Christmas TV is on its way!
Warning: The writer of this news article is already feeling disgustingly festive, and has been since the beginning of November.
I think it’s probably okay now, since it is December, and as many people say: “I’ve seen the Coca Cola advert, it’s officially Christmas!” So with that, we take a look at what to look forward to this festive season.
The BBC Press Office bravely promises “something for everyone this Christmas”, with the return of Miranda and Call The Midwife among the scheduled programmes. Miranda Hart will be balancing getting a new job with rallying to save an abandoned baby (I’ll leave it up to you to decide which plot belongs to which show) - it’s enough work to warrant an industrial-sized vat of mulled wine!
Following the incredible success of The Gruffalo last year, Julia Donaldson’s adorable cartoons will make another appearance, this time with Room on the Broom, to warm the cockles of the heart of even the grumpiest of Scrooges. As well as this, the Beeb will also be showing Fabrice Muamba in a dance-off against JLS in the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special, and Mo Farah trying his hand at kayaking in Superstars.
Of course, it wouldn’t be Christmas without the Doctor having to save the world in an appropriately festive episode, and this year he’s helped out by a young governess called ‘Clara’ and some old friends in ‘The Snowman’.
The trail for Christmas on the BBC is below:
The centrepiece of Channel 4’s schedule this Christmas is the brand new sequel to Raymond Briggs’ The Snowman: ‘The Snowman and The Snowdog’.
The summary given by the C4 press office is as follows: “When a young boy and his mother move house, the boy discovers a secret box hidden under the floorboards of his bedroom. In the box, he finds a hat, scarf, some lumps of coal and a shrivelled tangerine - it's a snowman-making kit! Later that day it starts to snow and the boy builds a Snowman and, with the little spare snow leftover, a Snowdog."
Fans of the original film will be pleased to know that this sequel has Raymond Briggs’ blessing, and it is being led by people who formed part of the team on The Snowman.
Channel 4 will also be providing the help with Christmas dinner this year, with programmes from Gordon Ramsey, The Baker Brothers, and River Cottage.
As for ITV, the most anticipated item on their schedule will certainly be the Christmas Special of Downton Abbey, and this will be accompanied by Stephen Fry’s drama Doors Open and a festive Emmerdale episode. See the trail for these below: