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Tune in to tackle loneliness this Christmas!

By Alan Beresford

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STARS including Ria Hebden and Danny John-Jules will be coming to the screen to tackle loneliness at Christmas.

The Together TV team are ready to had some sparkle to Christmas Day.
The Together TV team are ready to had some sparkle to Christmas Day.

The duo will be appearing with a variety of guests on Christmas Together, a Christmas TV show that will be broadcast both on TV and online on Christmas Day at 1pm to connect people across the UK.

It will feature chat, top tips, songs and festive joy to viewers to create a sense of sharing and connection for people isolating, shielding and alone this Christmas

The show follows a chat show format as Hebden interviews her guests and tries out practical tips and demonstrations about gardening, DIY, crafting and light exercise, along with everyone sharing personal stories and Christmas anecdotes.

The work by mutual aid groups across the UK will be highlighted during the show through short videos.

Host Ria said: “I am happy to be involved with Together TV as it addresses topics that are close to my values. Christmas Together is a great initiative for TV to positively impact viewers whilst tackling bigger societal issues.”

Actor Danny John-Jules, known to many as Cat from Red Dwarf, said: “It’s been a complicated year for us all. It’s great to get together for a good cause, and Christmas Together will be one not to miss.”

Together TV has been campaigning to connect communities throughout the Covid-19 lockdowns. Its You Are Not Alone campaign supported thousands of people in the initial lockdown through a helpline, email, social media and online resources which over 20,000 people accessed to get or give support.

Christmas Together is part of Together TV’s Christmas campaign to fight social isolation. The TV broadcaster joins the Great Winter Get Together, an initiative of the Jo Cox Foundation to face loneliness together by building meaningful connections. The campaign introduces five ways to connect this winter for a less lonely world with weekly themes, including thanking, reaching, showing, understanding and helping.

Alexander Kann, CEO of Together TV, said: “As the leading TV channel for inspiring positive change, we knew we had to do something to bring people together, even whilst apart, this Christmas.

"So we are trying our best to bring some festive cheer by entertaining and inspiring the nation, with guests and experts who can bring a smile to our viewers, inspire our viewers to get involved and make a difference in their lives.”

Together TV is on Freeview 87, Sky 170, Virgin 269 and Freesat 164, along with being on-demand on My5 and social videos on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and DailyMotion.

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