What do you get if you cross Spamalot with the Wonders of the Universe? Well, The Entire Universe of course...

Written by Monty Python star Eric Idle, this intriguing comedy combines larger than life characters with some of the biggest questions in the scientific exploration of the universe. Sound strange... yes it does, doesn't it!

The show starts with Cox arriving to deliver a Christmas lecture in a television studio - but when it emerges that the studio is that of Rutland Weekend Television, it becomes clear very quickly that this is going to be no usual scientific affair.   

This one hour programme brings alive the universe through speech, song and dance thanks to the choreography of former Strictly Come Dancing judge Arlene Phillips and also features Warwick Davies, Noel Fielding and Hannah Waddingham. 

Eric Idle said of the project: “I am very pleased that Rutland Weekend Television is back on BBC TV with a Christmas Special only 41 years after its last one. The world’s smallest TV station takes on the world’s largest subject: the entire universe.

“It’s fitting that 41 years after Rutland Weekend Television produced a Christmas special with George Harrison, it is back with the Beatle of Science, Brian Cox. No doubt what Rutland did for TV in the 70s it will now do for science - and set it back 40 years.”

What time is the Entire Universe on TV?

The Entire Universe is on BBC2 at 9.30pm on Boxing Day

What are the best shows to watch on TV this Christmas?

And what time are they on?

Doctor
Who

Call the
Midwife

Strictly Come Dancing
Christmas special

Grantchester 

Maigret's Dead Man
 

Sherlock

Mrs Brown's Boys

Outnumbered

We're Going on
A Bear Hunt

EastEnders

Coronation
Street


Emmerdale

The Great
Christmas Bake Off

Witness for the 
Prosecution

Ethel and Ernest
 

Last Tango in
Halifax

To Walk Invisible:
The Bronte Sisters

Jonathan
Creek

Birds of a
Feather

Walliams
and Friend

Robot Wars
 

Philomena Cunk
On Christmas

The Real Marigold
On Tour 

The Entire
Universe

Gogglesprogs

The Windsors

Blankety
Blank

The Flying Scotsman
From the Footplate

Still Open
All Hours

Revolting
Rhymes