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Television Time: BBC Shows December 2019

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This December on the BBC, take a peek into the lives of adorable new-born baby hedgehogs, chicks, seals and more in The Wonderful World of Baby Animals, have your taste buds tantalised in The Great British Bake Off Series 10, and catch Martin Freeman as he plays Detective Steve Fulcher in the thrilling series A Confession.

BBC EARTH

The Wonderful World of Baby Animals

Cute baby hedgehogs. Curious penguin chicks. Playful seal pups. Take an inside look at the most important and experimental months of newborn animals’ lives. Experience the trials, tribulations and triumphs. See what they get up to when no-one’s watching. And find out what drives their joyous – and sometimes strange – behaviour. This is the ultimate animal soap opera. A world full of drama, love and courage, where baby animals take bold new steps and explore the world around them for the first time.

Catch the premiere of The Wonderful of Baby Animals on Wednesday, 4th December 2019 at 8.05pm. Available on BBC Earth (StarHub Channel 407) and BBC Player.

Where The Wild Men Are Series 7

Explorer Ben Fogle meets more people who’ve turned their back on the rat-race and set up home in some of the most remote and inhospitable parts of the world. The first four episodes (Peru, Morocco, Panama, Sri Lanka) are available now, the remaining eight deliver in 2020.

Catch the premiere of Where The Wild Men Are Series 7 on Thursday, 12th December 2019 at 10.45pm. Available on BBC Earth (StarHub Channel 407) and BBC Player.

Travel Man: 48 Hours in… Christmas Special Series 4

In the much-anticipated Christmas special, Richard is joined by Hollywood’s favourite funny girl Rebel Wilson in an adventure to Florence. While travelling, Richard will be challenging himself to see and do as much as possible – and subjecting so called tourist attractions to his ruthless scrutiny.

Catch the premiere of Travel Man: 48 Hours in… Christmas Special Series 4 on Wednesday, 23rd December 2019 at 9.50pm. Available on BBC Earth (StarHub Channel 407) and BBC Player.

The World’s Deadliest Weather Series 3

In this third series, we explore the deadliest weather through the eyes of the people who have been in the eye of the storm but against all odds, managed to survive. Using news archive and user generated footage; we’ll relive these weather spectacles in astonishing minute by minute detail.

Catch the premiere of The World’s Deadliest Weather Series 3 on Friday, 27th December 2019 at 10.45pm. Available on BBC Earth (StarHub Channel 407) and BBC Player.

Inside The Factory Series 5

This series marvels at the scale, skill and technology involved in making your favourite foods and goods. Your guide Gregg Wallace gets exclusive access to the largest factories in Europe and meets the lively characters who work there. Each film has an as-live feel, with an on-screen clock tracking progress over 24 fascinating hours. Outside the main factory, Cherry Healey investigates the science and innovation behind each product, while historian Ruth Goodman reveals how it was invented and popularised.

Catch the premiere of Inside The Factory Series 5 on Sunday, 29th December 2019 at 8.05pm. Available on BBC Earth (StarHub Channel 407) and BBC Player.

BBC LIFESTYLE

The Great British Bake Off: Festive Specials

There’s a festive feeling in the famous Bake Off tent as eight former contestants return to take on some seasonal challenges. Overseeing these returning bakers are judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith, while presenters Sandi Toksvig and Noel Fielding bring some extra Yuletide cheer. Four bakers compete in each episode, with the Christmas show featuring Liam Charles and Flo Atkins from the 2017 Bake Off, and Jane Beedle and Andrew Smyth from the 2016 series. And band The Darkness perform their hit Christmas Time (Don’t Let the Bells End). In the second show, Candice Brown, Kate Henry, Dr Tamal Ray and Steven Carter-Bailey battle it out for the New Year’s crown, with music provided by The London Gay Men’s Chorus.

Catch the premiere of The Great British Bake Off: Festivel Specials on Thursday, 5th December 2019 at 7.25pm. Available on BBC Lifestyle (StarHub Channel 432) and BBC Player.

The Great British Bake Off Series 10

The two-time Bafta-winning phenomenon returns, with a fresh batch of amateur bakers aiming to prove their prowess in the iconic Bake Off tent. Judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith are back, ready to set brand new challenges to test the participants’ skill, expertise and flair. Each challenge showcases clever techniques, fabulous flavours and intricate designs. Noel Fielding and Sandi Toksvig will again be with the bakers every step of the way, offering an encouraging word and, sometimes, a shoulder to cry on. Each week only one can claim Star Baker, while one must leave the Bake Off tent. On your marks… get set… bake!

