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The Science Behind Xmas: Keaveny and Coxy

3 hours
First broadcast:
Tuesday 25 December 2012

Professor Brian Cox usually joins Shaun on BBC 6 Music each Wednesday for a weekly science chat. He's been doing this for years, before he became the World's most eminent scientist. As a special Christmas treat he joins Shaun in the studio to chat about the skies, the stars, and the science stories of the year.

Also, as it is Christmas Day, we'll be looking at the science of Father Christmas flying around the world in one night. Shaun and Brian will attempt to create a formula that explains the speed the poor man will have to fly at to deliver all those presents on time.

Plus, we'll have a keyboard on standby in case he wants to revive his pre science career as the keyboard player in D:Ream. Will Shaun be able to persuade him to play the riff to 'Things Can Only Get Better'? And what will Brian make if Shaun's Cheddar Cheese song?

Add to this Shaun's usual kicking playlist, and the odd festive treat from the likes of Wizzard, The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl

Warning: This show contains silliness.

Music Played

34 items
  • Image for Slade

    Slade Merry Xmas Everybody


  • Image for Everything Everything

    Everything Everything Kemosabe

    RCAVictor / Sony Music Entertainment

  • Image for Deee-Lite

    Deee-Lite Groove Is In The Heart


  • Image for Darkness

    Darkness Christmas Time (Don't Let The Bells


  • Image for Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass

    Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass Spanish Flea

    Definitive Hits, A&M, 4

  • Image for Chuck Berry

    Chuck Berry Run Rudolph Run

    Chuck Berry - The Chess Years (Cd 2), Chess

  • Image for The Jim Jones Revue

    The Jim Jones Revue Where Da Money Go?

    PIAS / Punk Rock Blues Records

  • Image for Wu-Tang Clan

    Wu-Tang Clan Gravel Pit


  • Image for Thomas Dolby

    Thomas Dolby She Blinded Me With Science


  • Image for Muse

    Muse Follow Me

    Warners Music

  • Image for Bruce Springsteen

    Bruce Springsteen Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town


  • Image for Jake Bugg

    Jake Bugg Trouble Town

    Jake Bugg, Mercury Records, 8

  • Image for Wizzard

    Wizzard I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day


  • Image for Duran Duran

    Duran Duran Planet Earth

    Duran Duran - Greatest, EMI, 2

  • Image for Barbara Lynn

    Barbara Lynn Club A Go-Go

    A Good Woman, kent records, 6

  • Image for Prince

    Prince Rock And Roll Love Affair

    Purple Music

  • Image for The Pogues

    The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl Fairytale Of New York

    Polygram Tv

  • Image for Bobby Womack

    Bobby Womack Stupid

    XL Recordings

  • Image for Ian Brown

    Ian Brown My Star


  • Image for Cat Power

    Cat Power Silent Machine

    Matador Records

  • Image for Alabama Shakes

    Alabama Shakes I Ain't The Same

    Rough Trade

  • Image for The Rolling Stones

    The Rolling Stones Satisfaction

    Jet Set

  • Image for Pretenders

    Pretenders 2000 Miles


  • Image for Villagers

    Villagers Nothing Arrived

    Domino Record Co Ltd

  • Image for Black Grape

    Black Grape Kelly's Heroes

    Radioactive Records

  • Image for Graham Coxon

    Graham Coxon Freakin' Out

    Transcopic Records

  • Image for Friends

    Friends Va Fan Gor Du

    Lucky Number

  • Image for Lucy Rose

    Lucy Rose Driving Home For Christmas

  • Image for Pixies

    Pixies Allison

    ve At The Paradise In Boston, Eagle Vision, 21

  • Image for The Ronettes

    The Ronettes Sleigh Ride


  • Image for I Am Kloot

    I Am Kloot These Days Are Mine

    Shepherd Moon LLP

  • Image for The Shins

    The Shins Wonderful Christmastime

    Decca/Concord Records

  • Image for John Lennon

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

    That's Christmas (Various Artists), EMI

  • Image for David Bowie

    David Bowie Life On Mars



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