King of Christmas Lights

King of Christmas Lights
Radio Times
Review by:
Jane Rackham

When it comes to Christmas decorations, sticking up a string of lights and a sprig of holly is about it for most of us. But, as this cheery Cutting Edge film shows, there are a few twinkly obsessives who spend months (and a heck of a lot of money) adorning their houses in festive bling.

Paul Toole’s bungalow in Somerset is an eye-poppingly bright winter wonderland with a holographic Santa conducting and the lights flashing in time to the music. Karl Beetson in Northamptonshire takes the art of computerised displays even further and has a band of cuddly animals performing Christmas songs sequenced to his lights — although it’s an uphill battle getting his reluctant dad to help. And in Bristol there are
light wars between competing neighbours.

These tacky mega-watt displays are spectacular, fun and raise a lot of money for charity — but you really wouldn’t want to live next door.

About this programme

Cutting Edge delves into the world of extreme festive decorations, meeting people whose homes boast some of the most eye-catching and impressive Christmas-light displays in the UK. Paul Toole spends more than £5,000 on his hobby annually, and this year has planned his most ambitious project yet - to decorate all the houses on his street. Northamptonshire computer whizz Karl Beetson is trying to use animatronics to create a spectacular display, while Bristol brothers and next-door neighbours Paul and Lee Brailsford face competition from a rival planning to upstage them.

Cast and crew

Crew

Director
James Routh
Executive Producer
David DeHaney
Producer
Kufena Coulter
Categories
Education

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