20121203-060119.jpgThat’s it, the advent calendars are out and Christmas is undeniably on its way! Last month though we were full of festive spirit (the non alcoholic kind!) when we were invited along to the filming of the CBeebies Christmas Pantomime. Cue the obligatory chorus “Oh no you wasn’t! Oh yes I was!”.

Set your TV recorders now for 4:30pm on Friday 21st December airing on both CBeebies and BBC One for a sprinkling of magic beans and cries of β€˜Fe-Fi-Fo-Fum’ as CBeebies this Christmas brings you, Jack and the Beanstalk. Starring all the CBeebies presenters they visit an enchanted land for some festive fun with plenty of pantomime frolics and a few CBeebies surprises!

King Justin the Messy is worried. The Royal Family have had a very busy year touring the country for his Jubilee celebrations, but some things are not going to plan. The King’s daughter Princess Nina is more concerned with working in her laboratory than finding a prince to marry, and most worryingly, things keep going missing. The King decides that whoever finds the missing items will be rewarded with his daughter’s hand in marriage.

Nearby, on a small farm just outside the village lives a boy called Jack with his mum Dame Trott, his sister Jill and their cow Daisy. When Daisy runs out of milk, Dame Trott decides to sell Daisy and sends Jack off to market. On the way, Jack bumps into Fair Deal Fred who agrees to buy Daisy for 6 gold pieces, or so Jack thinks! On his return home Jack discovers that Fred has tricked him and has actually given him beans. Dame Trott is furious. Fortunately, Mr Bloom overhears the rumpus and decides to help the Trott family by planting the beans, using a little bit of compost from the Composterium and a sprinkling of water. But, as he knows, the beans will take a long time to grow. So it’s time for a bit of Big World Magic from Tree Fu Tom, Treetops, the Pantomime Fairy and the audience who take their spell poses for the ‘Grow Grow Grow’ spell. Magically the beans start to grow, grow, grow!

Jack climbs the beanstalk, only to come face to face with the naughty Giant. Will Jack overcome the Giant and retrieve the missing CBeebies things? Jack and the Beanstalk is narrated by Bernard Cribbins and was performed in front of a live audience starring Me, Lil H and Diva G, Amy, Kate and Ruth at The Palace Theatre in Manchester so keep your eyes peeled you may spot a blogger or two!

Sid Sloane plays the role of Jack; Chris Jarvis is Dame Trott; Cerrie Burnell is Jill; Pui Fan Lee is Treetops, the Pantomime Fairy; Alex Winters is Fair Deal Fred; Justin Fletcher is King Justin the Messy; Katrina Bryan is Princess Nina and Andy Day is the Giant. The Panto also features Ben Faulks as Mr Bloom; Phil Gallagher as Mr Maker; Katy Ashworth as the Giant’s cook, Rebecca Keatley as the Royal Harpist, Steve Kynman as Robert the Robot and Dr Ranj as himself.

The CBeebies Panto airs on CBeebies and BBC ONE simultaneously on Friday 21st December at 4:30pm GMT – we can’t wait, it was a privilege to be part of the live audience and we can’t wait to see the panto again. Are you looking forward to it as much as we are?