QUICK BITES

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The Lit­tle Drum­mer Boy, 7.30am, Nine So, the lit­tle ras­cals at your place are up early and tear­ing at the presents and you need an­other hour’s sleep? How about an an­i­mated ver­sion of the story of The Lit­tle Drum­mer Boy , voiced by Ric Her­bert, Carol Adams and Troy Planet: The ox and lamb kept time, pa rum pum pum pum I played my drum for Him, pa rum pum pum pum . . . Cirque du Soleil’s Sol­strom: Ghostly Wind, 2.30pm, SBS If you tire of the usual Christ­mas Day television op­tions, good old SBS is run­ning al­most two hours of th­ese mae­stros of the mod­ern cir­cus. It’s fol­lowed at 3.20pm by Rockin’ Wind , which fea­tures the fab­u­lous Mex­i­can rope- walk­ers. Com­pass: Three Faces of Christ­mas, 7.30pm, ABC Did you know Je­sus is one of the most highly recog­nised prophets in the Ko­ran? This is just one of the sur­pris­ing rev­e­la­tions in a warm and fuzzy edi­tion of Com­pass , hosted in­ex­pli­ca­bly by lapsed Angli­can and Triple J pre­sen­ter Rob­bie Buck, pic­tured. Three fam­i­lies from dif­fer­ent re­li­gious back­grounds de­scribe what Christ­mas means to them. Merry Christ­mas, Mr Bean, 8pm, ABC Yes, he is a dread­ful old cliche, of­ten more an­noy­ing than funny, but the mo­ment when Mr Bean stuffs the gi­ant turkey with his own head, then lurches around his kitchen blindly with a gi­ant chook for a hat, gets me ev­ery time. There are those who say it’s a cheap laugh, but I reckon any laughs at all are valu­able at this time of the year.

Ian Cuth­bert­son

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