Christmas is that time of the year when people you haven't heard from ages get in touch to share their trials and tribulations. HMV remind us they have a very good selection of choirs and Welsh songbirds warbling Ave Maria taking the space of new talent; Cliff Richard launches his annual ghosts of Christmas Past; the leftover advocaat reminds you that it will be there next year now that Aunt Flo has used her Bingo wings to visit the Mecca in the sky; soap operas plan weddings that can't possibly go wrong and BBC News 24 sets up camp in Oxford Street to bring us the real news in between footage of floods and war.
Now we have previously unseen film of Madeleine McCann released to an eager but wary media, in a drip-drip approach favoured by the estate of Eva Cassidy.
Kate and Gerry McCann.......................... have released a new video featuring previously unseen footage of the little girl playing happily with her family before her disappearance.
- In the first recording of her speaking that has been made public, she encourages her brother and sister to copy her gestures, saying: "Clap your hands together and one, two, three."
- "Kate and Gerry do not wish to say anything further. They feel the video will speak for itself. This message is entirely focused on Madeleine, as it should be at this time of year.