A Very Merry Digital Christmas!
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
a weekend of Soul music;
and a brand new children's game show...
some of the offerings this Christmas from the BBC's Digital channels
- BBC THREE, BBC FOUR, CBBC and CBeebies.
through the window of your advent calendar and what do you find
- mistletoe, gifts, Santa?
perhaps you'll find some of the most outrageous and downright weird
pieces of contemporary art ever to be associated with yuletide.
THREE's Advent Calendar is a series of short mini-films airing
on the days leading up to Christmas.
THREE presents the television premiere of Our House The
Musical featuring the music of one of Britain's best love bands,
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.
show won the Olivier Award For Best New Musical 2003.
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.
Four presents a season of work this Christmas by the prolific BAFTA
and Emmy Award-winning writer and adapter Andrew Davies.
to be shown include House of Cards, A Very Peculiar Practice,
Mother Love, The Signalman, Vanity Fair and
Tipping the Velvet.
films chosen for the season highlight the more mischievous side
of one of Britain's best loved and most successful television writers.
FOUR will also broadcast a new interview with Davies in which he
will discuss what themes attract and motivate him in his work.
deep in the recesses of buildings around the world are many hidden
Shift Missing Believed Wiped
reveals some of television's finest programmes that have recently
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.
BFI is also celebrating ten years of the search for lost television
with their own Missing Believed Wiped screening on Saturday 29 November].
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.
Last The 1948 Show from John Cleese and Graham Chapman;
Death Us Do Part Arguments, Arguments;
& Wise Show from 1968;
Milligan Offers A Series Of Unrelated Incidents At Current Market
The Old Campaigner featuring Terry Thomas.
empowering and arguably the most influential music the world has
ever known - Soul electrifies the charts on both sides of the Atlantic.
breaks through racial, cultural, geographical and musical boundaries.
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
younger members of the family, the BBC's two dedicated children's
channels offer some seasonal treats over the festive season.
CBeebies: Balamory Winter Special brings you all your favourite
characters from the picturesque village of Balamory.
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
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.
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.
see how the Evil Warlock (Ortis) does his best to scupper
the plans for the princess and deny her a budding romance.
spectacular also stars Angellica Bell as the Queen and Simon
Thomas as the King.
note that this news release highlights only some of BBC Digital
Television's Christmas schedules.
is still continuing on the final schedule, which will be announced
fully in early December.
Christmas with BBC Religion & Ethics (05.12.03)
Sadlers Wells to the Queen Vic - the BBC is alive to the sound of
Christmas music (25.11.03)
films on BBC Television this Christmas
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.
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from BBCi, as well as 11 national BBC radio networks.