‘Will they be giving refunds?’ Fury as BBC announces identical Christmas line-up

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On Christmas Day from 5.10 pm the BBC will broadcast Strictly Come Dancing, followed by Michael McIntyre’s The Wheel, then Blankety Blank Christmas Special, Call the Midwife, EastEnders, Mrs Brown’s Boys, and at 10.55 pm The Vicar of Dibley. The running order of programmes is exactly the same lineup as last year, albeit with the shows starting slightly later

Reflecting echoes of last year, one viewer said: “It’s a very disappointing line-up. It looks more like Groundhog Day than Christmas Day.”

Another person wrote on Twitter: “Heard someone on the radio earlier saying not to expect any new content from the BBC for this year and most of next so just a list of repeats. Will they be giving refunds?

Also taking to social media, another user said: “After Sky and BT reduced monthly payments while that weren’t providing the full service, why is no one asking why the BBC aren’t reducing the licence fee next year to compensate for the repeats and other dross they’ve been putting out?”

‘Auntie’ as it’s affectionately known does have some new shows planned for Christmas, however.

Highlights are likely to include A Very British Scandal, a new series starring Claire Foy and Paul Bettany, as the Duchess and Duke of Argyll, who were involved in the prominent divorce case in the 1960s.

Around the World in 80 Days is a new adaptation of the classic novel by Jules Verne starring David Tennant while the psychological thriller The Girl Before, adapted from the novel by the same name, will also be shown.

Entertainment for children lined up on the BBC includes Aardman Animation’s Shaun the Sheep: The Flight Before Christmas and an adaptation of the popular book Superworm, narrated by Olivia Colman, Matt Smith and Rob Brydon.

A new Christmas animation, The Abominable Snow Baby, featuring the voice of Julie Walters will be broadcast on Channel 4, which will also broadcast The Alternative Christmas Message.

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Overall, nearly one-third of BBC1 programmes from December 18 to 31 will be repeats, with eight on Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

On BBC2, three-quarters of the shows will have been broadcast before.
Multiple complaints have started to emerge over the BBC licence fee, which currently stands at £159 per year.

Plans to scrap the fee for pensioners was overturned causing an outcry.
Up to 750,000 pensioners are refusing to pay for a TV licence in protest after free licences for over-75s were scrapped.

The protesters, who make up 14 per cent of the UK’s population of their age range, have ignored the flurry of reminders they have been given and are holding strong.

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The BBC is now facing a £117million funding shortfall unless the over-75s fork over the £157.50 fee.

Over-75s were able to watch terrestrial channels live for free for 20 years until the Government scrapped the scheme last year.

At present, using a television receiver without a valid licence can lead to prosecution, a court appearance and a fine of up to £1,000.

In some cases, where there is a refusal to pay the fine and where all other enforcement methods have been tried, a person can be sent to jail.

Some pensioners have stated they are willing to go to jail over the matter.

The head of the Silver Voices movement, Dennis Reed said: “A large hardcore group are willing to go the whole hog on this if they have to, including jail. I get emails all the time saying things like, ‘At least I’ll get free TV there’.”

He added: “I’m sure the Government doesn’t want to see… people in the eighties and nineties being fined and then carted off to jail if they don’t pay the fine,” whilst speaking to the media in June.

Thousands of people have signed a petition calling for the Government to scrap the “imposed tax.”

Very few countries around the world have TV licences.

In Europe, only Austria has a licence fee more expensive than that of the UK, coming in at around £272 (€320).

The BBC was contacted and provided the following statement.

“BBC One’s Christmas Day line-up proved a winning formula last year with Call the Midwife, Blankety Blank, Strictly and The Wheel taking the top four spots so we know viewers look forward to brand new specials of their favourite shows, and then spending Boxing Day onwards indulging in our gripping new dramas or streaming more boxsets than ever before on iPlayer”

They also said: “We are not showing repeats on Christmas Day, but new original episodes of Call the Midwife, Strictly, Blankety Blank, The Wheel and Mrs Brown’s Boys, as well as Superworm, the new animation from Julia Donaldson. For clarity, it’s the lineup that’s similar, not the shows themselves.”

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