This Christmas, prepare to snuggle on the sofa with another brilliant TV adaptation, as Little Women is coming to the BBC.
Sure to be one of the highlights of the Christmas TV schedule, it boasts an all-star cast and has been adapted for the small screen by a talented writer.
It’s also sure to be something to really look forward to as the year winds down to an end.
Here’s everything you need to know about the BBC adaptation of Little Women.
When’s it on? How can I watch it in the UK?
The first episode is on BBC One on Tuesday 26 December at 8pm; the second episode will air at the same time on the 27, while the final episode will be at the slightly later time of 8:30pm on Thursday 28 December.
What is it?
A three-part adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s seminal novel about the lives of four women, from childhood to adulthood, and the story of their love, lives and everything in between, set against the backdrop of the American Civil War.
Who’s in it?
This adaptation of Little Women boasts a very impressive cast.
The eponymous Little Women are set to be played by Maya Thurman-Hawke as Jo with Willa Fitzgerald (Misfortune) as eldest daughter, Meg, while Annes Elwy (Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams) plays Beth and Kathryn Newton (Big Little Lies) takes the role of the youngest sister, Amy.
Mrs March, the infamous family matriarch, will be portrayed by Emily Watson (Apple Tree Yard).
The miniseries will also star Angela Lansbury (Murder, She Wrote, The Manchurian Candidate) as Aunt March, the girls’ wealthy relative.
She’s joined by Michael Gambon (Harry Potter) as affable neighbour Mr. Laurence.
Call the Midwife creator Heidi Thomas is the writer behind this adaptation, with Vanessa Caswill (Thirteen, My Mad Fat Diary) directing the series.
Has this been adapted before?
Yes! Little Women has always been a popular book, and it’s been similarly popular on screen, too.
There have been four movies – two silent films, one in the 1930s and another in the 1940s – as well as four TV series (including a Japanese anime), and an American opera.
You’re probably most likely to know the 1994 movie, which starred – among others – Winona Ryder, Christian Bale and Susan Sarandon.
Why should I watch it?
Because it’s a prestige adaptation of one of the most enduring novels in American literature, from the pen of a successful writer and realised by some particularly talented actors.
What more could you want from your Christmas costume drama?
What's on TV over the Christmas and New Year period?
Mary, Mel and Sue's Big Christmas Thank You
The holy trinity of The Great British Bake Off – Mary Berry, Mel Giedoryc and Sue Perkins – reunite for a festive programme which sees them put on a Christmas dinner for a community centre in South Wales.
Airs Christmas Eve, 7pm, BBC One
The Yorkshire Vet At Christmas
Who doesn't love heartwarming tales about animals at Christmas? We're hoping for plenty of furry friends to bring some Christmas cheer as the vet helps through the cold weather.
Airs Christmas Eve, 8pm, Channel 5
Christmas Chase: Celebrity Special
Patti Clare, Matt Richardson, Kirsty Wark and Jimmy Osmond take on Chasers The Barrister, The Sinnerman, The Vixen, The Governess and The Beast in a Dickensian-themed festive edition of the popular game show.
Airs Christmas Eve, 5.50pm, ITV
David Walliams and Sheridan Smith star in this oddball comedy about a girl called Zoe who befriends a dancing rat. Walliams plays Zoe's absentee father with Smith playing her wicked stepmother. Should be a good one to watch with all the family.
Airs Christmas Eve, 6pm, Sky 1
Jenna Coleman and Tom Hughes star as Queen Victoria and Albert in a festive version of Daisy Goodwin's hit historical drama. A pregnant Victoria is in a low mood as she faces her first Christmas without Baroness Lehzen, however her husband is hell bent on having the best Christmas ever.
Meanwhile there's love in the air below stairs as Skerrett and Francatelli try to hide their romance. Expect to get the warm and fuzzies as the palace is transformed into a festive wonderland.
Airs Christmas Day, 9pm, ITV
In Twice Upon A Time, the Doctor teams up with Bill Potts and the first Doctor as they try to survive in an Arctic snowscape. They encounter enchanted glass people, who steal their victims from frozen time, and a World War One Captain taken from the trenches to play his part in the story.
It will also see Jodie Whittaker's first appearance as The Doctor in what promises to be a hugely emotional swansong for star Peter Capaldi.
Airs Christmas Day, 5.30pm, BBC One
Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special
Former Strictly stars Kimberley Walsh, Jeremy Vine, Judy Murray, Katie Derham, Colin Jackson and Robbie Savage take to the floor once more to win the glitterball trophy for Christmas.
Airs Christmas Day, 6.30pm, BBC One
Call The Midwife
Set in the bleak midwinter of 1963, Call The Midwife Christmas episode will definitely look festive. How will the nuns, midwives and families deal with the adverse weather?
Elsewhere, Valerie Dyer will help an unmarried couple prepare for the arrival of their baby, and Trixie's holiday with Christopher gets cancelled.
Airs Christmas Day, 7.40pm, BBC One
Mrs Brown's Boys
This comedy starring Brendan O'Caroll as a foul-mouthed Irish matriarch always cleans up in the ratings at this time of year, and 2017 should be no different.
It'll be far from a silent night for Agnes as Cathy's got a new internet date, Rory is undergoing plastic surgery and Grandad is convinced the house is haunted.
