BBC Christmas 2020 TV schedule revealed: From Call The Midwife to Doctor Who

The BBC has announced its Christmas TV schedule – and it looks like its got us fully covered for the upcoming season with everything from Mrs Brown’s Boys to Doctor Who.

From returning old faithfuls like Call The Midwife to gripping new dramas including Black Narcissus, there’s something for everyone to carry us through December and the festive season.

Charlotte Moore, BBC’s Chief Content Officer, said at the announcement: ‘It’s never felt more important to help bring the country together to share, to laugh and to celebrate the festive season on the BBC.

‘Let’s face it, it’s been a difficult year, unlike any other, so we’ve pulled out all the stops this Christmas to keep people entertained and bring comfort and joy when we need it most, with a range of unmissable programmes across our channels and BBC iPlayer.

‘We’ll provide laugher with new comedy and entertainment shows, escapism with riveting new drama and natural history, heart and warmth with special episodes of your favourite shows, and companionship from many of the nation’s biggest stars.’

Here’s the essential shows you need to know:

Doctor Who

In the eagerly anticipated Doctor Who special, Revolution Of The Daleks, we’ve been promised things may change forever.

The Doctor (Jodie Whittaker) has been imprisoned, leaving her three best friends (Bradley Walsh, Tosin Cole and Mandip Gill) to face the Daleks, the most ruthless of enemies, without her. 

Thankfully, they won’t be entirely alone – with John Barrowman returning as Captain Jack Harkness just in time.

The Vicar Of Dibley In Lockdown

As previously reported, The Vicar Of Dibley is coming back for three, 10-minute specials, and while she’s sure to bring the funny, the show will also have a sombre note.

Following the death of several of its leading cast members, the show will acknowledge the loss to the fictional village, while also maintaining its heart.

‘Geraldine will be helped by Hugo Horton (James Fleet) as well some of the local primary school children as the Vicar discusses all the important topics, including how it’s never a good idea to let Owen Newitt cut your hair, or make home-made wine,’ said the BBC.

‘The very dearly departed Alice Tinker is also still an important presence in the village, with some residents still looking for lost buttons and the arrival of decimalisation.’

Call The Midwife

Over at Nonnatus House, Christmas has rolled around again, and 1965 promises to be one to remember.

The nuns are hoping for a quiet Christmas in Poplar – but as we all know, that’s never going to be a sure thing, especially as a midwife.

When one of the nuns receives an unwanted gift, and another is rushed to hospital, things soon devolve into chaos.

Worzel Gummidge

Mackenzie Crook is returning for a brand new special of Worzel Gummidge, following the success of last year’s installments.

This year though, the walking, talking scarecrow has a pal – Saucy Nancy (Shirley Henderson), who is sure to ruffle Worzel’s hay.

The one-hour special is a guaranteed fave for young families.

Mrs Brown’s Boys

Just because there’s a pandemic doesn’t mean Brendan O’Carroll and family are going to stop churning out festive specials – with two more on the way this year.

Obviously though, matriarch Agnes has got some adjusting to do with the ‘new normal’ affecting everyone in the family.

God help the poor person in charge of teaching her how to do Zoom calls.

The Great British Sewing Bee

Joe Lycett is returning to host The Great British Sewing Bee Christmas Celebrity special this year.

The show will run for two episodes, with eight sewers all vying for the attention of judges Patrick Grant and Esme Young, trying to impress with their abilities.

Who will come out on top and be a dab hand at threading a needle?

Strictly: The Christmas Countdown

The annual Christmas Strictly special has been cancelled this year due to coronavirus, which has limited the amount of people on the set.

But that doesn’t mean the team have left us empty handed though, with Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman instead hosting a countdown of top 25 dances as voted on by viewers.

There will also be a brand new group dance from the Strictly pros, which will bring some extra needed sparkle to the screens.

Mary Berry Saves Christmas

Mary Berry is going to be joined by three famous faces to ‘help some hapless non-cooks’ in a new classic take of a cooking favourite.

The series will see Mary lend a helping hand where she can to those who have never learned to master the art of cooking… and with Christmas coming up, they need to learn fast.

Alongside Mary Berry Saves Christmas, there are also plenty of shows for those needing tips ahead of the big day.

Saturday Kitchen will be airing as usual, and MasterChef will be bringing two specials into the mix too.

In one episode, past pros will be returning, while in the other, former celeb favourites will be taking another crack at the MasterChef trophy.

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