David Walliams, David Attenborough, David Beckham, Darcey Bussell, Downton Abbey, Doctor Who, Dickens… the alliteration may stop there, but not the sense of déjà vu as television broadcasts a host of new productions within what is a now well-established template.
The drama front is very promising, with an excellent new Agatha Christie adaptation, And Then There Were None, and the eagerly awaited one-off Victorian episode of Sherlock a fitting climax to the holiday viewing.
The Cuban ballet star’s final performance on the main stage at Covent Garden as he bids farewell to the Royal Ballet after nearly 20 years. It’s a pared-down version of Bizet’s Carmen, introduced by Darcey Bussell, who can be seen later tonight in Darcey’s Ballet Heroes (8.50pm BBC2), the Strictly judge (as we now think of her) paying tribute to her male dance heroes.
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