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post Nov 22 2016, 04:27 PM
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Today the BBC announced their highlights and some newspapers have also revealed the ITV highlights.

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The Great British Bake Off Christmas [2 episodes]
Strictly Come Dancing
Doctor Who
Outnumbered [40 minute special]
Ethel & Ernest
Roald Dahl's Revolting Rhymes
Awful Auntie [David Walliams adaptation]
Mrs Brown's Boys [2 episodes]
Sherlock [already confirmed for New Year's Day return]
Call the Midwife
Last Tango In Halifax [2 episodes]
Witness for the Prosecution [Agatha Christie adaptation]
Peter Pan Goes Wrong
Michael McIntyre's Christmas Show
Top of the Pops [Christmas and New Year specials]
New Year's Eve concert and fireworks [rumoured to be Robbie Williams performing]
Still Open All Hours
Walliams and Friend
Jonathan Creek [one off special]
To Walk Invisible [Bronte sisters biopic]

ITV

Grantchester
Birds of a Feather
Blankety Blank [One off special]
Paul O'Grady: For The Love of Dogs
The Big Quiz: Corrie v Emmerdale


Obviously more to be announced for ITV laugh.gif BBC looks quite strong though! Also rumours they have Frozen and Monsters University on this year.
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post Nov 22 2016, 05:09 PM
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It all looks pretty poor imo. I'll watch Bake Off though.
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post Nov 22 2016, 07:30 PM
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Its just the same old recycled programmes now. As much as I love some of them, there's just a lack of inspiration and I'm not surprised that Christmas TV ratings are decreasing.
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post Nov 22 2016, 07:35 PM
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Here for the Outnumbered special and that's pretty much it from this list.
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post Nov 22 2016, 09:38 PM
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same shit different year sad.gif

Witness for the Prosecution [Agatha Christie adaptation]

Very excited about this, though!
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post Nov 22 2016, 10:31 PM
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It is similar stuff as always but, given the BBC usually win the night and get the highest rating programme of Christmas Day (aside last year when the last ever Downton Abbey won it for ITV, for the first time in years), it's not really a surprise that they don't change it up. I know last year seemed like it had disappointing ratings with shows generally bringing in 5 or 6 million, but they all time-shifted very well, reaching highs of 9 and 10m.

Looking at the programmes listed though, you can pretty much predict there will be a chain of Doctor Who, Strictly, Call the Midwife, Eastenders, Mrs Brown's Boys and Michael McIntrye, as ever! laugh.gif You'll probably see a kids film (Monsters University perhaps, if that's rumoured) straight after the Queen's speech at 3pm followed by (depending on the timings) a short animation (perhaps this Ethel & Ernest?), given the success of Stick Man last year. It would be great if one of the Bake Off specials was shown on Christmas Day, but like I said, that chain from Doctor Who to Michael McIntrye has remained in tact for the last few years and I don't know what they'd replace if they were to do so.

Open All Hours and Agatha Christie will premiere on Boxing Day and I wouldn't be surprised to see two Eastenders episodes appear on New Year's Day again after the success of splitting the episodes last year, with David Walliams in the middle and the new Sherlock appearing afterwards at 9pm.

I don't really pay much attention to the ITV schedules but I reckon Grantchester will take Downton's slot and appear opposite Eastenders.

I appreciate that's a lot of waffle but I thought I best put it in writing to act as evidence before I eat my hat if I am wrong. tongue.gif
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post Nov 23 2016, 12:41 PM
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The Mirror has confirmed that the BBC will show Frozen on Christmas Day following the Queen's Speech. I believe this is its TV premiere (or at least a network premiere) so I reckon it will receive some really good ratings and set the BBC up for a healthy run throughout the night.

How to Train Your Dragon 2 will be shown on Boxing Day, Captain America: The Winter Soldier on December 30th and Monsters University on New Year's Day.

