Here are our top tips for your classic literary Christmas TV viewing

While 2016 won’t be a vintage year for classic adaptations, there are still some bits and pieces to look out for

So here it is. Merry Christmas. Everybody’s having fun. You’re having fun, right?

2016 certainly won’t be looked upon fondly by most of us. But we’ll save our Review of the Year until next week. For now, we’re going to persevere with the festive spirit and ponder the literary Christmas treats the TV schedules are going to serve up over the next week or so.

While 2016 (you’ve guessed it) won’t be a vintage year for classic adaptations (our disappointment at there not being a Dickensian 2 is matched only by our disappointment at there not being a re-run of the original), there are still some bits and pieces to look out for.

The big highlight is the return of Sherlock, with series (season?) four starting its three-episode run on BBC One (and PBS, Statesiders!) on New Year’s Day. Apparently it’s ‘dark’, with Moriarty making a much anticipated return.

Staying with BBC One, we also have To Walk Invisible, a costume drama inspired by the lives of the Brontë sisters (and brother!) as they find their respective ways as writers. It sounds intriguing to say the least, so be sure to tune in on December 29th – and look out for our review from Sally Minogue on our blog the following day.

Perennial panto favourite Peter Pan also makes an appearance on (you guessed it) BBC One on New Year’s Eve in the form of Peter Pan Goes Wrong – the small screen adaptation of the West End musical adaptation of JM Barrie’s classic.

Away from the small screen, our esteemed blogger Stefania Ciocia recently went to see the Sally Cookson production of Peter Pan at the National Theatre – You can read her full review here. And if you want to see its theatrical magic (and thought-provoking choices) in person, it’s playing until February 4th.

And if you’re still hankering for a slice of Dickens, you’ll be able to find Great Expectations on More4 on Boxing Day.

Finally, as usual we’ve not sent out Christmas cards to our partners – instead, we’ve made a donation to Leukaemia charity Bloodwise in memory of our co-founder, Mike Trayler.

We hope you have a lovely Christmas break and hopefully catch some of the above while working through the mince pies.

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