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Have A Very Merry Digital Christmas!

One of BBC THREE's Christmas delights - 3 Non-Blondes

• An alternative approach to the advent calendar;

• an exclusive television premiere of Our House – The Musical;

• a celebration of the works of award-winning writer and adapter Andrew Davies;

• a weekend of Soul music;

• and a brand new children's game show...

just some of the offerings this Christmas from the BBC's Digital channels - BBC THREE, BBC FOUR, CBBC and CBeebies.


Look through the window of your advent calendar and what do you find - mistletoe, gifts, Santa?

Or perhaps you'll find some of the most outrageous and downright weird pieces of contemporary art ever to be associated with yuletide.

BBC THREE's Advent Calendar is a series of short mini-films airing on the days leading up to Christmas.

BBC THREE presents the television premiere of Our House – The Musical featuring the music of one of Britain's best love bands, Madness.

Filmed live at the Cambridge Theatre on the show's final night, it features two new Madness songs as well as some of the band's greatest hits including Baggy Trousers, Driving In My Car, House Of Fun and It Must Be Love.

The show won the Olivier Award For Best New Musical 2003.

Also find Christmas specials of two comedy favourites on BBC THREE this Christmas - a Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps musical comedy extravaganza and a festive 3 Non-Blondes special.


BBC Four presents a season of work this Christmas by the prolific BAFTA and Emmy Award-winning writer and adapter Andrew Davies.

Ian Richardson in House of CardsFilms to be shown include House of Cards, A Very Peculiar Practice, Mother Love, The Signalman, Vanity Fair and Tipping the Velvet.

The films chosen for the season highlight the more mischievous side of one of Britain's best loved and most successful television writers.

BBC FOUR will also broadcast a new interview with Davies in which he will discuss what themes attract and motivate him in his work.

Lying deep in the recesses of buildings around the world are many hidden television gems.

Time Shift – Missing Believed Wiped reveals some of television's finest programmes that have recently been unearthed.

The programme also features exclusive interviews with John Cleese and Terry Jones along with Steve Bryant, Keeper of Television at the National Film & Television Archive and Dicky Fiddy from the British Film Institute.

[The BFI is also celebrating ten years of the search for lost television with their own Missing Believed Wiped screening on Saturday 29 November].

With Time Shift – Missing Believed Wiped, BBC FOUR will broadcast some of the greatest comedy shows that have never been shown on television since their original transmission in the 1960s.

The line-up is:

At Last The 1948 Show from John Cleese and Graham Chapman;

Till Death Us Do Part – Arguments, Arguments;

Morecambe & Wise Show – from 1968;

Spike Milligan Offers A Series Of Unrelated Incidents At Current Market Prices ;

and The Old Campaigner featuring Terry Thomas.

Sexy, empowering and arguably the most influential music the world has ever known - Soul electrifies the charts on both sides of the Atlantic.

It breaks through racial, cultural, geographical and musical boundaries.

In the New Year BBC FOUR celebrates the music's massive international popularity with a Soul Weekender which includes two insightful documentaries exploring some of its rich history – Urban Soul and The Story of Soul to Soul.


For younger members of the family, the BBC's two dedicated children's channels offer some seasonal treats over the festive season.

On CBeebies: Balamory Winter Special brings you all your favourite characters from the picturesque village of Balamory.

PC Plum, Edie McCredie, Josie Jump, Miss Hoolie and the rest of the village share some great stories and songs, mixed with a little winter magic, for an episode to warm the hearts of parents and pre-school children alike.

Fearne Cotton as Sleeping BeautyOn the CBBC Channel: In Sleeping Beauty Uncovered a star-studded cast of your favourite CBBC presenters bring this classic tale up to date in a modern pantomime remake.

Witness slapstick antics with presenters Fearne Cotton and Barney Harwood starring as the Princess and Prince, and the mischievous Dick and Dom as the two halves of the pantomime horse.

We see how the Evil Warlock (Ortis) does his best to scupper the plans for the princess and deny her a budding romance.

The spectacular also stars Angellica Bell as the Queen and Simon Thomas as the King.

Notes to Editors

Please note that this news release highlights only some of BBC Digital Television's Christmas schedules.

Work is still continuing on the final schedule, which will be announced fully in early December.

Celebrate Christmas with BBC Religion & Ethics (05.12.03)

From Sadlers Wells to the Queen Vic - the BBC is alive to the sound of Christmas music (25.11.03)

Feature films on BBC Television this Christmas

All the BBC's digital services are now available on Freeview, the new free-to-view digital terrestrial television service, as well as on satellite and cable.

Freeview offers the BBC's eight television channels, interactive services from BBCi, as well as 11 national BBC radio networks.



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