Mr Peabody & Sherman, Penguins of Madagascar, Planes, Muppets Most Wanted and Tinkerbell & The Pirate Fairy will also air over the Christmas period, whilst BBC 2 will air Saving Mr Banks, The Lady in The Van and Pride.

http://www.mirror.co.uk/tv/tv-news/can-go-...day-bbc-9312997
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post Nov 23 2016, 01:48 PM
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a short animation (perhaps this Ethel & Ernest?)


It's feature length and it'll be one of the highlights. I think Revolting Rhymes will be in the Stick Man / Gruffalo slot.

Shall be watching these:
Ethel & Ernest (saw it in the cinema, it's excellent)
Roald Dahl's Revolting Rhymes
Peter Pan Goes Wrong
Michael McIntyre's Christmas Show
To Walk Invisible

Maybe watch these:
Bake Off
Strictly (but the Christmas special is always poor. I guess they probably filmed it this week?)
Last Tango In Halifax
Top of the Pops - only if they feature older tracks, no wish to hear anything from 2016.
Jonathan Creek
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post Nov 23 2016, 06:03 PM
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outnumbered<3

I love that show

and I love birds of a feather

and the roald dahl sounds good (after last year I have high expectations!)

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post Nov 23 2016, 06:06 PM
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QUOTE(liamk97 @ Nov 23 2016, 12:41 PM) *
The Mirror has confirmed that the BBC will show Frozen on Christmas Day following the Queen's Speech. I believe this is its TV premiere (or at least a network premiere) so I reckon it will receive some really good ratings and set the BBC up for a healthy run throughout the night.

How to Train Your Dragon 2 will be shown on Boxing Day, Captain America: The Winter Soldier on December 30th and Monsters University on New Year's Day.

Mr Peabody & Sherman, Penguins of Madagascar, Planes, Muppets Most Wanted and Tinkerbell & The Pirate Fairy will also air over the Christmas period, whilst BBC 2 will air Saving Mr Banks, The Lady in The Van and Pride.

http://www.mirror.co.uk/tv/tv-news/can-go-...day-bbc-9312997


Overnight wise, Frozen will probably be the most watched thing on Christmas Day tbh laugh.gif Such a massive coup for them!
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post Nov 24 2016, 12:40 AM
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QUOTE(burbe @ Nov 23 2016, 06:06 PM) *
Overnight wise, Frozen will probably be the most watched thing on Christmas Day tbh laugh.gif Such a massive coup for them!

Not out of the question! Last year, Brave followed on from Queen's Speech and received 5.5m so it would seem Frozen would have an easy time topping 6m in comparison, perhaps even in touching distance of 7m.

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Digiguide have these as the provisional schedules:

Christmas Eve (Saturday)
BBC One
14:15 Film: Chronicles of Narnia Prince Caspian
16:30 Shrek the Halls
16:50 Penguins of Madagascar
18:15 BBC News
18:30 Pointless
19:25 Michael McIntyre's Big Show
20:25 Eastenders
21:00 David Walliams Celebrates Dame Shirley Basset
22:05 Peter Kay's Comedy Shuffle

ITV
15:20 Film : 101 Dalmations
17:00 You've Been Framed!
17:30 ITV News
18:00 Film: The Amazing Spider-Man 2
21:00 Birds of a Feather
22:00 Through the Keyhole
23:00 ITV News

Christmas Day (Sunday)
BBC One
15:00 The Queen
15:10 Film : Frozen
16:40 The Great Christmas Bake Off
17:40 Doctor Who
18:40 Strictly Come Dancing
19:55 Call the Midwife
21:25 Eastenders
22:25 Mrs Browns Boys
23:00 Tracey Ullman's Sketch Show

ITV
15:00 The Queen
15:10 ITV News
15:25 Film: The Lion King
17:15 ITV News
17:30 Emmerdale
18:30 Blankety Blank
19:30 Coronation Street
20:30 Maigret

Boxing Day (Monday)
BBC1
18:30 Revolting Rhymes
19:00 Christmas Bake Off
20:00 EastEnders
20:30 Still Open All Hours
21:00 Witness For The Prosecution
22:00 Outnumbered

ITV
18:00 Paul O'Grady: For The Love of Dogs
19:00 Emmerdale
19:30 Coronation Street
20:00 YBF!
20:30 Coronation Street
21:00 Grantchester

In regards to Christmas Day: The Doctor Who to Mrs Brown's Boys chain continues, but they managed to fit Bake Off in there too! I think the BBC will easily get better ratings than ITV and I can't see anything ITV have to offer winning the night. Maigret seems like it could be ITV's biggest rating on Christmas Day but I don't think it will do too much more than the 5.4m that watched the first episode back in March.

