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Duration: 1 hour

This hour-long documentary takes us on a journey back through 60 years of British Christmases via the pop songs we put at the top of the most important chart of the year.

From The Beatles to Mr Blobby, Harry Belafonte to the Human League and Benny Hill to the Military Wives, the Christmas number one is unpredictable to say the least and tells its own unique story of the past half-century of British pop culture. This show looks back through the decades at the personalities and circumstances that gave rise to these, songs immortalised by their competition in the race for Christmas number one.

Expect wars, charity, stupidity, nostalgia and some cracking good tunes jingling along the way...

With contributions from the artists themselves including Rolf Harris, Noddy Holder, Roy Wood, Boney M, Johnny Mathis, Midge Ure, Shakin' Stevens, Sir Cliff Richard, Jason Donovan, East 17 and Alexandra Burke. Also featuring a select cast of commentators including Pete Waterman, Rev. Richard Coles, Tony Blackburn and Edith Bowman.

Last on

Christmas Day 2012 23:00 BBC Two

Credits

Producer
Andy Dunn
Executive Producer
Mark Cooper

Broadcasts

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