Doctor Who, Strictly Come Dancing and more feature in the first trailer for BBC's Christmas TV line-up
2nd December 2018

What’s the best thing about Christmas, apart from being able to eat your body weight in cheese? Of course, it’s that proper feast of festive TV!

The BBC has now dropped a teaser trailer for their Christmas and New Year schedule and if this brief glimpse is anything to go by, we’re in for a festive treat even more exciting than that giant chocolate selection box you’ve got ready and waiting in your cupboard.

The trailer shows Strictly Come Dancing hosts Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman ushering a new batch of celebrities onto the glittery dance floor, as well as giving us a glimpse of new comedy Click and Collect, which stars Stephen Merchant and Asim Chaudhry.

EastEnders looks set to get all Mean Girls ‘Jingle Bell Rock’ on us, Mary Berry and Huw Edwards toast a glass of bubbly in Mary Berry’s Christmas Party and we also see Helen George making a comeback to Call The Midwife.

Mrs Brown’s Boys is back for another round of festivities – and there’ll be more comedy with Michael McIntyre’s Big Christmas Show, while there will be festive moments in Hold the Sunset and All Together Now.

And of course Doctor Who is back, although for the first time the show’s festive special will air on New Year’s Day rather than Christmas Day.

Sadly there are no new clips from the sci-fi show in the trailer so it looks as if we’ll have to wait a while to find out more about the festive special.

There’s so much on the way that not all of the Beeb’s festive offerings have even made it into the trailer.

We can also expect to see Idris Elba return as the famous DCI in Luther to solve a series of brutal and indiscriminate killings, a case which forces him to confront a spectre from his past.

An animated remake of Watership Down featuring an all-star cast is also on the way, alongside a non-musical version of Les Misérables starring Olivia Colman and Dominic West and a live special of Lee Mack’s comedy Not Going Out.

Is it Christmas yet?

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