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Mackenzie Crook, Peter Capaldi and Richard Eyre inject credibility into Sky's season of dialogue-free short films

'Tis the season to be merry; it's also clearly the season for celebrity-studded short-film portmanteau seasons. Sky1 has come up with a Christmas-themed collection of 11 films lasting 10 minutes, all dialogue-free, that is unabashedly heartwarming, but also manages to inject a surprising amount of cinematic credibility into proceedings.

This sort of thing is normally a refuge for TV names taking a moment off from the day job and attempting to "stretch", or giving a shot in the director's chair for some actor or other – and the likes of Ross Kemp, Liza Tarbuck, Paterson Joseph and Peter Capaldi are all present and correct.

But there are some very odd participants floating about in Ten Minute Tales, people who I'd have thought would never have gone near a seasonal schmaltz-fest. For one, graphic novel maestro Neil Gaiman, »

- Andrew Pulver

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