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3 hours
First broadcast:
Thursday 16 December 2010

Today's show was co-hosted by cheerful comic mastermind, Michael McIntyre. He popped in for tea and toast with us from 8:00am and was given the full Radio 2 Breakfast Show welcome.

And he's no slouch when it comes to hosting things. Because tonight on BBC1 at 8:00pm you can see him hosting the whole of the 2010 Royal Variety Performance.

Sandy Harris aged 6 from Maidstone in Kent is going to his school Christmas party today, and will return tomorrow to mark it out of ten.

Music Played

24 items
  • Image for Stealers Wheel

    Stealers Wheel Stuck In The Middle With You

    (Single), A&M

  • Image for Seal

    Seal Weight Of My Mistakes

    Seal 6: Commitment, Warner Bros, 1

  • Big Screen Belter

    • Image for Queen

      Queen A Kind Of Magic

      Queen - Greatest Hits II, Parlophone

  • Image for Leroy Anderson

    Leroy Anderson Sleigh Ride

    100% Christmas (Various Artists), Telstar

  • Image for Amy Macdonald

    Amy Macdonald This Pretty Face

    (CD Single), Mercury, 1

  • Image for Elbow

    Elbow One Day Like This

    (CD Single), Fiction, 1

  • Image for Daryl Hall

    Daryl Hall and John Oates Kiss On My List

    Looking Back - The Best Of Hall & Oat, BMG

  • Image for Plain White T's

    Plain White T's Rhythm Of Love

    (CD Single), Hollywood Records, 1

  • Image for Tom Jones

    Tom Jones and Cerys Matthews Baby It's Cold Outside

    (CD Single), Gut Records

  • Image for Status Quo

    Status Quo Whatever You Want

    (CD Single), Polydor

  • Christmas Golden Oldie

  • Image for Caro Emerald

    Caro Emerald Riviera Life

    (CD Single), Dramatico, 1

  • Image for Del Amitri

    Del Amitri Kiss This Thing Goodbye

    Waking Hours, Universal, 001

  • Image for Badly Drawn Boy

    Badly Drawn Boy Donna Und Blitzen

    (CD Single), Xl

  • Image for Scissor Sisters

    Scissor Sisters Fire With Fire

    (CD Single), Polydor, 1

  • Image for Rod Stewart

    Rod Stewart Baby Jane

    The Best Of Rod Stewart, Warner Bros

  • Image for Cee Lo Green

    Cee Lo Green It's OK

    The Lady Killer, Warner Bros, 1

  • Image for Chris Rea

    Chris Rea Driving Home For Christmas

    (Single), WEA, 1

  • Image for The Human League

    The Human League Don't You Want Me

    Fantastic 80's Disc 2 (Various Artis, Columbia

  • Image for Take That

    Take That Rule The World

    (CD Single), Polydor

  • Image for Bing Crosby

    Bing Crosby White Christmas

    That's Christmas (Various Artists), EMI

  • Image for Laura Branigan

    Laura Branigan Gloria

    Disco Queens: The '80s (Various Artists), Rhino

  • Image for Adele

    Adele Make You Feel My Love

    19, XL, 1

  • Image for The Waitresses

    The Waitresses Christmas Wrapping

    The Best Christmas Album In The World, Virgin

  • Pause For Thought

    From Revd Ruth Scott, an Anglican vicar in Richmond:

    "Tonight is our school candlelit Carol Service. The staff and student choirs have been practising the music. For weeks Yr 9 pupils have been making amazing, almost life-size silhouette nativity figures. They’ll gradually build the stable scene through the service. Boys and girls from different years are acting the Christmas story characters. We filmed Mary in the art room, Joseph in Design Technology, Elizabeth in Food Technology, the Innkeeper in the Canteen, the Shepherds on the school field, and the wise men in the science lab. These clips will be shown during the service – if the IT goes according to plan!

    While the kids have been preparing these things, students across the country have been protesting on the streets. I’ve been struck by the contrast between the handful of protesters who’ve used the marches to run riot, vandalise property and fight street battles, and their fellow marchers, some of whom were just school girls, who’ve tried to stop them destroying vehicles and resorting to violence. As one of the student leaders said the next day when the papers were filled with pictures of the fighting, “This isn’t what we wanted to see. Our message has been completely sabotaged by those intent on destruction.”

    Now, I think there’s a link between the Nativity story, and the students protesting on the streets. In each of us, the impulse to lash out violently and indiscriminately when we’re at odds with others coexists with the capacity to seek peaceful ways to respond to painful experiences. The two differing Christmas stories in the gospels of Matthew and Luke stand in stark contrast to the violent times in which they were written. They tell how ordinary people, like Mary, can choose to bring love to birth in the messiness of life so that diverse people are drawn together rather than set at odds.

    Chris, yesterday, today and forever the Christmas story expresses the human longing for peace and challenges us to become channels for it."

  • Today's show was dedicated to anyone who has a lucky shirt!

    The show was entitled: "We have Michael McIntyre here with us today and Chris is seeing a bloke after the show called Phil McIntyre - what are the chances of that!"

  • Today's show starred:

    John Bernthal who chose the Big Screen Belter

    Warrant Officer Class 1 Dean Neath is knocking off for good from the army

    Susie Moore and her Parish Council from Chedworth are turning on their defibrillator

    Kevin Mackeaggan from London who has qualified as a Chartered Surveyor

    Tracey Aldridge who chose the Christmas Golden Oldie

    Alex Critchley from Tunbridge Wells who went to his school party as the Candyman

    Sandy Harris from Maidstone in Kent who is going to his school Christmas party

    Comedian Michael McIntyre co-hosted the show

    Revered Ruth Scott gave us reason to Pause For Thought


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