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The BBC always serves up some great festive treats, and this year is no exception. Comedy fans will be cock-a-hoop with specials from Alan Partridge and The League of Gentlemen, while a new adaptation of 'Little Women' will please fans of period drama.

Little Women

little women Louisa May Alcott's classic novel has been adapted by 'Call the Midwife' creator Heidi Thomas, so you know it's in safe hands. Angela Lansbury, Michael Gambon and Emily Watson star in the tale of the March family, set at the time of the American Civil War.

Doctor Who Christmas Special

jodie whittaker doctor who Peter Capaldi's swansong sees him regenerate into Jodie Whittaker, the first female to play the Doctor. Longrunning showrunner Steve Moffat will also hand over to Chris Chibnall, the creator of 'Broadchurch'. All change then. But as the Doctor well knows, change is a constant, not something to be feared.

The League of Gentlemen Anniversary Specials

Would you believe it, it's been 20 years since the twisted world of Royston Vasey first erupted onto our screens. These specials sees the show's creators Mark Gatiss, Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton reprise their host of bizarre creations in what's sure to be some darkly comic fare. A nice antidote to the festive schmaltz that's all too common at this time of year.

Alan Partridge: Why, When, Where, How and Whom?

alan partridge alpha papa He's hosted his own chat show, killed a man live on air, written two books and lived in a Travel Tavern, but now Partridge is back on the Beeb, with a new series coming next year. This retrospective documentary looks back at his irrepressible rise.

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