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15/12/2011

Duration:
2 hours, 59 minutes
First broadcast:
Thursday 15 December 2011

Chris and the team tried an experiment with prunes...and Moira kept strict timing on the proceedings.

We talked clowning and comedy with our Mystery Guest, Cal McCrystal...who has directed James Corden in his recent West End play and played some seasonal rap to The Archbishop of Canterbury.

As well as a load of great music, Moira took Vasoss to the cleaners in Head 2 Headlines.

Music Played

27 items
  • Image for Electric Light Orchestra

    Electric Light Orchestra Rock 'n' Roll Is King

    ELO's Greatest Hits Vol.2, Epic

  • Image for Matt Cardle

    Matt Cardle Starlight

    Letters, Syco, 1

  • Image for Dire Straits

    Dire Straits Lady Writer

    Sultans Of Swing - Best Of Dire Straits, Vertigo

  • Image for Paloma Faith

    Paloma Faith Upside Down

    (CD Single), Epic, 1

  • Image for Randy Newman

    Randy Newman You've Got A Friend In Me

    Toy Story O.S.T., Walt Disney Records

  • Image for Razorlight

    Razorlight In The Morning

    (CD Single), Vertigo

  • Image for Miss 600

    Miss 600 Typically Me

    CD Single, Cubit Recordings, 1

  • Image for Cat Stevens

    Cat Stevens Matthew & Son

    The Very Best Of Cat Stevens, Island

  • Image for The Feeling

    The Feeling Feels Like Christmas

    (CD Single), Universal, 1

  • Image for The Real Thing

    The Real Thing You To Me Are Everything

    In The Summertime-Sound Of 70's, Part, Old Gold

  • Image for Nina & Frederik

    Nina & Frederik Little Donkey

    100 Fabulous All Time Hits (Various), World Record Club

  • Image for Beyoncé

    Beyoncé Love On Top

    4, RCA, 1

  • Image for Big Audio Dynamite

    Big Audio Dynamite E=MC2

    Alternative Eighties (Various Artist, Sony Music TV

  • Image for Frank Crumit

    Frank Crumit The Prune Song

  • Image for Alphabeat

    Alphabeat Fascination

    (CD Single), Copenhagen

  • Image for Jona Lewie

    Jona Lewie Stop The Cavalry

    The Ivor Novello Winners, EMI

  • Image for Status Quo

    Status Quo Movin' On

    Quid Pro Quo, Fourth Chord Records, 1

  • Image for Military Wives

    Military Wives and Gareth Malone Wherever You Are

    (CD Single), Decca

  • Image for Steve Miller Band

    Steve Miller Band Give It Up

    Steve Miller Band - Greatest Hits, Polygram Tv

  • Image for Al Green

    Al Green Tired Of Being Alone

    Shades Of Soul (Various Artists), Global Television

  • Image for Dallas Primary School

    Dallas Primary School Wherever You Are

  • Image for Noisettes

    Noisettes Never Forget You

    (CD Single), Mercury, 1

  • Image for Bruce Springsteen

    Bruce Springsteen Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town

    (Single), CBS

  • Image for Billie Jo Spears

    Billie Jo Spears Blanket On The Ground

    Ultimate Country (Various Artists), Telstar

  • Image for James

    James Sit Down

    True Brit (Various Artists), Polygram Tv

  • Image for Slade

    Slade Merry Xmas Everybody

    (CD Single), EMI

  • Image for Paul Simon

    Paul Simon Late In The Evening

    The Paul Simon Anthology (Disc 1), Warner Bros, 10

  • Pause for Thought

    With the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams.

    You know how every year you say, ‘This year I’m going to get Christmas sorted out. I’ll have the cards written by December the first and I’ll work our properly what we can afford and do the presents in time, and I’ll know exactly how many people are coming for meals and when, and…’all the rest of it. Lurking somewhere in our minds is the idea of the Perfect Christmas (probably with snow, only not the kind that closes down airports and messes up our travel plans).

    And every year, mysteriously, all our plans seem to evaporate and it’s the usual mess, with all the last minute panic. There’ll be a good few people concerned just now about what they can afford for a start.

    Yet it’s odd in a way, this business of Perfect Christmasses. The story of the first Christmas is the story of a series of completely unplanned, messy events – a surprise pregnancy, an unexpected journey that’s got to be made, a complete muddle over the hotel accommodation when you get there…Not exactly a perfect holiday.

    But it tells us something really vital. We try to plan all this stuff and stay in charge, and too often (especially with advertisers singing in our ears the whole time) we think that unless we can cook the perfect dinner, plan the perfect wedding, organise the perfect Christmas, we somehow don’t really count or we can’t hold our heads up.

    But in the complete mess of the first Christmas, God says, ‘Don’t worry – I’m not going to wait until you’ve got everything sorted out perfectly before I get involved with you. I’m already there for you in the middle of it all, and if you just let yourself lean on me a bit instead of trying to make yourself and everything around you perfect by your own efforts, everyone will feel a little more of my love flowing’.

    I’m never sure whether to wish anyone a peaceful Christmas, because it hardly ever is. But I can wish you joy in the midst of the mess, and every blessing from the God of ordinary, untidy, surprising things.

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