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Classic Christmas TV moments

It really is the season to be jolly as far as television is concerned, the line-up is full of one-off specials, film premieres and climatic soap storylines.

So, crack open the port, grab a selection box and feast on our compilation of some of the finest moments in the history of Christmas television.

​Only Fools and Horses

 

Christopher Eccleston to star in new family drama Come Home

Award-winning screenwriter Danny Brocklehust explores the realities of family, parenthood and marriage in new BBC One family drama.

The three-part series, set and filmed in Northern Ireland, questions the implications of a mother walking out on her family and the personal and social complexities of her action, as well the investigating the mystery of why she came to the such an extreme decision.

Doctor Who star Jodie Whittaker on her "incredibly emotional" casting

In an interview for BBC 6 Music, the actor spoke of her excitement to take on the role and to work again with Broadchurch creator Chris Chibnall, who is taking over from Steven Moffatt as head writer and executive producer. “I already know how incredible he is,” she said, adding “He’s come from a fan’s point of view, so the direction he’s going to take it is going to be incredible.”

Jodie Whittaker and cast of Trust discuss new BBC One thriller

Trust  is made by Nicola Shindler’s Red Production Company and stars Jodie Whittaker as a nurse, who, out of desperation, steals the identity of her friend, a former hospital doctor, and starts afresh, working in Edinburgh. But she lives with the constant threat of being discovered, not only by her colleagues but by someone else hot on her trail.

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Monday: Growing Up With Cancer

BBC One, 7.30pm

The lives of three young cancer patients are explored in this documentary as part of BBC One’s Our Lives series.

Growing Up With Cancer looks at the Teenage Cancer Trust Unit Unit in Glasgow's Royal Hospital for Children where young people find a retreat at one of the most difficult times of their lives.

Chris Chibnall: The man who reinvented the cliffhanger

Most people, asked to identify the show that changed the career of Chris Chibnall, would point to his ITV crime trilogy Broadchurch. But, for Chibnall, the show that altered everything was, unusually, a flop: Camelot, his king-and-wizard drama for the US cable network Starz, which struggled to the end of one season in 2011.

BBC Worldwide and Skype launch interactive Doctor Who experience

The Doctor Who Bot offers a unique interactive digital experience called The Saviour of Time, in which players are given the chance to become the Doctor's companion on an exciting adventure through time.

The interactive experience immerses the new companion in a special six-part Doctor Who adventure that is centred around the hunt for a mysterious artefact known as the Key To Time, which has been scattered into fragments throughout time and space.

John Simm's The Master returns to Doctor Who

John Simm will be returning as The Doctor’s nemesis The Master in the upcoming series of Doctor Who.

The Master was last seen on New Year’s Day 2010 when The Doctor foiled his plans for world domination before sending him back to the Timelords’ home planet of Gallifrey.

John Simm (Mad Dogs, Life on Mars) said, “thanks to the power of time travel I’m back. It’s always a pleasure to work with this great team of people and I can’t wait for you all to see what The Master gets up to in the next series.”

Sherlock named world's favourite BBC character

Played by Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock has been named the favourite BBC TV character by a third of TV viewers surveyed.

The research was conducted in the lead up to BBC Worldwide Showcase. Over 7000 people aged 18 to 64 from Australia, France, USA, Germany, India, Japan and Mexico were asked to take part in the survey, which identified the most popular BBC TV character and most memorable scene from BBC television.