We’ve finally arrived at the end of a long year, and this holiday season, sometimes the best gift you can give yourself is a day spent on the couch, binge-watching your favourite shows. And luckily for you, the BBC has some great shows to help you out with that this December.Starting with The Great British Bake Off: Christmas Special, merry bakers from previous editions join Paul, Prue, Noel and Sandi to compete in festive-themed challenges which may inspire you to get into the kitchen and start planning those Christmas bakes. Famed chefs Mary Berry, Angela Hartnett and Chris Bavin will also share some of their best recipes in Britain’s Best Home Cook Series 2 to ensure that you will be whipping up a storm in your kitchen this holiday season.
Live your dreams of a white Christmas vicariously through Snow Animals and learn how these fascinating creatures make it through the harshest season of the year. Finally, snuggle up with your loved ones and join the Sisters of Nonnatus House as they embark on more heart-warming adventures in this year’s Call the Midwife Christmas special.
Apart from BBC’s festive line up, treat yourselves to a series of other programmes specially crafted for your viewing pleasure. Absolutely Fabulous’ Joanna Lumley takes us behind the scenes to previously unseen footage from her adventures around the world in Joanna Lumley’s Unseen Adventures, giving you an insider’s look at travel programmes and marvel at the connections made across cultures and languages.
As the year comes to a close, discover more great British drama with the charming and heart-warming period drama All Creatures Great And Small. Follow aspiring veterinarian James Herriot across the English countryside as he discovers that the owners of his patients may need just as much loving care.
All Creatures Great and Small
Fresh out of Glasgow Veterinary College, James Herriot (Nicholas Ralph) follows his dream to become a vet in the magnificent Yorkshire Dales. He soon discovers that treating the animals is as much about treating their owners, and the Dales’ farmers are a tough crowd to please. At Skeldale House James gets to know his newly formed dysfunctional family; his chaotic and erratic boss Siegfried Farnon (Samuel West), his wayward brother Tristan (Callum Woodhouse) and the shrewd Mrs Hall (Anna Madeley) who is endlessly steering the ship. When local beauty Helen Alderson (Rachel Shenton) attracts James’ attention he finds another, more enduring reason to stay in the Dales.
All Creatures Great and Small premieres 4th December 2020. Available on BBC First (StarHub Channel 502) and BBC Player.
All Creatures Great and Small: Christmas Special
Continuing right when Series 1 left off, Tristan has decked the halls with mistletoe and Mrs Hall has laid on a feast and is looking forward to her son Edward returning for Christmas. As the house fills with locals for the party, James receives a call from Bert Chapman who wants help with his dog who is struggling to give birth. James has to leave the party and is surprised when Helen asks if she can go with him to get away from all the wedding gossip around her upcoming wedding with Hugh.
When it’s time to leave, James is horrified to discover the fog has descended trapping them high up in the Dales until morning. James calls Skeldale and promises to get Helen back in time for the wedding, meanwhile wondering if he will be able to suppress his true feelings for her.
All Creatures Great and Small: Christmas Special premieres express from the UK. Available on BBC First (StarHub Channel 502) and BBC Player.
An explosive series from the team behind BAFTA-winning global hit Doctor Foster. Created by multi-award-winning writer Mike Bartlett, Life explores the human capacity for connection in an increasingly splintered society. Manchester, England. The residents of a large suburban house go about their very different lives. The walls that divide their flats keep them apart. But life has a way of bringing people together. And as their stories begin to intersect, hidden secrets connect these characters in ways that could never have been anticipated.
Life premieres 11th December 2020. Available on BBC First (StarHub Channel 502) and BBC Player.
Call The Midwife: Christmas Special
December 1965. Everyone at Nonnatus House is looking forward to traditional Christmas celebrations with all the trimmings, but nothing goes quite according to plan. Sister Monica Joan is rushed to hospital, Trixie is incensed to receive a subscription to a Marriage Bureau as a Christmas gift, and a surprise reunion for Shelagh involves her in a deeply moving birth. Amid all this the circus arrives in Poplar, bringing new friendships, new experiences, and an exciting adventure for Nurse Crane.
Call The Midwife: Christmas Special premieres express from the UK. Available on BBC First (StarHub Channel 502) and BBC Player.
Doctor Who: Revolution of the Daleks
With the fate of the Doctor seemingly hanging in the balance following the climactic ending to series 12, Doctor Who will next return to screens for a special in the upcoming festive season in an episode entitled Revolution Of The Daleks. A thrilling and emotional festive special featuring major guest stars, and the Doctor’s most iconic and deadly adversaries.
