See full Christmas Day line-up on the BBC and all new Doctor Who Christmas special ‘The Snowmen’ images! (VIDEO)

by Lynn Connolly

The BBC have now released details of the full line-up of shows across all their channels for Christmas Day, and we have the full details for you as well as a look at Aunty Beeb’s Christmas trailer and a brand new and bumper set of images from the Doctor Who Christmas special, The Snowmen!

So without further ado, here’s what’s in store for us on Christmas Day!

Tuesday 25 December

Christmas Day Eucharist

The traditional Christmas Day service comes live from St Mary Redcliffe, which has stood in the city of Bristol for the last 800 years and which was once described by Elizabeth I as ‘The fairest, goodliest, and most famous parish church in England’…

This year, the story of the Nativity is reflected within a family communion led by the Revd. Wendy Hough, with the Revd. Gwyn Owen, Area Dean for South Bristol giving the address.

Along with the local congregation, will be others from Bristol churches and the surrounding area. They will be joined by the Church Choir to sing traditional carols which will include O Come All Ye Faithful, Away In A Manger, In The Bleak Midwinter, Ding Dong Merrily On High and Hark The Herald Angels Sing.

Andrew Kirk is the Director of Music and organist. Andrew was appointed in 2003 and holds a full time position at the church.

Tuesday 25 December
Top Of The Pops Christmas Special

Top Of The Pops returns with a special festive one-hour show on Christmas Day, jam-packed with the best music and brightest pop stars of the year.

Hosted by Fearne Cotton and Reggie Yates, the biggest pop party on TV will feature exclusive performances from many of the young acts who’ve topped the charts this year and the all-important recap of who has secured the coveted Christmas Number 1 spot.

Tuesday 25 December
Room On The Broom

The premier of the half-hour animated film Room On The Broom, based on the magical children’s picture book written by Children’s Laureate Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler. Room On The Broom is an enchanting tale about friendship and family from Magic Light Pictures, the producers of the hugely successful The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo’s Child.

Room On The Broom tells the story about a kind witch who invites a surprising collection of animals to join her on her broom, much to the frustration of her cat. The gang ultimately saves the witch from a fearsome dragon, and in gratitude she rewards them with a magnificent new broom which has room for everyone.

The film is joyously narrated by Simon Pegg and the six lovable characters are voiced by stellar acting talent – Gillian Anderson as the Witch, Rob Brydon as the Cat, Martin Clunes as the Dog, Sally Hawkins as the Bird, David Walliams as the Frog and Timothy Spall as the dastardly Dragon.

Room On The Broom is produced by Michael Rose and Martin Pope of Magic Light Pictures (The Gruffalo, The Gruffalo’s Child, Chico & Rita); and René Aubry (The Gruffalo, Gruffalo’s Child) has composed the music.

Tuesday 25 December
Doctor Who – The Snowmen

Christmas Eve 1892, and the falling snow is the stuff of fairytales.

When the fairytale becomes a nightmare and a chilling menace threatens Earth, an unorthodox young governess, Clara, calls on the Doctor for help. But the Doctor is in mourning, reclusive and determined not to engage in the problems of the universe. As old friends return, will the Doctor really abandon humankind or will he fight to save the world – and Christmas – from the icy clutches of this mysterious menace?

Starring Matt Smith, Jenna-Louise Coleman, Richard E Grant and Tom Ward.
Executive producers – Steven Moffat and Caroline Skinner; produced by Marcus Wilson; written by Steven Moffat.

Tuesday 25 December
Call The Midwife – Christmas Special

Christmas is coming and in Poplar the nuns and midwives of Nonnatus House are busier than ever.

When an abandoned baby is discovered on the steps of the convent, the whole community rallies round to provide food and clothing and to try to trace his mother.

Nurse Jenny Lee, meanwhile, gets caught up in the heartbreaking mystery that surrounds an elderly, semi-vagrant local woman, Mrs Jenkins.

For newly married Chummy, other challenges await, as she pulls out all the stops to mount a truly memorable children’s nativity play.

Jenny is played by Jessica Raine, Mrs Jenkins by Sheila Reid and Chummy by Miranda Hart.

Tuesday 25 December

The Brannings pull out all the stops for a wonderful Christmas but one member of the family sets out to do everything they can to destroy the day.

As deep family secrets get exposed, the Brannings world is turned upside down with one member of the family making their last Christmas speech.

