Some 34 years after The Naked Civil Servant, John Hurt reprises his critically acclaimed role as flamboyant gay icon Quentin Crisp in An Englishman in New York. The one-off drama follows Crisp as he moves from London to New York in his 70s and makes an immediate splash in the Big Apple. Sex and the City’s Cynthia Nixon is back on Manhattan’s streets as Crisp’s performance artist friend, Penny Arcade.
It’s going to be a bittersweet Christmas for Doctor Who fans as David
Tennant takes off in the Tardis for the very last time. The emotional
two-part story ends with him regenerating as the Time Lord and
Matt Smith taking on the role.
The Doctor won’t be going quietly as he faces up to his arch-enemy the
Master, played once again by John Simm. Several other old faces will
also be returning for Tennant’s finale. These include Catherine Tate and
Bernard Cribbins, who are back on board as Donna Noble and her granddad
Wilf, along with Billie Piper, John Barrowman and Elisabeth Sladen.
The specials, which will feature an appearance by strange aliens the
Ood, will also star Jessica Hynes, Timothy Dalton, June Whitfield and
The acclaimed costume drama Cranford is back for a much-anticipated two-parter as the action in the gossip-ridden Victorian town moves on to 1844. Judi Dench, Imelda Staunton and Julia McKenzie all return, while new faces include Jonathan Pryce as a rich widower who moves to Cranford. Lesley Sharp, Celia Imrie, Jodie Whittaker, Nicholas Le Provost and Rory Kinnear also join the cast.
It wouldn’t be Christmas without a ghost story to chill the blood. Thisclassy 1920s-set adaptation of Henry James’ The Turn of the Screw stars Hogfather’sMichelle Dockery as a young governess in charge of two orphans who isdisturbed when she thinks the ghosts of previous members of staff arehaving a malign effect on the children. Sue Johnston is among theco-stars.
After Denise and Dave’s frozen turkey disaster last year, everyone’s favourite couch potatoes are back for another seasonal helping of banter, bickering and some serious TV viewing with the Royle Family. After our Antony’s appearance in the Comic Relief special this year, will he make Barbara’s day by turning up to see his mum?
Family life is especially frantic for Hugh Dennis and Claire Skinner in Outnumbered’s Christmas special. The Brockman household finds that, as well as Santa, there’s been a less welcome visit from some burglars. As Karen obsesses over a missing hamster, Ben runs riot with a mechanical hand and Jake and Mum desperately search for Granddad.
The popular children’s book The Gruffalo comes to life in this Aardman animation. It tells the tale of a mouse making its way through a forest full of predators with the protection of an imaginary monster who turns out to be all-too real. Robbie Coltrane provides the voice of the Gruffalo, with James Corden, John Hurt, Tom Wilkinson and Helena Bonham Carter also among the cast.
As well as penning a new Christmas outing for The Royle Family, Caroline Aherne has found time to co-write this outsized drama. Timothy Spall stars as the obese Georgie Godwin in The Fattest Man. Bobby Ball plays his agent Morris Morrissey, who is desperate to keep Georgie in well-fed form as he attempts to retain his title against arch-rival Big Brian.
This feature-length erotic thriller Sleep With Me stars Hustle’s Adrian Lester and Tipping the Velvet’s Jodhi May as a couple whose lives are turned upside down when they meet a mysterious, seductive woman at a party. The story of obsession, desire and betrayal is adapted by Andrew Davies from Joanna Briscoe’s bestselling novel.