It is hard to think of another great BBC sitcom blessed by such a strong pedigree as that of Blackadder. Running over four series, spanning 1983 to 1989 – plus the occasional special – the creators and stars of this comic masterpiece read like a roll call of late-20th-century British screen talent.
The documentary will be presented by Stephen Fry and is produced in partnership with Warner Bros. and The Natural History Museum.
The history of the magical creatures will be explored and the connections they have with the animals on earth today.
Viewers will be taken from the hidden corridors of the Natural History Museum to the frozen steppes of Siberia and secret caves of Madagascar.
The parallels between creatures in the real world and those from mythology and literature will be uncovered, through captivating stories and fascinating science.
BBC One, 6:55pm
With no Christmas special on Christmas Day, Series 12 of Doctor Who kicks off on New Year’s Day.
The two British TV icons have landed major roles in what showrunner Chris Chibnall has called “one of [Doctor Who’s] biggest ever stories to kick off the new series”.
As for whether Fry and Henry will play friends or enemies remains under wraps.
Reprising her role as the Thirteenth Doctor at the helm of the TARDIS will be Jodie Whittaker, alongside her usual time-travelling team with Tosin Cole as Ryan, Mandip Gill as Yaz and Bradley Walsh as Graham.
Sky 1 has released a trailer for family-friendly comedy Yonderland, which contains the first footage of Stephen Fry’s new character, Cuddly Dick.
The programme is set in a magical, madcap world populated by wizards and elves.
Cuddly Dick is a former elder who returns to Yonderland having been imprisoned for years by the now-dead Imperatrix.
Cuddly Dick is a charming eccentric who lives to spread love and kindness.
Richard E. Grant on Ealing Comedies takes a look at the impact of the comedy brand, and visits historic landmarks linked to their films such as Leeds Castle in Kent and the backstreets of Battersea and Bermondsey, as well as the site of Ealing Studios.
Grant is joined on camera by fellow actors Mike Myers, Peter Capaldi, Michael Palin, and Stephen Fry in celebrating the once great name of Ealing Comedies.
How the Rich Avoid Tax
Actor Greg Wise goes undercover for Dispatches to expose legitimate tax schemes that the rich can use to keep HMRC’s hands off their cash.
Muslim Drag Queens
Filmmaker Marcus Plowright meets members of the clandestine gay Asian (‘Gaysian’) community, who often struggle to publically reconcile their sexuality with their culture and religion.