Sunday 20 October 2019

Mixed lot in Channel 4's alternative message

Robert Dex in London

A transsexual former policeman, two teachers and a dwarf are among the group delivering Channel 4's alternative Christmas Day message this year.

The channel, which has broadcast an alternative to the queen's speech every year since 1993, will show two alternatives.

The first will feature well-known faces from some of the channel's shows, including Max Laird from 'Seven Dwarves', Karen Gayle from 'My Transsexual Summer' and acid attack survivor Katie Piper.

Ms Piper, who also delivered the 2009 message, said: "Look around the room and cherish every one of your family members. Accept them for their good and bad points, because ultimately, when the superficial and material are stripped away, it's friends and family we are left with."

There will also be a message from two of the teachers, Vic Goddard and Stephen Drew, who starred in the documentary 'Educating Essex'.

Head teacher Mr Goddard said: "I hope I have goodwill towards all men all year round. Youth today are given such a hard time and for some young people Christmas will be fairly rubbish. It's a time when differences are magnified."

The message has previously been delivered by Ali G, Jamie Oliver and Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Irish Independent

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