Tuesday 25 December
The Royle Family

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the Royle’s and Barbara’s gone overboard with the presents. “If you can’t spoil your family at Christmas, when can you?” she asks, having spent a whole two hours in Poundland.

A new neighbour moves onto the street with an impressive cleavage, but will she be welcome on the sofa?

In a flash of seasonal entrepreneurial spirit, Dave reveals the idea he intends to pitch to Dragons’ Den. Will it take off and make them rich? Or is Jim’s scratch card more likely to bring in the Christmas cheer?

Joe next door is looking for love, and places an advert in the Lonely Hearts column, ‘Vacant Lady Wanted’. Who could resist?

Jim is played by Ricky Tomlinson, Barbara is played by Sue Johnston, Dave is played by Craig Cash, Denise is played by Caroline Aherne and Joe is played by Peter Martin.

Tuesday 25 December
Arena: Sister Wendy And The Art Of The Gospel

The arresting sight of Sister Wendy Beckett – all teeth and glasses – burst on to our screens in the 1990’s. An instant star, she glided around the world in her habit telling us the story of painting. But she revealed nothing of her own, extraordinary story.

Was she in fact a real nun? How did she know so much about art? And how could this consecrated virgin and hermit justify appearing on television and keep her rule of silence?

Arena goes in search of the ‘real’ Wendy, who, at 82, talks frankly and humourously about her life – and death (“not too long now, I hope!”) for the first time. The film’s director, Randall Wright, met Wendy over 20 years ago, living in a caravan in the middle of a wood, abiding by a strict timetable of nightly prayer.

That meeting led to her hugely popular TV programmes, but while they told us a great deal about art they told us little about her. Now Wright revisits Sister Wendy to offer her the chance to make a film on her own terms.

Her Carmelite monastery gave Arena unprecedented access to their grounds in Quidenham, Norfolk, where Sister Wendy still follows her strict and eccentric regime: praying every night for six hours from midnight, then joining the other Sisters for mass via electric scooter. Sister Rachael is the former prioress at the monastery: “I would say if you expressed it in the old jargon, she could read souls.”

Typically, Sister Wendy set her own unusual ground rules for the programme: she would – albeit reluctantly – talk about her own life, but also wanted to share with us a carefully chosen selection of paintings by the greatest old masters – mostly in the National Gallery and Louvre – in an attempt to connect us to the big emotional insights in the Gospel stories they depict.

These are the stories that are at the core of her faith and have formed her unique rebellious spirit. Yet these same stories – that were once universally familiar – and formed the moral template of Western civilisation – are now largely forgotten.

“I have noticed it in museums,” she says: “People looking at the kind of Christian stories that they would have been told in Sunday school in the past. Now they just don’t know.”

As we rediscover both the stories and the paintings, we also discover how Wendy found God, aged four, sitting under a table. How she left her parents aged 16 – without a backward glance – to become a nun. She tells us she has never experienced sexual feelings, and so felt being a nun was no real sacrifice.

She reveals how her first job, as a teaching nun, led to a physical and nervous breakdown. And how living as a hermit ironically gave her the strength to face the outside world again, and encourage people towards the beauty of art.

Tuesday 25 December
The Choir: A Year With The Military Wives

In February 2011 Gareth Malone went to the Military Base at Chivenor to set up a choir for the wives who are left at home alone, while their men are on duty for months at a time. In this film Gareth goes back to the small chapel where he first started the choir that was to change their lives.

We hear from Gareth and key members of the choir as they reflect on their extraordinary journey culminating in their performance at The Royal Albert Hall, of a song specially written by Royal composer Paul Mealor.

This seemed like the pinnacle of their achievements, but the film shows how this was the beginning of something much bigger. We see the women as they embark upon launching what was to become a No.1 Christmas single, as they visit 10 Downing Street, perform at the Golden Jubilee and then win a Classical Brit.

We also hear of the legacy of the Choir with the setting up of a charitable foundation that provides the support for a growing network of over 60 military wives choirs in bases across the UK, Europe and the Falkland Islands.

As soloist Sam says at the end: “This was Gareth’s dream and it came true and not many people can say their dreams have come true in life. I don’t even think I could express to Gareth how grateful we all are for it, it’s just, he’s really changed our lives.”
Producer/Directors: Steve Jones and Anna Sadowy; Executive Producers: Alannah Richardson and Lucy Hillman

And here’s the BBC’s Christmas trailer…

And finally, here are the new images from the Doctor Who Christmas special…

Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, I'm A Celeb and Big Brother.