The BBC’s Christmas cinema tour brings some of the corporation’s biggest festive offerings to the big screen.

The Beeb will pay tribute to the King of Knotty Ash.

Family-set sitcom Mrs Brown’s Boys and Ken Dodd: How Tickled We Were have been added to a special tour taking place across England this December. The BBC already announced that family favourites Zog and The Midnight Gang will be screened at premieres in nine locations across the country as part of a children’s Christmas content tour. And now there will also be festive crackers for the grown-ups.

Fans of Mrs Brown’s Boys will have chance to see two seasonal specials of the Irish sitcom before anyone else with free screenings across the country. The screenings start in Newcastle on Saturday 15th December 2018 and finish in York on 23rd December 2018.

In the first of this year’s festive specials, Exotic Mammy, sees Father Damian organise a Christmas decoration contest to support the local football team. Agnes is keen to enter, especially as it might mean getting one over her old nemesis Hilliary Nicholson. Though she’s soon distracted when Dermot and Buster give Agnes a “wifi assistant” and she has trouble figuring out what to do with it.

The second episode, Mammy’s Motel, sees a flood in Winnie and Sharon’s house when a pipe bursts during a storm. Thank goodness for Mrs Brown who is on hand to offer a roof over their heads while repairs are carried out. However, it isn’t long before there’s a storm brewing in the Brown household too as Agnes and Cathy discover living with best friends isn’t the picnic they’d imagined. Plus, there’s Bono’s thirteenth birthday to host. It might all seem too much for Agnes, until Buster drops a bombshell…

Two festive treats come courtesy or Agnes Brown.

And in Liverpool, people will get an extra Christmas TV treat with the chance to see a new documentary about local comedy legend Sir Ken Dodd who passed away earlier this year. Ken Dodd: How Tickled We Were will be shown on BBC Two over the festive holidays but fans in Liverpool will be able to get a first-look at a premiere on the 19th December. How Tickled We Were explores the life and work of the man described by many as “the last great music hall entertainer”. Sir Ken Dodd’s performing career spanned over 60 years, from his first professional stage engagement in September 1954 to his final performance in his home city of Liverpool in December 2017.

This special documentary tells Sir Ken’s story from his boyhood growing up in the 1930s in Knotty Ash, through his big break into show business and then on to his unrivalled career in entertainment. Poignant and uplifting, the programme features interviews with the people who knew Sir Ken best – friends and family in Liverpool and beyond, and his many colleagues, admirers and fellow-performers from the world of entertainment. The programme also features an interview with Sir Ken’s wife, Lady Anne Dodd.

Viewers will also be able to walk the red carpet and pose for photos with famous props from some of the the Beeb’s biggest shows. In Newcastle, Sheffield, Bradford and Liverpool the screenings will take place inside a specially built BBC Christmas cinema.

Tickets for the BBC Cinemas are available through ballot selection, with those interested being able to sign up for a chance at the BBC Shows and Tours website. The ticket ballot will close on Monday 3rd December.

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