The BBC have just announced some of its key TV shows set to fill their Christmas 2013 schedules. Some of this years seasonal highlights will include:
Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry will be sharing their festive baking tips in The Great British Bake Off Christmas Special. Here Mary will team up with Michelin starred chefs Michel Roux Jnr and Glynn Purnell, and drinks specialist Kate Goodman as she creates a festive feast.
Following last year’s Christmas special Mr Stink, which starred BGT winner Pudsey the dog, David Walliams’ new story, Gangsta Granny looks set to provide more entertainment for the whole family.
In James May’s Toy Stories: Motorcycle Diary, James attempts to build and ride a motorbike and side car made from Meccano, 37 miles around the Isle of Man. Meanwhile fellow Top Gear host Jezza, with the help of first-hand accounts, tells us the story of the the Arctic Convoys, which were used to deliver vital supplies to the Soviet Union during World War Two.
Bruce and Tess will be hosting both the Strictly Come Dancing Final 2013 and the Christmas Day special which will feature six new celeb contestants competing for the silver star trophy.
Sir David Jason reprises the role of Granville in the one-off special, Still Open All Hours.
The semi-finalists of The Great British Sewing Bee will battle it out one more time as they compete in a one-off special episode.
The 2013 festive TV listings will also feature new episodes of many BBC shows such as Mock The Week, Never Mind The Buzzcocks, Eastenders, Top of the Pops 2, The Matt Lucas Awards, The Sarah Millican Television Programme, QI and Celebrity Mastermind.
On the movie front, viewers can look forward to a list of premieres including Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Toy Story 3, Kung Fu Panda: The Kaboom of Doom, Megamind, Little Fockers, Gnomeo and Juliet, and Cars 2.
The BBC’s Director of Television, Danny Cohen stated ”We have massive events such as the Doctor Who re-generation and the incredible return of Sherlock, as well as festive specials from hit shows including Strictly Come Dancing, Mrs Brown’s Boys, Call The Midwife, Bad Education, and the Great British Bake Off.”