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Wednesday, 6 December, 2000, 14:38 GMT
Victoria Wood's festive treat
Victoria Wood
Victoria Wood hosts a comic spectacle on Christmas Day
A star-studded special hosted by Victoria Wood is the centrepiece of BBC One's Christmas Day schedule.

The show, Victoria Wood And All The Trimmings, features Wood's comedy partner Julie Walters as well as Alan Rickman, Richard E Grant and Derek Jacobi.

Meanwhile entertainer Jim Davidson will host a nautical special from aboard a Royal Navy ship.

Davidson, who frequently performs for the armed forces, will be entertaining troops aboard HMS Invincible in a programme called Homeward Bound For Christmas.

The programme will be screened directly before the traditional Queen's Christmas message.

Jim Davidson
All aboard: Jim Davidson goes to sea

BBC One's third comic offering will be be a festive get together with The Royle Family.

Other include The Ballad Of Big Al, the channel's first ever science programme to be scheduled on Christmas Day.

Using the latest animated techniques it recreates the life story of a male Allosaurus dinosaur, which roamed the world 147 million years ago.

BBC One controller Lorraine Heggessey said: "I take pride in this schedule that offers the first science programme ever to be scheduled on Christmas Day through, to some of the best original comedy, showcasing the UK's most talented comedians."

Titanic premiere

The terrestrial premiere of the blockbuster, Titanic, starring Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio, will also be aired.

Another treat for movie buffs will be the terrestrial premiere of 101 Dalmatians on Boxing Day.

Fans of EastEnders will get two Christmas Day visits to Albert Square, while the final moments of the Castaway community on the island of Taransay will be screened on New Year's Eve.

Winter 2001 line-up

Ms Heggessey also unveiled the channel's line-up for winter 2001.

It includes Ronan Bennett's Rebel Heart, the story of passion and patriotism in Ireland in 1916, and Sue Townsend's latest Adrian Mole creation, The Cappuccino Years.

Stephen Tomkinson and Nick Berry will be starring as undercover detectives in gritty drama In Deep.

Michelle Collins and comedian Paul Kaye star in Two Thousand Acres Of Sky, a drama about a single mother desperate to escape inner city life.

Returning dramas include Clocking Off, Monarch Of The Glen, Ballykissangel, Casualty and Holby City.

Comedy highlights include Lee Evans's first situation comedy, Lee Evans - So What Now.

Pauline Quirke will star in Office Gossip, her first sitcom since Birds Of A Feather.

Ms Heggessey said the channel is investing almost 60 million in new drama which will mean 13 brand new titles over the next three months.

"The added investment in BBC One is already visible on the screen," she added.

"We have been able to offer the viewer 20% more drama than last winter."

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