BBC Christmas TV program 2022: From Happy Valley and its dark materials to the Motherland

The BBC has unveiled its Christmas TV program for the 2022 holiday season.

From brand new shows to celebratory editions of fan favorites, there’s a wide range of programming across genres such as drama, comedy, entertainment and more.

One of this year’s biggest highlights is the ‘life-affirming’ Scottish drama mayflies, a story about male friendships based on Andrew O’Hagan’s 2021 novel, starring Martin Compston, Tony Curran and Ashley Jensen. Sally Wainwright’s Bafta winner happy valley returns after a six-year hiatus for the BBC’s highly anticipated third and final series, starring Sarah Lancashire as Sgt. Catherine Cawood.

Viewers are treated to the final chapter of the epic trilogy Its dark materialsand Blow: Restless Blood, Cormoran Strike (Tom Burke) is visiting family in Cornwall when he is called in to solve a mysterious case of the common cold.

In the world of comedy, fans can look forward to a festive episode of constant chaos hometown and the return of Bad Educationas well as special rates from The Cleaner and ghosts.

Mrs. Brown’s boys is inevitably back for two special episodes. Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith also present a special celebratory film from their award-winning anthology series Inside #9while detectorsthe comedy about metal detection enthusiasts Andy (Mackenzie Crook) and Lance (Toby Jones), returns with a feature-length special.

Popular long-term series such as Call the midwifeand death in paradise are among the shows that will also have Christmas specials.

Expected entertainment programs include Michael McIntyre’s Christmas Wheel, The Weakest Link Christmas Special, and the debut of Mo Gilligan’s music game show, This is my jam.

Be sure to come dance returns to the ballroom for an all-star Christmas special, plus there are festive episodes of The hit list, question of sport, pointless, university challenge, would I lie to you and QI Richard Osman will open the doors to brand new episodes of him Festive House of Games and The Graham Norton Show will return for its traditional New Year’s Eve edition.

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Sara Pascoe will invite celebrities to a party sewing bee special, and The repair shop will be back along with a special edition of Frozen Planet II

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On New Year’s Eve, Jools Holland hosts its yearbook hootanany and in My life at ChristmasActress and comedian Sally Phillips meets three familiar faces to find out how their memories of Christmas reflect the tremendous changes they’ve gone through in their lives.

John Torode and Gregg Wallace are back for two again master chef special offers and Count Magnus is the latest Christmas ghost story by Mark Gatiss.


For the first time in Christmas programming, the Men’s FIFA World Cup Final will be broadcast live on BBC One and BBC iPlayer on Sunday 18 December.

There’s plenty for kids to enjoy too, with a heartwarming film based on Charlie Mackesy’s best-selling novel. The boy, the mole, the fox and the horse (starring Idris Elba and Tom Hollander) and a new intergalactic adaptation, The Smeds and the Smoos.

Charlotte Moore, BBC Chief Content Officer, said: “Nothing brings people across the UK together like Christmas on the BBC and this year we have a world-class cast like no other.

“Get ready to escape and be entertained with an incredible selection of new celebratory shows across all genres, live or on-demand, there’s something for everyone.” BBC Christmas TV program 2022: From Happy Valley and its dark materials to the Motherland


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