As we approach the biggest and best TV of the year, and ahead of the official announcements, we round up the rumours and take an early look at what we might expect to see as we snuggle up on the sofa
Call the Midwife,
With the nuns, nurses, and atmospheric Historic Dockyard at Chatham standing in for the East End’s Poplar, the annual must-see, must-sob Christmas special is always a roller-coaster treat.
The series has reached 1964, and this year we will see Harry Potter star Miriam Margolyes, who has a home on the Kent coast, join the cast as Sister Mildred – a ‘forthright and indefatigable sister from the Order’. We can’t wait to see that!
And despite the inevitable emotional dramas in the build-up, all at Nonnatus House are sure to find a way to celebrate Christmas in style!
THE GREAT BRITISH
These days, Christmas really wouldn’t be Christmas without this TV icing on the cake!
We will all be piped and ready to welcome judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith, hosts with the most Noel Fielding and Sandi Toksvig, and this year’s special guests…
DANCING ON ICE, ITV
This gem will be back in the New Year with celebs so far including Corrie’s Jane Danson, James Jordan from Strictly (above), Westlife’s Brian McFadden, Didi Conn from Grease, Love Island’s Wes Nelson, EastEnders’ Richard Blackwood, Loose Women’s Saira Khan, cricketer Ryan Sidebottom, Pussycat Doll Melody Thornton, Neighbours’ Mark Little, Finnish star Saara Aalto – and possibly TOWIE’s Gemma Collins, if she doesn’t quit!
The Queen’S CHRISTMAS
BBC One & ITV
The Queen is not only our greatest national treasure, but always a super-trouper, as we have seen many times in 2018. Not only did she face her first full year without Prince Philip at her side on official duties, but she let TV cameras into her private life, played host to President Trump and enjoyed TWO Royal Weddings at her beloved Windsor Castle.
In September’s wonderful ITV two-part documentary Queen of the World, we also saw how one brave director was forced to ask Her Majesty to record the whole of her 2017 Christmas Message again (right) – due to birdsong drowning out her wise and ever welcome words.
We will be listening even more
intently this year, Ma’am…
With this early glimpse of their serious faces,Series 3 promises ‘turbulent times’ for the feisty young Queen and her equally bold husband, Prince Albert (Jenna Coleman and Tom Hughes).
This captivating drama also sees the arrival of Laurence Fox as ‘charismatic and wayward’ Foreign Secretary Lord Palmerston, which will be fun as the description sounds oddly familiar!
A big clue to the air date is the fact it’s being screened in the US from 13 January – so it’s sure to be shown here first!
Come Dancing Christmas
Special, BBC One
We are all in a twirl after the autumn dramas surrounding Seann Walsh and Katya, and can only wonder what the Christmas ballroom blast will bring!
Who will be this year’s celebs, what will be the theme, and who will be this year’s Christmas Champion?
After her truly electrifying opening episode on 7 October, the first female Doctor (Broadchurch star Jodie Whittaker) is rocking our universe as she makes her mark in this autumn’s latest series.
So we are hoping she will use her newly-crafted ‘Swiss knife’ sonic screwdriver (without the knives!) to engineer a brilliant Christmas adventure, too!
BBC SPORTS PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR, BBC One
For the first time, the nominees for the prestigious top trophy won’t be revealed until the show airs – at 7pm on Sunday 16 December – in front of an audience of 12,000 at Birmingham’s Genting Arena.
Gabby Logan, Gary Lineker and Clare Balding (above) will present TV’s sporting Oscars, now in their 65th year.
Out of a host of great 2018 contenders, the public will decide the winner, and will also choose the new Greatest Sporting Moment of the Year award!