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BBC ONE: #XmasLife by BBC Creative

Client: BBC ONE
Date: Nov 2019
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BBC One is urging friends and family to get together and enjoy ‘#XmasLife’ with a film that trots out BBC stars and features programmes.

Produced by BBC Creative, the short film depicts leaving behind the trials and daily stresses of 2019, reminding audiences to embrace Christmas in all its jingle belled glory instead.

The fast-paced film starts with talk show host Graham Norton in a chair by the fire, with 2019 memes floating over his head. He snatches them from the air, throws them into the flames and uses his signature red chair lever to throw the action in motion to Christmas.

The film then shows different ways to celebrate the holidays, including Rochelle Humes sleeping in while animated creatures flitter around her. It also shows families and friends living their best #XmasLife, whether it’s staying in their pyjamas all day or spending quality time with the family, including not talking politics at the dinner table, and becoming a kid again when seeing grandma. There is also a talking cuckoo clock, a cat on a Roomba and a turkey who encourages vegetarianism. The film marks Christmastime as a time to kick back, with BBC One at the heart of festive living rooms up and down the UK.



Justin Bairamian, Director of BBC Creative

Helen Rhodes, Executive Creative Director

Michael Tsim, Creative

Rachel Miles, Creative

James Wood, Head of Production

Liz Dolan, Producer

Dan Robinson, Production Manager

Georgie Williams, Production Co-ordinator

John Trevor, Project Manager

Michael Lean, Head of Planning

Jenny Double, Senior Planner

Ashley Temple, Creative Director, Digital & Innovation

Laurence Honderick, Head of Design

Luke Carpenter, Design

Will Jarvis, Design

Janina Petrylaite, Design

Molly Davies, Design

Craig Dolan, Design

Andrea Stragapede, Design

Pedro Ramos, Design

George Fletcher, Design

Imroz Brar, Design

Peter Baynton, Design

James Nolan, Design

Alex Griggs, Design

Ed Linfoot, Design

Jamie Jones, Design

Paul Ruska, Design

Alex Dray, Design

Carlos Faria, Design

Teddy Hall, Design

Josceline Fention, Design

Kevin O’shea, Design


Kerris Bright, Chief Customer Officer

Sarah Fuller, Director, Marketing & Audiences

Chris Hooper, Head of Marketing

Rhion Leadbitter, Marketing Manager

Alice Gleeson, Marketing Executive

Jemima Lobb, New Talent Apprentice

Richard Lally, Social Media Manager

Andrea Taylor, Media Portfolio Lead

Toni Gregory, Media Scheduler

Oscar Evans, Assistant Media Scheduler


Director, Ernest Desumblia

Executive Producers, Anna Smith Tenser & Guy Rolfe

Producer, Jane Lloyd

1st Assistant Director, Benji Edwards

Director Of Photography, Ben Todd

Costume Designer, Buki Ebiesuwa

Production Designer, Zoe Koperski

Casting Director, Hannah Birkett


Post producer, Daniela Borges

MUSIC – Native Music (Dan Neal)

Original Song – Feel Good, Inc Gorillaz

Choir – Some Voices

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