Children’s book review show “Bookaboo” will return to CITV this Christmas.
There will be four new episodes, including a "Bookaboo" Christmas special featuring actor Jim Carter, who plays the butler Carson on "Downton Abbey".
For the Christmas special, which is provisionally scheduled to air on 20th, 22nd, 24th and 25th of December, Carter will read from Grumpy Badger’s Christmas by Paul Bright and Jane Chapman (Little Tiger Press).
“I think I’m reading this one because I look a bit like Grumpy Badger. I’m large and grumpy looking,” said Carter. “It’s a lovely book, there are fantastic illustrations in it, lovely drawings, lots of little details for people to have a look at hedgehogs rolling down hills, and things like that—and, of course, like all good children’s stories, it has a happy ending.”
Another two episodes will be read by actors Simon Gregson and Warwick Davies. "Coronation Street" star Gregson will read Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam by Tracey Corderoy and Steven Lenton (Nosy Crow), while Davies will read Dustbin Dad by Peter Bently and Russell Ayto (Simon & Schuster).
A "Schools Special" episode will show teacher Des Hegarty reading Pigeon Poo by Elizabeth Baguley and Mark Chambers (Little Tiger Press) at his school, Wilbury Primary School in North London. Hegarty won a competition to appear on the show after submitting a video of himself reading a story.
All the episodes will be broadcast between 14th and 29th December, with final broadcast details still to be confirmed.
Provisional broadcast times:
Jim Carter with Grumpy Badger’s Christmas
Friday 20th December at 10:45am on CITV
Sunday 22nd December at 7:25am on ITV and CITV
Christmas Eve (24th December) at 10:35am on CITV
Christmas Day (25th December) at 6:55am on ITV and CITV
Simon Gregson with Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam
Boxing Day (26th December) at 6.55am on ITV and CITV
Saturday 28th December at 7.25am on ITV and CITV
Warwick Davies with Dustbin Dad
Friday 27th December at 6.55am on ITV and CITV
Sunday 29th December at 7.25am on ITV and CITV
Des Hegarty with Pigeon Poo
Saturday 14th December at 7:25am on ITV and CITV
Friday 20th December at 10:35am on CITV