The BBC Have Just Announced Their 2017 Christmas Line-Up And It Looks Amazing
Christmas Day can be a bit of a drag, especially when you’ve got a belly full of pigs in blankets, you’re sick of listening to your gran snore, and it’s only just gone 3 o’clock.
It would help if something decent was on the tele, but Christmas TV is massively overrated. For some reason we get kidded that it’s actually better than what’s normally on the gogglebox, when in reality it’s just repeat after repeat and Christmas versions of shows that we weren’t even that bothered about in the first place.
Bah fucking Humbug.
Luckily, the BBC have recently announced their Christmas schedule for 2017, and although the air dates and times are still to be unveiled, it looks like there’s some interesting Xmas shiz on the Beeb this year.
Check out some of the highlights below:
Doctor Who Christmas Special
The BBC’s synopsis reads:
Peter Capaldi’s epic final journey sees him reunited with companion Bill as they team up with the first ever Doctor to battle the enchanted glass people before he regenerates into the 13th Doctor in the Doctor Who Christmas special.
This will mark Jodie Whittaker’s debut appearance as the first ever female Doctor, and is likely to air on Christmas Day.
The League of Gentlemen Anniversary Specials
The League of Gentleman’s 20th anniversary will be celebrated with three specials, with Reece Shearsmith, Steve Pemberton and Mark Gatiss all set to reprise their roles as the bizarre and darkly comic characters. Apparently, the plot will centre on the village of Royston Vasey facing “administrative annilhation”.
Shearsmith confirmed the epsisodes will air on the 18th, 19th and 20th December.
Our new “League of Gentlemen” shows will be shown on the 18th, 19th and 20th December on @BBCTwo. Merry Christmas!
— Reece Shearsmith (@ReeceShearsmith) November 27, 2017
Alan Partridge: Why, When, Where, How and Whom?
Everyone’s favourite digital DJ is back, with a description for the show reading:
“To celebrate Alan’s return to his rightful home at the BBC in 2018, this retrospective documentary will look back at his journey from broadcaster caricature to the award-winning study of complexity and pathos that he has become.
“We will hear from the man behind the man himself, Steve Coogan, as well as the acclaimed team that created him 25 years ago. That cohort of writers and performers would become some of the most celebrated and distinctive comic voices of their generation: Armando Iannucci, Patrick Marber, Peter Baynham, Rebecca Front, David Schneider and Doon Mackichan. Through interviews and a wealth of never before seen archive footage including improv sessions, rehearsals and unseen outtakes, a light will be shone on the genesis of the character.”
Mary, Mel & Sue’s Big Christmas Thank You
Former Bake Off stars Mary Berry, Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins bring a festive feast to a depraved area of South Wales complete with a lavish Christmas party at the local community centre.
300 Years of French & Saunders
The iconic comedy double act are back, celebrating their 30th anniversary in style. There’ll be hilarious new material, never-before-seen footage and a very probable special appearance from Ab Fab’s Joanna Lumley.
‘Haunting period thriller The Miniaturist, adapted from Jessie Burton’s acclaimed debut novel, tells the story of a house where, beneath the lavish beauty and privilege, lies forbidden passions and dangerous secrets.’
Set in Amsterdam in 1686, this gripping two-parter features a doll’s house replica of a house, which begins predicting the future with frightening accuracy.
Gritty new eight-part drama McMafia kicks off on the BBC this Christmas, following Alex Goodman (James Norton) playing the son of Russian exiles who becomes more and more embroiled in the world of organised crime.
The “glamorous and gritty” series begins as a story of survival and revenge, but quickly becomes an epic tale of a man’s struggle against the lures of corruption.
Our Friend Victoria
A tribute to the late, great comedian Victoria Wood, featuring some of her classic stand-up routines as well as her thoughts on the pros and cons of Christmas.
Hosted by her longtime collaborator, Anne Reid, the programme will also include interviews with her closest friends and colleagues.
The Highway Rat
‘Animated adventure The Highway Rat sees authors Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s magical world come to life starring the voice talents of David Tennant, Rob Brydon, Nina Sosanya, Frances de le Tour and Tom Hollander.‘
Other Notable Highlights:
Call The Midwife
The 2017 festive special sees the nuns and families of Poplar in the thick of 1963’s Big Freeze.
Tim Vine Travels Through Time Christmas Special
A special comedy featuring king of the one-liner Tim Vine travel back to Tudor England.
Kate Winslet narrates this beautiful real-life tale of polar bear cubs on a journey of a lifetime.
Not Going Out – Christmas Special
Lee Mack’s hit sitcom returns for a Christmas special.
Top Of The Pops Christmas Special
Featuring the likes of Ed Sheeran, Dua Lipa, Clean Bandit, Rita Ora and The Script.
Nigella’s Christmas Table
The renowned TV chef shares her tips and recipes to make the perfect Christmas feast.
Joanna & Jennifer: Absolutely Champers
The pair head over to France’s champagne region to see how their favourite tipple is made.
An adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel, the show tells the tale of the March family – featuring the likes of Angela Lansbury, Michael Gambon and Emily Watson – set against the backdrop of the American Civil War.
BBC Sports Personality of the Year
Mo Farah, Anthony Joshua, Lewis Hamilton, Johanna Konta and Chris Froome are all on the shortlist for the prestigious award set to air on 17th December.
Mrs Brown’s Boys Christmas Special
Mrs Brown is back for two Christmas specials, one on Christmas Day and the second before New Year.
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