The BBC celebrates the life of Bernard Cribbins over Christmas

The life of Bernard Cribbins will be hosted by the BBC at Christmas.

He was a veteran actor who starred in Carry On, Doctor Who and 1970’s The Railway Children, who died in July at the age of 93.

Radio 4 Extra will feature a series of programming and broadcast interviews about the Cribbins – who have also played in radio versions of The Jungle Book, The Wind In The Willows and The Silver Chair – on December 29.

BBC Radio and BBC Sounds are announcing their schedules for the festive period, which includes Sir Cliff Richard speaking to Radio 2’s Sara Cox at Abbey Road Studios in London.


Chris Eubank and Sir Cliff Richard during the Platinum Celebration in front of Buckingham Palace (Hannah McKay/PA)

Radio listeners will also hear gospel music featuring singer Mica Paris, a seasonal French soundtrack featuring First Dates star Fred Sirieix and a West End Christmas special featuring singer Elaine Paige.

There will also be a solo session on Anneka Rice’s Junior Choice, its 70th anniversary, and on Christmas Day radio, DJ Steve Wright will count down the exclusive Top 40 chart of Christmas number one songs. .

On Radio 1, Clara Amfo will reveal her hottest record of the year and The Official Chart Show With Jack Saunders will reveal the number one Christmas record.

Elsewhere, on Radio 4’s Today programme, Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, Bjorn Ulvaeus, Jamie Oliver, Sir Jeremy Fleming, Dame Sharon White, Lord Ian Botham and Anne-Marie Imafidon will take on the role of guest editors. .

Steven Spielberg, Cate Blanchett and Kirsty Young were among those abandoned by Lauren Laverne during the festive period on the Desert Island Plate.


Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe to be guest editor on Today (Ian West/PA)

TV chef Delia Smith also joins Sheila Dillon in her kitchen for a special festive edition of The Food Show while Mark Gatiss and Reverend Richard Coles join the ghost hunt in the eerie Christmas episode of The Food Show. Danny Robins.

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Agatha Christie is reimagined with the new Marple: Three New Stories while Charles Dickens’ ghost story The Signalman is narrated by theater director and playwright Jonathan Holloway.

Amazing actress Jane Horrocks also opened her diary to provide insight into her love affair with rock singer Ian Dury.

On BBC Radio 6 Music, Icelandic singer-songwriter Bjork, British singer-songwriter Self Esteem, real name Rebecca Lucy Taylor, American singer John Grant and Canadian electronic music singer Peaches, real name is Merrill Nisker, will run the festival takeovers.

Radio 3 will see a special performance of A Christmas Carol with Mel Giedroyc and BBC Singers, Inside Music by choir leader Gareth Malone and annual Sound Walks by Horatio Clare.


Amazing actress Jane Horrocks opens her diary to provide insight into her love affair with rock singer Ian Dury (Ian West/PA)

5 Live watch festival specials by Colin Murray, Nihal Arthanayake, Stacey Dooley, Elis James and John Robins, all of whom are featured on the Christmas shows.

Meanwhile, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales will have West End star Louise Dearman and Big Band singer Matt Ford perform concerts in Cardiff and Swansea.

The BBC Symphony Orchestra will premiere The Hound Of The Baskervilles with Mark Gatiss, who plays Mycroft Holmes in Sherlock, and comedian Sanjeev Bhaskar as Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson.

From BBC World Service, there will be a mid-winter audio drama The Dark Is Rising, starring Sense And Sensibility actress Harriet Walter and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy actor Toby Jones.

1Xtra will also be hosting an online Christmas Party on December 1 with some surprise guests and special live performances.

There will also be Christmas episodes of You’re Dead To Me, Pressed, Uncanny, BBC Sounds’s The Big Green Money Show and Scarlett Moffatt Wants To Believe.

Comedian Romesh Ranganathan, I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! Babatunde star Aleshe and singer Sophie Ellis-Bextor will also be adding their remixes to Back To Back Sounds’ Christmas and New Year’s elongated tracks. The BBC celebrates the life of Bernard Cribbins over Christmas

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