Merry HD Christmas from the BBCFestive Beeb TV schedule in high definition

02 December 2008


The BBC has unveiled its TV schedule for Christmas and New Year 2008, and there are plenty of high-definition treats for those with HD-ready or full-HD flat-panel TVs. 

According to the BBC website, there's a wide range of programmes that, as well as being broadcast on the corporation's standard definition channels, will also be simulcast on the BBC HD channel. 

High-definition (HD) TV offers more colours and a higher resolution picture compared to standard TV, which only has 625 horizontal lines. This can make HDTV images clearer, sharper, more detailed and life-like.

BBC Christmas highlights include films such as Wallace And Gromit In The Curse Of The Were-Rabbit; Toy Story 2; The Chronicles Of Narnia – The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe; and Pirates Of The Caribbean – Dead Man's Chest. There will also be HD versions of Starter For Ten, Lead Balloon, Casanova, and Brothers Grimm. 

The HD line-up will be completed by Shrek The Halls, another outing for Wallace and Gromit in A Matter Of Loaf And Death, as well as the Doctor Who Prom, The 39 Steps, and Lark Rise To Candleford.

HD Christmas specials

Popular programmes given the HD treatment for their Christmas specials include Strictly Come Dancing, Gavin and Stacey, The Royle Family, and After You've Gone. Jools Holland's annual New Year's Eve party, the Hootenanny will also be broadcast in high-definition.

There's still consumer confusion over HDTV, however. Which? TV expert Mike Briggs said: 'As with all high-definition LCD and plasma screens, an HD signal is required to actually watch in glorious HD. For HD pictures this currently means blu-ray discs, Freesat from Sky, freesat or games consoles such as the X-Box, Wii, or PS3. Which? has reviews of blu-ray players and Freeview and Freesat set-top boxes (STBs).'

The BBC HD channel is available on freesat, Sky and Virgin Media. For more details check out our .

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