Mathew Baynton on Ghosts, clowning and his inner Regency era poet

If only the director could see their Narrator Three now. The snub marked the beginning of Baynton’s steady rise to Brit-com stardom, from comic turns like the innocent but inane Deano in Gavin and Stacey (2008-2010), to creating and starring in several dearly beloved sitcoms, the most recent being BBC One’s Ghosts (2019-).

Gavin and Stacey is coming back this Christmas for one last episode

James Corden and Ruth Jones hold up the script for the finale of Gavin and Stacey

The former host of The Late Late Show has confirmed that the finale of the beloved BBC sitcom will air on BBC One on Christmas Day in 2024.

The post also confirmed that Corden has written the special with co-creator Ruth Jones, who also plays the other half of his relationship in the show, Nessa.

Fans will be hoping for proper closure after the last Christmas special (2019) ended on a huge cliff-hanger when Nessa proposed to Smithy (Corden).

They’ll also get to check in on their on-screen son Noel Edmond Smith, aka “Neil the Baby.”

Michael Sheen discusses his directoral debut The Way

Wales is in flames after a strike at the Port Talbot steelworks spirals out of control, forcing the Driscoll family to flee their home and country. Such is the premise of The Way, by turns doggedly realistic and fantastical, but always highly watchable.

The ambitious three-part BBC One drama, which imagines a civil uprising in Wales, is written by James Graham and marks Michael Sheen’s debut as a TV director. And, unusually, has the creative input of the iconoclastic documentary film-maker Adam Curtis.

Lenny Rush joins Children in Need 2023 as first ever child presenter

A young boy with blond hair smiling, wearing a black t-shirt and navy blazer

The three-hour fundraising extravaganza will also be hosted by ex-Bake Off presenter Mel Giedroyc, comedians Jason Manford and Chris Ramsey, and sports stars Alex Scott MBE and Ade Adepitan MBE. Lenny Rush’s new post means he will be the youngest presenter CIN has ever had.

2022’s show saw Doctor Who’s new companion exclusively revealed on stage, included segments from The Repair Shop, Blankety Blank and The Weakest Link, and featured live performances from Lewis Capaldi and Diversity. £35 million was raised for charity.

Happy Valley writer Sally Wainwright returns with a new female led BBC drama

Sally Wainwright

Hot Flush focuses on the lives of five women in the band as they deal with demanding jobs, dependant parents, adult children, disappointing husbands and the menopause. The group soon discovers they have more to say than they ever imagined, and the band becomes the perfect vehicle for their voices to be heard, as well as a catalyst for change in their lives.

As the women’s lives become intertwined, Kitty and Beth, the two unlikely creators of the band, realise they are connected by more than their love of music as a long-buried secret threatens to tear everything apart.

Cast announced for series two of SAS Rogue Heroes

WW2 soldiers sat in north African desert in full uniform

Written, created and produced by Peaky Blinders’ Steven Knight, SAS Rogue Heroes is the “mostly true” account of the unbelievable origins of the SAS, in the midst of the Second World War.

Series one saw David Stirling, played by Connor Swindells (Sex Education), seeking out the best and most reckless soldiers to push back the Nazis in a series of raids in North Africa.

The 2023 Race Across The World teams - ranked!

The five teams will have to traverse Canada from the very edge of the Pacific Ocean in Vancouver to North America's most easterly city, St John's Newfoundland, all at ground level. And as always, the contestants will have to leave the modern world and all its comforts behind. There will be no air travel, no phones, no internet and no credit cards; just the cash equivalent of the same journey by plane.

New series of Mrs Brown’s Boys commissioned for BBC One

Mrs Brown at table with Winnie McGoogan and Cathy

The sitcom, fronted by Brendan O’Carroll (All Round to Mrs Brown’s), saw runaway success due to its unusual fourth wall-breaking comedy style.

Although the series itself ran for only 3 series between 2011 and 2013, Agatha Brown and her collection of family and friends have made their return every year for Christmas specials, which the BBC has commissioned up to 2026.