BBC confirm full Christmas day schedule – from EastEnders to Gavin & Stacey

The BBC has announced their full Christmas day schedule with EastEnders, a festive Strictly special and the return of Gavin & Stacey all taking prime slots.

There will be seasonal specials of Call The Midwife and Mrs Browns Boys alongside annual traditions The Queen's Christmas Broadcast and Top of the Pops.

While films on offer this year include family favourites Moana, Finding Dory and Wallace and Gromit – A Close Shave.

Charlotte Moore, Director, BBC Content, says: "The BBC has assembled a sensational range of programmes to give viewers a festive season filled with Christmas crackers.

"We are bringing back some classic favourites with the likes of Gavin & Stacey, Miranda, Scrooge and Dracula! As well as introducing original new shows too. Whether you’re a fan of drama, comedy, entertainment or simply want to wallow in the beauty of the natural world, there really is no better place to be than watching the BBC this Christmas.”


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Making a much-anticipated return to BBC One on Christmas Day is Gavin & Stacey in which the nation will discover what has been happening to the Shipmans and the Wests in the last ten years, as they all gather in Barry where Uncle Bryn is cooking Christmas dinner for over thirteen people.

The one-off special stars James Corden, Ruth Jones Alison Steadman, Larry Lamb, Rob Brydon, Mathew Horne, Joanna Page, Julia Davis and Adrian Scarborough.

And Miranda Hart also returns for a one-off special, Miranda: My Such Fun Celebration , filmed at the London Palladium in which the cast and crew take a fond look back at some of their favourite memories from the past ten years.


The nuns of Nonnatus House return for a Call The Midwife Special. While the residents of Albert Square will be bracing themselves for another explosive edition of EastEnders.

Classic sketches from The Two Ronnies will also make a welcome return on Christmas Day evening.

And it wouldn't be Christmas without a little sparkle.

Strictly fans will be able to tune in and watch six former contestants return to the dancefloor to strut their stuff in the annual special.

Gemma Atkinson is one of the stars making a comeback, this time with boyfriend Gorka Marquez as her partner.

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