Looking at the Christmas schedule for BBC One this year, there are a few shows which stand out.
Here’s a first look at some of those shows, which includes David Walliams Celebrates Dame Shirley Bassey, Peter Kay’s Christmas Comedy Shuffle, The Great Christmas Bake Off, The Witness For The Prosecution, Still Open All Hours and Outnumbered.
Here are the latest photos and trailers.
David Walliams Celebrates Dame Shirley Bassey
In January, Dame Shirley Bassey will reach her milestone 80th birthday. In celebration of her phenomenal career, BBC One invites viewers to join Dame Shirley for a special night of entertainment from the global icon, hosted by her great friend and one of her biggest fans, comedian David Walliams.
The one-off special will feature a lavish mix of entertainment, comedy, surprises and of course live music, with the Dame thrilling viewers as she performs some of her biggest and best-loved classics backed by a live studio orchestra.
David will interview Dame Shirley in a candid walk through her career, from little known stories to highlights from her incredible music career to date. He will talk to her about how the little girl from Tiger Bay grew up to became one of the most celebrated and iconic voices of the past sixty years.
Thanks to hard graft and her spectacular talent, she went from a teenager singing in rowdy working men’s clubs to signing her first artist contract at age 16, to breaking America before the Beatles and performing for royalty.
David is joined by Beattie Edmondson and Jocelyn Jee Esien for some special sketches too!
David Walliams Celebrates Dame Shirley Bassey airs Christmas Eve at 9pm
Peter Kay’s Christmas Comedy Shuffle
Peter Kay returns with a special Christmas Comedy Shuffle, featuring festive favourites from Car Share (yes, a BRAND NEW sketch!), Phoenix Nights and a seasonal singalong with Sir Paul McCartney.
Here’s the trailer to whet your appetite…
Peter Kay’s Christmas Comedy Shuffle airs Christmas Eve at 10:05pm on BBC One
The Great Christmas Bake Off
The tent has been decorated and the invitations have been sent out for two very special Christmas episodes of The Great British Bake Off, featuring returning contestants from previous years.
Here’s a first look at some images from the specials:
In the first episode they face three festive challenges, starting with the signature challenge. Paul and Mary want them to make some highly decorative Christmas bakes that require intricate icing.
For the technical challenge, Mary has a special present of mystery ingredients and a recipe which, if the bakers follow correctly, will produce a stunning bake, decorated with chocolate snowflakes.
And finally there is the showstopper, for which the bakers must produce a festive masterpiece with Christmas theme.
In the second episode, the judges have set three festive challenges, starting with a savoury signature to get the Christmas party started. In the technical, Paul has a gifted them a bread challenge that’s not for the faint-hearted.
The final challenge, the showstopper, is huge, as the judges lay the festive gauntlet and ask the bakers to make a trio of Christmas favourites. But who will hold their nerve and produce the perfect desserts?
The Great Christmas Bake Off starts Christmas Day at 4:45pm and concludes Boxing Day at 7pm
Still Open All Hours (Christmas Special)
Returning for a third series, Still Open All Hours kicks off with a Christmas special.
Granville and Gastric find themselves playing marriage counsellors and Leroy adopts a festive disguise to avoid relationship trouble of a different kind.
Meanwhile, Mrs Featherstone struggles to find the Christmas spirit and Kath attempts to bring the street together as one harmonious choir to beat Finkle Street once and for all.
But does Granville have a trick up his sleeve to help them out?
Still Open All Hours (Christmas Special) airs Boxing Day at 8:30pm
The Witness For The Protection
The Witness For The Prosecution is this year’s major new Agatha Christie adaptation for BBC One. The two-part drama reunites the team behind last year’s And Then There Were None, which became a ratings smash last Christmas.
Adapted from Christie’s short story of the same title, The Witness For The Prosecution is directed by Julian Jarrold (The Crown) and produced by Colin Wratten (The Musketeers).
The all-star cast includes Toby Jones, Andrea Riseborough, Kim Cattrall, David Haig, Billy Howle and Monica Dolan.
Set in 1920s London, a murder, brutal and bloodthirsty, has stained the plush carpets of a handsome London townhouse.
The victim is the glamorous and rich Emily French (Kim Cattrall). All the evidence points to Leonard Vole (Billy 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 Witness For The Prosecution starts Boxing Day at 9pm
Outnumbered (Christmas Special)
Outnumbered is back, and the kids are all grown up! It is Boxing Day, and the Brockman family have 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.
Outnumbered (Christmas Special) airs Boxing Day at 10pm