Christmas TV Round-Up 2010

Christmas TV Round-Up 2010

December 17, 2010

This year’s Christmas television schedules are full of festive delights including....

Doctor Who: Following his success helming the climactic closing two-parter of Matt Smith's first series of Doctor Who, Toby Haynes returns to the programme to direct this year's hour long Christmas Special. A Christmas Carol will air on BBC One at 6:00pm on Christmas Day and will also be airing in the US on BBC America with almost no transmission delay. Matt Smith returns as the Doctor along with co-stars Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill; the Christmas special guest stars Michael Gambon and Katherine Jenkins.

Toast: A screen adaptation of Nigel Slater's bestselling memoir Toast, directed by SJ Clarkson will air on BBC1 at 9pm on 30 December 2010. Adapted by Lee Hall (Billy Elliot), the Ruby Films and BBC Films co-production stars Helena Bonham Carter as Nigel's stepmother, with Ken Stott as his father and Victoria Hamilton as his mother. Nigel himself is played as a boy by Oscar Kennedy, who shines in his television debut, and as a teenager by Freddie Highmore.

Misfits: The BAFTA winning series produced by Kate Crowe and starring Antonia Thomas and Iwan Rheon ends with a Christmas special ( also featuring Harry Hepple and Gwyneth Keyworth). A disgruntled priest, quick-fix money-making schemes, lost powers, and a nativity scene that has to be seen to be believed, all add up to...Christmas - Misfits style. Misfits will air on Sunday 19 December at 10:00pm on E4.

Miranda: Miranda, which has seen increased viewing figures in its second series, climaxes on Monday 20 December at 8:30pm with the programme’s first Christmas special. The Christmas episode has a couple of surprise guests and we meet Miranda’s father for the first time. Sarah Hadland plays Stevie, the manager of Miranda’s shop, and Adam Rayner also features. 

Dirk Gently: Stephen Mangan takes on the role of the titular eccentric detective from the Douglas Adams’ novel directed by Damon Thomas. Dirk Gently will be repeated on BBC4 on Tuesday 21 December at 10:10pm and Wednesday 22 December at 11:20pm – and is currently available to view on BBC iPlayer.

The One Ronnie: A big one for most classic British comedy fans, as legendary Ronnie Corbett celebrates his 80th birthday in an all-star sketch show featuring a host of comedy names including Harry Enfield and Miranda Hart. The One Ronnie airs on BBC1 at 5.10pm on Christmas Day and on New Year’s Day at 10:30pm, on BBC1.

Eastenders: For the second year running the Eastenders Christmas special has been directed by John Greening and will be broadcast on BBC1 at 8:00pm on Christmas Day. This year will be even more spectacular with viewers having the opportunity the watch the festive drama unfold in HD for the first time.

Louie Spence's Showbusiness Christmas: Following on from the hugely popular first series Pineapple Dance Studios, Sky 1 HD will air three fabulously festive showbusiness Christmas specials, directed by Hannah Springham. The first special entitled Andrew Stone’s Meaning of Christmas airs on Sky 1 HD on December 20 at 9:30pm, followed by Louie Spence's Showbusiness Christmas which airs on Wednesday December 22 at 9:30pm on Sky 1 and finishing with Louie's Christmas Message at 8:00pm on Christmas Day. The new series Louis Spence’s Showbusiness (formerly known as Pineapple Dance Studios) begins on Wednesday 5 January 2011 on Sky 1 HD.

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