Twas The Night Before Christmas

We are all familiar with the opening line of the much-loved traditional Christmas poem 'Twas the Night Before Christmas, but in the hands of five inventive and imaginative writers the traditional gets a contemporary and unexpected twist in this week of new stories for BBC7.

Book-ending their stories with the opening and closing lines of the poem, writers Philip Ardagh, Carlo Gebler, Garry Kilworth, Dominic Holland and Arthur Mathews bring us five unique interpretations of what might happen on the night before Christmas.

From a Celtic spin on an ancient folk tale to some unexpected encounters with some favourite Christmas characters, the stories provide an entertaining collection to usher in the festive season.

Episodes

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01It Never Happened2005121920051220
20061218 (BBC7)
20061219 (BBC7)
20071224 (BBC7)
20081222 (BBC7)
20091221 (BBC7)
20091222 (BBC7)

We are all familiar with the opening line of the much-loved traditional Christmas poem 'Twas the Night Before Christmas, but in the hands of five inventive and imaginative writers the traditional gets a contemporary and unexpected twist in this week of new stories for BBC7.

Book-ending their stories with the opening and closing lines of the poem, writers Philip Ardagh, Carlo Gebler, Garry Kilworth, Dominic Holland and Arthur Mathews bring us five unique interpretations of what might happen on the night before Christmas.

From a Celtic spin on an ancient folk tale to some unexpected encounters with some favourite Christmas characters, the stories provide an entertaining collection to usher in the festive season.

Working on Christmas Eve is no fun if your eccentric boss acts even more oddly than usual.

Working on Christmas Eve is no fun if your eccentric boss acts even more oddly than usual.

Robert Webb reads Arthur Mathews' tale.

Working on Christmas Eve is no fun, especially when your eccentric boss is acting even more oddly than usual.

by Arthur Mathews

Read by Robert Webb

Produced by Heather Larmour

Understaffed, underpaid, the busiest time of the year with urgent deadlines to meet: Christmas Eve in the office is no picnic and certainly no time for your eccentric boss to behave even more strangely than usual!

01It Never Happened2005121920051220
20061218 (BBC7)
20061219 (BBC7)
20071224 (BBC7)
20081222 (BBC7)
20091221 (BBC7)
20091222 (BBC7)

We are all familiar with the opening line of the much-loved traditional Christmas poem 'Twas the Night Before Christmas, but in the hands of five inventive and imaginative writers the traditional gets a contemporary and unexpected twist in this week of new stories for BBC7.

Book-ending their stories with the opening and closing lines of the poem, writers Philip Ardagh, Carlo Gebler, Garry Kilworth, Dominic Holland and Arthur Mathews bring us five unique interpretations of what might happen on the night before Christmas.

From a Celtic spin on an ancient folk tale to some unexpected encounters with some favourite Christmas characters, the stories provide an entertaining collection to usher in the festive season.

Working on Christmas Eve is no fun if your eccentric boss acts even more oddly than usual.

Working on Christmas Eve is no fun if your eccentric boss acts even more oddly than usual.

Robert Webb reads Arthur Mathews' tale.

Working on Christmas Eve is no fun, especially when your eccentric boss is acting even more oddly than usual.

by Arthur Mathews

Read by Robert Webb

Produced by Heather Larmour

Understaffed, underpaid, the busiest time of the year with urgent deadlines to meet: Christmas Eve in the office is no picnic and certainly no time for your eccentric boss to behave even more strangely than usual!

02Gifts2005122020051221
20061219 (BBC7)
20061220 (BBC7)
20071225 (BBC7)
20081223 (BBC7)
20091222 (BBC7)
20091223 (BBC7)

A student gets more than a lift from some unusual travellers on Christmas Eve.

Joe Armstrong reads Garry Kilworth's tale.

Cold, wet and hitching a lift on Christmas Eve, a student gets both a lift and a rare gift

Cold, wet and hitching a lift on Christmas Eve, a student gets both a lift and a rare gift from some unusual travellers.

by Garry Kilworth

Read by Joe Armstrong

Produced by Heather Brennon

Cold, wet and far from home on Christmas Eve, a young hitchhiker on his way to his friend's house gets not just a lift from some unusual travellers but a gift that will have a profound effect on the rest of his life.

02Gifts2005122020051221
20061219 (BBC7)
20061220 (BBC7)
20071225 (BBC7)
20081223 (BBC7)
20091222 (BBC7)
20091223 (BBC7)

A student gets more than a lift from some unusual travellers on Christmas Eve.

Joe Armstrong reads Garry Kilworth's tale.

Cold, wet and hitching a lift on Christmas Eve, a student gets both a lift and a rare gift

Cold, wet and hitching a lift on Christmas Eve, a student gets both a lift and a rare gift from some unusual travellers.

by Garry Kilworth

Read by Joe Armstrong

Produced by Heather Brennon

Cold, wet and far from home on Christmas Eve, a young hitchhiker on his way to his friend's house gets not just a lift from some unusual travellers but a gift that will have a profound effect on the rest of his life.

