BBC One reveals Christmas and New Year's Day schedules, including Strictly, Doctor Who, EastEnders and more

The festive season is all about sitting down with the family to watch TV together, especially on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day when everyone is wiped out from too much food and/or booze.

The scheduling people know this, and that’s why they jam-pack both days with all of their heavy hitters, and this year is no different.

On December 25, BBC One are bringing us their usual big hitters: The Queen’s Christmas Broadcast, Top of the Pops, Strictly Come Dancing, Call the Midwife and, of course, the weather.

Films include Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit and Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur, Michael McIntyre and Outnumbered provide the comedy, while Zog is sure to be another heart-warming children’s book adaptation.

January 1 might be even more exciting for some though, as Doctor Who has changed places this year to air its special on New Year’s Day instead. We are also getting the return of Luther and Marvel film Avengers: Age of Ultron will be providing some superhero action.

There’s another Pixar film in the form of Inside Out and plenty of David Attenborough with Planet Earth II and Dynasties too.

You’ll also notice that both days have an hour of EastEnders each to provide the dramatic twists and turns from a festive period in soap, while two Mrs Brown’s Boys specials will provide another dose of comedy on both days too.

Beyond these two days, BBC will air their new version of Watership Down on December 22 and December 23, while The ABC Murders will begin on Boxing Day (December 26).

Your move, ITV.

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