History and Specialist Factual. The Executive Producer is Roger Webb.
Animal Park Christmas Special
Animal Park is returning to Longleat safari park for Christmas! Our cameras will be there to catch every magical moment as the keepers ensure all their creatures are cosy and prepared for the festive season, which is looking as busy as ever.
It’s all change for some of the furriest mammals at the park as the keepers race to get them into a new home in time for Christmas, but there is a problem. Keeping some of their smaller animals warm in the winter months isn’t easy so they’ve made a public appeal for donations of odd socks! Will they arrive in time to give the chipmunks a warm and wonderful Christmas?
Animal Park, a factual series for BBC One, was commissioned by Carla-Maria Lawson. The BBC Commissioning Editor is Lindsay Bradbury. Joff Wilson is the Executive Producer and Kitty Walshe is the Managing Director for Remarkable.
Top Of The Pops Christmas Special
Top Of The Pops Christmas Special will return to BBC One screens this festive period.
Hosted by Clara Amfo and Fearne Cotton, the one-hour programme will celebrate all things pop with exclusive performances from some of the hottest names in music.
Top Of The Pops Christmas Special, a 1x60' special for BBC One by BBC Studios, was commissioned by Pinki Chambers, Commissioning Editor for Entertainment. Alison Howe is the Executive Producer and Stephanie McWhinnie is the Series Producer.
Top Of The Pops New Year Special
Top Of The Pops will return for TV’s biggest pop party this New Year on BBC One.
Hosted by Clara Amfo and Fearne Cotton, the New Year special will take a look back at the year in music. With exclusive performances from some of the hottest names in pop, the programme is set to bring the year to a close in style.
Top Of The Pops New Year Special, a 1x60' special for BBC One by BBC Studios, was commissioned by Pinki Chambers, Commissioning Editor for Entertainment. Alison Howe is the Executive Producer and Stephanie McWhinnie is the Series Producer.
Pointless Celebrities: Christmas Special
A celebrity Christmas edition of the general knowledge quiz in which four teams try to come up with the answers that no-one else could think of. Presented by Alexander Armstrong and co-host Richard Osman. Featuring Christopher Biggins, Paul Zerdin, Gary Wilmot, Michelle Collins, Debbie McGee, Richard Cadell with Sooty, Faye Tozer, Duncan James. With a special performance from Aled Jones and Russell Watson
Pointless, a series for BBC One was commissioned by Charlotte Moore and Kate Philips. The BBC Commissioning Editor is Alex McLeod. Tamara Gilder and Richard Hague are the Executive Producers for Remarkable.
Secrets and lies are set to explode in Walford this Christmas, leaving more than one family left torn apart forever…
Sharon and Keanu have been harbouring their secret for months but they should know that secrets never stay secret in Albert Square. As their lies begin to unravel it’s only a matter of time until Phil finds out the truth and when he does, there will only be one thing on his mind… revenge.
Over at The Vic, Christmas will be anything but happy for the Carters. Mick is determined to have the best Christmas yet but Linda’s drinking spirals out of control leaving her in a desperate situation.
Across the Square a guardian angel is watching over one family, as their fortunes change for the better, whilst another is convinced all is not as it seems and will stop at nothing to prove they are right…
Would I Lie To You At Christmas?
Rob Brydon is back in the host’s chair for a festive edition of the award-winning comedy panel show Would I Lie To You?. And as ever, David Mitchell and Lee Mack are the lightning-quick team captains. Over the course of the show, a stellar cast of celebrity guests reveal amazing stories about themselves. But are they telling the truth, or are they making it all up? David Mitchell is joined by Liz Bonnin and Stephen Merchant while Lee Mack is joined by Sharon Osbourne and Dr Ranj Singh.
Would I Lie To You?, a comedy panel series for BBC One, was commissioned by Charlotte Moore and Kate Phillips. The BBC Commissioning Editor is Pinki Chambers. Peter Holmes, Rachel Ablett and Ruth Phillips are the Executive Producers for Zeppotron.
