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Can you hear those sleigh bells ringing?

It seems that the month of October is preparing for Christmas rather prematurely. With reports of snow to come, Christmas cards already stocked in the shops and Santa waking up his little elves (insider knowledge), the most wonderful time of the year is fast approaching. It is about this time when television addicts up and down the country start to get a bit excited and grasp on to little snippets of Christmas TV news. And yes, I am one of those people.

So when the BBC release a bit of information regarding a show called Lapland, I kick little children out of the way. Okay, that’s not quite right. Large-ish children; picking on people my own size. Announced on the BBC Comedy blog today, Lapland, a 90 minute family comedy is due to air this Christmas and is bound to ‘warm our hearts during the winter season’.

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It is to star Sue Johnson of Royle Family fame, who plays Eileen Lewis: the mother of a large chaotic family from Birkenhead. It also stars Stephen Graham (This Is England), Elizabeth Berrington (Secrets And Lies), William Ash (Waterloo Road), Julie Graham (Survivors), Zawe Ashton (Fresh Meat) and Keith Barron (Benidorm). A stellar cast fit for the festive viewing.

The script is written by Michael Wynne. It follows the family as they try to save every penny to make their Christmas extra special. They decide to go the whole hog and visit Lapland to see Jolly Old Saint Nick himself. As you can imagine, there will be reindeers, snow, sentiment and possibly the Northern Lights (not to be confused with the festive comedy-drama of the same name, of course; most probably the actual Northern Lights).

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The leading lady, Sue Johnson said that:

"Lapland won't know what's hit it when the Lewis family arrive. It's a hopeful, bittersweet comedy and I'm delighted to be a part of it."

I’m sure we will be expecting laughter, tears and the occasional mince pie.

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