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Attenborough 3D project, Daniel Radcliffe drama head Sky Christmas lineup

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Sir David Attenborough's new 3D series on the Galapagos Islands has been confirmed as part of Sky's Christmas schedules.

Galapagos 3D will launch on New Year's Day on Sky 3D and rounds off a lineup of festive comedy, high-end drama and US imports across Sky's entertainment channels.

Sir David Attenborough at a UKTV autumn/winter press launch at the Saatchi Gallery, September 11 2012

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Attenborough's project is a three-part series, which airs on January 1, 5 and 12. The multi-award-winning natural history broadcaster's fourth collaboration with Sky will use pioneering 3D techniques and technology to explore the unique environments and species of the Galapagos.

"It's only now that the latest developments in camera technology have given us the possibility of filming the full range of wildlife in 3D, and the first place I wanted to put that to the test was the Galapagos," said Attenborough.

"I mean, lizards that swim, swim down to the bottom of the seabed and graze seaweed, has to be really an extraordinary thing. Galapagos is full of dramas, and it is also full of very, very charismatic animals which, because they're uniquely unafraid of humans, you can get up close to and film: it's a natural for 3D."

Other treats on Sky over the festive season include Daniel Radcliffe and Mad Men's Jon Hamm's A Young Doctor's Notebook, which will air on Sky Arts, and a new series of Little Crackers comedy shorts, with Darren Boyd, Rebecca Front and Joanna Lumley among the comics signed up.

Daniel Radcliffe and Jon Hamm in Sky Arts's 'A Young Doctor's Notebook'.

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There will be Christmas specials for Sky1 and Sky Living sitcoms Spy, Trollied and Mount Pleasant, while Sky Atlantic will air HBO's Emmy-nominated drama Hemingway & Gellhorn.

The Sky Movies Christmas Channel returns on December 1, and The Muppets and The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn will be among the new films on show.

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