Cartoon matriarch Marge Simpson will deliver a Christmas speech to the British public, which will rival monarch Queen Elizabeth II's traditional festive message.

The blue-haired housewife will talk about family harmony from the living room of her clan's Springfield home.

UK TV network CHANNEL FOUR - who have snapped up the rights to screen THE SIMPSONS in Britain - will screen the message at the same time the Queen addresses the nation on other networks.

A source says, "Like the Queen, Marge has big hair, stays calm during problematic times, has a troublesome husband and kids who are hard to control - she's perfect for the alternative speech."

The show's producer Al Jean adds, "Go up against the Queen? I hope Marge beats her in the ratings."

29/09/2004 14:48