December 06, 2009

BBC HD this Christmas

Quite a line up heading our way. Here's some of the detail from Head of BBC HD Danielle Nagler's latest blog post:
We'll be showing not just the final (two) appearances of David Tennant's Doctor Who (on Christmas and New Year's Day), but also specially made outings from The Royle Family, Gavin and Stacey, Catherine Tate, Cranford, and Victoria Wood. The week between Christmas and New Year will also see broadcasts of a remake of Day of the Triffids, The Turn of the Screw, and the Royal Shakespeare Company's Hamlet with David Tennant in the title role.

Christmas Eve will showcase music - we're showing South Pacific (the 1958 film of the musical), The Tsarina's Slippers (ballet from the Royal Opera House), and Carols from Kings. New Year's Eve will see what has become a regular date with Jools Holland's Hootenanny, and we're also using that day to show again the BBC Prom featuring the music of MGM.

We know that many of you value watching films in HD. I can reassure you that a lot of the films that the BBC is showing over Christmas will be on the channel. Please enjoy The Incredibles (on Christmas Day, following on from the Queen's Speech), Herbie: Fully Loaded, Flushed Away, and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (on Boxing Day), and 101 Dalmatians, Miss Potter, Chicken Run, Mary Poppins, the Wallace and Gromit films, at various other points.

My own personal treats to look forrward to over the period include the animation of Julia Donaldson's beautiful children's classic The Gruffalo (on Christmas Day afternoon), and Top Gear's trip to Bolivia showing on 27th December.


Dan Lucyszyn-Hinton said...

Are these films going to be upscaled or ("proper HD") 1080p?

Nialli said...

Movies shown on BBC HD are actually "downscaled" if anything, as the resolution of film is actually higher than HD.
Quality should be better than DVD but weaker than Blu-Ray for broadcast HD movies, but with BBC HD that may not be true (see recent posts on Picture Quality with the channel)

Adam said...

I notice E4 HD is coming soon to Sky HD people... (I have recently switched to Sky)

I did like Virgin but my Girlfriend works for Tesco and got a Staff offer on Sky HD we couldnt turn down!
Still got My t'internet with Virgin though so will still check out the blog from time to time!

tvsersity said...

Pretty weak line-up, but better I guess than C4 who have barely bothered, or ITV who didn't turn up at all.

HD in the UK is still it seems, something of a farce. At least we have blu-ray to save the day.