Dickens classics, singing schoolboys, shopping cart speed demons and the promises of educational toys: all this and more in TVO's December 2008 schedule

    TORONTO, Oct. 30 /CNW/ - Will one man's passion for song be enough to win
over a bunch of sport-loving alpha males? How does a group of homeless men
find redemption - and exhilaration - in the tony suburb of North Vancouver?
Will that toy you bought really turn your tot into a baby Einstein? And what
does Dickens still have to teach us about the human condition in the face of
poverty and struggle? These are just a few of the many thought-provoking
questions TVO's documentaries, dramas and current affairs programs will raise
throughout its December 2008 schedule.
    December brings a duo of Dickens classics to TVO including a new
adaptation of Oliver Twist starring newcomer William Miller as the courageous
orphan and Timothy Spall as Fagin. In The Old Curiosity Shop, Derek Jacobi
stars as a grandfather whose gambling losses put him and his granddaughter on
the run to escape a vindictive loan shark.
    Sundays December 7 to 28 at 8 pm, the determined London Symphony
Orchestra choirmaster Gareth Malone returns in The Choir: Boys Don't Sing to
take on his biggest challenge yet: forging a 100-strong male-voice choir to
perform at Royal Albert Hall from a group of boisterous, sport-loving teens
who think singing is best left "for the girls."
    On Wednesday December 3 at 10 pm, TVO's The View From Here presents the
world broadcast premiere of the documentary Carts of Darkness, in which a
group of homeless men in North Vancouver turn their bottle-picking livelihood
into a thriving subculture of shopping cart racing.
    In a season where toy marketing goes into overdrive, how can you tell if
any "educational" toy you might buy truly lives up to its claims? Your Voice,
TVO's web-TV series for parents, examines this topic Tuesday December 2 live
at 9 pm at tvoparents.com.
    And in current affairs programming, stage and screen legend Christopher
Plummer talks about his new memoir, In Spite of Myself, Friday December 12 at
10 pm on Allan Gregg in Conversation.
    For more information on these programs and more, please visit TVO's
December 2008 media highlights at

    About TVO

    TVO is Ontario's public educational media organization and a trusted
source of interactive educational content that informs, inspires and
stimulates curiosity and thought. TVO's vision is to empower people to be
engaged citizens of Ontario through educational media.

    Where to find TVO

    Cable subscribers channel 2 (channel may vary in some areas), Bell TV
(formerly Bell Expressvu) subscribers: Channel 265, Star Choice subscribers:
Channel 353

For further information:

For further information: Media Contacts: Angela Garde, (416) 484-2600
x2445, agarde@tvo.org; Anne Rubenstein, (416) 484-2881, arubenstein@tvo.org;
Audience Relations: (416) 484-2665, asktvo@tvo.org

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