The Graham Norton Show
The Bafta-award-winning talk show, featuring the biggest celebrities and the brightest conversation on television.
Graham presents his traditional New Year’s Eve talk show, with a very special guest on the sofa: Double Oscar-winner Tom Hanks, starring as American children’s TV host Mr Rogers in A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood; along with his co-star, Welsh actor Matthew Rhys (The Americans).
The Graham Norton Show is made by So Television for BBC One. The Series Producer is Jon Magnusson and the Executive Producer is Graham Stuart. The Commissioning Editor for the BBC is Rachel Ashdown.
The Hit List Celebrity Special
Marvin and Rochelle Humes host this very special celebrity edition of The Hit List. Teaming up to play are comedian Susan Calman with Radio 1 DJ Melvin Odoom; former Footballer and rap star John Barnes with Radio 1 DJ Scott Mills and football pundit and presenter Chris Kamara with Capital Radio DJ Vick Hope. The pressure’s on to name as many hit songs and artists as possible to win £10,000 for their chosen charities, especially for the DJ’s!
The Hit List is a Tuesday’s Child Scotland production and is a joint commission from BBC Entertainment and BBC Music. It has been commissioned for BBC One by Kate Phillips, Controller Entertainment Commissioning and Charlotte Moore, Director of BBC Content and by Jan Younghusband, Head of Commissioning and James Stirling, Head of Content Commissioning for BBC Music. The Executive Producer is Karen Smith for Tuesday’s Child Scotland and the Commissioning Editor for the BBC is Rachel Ashdown.
A modern adaptation of Worzel Gummidge comes to BBC One this Christmas. Set to be broadcast in two one-hour films, this family treat is inspired by the classic books of Barbara Euphan Todd. This is the perfect family adventure, with a mischievous spirit and an environmental message.
Mackenzie Crook, who writes, directs and stars as Worzel Gummidge, has gathered a host of accomplished actors for this eagerly anticipated adaptation. Playing The Green Man, creator of the scarecrows is Sir Michael Palin and Zoë Wanamaker will play Lady Bloomsbury Barton. The distinguished British cast also includes Vicki Pepperdine as Aunt Sally, Steve Pemberton as Mr Braithwaite, Rosie Cavaliero as Mrs Braithwaite and India Brown and Thierry Wickens as Susan and John.
Worzel Gummidge is a Leopard Pictures, Treasure Trove Productions and Lola Entertainment production for BBC One. It is Executive Produced by Kristian Smith for Leopard Pictures, Lisa Thomas for Lola Entertainment, Mackenzie Crook for Treasure Trove Productions, with rights holders Patrick D. Pidgeon and Eric S. Rollman executive producers for Pidgeon Entertainment, Inc. It is produced by Georgie Fallon and Alex Moody is the Commissioning Editor for the BBC.
Dame Edna Rules The Waves
Following her emotional farewell tour, Dame Edna has been enjoying luxury downtime onboard her enormous yacht, sailing the seas without a care in the world. But now she’s back for one very special night and she’s bringing her legendary entertainment show to BBC One.
Filmed in front of an audience, Dame Edna will host a very exclusive evening with celebrity guests including Sharon Osbourne, Rob Rinder and Emily Atack with music from Nile Rodgers and Chic. There’ll also be a few surprises direct from her luxury yacht, staffed by some familiar faces.
Dame Edna Rules The Waves was commissioned by Kate Phillips, Controller, Entertainment Commissioning. Dame Edna Rules The Waves is produced by Studio 1. The Executive Producer is Claudia Rosencrantz, Dame Edna’s long-time producer. The Commissioning Editor for the BBC is Rachel Ashdown.
Michael McIntyre’s Big Christmas Show
Michael McIntyre's annual entertainment extravaganza returns to BBC One this Christmas, stuffed with big stars, big laughs and even bigger surprises!
