With just under five weeks till Christmas, the BBC has released a set of first-look images for its festive line-up of BBC One Drama, Comedy, Factual and Entertainment shows, including Jonathan Creek, Call The Midwife, Revolting Rhymes and many more.
Check out BBC One’s seasonal highlights below…
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Alan Davies returns as amateur sleuth Jonathan Creek in a new 90-minute special, written by creator David Renwick. Titled, Daemons’ Roost, the episode will see Jonathan brought in to investigate a 19th century legend about a sorcerer.
Sarah Alexander also returns as Polly Creek alongside guest stars, Warwick Davis, Emun Elliot, Ken Bones, Rosalind March, Jason Barnett and Jo Martin.
Sherlock Series 4
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Sherlock returns to BBC One with the eagerly anticipated fourth series, with three new feature-length episodes written and created by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, and inspired by the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
Sherlock, (played by Benedict Cumberbatch) is back on British soil, for more laughter, tears, shocks, surprises and extraordinary cases, as Doctor Watson (Martin Freeman) and his wife, Mary (Amanda Abbington), prepare for their biggest ever challenge – becoming parents for the first time.
Michael McIntyre’s Big Show Series 2
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Filmed in front of a live audience at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, Michael McIntyre‘s popular entertainment show gets festive with a merry performance from Michael Ball and Alfie Boe; Aled Jones is joined by a very special guest as he plays celebrity Send to All; Unexpected Star reaches epic proportions when Michael surprises an entire choir and there are lots of yuletide games and celebrity guest appearances from Nan (Catherine Tate), Kevin the teenager (Harry Enfield) and more.
Last Tango In Halifax
Last Tango In Halifax returns for a Christmas two-parter set two years after Kate’s tragic death. Caroline (Sarah Lancashire) is coming to terms with yet more changes in her life as she breaks the news of a new job at a very different school and a new family home. Also in a moment of weakness, Caroline finds herself sharing a moment with an interesting woman. Meanwhile, a possible move is less welcomed by Celia (Anne Reid) and Alan (Derek Jacobi) who are more focussed on setting the world of amateur dramatics alight as Celia lands a leading role in the local production of Blithe Spirit.
Gillian (Nicola Walker) is struggling with issues from her past coming back to haunt her, can she be strong enough to stop them affecting her relationship with Robbie (Dean Andrews)?
Mrs Brown’s Boys
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Brendan O’Carroll returns as the foul-mouthed mother in Mrs Brown’s Boys with two new Christmas Specials: Mammy’s Forest and Chez Mamma.
Mammy’s Forest will see Agnes refuse to have a Christmas tree following the disasters of previous years. Meanwhile, Grandad’s health is a worry for everyone and Mrs Brown steps in to help Rory and Dino with their hair-cutting venture.
Chez Mamma sees Agnes’ try to help her grandson Bono who is being bullied by a boy at school. When Agnes makes matters worse, a mediation session is called. Meanwhile, Cathy has a new, French boyfriend and Grandad is back from hospital with a new stair-lift and a prescription for medical marijuana. What could possibly go wrong?
The Witness For The Prosecution
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Agatha Christie’s 23-page short story, The Witness For The Prosecution stars Billy Howle and Kim Cattrall in the 1920s London set crime drama which investigates the brutal and bloody murder of the glamorous and rich Emily French (Cattrall). All the evidence points to Leonard Vole (Howle), a young chancer to whom the heiress left her vast fortune and who ruthlessly took her life. At least, this is the story that Emily’s dedicated housekeeper Janet McIntyre (Monica Dolan) stands by in court. Leonard however, is adamant that his partner, the enigmatic chorus girl Romaine (Andrea Riseborough), can prove his innocence.
Tasked with representing Leonard is his solicitor John Mayhew (Toby Jones) and King’s Counsel, Sir Charles Carter KC (David Haig).
The Great British Bake Off Christmas 2016
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Paul Hollywood, Mary Berry return to judge The Great Christmas Bake Off as four bakers from past series and don their Christmas jumpers and aprons to tackle three festive challenges.
Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins, will once again be presenting and spreading Christmas cheer throughout the tent for the final time before the series leaves the BBC.
Doctor Who: The Return Of Doctor Mysterio
Following a long break The Doctor joins forces with a comic-book superhero in New York when he returns in the Christmas Day episode, Doctor Who: The Return Of Doctor Mysterio.
