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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. 

The best Christmas TV specials

Despite the digital era taking many viewers from traditional broadcasting to online platforms, there is no disputing that Christmas time is dominated by our television screens.

The classic Christmas Day family argument normally stems from a fight over the remote; but there are some TV specials that have the whole family laughing or crying together.

Whether it’s reruns of classic moments or the excitement at the return of an old favourite, there is a Christmas TV special for everyone. 

Here are six of the best Christmas TV specials to get you in the festive spirit.

Christmas University Challenge confirms the alumni line-up

The line-up for the 2016 Christmas University Challenge series has now been confirmed, with over 50 prominent alumni taking part.

Teams from 14 universities and university colleges, including Oxford, Bristol and Sussex, will compete for the Series Champion crown that will end the year's competition.

The series will include a host of famous faces such as Paul Ross, Rachael Stirling, Dom Joly and Dermot Murnaghan.

Outnumbered returns for Christmas special

Outnumbered BBC 1 Xmas

It's been three years since Outnumbered was on our screens, but this Christmas brings us a 40-minute special of the BBC One comedy.

It's Boxing Day and the Brockman family have to carry out a special mission for Grandad. They encounter many problems along the way and if the adults can't sort things out the children will have to. Starring Claire Skinner and Hugh Dennis this is sure to be a Christmas favourite. Hugh Dennis has said: "I can't wait to re-join our TV nucleus, and what better place to experience the full joy of family life than stuck in the family car."