I've always loved the pastel-and-crayon short film of The Snowman, which originally aired during my first ever Christmas back in 1982. Based on the book by Raymond Briggs, it tells the truly magical tale of a young boy whose garden creation comes to life at midnight, taking him on an enormous adventure to see Father Christmas at the North Pole and back again, all in just a few short hours. Like so many others, I make sure to watch The Snowman every Christmas Eve, forming a tradition as firmly rooted and enjoyable as a glass of port and an OTT festive jumper.
Pop sensation Joe McElderry, dressed head to toe in sequins and sparkles, hoisted into the air on a giant, magical looking glass, opens the show with a striking cover of Michael Jackson’s “Man in the Mirror”. And that isn't even the most theatrical moment of the show.