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2 hours, 59 minutes
First broadcast:
Wednesday 21 December 2011

On today's show, we injected a little sunshine into our festivities with The Ebony Steel Band, and we talked carols and choirs with Stephen Cleobury from Kings College, Cambridge.

Moira trounced Vassos at Head 2 Headlines, and our On This Day came from none other than Tony Christie!

Music Played

23 items
  • Image for Boney M.

    Boney M. Mary's Boy Child

    That's Christmas (Various Artists), EMI

  • Image for Paul Carrack

    Paul Carrack Thinking About You (This Christmas)

    (CD Single), Carrack UK, 1

  • Image for Louis Armstrong

    Louis Armstrong Cool Yule

    Serendipity O.S.T. (Various Artists), Columbia

  • Image for Madonna

    Madonna Don't Tell Me

    (CD Single), Maverick, 16

  • Image for Girls Aloud

    Girls Aloud Sound Of The Underground

    (CD Single), Polydor

  • Image for The Rolling Stones

    The Rolling Stones Brown Sugar

    The Rolling Stones - Forty Licks, Abkco

  • Image for The Rolling Stones

    The Rolling Stones Satisfaction

    The Rolling Stones - Remastered, Abkco

  • Image for Gareth Malone

    Gareth Malone and Military Wives Wherever You Are

    (CD Single), Decca

  • Image for Bruce Springsteen

    Bruce Springsteen Born In The USA

    Bruce Springsteen - Born In The USA, CBS

  • Image for Perry Como

    Perry Como and The Fontane Sisters It's Beginning To Look Like Christmas

    The Polar Express O.S.T. (Various Artists), Reprise

  • Image for Cee Lo Green

    Cee Lo Green Anyway

    Ladykiller: Platinum Edition, Warner Bros, 1

  • Image for Gabriella Cilmi

    Gabriella Cilmi Warm This Winter

    (CD Single), Universal, 1

  • Image for Münchener Freiheit

    Münchener Freiheit Keeping The Dream Alive

    The Best Christmas... Ever! (Various), Virgin

  • Image for U2

    U2 Stuck In A Moment You Can't Get Out Of

    (CD Single), Island

  • Image for Matt Cardle

    Matt Cardle Starlight

    Letters, Syco, 1

  • Image for Doris Day

    Doris Day Christmas Present

  • Image for The Kinks

    The Kinks Apeman

    The Kinks - The Definitive Collection, Polygram Tv

  • Image for Choir of King's College, Cambridge

    Choir of King's College, Cambridge Hark The Herald Angels Sing

    Carols From King's College, Cambridge, EMI

  • Image for Four Tops

    Four Tops Loco In Acapulco

    The Ultimate Party (Various Artists), Hit Label

  • 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 Odyssey

    Odyssey Native New Yorker

    Million Sellers Vol.17 - The Seventie, Disky

  • Image for The Brilliant Things

    The Brilliant Things Dance

    (CD Single), Spokes Records, 1

  • Image for The Jam

    The Jam Beat Surrender

    Now 1983 - The Millennium Series, EMI

  • Pause for Thought

    With Father Brian D'Arcy, a Catholic Passionist priest.

    "Today, the winter Solstice, is the shortest day of the year. For thousands of years people held festivals of light to help them get through the dark days of winter. Christians chose the 25th December as the date for Christmas, in part, because of the already established rituals of light. So, Christmas goodwill, the lights, candles and fancy decorations, are meant to fill our lives with light and hope. Whether we know it or not, we need a celebration at the turn of winter.

    "Not far from where I live here in Ireland, Newgrange was an ancient burial ground for Kings; it’s over 3000 years old. Those Celtic people ingeniously designed their burial chamber so that the box-like lintel on the roof, would catch the rays of the sun as it rose almost horizontally, on this, winter solstice, day. It was that precise.

    "This morning there are people in the Newgrange chamber waiting for the dazzling morning sun to rush from the lintel’s opening and shoot down through the maze of narrow corridors, dispelling the darkness and flooding the burial-place in light. Long before Christ was born, the Celts knew that even in depths of winter, light shatters the dark and brings hope.

    "The feast of Christmas is fast approaching. God came to us as a helpless baby, born in a dark cave, so that the lives of all people, the good, the bad and indifferent, could be enlightened with peace and good cheer.

    "So enjoy your Christmas; eat, drink and be merry; may you laugh, love and be loved; may you be smothered in goodness; may you know that the more truly human you are, the more like God you become; bless your family with your own goodness; and may this be your most joyful and most memorable Christmas ever."

  • Chris and the girls from Ebony Steelband!

    Chris and the girls from Ebony Steelband!


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