BBC reveals Christmas line-up - including Strictly, Call The Midwife, Doctor Who, Death in Paradise, Ghosts and more

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28 Nov 2023, 08:19

Scenes from Doctor Who, Call The Midwife and Death in Paradise

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One of the highlights of the festive period has to be looking through the TV guide to decide which Christmas specials you’re going to watch, so it’s exciting that the BBC has unveiled details about what it will be offering this year.

The Call the Midwife Christmas special takes viewers back to 1968 when Apollo 8 was poised to circle the moon. In it, Sister Monica Joan (Judy Parfitt) is convinced this could be her final Yuletide and decides she’ll not live to see man walk on the moon. The Nonnatus Family, including Trixie’s (Helen George) brother Geoffrey (Christopher Harper), decide something must be done to try and lighten her state of mind.

There will be a feature length episode of Death in Paradise. In it, we return to sun-drenched Saint Marie as an entrepreneur is found dead. Of course, DI Neville Parker (Ralf Little), DS Naomi Thomas (Shantol Jackson), Officer Marlon Pryce (Tahj Miles) and Trainee Officer Darlene Curtis (Ginny Holder) set to work on cracking this mysterious death. EastEnders star Patsy Kensit will be one of many guest stars.

And not just that, but its spin-off show, Beyond Paradise, starring Kris Marshall and Sally Bretton, makes a Christmas special debut.

On Christmas Day, Ncuti Gatwa will take control of the TARDIS as the Fifteenth Doctor in his first epic adventure following Doctor Who’s 60th anniversary celebrations.

Meanwhile, Ghosts will come to an end with a half-hour Christmas special, which sees Mike’s mum, Betty staying at Button House. The whole experience inspires the Ghosts to reflect, and a big decision awaits them all.

Strictly Come Dancing returns to the Ballroom for a Christmas special, as Dan Snow, Sally Nugent, Jamie Borthwick, Tillie Amartey, Danny Cipriani and Keisha Buchanan take to the floor, alongside a musical performance from Sam Ryder.

Bob, Paul (and Ted the dog), hit the river bank in Mortimer and Whitehouse: Gone Fishing, while Jay Blades is up for some festive fixes in The Repair Shop.

There’s plenty of music too, with Rick Astley Rocks New Year’s Eve seeing featuring the singer partying with his all-star guests, while Jools’ Annual Hootenanny will see in the New Year.

Mrs Brown’s Boys is back with two episodes as Mammy tries to enjoy a nice, peaceful Christmas.

There are also brand new festive editions of Not Going Out, QI, Here We Go and Live at the Apollo. Also, Bad Education returns for an extra special musical-themed Christmas spectacular.

Our own Graham Norton has a festive version of his BBC chat show, while there are Christmas versions of The Hit List, The Weakest Link, Blankety Blank and Would I Lie To You. There will also be a tinsel-covered edition of Michael McIntyre’s Christmas Wheel featuring Rylan Clark, Peter Crouch, and Nicole Scherzinger as the celebrity contestants.

Elsewhere, Kit Harington and Freddie Fox star in Mark Gatiss’ adaptation of Arthur Conan Doyle’s Ghost Story for Christmas: Lot No.249

MasterChef: Battle of the Critics 2023 and Celebrity MasterChef: Christmas Cook-Off 2023 will get tummies rumbling, as will Nigella’s Amsterdam Christmas, Mary Berry’s Highland Christmas and The Hairy Bikers: Coming Home For Christmas.

Also on the airwaves over the holiday period will be the return of hit drama The Tourist, while Attenborough and the Giant Sea Monster follows Sir David Attenborough as he investigates the discovery of a lifetime.

Plenty to enjoy then... and that’s just on the BBC! Keep an eye on for new from the other channels and streaming services.