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What's on Christmas TV?

2 hours, 59 minutes
First broadcast:
Wednesday 12 December 2012

We find out what to watch this festive season with the Editor of the Radio Times!

Chas Bishop, the Chief Executive of the National Space Centre, is our Mystery Guest.

We have a seasonal sing song with little Lois from Bournemouth...

Jennifer Ellison and Ace Bhatti from the Peter Pan panto tell us what happened On This Day in history.

And Nick Baines, Bishop of Bradford, makes us Pause For Thought.

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Music Played

23 items
  • Image for The Jimi Hendrix Experience

    The Jimi Hendrix Experience Crosstown Traffic

    The Jimi Hendrix Collection, Universal

  • Image for Prince

    Prince Rock And Roll Love Affair

    (CD Single), NPG Records

  • Image for New Order

    New Order and The England World Cup Squad World In Motion

    Snap It Up! (Various Artists), CBS

  • Image for Manic Street Preachers

    Manic Street Preachers Your Love Alone Is Not Enough

    (CD Single), Columbia

  • Image for Band Aid

    Band Aid Do They Know It's Christmas?

    That's Christmas (Various Artists), EMI

  • Image for Jeff Lynne

    Jeff Lynne Mercy Mercy

    Long Wave, Frontiers Records, 4

  • Image for The Miracles

    The Miracles and Smokey Robinson The Tears Of A Clown

    Dancing In The Street (Various Artis, Universal Music Tv

  • Image for Aloe Blacc

    Aloe Blacc I Need A Dollar

    Good Things, Stones Throw Records, 1

  • Image for Alma Cogan

    Alma Cogan Must Be Santa

    The A-Z Of Alma, 1960 EMI Records, 31

  • Image for Kylie Minogue

    Kylie Minogue On A Night Like This (The Abbey Road Sessions)

    (CD Single), Parlophone, 2

  • Image for Chris Rea

    Chris Rea Driving Home For Christmas

    (Single), WEA, 1

  • Image for Spice Girls

    Spice Girls 2 Become 1

    Mixed Emotions III (Various Artists), Polygram Tv

  • Image for The Beatles

    The Beatles Within You Without You

    Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, Apple, 8

  • Image for Jools Holland

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

    The Golden Age Of Song, Rhino

  • Image for Andy Burrows

    Andy Burrows Light The Night

    (CD Single), Play It Again Sam UK, 1

  • Image for Boney M.

    Boney M. Mary's Boy Child

    That's Christmas (Various Artists), EMI

  • Image for The Script

    The Script Six Degrees Of Separation

    #3, Sony

  • Image for David Bowie

    David Bowie Space Oddity

    Space Oddity, RCA

  • Image for John Lennon

    John Lennon and Yoko Ono Happy Xmas (War Is Over)

    That's Christmas (Various Artists), EMI

  • Image for Shakin' Stevens

    Shakin' Stevens Merry Christmas Everyone

    That's Christmas (Various Artists), EMI

  • Image for Mud

    Mud Lonely This Christmas

    That's Christmas (Various Artists), EMI

  • Image for Cliff Richard

    Cliff Richard Wired For Sound

    Cliff Richard - Private Collection, EMI

  • Image for Oasis

    Oasis Live Forever

    Definitely Maybe, Big Brother Records, 003

  • Pause for Thought

    From Nick Baines, the Bishop of Bradford.

    I was on a train, my head buried in emails and papers, when I heard the voice of the 'train manager': "This service will shortly call at New York." Great, you might think. except that I was on my way from Bradford to London... and the last time I did the trip, we didn't cross the Atlantic. Eventually I worked out she was actually saying 'Newark'... the place in the Midlands.

    Funnily enough, this reminded me of when my kids were young and we were in the car going on holiday. My youngest son asked - having watched Star Trek the day before - "Why do they keep saying, 'Beat me up, Scottie'?" Oh, how we larfed...
    But, it's actually easy to mishear stuff, isn't it? We do it all the time - often without even realising it. I guess our mind expects something and doesn't process what really comes out. A bit like hearing the choir singing "While shepherds watched their socks by night" or the Kop singing "You'll never work alone".

    Mishearing is just something we all do. The people at the back of the crowd at Jesus's 'Sermon on the Mount' in Monty Python's Life of Brian hear him say: "Blessed are the cheesemakers" - and people still don't hear what he actually said about an upside down way of seeing the world.

    So, I wonder what we make of the 2011 Census figures issued yesterday - especially the news that the number of people claiming to be Christian has dropped considerably since 2001? Well, you can hear the statistic and think Christianity is on the way out... or you can ask yourself why Christians continue to feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, clothe the poor - and do all this without fuss or fame across the nation. Yes, others do it, too; but, it is often the churches that organise it consistently. Like InnChurches in Bradford providing shelter and food to hundreds of homeless people through the winter months.

    So, when I hear the stats, I dig deeper into the story. As the Rolling Stones put it, 'Sticky Figures' can be misheard.

    Didn't they?


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