When the schedules for Christmas Day programming on the BBC and ITV were first revealed, top dramas Dowton Abbey and Call the Midwife were to overlap by fifteen minutes…
However, in what was termed “a Christmas present to viewers”, ITV rescheduled Downton’s festive episode so that viewers could watch it and Call the Midwife without any clash.
But today it’s been reported that BBC bosses are “livid” that now, ITV has yet again altered the timeslot for Downton Abbey so that it does now clash with Call the Midwife.
The Daily Star reports, “The BBC’s top brass eventually moved their pride and joy to 7.30pm after ITV said it wanted their Downton Abbey special to begin at 8.45pm instead of 9pm as originally planned.”
A BBC source said, “ITV always said they were putting Downton on at 9pm so we went earlier, avoiding a clash… Read more & comment »
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 BBC ONE
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’… Read more & comment »
There’s great news from both the BBC and ITV today as not only has Aunty Beeb released new images and clips for the forthcoming Doctor Who Christmas special, but the corporation has also agreed with ITV to avoid the channels’ top festive offerings, Downton Abbey and Call the Midwife, from clashing in the Christmas Day schedules!
Starting with the new images and clips for Doctor Who’s ‘The Snowmen’ Christmas special, the first image released above shows a close-up of the scary snowmen, while others – which you can see after the jump – feature the episode’s villains and of course, Matt Smith and Jenna Louis Coleman as the Doctor and his new sidekick, Clara Oswin.
Here’s what the BBC says of The Snowmen:
Look… It’s the Christmas Special…Starring Matt Smith as the Doctor and introducing Jenna-Louise Coleman as Clara, his new companion, this year’s Christmas Special is called The Snowmen and follows their adventures as they battle the villainous Doctor Simeon (Richard E Grant) and his army of sinister snowmen… Read more & comment »