Recorded at the world famous home of British entertainment, The London Palladium in the heart of Theatreland, Michael presents a night jam packed with treats and unmissable surprises.
How will global superstar Sharon Osbourne cope when she hands over her phone to play Send to All? Strictly judge Craig Revel Horwood might not be feeling quite so fab-u-lous as Michael wakes him up in the middle of the night in a special Christmassy Midnight Gameshow, and closing the show will be another spectacular festive performance from the Unexpected Star.
Michael McIntyre’s Big Christmas Show was commissioned by Charlotte Moore, Director of BBC Content and Kate Phillips, Controller, Entertainment Commissioning. Michael McIntyre’s Big Show is produced by Hungry McBear Media. The Executive Producers for Hungry McBear Media are Dan Baldwin and Diego Rincon. The Commissioning Editor for the BBC is Kalpna Patel-Knight.
Miranda: My Such Fun Celebration
2019 sees ten years since a certain someone first galloped onto our screens with the award winning sitcom Miranda, and to mark this milestone, BBC One will be hosting a very special one off shindig at the iconic world famous home of British Entertainment, The London Palladium.
This special entertainment show will feature a host of treats and surprises as the cast reunite to look back over a decade of such fun, friendship, romance and all that made millions of fans connect with this unique and very special sitcom.
Miranda: My Such Fun Celebration (1x60') promises an unforgettable night of magical memories, and with Miranda at the helm, viewers can expect not only some poignant reflections and behind the scenes titbits but much silliness, dancing and enforced galloping!
Miranda: My Such Fun Celebration has been commissioned by Charlotte Moore, Director of BBC Content and Kate Phillips, Controller Entertainment Commissioning. It is produced by NBCUniversal International Studios’ Monkey Kingdom. The Executive Producers for Monkey Kingdom are Will Macdonald, David Granger and Andy Charles Smith. The Commissioning Editor for the BBC is Rachel Ashdown.
Take Off With Bradley And Holly
Bradley Walsh and Holly Willoughby will be spreading the festive joy in new family entertainment show, Take Off on BBC One. The hosts will be giving lucky audience members the chance to win the trip of a lifetime to the most Christmassy place on Earth, Lapland. The show will be jam packed with games, incredible surprises, celebrity guests and much more leading up to a spectacular end of show finale.
Take Off With Bradley And Holly, a 1x60', was commissioned for BBC One by Charlotte Moore, Director of BBC Content and Kate Phillips, Controller, Entertainment Commissioning. The Executive Producers for Hungry Bear Media are Dan Baldwin and Kate Maddigan. The Commissioning Editor for the BBC is Kalpna Patel-Knight.
Mrs Brown’s Boys
A Wonderful Mammy
It’s Christmas in Finglas once again but no-one in the Brown household has got the memo. Mrs Brown can’t seem to please anyone - Betty is annoyed with her for giving Bono money, Mark is annoyed at his mum for not listening to Betty, Winnie thinks Agnes doesn’t care about her and Cathy think she’s too nosy. It might almost be better if Agnes had never been born. Enter Clyde, who says he’s an angel. Maybe he could grant Agnes her wish, to show her what life would be like if she’d never been born? Agnes scoffs but before she knows it she’s in a world she doesn’t recognise and that doesn’t recognise her. A world where her family is someone else’s and she must come to terms with a life she never knew…
Orange Is The New Mammy
There’s bad news for Winnie when Agnes discovers Peggy Piper the Pernod poisoner is out on appeal and could be coming back to Finglas. This might mean Winnie has to give evidence against her again as she was the one who saw Peggy poison her husband. There is much discussion about whether Peggy is guilty or not but the only way there’s ever going to be closure is by meeting Peggy herself… Meanwhile, Buster loses the tank Dermot’s hired for their latest promotion and must find it before Dermot finds out.
