BBC One viewers can expect a déjà vu this Christmas Day, with the exact same lineup as last year

BBC One is taking festive repeats to new heights with a Christmas Day lineup identical to the one it presented last year.

BBC One viewers can expect a déjà vu this Christmas Day, with the exact same lineup as last year
© Provided by The Telegraph Mrs Brown’s Boys Christmas Special is one of the programmes to be broadcast by the BBC’s flagship channel on Christmas Day

Viewers tuning in to the BBC’s flagship channel from teatime onwards will have a distinct sense of déjà vu.

The schedule comprises a Strictly Come Dancing special followed by Michael McIntyre’s Christmas Wheel, Blankety Blank, Call the Midwife, EastEnders, Mrs Brown’s Boys and a repeat of The Vicar of Dibley.

The broadcaster screened the same shows, in the same order, in 2020.

On Christmas Day morning, there will be repeats of the animated Julia Donaldson stories Zog, Zog and the Flying Doctors, Stick Man and Shaun the Sheep: The Flight Before Christmas – the last of these originally screened less than 24 hours earlier.

The only original content is the new Julia Donaldson adaptation, Superworm, showing at 2.30pm before The Queen’s Christmas message.

BBC One viewers can expect a déjà vu this Christmas Day, with the exact same lineup as last year
© Provided by The Telegraph Christmas Day 2021
BBC One viewers can expect a déjà vu this Christmas Day, with the exact same lineup as last year
© Provided by The Telegraph Christmas Day 2020 BBC One lineup

The two family films shown on the day will be The Secret Life of Pets 2 and Mary Poppins Returns, both of which have been available on streaming services for over two years.

The traditional Christmas Day church service, this year from Coventry Cathedral, remains in the schedule, as does the Top of the Pops Christmas Special, which survives despite the fact Top of the Pops was cancelled in 2006.

Continuing the trend of recent years, BBC bosses have chosen Boxing Day to launch their major new dramas.

The first two episodes of the eight-part Around the World in 80 Days, starring David Tennant as Phileas Fogg, will air on BBC One at tea-time.

The 9pm Boxing Day slot will be taken by the first episode of A Very British Scandal, which dramatises the scandalous 1960s divorce of the Duke and Duchess of Argyll. The drama will be broadcast over three consecutive nights, although all the episodes will be made available as a box set on iPlayer after episode one.

BBC One viewers can expect a déjà vu this Christmas Day, with the exact same lineup as last year
© Provided by The Telegraph Claire Foy stars in A Very British Scandal, which airs at 9pm on Boxing Day on BBC One – Chris Raphael

For those staying in on New Year’s Eve, the schedule comprises festive editions of The Weakest Link, a Question of Sport, MasterChef, Have I Got News For You and The Graham Norton Show, culminating in a music extravaganza featuring Kylie Minogue, Pet Shop Boys and Years and Years.

The lack of innovation is down to ratings, as last year’s lineup trounced ITV and executives have decided not to leap into the unknown.

A BBC source said: “BBC One’s Christmas Day lineup proved a winning formula last year with Call the Midwife, Blankety Blank, Strictly and The Wheel taking the top four spots.

“We know viewers look forward to brand new specials of their favourite shows, and then spending Boxing Day onwards indulging in new dramas or streaming boxsets on iPlayer.”

The main draws in ITV’s Christmas Day lineup are a special edition of The Masked Singer – called The Masked Singalong – and a feature-length version of The Larkins.

On Boxing Day, Billy Connolly: My Absolute Pleasure will feature the comedian showing viewers around his newly adopted home in the Florida Keys, while sharing a personal selection of his favourite stand-up routines.

Channel 4’s original Christmas Day offering is an adaptation of Terry Pratchett’s story The Abominable Snowbaby, starring Dame Julie Walters and narrated by David Harewood.

Channel 5 has opted for a selection of films from the 1980s, 1990s and early 2000s, including Father of the Bride, You’ve Got Mail and Rain Man.

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