CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN ADVENT BLOG Friday 18th December 2020
12 RAMBLINGS OF CHRISTMAS
ONLY 7 SLEEPS TO CHRISTMAS
- A CHRISTMAS QUOTE
“My husband’s idea of getting the Christmas spirit is to become Scrooge.” – Melanie White
- CHRISTMAS FEATURE – Roald & Beatrix: The Tail Of The Curious Mouse
Beatrix Potter (Dawn French) and the young Roald
I love something special and cosy based on children’s books at Christmas, And Roald & Beatrix: The Tail Of The Curious Mouse looks like the one for this Christmas. It is full of my favourite people too: Dawn French, Rob Brydon, Alison Steadman and Bill Bailey. The problem is it is on Sky 1 (It has been made by Sky to be fair). It is also available on Netflix, niether of which we can get. But sadly with so many media formats these days you have to be selective. Bah! Humbug!
Dawn French as Beatrix Potter & Harry Tayler as Roald Dahl in the Christmas Sky original Roald & Beatrix: The Tail Of The Curious Mouse
Beatrix Potter sat at her famous writing desk, gazing through a snow-covered windowpane and Roald Dahl hiding in the potting shed. Just three images of Dawn French as Beatrix Potter and the all-star cast of the upcoming Sky original Roald & Beatrix: The Tail Of The Curious Mouse.
The uplifting 90-minute comedy drama airing on Sky One and streaming service NOW TV will form the key highlight of Sky’s festive schedule.
Roald & Beatrix: The Tail Of The Curious Mouse, is inspired by the true story of when a six-year old Roald Dahl set off on a big adventure to meet his favourite author, Beatrix Potter. It’s a magical story of what can happen when you are brave enough to follow your dreams…
Joining Dawn French will be a cast including Jessica Hynes, Rob Brydon, Alison Steadman, Nina Sosanya, Bill Bailey and Nick Mohammed, and introducing Harry Tayler as the young Roald Dahl.
This heart-warming Sky original, is produced by Hartswood Films (Sherlock, Dracula) for Sky Studios. Roald & Beatrix: The Tail Of The Curious Mouse is one of many recent notable commissions as Sky continues to invest in original productions. Sky has recently committed to more than double its investment in original drama, comedy and documentary through Sky Studios, the commissioning and production arm of Sky. Sky Studios brings to screen unique stories from the very best talent in Europe and is the creative home of Sky’s award-winning and much-loved Sky originals.
Dawn French as Beatrix at her window
Harry Tayler plays Roald Dahl (6yr old)
Dawn French plays Beatrix Potter
Jessica Hynes plays Sofie Dahl
Nina Sosanya plays Anne Landy a publisher
Nick Mohammed plays Mr Entwistle an optometrist
Rob Brydon plays William Heelis
Alison Steadman plays Dora – the café owner
3. CHRISTMAS MOVIE
4. CHRISTMAS SONG
- Pretty Paper Roy Orbison 2:26
5. CHRISTMAS CHILDREN’S BOOK
Tinsel: The Girls Who Invented Christmas by Sibéal Pounder (Author)
Hardcover : 320 pages
Publisher : Bloomsbury Children’s Books
Age Range: 7-12 years
“I absolutely ADORED it! A really funny, clever, brilliant play on all the Christmas tropes. It just has to be made into a movie!” Emma Carroll
“Very sparkly storytelling and a lovely portrayal of friendship” Hilary McKay
“Joyful and hilarious. I loved every moment of it.” Stephanie Burgis
What if somewhere along the way we’ve all got the Santa story a bit wrong…? Join Blanche Claus and her best friend Rinki for a funny festive sleigh ride you’ll never forget!
From Sibéal Pounder, bestselling author of the Witch Wars and Bad Mermaids series, this tale of friendship and mince-pie feasts is the perfect book to curl up with this winter. Funny, feminist and with a huge heart, it’s a gloriously Christmassy adventure that will delight even the biggest Grinch.
6. CHRISTMAS CAROL
7. IT’S A CRACKER (CHRISTMAS CRACKER JOKE)
What does Prince George play at Christmas instead of musical chairs? Game of Thrones
8. EVERY CHRISTMAS TV TIMES COVER
9. A FAMOUS SCROOGE
10. SOMETHING TO LAUGH ABOUT – A TOP TV CHRISTMAS SPECIAL FROM THE PAST
Only Fools and Horses – Christmas Crackers
UK/Series 1/1981Aired on BBC
“Christmas Crackers” is the first Christmas special episode of the BBC sit-com, Only Fools and Horses, first screened on 28 December 1981, three days after Christmas. It is the first episode to run over 30 minutes, but not the first feature-length. Detailed sypnosis It’s Christmas Day at Nelson Mandela House, and Grandad, cooking the Christmas dinner, manages to ruin it by under-cooking the Turkey, forgetting to remove the giblets and then also burning the Christmas pudding. Rodney, bored with the lack of good programming on the television, there is a circus on 2 channels, gets his only enjoyment on the day from a body language book. No. of series 7
No. of episodes 64. In total 18 Christmas Specials
11. NICE LITTLE CHRISTMAS NUMBER
171 1898 – Canada – 1898 The first country to lay claim is Canada, which produced a stamp bearing the words ‘Xmas 1898’. But many people question whether this was really a Christmas stamp at all…
172 1962 – the US issued the first Christmas
173 1966 – The year the Royal Mail issued its first Christmas Stamp
174 4 – In Italy, Christmas dinner can last for more than 4 hours.
175 7 – Most of the Italian families have more than 7 courses for Christmas dinner
176 1,000 – In 1843, one thousand copies of the first Christmas cards were sold. A civil servant Sir Henry Cole in London is credited with making the initial sales of the cards.
177 12 – December 25 – January 5 is referred to as ‘Christmastide’ or ‘Twelve Holy Days’.or ’12 Days of Christmas’
178 1066 – King William I of England was crowned on Christmas Day 1066.
179 6 – It took Charles Dickens 6 weeks to write ‘A Christmas Carol’.
180 27,405 wordsThe number of words in Charles Dicken’s – ‘A Christmas Carol’
12. CHRISTMAS TV ADVERT