Christmas is just round the corner, if you’re stuck what to watch over the festive season, here at Inside Media Track we’ve compiled a gallery of pictures of the BBC’s drama and comedy output so you can plan your viewing accordingly (or just give you an excuse to escape the family for a bit).
Doctor Who Christmas Special
Peter Capaldi returns as The Doctor in the 2014 Christmas Special, with Nick Frost guest starring as Santa. Jenna Coleman will also return as the Doctor’s companion Clara, with Natalie Gumede, Nathan McMullen,Michael Troughton and Faye Marsay guest starring in the episode titled: ‘Last Christmas’.
Miranda Christmas Special
If you’re a fan of Miranda Hart’s comedy Miranda, then make the most of these two final Christmas Specials, as the writer and star recently revealed these episodes are to bring the series to a close for good. Hart won’t disappear from our screens just yet though, as you can still see her as Chummy in Call The Midwife.
Mapp and Lucia
Miranda Richardson and Anna Chancellor star in Mapp And Lucia, Steve Pemberton’s 3-part adaptation of EF Benson’s comic socialite drama. Social rivalries, snobberies and pretensions of small-town life abound.
Mrs Brown’s Boys
Brendan O’Carroll‘s hugely successful creation Mrs Brown’s Boys has gone from stage show, to TV sitcom, to box office success with Mrs Brown’s Boys D’Movie. This Christmas the Irish family return to the small screen with two festive specials.
The Boy in The Dress
David Walliams Children’s book The Boy In The Dress gets it’s TV debut, following the success of his previous Christmas adaptations of his books Gangsta Granny and Mr Stink. Billy Kennedy makes his debut in the role of Dennis, alongside an all-star cast including Jennifer Saunders, Tim McInnerny, Meera Syal, Steve Spiers, James Buckley, Felicity Montagu and Kate Moss.
The Carters are in for a difficult Christmas as the family deal with the repercussions of Linda’s rape ordeal.
The Incredible Adventures Of Professor Branestawm
Harry Hill stars as eccentric inventor Professor Branestawm in Charlie Higson‘s adaptation of Norman Hunter‘s classic children’s books The Incredible Adventures of Professor Branestawm. Vicki Pepperdine, Madeline Holliday, David Mitchell and Simon Day also star.
Still Open All Hours
Veteran actor David Jason once again reprises his famous role of Granville in Still Open All Hours, alongside his son Leroy played by James Baxter.
Dustin Hoffman and Dame Judi Dench star in a 90-minute adaptation of Roald Dahl‘s sweet love story Esio Trot.
Call the Midwife
Series four of Call The Midwife sees the community of nuns and nurses in 1960, on the cusp of much change in London’s East End. East Is East actress Linda Bassett and Fresh Meat’s Charlotte Ritchie join the cast, with Vanessa Redgrave – who has narrated the series to date – will also appear on-screen for the first time in the Christmas Special as the mature Jennifer Worth.
Vic & Bob’s House Of Fools
The Wrong Mans
James Corden and Mathew Baynton return for second series of BBC Two comedy The Wrong Mans. The new series sees the hapless duo’s adventures take them across deserts, through tunnels, inside prisons, on board planes and trains, as they duck knives, dodge bullets and deal with WMDs. But the cartels, the terrorists and the spooks they encounter have underestimated Sam and Phil’s determination to get home for Christmas and reclaim their lives.
Greg Davies and Twilight‘s Taylor Lautner‘s BBC Three sitcom returns with a one-off special.