Whether you’re in need of recipe inspirations to prepare a stunning Christmas dinner or looking for holiday shows to binge on, we’ve got the very best of British Lifestyle and Entertainment programmes here at BBC Studios to keep you in the festive mood all month long in December.
Get top tips from our celebrity chefs in their Christmas specials! Nigella Lawson’s table tourism showcase in Nigella’s Cook Eat Repeat will feature an extensive range of delights for the festive season from near and far. Watch Gordon Ramsay, Gino D’Acampo and Fred Siriex get snowballs deep as they explore the cuisines around the northern region of Finland in Lapland – guaranteed to transport you from your home right into that wintery Christmas wonderland with Gordon, Gino and Fred: Desperately Seeking Santa.
For the jolliest holiday binge-watching nights, get hooked on the best of British dramas with Christmas Specials from hit period drama Call the Midwife and Death in Paradise with its first ever Caribbean Christmas treat. New premieres also include The Canterville Ghost, adapted from a popular humourous short story by Oscar Wilde, about an American family who moves into the Canterville’s abandoned and haunted family estate – but aren’t afraid of ghosts.
The Great British Bake Off: Christmas Special 2020
Premieres Wednesday, 1st December at 8:20pm, on StarHub channel 432 and BBC Player
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 new co-host Matt Lucas to compete in festive-themed challenges.
Nigella’s Cook, Eat, Repeat Christmas
Premieres Monday, 6th December at 8:20pm, on StarHub channel 432 and BBC Player
The Christmas tree is up, the tea lights are sparkling, wood is burning in the fire pit, and it’s the culinary highlight of the festive season and the year. Nigella is indulging in a little kitchen-table tourism with food from near and far to warm up the winter evenings and add a special sparkle to the season. Expect wintry walks bolstered by warming and celebratory food and drink: melt-in-the-mouth Linzer cookies, gloriously pink pomegranate cocktails, smoked salmon on black bread and Norwegian pork ribs with Swedish-inspired Jansson’s temptation.
Gordon, Gino and Fred: Desperately Seeking Santa
Premieres Tuesday, 14th December at 10:10pm, on StarHub channel 432 | 10:05pm on BBC Player
Gordon, Gino and Fred are getting together for another extraordinary culinary Christmas adventure, with a visit to Lapland. Could they meet Santa in person?
The Canterville Ghost
Premieres Friday, 3rd December, on StarHub channel 502 and BBC Player
Sir Simon de Canterville is the premier ghost in the British Isles, and exquisitely proud of his dastardly reputation. When the Otis family leave America and move into the Canterville’s abandoned family estate, Sir Simon prepares to give them the fright of their life. There’s just one problem. The Otises aren’t scared of ghosts.
Death In Paradise: Christmas Special
A Caribbean Christmas treat with the show’s first-ever Christmas special. The sun-soaked, scintillating beauty of Christmas in Saint Marie is rocked by a baffling murder, with a dazzling array of guest stars under suspicion. The feature-length episode, which concludes the show’s 10th anniversary celebrations, also sees the glorious return of Danny John Jules as Officer Dwayne Myers. When the team need some extra help, Dwayne steps in, quickly making his presence felt in ways that they could not have anticipated. All the usual ingredients are in place for a truly unforgettable Caribbean Christmas.
Call The Midwife: Christmas Special 2021
A special Christmas episode of the hit period drama Call the Midwife.
Grantchester Series 6
Premieres Friday, 10th December, on StarHub channel 502 and BBC Player
It’s 1958 and trouble is brewing in the Cambridgeshire village of Grantchester. Reverend Will Davenport (Tom Brittney) relishes his role as a firebrand vicar, willing to rock the boat and challenge conventions to help people. But the very role he loves put him at odds with his own ideals when his kind-hearted curate, Leonard Finch (Al Weaver) is caught up in a scandal. Will’s best friend, Detective Inspector Geordie Keating (Robson Green), finds his principles shaken, housekeeper Mrs Chapman (Tessa Peake-Jones) is distraught, and Geordie’s wife Cathy (Kacey Ainsworth) is defiant. With new crimes around every corner, and morality and legality at loggerheads, it’s going to take all of Will’s skill and empathy to navigate these choppy waters and help the ones he loves.
All Creatures Great and Small Series 2
Premieres Friday, 24th December, on StarHub channel 502 and BBC Player
Heading back to the glorious Yorkshire Dales for more entertaining and heart-warming Herriot stories, we re-join James and the Skeldale family in the throes of Spring with the fields full of lambs. Following his promotion, James has ambitions for the veterinary practice, but events back home throw his future in the Dales into jeopardy. James and Helen must navigate their feelings for each other whilst there is still time, meanwhile Siegfried, Mrs Hall and Tristan navigate family tensions, love-interests and an array of animals great and small. Whilst they will come to realise that they are all better together, James must ultimately make a choice between the things he loves the most