A Christmas to remember on S4C

7 December 2020

This year has been an unusual year for all of us, and it is true that this Christmas will be very different for many.

S4C will have a jam-packed schedule of Christmas programmes for the whole family, and S4C's Christmas advert this year celebrates the Christmas spirit but also marks a difficult year for all.

Set in a street of houses, we follow a chain reaction of music and light that flows from house to house. At the heart of it all is a delivery man - a job that has been key to all of our lives over the past few months. On the delivery van's trail, we get to enjoy Christmas scenes in the neighbours' houses - children making a snowman out of toilet paper, decorating a Christmas tree and placing decorations outside their homes.

And as the delivery man departs, the place is bursting with music and lighting

In a collaboration with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, a special new arrangement by John Quirk of Caryl Parry Jones' Christmas song, 'Nadolig Llawen i chi gyd' (A Merry Christmas for all), was composed for this advert. And some of the Orchestra's musicians also star in the ad as well.

Lisa Tregale, BBC National Orchestra of Wales' Director said:

"We're delighted to have performed the music for this special festive advert for S4C and the musicians at the BBC National Orchestra of Wales loved taking part in the recording and the filming.

The whole team is excited about being a small part of Christmas for everyone across Wales this year and we wish everyone a safe and happy festive season."

Many children join in the festive fun in the advert as well.

Owen, 12, from Whitchurch in Cardiff, enjoyed the exciting experience of filming with friends old and new:

"It was like Christmas was coming, and I enjoyed it! Once, the toy deer got stuck in the trolley, which was really funny!"

The 10-year-old twins from Cardiff, Ela and Ana Carlisle, had an unforgettable day too:

"It was a lot of fun to film, especially with Toby the dog! The whole street looked so festive - it felt like Christmas eve! "

S4C's Christmas advert will be on throughout December.

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