Kicking off on Christmas Day, it will be followed by the second half on 1 January, 2018.
Airs Christmas Day, 10pm, BBC One and New Year's Day, 10pm, BBC One
The Great British Bake Off
Channel 4 are being lovely and giving us two servings of The Great British Bake Off this month, with The Great Christmas Bake Off and The Great Festive Bake Off.
Val Stones, Paul Jagger, Beca Lyne-Perkis and Selasi Gbormittah are among the contestants back in the Bake Off tent for one more shot at the GBBO trophy for Christmas. Who will rise to the challenge?
Airs Christmas Day, 7.40pm, Channel 4 and New Year's Day, 7.40pm, Channel 4
The Highway Rat
A rat who steals food could be headed for trouble in this lovely animation, guaranteed to be a treat for kids big and small.
Based on the picture books by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, David Tennant and Rob Brydon are among the star-studded cast.
Airs Christmas Day, 4.45pm, BBC One
300 Years Of French And Saunders
We're expecting plenty of belly laughs as legendary comediennes Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders look back at 30 years in the business. The ladies are set to spoof popular TV shows for the special, including The Handmaid's Tale and reality TV shows that document drunken antics in holiday resorts. We can't wait!
Airs Christmas Day, 10.35pm, BBC One
The creator of Call The Midwife, Heidi Thomas, is bringing Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel to the small screen.
Alcott’s story, published in 1868, follows four sisters – Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy – and their journey from childhood to adulthood. It was loosely based on the author and her own three sisters.
The BBC have teased that Thomas' adaptation will bring in a whole new generation of viewers – and recapture the hearts of the old one we reckon.
Airs Boxing Day, 8pm, BBC One
Sandringham: The Queen At Christmas
Royal family fans can find out what goes down round the Queen's place at Christmas, from when the royals open their presents to whether they actually watch the Queen's speech.
Airs Boxing Day, 4.10pm, Channel 5
Jessie Burton's hit novel comes to life on the small screen. Set in Amsterdam in 1686 it tells the story of Nella, who comes upon a doll's house after she marries a wealthy merchant.
Airs Boxing Day, 9pm, BBC One
That Weird Bit Between Christmas And New Year
Alan Partridge: Why, When, Where, How and Whom?
To mark Alan Partridge's return to the BBC in 2018, Steve Coogan and the team who created Partridge 25 years ago appear in this retrospective documentary which fans of the comedy broadcaster will love.
Airs 27 December, 9pm, BBC 2
Miranda Does Christmas
This festive one-off programme sees comedian Miranda Hart host a Christmas bash with some special guests. Give it a watch, chums!
Airs 27 December, 9pm, Channel 4
Alan Carr: The Price Is Right
Alan Carr presents a revamped version of the classic game show.
Airs 30 December, 8pm, Channel 4
A Christmas Carol Goes Wrong
Following on from last year's Peter Pan Goes Wrong, the Mischief Theatre Company return with A Christmas Carol Goes Wrong, led by Sir Derek Jacobi and Dame Diana Rigg. Surely nothing could go pear-shaped with such legendary actors on board…
Airs 30 December, 7.10pm BBC One
New Year's Eve
Top Of The Pops
Clare Amfo steps into Reggie Yates' shoes for the first time as she joins Fearne Cotton to introduce the likes of Ed Sheeran, Rita Ora, Paloma Faith and Dua Lipa to the stage.
Airs 31 December, 4.05pm BBC One
Alan Carr's New Year Spectacular
Watch Channel 4's alternative new year show, as host Alan Carr is joined by Alex Brooker, Jonnie Peacock, Caroline Flack, Kim Woodburn and more for a New Year's Eve special.
Airs 31 December, 9pm Channel 4
The Graham Norton Show
Graham Norton is joined by Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Gary Goldman, Zendaya and Suranne Jones as he warms up viewers at home ahead of the midnight fireworks display.
Airs 31 December 10.20pm BBC One
Jools' Annual Hootenanny
Jools Holland's annual Hootenanny show sees him joined by Ed Sheeran, Rita Ora, Beth Ditto and more as the traditional way to see in the New Year takes place on BBC Two.
Airs 31 December 11.20pm BBC Two
Nile Rodgers & CHIC
Prepare to see out 2017 with two of the best music acts in the world as Nile Rodgers & CHIC play their biggest hits before the grand fireworks display.
Airs 31 December 11.20pm BBC One
New Year's Eve Fireworks
The London New Year's Eve Fireworks kick off at midnight – but make sure you tune in from 11.55pm to get the countdown. Nile Rodgers & CHIC will then return to the stage after the spectacular show.
Airs 31 December 11.55pm BBC One
New Year's Day
James Norton plays Alex Godman, the English-raised son of Russian exiles with a mafia history that threatens to rear its ugly head.
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Airs New Year's Day, 9pm, BBC One
Grandpa's Great Escape
David Walliams' heart-warming, best-selling book comes to the small screen. It tells the story of Grandpa, a World War II flying ace, who is suffering from Alzheimer's and is moved to Twilight Towers, an old people's home run by the crafty Miss Dandy, who is using Twilight Towers for her own dastardly ends.
Airs New Year's Day, 6.55pm, BBC One
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