BBC TV Christmas Line-Up
Christmas means many different things to different people; whether it's gathering around the dining table with your family for a great meal, exchanging gifts with loved ones or remembering the Nativity story. However one thing we do all enjoy during the festive period is huddling around the television and watching some feel-good programming.
Read on as we preview some of the Christmas shows that are getting us the most excited this year.
Dr. Who Christmas Special - The Snowmen
Ever since the shows rebirth way back in 2005, the Dr. Who Christmas Special has become one of the most eagerly awaited television events of the year.
Following on from the season finale, this latest festive incarnation is anything but, as the Doctor tries to come to terms with the loss of companions Amy and Rory to the Weeping Angels. According to executive producer Steven Moffat we will be seeing a different side to Matt Smith's character, displaying an apathy and bitterness never before seen in the usually unflappable hero.
Oh, and there are sharp-teethed snowmen who eat people - it's safe to say we're excited.
The Royal Family Christmas Special
It may seem as though it has been on forever, but believe it or not The Royal Family officially ended back in 2000, with only a series of one-off specials being made since, most notably the 2006 episode where Liz Smith's character Norma passed away.
The Christmas specials have been a huge ratings draw for the BBC, with around 10 million viewers tuning in for the '08, '09 and '10 episodes, and having been in development for two years (the script wasn't finished in time for Christmas 2011), it is sure to be an absolute cracker.
The younger readers amongst you may not remember the original 1973 incarnation of this cult sporting competition, but in this year of years for British sport what better time to bring it back?
Featuring Team GB Olympians Mo Farah, the Browlee brothers, Nicola Adams and Jade Jones, this 90-minute Christmas special will pit eight men and eight women against each other across eight unique disciplines. Sure to be filled with both fun and competitiveness in equal measure, Superstars is must-see TV for any sport lovers this Christmas.
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