Catch the premiere of The Great British Bake Off Series 10 on Saturday & Sunday, 7th & 8th December 2019 at 11.05am. Available on BBC Lifestyle (StarHub Channel 432) and BBC Player.

BBC FIRST

A Confession

Based on a true story of Sian O’Callaghan and Becky Godden-Edwards, who were murdered by Christopher Halliwell. During the investigation, Detective Steve Fulcher broke police protocol and extracted not one, but two confessions from the killer, a decision that ultimately cost him his career and reputation.

Catch the premiere of A Confession on Friday, 6th December 2019. Available on BBC First (StarHub Channel 502) and BBC Player.

Line of Duty Series 4

Thandie Newton (Westworld, Crash) stars as DCI Roz Huntley, AC-12’s most devious opponent yet, in the new season of Jed Mercurio’s critically acclaimed police drama. In the thick of a career-defining case, Roz is under intense pressure to prove herself to her superiors. But when she faces conflict with a colleague, it’s not long before AC-12 decide to probe her handling of the investigation. A mother of two and wife to Nick (Lee Ingleby), Roz will do anything to stop her life from unravelling. Starring Martin Compston (Sweet Sixteen), Vicky McClure (The Secret Agent) and Adrian Dunbar (Ashes to Ashes).

Catch the premiere of Line of Duty Series 4 on Friday, 13th December 2019. Available on BBC First (StarHub Channel 502) and BBC Player.

Agatha and the Truth of Murder

When the goddaughter and namesake of Florence Nightingale is found on a train to Hastings with her skull caved in, the subsequent investigation and public outcry fail to catch the killer. Driven to distraction by the lack of progress and the failure of the police, Florence’s partner of twenty-six years – Mabel Rogers – begins her own investigation. But having found a number of suspects, Mabel cannot find proof which will expose the murderer. At her wits’ end she makes an appeal to Agatha Christie, the creator of Poirot and Miss Marple, and together they set out to catch the killer. Written by Tom Dalton, the film is based partly on real-life events from the 1920s, and partly on fiction.

Catch the premiere of Agatha and the Truth of Murder on Friday, 20th December 2019.
Available on BBC First (StarHub Channel 502) and BBC Player.

Call The Midwife Christmas Special 2019

A special Christmas episode of the hit period drama Call the Midwife. Led by Mother Mildred, the team embark on a trip to a remote yet idyllic Scottish island where residents have a desperate need for nurses and midwives. Exposed to the elements, they operate in bleak conditions with limited access to water and electricity to help their patients before returning to Poplar just in time for Christmas.

Catch the premiere of Call The Midwife Christmas Special 2019 on Thursday, 26th December 2019. Available on BBC First (StarHub Channel 502) and BBC Player.

BBC BRIT

Miranda: Christmas Special 2014

It doesn’t matter what Miranda attempts in life, whether it’s dating or simply dealing with her overbearing mother, she always seems to fall flat, often quite literally. But for all her clumsiness and social awkwardness, Miranda finds herself with two marriage proposals – one from steady, supportive Mike, and another from her close friend, handsome chef Gary. Will Miranda choose one of them, or will she run away from the pressures of a long-term relationship? Whatever happens, Miranda will have to finally accept herself if she’s to resolve her personal problems and find true love.

Catch Miranda: Christmas Special 2014 on Friday, 20th December 2019. Available on BBC Brit and BBC Player.

Gavin & Stacey: A Special Christmas

The iconic, multi-award-winning sitcom returns after 10 years. It’s Christmas in Barry and Billericay and we’re back with the Shipmans and Wests for the festivities. One family member has taken it upon themselves to do all the cooking. Pete and Dawn have a problem. Stacey’s not sure whether to go for romance or practicality when it comes to buying presents. Pam forgets an important Christmas Day ingredient and Nessa offers some sound advice. Plus Smithy’s Dad is joining the festivities this year – will Smithy Senior get along with the others? Or will his presence ruffle a few turkey feathers?

Catch the premiere of Gavin & Stacey: A Special Christmas on Thursday, 26th December 2019. Available on BBC Brit and BBC Player.

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