27 Nov 2014

This Is A BBC Christmas

The BBC has been right rampant with teases and hints and musings about it's upcoming Christmas season, and I thought I'd collect them all in one easy to find spot.

Starting off, Radio 4 has announced that Dirk Magg's six-part adaptation of Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett's Good Omens will begin airing on the 22nd of December and run straight through the holidays until the one hour finale on the 27th. To cap this announcement, they've released a clip of show, containing the author's cameos.

After the jump, things get Strange. We should probably call the Doctor, as the game is afoot.

The first official image of the Doctor Who Christmas special was released earlier this week, along with the announcement of the title, Last Christmas. Perhaps the most surprising thing about this is that it confirms that Clara will be returning for the special, which I wouldn't have an issue with if the last series didn't give her two perfectly good exits. She's either a part of the show or she isn't, Moffat, pick one and stick with it. The waffling back and forth was detrimental to Amy and Rory's story, and you are doing the exact same thing with Clara. It is a caustic storytelling technique. But, to balance that, Nick Frost as Santa. Hooray.

Sue Virtue let loose this first image of the Sherlock Christmas special. Of course, that is the 2015 Christmas special, thus seeding anticipation for the return a full year in advance. It is certainly a more "traditional" costuming for Holmes and Watson, and Martin Freeman continues to impress with his variety of upper lip manifestations.

Finally, the BBC has released an official image of Bertie Carvel and Eddie Marsan as they will appear respectively in the miniseries adaptation of Susanna Clarke's Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell. they also provided a synopsis for the seven episode series:
"Set at the beginning of the 19th-century, England no longer believes in practical magic. The reclusive Mr Norrell (Marsan) of Hurtfew Abbey stuns the city of York when he causes the statues of York Cathedral to speak and move. With a little persuasion and help from his man of business Childermass (Enzo Cilenti), he goes to London to help the government in the war against Napoleon. It is there Norrell summons a fairy (Warren) to bring Lady Pole (Englert) back from the dead, opening a whole can of worms..."
The Beeb has yet to announce an air date for the series, though some are expecting it as year as January, which is as close as makes no difference for me to include it in a Christmas run down.

Via Den of Geek three times total, as well as Tor.

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