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BBC Christmas TV schedule: From Watership Down, The ABC Murder, Luther season 5 to Les Misérables


The BBC has unveiled its Christmas TV schedule for 2018, revealing a line-up that features iconic detectives, animated rabbits, and 19th century classics.

John Malkovich's Poirot leads the way, starring as the iconic character alongside Harry Potter'S Rupert Grint in an adaptation of Agatha Christie's The ABC Murderers.

A star-studded version of Watership Down – featuring the voices of James McAvoy, Nicolas Hoult, John Boyega, Olivia Coleman, Ben Kingsley, Gemma Arterton, and Peter Capaldi – will also debut on BBC One, as will a six-part version of Les Misérables starring Dominic West, David Oyelowo and Lily Collins.

Other dramas include a three-part adaptation of The Long Song, with Tamara Lawrence and Hayley Atwell, and the return of Idris Elba's Luther In the series of fifth season

Returning to the BBC Call the Midwife, Mrs. Brown's Boys, Still Open All Hours, Strictly Come Dancing, Michael McIntyre's Big Christmas Show, and Hold the Sunset.

There are also live episodes of Lee Mack's Not Going Out and Stephen Merchant's new comedy Click & Collect on the way Two previously lost episodes of Morecambe and Wise – which were discovered in a cinema in Sierra Leone – will also be broadcast.

This year's Doctor Who Special has been moved to New Year's Day, with Jodie Whittaker's character said to be tackling a "terrifying evil" that has been stirring across the centuries of Earth's history.

Documentaries this year will explore the lives of comedian Billy Connolly, writer Andrew Davies and storyteller Raymond Briggs. There is also a food special featuring Great British Bake Off'S Mary Berry and Nadiya Hussain.

The BBC is the first major channel to announce its full Christmas schedule, with Channel 4 and ITV having only revealed parts of theirs.

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