Doctor Who: Revolution of the Daleks premieres express from the UK. Available on BBC First (StarHub Channel 502) and BBC Player.
Joanna Lumley’s Unseen Adventures
Go behind the scenes with presenter and actress Joanna Lumley as she shares unseen footage from her travels, which start in Japan and span right through to Cuba. Witness a dazzling fire god festival and climb aboard the famous Trans-Siberian railway. Joanna discusses the extreme physical challenges that come with the job, including filming on an ice-encrusted ship and atop one of Hong Kong’s highest skyscrapers. Joanna also explores the technical wizardry involved and the reasons behind her lifelong love of travel, including an unquenchable thirst for adventure.
Joanna Lumley’s Unseen Adventures premieres 10th December 2020 at 9pm. Available on BBC Earth (StarHub Channel 407) and BBC Player.
Freezing temperatures. Shortages of food. Long, dark nights. Winter is tough in the natural world – unless you plan ahead. Nature’s Winter Animals reveals the clever ways animals prepare and deal with the winter months, and examines the science behind their behaviour. Find out how red squirrels build up a hidden stash of food. Learn how huge flocks of starlings find safety in numbers. And follow monarch butterflies as they migrate south in search of an endless summer. Packed with fascinating science and remarkable behaviour, this special shows how our favourite animals make it through the harshest season of the year.
Snow Animals premieres 17th December 2020 at 8.05pm. Available on BBC Earth (StarHub Channel 407) and BBC Player.
Waterhole: Africa’s Animal Oasis
Water is vital to all life, but how does an ecosystem evolve around a brand-new source? Rigged with a state-of-the-art camera system to film around the clock, this new waterhole in a water-stressed region in Tanzania doesn’t just give a lifeline to wildlife. It also provides an extraordinary eye-to-eye view of the action as animals including lions, baboons, elephants, giraffes and cape buffalo gather around it. As the seasons shift, discover how water shapes the behaviour of Africa’s most iconic animals, and get a unique perspective on the inner workings of the African savannah.
Waterhole: Africa’s Animal Oasis premieres 29th December 2020 at 8.05pm. Available on BBC Earth (StarHub Channel 407) and BBC Player.
The Great British Bake Off: Christmas Special
Christmas sparkle comes to the iconic Bake Off tent as the presenters and judges embrace the holiday spirit. Merry bakers from Bake Off past join Paul, Prue, Noel and Sandi to compete in festive-themed challenges.
The Great British Bake Off: Christmas Special premieres 10th December 2020 at 8.20pm. Available on BBC Lifestyle (StarHub Channel 432) and BBC Player.
Britain’s Best Home Cook Series 2
Claudia Winkleman hosts as Mary Berry, Angela Hartnett and Chris Bavin put ten of the nation’s best home cooks through their paces.
Britain’s Best Home Cook Series 2 premieres 28th December 2020 at 7.30pm. Available on BBC Lifestyle (StarHub Channel 432) and BBC Player.
Ghosts Series 2
The return of the hugely successful supernatural sitcom written and created by the stars of Horrible Histories and creators, writers and stars of fantasy comedy Yonderland and feature film Bill.
As the doors of crumbling country mansion Button House creak open once more, the haphazard houseshare between its living inhabitants and its restless dead is settling into a strange kind of daily routine. But cash-strapped Alison and Mike’s plan to transform their unexpected inheritance into a bustling luxury hotel is still a distant dream. Could the exploitation of their troupe of ghostly housemates bring in the funds they need – or are they setting themselves up for even more chaos?
Ghosts Series 2 premieres on 1st December 2020. Available on BBC Brit and BBC Player.
Ghosts Christmas Special
It’s Christmas at Button House, and as Alison (Charlotte Ritchie) and Mike (Kiell Smith-Bynoe) are hosting his family for the first time, Mike is determined to make it perfect. However his plan to make his parents relax may be optimistic. Alison is also determined to deliver the best Christmas ever for the living and the dead, although the latter aren’t filled with festive cheer. It turns out Christmas just isn’t that much fun when you’re deceased. A new arrival in the house forces Julian (Simon Farnaby) to confront past wrongs and as he delves into memories of his former life, he has a revelation that could help the ghosts rediscover the real message of Christmas.
Ghosts Christmas Special premieres express from the UK. Available on BBC Brit and BBC Player.