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BBC’s Christmas 2023 line-up is here.

November 28, 2023
BBC’s Christmas 2023 line-up is here.

As the holiday season approaches, the BBC has unveiled its dazzling Christmas line-up for 2023, promising a mix of beloved classics and exciting new content to keep audiences entertained throughout the festive period. The schedule spans across various BBC channels, ensuring there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Festive entertainment across the BBC channels.

From Christmas specials to family favorites, the BBC’s Christmas programming aims to capture the spirit of the season. Among the highlights are perennial favorites like Strictly Come Dancing, Death in Paradise, and Charles III: The Coronation Year. Fans of the iconic Doctor Who series are in for a treat as Ncuti Gatwa takes on the role of the Fifteenth Doctor in a thrilling Christmas Day adventure alongside companion Millie Gibson.

Farewell to Ghosts and more.

One of the emotional moments of this year’s festive line-up is the finale of the beloved comedy Ghosts. The Button House residents bid their fans a poignant farewell in a special episode that promises to be a memorable send-off. Additionally, fans of Coronation Street are in for a holiday surprise as Jack Carroll joins the cast. This Christmas, viewers will be treated to a sensational arrival as Bobby, the son of Carla’s infamous brother Rob Donovan, unexpectedly makes his presence felt, promising a momentous addition to the festive storyline.

Returning favorites and special debuts.

Several fan-favorite shows will return for Christmas specials, including Call the Midwife and The Graham Norton Show. The Tourist, starring Jamie Dornan, makes a return, as does Agatha Christie’s Murder is Easy. Tabby McTat, based on Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s popular book, joins the festive line-up.

A diverse range of Christmas specials.

The Christmas specials aren’t limited to drama and comedy; viewers can also enjoy a variety of entertainment shows with festive twists. The Graham Norton Show, The Hit List, The Weakest Link, Blankety Blank, and Would I Lie To You all have special episodes lined up. Michael McIntyre returns with another spin of The Wheel, featuring Rylan Clark, Peter Crouch, and Nicole Scherzinger.

Culinary delights and more laughs.

Food enthusiasts are in for a treat with a lineup that includes MasterChef: Battle of the Critics 2023, where top food critics turn the tables, and Celebrity MasterChef: Christmas Cook-Off 2023, welcoming back memorable celebrities from past series.

Nigella Lawson explores Amsterdam’s food and culture in Nigella’s Amsterdam Christmas, while Dame Mary Berry embarks on a magical journey to Scotland for Mary Berry’s Highland Christmas. The Hairy Bikers also make a return with Coming Home For Christmas.

Comedy fans can expect laughs with the return of Mrs. Brown’s Boys, Not Going Out, Live at the Apollo, and Bad Education, all with special Christmas episodes.

Musical extravaganzas and family premieres.

Musical enthusiasts can rejoice with The Hills Are Alive With The Kanneh-Masons, where Nottingham’s Kanneh-Masons explore Salzburg in the footsteps of the Von Trapps. Top Of The Pops returns for a 2023 review hosted by Clara Amfo, featuring music from RAYE at the Albert Hall.

As the new year approaches, the BBC continues the celebration with Ricky Astley Rocks New Year’s Eve and Jools’ Annual Hootenanny with Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra.

Family-friendly premieres, including Toy Story 4, The Addams Family 2, The Witches, and the live-action The Lion King, promise to captivate audiences of all ages.

A season of joy and entertainment.

Charlotte Moore, BBC’s Chief Content Officer, expressed excitement about this year’s Christmas line-up, calling it an “extravaganza of must-watch shows” that brings friends and families together across the UK. With a diverse array of programming spanning drama, comedy, factual, and entertainment shows, the BBC is set to deliver a festive season filled with joy and entertainment for everyone. So, get ready to cozy up and enjoy the magic on the various BBC channels this Christmas.

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