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2 hours, 59 minutes
First broadcast:
Tuesday 20 December 2011

A fully interactive show for all the family, featuring music, special guests and listeners on the phone.

Music Played

25 items
  • Image for Frank Sinatra

    Frank Sinatra Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!

    Christmas Songs By Sinatra, Columbia, 6

  • Image for Kid Rock, Martina McBride & T.I.

    Kid Rock, Martina McBride & T.I. Care

    Born Free, Atlantic, 5

  • Image for Scrooge & The Chorus

    Scrooge & The Chorus Thank You Very Much

    Scrooge - Original Soundtrack, CBS

  • Image for David Bowie

    David Bowie The Jean Genie

    David Bowie - Best Of Bowie, EMI

  • Image for Smokie

    Smokie Living Next Door To Alice

    20 Songs Of Love From The 70's (Vario, MFP

  • Image for Kay Starr

    Kay Starr (Everybody's Waitin' For) The Man With The Bag

    Ultra Lounge Vol.13: Christmas Cocktails (Various Artists), Capitol

  • Image for Michael Bublé

    Michael Bublé Cold December Night

    Michael Buble Christmas, 143, 12

  • Image for The Housemartins

    The Housemartins Caravan Of Love

    Music Gala Of The Year '88, Arcade Benelux

  • Image for Georgie Fame

    Georgie Fame and Blue Flames Yeh Yeh

    20 Beat Classics, Polydor

  • Image for The Torero Band

    The Torero Band Good King Wenseslas

    Tijuana Christmas, Music For Pleasure

  • Image for Caro Emerald

    Caro Emerald Stuck

    (CD Single), Dramatico, 1

  • Image for The Pogues

    The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl A Fairytale Of New York

    The Best Christmas Album In The World, Virgin

  • Image for John Lennon

    John Lennon Imagine

    John Lennon - Lennon Legend, Parlophone

  • Image for ABBA

    ABBA Mamma Mia

    Abba Gold (40th Anniversary Edition), Polar, 004

  • Image for Status Quo

    Status Quo Movin' On

    Quid Pro Quo, Fourth Chord Records, 1

  • Image for Doris Day

    Doris Day I'll Be Home For Christmas

    The Doris Day Christmas Album, CBS

  • Image for Journey

    Journey Don't Stop Believing

    Rock Of America (Various Artists), Trax Label

  • Image for Pink Floyd

    Pink Floyd Another Brick In The Wall

    Pink Floyd, Harvest

  • Image for Beyoncé

    Beyoncé Love On Top

    4, RCA, 1

  • Image for Chris de Burgh

    Chris de Burgh The Bells Of Christmas

    (CD Single), Ferryman Productions, 1

  • Image for Shawn Phillips

    Shawn Phillips Christmas Song

    It's Christmas Time (Various Artists), Mercury

  • Image for Wings

    Wings Mull Of Kintyre

    Paul McCartney - All The Best!, Parlophone

  • Image for Dean Parrish

    Dean Parrish I'm On My Way

    The Best Northern Soul All-Nighter (V, Virgin

  • Image for Mr Blobby

    Mr Blobby Mr Blobby

  • Image for Choir of King's College, Cambridge

    Choir of King's College, Cambridge Silent Night

    That's Christmas (Various Artists), EMI

  • Pause for Thought

    With Father Christopher Jamison, a Benedictine Monk

    "Carols are everywhere at this time of the year. Carols are the living sound of Christmas and they invite us into the heart of this thrilling season. Do you have a favourite Chris? I love Silent Night not only because it’s beautiful but also because of the story around its composition. One Xmas Eve in an Austrian village, the local priest had a problem; the organ in his church had broken down. So he dug up a Xmas poem he’d written the previous year, took down his guitar and rushed to see the local school teacher. Between them, they composed the now famous tune to be accompanied by simple guitar chords and performed it that night, a triumph of making do. Xmas rarely goes according to plan and something beautiful can emerge if we respond spontaneously and creatively. Making plans is good but making do is even better. Then there are the words of Silent Night. ‘All is calm, all is bright, Round yon virgin tender and mild’ goes the English version; the original German is darker: ‘All are asleep; alone and awake only the intimate, holy couple.’ Quite a difference between ‘all is bright round yon virgin’ and the unsentimental thought that Mary and Joseph are awake with worry. Some of us have a lot to worry about and Christmas celebrations can seem unreal by comparison. So we need to remember that worry is part of the story. There was an unfriendly inn keeper and a dirty stable but love still shines out of the manger. As the original Silent Night says ‘Son of God, O how he laughs, Love from your divine mouth.’ In spite of appearances, life is friendly. So I hope that this Christmas we can all make do, see the bigger picture and be truly happy."


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