Written by Steven Moffat, the Doctor, played by Peter Capaldi, joins forces with an investigative journalist, played by Charity Wakefield (Wolf Hall) and a superhero played by Justin Chatwin (Orphan Black) to save New York from a deadly alien threat. Matt Lucas (Nardole) will also be joining the cast of the special with Adetomiwa Edun (Bates Motel), Aleksandar Jovanovic and Logan Huffman.
Call The Midwife Series 6
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As Poplar celebrates a white Christmas, Nonnatus House receives an SOS call from Hope Clinic, a tiny mission hospital in South Africa that is understaffed, underfunded and threatened with closure.
Transported to South Africa and facing some of their toughest challenges, the Nonnatus family digs deep to save Hope Clinic and make a difference to the lives of the people that use it.
Pictures show: Barbara (Charlotte Ritchie), Nurse Trixie Franklin (Helen George) and Nurse Crane (Linda Bassett).
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Based on the award-winning graphic novel by Raymond Briggs, Ethel And Ernest is a heart-warming animated feature that tells the story of his own parents, Ethel (Brenda Blethyn) and Ernest (Jim Broadbent).
From their chance meeting in the 1920s, to the birth of Raymond (Luke Treadaway) and beyond, we see some of the most defining moments of the 20th Century through their eyes: the darkness of the Great Depression to the build up to World War II, the Blitz to VE Day and the emergence of a generation from post war austerity to the cultural enlightenment of the 1960s.
Still Open All Hours Christmas Special (Series 3)
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Roy Clarke’s hugely popular sitcom returns for a third series, opening with this Christmas episode. Granville (Sir David Jason) and Gastric (Tim Healy) find themselves playing marriage counsellors, whilst Leroy (James Baxter) adopts a festive disguise to avoid relationship trouble of a different kind.
Meanwhile, Mrs Featherstone (Stephanie Cole) struggles to get into the Christmas spirit and Kath (Sally Lindsay) attempts to bring the street together as one harmonious choir of carollers to beat Finkle Street once and for all – but does Granville have a trick up his sleeve to help them out?
Strictly Come Dancing
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Six former Strictly celebrities join presenters Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman, and judges Craig Revel Horwood, Darcey Bussell, Bruno Tonioli and in his last appearance on the judging panel Len Goodman for the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special.
Returning celebs are, Olympian and presenter Denise Lewis; Saturdays pop star Frankie Bridge; writer and actress Pamela Stephenson; celebrity chef Ainsley Harriott; TV presenter Gethin Jones and radio and TV host Melvin Odoom.
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Based on Roald Dahl‘s much loved book of the same name and illustrated by Quentin Blake, Revolting Rhymes takes the classic fairy tales of Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk, Snow White, Little Red Riding Hood and The Three Little Pigs, mixes them together and serves them with a mischievous twist.
The two half-hour animated films are voiced by an all-star cast comprising of Dominic West, David Walliams, Rob Brydon, Tamsin Greig, Bertie Carvel, Rose Leslie, Bel Powley, Gemma Chan and Isaac Hempstead Wright.
Bafta-winner Sally Wainwright, writes and directs an adaptation of To Walk Invisible, the story of the extraordinary Brontë family, who despite the obstacles they faced, came from obscurity to produce some of the greatest novels in the English language.
The 1×120 minute drama stars Jonathan Pryce, Chloe Pirrie, Finn Atkins, Charlie Murphy and Adam Nagaitis.
Would I Lie To You At Christmas? 2016
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David Mitchell, Richard Osman, Tom Courtenay, Rob Brydon, Sara Pascoe, Chris Kamara, Lee Mack
Rob Brydon, Lee Mack and David Mitchell return in a festive edition of Would I Lie To You?
Joining to tell the true tales and tall stories are Richard Osman, Sir Tom Courtenay, Sara Pascoe and Chris Kamara.
Peter Pan Goes Wrong
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Narrated by David Suchet and filmed in front of a live audience, Mischief Theatre brings community theatre group The Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society to TV in Peter Pan Goes Wrong, a recreation of J. M. Barrie‘s classic tale. But can they pull it off?
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Popular sitcom Outnumbered returns for 40-minute Christmas Special, starring Hugh Dennis, Claire Skinner, Tyger Drew-Honey, Daniel Roche and Ramona Marquez.
It’s Boxing Day and the Brockman family has to carry out a special mission for Grandad. They encounter car problems, child problems, parent problems, emotional problems and World War Two. If the adults can’t sort things out, the children will have to. Like all families everything has changed and everything remains the same.