Mrs Brown’s Boys is created, written by and stars Brendan O’Carroll. It is a BBC Scotland/BBC Studios co-production with BOCPIX in association with RTE for BBC One. Commissioned by Shane Allen, Controller BBC Comedy Commissioning; the series is produced by Sam Michell for BBC Studios and Fiona Gibney for BOCPIX. The Executive Producer for BBC Studios is Steve Canny. It’s is produced and directed by Ben Kellett.
Gavin & Stacey Christmas Special
It’s been ten years since we last went to Billericay to spend Christmas with the Shipmans and the Wests.
This year we’re off to Wales for the festivities, where Bryn’s cooking dinner for over thirteen people. Understandably he’s tense. Pam would secretly prefer to spend Christmas in Essex as she finds Gwen’s house a bit lacking. But the deal has always been that they alternate every year, and this time it’s the turn of the Wests to host Christmas with everyone under one small roof.
For Gavin and Stacey, parenthood continues to present them with several challenges, their ‘baby’ now being ten. Smithy, too, continues to commit to his fatherly role, making the journey to Barry at weekends and every second Wednesday to see twelve year old Neil the Baby. Nessa on the other hand adopts her own brand of Nessa-style mothering whilst Pam, Mick and Gwen have become the epitome of doting grandparents. On Christmas Eve, Dawn makes a shocking discovery about Pete that jeopardizes their marriage (again) and a visit to the pub that night is an eye opener in more ways than one.
Sit back and enjoy a welcome return to the award-winning world of Gavin and Stacey and top off your Christmas Day with a big festive cwtch from these well-loved characters.
Gavin & Stacey Christmas Special, a 1x60’ is a Fulwell 73, Tidy Productions and Baby Cow Production for BBC One. It has been commissioned by Charlotte Moore, Director of BBC Content, and Shane Allen, Controller of BBC Comedy. Gavin & Stacey is created, written and executive produced by Ruth Jones and James Corden. It is also Executive Produced by David Peet, Leo Pearlman and Ben Winston. Shane Allen is the Commissioning Editor for the BBC.
Songs Of Praise
Sunday 15 December
In this episode the Rev. Kate Bottley celebrates the Nativity on a Christian run farm in Devon joining local school children to act out the story of the birth of the baby Jesus amongst the farm animals. We also meet the Christian who is one of the few traditional wooden nativity set makers in the UK.
Sunday 22 December
This episode showcases the Christmas Big Sing and broadcasts this year from Northern Ireland at The Assembly Hall in Belfast. Aled Jones hosts a line-up of star guests including Katherine Jenkins and a congregation of 800 to sing favourite carols.
Songs Of Praise is a religious programme for BBC One. The BBC Commissioning Editor is Daisy Scalchi. Cat Lewis is the Executive Producer for Nine Lives and Emyr Afan is the Executive Producer for Avanti Media.
Meet The Street At Christmas
Christmas is a time when people come together and when music fills the air. But even in an age when we are more connected by technology than ever before, it seems people are feeling increasingly isolated. In this heart-warming five-part series, renowned vocal coach Mark De-Lisser (Our Dementia Choir, Children In Need: Got It Covered) brings his musical skills, charisma and enthusiasm to explore our modern day crisis in communication to meet people who are especially cut off from others and affected by loneliness.
In each self-contained episode, Mark goes out into the community to create a choir group made up of those who will positively benefit from the lasting impact of coming together such as stay at home parents, retirees, those who are cut off by transport links, and people with mobility issues. Regardless of their vocal abilities, Mark teaches each group to sing so they can ultimately put on a performance at the end. United by a genuine need and desire to make meaningful connections with others, Mark will unlock people’s inner voice and show them the joy of coming together through singing - one group at a time.
Meet The Street At Christmas, a BBC One special series, was commissioned by Carla-Maria Lawson. The BBC Commissioning Editor is Julie Shaw. Camilla Lewis and Rob Carey are the Executive Producers and Sarah Swingler is the Series Producer for Curve Media.