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James Martin and the Kings Singers

Duration:
2 hours, 59 minutes
First broadcast:
Thursday 20 December 2012

Chef chum James Martin gives his top tips for turkey and other Christmas dinner delights!

The Kings Singers treat us to a super selection of seasonal songs...

10-year-old Eve from Dunbarton tells us about feeding reindeers for the first time ever, and 11-year-old Olivia from Southampton tells us about playing Scrooge in the school play.

Russell Grant tells us what happened On This Day in history.

And Vincent Nicholls, the Archbishop of Westminster, makes us Pause For Thought.

Music Played

18 items
  • Image for Jona Lewie

    Jona Lewie Stop The Cavalry

    The Ivor Novello Winners, EMI

  • Image for Olly Murs

    Olly Murs Troublemaker

    (CD Single), Epic, 1

  • Image for INXS

    INXS Need You Tonight

    The All Time Greatest Rock Songs ..., Columbia

  • Image for Scissor Sisters

    Scissor Sisters I Don't Feel Like Dancin'

    (CD Single), Polydor

  • Image for The Ronettes

    The Ronettes I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus

    A Christmas Gift For You (Phil Spect, Phil Spector Int

  • Image for Robbie Williams

    Robbie Williams Different

    (CD Single), Island, 4

  • Image for Peter, Paul & Mary

    Peter, Paul & Mary Leaving On A Jet Plane

    Ten Years Together, Warner Bros

  • Image for Tom Jones

    Tom Jones and Cerys Matthews Baby It's Cold Outside

    (CD Single), Gut Records

  • Image for Andy Burrows

    Andy Burrows Light The Night

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

  • Image for The Pogues

    The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl A Fairytale Of New York

    The Best Christmas Album In The World, Virgin

  • Image for Brenda Lee

    Brenda Lee Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree

    Brenda Lee - The EP Collection, See For Miles

  • Image for Paloma Faith

    Paloma Faith Just Be

    Fall To Grace, Sony

  • Image for The Blow Monkeys

    The Blow Monkeys Digging Your Scene

    Fantastic 80's - 3 (Various Artists), Sony Tv/Columbia

  • Image for Matt Monro

    Matt Monro On Days Like These

    Matt Monro Sings Don Black, EMI

  • Image for Jools Holland

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

    The Golden Age Of Song, Rhino

  • Image for Dean Martin

    Dean Martin The Christmas Blues

    Now That's What I Call Christmas! The Signature Collection (Various Artists), Capitol

  • Image for Christina Aguilera

    Christina Aguilera Beautiful

    (CD Single), BMG/RCA

  • Image for Michael Jackson

    Michael Jackson Human Nature

    The Essential, Epic

  • Pause for Thought

    From Archbishop of Westminster, Vincent Nichols.

    Did you know that the film ‘The Snowman’ has been a Christmas-time broadcast every year for the last 30 years? It’s a charming story, a classic silent movie with the exception of that wonderful song ‘Walking in the Air’ as boy and snowman fly far above the ground in joy and amazement. And this year’s there’s a sequel, too, introducing a snow dog to the story.

    So there’s clearly something very enduring about this story. It appeals to children’s imagination and desire for friendship. It appeals to our adult longing for new innocence and simple goodness. Yet there’s also an underlying sadness to the whole story for we all know that the friendship of a snowman cannot last.

    The true Christmas story has an even stronger quality of endurance. It too appeals to both the imagination and to our yearnings. It’s told over and over again, bringing comfort in adversity, courage in hardship and hope in even the darkest night.

    We can enter the story of the birth of Jesus through the background music of carols in the supermarket or through the narrative of St Luke’s Gospel. Its outline remains the same: the gift of God, coming in humility and poverty, to bring great dignity and hope to every human being and summoning us to care for one another especially those who, like the infant Jesus, are in need.

    We’re told that in this land the number of Christians, people who take the birth of Jesus as crucial in all human history, is decreasing. Yet the story will not be silenced. Its truth is stronger than neglect, ridicule or persecution. Churches and homes are being filled with its music and its grace for Jesus, unlike the snowman, is the friend who never leaves us, breaking through that ultimate separation of death itself.

    May this celebration of his birth bring you great joy. May you too share in that true and trustworthy sense of knowing him as your friend and with him walking in the air!

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