Christmas TV 2013: Our Picks

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After a long day of eating and unwrapping presents, there’s nothing better than settling down in front of the television on Christmas day. Here are The Edge’s TV picks for 2013!

1. Doctor Who

Doctor Who has inserted itself comfortably into the routine of Christmas day for many millions of viewers in the UK. After the recent 50th anniversary episode, fans are eager to see what will happen in Matt Smith’s last outing as The Doctor in an episode labelled ‘The Time of the Doctor.’  The BBC has issued a tantalizing synopsis:

‘Orbiting a quiet backwater planet, the massed forces of the universe’s deadliest species gather, drawn to a mysterious message that echoes out to the stars. Rescuing Clara from a family Christmas dinner, the Time Lord and his best friend must learn what this enigmatic signal means for his own fate and that of the universe.’

While the plot itself is shrouded in mystery, the BBC has also released a trailer for the episode. It looks like classic foes the Cybermen and the Daleks will be appearing once more. Catch the episode at 7.30pm on BBC1.

2. Downton Abbey

Loyal fans of Downton Abbey will be excited to learn that the popular period drama will be back on Christmas Day with a 2 hour long episode. According to the Radio Times, the downtonepisode will feature ‘royal visits, terrible scandals and moral dilemmas’, along with the arrival of the Americans. Considering the controversy that surrounded last year’s episode, is writer Julian Fellowes planning to shock the viewing public once more?

Tune in at 8.30pm on ITV1 on to find out!

3. Strictly Come Dancing

Adding a dose of glitz to the big day, Strictly Come Dancing’s Christmas Special will air on BBC1.  The six celebrities to be taking to the dancefloor are The Saturday’s Rochelle strictly christmasHumes, Radio 2 DJ Sara Cox, comedian and actor Rufus Hound, actress Elaine Page, singer Matt Goss and Eastenders actor Ricky Norwood. Each couple will ‘perform a special yuletide routine in a bid to be crowned 2013 Christmas champions and lift the famous silver trophy.’ (BBC). Sir Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly will be presenting what is sure to be a fantastically festive event.

4. Call the Midwife

The much loved drama will be returning to our screens at 6.15pm on BBC1. It has been callrevealed on the Radio Times website that the ‘East End midwives are set to come face-to-face with an unexploded WW2 bomb, which has the potential to rip Christmas, as well as the Poplar community, apart.’ The Christmas special will be followed by Series 3, which will air in 2014.

What will you be tuning in to this Christmas?

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