Sky TV December Highlights

Posted on: 25 November 2008 by Gareth Hargreaves

You’ll be spoilt for choice in December with this selection of TV viewing.

Vanessa-Mae’s Classical Top Ten

Vanessa-Mae continues to count down the nation’s most popular piece of classical music.

Tuesdays December at 8pm

Sky Arts 2 

What The Dickens

Sandi Toksvig hosts the new series of the irreverent arts quiz with a difference as two teams headed by Sue Perkins and Chris Addison battle it out each week to prove they know their Marlowe from their Mills and Boon.

Wednesdays at 7.30pm on Sky Arts 1  

Mariella Frostrup on SkyThe Book Show

Mariella Frostrup continues her literary series featuring a selection of writers, novelists discussing their inspiration, influences and latest literary work.

Thursdays at 7.30pm on Sky Arts 1  

A Mother Like Alex

This is a documentary about one of the UK’s most remarkable mothers – Alex Bell. She is the very proud parent of eight children with special needs, seven of whom have Down’s syndrome. But what makes Alex so remarkable is that she chose to be a parent to these children with their individual challenges – she’s adopted seven of them and is the foster mother to the eighth one.  What’s more Alex has done it on her own: she is, and always has been, a single mother.

Wednesday 3rd December at 9pm Sky Real Lives  

Right To Die?

The controversy about a person’s right to die at a time and place of their own choosing has become focused on the Swiss organization Dignitas. Dignitas, in Zurich Switzerland, is the only place where a person seeking an assisted suicide can be helped to die, no matter where they are from – or what their state of health. For a year, Oscar-winning Canadian director John Zaritsky had exclusive access to Dignitas, and its clients.

Wednesday 10th December at 9pm Sky Real Lives 

Stardust on SkyStardust

A lovelorn shop boy sets out to capture a falling star, but hasn't reckoned on sky captain Robert De Niro or wicked witch Michelle Pfeiffer. Star-studded fantasy adventure.

From Saturday 13 December 8pm Sky Movies Premiere HD 

Riverdance In Geneva

By 2001, over 13 million people had seen Riverdance worldwide and it is still the most successful and biggest dance show in the world.     Updated dance routines and costume designs make Riverdance even more spectacular than before, while at the same time the show still features all of the original ground-breaking numbers that made Riverdance the world’s most popular dance show.

Christmas Eve at 2pm Sky Real Lives

Golden Compass

Philip Pullman's trilogy begins when young Lyra sets off on a fantastical quest to save her parallel world. Dazzling adventure with Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig.

From Christmas Day 4pm Sky Movies Premiere HD 

The Nutcracker on SkyRoyal Opera House: The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker, with its wonderful score by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, has over the years become the perfect Christmas holiday ballet. Introduced by Deborah Bull, the orchestra of the Royal Opera House is conducted by Evgenii Svetlanov.

From Christmas Day at 2pm on Sky Arts 2

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