In this comedic parody of the Christmas Day address, The Queen speaks ‘plainly and from the heart’ to reveal what she and Philip have been up to in lockdown and offers a demonstration of her new TikTok dance routine. She says the theme of her Christmas message is ‘trust’, and warns viewers to question ‘whether what we see and hear is always as it seems’. In 2020 the message is a stark warning about the advanced technology that is enabling the proliferation of misinformation and fake news in a digital age. First airing in 1993, the Channel 4 Christmas message – the alternative to the Queen’s annual televised message to the nation – has previously featured an illustrious and varied selection of presenters, including whistleblower Edward Snowden, the Reverend Jesse Jackson, Doreen and Neville Lawrence, The Simpsons and Danny Dyer.
Alternative Christmas Message – Christmas day 3.25pm on Channel 4