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13/12/2013

Duration:
2 hours, 59 minutes
First broadcast:
Friday 13 December 2013

Chris kicks off that Friday feeling with a tremendous trio of film stars: Harry Hill, James Nesbitt and Ben Stiller, plus there's live music from Wet Wet Wet!

Harry Hill chats about life after the multi-award-winning TV Burp and making the move to the silver screen. James Nesbitt "dwarves" the competition, as the second instalment of Peter Jackson's blockbuster, The Hobbit, hits the cinemas. And Ben Stiller lifts the lid on the secret life of Walter Mitty!

Plus the Glaswegian band Wet Wet Wet, soundtrack the show with some of their greatest hits.

Music Played

22 items
  • Image for Jona Lewie

    Jona Lewie Stop The Cavalry

    The Ivor Novello Winners, EMI

  • Image for Michael Bublé

    Michael Bublé You Make Me Feel So Young

    (CD Single), Warner Bros, 001

  • Image for Bing Crosby

    Bing Crosby and The Andrews Sisters Mele Kalikimaka (Christmas In Hawaii)

    Christmas Memories (Various Artists), Emporio, 1

  • Image for Gnarls Barkley

    Gnarls Barkley Crazy

    (CD Single), Warner Bros

  • Image for U2

    U2 Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)

    A Very Special Christmas (Various), A&M

  • Image for Haircut One Hundred

    Haircut One Hundred Love Plus One

    Fantastic 80's Disc 2 (Various Artis, Columbia

  • Image for Elton John

    Elton John Step Into Christmas

    That's Christmas (Various Artists), EMI

  • Image for Robbie Williams

    Robbie Williams and Lily Allen Dream A Little Dream Of Me

    Swings Both Ways, Island, 006

  • Image for Dave Edmunds

    Dave Edmunds I Hear You Knocking

    The Greatest Hits Of 1970 (Various), Premier, 4

  • Image for James Blunt

    James Blunt 1973

    (CD Single), Atlantic

  • Image for Nat King Cole

    Nat King Cole The Little Boy That Santa Claus Forgot

    That's Christmas (Various Artists), EMI

  • Image for Maroon 5

    Maroon 5 One More Night

    (CD Single), A&M, 1

  • Image for Kelly Clarkson

    Kelly Clarkson Underneath The Tree

    (CD Single), RCA, 001

  • Image for Cliff Richard

    Cliff Richard Wired For Sound

    Cliff Richard - Private Collection, EMI

  • Image for Bob Dylan

    Bob Dylan Here Comes Santa Claus

    Christmas In The Heart, Columbia, 1

  • Image for Sammy Davis Jr.

    Sammy Davis Jr. The Candy Man

    Hits Of 1971 & 1972 (Various Artists), Polydor

  • Image for The Human League

    The Human League Don't You Want Me

    Fantastic 80's Disc 2 (Various Artis, Columbia

  • Image for Nell Bryden

    Nell Bryden All You Had

    (CD Single), 157 Records, 1

  • Image for Coldplay

    Coldplay Christmas Lights

    (CD Single), Parlophone, 1

  • Image for The Jackson 5

    The Jackson 5 ABC

    The Best Michael Jackson & Jackson Fi, Polygram Tv, 1

  • Image for Bobby Helms

    Bobby Helms Jingle Bell Rock

    Billboard Greatest Xmas Hits, Rhino

  • Image for The Communards

    The Communards You Are My World ('87 Remix)

    Heartbeats (Various Artists), Solitaire Collection, 6

  • Pause For Thought: Richard Coles

    Richard Coles

    PAUSE FOR THOUGHT

     

    Advent has finally arrived, and with it the church begins to catch up with the High Street, where it’s been Christmas since Wimbledon. On Sunday, in the country church where I’m parish priest, we had our first candlelit service of the season, but the wattage was tiny compared with the great blaze of lights in a former parish, where on the meanest street on the roughest estate a display of Christmas lights was put on so bright it rivalled the Great Wall of China as the only man-made thing visible from space.

     

    Life on that estate could be cheerless and hard so it was heartwarming to find people putting on such a show in spite of everything (even if I did seem to be powered by a makeshift cable coming out of a junction box).

     

    But the most memorable display was not on that estate, nor in the parish church. It wasn’t the biggest, nor the brightest, but it did show Santa, waving electronically from his sleigh, pulled by reindeers with glowing red noses… over the gateway to the town’s crematorium. I often wondered, sitting in the hearse accompanying the coffin, what the mourners made of the Yo Ho Ho overhead on their way to the funeral.

     

    If that strikes you as inappropriate, or incongruous, it shouldn’t. Because Advent is all about looking from the deepest darkness towards the light.  

     

    When I was a boy, impatient for Christmas, I used to try to sneak a preview at the last square on my Advent Calendar by holding it up to my bedside light, which shone through he unopened windows to reveal Mary and Joseph in a dark stable looking into a manger full of miraculous light. That’s more than a twinkle and a jingle and a yo ho ho: it is unimaginable joy, that banishes all darkness, and warms the iciest heart. May it come to you.

     

    The Revd Richard Coles

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