BBC reveals its festive TV schedule for Christmas 2016

The Beeb has unveiled absolutely tons of Christmas telly set to air on BBC One, Two, and Four this festive season, covering everything from baking to Agatha Christie to ballet dancing to the Krampus.

Director of content Charlotte Moore says the corporation has "pulled out all the stops this year", and she's not wrong. Along with the usual Queen's speech and Royal Institute Lectures, here's some of the stuff you can watch on the BBC this December:

  • The Great Christmas Bake Off, featuring "memorable past contestants" breaking out their favourite Christmas recipes - officially the last-ever Bake Off episodes on the BBC
  • The return of Sherlock at last
  • The Strictly Come Dancing Grand Final, and a special one-off Strictly Len Goodman
  • The annual Christmas specials of Doctor Who, Robot Wars, Mrs Brown's Boys, EastEnders, Call the Midwife, Jonathan Creek, and more
  • Roald Dahl's Revolting Rhymes, brought to life in animation and featuring the voices of Dominic West, Tamsin Greig, and Rob Brydon
  • A telling of Agatha Christie's Witness For The Prosecution, starring Kim Cattrall, Toby Jones, Andrea Riseborough, and David Haig
  • Ballet dancing from Darcey Bussell and The Nutcracker
  • A two-part special of Last Tango in Halifax
  • Dame Judi Dench - All The World's Her Stage, a documentary into the life and works of one of the UK's favourite actresses
  • Michael McIntyre's Big Christmas Show, with guests Catherine Tate and Harry Enfield
  • Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton-penned comedy Inside No.9, telling the tale of the Krampus
  • Charlie Brooker's 2016 Wipe, which we're sure will be a beacon of positivity
  • Music from Top Of The Pops, Jools Holland's annual Hootenanny, Gospel Christmas on BBC Two, and Christmas Eve carols
  • More festive cooking from Victorian Bakers, Nigella Lawson, and Gregg Wallace learning about mince pies in Inside The Factory
  • Lots of cute animal documentaries - where you can watch elephants, polar bears, penguins, owls, and robins go about their business

If you're still stuck for something to watch after all that, BBC Three will also release box sets of some of its best shows, including Fleabag, Thirteen, Being Human, and Bad Education.

Source: BBC

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