BBC One confirms schedule for Christmas Day

'Gavin and Stacey' is returning to screens 10 years after the last series. (Tom Jackson/BBC/GS TV Productions Ltd)
'Gavin and Stacey' is returning to screens 10 years after the last series. (Tom Jackson/BBC/GS TV Productions Ltd)

BBC One has unveiled the channel's full listings for 25 December, which includes the much-anticipated return of Gavin and Stacey for a Christmas special as well as EastEnders' usual festive offering.

Ahead of the later programming, the BBC will air family-friendly films Moana and Finding Dory, as well as several Julia Donaldson TV adaptations.

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The Gruffalo author's The Snail and the Whale has been adapted for the small screen, and will be the third animation based on her writings aired on the day after the early-morning showings of Stick Man and Zog.

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The annual message from Her Majesty in the Queen's Christmas Broadcast will air at 3pm.

Sally Hawkins will provide the voice of the Snail in 'The Snail and the Whale'. (Magic Light/BBC)
Sally Hawkins will provide the voice of the Snail in 'The Snail and the Whale'. (Magic Light/BBC)

Meanwhile, Mrs Brown's Boys is back for another special, having dominated the Christmas ratings for the past few years.

Speaking about the breadth of shows on offer over the festive period, Charlotte Moore, Director of BBC Content, said: "The BBC has assembled a sensational range of programmes to give viewers a festive season filled with Christmas crackers.

“We are bringing back some classic favourites with the likes of Gavin & Stacey, Miranda, Scrooge and Dracula!

"As well as introducing original new shows too. Whether you’re a fan of drama, comedy, entertainment or simply want to wallow in the beauty of the natural world, there really is no better place to be than watching the BBC this Christmas.”

'Mrs Brown's Boys' has topped the Christmas ratings for the past few years. (Alan Peebles/BBC)
'Mrs Brown's Boys' has topped the Christmas ratings for the past few years. (Alan Peebles/BBC)

BBC One’s Christmas Day listings:

06:00 Breakfast

08:55 Stick Man (R)

09:25 Zog (R)

09:50 Film: Piper (R)

10:00 Christmas Day Mass

11:00 Wallace & Gromit: A Close Shave (R)

11:35 Top of the Pops Christmas Special

12:40 BBC News

12:45 Weather

12:55 Film: Moana

14:30 The Snail and the Whale

15:00 The Queen’s Christmas Broadcast

15:10 Film: Finding Dory

16:40 Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special

18:00 Michael McIntyre’s Big Christmas Show

19:00 Call the Midwife

20:30 Gavin & Stacey Christmas Special

21:30 EastEnders

22:30 Mrs Brown’s Boys Christmas Special

23:15 The Two Ronnies Christmas Sketchbook (R)

23:35 BBC News

23:45 Weather, followed by National Lottery Update

23:50 On Christmas Night

23:55 Not Going Out Christmas Special (R)

00:35 Film: My Old Lady (R)

02:15 Weather for the Week Ahead

02:20 BBC News

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