BBC unveils Christmas Day schedule

Amy Johnson
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'Mrs Brown's Boys' has topped the Christmas ratings for the past few years. (Alan Peebles/BBC)
'Mrs Brown's Boys' will be back with a Christmas special. (Alan Peebles/BBC)

The BBC has unveiled the Christmas Day listings for BBC One, featuring a mix of child-friendly animation as well as some festive standards later in the evening.

The broadcaster revealed the schedule on official social media channels with programming on 25 December kicking off at 8.55am.

Catering to younger viewers no doubt up early and eager to unwrap presenters, The Gruffalo is set to star the day followed by sequel The Gruffalo's Child.

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Children's animation Lou will make its debut on the channel at 9.50am ahead of the Christmas Day Service.

It moves on to another Julia Donaldson adaption double bill with repeats of The Snail and the Whale and Zog airing from 11.25am.

Viewers will then be treated to a Top of the Pops Christmas Special, featuring artists such as Ella Henderson, Jamie Cullum and Celeste.

Films for all the family are also set to be on offer on the big day, with Aardman's prehistoric stop motion feature Early Man airing at 1.15pm, while Pixar's Coco takes watchers to a vibrant underworld with young aspiring musician Miguel.

Pixar’s 'Coco' will air on Christmas day. (Disney)
Pixar’s 'Coco' will air on Christmas day. (Disney)

Before that of course, the Queen's Christmas Broadcast takes its usual slot at 3pm.

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Now a staple in the Christmas listings, Strictly Come Dancing's special will be broadcast at 4.45pm although unlike other years it will focus on a countdown of the greatest dances on the show as opposed to a mini-competition due to the coronavirus.

Michael McIntyre's new Saturday night gameshow The Wheel has earned itself a festive edition scheduled in for 6pm and will be followed by a Blankety Blank special hosted by Bradley Walsh.

Strictly's Christmas special will have a different format this year. (BBC/David Oldham)
Strictly's Christmas special will have a different format this year. (BBC/David Oldham)

At 7.40pm, the nuns and midwives of Nonnatus House will be making a comeback for Call the Midwife’s traditional December offering.

Meanwhile, chaos is surely soon to follow in Albert Square at 9.10pm when EastEnders airs its usually less-than-merry Christmas Day episode.

Lastly, the evening will wrap up with a new Mrs Brown's Boys Christmas special.

BBC One’s Christmas Day listings:

8.55am - The Gruffalo

9.25am - The Gruffalo's Child

9.50am - Lou

10am - Christmas Day Service

11am - The Snail and the Whale

11.25am - Zog

11.55am - Top of the Pops: Christmas Special

12.55pm - BBC News and Weather

1pm - Inner Workings

1.15pm - Early Man

2.35pm - Zog and the Flying Doctors

3pm - The Queen's Christmas Broadcast

3.10pm - Coco

4.45pm - Strictly Come Dancing: Christmas Special

6pm - Michael McIntyre's Christmas Wheel

7pm - Blankety Blank: Christmas Special

7.40pm - Call the Midwife

9.10pm - EastEnders

10.05pm - Mrs Brown's Boys Christmas Special

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