Christmas 2013: 7 TV Shows to Watch During Festive Holidays Including Sherlock Season 3, Doctor Who, Strictly Come Dancing and More [Video]

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By jaskiran kaur | December 3, 2013 7:29 PM EST

Christmas is around the corner. Packed with holidays and fun one can just sit back and relax at this time. This wonderful time of the year promises wonderful entertainment as some of the channels have announced its Christmas schedule for 2013 and there is no dearth of Christmas treats in form of TV shows, scheduled for that time. The festive season has 'Doctor Who,' Sherlock Season 3, 'Strictly Come Dancing' and more in offering.

Christmas 2013: Top 7 TV Shows to Watch During Festive Holidays

BBC1's 'Doctor Who'- 'The Time of the Doctor'

Making a return in a thrilling episode is the classic sci-fi show "Doctor Who" in its 50th year of broadcast. After its successful special 50th anniversary episode "The Day of the Doctor" the show will be showcasing "Doctor Who" Christmas Special Episode "The Time of the Doctor" on BBC1.

The show is taking a much anticipated turn and will feature Peter Capaldi's regeneration as 13th generation doctor.

Also, coming back are some of the most dangerous creatures of the universe which includes Weeping Angels, Daleks, Cybermen on the planet speculated to be Trenzalore.

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BBC1's Sherlock Season 3

Yet another much anticipated show that is making a return during the festive season is Sherlock Season 3. It is the year's one of the most anticipated shows and will be returning with its Sherlock Season 3 Episode 1 "The Empty Hearse" on Jan. 1, 2014.

When Sherlock makes a return, many questions will be answered. The answer to one mystery that fans are looking forward eagerly to, is related to the jump that he took from St. Bart's Hospital. Also, Sherlock will discover that John Watson is married to Mary Morstan who will become the "third wheel" in the story.

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BBC1's "Strictly Come Dancing"

BBC's 'Strictly Come Dancing' is also scheduled for Christmas. The reality dance show gets even more thrilling in its Christmas special episode. Featuring in this festive episode in the ballroom gala will be DJ Sara Cox, "EastEnder's" Ricky Norwood, "The Saturdays'" Rochelle Humes and more.

 ITV's 'Downtown Abbey'

ITV's "Downtown Abbey" will showcase two hour of special episode, set in summertime. There is a lot of drama that is expected to happen in its Christmas 2013 episode. Also, fans are expecting answers to the questions that were left unanswered at the end of season 4.

BBC1's 'Call The Midwife'

BBC1 has also lined up "Call the Midwife" for its Christmas schedule which is expected to have a wedding in store and an unexploded bomb. Along with that, Nonnatus House is closed down and its residents will find a new place to live in.

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BBC's 'Still Open All Hours'

Another BBC sitcom "Still Open All Hours" will make a return to a single special episode. The episode will feature all its central characters including the likes of Uncle Arkwright, Granville, Nurse Gladys and more. To add to the fun, Granville's son will also return in the Christmas special episode of "Still Open All Hours."

BBC1 "EastEnders" Christmas Special 2013

EastEnders' Christmas Special Episode has something exciting for the residents of Albert Square. The storyline of this episode focuses on the show's character Janine Butcher.

Besides these 7 TV shows, Christmas 2013 has many more TV shows lined up for festive holidays such as "Mrs Brown's Boys," "Gangsta Granny," "Moonfleet," "Sewing Bee" and more. So, make your plans accordingly as your favorite shows including "Sherlock" Season 3, "Doctor Who," "Strictly Come Dancing" and many more are here to fill your festive season with fun, entertainment and excitement.

Watch the trailer of 'Doctor Who' Christmas Special episode and 'Sherlock' Season 3, below.

Video: Sherlock Season 3 Episode 1 The Empty Hearse

CREDIT: Mannon H

Video: Doctor Who Christmas Special Episode Time of the Doctor


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