ADVENT DAY TWO: Christmas. It’s not long away. And to celebrate advent, new content will be added to this blog every day in the countdown to the big day. You’ll see reviews, opinion pieces, links to some of my other work, videos – maybe even a short story! Remember to check back every day (in between the mad rush of packing presents, getting the freezer stocked up and watching Home Alone on repeat).
The BBC has released their trailer for their upcoming Christmas showcase, featuring a whole host of stars, some extremely popular programmes – and a surprise kiss!
Most notably, there’s Doctor Who, of course. The Snowmen (a title revealed on this year’s Children in Need) will introduce the Doctor to a new (ish) face: Jenna-Louise Coleman as Clara. She appeared in Asylum of the Daleks as Oswin Oswald, but what links these two characters (after all, the latter is now a dead Dalek!)? We won’t find out until the series returns next year… but Christmas is sure to be amazing.
Starring alongside the ever-brilliant Matt Smith and Jenna is Richard E. Grant (who you can see with the dreaded Snowmen), and Tom Ward, best-known for playing Dr. Harry Cunningham in Silent Witness.
Call The Midwife will also be back at Christmas, starring Jessica Raine and Miranda Hart (the latter of whom will have two Christmas shows of her own hit comedy played this year). It’s not a surprise; the show has been the hit programme of the year, with the series finale attracting a huuuuge 11.41 million viewers! Call The Midwife’s second series will air next year too.
There’s also something for the kids with the half-hour animated Room on the Broom, based on the 2001 book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheiffler. Their past two shows, The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo’s Child, have been big hits of the last two Christmases, and with stars like Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead; Paul), Gillian Anderson (Great Expectations; The X-Files) and Martin Clunes (Doc Martin; Men Behaving Badly), Room on the Broom is sure to be another success.
Other shows coming up this Christmas on BBCOne include Mrs. Brown’s Boys, The Graham Norton Show (with Matt Smith!), and Restless, starring Hayley Atwell (Captain America: The First Avenger; Any Human Heart).