Call The Midwife
Auntie’s hit period drama returns with a Christmas special. Set in 1960, we’re promised a bus trip to see the Regent Street lights and a televised carol concert. On a less jolly note, the festive season brings back memories of a lost baby daughter for one grieving mother. A new series follows in mid-January. Sadly, Miranda Hart won’t be back with the show as Chummy, although the actor and comedian has jokingly held open the prospect of a return in the future “as an enlightened, crazed ’60s hippy who is having an affair with Paul McCartney”.
BBC TWO Back In Time For Dinner, return to our screens to demonstrate how our forebears celebrated the festive season. Christmas 1940 sounds particularly miserable, unless, of course, the prospect of make-do-and-mend carrot fudge seems appealing. More seriously, for those who lived in Britain’s cities, this was the year when the Blitz was at its height. Fast forward to the 1960s and turkey appears on the menu, a reminder that some traditions have a shorter history than we often imagine. The second of two episodes kicks off with the 1970s, and includes the story of how the race for the Christmas number one single began.
BBC ONE writing team, while the ensemble cast includes Stephen Rea, Pauline Collins, Caroline Quentin, Omid Djalili and Peter Firth.
returns to BBC One this Christmas