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56 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 25 December 2011

Kirsty Young presents a festive collection of stories and music from Your Desert Island Discs where listeners are the castaways. Kirsty and her studio guests - broadcaster and Radio 2 DJ Jo Whiley, comedian, actor and musician Bill Bailey and composer and conductor Debbie Wiseman - mull over the choices of Christmas and comedy songs. They'll also discuss some of the musical choices inspired by the castaways' stories from rock to reggae and Beethoven to the Bee Gees, and consider the enduring appeal of record sleeves and the pleasures of singing together.

Producer: Alison Hughes.

Music Played

32 items
  • Image for Greg Lake

    Greg Lake I believe in Father Christmas

    Composer: Greg Lake/Peter Sinfield

    100% Christmas, Telstar

  • Image for Wham!

    Wham! Last Christmas

    Composer: George Michael

    The Best Christmas…ever!, Virgin

  • Image for Buddy Holly

    Buddy Holly Peggy Sue (Alternate Take)

    Composer: Buddy Holly

    Down the Line: The Rarities, Decca

  • Image for Elvis Presley

    Elvis Presley Elvis Presley - Can't Help Falling in Love

    Composer: Hugo Peretti, Luigi Creatore & George David Weiss

    A Lifetime of Romance, WSM

  • Image for Ludwig van Beethoven

    Ludwig van Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat major 'Emperor'

    Artist: Stepfan Vladar and the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra

    Chill with Beethoven, Label: Naxos

  • Image for Mukesh

    Mukesh Mukesh Chand Mathur - O Janewale Ho Sakera

    Composer: Sachin Dev Burman/Shailendra

    The Golden Collection - Mukesh, RPG

  • Image for Tim Minchin

    Tim Minchin White Wine in the Sun

    Composer: Tim Minchin

    Tim Minchin: Ready for This Live at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Universal

  • Image for Marvin Gaye

    Marvin Gaye How Sweet it is

    Composer: Holland/Dozier/Holland

    Oldies but Goodies Volume 8, Waring

  • Image for The Elgins

    The Elgins Heaven must have Sent You

    Composer: Holland/Dozier/Holland Jr

    Tamla Motown – Big Hits & Hard to Find Classics, Spectrum

  • Image for Stevie Wonder

    Stevie Wonder Superstition

    Composer: Wonder

    The Definitive Collection, Universal

  • Image for The Doors

    The Doors People Are Strange

    Composer: Doors

    The Doors: Greatest Hits, Elektra

  • Image for Bob Marley

    Bob Marley Bob Marley - Concrete Jungle

    Composer: Bob Marley

    Catch a Fire, Island

  • Image for John Lennon

    John Lennon Happy Xmas War is Over

    Composer: John Lennon & Yoko Ono

    John Lennon: Lennon Legend, Parlophone

  • Image for Laurel & Hardy

    Laurel & Hardy The Trail of the Lonesome Pine

    Composer: Carroll Macdonald

    Golden Age Hollywood comedy –Laurel and Hardy, Liberty

  • Image for Westminster Cathedral Choir

    Westminster Cathedral Choir Once in Royal David's City

    Composer: Trad.

    Adeste Fidelis, Hyperion

  • Image for Johann Sebastian Bach

    Johann Sebastian Bach Christmas Oratorio Part One, Chorus: Jauchzet Frohlocket!

    Artist: Stuttgarter Kammerorchester/Thomaner Chor

    Classic CD 106: 1,000 Years of Beautiful Christmas Music

  • Image for Victoria Wood

    Victoria Wood The Ballad of Barry and Freda

    Composer: Victoria Wood

    The Best Comedy Album In The World Ever, Virgin

  • Image for Benny Hill

    Benny Hill Ernie (The Fastest Milkman in the West)

    Composer: Hill

    Benny Hill: The Ultimate Collection, Pulse

  • Image for The Goons

    The Goons The Ying Tong Song

    Composer: Milligan

    The World of the Goons, Eclipse

  • Image for Flight of the Conchords

    Flight of the Conchords Foux du Fafa

    Composer: Bret McKenzie

    Flight of the Conchords, Warner Bros

  • Image for Monty Python

    Monty Python Always look on the Bright Side of Life

    Composer: Eric Idle

    The Best Comedy Album in the World...Ever, Virgin

  • Image for Clash

    Clash London Calling

    Composer: Strummer/Jones

    London Calling, CBS

  • Image for ABBA

    ABBA Dancing Queen

    Composer: Andersson/Ulvaeus/Anderson

    Abba: Gold, Polydor

  • Image for The Vee Gees

    The Vee Gees Stayin' Alive

    Composer: Barry/Robin/Maurice Gibb

    Bee Gees Greatest, RSO

  • Image for Lennie Niehaus

    Lennie Niehaus White Christmas

    Composer: Irving Berlin

    Bing Crosby: The Best of Bing Crosby, RCA

  • Image for Tom Williams

    Tom Williams Raiders of the Lost Ark – The Raiders March

    Composer: John Williams

    John Williams: Greatest Hits -1969-1999 CD1, Sony

  • Image for The Smiths

    The Smiths There is a Light that Never Goes Out

    Composer: Morrissey/Marr

    Singles, WEA

  • Image for Mike + The Mechanics

    Mike + The Mechanics Over My Shoulder

    Composer: Rutherford/Carrack

    Now 1995: The Millennium Series CD1, Now

  • Image for The Huddersfield Choral Society

    The Huddersfield Choral Society In the Bleak Midwinter

    Composer: Holst/Rosetti

    The Carols Album, EMI

  • Image for Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Clarinet Concerto In A Major KV 622, Adagio

    Artist: Nova Filarmonia Portuguesa conducted by Alvaro Cassuto

    Famous Classical Themes from The Movies CD2, Concerto

  • Image for The Stone Roses

    The Stone Roses I Am the Resurrection

    Composer: Squire/Brown

    The Stone Roses, Silvertone

  • Image for The Pogues

    The Pogues Fairytale of New York

    Composer: Macgowan/Finer

    The Pogues: The Ultimate Collection CD1, Warner Brother Music


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