BBC One's Christmas TV guide has been released and viewers brand it ‘worst ever’

BBC One's Christmas schedule has received a less than warm reception from some viewers this year

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After the BBC One Christmas scheduling was revealed, viewers flocked to comment on how disgruntled they were with the broadcaster’s choices.

Some even went so far as to claim this year’s festive picks are the ‘worst ever’. Others were quick to state that they would be turning to Netflix as an alternative option. 

With everyone facing a very unusual Christmas after what has already been a very difficult year, many people will have been especially looking forward to settling down for some festive entertainment. 

Now it seems some have been left more than a little disappointed…

What have viewers said about the BBC’s Christmas scheduling?

Taking to Twitter to comment on the BBC’s excitedly shared Christmas scheduling, viewers did not seem in a mood to hold back.

One user wrote: ‘So other than Eastenders, and Strictly its all rubbish. Very disappointing’. 

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Whilst a fellow user said it was the ‘worst Christmas TV scheduling I have ever seen’. 

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Another echoed this: ‘Every year I think your Christmas schedule couldn't get worse,  but somehow you manage it’. 

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‘Yet another Netflix Crimbo for me thanks’ wrote another. 

Did anyone like what the BBC has to offer this Christmas?

Whilst many were less than thrilled by the BBC’s Christmas scheduling this year, some did step in to defend them.

‘There’s been a pandemic on, no one has been making content’ one user reminded everyone. 

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Another seconded this opinion, writing: ‘You may have not realised, but there’s been a massive pandemic this year making it difficult to film anything’. 

What can viewers expect to see on the BBC this Christmas?

The BBC’s Christmas scheduling may have taken some heavy criticism, but there are still many popular shows set to be shown this year. 

The Gruffalo, Call the Midwife, the Gavin & Stacey Christmas special, Paddington 2 and The Great British Sewing Bee Celebrity Christmas Special are all on over the Christmas period.

BBC One's Christmas Day schedule

8.55am - The Gruffalo

9.25am - The Gruffalo's Child

9.50am - Lou

10.00am - Christmas Day Service

11.00am - The Snail and the Whale

11.25am - Zog

11.55am - Top of the Pops Christmas Special

12.55pm - BBC News, Weather

1.10pm - Inner Workings

1.15pm - Film : Early Man

2.35pm - Zog and the Flying Doctors

3.00pm - The Queen

3.10pm - Film : Coco

4.45pm - Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special

6pm - Michael McIntyre's Christmas Wheel

7pm - Blankety Blank Christmas Special

7.40pm - Call the Midwife Christmas Special

9.10pm - EastEnders

10.05pm - Mrs Brown's Boys

10.35pm - The Vicar of Dibley

11.25pm - BBC News

11.35pm - Weather

11.40pm - On Christmas Night

11.45pm - Paul McCartney at the Cavern Club

So whilst the BBC One Christmas scheduling may not be to everyone’s taste this year, there are still plenty of options to enjoy.

Emma Shacklock

Emma is a Royal Editor with seven years of experience working in digital publishing. Her specialist areas including literature, the British Royal Family and knowing all there is to know about the latest TV shows on the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and every streaming service out there. When she’s not writing about the next unmissable show to add to your to-watch list or delving into royal protocol, you can find Emma cooking and watching yet more crime dramas.