You know the Christmas holidays are coming when Coca-Cola start to screen their famous trucks advert.
While it’s still only October, Christmas will come around quicker than you think – which means feasting until you can barely move before rolling on to the sofa for some festive TV.
Christmas is about spending time with loved ones and exchanging the gifts but it’s also a time to watch lots of television specials and Christmas films too.
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TV’s big channels treat us to special versions of our favourite shows, and this year is no exception.
Here is what we know so far:
Doctor Who will have another Christmas special (Twice Upon A Christmas).
The BBC has announced Peter Capaldi’s Doctor will regenerate, making way for Jodie Whittaker’s incarnation of the famous role.
Showrunner Stephen Moffat has hinted the episode will be ‘very dark’.
The BBC has revealed the Christmas special will be a multi-Doctor adventure, featuring the current Doctor (Peter Capaldi) and the First Doctor (now played by David Bradley).
It is also rumoured that Victoria star Jenna Coleman will return in a cameo capacity as Clara Oswald.
Doctor Who full synopsis:
Two Doctors stranded in a forbidding snowscape, refusing to face regeneration. And a British army captain seemingly destined to die in the First World War, but taken from the trenches to play his part in the Doctor’s story.
This is the magical last chapter in the Twelfth Doctor’s epic adventure.
He must face his past to decide his future. And the Doctor will realise the resilience of humanity, discovering hope in his darkest frozen moment. It’s the end of an era. But the Doctor’s journey is only just beginning.
Victoria will be screened as a two-hour special this Christmas.
Victoria and Albert helped to raise the profile Christmas in the UK.
Creator Daisy Goodwin explained to Radio Times just how much Albert loved Christmas.
‘All his children had individual Christmas trees, so he was the original ‘Christmas-zilla’, I think is the word!,’ she said.
The Christmas special will follow on from the second season.
The Highway Rat
Speaking of Doctor Whos, David Tennant will voice the animated adventure based on the children’s book, The Highway Rat.
The Highway Rate will come to television screens this December.
Tennant plays a rat bandit addicted to sweet treats, and his catchphrase is: ‘Give me your pastries and puddings! Give me your chocolate and cake! For I am the Rat of the Highway, and whatever I want I take!’.
The digitally animated show will last half an hour and has been produced by Magic Light Pictures.
French and Saunders
To mark a 30th anniversary special – Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders will be reuniting this Christmas after 10 years.
They will be exaggerating shows including The Handmaid’s Tale and other sketches will parody reality shows filmed in holiday resorts.
Dawn French said: ‘I am shocked by how they behave. You reckon they’d want to meet someone who would love, cherish and respect them.
‘But instead they go out and get utterly hammered and are sh*gging in a bush and coming out and going ‘Yes!’, like men.’
The show is due to air on BBC One on Christmas Day.
Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special
The hit dance show will be putting on a Christmas special again this year.
That format will showcase former contestants and other celebrities battling it out for the title of Christmas champion.
The hopeful pairs dance to festive-themed songs and are judged by the studio audience.
Call The Midwife
Call The Midwife will make a return to our screens for a Christmas 2017 special.
The Christmas special will be shown ahead of series seven in early 2018.
The show is written by Heidi Thomas and the special opens with Poplar under a thick snow.
The midwives face the challenge of the ‘Big Freeze’ and will see them combat the coldest winter conditions for 300 years in the 1960s.