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2 hours, 59 minutes
First broadcast:
Thursday 22 December 2011

Our studio was filled with the marvellous magical melodies of Libera, who performed some of our favourite carols, live in the studio.

Our Mystery Guest was Charlotte Smith, who played the challenging role of a stable wall in her school nativity, many years ago and we played out two brilliant versions of "Wherever You Are" in our roadside rescue Medley, featuring the AA and the RAC.

Music Played

24 items
  • Image for Queen

    Queen Fat Bottomed Girls

    Queen - Greatest Hits, Parlophone

  • Image for Caro Emerald

    Caro Emerald Stuck

    (CD Single), Dramatico, 1

  • Image for Perry Como

    Perry Como Christmas Dream

    The Odessa File (Soundtrack), MCA

  • Image for Lynyrd Skynyrd

    Lynyrd Skynyrd Sweet Home Alabama

    The All Time Greatest Rock Songs ..., Columbia

  • Image for Blur

    Blur Parklife

    (CD Single), Parlophone

  • Image for Bruce Springsteen

    Bruce Springsteen Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town

    (Single), CBS

  • Image for Amy Winehouse

    Amy Winehouse Our Day Will Come

    Lioness: Hidden Treasures, Island, 1

  • Image for Jimmy Osmond

    Jimmy Osmond Long Haired Lover From Liverpool

    The Very Best Of The Osmonds, Polydor

  • Image for Free

    Free All Right Now

    Back To The 70's (CD1) (Various), EMI, 15

  • Image for Creedence Clearwater Revival

    Creedence Clearwater Revival Bad Moon Rising

    Green River, Fantasy, 1

  • Image for Michael Bublé

    Michael Bublé Cold December Night

    Michael Buble Christmas, 143, 12

  • Image for Paul Young

    Paul Young Love Of The Common People

    Paul Young - From Time To Time, Columbia

  • Image for R.E.M.

    R.E.M. Losing My Religion

    R.E.M. - Out Of Time, Warner Bros

  • Image for T. Rex

    T. Rex I Love To Boogie

    T. Rex - The Singles As & Bs, Repertoire

  • Image for Beyoncé

    Beyoncé Love On Top

    4, RCA, 1

  • Image for Doris Day

    Doris Day Silver Bells

    The Doris Day Christmas Album, CBS

  • Image for Phil Collins

    Phil Collins In The Air Tonight

    Phil Collins - Face Value, Virgin

  • Image for Electric Light Orchestra

    Electric Light Orchestra Livin' Thing

    Light Years - The Very Best Of ELO, Epic

  • Image for Teddy Thompson

    Teddy Thompson In My Arms

    (CD Single), Verve Forecast, 1

  • Image for The Flying Pickets

    The Flying Pickets Only You

    Christmas Love Songs (Various Artists, Arcade Records

  • Image for Frankie Goes to Hollywood

    Frankie Goes to Hollywood The Power Of Love

    Mixed Emotions III (Various Artists), Polygram Tv

  • Image for Chris Rea

    Chris Rea Driving Home For Christmas

    (Single), WEA, 1

  • Image for Paolo Nutini

    Paolo Nutini 10/10

    Sunny Side Up, Atlantic, 1

  • Image for Noah and the Whale

    Noah and the Whale Give It All Back

    Last Night On Earth, Mercury, 1

  • Pause for Thought

    With Nick Baines, the Bishop of Bradford

    "What a relief. Yesterday was the shortest day... so, it's all up hill to summer from today. Isn't that brilliant? The days are getting longer, the nights shorter - the darkness lighter and the light brighter. Come on, show a little optimism!

    "But, before we get too happy, we've got to get through Christmas first. So, here's a story that goes to the heart of what Christmas is all about.
    A little lad was getting worried. He desperately wanted a new bike for Christmas, so he decided to pray about it and wrote his letter to God. "Dear God, I've been a really good boy all year and think I deserve the new bike." Then he thought about it, scrubbed it it and wrote: "Dear God, I've not been perfect, but I've tried hard and not been too bad. Please can I have the bike?" But he realised this was pushing it. So, he decided to go for a short walk while he thought about it. As he went round the corner of his road he saw a crib scene in a neighbour's garden. He nipped through the gate, knocked over Joseph, grabbed Mary and stuck him under his coat. When he got home he wrote: "OK, if you wanna see your mother again, gimme the bike!"
    Er... and that goes to the heart of Christmas, does it? Well, yeah, in a weird way.

    "We sometimes think that we can bargain with God. Or that we can earn his favour. Or, even, that we can chalk up credits which he might then reward with good fortune. But, Christmas amounts to a massive rejection of all this. Christmas is about God opting into the mess of the world and neither exempting himself from it, nor waiting until we got the formula right before coming to us. In other words, it isn't about us coming to him, but, rather, him coming to us.
    That's the surprise. That's the deal. And that's why I can wish you a happy Christmas."

  • Chris with the boys from Libera!

    Chris with the boys from Libera!


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