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WATCH: Getting into the panto spirit with tv stars Gaffney and Bissix

A big Christmas Eve tradition is a trip to the panto - and this year you're spoiled for choice in the West. From Jack and the Beanstalk at Yeovil's Octagon Theatre to Sleeping Beauty at The Everyman in Cheltenham.

This year in Weston-super-Mare, the Playhouse is staging its own production of Peter Pan, created for the first time by an in-house team.

A little earlier Ian Axton was invited backstage, where he bumped into some familiar faces. Dean Gaffney of I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! and Eastenders, and Gemma Bissix of Hollyoaks and Eastenders.

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Panto preparations start

It might only be September but the cast of the Christmas pantomime, Cinderella have got together at the Bristol Hippodrome to launch this year's production.

Actress Suzanne Shaw will take the title role, with Louie Spence as Dandini and comedian Andy Ford as Buttons along with David Roper as Baron Hardup and Liz Robertson as Fairy Godmother.

The cast of Cinderella Credit: ITV News West Country