Of course, things are bound to change around before the official schedule comes in (particularly timings I would think) but it's a good enough idea of what to expect.
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post Nov 24 2016, 11:05 AM
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Excellent - looks like another Christmas Day with the TV off! That's the best way.
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post Nov 24 2016, 11:09 AM
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Yasssss Frozen! Had a feeling that would be premiering this year <3

Love the films line-up, only ones I haven't seen are Pride and Lady In The Van and want to watch both of them! Highly recommend all the others!
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post Nov 27 2016, 11:50 AM
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The Lion King is on ITV as the Xmas day afternoon movie??
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post Nov 27 2016, 12:25 PM
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QUOTE(Steve201 @ Nov 27 2016, 11:50 AM) *
The Lion King is on ITV as the Xmas day afternoon movie??

I assume ITV know they'll be eaten alive by Frozen on BBC so have chosen something that is likely to at least get a couple million viewers.

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If anyone's interested, here's the list of BBC's Christmas Day afternoon films since 2000:

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2000
3:10pm: The Borrowers (1997) Less than 6.47m
5:45pm: Titanic (1997) 10.04m

2001
4.40pm: Toy Story (1995) 7.73m

2002
4.50pm: Chicken Run (2000) 9.61m

2003
4:25pm: Stuart Little (1999) 6.36m

2004
3:55pm: 102 Dalmatians (2000) 5.13m
6:05pm: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (2001) 8.38m

2005
3:10pm: Shrek (2001) 6.74m
4:30pm: Toy Story 2 (1999) 6.57m

2006
3.55pm: Monsters, Inc (2001) 5.21m

2007
3.10pm: Finding Nemo (2003) 7.29m
4.40pm: Shrek 2 (2004) 9.36m

2008
3.10pm: Shark Tale (2004) Less than 5.16m
4.30pm: Wallace & Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005) 7.54m

2009
3.10pm: The Incredibles (2004) 5.57m

2010
3.10pm: Shrek the Third (2007) 7.80m

2011
3.10pm: Monsters vs Aliens (2009) 5.00m
4.50pm: Ratatouille (2007) 6.01m

2012
3.10pm: Shrek Forever After (2010) Less than 5.43m

2013
3.20pm: Toy Story 3 (2010) 7.33m

2014
3.10pm: Puss in Boots (2011) 5.45m

2015
3.10pm: Brave (2012) 6.05m

Also:
1999: Jumanji 9.72m
1998: Babe 9.26m
1993: Ghost 18.53m
1990: ET 17.50m
1989: Crocodile Dundee 21.77m
1987: Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom 18.95m
1984: Mary Poppins 17.35m
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post Nov 27 2016, 01:12 PM
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Those late 80s - early 90s ratings *.*
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post Nov 27 2016, 11:26 PM
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Looking forward to World's Strongest Man on Channel 5.
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post Nov 28 2016, 12:59 AM
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I will watch:

Top Of The Pops
EastEnders
Charlie Brooker's 2016 wipe
Big Fat Quiz Of The Year
8 Out Of 10 Cats Christmas Special
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post Nov 28 2016, 01:02 AM
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Who actually watches the Queen's speech? I've never purposefully watched a whole Christmas speech from her.
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QUOTE(Houdini @ Nov 28 2016, 01:02 AM) *
Who actually watches the Queen's speech? I've never purposefully watched a whole Christmas speech from her.

It was a major part of our traditional family Christmas. We'd do the washing-up while TOTP was on. As soon as the programme finished, we'd turn the telly off and start opening our presents. Decades on, I've still never watched any of the Queen' speech and don't expect I ever will.
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