The Great Christmas Bake Off – Charlotte Boulton
Even a Scrooge like me has a Christmas weakness, and this year, it’s The Great Christmas Bake Off.
Nothing screams festive more than baking enough mince pies and Christmas puddings to feed a small army, all under Paul Hollywood’s watchful (and hungry) eye. We can only hope that he turns up dressed as a stern Santa Claus to bring some more festive cheer to the tent.
‘Noel in a Christmas jumper is all I need for a perfect Christmas’
The show features some favourites from previous series which is a huge highlight for me. Selasi, Val, Benjamina and Rav from series 7, the last shown on the BBC, are returning to take on the tent one more time. Previous bakers Paul, Beca, Rob, and Sandy are also going to be putting their Christmas crackers to the test.
As if that wasn’t exciting enough, the special will have two episodes to indulge in as we tuck into our chocolates over the holidays! The dates haven’t yet been confirmed, but we will certainly see the bakers face yummy yuletide challenges at some point in December. Let’s also hope we see hosts Noel Fielding and Sandi Toksvig modelling some whacky Christmas jumpers – Noel in a festive jumper is all I need for a perfect Christmas!
Doctor Who – Georgina Howlett
Doctor Who looks to be returning with a bang for its Christmas special this year.
Starring not only Peter Capaldi as the Twelfth Doctor and Pearl Mackie as companion Bill Potts, but also David Bradley as the First Doctor (originally played by the late William Hartnell) and Mark Gatiss as the World War I soldier known only as ‘The Captain’ (previously seen as Professor Lazarus in ‘The Lazarus Experiment’), the episode is titled ‘Twice Upon a Time’ and follows the two Doctors, Bill and The Captain as they try and escape from an alien threat pursuing them in a frozen moment in time.
‘Gatiss has described the episode as “a Christmas episode without being overtly Christmassy”‘
Gatiss has described the episode as “a Christmas episode without being overtly Christmassy – it’s very happy-sad”, and a released clip from the episode shows not only Capaldi and Bradley realising their predicament and relationship as fellow incarnations of ‘The Doctor’, but also the all-important ‘it’s-bigger-on-the-inside’ reaction of The Captain upon entering the TARDIS. With plenty of humour, horror, laughter and – of course – running, this Christmas episode looks to be a real treat for Doctor Who fans. For Capaldi, this will be his last appearance as the Twelfth Doctor, but upon his regeneration in this episode, Jodie Whittaker will be ready and waiting to take us all on brand-new adventures in time and space in 2018.