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Final Ronnies in festive line-up
Ronnie Corbett, Ronnie Barker
Ronnie Corbett has recorded a special tribute to his late colleague
The final TV recording of The Two Ronnies is among the highlights of the BBC's Christmas viewing schedule.

The late Ronnie Barker was brought back together with Ronnie Corbett earlier in the year to present their favourite sketches from past festive shows.

Comedy trio the Goodies are reunited for a similar programme, and there are also special editions of Dr Who, Little Britain and Strictly Come Dancing.

Film highlights include Toy Story 2, Chicago and Minority Report.

Ray Winstone takes on the lead role in a BBC film version of Victorian horror tale Sweeney Todd while Oscar-nominated actress Imelda Staunton appears in My Family And Other Animals, an adaptation of biologist Gerald Durrell's autobiography.

In Celebrate Oliver, Shane Richie explores Lionel Bart's musical version of the Dickens' story.

New Doctor Who

The Two Ronnies filmed their festive show on the back of the success of The Two Ronnies Sketchbook series this year.

Shane Richie
Shane Richie explores the musical Oliver

The programme includes a specially recorded tribute introduction from Corbett and music from Katie Melua.

In the Strictly Come Dancing special, top-scoring couples from the past will face contestants from the US version of the show.

The comedy line-up on BBC Two also includes a Catherine Tate Christmas special and a documentary on Tony Hancock featuring archive footage and recollections.

Dame Judi Dench and Geoffrey Palmer return for two As Time Go By specials.

And actor David Tennant will make his debut as the new Doctor Who on Christmas Day.

Shared viewing

There will also be Christmas editions of Only Fools And Horses spin-off the Green Green Grass, EastEnders and another tie-up for the stars of medical dramas Casualty and Holby City.

Toy Story image
Toy Story 2 is among the film highlights

Graham Norton follows in the footsteps of past Generation Game hosts with a one-off celebrity version of the game show.

Digital viewers will get to see a collection of programmes celebrating Sherlock Holmes creator Arthur Conan Doyle and the Little Britain special in which Matt Lucas and David Walliams introduce their favourite moments from the hit comedy in front of a studio audience.

"Christmas is one of the biggest times of the year for shared viewing," said BBC director of television Jana Bennett.

"With this in mind, we have put together a line-up that we believe everyone can enjoy together.

"In addition, through our digital channels, we are able to broaden the BBC's holiday line-up by running a rich variety of great comedy, drama and arts that complement the mainstream offering."




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