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Ghosts’ final series will be followed by a surprise Christmas special

The creators teased on social media that “there might be one last present under the Christmas tree this year.”

In previous series, the Christmas specials have given more backstory for the ghosts, with audiences getting a glimpse at former politician Julian’s (Simon Farnaby) relationship with his daughter back in series two. Last year’s special saw Scout leader Pat (Jim Howick) receive home videos from the family he left behind. Additionally, in a particularly touching festive moment, renaissance poet Thomas (Mathew Baynton) listened to The Smiths for the very first time.

The changing face of the TV political interview

John Whittingdale, MP, Minister of State for Media and Data, speaking at an RTS event said that in the 1980s ITV’s Brian Walden would devote all his hour-long programme to a set-piece interview with a senior politician.  

“Several times I helped Margaret Thatcher prepare for a Walden interview,” he recalled. “We don’t have that in-depth interview any longer.

BBC announces Strictly Come Dancing special and Christmas countdown show

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Strictly: The Best Of The Final will look back at the magical routines that made the Strictly finals and saw champions raise the famous trophy.

The special will showcase the emotional roller-coaster finalists go through and pay tribute to the 2014 champion Caroline Flack.

The Strictly: The Best Of specials will also include much-loved moments from themed weeks, movies, musicals and Blackpool.

Strictly favourites return for Christmas special

Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special 2018 line up

The line-up consists of some of the show’s most popular contestants including Anita Rani, Ann Widdecombe, Caroline Flack, Aston Merrygold, Jake Wood and Michael Vaughan.

Based on fairy tales the stars will be performing Christmas-inspired routines to win the Silver Star trophy.


Anita Rani, TV presenter

RTS award-winner Rani is recently known for her presenting segments on The One Show and Countryfile.

Rani competed in the 13th series of the dancing show.

Classic Christmas TV moments

It really is the season to be jolly as far as television is concerned, the line-up is full of one-off specials, film premieres and climatic soap storylines.

So, crack open the port, grab a selection box and feast on our compilation of some of the finest moments in the history of Christmas television.

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French and Saunders to reunite for Christmas special on BBC One

The comic duo first paired appeared on screen in 1987 in their sketch show French and Saunders and they will return to television for a one-off Christmas special.

It's been 10 years since the pair released their last series together, A Bucket O French and Saunders, and now they are back together to celebrate 30 years of their partnership.