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Kirsty Young presents a collection of stories and music where listeners are the castaways and, with guests Bill Bailey and Jo Whiley, considers the favourite Christmas choices.

Kirsty Young presents a festive collection of stories and music from Your Desert Island Discs where listeners are the castaways. Kirsty and her studio guests - broadcaster and Radio 2 DJ Jo Whiley, comedian, actor and musician Bill Bailey and composer and conductor Debbie Wiseman - mull over the choices of Christmas and comedy songs. They'll also discuss some of the musical choices inspired by the castaways' stories from rock to reggae and Beethoven to the Bee Gees, and consider the enduring appeal of record sleeves and the pleasures of singing together.

Producer: Alison Hughes.

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Christmas Day 2011 11:15

Music Played

  • Greg Lake

    I Believe In Father Christmas

    Composer: Greg Lake/Peter Sinfield

    • 100% Christmas.
    • Telstar.
  • Wham!

    Last Christmas

    Composer: George Michael

    • The Best Christmas…ever!.
    • Virgin.
  • Buddy Holly

    Peggy Sue (Alternate Take)

    Composer: Buddy Holly

    • Down the Line: The Rarities.
    • Decca.
  • Elvis Presley - Can't Help Falling in Love

    Composer: Hugo Peretti, Luigi Creatore & George David Weiss

  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat major 'Emperor'

    Artist: Stepfan Vladar and the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra

    • Chill with Beethoven.
    • Label: Naxos.
  • Mukesh Chand Mathur - O Janewale Ho Sakera

    Composer: Sachin Dev Burman/Shailendra

  • Tim Minchin

    White Wine in the Sun

    Composer: Tim Minchin

    • Tim Minchin: Ready for This Live at the Queen Elizabeth Hall.
    • Universal.
  • Marvin Gaye

    How Sweet it is

    Composer: Holland/Dozier/Holland

    • Oldies but Goodies Volume 8.
    • Waring.
  • The Elgins

    Heaven must have Sent You

    Composer: Holland/Dozier/Holland Jr

    • Tamla Motown – Big Hits & Hard to Find Classics.
    • Spectrum.
  • Stevie Wonder


    Composer: Wonder

    • The Definitive Collection.
    • Universal.
  • The Doors

    People Are Strange

    Composer: Doors

    • The Doors: Greatest Hits.
    • Elektra.
  • Bob Marley & The Wailers

    Concrete Jungle

    Composer: Bob Marley

  • John Lennon

    Happy Xmas War is Over

    Composer: John Lennon & Yoko Ono

    • John Lennon: Lennon Legend.
    • Parlophone.
  • Laurel & Hardy & The Avalon Boys

    The Trail Of The Lonesome Pine

    Composer: Carroll Macdonald

    • Golden Age Hollywood comedy –Laurel and Hardy.
    • Liberty.
  • Westminster Cathedral Choir

    Once in Royal David's City

    Composer: Trad.

    • Adeste Fidelis.
    • Hyperion.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Christmas Oratorio Part One, Chorus: Jauchzet Frohlocket!

    Artist: Stuttgarter Kammerorchester/Thomaner Chor

    • Classic CD 106: 1,000 Years of Beautiful Christmas Music.
  • Victoria Wood

    The Ballad Of Barry and Freda (Let's Do It)

    Composer: Victoria Wood

    • The Best Comedy Album In The World Ever.
    • Virgin.
  • Benny Hill

    Ernie (The Fastest Milkman In The West)

    Composer: Hill

    • Benny Hill: The Ultimate Collection.
    • Pulse.
  • The Goons

    The Ying Tong Song

    Composer: Milligan

    • The World of the Goons.
    • Eclipse.
  • Flight of the Conchords

    Foux du Fafa

    Composer: Bret McKenzie

    • Flight of the Conchords.
    • Warner Bros.
  • Monty Python

    Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life

    Composer: Eric Idle

    • The Best Comedy Album in the World...Ever.
    • Virgin.
  • Clash

    London Calling

    Composer: Strummer/Jones

    • London Calling.
    • CBS.
  • ABBA

    Dancing Queen

    Composer: Andersson/Ulvaeus/Anderson

    • Abba: Gold.
    • Polydor.
  • Bee Gees

    Stayin' Alive

    Composer: Barry/Robin/Maurice Gibb

    • Bee Gees Greatest.
    • RSO.
  • Bing Crosby

    White Christmas

    Composer: Irving Berlin

    • Bing Crosby: The Best of Bing Crosby.
    • RCA.
  • John Williams

    Raiders March

    Composer: John Williams

    • John Williams: Greatest Hits -1969-1999 CD1.
    • Sony.
  • The Smiths

    There is a Light that Never Goes Out

    Composer: Morrissey/Marr

    • Singles.
    • WEA.
  • Mike + The Mechanics

    Over My Shoulder

    Composer: Rutherford/Carrack

    • Now 1995: The Millennium Series CD1.
    • Now.
  • Huddersfield Choral Society

    In the Bleak Midwinter

    Composer: Holst/Rosetti

    • The Carols Album.
    • EMI.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Clarinet Concerto In A Major KV 622, Adagio

    Artist: Nova Filarmonia Portuguesa conducted by Alvaro Cassuto

    • Famous Classical Themes from The Movies CD2.
    • Concerto.
  • The Stone Roses

    I Am the Resurrection

    Composer: Squire/Brown

    • The Stone Roses.
    • Silvertone.
  • The Pogues

    Fairytale Of New York (feat. Kirsty MacColl)

    Composer: Macgowan/Finer

    • The Pogues: The Ultimate Collection CD1.
    • Warner Brother Music.


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