10:00pm Saturday 24 December on BBC ONE

Lapland is a big, heartwarming comedy for BBC One at Christmas starring Sue Johnston (The Royle Family, Waking The Dead) who leads an ensemble cast including Stephen Graham (This Is England), Elizabeth Berrington (Secrets And Lies), William Ash (Waterloo Road), Julie Graham (Survivors), Zawe Ashton (Fresh Meat) and Keith Barron (Benidorm).

Sue Johnston plays Eileen Lewis the mother of the chaotic Lewis clan. A large close-knit family from Birkenhead, they save all year round to make Christmas as special as possible. This year is different – they’ve decided to go to Lapland on a package tour to see Father Christmas Finnish-style, complete with huskies, reindeers and maybe the magical Northern Lights. But they discover Lapland brings more than they bargained for.

Sue Johnston says: “Lapland won’t know what’s hit it when the Lewis family arrive, it’s a hopeful, bittersweet comedy and I’m delighted to be a part of it.”

The comedy is penned by Michael Wynne (Olivier Award winner, Best New Comedy 2010 for The Priory) and produced by Rosemary McGowan (Jonathan Creek).

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