Mince pies, Christmas crackers, all those "Keep Calm and Jingle On" T-shirts — and now television.
This year, Americans can celebrate a very British Christmas without leaving their homes, much less braving
In the U.S., television traditionally surrenders to film during Christmas week; while all those big movies open at the cinema, most American series go on a hiatus to make room for the many Christmas classics one needs to watch at home — "
In the U.K., however, the flat-screen rules. All manner of Christmas specials gather merrymakers in their paper crowns away from the plum pudding to the electronic hearth; this year, Americans can join in too.
Always gorgeous, inevitably clever and often a time of character transition, the
Dec. 24 will be chock full of previous Christmas specials on BBC America, and
Not to be outdone,
For Christmas spirit, it's tough to beat a show about a British midwifery run by nuns and nurses in London's East End during the 1950s — cue mince pies, Christmas pageants and lots and lots of babies. More important, Vanessa Redgrave, who has provided the show's voice-over since it debuted in 2012, appears in all her exquisite glory to bookend the episode.
"Vicious," which follows it, stars
Paper crowns optional.
'Call the Midwife Holiday Special'
When: 8 p.m. Thursday
Rating: TV-14 (may be unsuitable for children under the age of 14)
Where: BBC America
When: 9 p.m. Thursday
Rating: TV-PG (may be unsuitable for young children)
When: 9:20 p.m. Thursday