It's been a long time since we last saw the classic BBC sketch show The League of Gentlemen.

We haven't had a laugh at the bizarre antics of the residents of Royston Vasey since the show came to the end of its last series in 2002.

But we will now see a revival of the much-loved comedy by the end of this year as the BBC unveiled its entire Christmas schedule for 2017, with The League of Gentlemen's comeback among the highlights.

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The show's return was announced earlier this year, and now the Beeb has finally confirmed that the three new anniversary specials will air over the Christmas period.

On its website, the public service broadcaster also teased what we can expect from the specials, saying that the plot of the Christmas episodes will involve the village of Royston Vasey facing 'administrative annihilation'.

"Royston Vasey is facing a threat more dire than anything it has faced before: dark rumours of boundary changes that could erase the town from the map forever", says the BBC's official description.

"The fight to save Royston Vasey from administrative annihilation will come from unexpected and surprising directions, all of them local..."

In a tweet yesterday afternoon, The League of Gentlemen co-creator Reece Shearsmith, who also wrote and starred in the show, confirmed the episodes will air on BBC Two on December 18, 19 and 20.

That isn't all the good cheer we can expect from the festive period, as Alan Partridge's return to the Beeb has also been confirmed. A-ha!

Everyone's favourite Norfolk TV and radio presenter will feature in a career-spanning documentary that takes a full look at Steve Coogan's classic comic character ahead of his proper return in a new show in 2018.

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"It has been a quarter of a century since a little known sports reporter was given his own radio chat show by the BBC. Two radio series, five TV series, four specials, two books and one movie later, Alan Partridge has an unrivalled place in the comedy pantheon," the BBC explained.

"To celebrate Alan's return to his rightful home at the BBC in 2018, this retrospective documentary will look back at his journey from broadcaster caricature to the award-winning study of complexity and pathos that he has become."

The documentary will include input from Coogan, writers such as Armando Iannucci and David Schneider, as well as the likes of Felicity Montagu and Simon Greenall, who appeared as Alan's long-suffering PA Lynn and Michael The Geordie. Way-aye, man.

These are just a few of the highlights of the BBC's schedule which also includes a Star Wars documentary, a showing of the traditional pantomime Cinderella and of course, Peter Capaldi's last performance as the Doctor in the Doctor Who Christmas special.

By the looks of the BBC's bumper Christmas offering, it's going to be a class Christmas.

Featured Image Credit: BBC / League Of Gentlemen

Chris Ogden

Chris Ogden is a journalist at LADbible. He graduated from the University of East Anglia with degrees in English Literature and Creative Writing before completing his NCTJ Diploma in Multimedia Journalism. Chris has previously written for the independent culture magazine The Skinny, among other publications.

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