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The Big Christmas Lights Turn-On!

2 hours, 59 minutes
First broadcast:
Monday 10 December 2012

We officially turn on the Radio 2 Christmas lights in the studio with Suzie Sue and a special Super Granny, Lorraine from Kent!

Ex-England Rugby captain Will Carling tells us about a special charity single...

We talk fire twirling with Mystery Guest, Lizzy!

Lucy Benjamin, who's starring in the Snow White pantomime, gave us a history lesson.

And the Archbishop of York, John Sentamu, makes us Pause For Thought.

Music Played

24 items
  • Image for Slade

    Slade Merry Xmas Everybody

    (CD Single), EMI

  • Image for The Script

    The Script Six Degrees Of Separation

    #3, Sony

  • Image for The Motors

    The Motors Airport

    Fantastic 70's (Various Artists), Sony Tv/Columbia

  • Image for fun.

    fun. Some Nights

    Some Nights, Atlantic

  • Image for The Beatles

    The Beatles Christmas Time (Is Here Again)

    (CD Single), Apple

  • Image for The Beatles

    The Beatles I Feel Fine

    The Beatles - 1, Apple, 14

  • Image for Jools Holland

    Jools Holland and Rumer Ac-cent-tchu-ate The Positive

    The Golden Age Of Song, Rhino

  • Image for The Byrds

    The Byrds Turn! Turn! Turn!

    Turn! Turn! Turn!, Columbia

  • Image for Duffy

    Duffy Mercy

    (CD Single), A&M

  • Image for Jim Reeves

    Jim Reeves The Merry Christmas Polka

  • Image for Lou Reed

    Lou Reed Walk On The Wild Side

    Lou Reed - NYC Man, BMG

  • Image for David Bowie

    David Bowie Starman


  • Image for Nell Bryden

    Nell Bryden What Does It Take?

    (CD Single), 157 Records, 1

  • Image for The Waitresses

    The Waitresses Christmas Wrapping

    The Best Christmas Album In The World, Virgin

  • Image for Taylor Swift

    Taylor Swift Red

    Red, Mercury

  • Image for Rod Stewart & Cee Lo Green

    Rod Stewart & Cee Lo Green Merry Christmas Baby

    Merry Christmas Baby, Verve

  • Image for Mud

    Mud Lonely This Christmas

    That's Christmas (Various Artists), EMI

  • Image for The Crazy World of Arthur Brown

    The Crazy World of Arthur Brown Fire

    Fifty Number Ones Of The 60's (Variou, Global Television

  • Image for Prince

    Prince Rock And Roll Love Affair

    (CD Single), NPG Records

  • Image for Electric Light Orchestra

    Electric Light Orchestra All Over The World

    Light Years - The Very Best Of ELO, Epic

  • Image for Bruce Springsteen

    Bruce Springsteen Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town

    (Single), CBS

  • Image for The Pogues

    The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl A Fairytale Of New York

    The Best Christmas Album In The World, Virgin

  • Image for Belinda Carlisle

    Belinda Carlisle Leave A Light On

    A Place On Earth - Greatest Hits, Virgin

  • Image for Jeff Lynne

    Jeff Lynne Mercy Mercy

    Long Wave, Frontiers Records, 4

  • Pause for Thought

    From John Sentamu, Archbhishop of York

    When I was here in November, I told you about the letters I get from children from the School of the Resurrection, a primary school in Manchester. I have just heard again from Stella who was very excited to hear her school mentioned on the Chris Evans show!

    She sent me a card and said, “I was jumping for joy and excitement. I had never heard my name mentioned in such a special way. It made me feel glad to be me”.

    Like Stella, we can all know that kind of excitement of being special, because Jesus calls each one of us by name. We are written in his book of life – which is even better than being on the radio – wonderful though that is!

    Stella’s school, like so many others at this time, is preparing to enjoy Christmas through singing carols and telling the story of Jesus’ birth. We are all looking forward to that time of celebration as we journey through the weeks of Advent. And as we do so, we need to make sure that Christ is at the centre of all we do.

    When St Paul wrote a letter to a church he knew in Philippi, he encouraged them to make sure that they focussed their attention carefully on what is real as opposed to the phony; right as opposed to what is convenient; loving as opposed to hating; what is excellent as opposed to what is inferior. Think positively as opposed to negatively. To rejoice in God and give thanks all the time.

    And Advent and Christmas is a wonderful season to be practising this!


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