Friday Afternoon Distractions

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Whiling away your last few hours at work? These videos should help make time fly extra fast!

Created by Marieke Hardy (Spirited, Packed to the Rafters) and Kirsty Fisher (H20: Just Add Water, Laid is a black comedy about sex and death. With promos featuring phrases like "penis aneurism" and "fluid sharers", the series looks fun, quirky, and not for the faint-hearted.

Fast-tracked on ABC1 less than 24 hours after its Christmas Night premiere in the UK, Doctor Who: A Christmas Carol might be the show's best Christmas episode yet. Guest-starring Michael Gambon and Katherine Jenkins along side The Doctor (Matt Smith), Amy (Karen Gillan) and Rory (Arther Darvill), the iconic series' take on Dickens' classic is action-packed from the start.

Lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat said of the special, "Oh, we're going for broke on this one. It's all your favourite Christmas movies at once, in an hour, with monsters and the Doctor and a honeymoon and -- oh you'll see ... I've honestly never been so excited about writing anything!" We know how we'll be spending Boxing Day night!

This advert for Strongbow "Summer Blossom" apple cider creates the illusion of a white Christmas with everything blanketed in snow as far as the eye can see. However, images of singlets, shorts, bare feet and traditional Aussie BBQ complete with couch in the backyard soon reveal that it's actually something else falling from the sky ... almost makes us sympathise with our friends in the northern hemisphere. Almost.

Maybe toy shopping on Christmas Eve has made us loathe all that is cute and cuddly, but does anyone find this adorable nauseating Justin Bieber wannabe appealing? Seven-year-old "Matty B" raps along to Mariah Carey's 'All I Want for Christmas Is You', complete with a special shout-out to his b-boys and b-girls at the end ... if you can sit through it for that long.

And finally, our very own Kylie Minogue is getting into the festive spirit by releasing her own version of the Christmas classics 'Santa Baby' and 'Let It Snow' in a very Marilyn Munroe-esque manner (as seen performed during Christmas In Rockefeller Center in November 30 in New York.)

A portion of the sales will be donated to Children's charity Vision Australia, who is also the sponsor of Nine's Carols by Candlelight special which airs 8pm tonight (Christmas Eve). Don't be surprised if Our Kylie makes an appearance from London with a message much like this one. Merry Chri$tmas everyone!

If you missed last week's Friday Afternoon Distractions, see it here.

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