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Christmas on the Box

Date posted: 22.12.2006

The New Year is fast approaching, but there are still a few days of television in 2006 to be enjoyed.

London has seen a number of productions filmed in its streets over the last year. This Christmas there is a huge selection of London-shot films to look out for on the small screen, including:

  • 25 December
    The Snowman (C4)
    This classic family animation was created by London-born Raymond Briggs. He completed The Snowman in 1982 after a string of illustrated books. “Walking in the Air” (by Howard Blake) is the signature track of the film, and its haunting innocence has helped The Snowman maintain cult status to this day.
    Genevieve (BBC2)
    The humorous story follows two couples as they compete in a vintage car rally from London to Brighton in 1953. Directed by Henry Cornelius this film was described by the New York Times as an ‘essentially British comedy’. The likes of Kenneth More and Kay Kendall lead us along the Strand, through Hyde Park and over Westminster Bridge in this light hearted tale.
  • 26 December
    Bugsy Malone (BBC1)
    An unconventional ‘children’s’ musical, directed by Alan Parker. Partly shot in Pinewood Studios, this comic medley of crime and song is a great family watch.
  • 27 December
    The Ruby In The Smoke (BBC1)
    The story has been adapted by Adrian Hodges from the Philip Pullman novel. It is set in the streets of Victorian London, following the journey of young heroine Sally Lockhart (Billie Piper). Scenes were shot in Woburn Walk and Fournier Street in Tower Hamlets, locations commonly used for period productions.
  • 29 December
    The Constant Gardener (Sky Movies 3)
    Director Fernando Meirelles presents his second feature based on a novel by John le Carré. This moving, political thriller depicts one mans struggle to discover the cause of his wife’s death. The Constant Gardener is a tangled web of love, conspiracy and murder shot between two continents. London locations include Canary Wharf, Tate Modern, St Mary Magdalene Church and the Eurostar.
  • 31 December
    Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride (Sky Movies 1)
    Tim Burton shot this stop frame animation at 3 Mills Studio in East London. It is a dark, enchanting tale about love - in life and in death. The lead voice cast features Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham-Carter.

Other recommended films lensed in the capital are Mrs Henderson Presents (BBC1) starring Bob Hopkins and Dame Judi Dench, and Love Actually (ITV2) with Hugh Grant and Martine McCutcheon.

Full TV listings can be found on the Radio Times website.

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