❉ We look back on the festive tradition of the BBC’s A Ghost Story for Christmas series, which was revived in 2005.
❉ ‘Crackanory’ returns from Monday 30 January on Dave, previewing exclusively on UKTV Play from Monday 23 January.
❉ A major eight-part drama for BBC One starts on 7 January 2017.
❉ Mark Gatiss on what to expect from the eagerly awaited return of ‘Sherlock’.
❉ Mark F. Cain’s Quatermass compendium is free from 20 to 24 December 2016 as part of a festive promotion.
❉ ‘The Last Five Years’ to air on the night before what would have been Bowie’s 70th birthday, Beeb comp for 13 January.
❉ Tracy-Ann Oberman on her iconic roles, comedy CV, cult faves, ‘Bette & Joan & Baby Jane’ and being a rebellious geek.
❉ We review ‘Totally Tasteless’, Richard Marson’s biography of the most controversial figure in the history of Doctor Who.
❉ Festive balls galore, as Sam Michael guides you through Auntie Beeb’s best Christmas idents…
❉ This year’s annual celebration of recovered archive television entertained across the board. Though possibly not if you’re a boa constrictor.