Dodger 2023 Christmas Special - Nicola Coughlan as Queen Victoria

Dodger lands a right royal 2023 Christmas Special (updated)

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Christopher Eccleston returns as Fagin with his gang set on pinching Queen Victoria’s crown. 

Updated 30/11/23: Dodger‘s ‘Coronation’ lands on BBC iPlayer

With December just around the corner, the new Dodger Christmas Special has landed. The hit family show, which should get festive airings on both BBC One and CBBC, is now available to stream.

A family favourite around these parts, the trailer offers our first chance to see Nicola Coughlan in her role as the young Queen Victoria. She looks like she’s having an awful lot of fun in her regal role!

The new special joins three from last year, as well as the show’s first series – all available on BBC iPlayer.

Original article (of 09/11/23) continues…

The Bafta winning Dodger is returning for its second Christmas special this year.

The fun family show, which sees Christopher Eccleston as Fagin in charge of his thieving gang, will be attempting their most audacious heist yet: they’ve set their sights on pinching Queen Victoria’s coronation crown.

Dodger (Billy Jenkins) and Fagin (Christopher Eccleston)

Christopher Eccleston is joined by Billy Jenkins (Dodger), Ellie-May Sheridan (Polly), Connor Curren (Tom), Mila Lieu (Tang), Lenny Rush (Morgan), Javone Prince (PC Blathers), Tony Way (Jon The News) and Ed Kear (Neville).

The special’s guest stars are Simon Callow (The Archbishop of Canterbury), Nicola Coughlan (Queen Victoria), Toby Stephens (US President Martin Van Buren), Paul Whitehouse (Royston, Chief of the Yeoman Guard), Dan Renton Skinner (Maurice The Beefeater) and Alex Macqueen (John Bridge, The Crown Jeweller).

Dodger 2023 Christmas Special guests

Paul Whitehouse, Simon Callow, Alec MacQueen, Nicola Coughlan & Toby Stephens.

Writers Rhys Thomas and Lucy Montgomery, who also return as PC Duff and Minnie Bilge respectively said:

“Dodger just keeps getting bigger and better – look at that glittering guest cast! We are overjoyed to be back in the top hat and what a thrill to pack another Coronation into an already regal year.”

The special will air on BBC sometime over the festive period. Then, it will pop up the iPlayer from 29th December and on CBBC on 3rd January.

Dodger comes from BBC Studios Kids & Family Productions in association with Universal International Studios.

You can catch up with the first series of Dodger and the three 2022 specials on BBC iPlayer

The Artful Dodger

Of course, Dodger is not the only version of the character on our screens at the moment. The FX version of the character, who’s grown up into Thomas Brodie Sangster, lands on Disney+ this November,