Pointless Celebrities Christmas Special was the third most watched programme of the day on BBC1 on Christmas Eve, and the fifth most watched of the day overall, with almost 4m viewers. See the full Top 10s for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day here. The festive special is available to watch at BBC iPlayer.
My niece Ciara had a fab time seeing Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and meeting Su yesterday at The Grand Theatre. Thanks to Su for giving her such a lovely festive day.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is now into its final week at The Grand Theatre, Blackpool. There’s still time to see the show – Everyone who has caught a performance has been raving about how good it was – Stay updated at Twitter. Book tickets by clicking below.
The very festive Pointless Celebrities Christmas Special, which was perfect viewing for wrapping last minute presents to on Christmas Eve, with Su, Jeffrey Holland, Colin Baker, Louise Jamieson, Alison Hammond, Robin Windsor, The Krankies, Kim Wilde and Santa Claus is available to watch at BBC iPlayer for the next four weeks.
Pointless Celebrities Christmas Eve, 19.10, BBC1
A pretty ace night on BBC1, all told, almost up there with the legendary Christmas Eve 1981 for non-stop family fun, thanks to Professor Branestawm (in a much more suitable slot than last year’s post-watershed outing) and Would I Lie To You in addition to the stuff we’re billing. Panto is inevitably the theme, so that means The Krankies, Su Pollard, Jeffrey Holland and Colin Baker, plus Xander singing a duet with Kim Wilde. It’s just like having The Generation Game back!
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Christmas Eve 2015 TV: Pointless Celebrities Christmas Special
Alexander Armstrong and Richard Osman present a festive pantomime edition of their general knowledge quiz.
Appearing in this Christmas Eve special are former Hi-de-Hi! co-stars Jeffrey Holland and Su Pollard, Alison Hammond and her Strictly Come Dancing partner Robin Windsor, former Doctor Who stars Colin Baker (6th Doctor) and Louise Jameson (Leela) and husband-and-wife comedy duo the Krankies (Ian and Jeanette/Jimmy) who all dress up in their panto stage costumes.
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Heigh ho, heigh ho….
…it’s off to the Blackpool Grand we go! This year, their annual pantomime is none other than the classic Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. The show runs until January 3 and includes a brilliant cast featuring Su Pollard, Dancing On Ice star Dan Whiston and BBC Radio Lancashire’s Steve Royle.
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Su and the Snow White gang enjoyed a great night out at Michael Wan’s Mandarin on Clifton Street in Blackpool. See more photos here. (Photo © Michael Wan’s Mandarin Blackpool)
It’s almost Christmas!! There is now less than two weeks left to see a performance of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at The Blackpool Grand. Su’s panto for 2015 has 22 shows left between today and 3rd January, so still plenty of chances to catch a show.
Snow White has received numerous great reviews as well as constant praise from panto-goers since opening at the beginning of December - Read a selection of those opinions via The Grand’s Twitter feed. Book your tickets here.
He spent 10 years helping celebrity skaters shape up and slim down while competing on Dancing On Ice. Now Blackpool’s Dan Whiston hopes to get people off their sofas to dance on carpet as he releases his own fitness DVD.
… And where Dan’s used to being the one doing the teaching, thanks to his Dancing On Ice professional role, the skate’s been on the other foot in Pantoland.
“The chance to work with panto veterans like Su Pollard and Steve Royle is lovely too,” he said. “Normally, it’s the celebrity I work with who’s learning something new, but with this it’s been me doing the learning. Su’s even bought a copy of the DVD, Steve too, and it’s lovely to have their support.”
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The four part retrospective series Perry and Croft: Made In Britain exploring the comedy legacy of Jimmy Perry OBE and the late David Croft OBE is being repeated this week, in the run up to Christmas:
Perry and Croft: Made in Britain: BBC2:
Monday 21st December: 3.45pm
War & Peace. Episode 1. Series looking at how the comedies of Jimmy Perry and David Croft became a unique chronicle of Britain in the 20th century.
Perry and Croft: Made in Britain: BBC2: Tuesday 22nd December: 3.45pm
A Touch of Class. Episode 2. The British have long had an obsession with status and this was reflected in Perry and Croft’s sitcoms.
Perry and Croft: Made in Britain: BBC2: Wednesday 23rd December: 3.45pm
Birds and Bees. Episode 3. A look at the changes in morality and attitudes towards romance and relationships in Britain over the years and how these were reflected in the comedies of Perry and Croft.
Perry and Croft: Made in Britain: BBC2: Christmas Eve: 2.45pm
Wind of Change. Episode 4. A look at the end of eras and the beginnings of new identities, and how the situation comedies of Jimmy Perry and David Croft reflected old ideas as they faded and a new British identity as it was being forged.
Below are my picks of the most notable new shows, returning or premiering on UK screens over the next 7 days…
TUESDAY 22nd ★ We’re Doomed! The Dad’s Army Story (BBC2, 9pm) Comedy-drama showing how classic BBC sitcom Dad’s Army was created in the mid-1960s by Jimmy Perry and David Croft. Starring Paul Ritter, Richard Dormer, Stuart McQuarrie, Sarah Alexander & Sally Phillips.
CHRISTMAS EVE Pointless Celebrities: Christmas Special (BBC1, 7.10pm) Panto themed festive special of the gameshow. Guests are Jeffrey Holland, Su Pollard, Alison Hammond, Louise Jameson, Colin Baker & The Krankies.
Cast members from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, currently being staged at the Grand Theatre, popped in to the Bispham facility to surprise the children.
Lisa Martin, Trinity Hospice Community Fundraiser said: “The Panto visit has become a Christmas tradition that everyone looks forward too. “The cast this year were absolute superstars, making everyone laugh but also taking the time to learn a bit about the hospice and to chat with staff and patients.”
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