Andre Rieu: Home for Christmas
Saturday, 9pm, Studio We started the free-to-air page last week with the jazzy and really rather swell return to Vancouver of Michael Buble in Michael Buble: Home for the Holidays. So it seems only fair to give Dutch violinist Andre Rieu some oxygen this week. The first thing you hear is his sweet violin leading an enchanting orchestral arrangement of Silent Night. The camera lingers outside in the snow, taking in the walls and sweep of the Rieu pile before we close in on a warm-looking window. And look, there in the window, it’s Rieu in his concert suit and tie, pretending to casually decorate a tree. He then moves about the house rearranging Christmas ornaments as the music continues. At one stage he bends over the mantelpiece and his silly tie droops perilously close to a roaring fire. Suddenly I could hear Rik and Vyvyan-style screaming from The Young Ones (see above), but of course that was just the TV editor’s Christmas psychosis. Trust me, a little bit of insane comedy would really help. In reality Rieu doesn’t even singe his tie, and he lives on to give an entire concert in his backyard with that ironing-board-flat expression he wears at all times. Thankfully the music is utterly gorgeous. conveys a world of ideas and feelings with sublime facial expressions and body language, as an anthropomorphic dog, which means he is endowed with human characteristics. While the pair’s adventures are suitable for children, the stunning stopmotion claymation and clever dialogue will satisfy grown-ups as well.