Holiday Shows

The holidays are here and BBC Select bring you a curated collection of shows to watch during this most wonderful time of the year.

Christmas Carols with Lucy Worsley

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Join historian Lucy Worsley on a journey to discover the stories behind some of our favorite Christmas songs and the history of carol singing.

Lucy quickly discovers that the origins of these festive carols suggest there’s more than meets the eye. From pagan fertility rituals and French renaissance jigs to a hymn for peace during World War One, learn more about the history of holiday traditions in this festive treat from the BBC.

Christmas in London

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London has to be one of the most Christmassy places on the planet. The ancient streets, historic buildings and memories of Dickens tales imbue it with a festive glow.

This glorious Chritmas travel documentary looks at the city’s rich yuletide history, plus fascinating information on how London celebrates the festive season, from the installation of the Oxford Street lights to Christmas mass at Westminster Abbey.

Christmas in New York: Inside the Plaza

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Synonymous with luxury, Manhattan’s magisterial Plaza Hotel has played host to presidents, movie stars and the mega-rich for decades. But when it comes to Christmas, the extravagance is kicked up a notch.

This access-all-areas documentary goes behind the scenes as the Plaza enters its busiest season. No request is denied to guests who expect festive opulence and non-stop, five-star service.

Deck The Halls: The Luxury Christmas Decorators

Deck The Halls: The Luxury Christmas Decorators

From massive trees to miles of twinkling lights, the UK’s busiest Christmas decorators race to transform some beloved British landmarks into winter wonderlands. From the Natural History Museum and Blenheim Palace to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, this fun and festive documentary shows the decorating Christmas elves tackling unique challenges and creating enchanting festive designs to wow visitors.

Joanna Lumley: In The Land of the Northern Lights

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BBC Select is heading north with actress Joanna Lumley as she pursues a life-long dream to witness the elusive Northern Lights in this moving documentary.

As a little girl growing up in Malaysia, Joanna had never seen snow or felt cold. She longed to head to the land of trolls and snow queens.

But she could never have guessed what a challenging and absorbing arctic adventure lay ahead of her.