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The BBC Celebrates The Holiday With Sherlock And More As Christmas Treats

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11/27/2013 9:53 pm
PopWrapped | Television
The BBC Celebrates The Holiday With Sherlock And More As Christmas Treats
Media Courtesy of the BBC

Roxanne Powell

Staff Writer

Seasons greetings! The BBC and BBC One have an awesome line up of shows—and plot twists—for you this holiday season! First up, we have Atlantis, which will be screened in two parts over the course of the season. According to the BBC, “shocking revelations and deadly peril face our trio” of heroes in this fantasy family drama. This season finale will star Mark Addy, Jack Donnelly, Robert Emms, and Sarah Parish. If you’re still holding onto your familial joy, you can grab the next available vortex manipulator back to Poplar, 1958.  Call the Midwife will touch on the darker side of Christmas, opening up old wartime trials and confronting new enemies. But the holiday cheer won’t stay away for long when love is in the air! Romance and nuptials are on the horizon! This holiday arc will include stars Jessica Raine, Leo Starr, Laura Main, and Stephen McGann, among others. We hope you were paying attention, because there’s a quiz. A Celebrity Mastermind quiz, to be exact. John Humphrys returns to Britain’s famous quiz show along with 40 famous folks ready to take their turn and test their knowledge in the black chair. All participants compete on behalf of charities of their choosing. And if you have had enough of school, sit back and relax with Citizen Khan, which will be airing its Christmas special. This special will follow the famous Christmas Carol storyline, with Mrs. Khan wanting to host a Christmas party, and Mr. Khan wanting nothing to do with any of it. He believes that Christmas is a scam, and, as Muslims, the Khans have the perfect excuse to not hang a wreath on their door. Christmas stories not your thing? Pick up that vortex manipulator and head back to Jane Austen’s world in Death Comes to Pemberly. Elizabeth and Fitzwilliam Darcy are now six years married with two sons, and Wickham is…murdered?? Lydia shows up to Pemberly unannounced, demanding justice for the death of her husband, Wickham. But not everything is as it appears, and the Darcys have a mystery on their hands. Just a quick pop over to see what the Doctor is up to! After saving Clara from a family Christmas dinner, the Doctor answers the call that only the deadliest creatures in the universe can hear.  What will this mean for our beloved Time Lord, and the fate of the universe he has sworn to protect? Watch “The Time of the Doctor” to find out. Speaking of the Doctor, former Doctor Who actor David Tennant is set to narrate a new two-part series, Dolphins—Spy In The Pond. This show will give you an insider’s look at the life and natural surroundings of the secret world of dolphins. On a darker note, EastEnder’s Janine’s lies are swiftly coming to light, and she’ll have to do something quick if she wants to keep her past under wraps. But will this mean fight or flight? Meanwhile, The Queen Victoria is under new ownership, and life is not done with the family yet. John Bishop will be bringing John Bishop’s Christmas Show to you from the West End’s Lyceum Theater. This is sure to be a night for laughs, groans, and knee slapping. Bishop will also play host to several of his personal favorites, bringing holiday cheer to the UK. For more hilarity, check out Gangsta Granny, a 60 minute adaptation of David William’s children’s novel. Ben’s view of his grandma is turned inside out when she tells him that she used to be a jewelry thief. But for all her prowess, she was never able to pull off one heist. Their attempts to complete one last mission bring the family members face to face with the Queen of England! The family and friend drama continues in Last Tango in Halifax. Gillian and Caroline are keeping secrets, Caroline is worried about Kate, Kate’s worried about her pregnancy, and Alan is bummed because his brother won’t be able to make it to his wedding. But wait! An unexpected guest turns out to be Alan’s brother Ted, and he has good news! Ted can make it to the wedding—but the rest of the family is busy. But can everything stay calm when emotions are boiling just beneath the surface? Len Goodman’s Perfect Christmas and BBC’s Mrs. Brown’s Boys focus on the importance of family for Christmas—and how to make that holiday the best that it can be. Goodman’s show is only around for one season, so this holiday is extra special! In the meantime, Mrs. Brown’s grandson, Bono, has already posted his letter to Santa—and she hasn’t read it yet! When you’re done mopping your brows over this conundrum, Mrs. Brown has invited everyone to her New Years Eve party in the Mrs. Brown’s Boys New Years special. Spook up the holidays with Not Going Out! Despite her boyfriend’s good intentions, Lucy cannot relax when her parents, Daisy, and Lee are put up together in a small country cottage for the holidays. The house, belonging to Lee’s deceased aunt, has not been lived in for several years, and the revelers find it very spooky. But fear not! The great Sherlock Holmes is back in 2014. Sherlock returns to the BBC, but the great detective has a few personal things to attend to before he can tackle anything else. Watson’s found a girlfriend in Sherlock’s absence, and moved on with his life. With “The Empty Hearse” opening with Sherlock’s over-the-top return to the land of the living, he will come to discover that no, the world did not stop turning while he was “dead.” “The Sign of Three” and “His Last Vow” will complete the third series. Songs of Praise will bring hymns of the holidays directly into your home. Enjoy music, stories of faith, and uplifting carols starting on the first Sunday of Advent. Just when you thought it was over—it’s not. Open All Hours is back with an all new episode this holiday season: “Still Open All Hours”! Sir David Jason stars as Granville, who has inherited the store from his uncle, and who now runs it with his grandson, Leroy. But Leroy aspires to bigger things. The episode is set to follow an ordinary day in the store, with Granville and Leroy interacting with the people who live in their town. Will Granville be able to score a date with Mavis without her sister, Madge, catching on? Will that anchovy paste ever get recalled? Tune in! Strictly Come Dancing will air its final ballroom battle of the season, followed shortly by its Christmas special. Six couples, hosted by Sir Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly, will perform a Yuletide routine for their chance to win, be crowned 2013 Christmas champions, and hoist the silver-star trophy. BBC One will air Justin Welby’s first Archbishop’s New Year Message along with the Matt Lucas Awards with a Christmas twist! Topics will include lame holiday gifts and those irritating songs everyone seems to have on loop during the holidays. The Whale is a special movie event inspired by a true story. The BBC will air this film, whose events are said to have inspired Melville’s famous Moby Dick. The film will center around the story of Old Thomas Nickerson, who was a cabin boy during the sinking voyage of the whaling ship, The Essex. While the artists for the Christmas and New Years specials are yet to be confirmed, tune in to Top of the Pops on BBC and BBC One for a list of the greatest hits from 2013. Westminster Abbey will cover both Christmas Eve and Christmas day in “The First Eucharist of Christmas” and “Christmas Day Sung Eucharist.” Carols will be sung across both days, and screenings, with Very Rev. Dr. John Hall, Rev. Michael Macey, and others presiding over the holiday services. Finally, we have the Christmas special of Would I Lie to You. Celebrities will do their best to fool everyone. Which story is fiction, and which is fact? Only the storytellers know—and they’re not giving any hints! Wow! That looks like a great list of holiday fun! There’s a show for everyone, and nobody’s excluded! Be sure to tune in to the BBC and BBC One for exact show times, and bookmark us here at PopWrapped to catch our recaps. Happy Holidays!


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