Festive TV Treats Await: Doctor Who, The King’s Speech, Tabby McTat, and More on BBC this Christmas

As the countdown to Christmas begins, the BBC is set to showcase an array of festive treats, including movies and TV shows catering to viewers of all ages.

Among the highlights is ‘Tabby McTat,’ an animated adaptation based on Julia Donaldson’s beloved children’s book. This heartwarming tale follows the bond between a musical feline and a talented busker navigating the bustling streets of London. With a star-studded cast featuring Jodie Whittaker and Rob Brydon, this adaptation promises to enchant audiences and air on BBC One before the highly anticipated ‘The King’s Speech.’

Speaking of which, this year’s Christmas Day speech by King Charles, marking his second since ascending the throne, is poised to reflect on the challenges and milestones of the past year while setting sights on the future. Scheduled to air on both BBC One and BBC Two at 3pm, the speech is anticipated to touch upon pivotal issues and the monarch’s hopes for 2024.

For sci-fi enthusiasts, the Doctor Who Christmas Special is a must-watch. Ncuti Gatwa debuts as the 15th Doctor in what’s expected to be a thrilling episode titled ‘The Church on Ruby Road.’ Alongside Millie Gibson as Ruby Sunday and guest appearances from Bonnie Langford and Davina McCall, this special promises excitement and mystery for fans. The plot remains shrouded in secrecy, heightening anticipation for its BBC One premiere on Christmas evening.

In the world of animation, ‘Toy Story 4’ joins the lineup, offering a delightful adventure with the beloved characters of Woody, Buzz, and the gang. This Pixar gem is set to air post ‘The King’s Speech,’ treating viewers to a heartwarming tale with the addition of new toy Forky and a star-studded cast including Keanu Reeves and Christina Hendricks.

For dance enthusiasts, the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special boasts a stellar lineup of celebrity contestants and their professional partners. With an array of familiar faces taking to the dance floor, including Jamie Borthwick, Sally Nugent, and Danny Cipriani, this special promises entertainment and glamour as it lights up screens around 6pm on BBC One.

With a diverse range of offerings, the BBC’s Christmas Day TV guide ensures there’s something for everyone to enjoy during the festive season.