The BBC has released the details on their Christmas 2011 line-up and we’ve pasted it below:
Leading the line up of quality drama is a bold adaptation of Charles Dickens’s Great Expectations, featuring a sensational array of talent including Ray Winstone, Gillian Anderson, David Suchet andDouglas Booth.
In another adaptation, Mary Norton’s classic children’s books will be brought into the 21st century in a brand-new action-packed adventure film, The Borrowers, starring Stephen Fry, Victoria Wood andChristopher Eccleston.
The story of children’s book The Gruffalo’s Child is told through a magical animation and voiced by an impressive cast of Shirley Henderson, Helena Bonham Carter, Rob Brydon, Robbie Coltrane,James Corden, John Hurt and Tom Wilkinson.
There will also be a gripping Doctor Who Christmas Special where the Doctor, played by Matt Smith, will be joined by a stellar cast including Claire Skinner, Bill Bailey, Arabella Weir and Alexander Armstrong.
If it’s laughs you’re after then we have got some crackers in store for you this year.
Two brand-new episodes of Absolutely Fabulous will see Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumleyreprise their celebrated roles as the champagne-swigging Edina Monsoon and Patsy Stone. They will be joined by the original cast of Julia Sawalha as Saffy, June Whitfield as mother and Jane Horrocks as Bubble.
Sir David Jason is back in a comedy role on BBC One for the first time in 20 years leading the cast ofThe Royal Bodyguard, and Sue Johnston stars in a new heart-warming Christmas comedy, Lapland.
Leading the laughs on BBC Two this yuletide will be brand-new four-part comedy adventure series The Bleak Old Shop Of Stuff. Kicking off the series there will be a one-hour Christmas special featuring an impressive cast of Robert Webb, Katherine Parkinson, Stephen Fry, David Mitchell, Celia Imrie,Pauline McLynn and Johnny Vegas.
There will be a Michael McIntyre Christmas Special to look forward to and Christmas editions of Mrs Brown’s Boys, Rev, Outnumbered, John Bishop’s Britain, Have I Got News For You and The Graham Norton Show.
The Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special will bring some seasonal sparkle to the Christmas schedule with five new celebrities donning their sequins and dancing shoes to battle it out for the crown of Strictly Christmas champ.
Spreading a bit of Christmas cheer will be a one-off special edition of Jim’ll Fix It. Presented by Shane Richie the programme will see a whole new generation of children have their dreams fixed for them.
In this year’s Top Gear Special, Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May set out to boost the British economy by embarking on a trade mission to India. Equipped with three old British cars and a range of uniquely British products, they set off on an epic road trip across one of the world’s most fascinating and challenging countries.
Aled Jones introduces a very festive Songs of Praise, Big Sing from London’s Royal Albert Hall; meanwhile Carols from King’s tells the Christmas story, assisted by carols from the world-famous Chapel Choir of King’s College, Cambridge.
Heralding the 2012 bicentenary celebrations of Charles Dickens, Dickens on the BBC includes the award-winning documentary strand Arena on BBC Four, which opens the door on the vast Dickens onscreen archive that has been generated over a century across the globe. On BBC Two, Sue Perkins exposes the lesser-known reality of the Dickens family Christmas, looking at the marriage of Charles Dickens through the eyes of his wife, Catherine, in Mrs Dickens’s Family Christmas, and Armando Iannucci uses Dickens’s masterpiece David Copperfield to unpick the language and analyse the characters to explore the revolutionary development of Dickens as a storyteller.
George Entwistle, Director of BBC Vision, says: “At the heart of our 2011 Christmas offering, we have a number of programmes inspired by the work and life of one of Britain’s greatest writers, Charles Dickens. From a bold adaptation of Great Expectations to a brilliant new comedy The Bleak Old Shop Of Stuff, and high-quality documentaries from Armando Iannucci and Sue Perkins, we have something to keep every member of the family entertained over the festive period.
“With the return to our screens of Absolutely Fabulous and Sir David Jason, with the Royal Bodyguard, it will be truly unmissable television here on the BBC this Christmas.”