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BBC Two announce Christmas specials of channel favourites.

University Challenge

Over ten nights, graduates play for the honour of their university. To qualify, they'll need to have attended the institution they're playing for and, having earned their degree, to have gone on to make an impact in their chosen field. We can expect to see faces famous from the television screen, journalism and the literary world, alongside some of the UK's leading experts in the most bafflingly obscure fields of study.

Only Connect

Victoria Coren Mitchell is back in the host’s chair for Only Connect: the series where knowledge will only take you so far. Patience and lateral thinking are also vital.


Sandi Toksvig hosts the seasonal QI Christmas Quiz in the company of Chris McCausland, Justin Moorhouse, Holly Walsh, and Alan Davies. Find out how to get a reindeer into a submarine, what happened when the children of Dijon turned against Santa Claus, and why the Immaculate Conception isn’t what you think it is - and watch the panel set not one, not three, but two new Christmas-themed world records.

Mock The Week

Dara Ó Briain is joined-as ever-by Hugh Dennis along with many of the brilliant young comedians who have appeared in the most recent series of the topical panel show. There’ll be the traditional Yuletide Scenes We’d Like to See, a Newsreel from Hugh and unseen material.

Frankie Boyle's New World Order 2020

Frankie Boyle returns with his New World Order end of year special where, with the help of his guests, he’ll dissect the bewildering year that was 2020. The show features Frankie at his satirical best as he reviews and discusses all the big stories from the last 12 months along with a selection of unbelievable clips.

Jools’ Annual Hootenanny

Jools and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra will be joined by special guests and there will be some classic treats from the archive, providing a soundtrack to seeing in the New Year. In addition, on New Year’s Day, BBC Four will broadcast the best of Jools’ Annual Hootenanny, in which Jools will look back at many of the memorable performances from the 28 year history of the programme.


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