BBC announces a plethora of brilliant Christmas telly highlights!

Ruth Jones

The BBC have revealed their highlights for the Christmas period, with great new comedy specials from Ronnie Corbett, Matt Lucas and David Walliams leading the line up. As well as new Christmas specials from The Royle Family, Top Gear and Strictly Come Dancing, the channel revealed a host of movie premieres too.

Films getting their debut outing on BBC One over the festive period include: Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull, Wall-E, Shrek The Third, Cars, Bee Movie, Enchanted and Chronicles Of Narnia 2 – Prince Caspian.

Meanwhile there's comedy in the form of 'The One Ronnie', which sees legend Ronnie Corbett takes centre stage in this all-star sketch show to mark his 80th birthday, joined by leading BBC comedians including Rob Brydon, Miranda Hart and James Corden as well as singer Charlotte Church.

Matt Lucas and David Walliams turn their talents to the world of air travel in 'Come Fly With Me', playing an array of comic characters. Gavin and Stacey Star Ruth Jones gets her own show over on BBC Two, 'Ruth Jones's Christmas Cracker' will be packed full of interviews with the likes of Ricky Gervais and Will Young, plus music, sketches and fabulous festive fun.

Other comedy highlights from next month will include Rock & Chips – Five Gold Rings and the return of The Royle Family – Joe's Crackers on BBC One and excellent Christmas editions of popular shows Miranda, The Rob Brydon Show and Shooting Stars.

Doctor Who

Matt Smith meanwhile spends his first Christmas as the Doctor in 'Doctor Who – A Christmas Carol', starring Welsh singer Katherine Jenkins in her first acting role. Strictly Come Dancing is also back for another Christmas special with five brand-new celebrities – Ronni Ancona, John Barrowman, Fern Britton, June Brown and The Rt Hon Vince Cable MP – taking to the dance floor for the first time ever!

In a special extended edition of Top Gear, Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May embark on an appropriately seasonal road trip as they attempt to follow the path of the three wise men across the Middle East in a range of top sports cars wholly unsuited to the terrain.

Plus the usual Christmas highlights including explosive storylines in Eastenders and the Strictly Come Dancing and Apprentice finals.

All this Christmas, only on the BBC.

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