There’s a Christmas cracker of – the old and well worn word play puns are always the best – a line-up on the BBC this year, which includes the long awaited new Royle Family festive episode, and David Attenborough’s magnificent documentary, Africa.
Starting with the yuletide visit to Manchester’s Royle Family – which was of course delayed from last year when writers Caroline Aherne and Craig Cash failed to get the script ready in time – we’ll see that Dave’s (Craig Cash) planning to pitch an idea to the Dragons’ Den tycoons, while Jim (Ricky Tomlinson) is pinning all his hopes of winning big on a Christmas scratch card.
Meanwhile, a new neighbour has moved onto the street, and apparently, the fact that she has an “impressive cleavage” doesn’t go unnoticed by widower neighbour Joe (Peter Martin) who’s on the lookout for romance.
Here’s what the BBC say of the Christmas special, which will air on Christmas Day…
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?
On now to another BBC festive treat, Africa, which is narrated by the iconic David Attenborough, who will guide us through parts of the vast and diverse continent that have never been seen before…
The BBC states, “From the soaring Atlas Mountains to the Cape of Good Hope, the brooding jungles of the Congo to the raging Atlantic Ocean, filmed over four years, Africa explores the whole continent, uncovering an astonishing array of previously unknown places, bizarre new creatures and extraordinary behaviours.”
And as we’ve come to expect of anything that features Attenborough, the stunning footage – which was captured in part by remotely controlled HD cameras – will take us on a journey that being in the Kalahari, Africa’s ancient southwest corner, where two extraordinary deserts sit side by side and even the most familiar of its creatures have developed ingenious survival techniques.
We’ll see clever meerkats who are are outsmarted by a wily bird’s use of mimicry which infrared cameras catch footage of a solitary rhino exhibiting previously unseen sociable behavior.
Here’s the stunning trailer for the film…