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Behind the scenes as Chinese TV prepares for New Year Gala

8 February 2013 Last updated at 17:11 GMT

More than 200 million people are on the move in China to be with their families for the Lunar New Year this weekend.

Many will be watching the carefully co-ordinated Lunar New Year Gala, where hundreds of acts will be expected to perform.

The BBC's John Sudworth has gained exclusive access to plans by Chinese state television for this weekend's New Year gala programme.