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Has anything filtered through yet about what dance-related television there might be at Christmas?

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Initial press releases include:

 

BBC2 Matthew Bourne's Cinderella;

BBC4 Richard Jones' new production of La Boheme at the Royal Opera

BBC1 Darcey Bussell - Looking for Fred Astaire

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Oh dear.... perhaps SkyArts will show something though I'm not holding my breath.

What about Northern Ballet's Casanova? has that not been filmed?

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33 minutes ago, jmhopton said:

Oh dear.... perhaps SkyArts will show something though I'm not holding my breath.

What about Northern Ballet's Casanova? has that not been filmed?

 

Yes it was but we are still waiting with bated breath to hear when it will be shown!!  Just as well I'm not holding my breath...

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12 hours ago, David said:

Initial press releases include:

 

BBC2 Matthew Bourne's Cinderella;

BBC4 Richard Jones' new production of La Boheme at the Royal Opera

BBC1 Darcey Bussell - Looking for Fred Astaire

Oh god - I'm not feeling enthusiastic about the Bussell "docu", her voice - and not to mention how she always has to mention her own career. And I love Astaire too.

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I didn't realise the Bourne Cinderella had been recorded - or will they be doing it during the Christmas season?

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The Xmas Double issue of the Radio Times will run from Saturday, 23rd Dec and I'm told the official on-sale date is from Saturday, 9th December “in certain parts of the country”. I guess it might start to appear a little earlier than that in some places – it usually does! And other TV listings magazines will also be appearing so not too long to wait!

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Thanks, David.  I just picked up the new Radio Times in the supermarket and was flicking through it to try and find that very information - but couldn't!  Nice to know they're not trying to rip us off again this year.

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On 11/29/2017 at 02:58, Sharon said:

Oh god - I'm not feeling enthusiastic about the Bussell "docu", her voice - and not to mention how she always has to mention her own career. And I love Astaire too.

 Subtitles and mute button at the ready :)

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It seems to me the BBC have taken their usual programs and tacked "Christmas Special" onto the title in an attempt to fool us.

 

Actually, I'm pleased the schedule is mostly tripe - I might be able to get through my ever growing pile of DVDs. :)

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Anyway, the best way to celebrate the genius of Fred Astaire, and to enjoy Christmas, is to tuck up with a glass of Harvey's Bristol Cream, a mince pie, and a boxed set of Fred and Ginger ( start with Top Hat and Shall We Dance).

 

it doesn't get muhc  better than that.

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Mary, did you see Fred and Leslie Caron in "Daddy Long Legs" last weekend? I hadn't see that one before. I doubt they would make a film with this plot today, but the dancing is fab, especially the ballet sequences.

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Thanks for the reminder trog, I spent a happy afternoon watching this - though speeding forward some of the daft plot business to the fabulous dance. To think he was - what, 56? - is quite amazing.  The 'Something's Gotta Give' sequence is great. Astaire is an under rated singer I think: he had beautiful phrasing,  timing, taste -and class. Caron is superb- and still with us which is cheering. The ballet sequence reminded me a bit of La Valse!

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The ROH website has just told us that we are getting the new Boheme on Christmas Day, and a repeat of last year's programme about Francesca Heyward and the Nutcracker. And that's it!! So order your DVDs, fit out your old videos or whatever and enjoy!

   

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Matthew Bourne's new production of Cinderella is on BBC 2 on Boxing Day afternoon, 5.35 pm.

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On 28/11/2017 at 23:58, Sharon said:

Oh god - I'm not feeling enthusiastic about the Bussell "docu", her voice - and not to mention how she always has to mention her own career. And I love Astaire too.

As long as she doesn't try to recreate his dances.....😱

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9 hours ago, ninamargaret said:

The ROH website has just told us that we are getting the new Boheme on Christmas Day, and a repeat of last year's programme about Francesca Heyward and the Nutcracker. And that's it!! So order your DVDs, fit out your old videos or whatever and enjoy!

   

I love opera but ballet on Christmas Day is SO much more festive! What a shame. Why a repeat? As if they don't have anything else to show us... :(

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If they must do a repeat why not show the Dowell/Cojocaru/Putrov version of Nutcracker for goodness sake. How lazy are the BBC not to mention inconsiderate to it's viewers?!

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I don't expect this to be a popular opinion around here, but though I'd love to see a more varied programme of ballet on the BBC, I don't think it's unreasonable for them to show a repeat of the (in my view excellent) Nutcracker documentary.  And I'd rather a a few viewers stumbled across this repeat and went to the ballet as a consequence than the BBC gratified what is, let's face it, a rather niche audience.

 

Though I'd far rather it weren't an either/or, of course.

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Happy to hear they are showing the Nutcracker documentary again - I accidentally deleted it from my Sky box!

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Better than nothing. The best attitude to adopt to ballet on TV these days seems to be - not to expect much, in order not to be disappointed..

 

It would have been appropriate, and nice,  to have something on the year's Macmillan celebrations, featuring all the UK ballet companies.

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1 hour ago, Blossom said:

Happy to hear they are showing the Nutcracker documentary again - I accidentally deleted it from my Sky box!

 

You can get those back from the deleted list (along the top)

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Not all of it ballet, but big chunks of dance:-
There's Moira Shearer in the film The Red Shoes at 12.10pm on BBC2 on Wednesday 27th December.
Channel 5, at 1.05pm on Christmas Day, has Singin in the Rain. And Channel 5 at 9.25am on New Years Day, On the Town with Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra.

Also Christmas Day, 1.40pm on BBC2, this year's semi-staged Prom of Oklahoma(with Robbie Fairchild showing how it should be done!).

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Don't mention the Oklahoma!   My sister went and I have still not stopped seething with envy.

 

As I have a new Sky box would very much like the BBC to repeat the programme on Sir Peter Wright.

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1 hour ago, MargaretN7 said:

Not all of it ballet, but big chunks of dance:-
There's Moira Shearer in the film The Red Shoes at 12.10pm on BBC2 on Wednesday 27th December.
Channel 5, at 1.05pm on Christmas Day, has Singin in the Rain. And Channel 5 at 9.25am on New Years Day, On the Town with Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra.

Also Christmas Day, 1.40pm on BBC2, this year's semi-staged Prom of Oklahoma(with Robbie Fairchild showing how it should be done!).

Some great films - really love On The Town.

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20 hours ago, Blossom said:

Happy to hear they are showing the Nutcracker documentary again - I accidentally deleted it from my Sky box!

 

So did I when I changed to Sky Q. Lost all my recordings so pleased it’s on again.

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