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David Thair | 12:06 UK time, Thursday, 19 November 2009

News at Bedtime
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Here's something new to look forward to as you hibernate this Christmas: The News at Bedtime.

Inspired by their column for Private Eye, writers Ian Hislop and Nick Newman have created an in-depth news analysis programme covering the latest events... in the world of Nursery Rhymes and Fairy Tales.

The News at Bedtime is introduced by twin presenters John Tweedledum (Jack Dee) and Jim Tweedledee (Peter Capaldi) - who argue and disagree with everyone - and sometimes each other. They are not at all related to Humphrys and Naughtie.

This is serious broadcasting: The News At Bedtime addresses the zeitgeist issues of today and once upon a time; Humpty Dumpty's great fall, the worrying story of Jack and the Genetically Modified Beanstalk and the celebrity wedding of the owl to the pussycat, to name but three.

The series is produced by Simon Nicholls and will co-star Chris Addison, Lucy Montgomery, Vicki Pepperdine, Dan Tetsell, Lewis MacLeod and Alex MacQueen.

I was in the studio during recording, stealing biscuits, taking photos and snooping around, so look out for a photo gallery here on the blog in the next few weeks.

The News at Bedtime starts on Radio 4 this Christmas Eve.

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