After dismissing reports this week of a permanent return for weekly TV chart countdown "Top Of The Pops," the BBC has confirmed it will screen two specials on Christmas Day and New Year's Eve.

The Christmas special will feature performances by some of the year's biggest acts and will include the chart countdown for the Dec. 21 chart and the Christmas No. 1 single. The New Year's Eve edition will be a review of the year in pop, a first for the show.

The BBC has backtracked on a decision, announced in October, not to air a Christmas special this year. "Top Of The Pops" launched in 1964 but was taken off air in 2006 after various relaunches failed to revive ratings, although a festive edition was still shown in 2006 and 2007.

"The shows will form the centrepiece of a massive musical offering during the festive season that we hope viewers are really going to enjoy," said controller of BBC One Jay Hunt in a statement.

The BBC reiterated its statement that the show will not be returning as a permanent fixture.