03Silver Hoof The Goat2005122120051222
20061220 (BBC7)
20061221 (BBC7)
20071226 (BBC7)
20081224 (BBC7)
20091223 (BBC7)
20091224 (BBC7)

Old Gregory adopts young orphan Maggie and her cat Edmund for company.

By Carlo Gebler.

Read by David Kelly & Hannah R Gordon

Produced by Heather Brennon

When old Gregory adopts young orphan, Maggie, she insists her cat Edmund comes too.

The following Christmas they receive a wonderful gift but sadly for Maggie it doesn't come without making a sacrifice.

Old Gregory adopts orphan Maggie and her cat Edmund for company.

David Kelly and Hannah R Gordon read Carlo Gebler's tale.

03Silver Hoof The Goat2005122120051222
20061220 (BBC7)
20061221 (BBC7)
20071226 (BBC7)
20081224 (BBC7)
20091223 (BBC7)
20091224 (BBC7)

Old Gregory adopts young orphan Maggie and her cat Edmund for company.

By Carlo Gebler.

Read by David Kelly & Hannah R Gordon

Produced by Heather Brennon

When old Gregory adopts young orphan, Maggie, she insists her cat Edmund comes too.

The following Christmas they receive a wonderful gift but sadly for Maggie it doesn't come without making a sacrifice.

Old Gregory adopts orphan Maggie and her cat Edmund for company.

David Kelly and Hannah R Gordon read Carlo Gebler's tale.

04The Emergency Visit2005122220051223
20061221 (BBC7)
20061222 (BBC7)
20071227 (BBC7)
20081225 (BBC7)
20091224 (BBC7)
20091225 (BBC7)

As A&E Doctor Robert Johnson starts his shift, an unforgettable patient arrives.

Philip Jackson reads Dominic Holland's tale.

As Dr Robert Johnson begins his busy shift, he encounters an unforgettable patient.

As Dr Robert Johnson begins his busy shift in A&E, he is about to encounter a patient he'll never forget.

by Dominic Holland

Read by Philip Jackson

Produced by Heather Larmour

Shootings, stabbings, beatings, hit and runs, muggings - just an average Christmas Eve shift in a busy Accident & Emergency department for Dr Robert Johnston.

That and the odd drunk and disorderly in Father Christmas outfit! Robert has seen it all before and is disillusioned with Christmas and with human nature, but this is one shift he won't forget in a hurry!

04The Emergency Visit2005122220051223
20061221 (BBC7)
20061222 (BBC7)
20071227 (BBC7)
20081225 (BBC7)
20091224 (BBC7)
20091225 (BBC7)

As A&E Doctor Robert Johnson starts his shift, an unforgettable patient arrives.

Philip Jackson reads Dominic Holland's tale.

As Dr Robert Johnson begins his busy shift, he encounters an unforgettable patient.

As Dr Robert Johnson begins his busy shift in A&E, he is about to encounter a patient he'll never forget.

by Dominic Holland

Read by Philip Jackson

Produced by Heather Larmour

Shootings, stabbings, beatings, hit and runs, muggings - just an average Christmas Eve shift in a busy Accident and Emergency department for Dr Robert Johnston.

That and the odd drunk and disorderly in Father Christmas outfit! Robert has seen it all before and is disillusioned with Christmas and with human nature, but this is one shift he won't forget in a hurry!

05 LASTNot A Word Of A Lie2005122320051224
20061222 (BBC7)
20061223 (BBC7)
20071228 (BBC7)
20081226 (BBC7)
20091225 (BBC7)
20091226 (BBC7)

Young Philip's Christmas Eve encounter proves that the season is truly miraculous.

James Fleet reads Philip Ardagh's tale.

Christmas is magical to Philip.

On Christmas Eve he has a miraculous encounter.

On Christmas Eve he has an encounter which confirms that it is a truly miraculous time.

by Philip Ardagh

Read by James Fleet

Produced by Heather Brennon

Despite his older brother's best efforts to spoil things for him Christmas is still a special and magical event for young Philip; and on Christmas Eve he has an encounter which confirms that it is indeed an enchanting and miraculous time.

05 LASTNot A Word Of A Lie2005122320051224
20061222 (BBC7)
20061223 (BBC7)
20071228 (BBC7)
20081226 (BBC7)
20091225 (BBC7)
20091226 (BBC7)

Young Philip's Christmas Eve encounter proves that the season is truly miraculous.

James Fleet reads Philip Ardagh's tale.

Christmas is magical to Philip.

On Christmas Eve he has a miraculous encounter.

On Christmas Eve he has an encounter which confirms that it is a truly miraculous time.

by Philip Ardagh

Read by James Fleet

Produced by Heather Brennon

Despite his older brother's best efforts to spoil things for him Christmas is still a special and magical event for young Philip; and on Christmas Eve he has an encounter which confirms that it is indeed an enchanting and miraculous time.