December 2010 at the BFI

Doctor Who Christmas Special

Time for our regular look at what TV’s on at the South Bank in London in December. Things to look forward to include a salute to the London Palladium, some Christmas treats and a preview of the new Upstairs Downstairs.

Oh yes, and a preview of the Christmas episode of Doctor Who, complete with a Q&A with cast and crew.

  • 4th: Sunday Night at the London Palladium + rare fragments
    A rare episode of the TV show hosted by Tommy Trinder with Sarah Vaughan, plus other fragments and a charity concert.
  • 5th: Sunday Night at the London Palladium
    Hosted by Bruce Forsyth, an episode featuring Bobby Darin, Beryl Reid and Adam Faith.
  • 10th: The New London Palladium Show + The London Palladium Show
    Episodes hosted by Jimmy Tarbuck, one in colour, with Cliff Richard and Roy Orbison.
  • 13th: Doctor Who Christmas Special preview + Q&A
    A preview of the Christmas special, followed by a Q&A with members of the cast and crew. BFI members can enter the ballot for up to two paid tickets. The ballot closes on 5 November at 8.30pm. Any remaining tickets (as if) will then go on general release.
  • 15th: Upstairs Downstairs preview + Q&A
    A preview of the new series followed by a panel discussion and Q&A with members of the cast and crew.
  • 17th: Golden Gala
    An all-female concert at the London Palladium to celebrate 50 years of female emancipation. Includes Joanna LUmley, Petula Clark, Martie Caine, Mollie Sugden and the cast of The Rag Trade.
  • 20th: The BFI salutes the Palladium
    A collection of memorable moments, sometimes accompanied by live piano, to celebrate the Palladium’s 100th birthday.
  • 21st: Dinner for One, Personally Speaking, Late Night Line-Up: A Child’s Christmas in Wales + more Christmas treats
    The famous (but only in Germany and Scandinavia) comic sketch with Freddie Frinton; Alistair Sim’s monologue to camera about the problems of delivering a monologue to camera; a specially shot film illustrating Dylan Thomas’s poem; and a collection of treats, including Flanders and Swann, Diana Dors and The Goodies.
  • 22nd: Judy and Liza at the Palladium + Bob Hope at the Palladium
    Judy Garland and Liza Minnelli at the Palladium, followed by Bob Hope’s appearance with Richard Burton, Raquel Welch and Susan George.
  • 29th: Live from the Palladium
    Two episodes of the 1980s show, hosted by Jimmy Tarbuck. Features Bonnie Tyler, Roy Walker, Victor Borge, Kylie Minogue, Shirley Bassey, Steve Coogan, Mike Reid, Mike Oldfield and Brian Conley.

Champions’ priority booking: 11.30am November 1
Members’ priority booking opens: 11.30am November 2
Members’ ballot closes: 8.30pm November 5
Public booking opens: 11.30am November 9

Prices
£7.60 (members)
£5.25 (member concs)
£9.00 (non-members)
£6.65 (non-members concs)
Under 16s £5.

All shows are £5 on Tuesdays. Conc prices are available to senior citizens, students, unwaged and disability visitors. Proof of eligibility may be required.

As always, visit the BFI web site for more details.




  • Will you be checking out any of those events? I’m keen to see how ‘Upstairs, Downstairs’ fares, but I’m sure that will eventually cross over here.
    The real treat would have been to see the Alistair Sim piece. Sounds like fun!

  • That’s the one I’m tempted by, mainly because of Dinner for One, which I’ll never get round to watching on Google Video.