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Our Big Christmas Extravaganza with the Archbishop of York

3 hours
First broadcast:
Thursday 23 December 2010

The Chris Evans Breakfast Show travels to the home of the Archbishop of York for our big Christmas extravaganza. We will be broadcasting from around the kitchen table at Bishopthorpe Palace, and discovering what Yuletide treats an Archbishop keeps in his fridge.

Live music will be provided by James Dean Bradfield from the Manic Street Preachers (see what we did there), and KT Tunstall - both of whom will be tackling some classic Christmas covers for us. The choir from York Minster will also be present, peppering the show with bursts of carols throughout. We'll talk to Isabel - the twelve year old choirgirl sensation who was first discovered singing at the Minster. Her record is out now, and her mentor is none other than our very own Aled Jones!

Last time we took the Breakfast Show on the road, we had Moira Stuart reading the news from a horsebox. Where shall we find to place her this time around? Wherever it is, it will be suitably decked out with tinsel and baubles - of that you can be sure.

Tune in between 6.30-9.30am for seasonal surprises aplenty. You can also watch the action unfold before your eyes, as the show is streamed online and broadcast live on the BBC Red Button.

Music Played

19 items
  • Image for Coldplay

    Coldplay Christmas Lights

    (CD Single), Parlophone, 1

  • Image for Julie Andrews

    Julie Andrews The Sound Of Music

  • Image for Lipps, Inc.

    Lipps, Inc. Funky Town

    And They Danced All Night, Debutante

  • Image for Kylie Minogue

    Kylie Minogue Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!

    (CD Single), Parlophone, 1

  • Image for Queen

    Queen Don't Stop Me Now

    Jazz, Island, 12

  • Image for ABC

    ABC The Look Of Love

    And Then She Kissed Me Vol.1 (Various, Debutante

  • Image for Electric Light Orchestra

    Electric Light Orchestra Livin' Thing

    Light Years - The Very Best Of ELO, Epic

  • Image for Take That

    Take That Shine

    (CD Single), Polydor

  • Image for Tears for Fears

    Tears for Fears Sowing The Seeds Of Love

    The Best Of Drive Time (Various Artists), Polygram TV, 7

  • Image for Michael Jackson

    Michael Jackson Black Or White

    (CD Single), Epic

  • Image for U2

    U2 Angel Of Harlem

    U2 - The Best Of 1980-1990, Island, 12

  • Image for Cee Lo Green

    Cee Lo Green Forget You

    (CD Single), Warner Music UK, 1

  • Image for The Rolling Stones

    The Rolling Stones The Last Time

    The Rolling Stones - Forty Licks, Abkco

  • Image for Sammy Davis Jr.

    Sammy Davis Jr. The Candy Man

    Hits Of 1971 & 1972 (Various Artists), Polydor

  • Image for AC/DC

    AC/DC You Shook Me All Night Long

    AC/DC - Back In Black, EMI

  • Image for Elvis Presley

    Elvis Presley Elvis Presley - The First Noel

    Christmas Duets, RCA, 11

  • Image for Wham!

    Wham! Wake Me Up Before You Go Go

    Fantastic 80's Disc 1 (Various Artis, Columbia

  • Image for Bing Crosby

    Bing Crosby White Christmas

    That's Christmas (Various Artists), EMI

  • Image for James Blunt

    James Blunt Stay The Night

    Some Kind Of Trouble, Atlantic, 1

  • See pictures from the live show

    See pictures from the live show

    There's Chris, Jonny and Archibishop Sentamu plus Reindeer and huge Yorkshire puddings.

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  • Pause For Thought

    From the Archbishop of York, John Sentamu:

    “The angel said to the terrified shepherds: 'Don’t be afraid! I have good news for you, which will make everyone joyful. This day in King David’s city, a Saviour was born for you. He is Christ the Lord.' (Luke 2:10)

    Jesus is born in a stable, a stable he didn’t even own. He who dwelt in the splendour of heaven came to us and his maternity ward was a stable. He, who with the Father and the Holy Spirit, created the splendour of the universe, came to us lowly and homeless. He lived his life in exactly the same way.

    He came, not to the wealthy and influential, but to simple shepherds. And he reveals the mystery of his glory by coming to earth and dwelling among the lowly.

    Shepherds understood the work of this Saviour and Lord Christ better than kings, priests, or princes. As the Good Shepherd he came to dwell among the meek and lowly people whose hearts God had touched; and were therefore ready for a venturesome faith.

    The shepherds were in haste. They could not just sit still. They had to respond! They had to act! Having heard the good news from the angel, they responded positively and went to Bethlehem to see this thing that had taken place – revealed to them by the Lord.

    That message of the angel is for each one of us: 'Don’t be afraid'. For the missing, such as Madeline McCann, Claudia Lawrence and their parents: 'Don’t be afraid!'. For children in our own country who suffer at the hands of those who should care for them: 'Don’t be afraid!' For the downtrodden in our world: 'Don’t be afraid.'

    Why? Because two thousand years ago in King David’s city, a Saviour was born for us all; He is Christ the Lord. And he invites us to go and be angels in our communities till a new day dawns."


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