Good to see the BBC investing in High Art like "Cirque du Soleil": Ballet comes to BBC1
By Jason Deans for The Guardian
Lorraine Heggessey: 'Nutcracker is key to arts programming'
BBC1 controller Lorraine Heggessey is once again bidding to head off critics who complain that her channel has abandoned serious arts coverage by commissioning the first ballet to be seen on BBC1 for at least 20 years.
Ms Heggessey has ordered a TV version of choreographer Matthew Bourne's radical reworking of Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker, which relocates the action to a bleak, Dickensian orphanage on Christmas Eve.
She has also commissioned a TV special for BBC1 based on Cirque du Soleil's critically acclaimed circus show.
Both arts specials are expected to go out in an early evening slot on BBC1 during the channel's Christmas 2003 schedule. click for more