We hope you’re enjoying the festivities.
To help break up the boredom between repeats, Bill has recorded a special series of video clips exclusively for the website where he brings his own personal version of the 12 days of Christmas to life.
We have linked each of these clips to a bauble on Bill’s Christmas tree and each will be activated (and be available to click) on the corresponding day of Christmas, starting today with bauble number 1, tomorrow number 2 and so on.
Check back each day until 5th January 2010 to play Bill’s video for that day (or to play previous day’s clips).
Also, check out Bill’s seasonal message on the home page of the site. Just click the easel!
“Have a tremendous (non-faith specific) winter solstice pagan-style knees-up, from me, in the bunker, with a glass of Shiraz – BB x”
Bill is back from tour! (we know because we’ve just heard him humming that “Killing In The Name Of” ditty). Yes, his remarkable Remarkable Guide to the Orchestra tour has sadly come to an end but, whist the alpine horn may now safely be nestling in its horn bag, there’s no rest for Bill…
He’s currently in the process of reading headlines such as “Octopus snatches coconut and runs” and, “Chinese performer wows with speedy face mask changes” as he prepares for hosting this week’s Have I Got News For You, which airs on Friday 18 December at 9pm on BBC1.
Yesterday he was seen on set for the Alcohol: It’s No Joke campaign. We’ll hear more about this in the New Year, but in the meantime you can follow them on Twitter at @alcoholnojoke.
This is not the shopping list for an aftershow party
(we’re alright for violent assault and vodka at the moment, cheers)
Bill can also be seen on the Christmas Eve episode of QI on BBC1 at 10pm. This episode’s subject will be: Groovy. Bill appears with David Tennant, Lee Mack and Alan Davies.
In addition to the Twittering he’s been doing, Bill has been twitching, playing host to two celebrity teams in a series of tough, competitive bird watching challenges in Sky1 HD’s brand new six-part series, Bill Bailey’s Birdwatching Bonanza starting on Thursday 7 January at 9pm on Sky1 HD and Sky1.
In audio news, listen out for The People’s Classical Chart on 28 December at 12pm on BBC Radio 2. Bill reveals the top 30 most-heard classical recordings across Britain over the past 75 years, building towards the announcement of the one that’s been played the most on the radio, in shops, supermarkets, restaurants, airport lounges, hold music, lifts…everywhere but your local Wetherspoons, really.
We are sure you’d agree that no website would be complete without a party hat-wearing frog, and so without further ado, here it is; the new, revamped Bill Bailey site. Featuring the marvellous illustrations of Max Ellis, the site was designed and developed by Manchester Web Design company Vanilla Storm.
You will now be able to watch “Glassbox TV” – a virtual telly of our very own – currently showing the first two episodes of Behind The Tinsel, which documents behind the scenes shenanigans of Bill’s Tinselworm shows (featuring both the arena tours and the recent run in London’s West End). The episodes were created by a man with a camera called Daniel Mudford (the man – not the camera) and edited by a man called Matt Roberts. Thank you, men.
In the ‘Tour’ section, you’ll find some interactive tour programmes (from the Bewilderness, Steampunk and Part Troll shows), where you can turn each page with the click of your mouse and not get ink on your fingers.
We do so hope that you like what you find. Commence enjoyment thereof.