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Ed 'Stewpot' Stewart returns with a two-hour edition of Junior Choice, bringing a sackful of nostalgic goodies on Christmas morning.

Ed "Stewpot" Stewart returns to the Radio 2 airwaves to present a special Christmas edition of Junior Choice.

A playlist of pure nostalgia for Christmas morning with all the music chosen by the Radio 2 listeners young and old.

Junior Choice first went on air on the first weekend of the brand new Radios 1 and 2 -Saturday, 30th September 1967. Leslie Crowther was the first presenter - Crowther was a seasoned radio broadcaster as well as the face of BBC children's television on Crackerjack. Junior Choice succeeded the old Light Programme 's Children's Favourites and in those early days it was a simultaneous broadcast on both stations. In February 1968 Ed Stewart or "Stewpot" as he became known to children everywhere took over as presenter and he stayed with the show for the next 11 years until he handed the Junior Choice mantle to a younger man - Tony Blackburn. Audience figures recorded a regular 16 million listeners each weekend and the novelty records often championed by the show became smash hits - songs like My Brother(Terry Scott), Grandad(Clive Dunn) and Ernie the Fastest Milkman in the West(Benny Hill).

Ed's broadcasting career spans more than 50 years starting as an announcer with Radio Hong Kong . He was a regular Radio 2 presenter for 15 years. During that time he broadcast from the summits of Ben Nevis, Snowdon and Vesuvius and also broadcast live from the Falkland Islands.

For Christmas morning Stewpot returns with a nostalgic Junior Choice playlist - and whereas in olden times requests were asked for "on a postcard please" - today listeners young and old can get in touch with Radio 2 by using text , email and social media.

1 hour, 57 minutes

Last on

Christmas Day 2015 10:00

Music Played

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  • Michael Jackson

    Rockin' Robin

    • The Best Michael Jackson & Jackson Fi.
    • Polygram Tv.
    • 8.
  • Frankie Laine

    Junior Choice

    • Hello Children Everywhere.
    • Sony.
  • Bernard Cribbins

    Right Said Fred

    • The Hits Of 1962 (Various Artists).
    • MFP.
  • Leroy Anderson & His Pops Orchestra

    The Typewriter

    • Hello Children Everywhere.
    • EMI.
    • 22.
  • Laurel & Hardy & The Avalon Boys

    The Trail Of The Lonesome Pine

    • The Movie Collection (Various Artists.
    • Deja Vu.
  • Bobby “Boris” Pickett & The Crypt Kickers

    The Monster Mash

    • Haloween Hits.
    • Rhino.
  • Henry Blair & Ray Turner

    Junior Choice

    • All Aboard.
  • Russ Conway

    Side Saddle

    • The Best Of The EMI Years.
    • EMI.
  • Terry Scott

    My Brother

    • Hello Children Everywhere Vol 4.
    • EMI.
    • 4.
  • Chris Rea

    Driving Home For Christmas

    • (Single).
    • WEA.
    • 1.
  • Ronnie Hilton

    A Windmill In Old Amsterdam

    • EMI Records.
  • The Wombles

    Wombling Merry Christmas

    • (CD Single).
    • Dramatico.
    • 1.
  • Peter, Paul & Mary

    Puff The Magic Dragon

    • Peter Paul & Mary - Moving.
    • Warner Bros.
  • Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass

    Tijuana Taxi

    • Definitive Hits.
    • A&M.
    • 1.
  • ABBA

    I Have A Dream

    • Abba Gold (40th Anniversary Edition).
    • Polar.
    • 007.
  • Keith West

    Excerpt From A Teenage Opera

    • The Greatest Hits Of 1967 (Various).
    • EMI.
  • Jacky

    White Horses

    • This Is The Return Of Cult Fiction (Various Artists).
    • Virgin.
    • 24.
  • Andy Stewart

    Donald Where's Your Troosers?

    • 20 Scottish Favourites.
    • EMI.
  • Keith Michell

    Junior Choice

    • Captain Beaky.
  • White Plains

    When You Are A King

    • White Plains: The Deram Singles Collection.
    • 7T's Records.
  • The Chipmunks

    Alvin's Orchestra

    • The Chipmunks.
  • Benny Hill

    Ernie (The Fastest Milkman In The West)

    • Chegger's Choice (Various Artists).
    • Global Television.
  • The New Christy Minstrels

    Three Wheels On My Wagon

    • New Christy Minstrels Greatest Hits.
    • Embassy.
  • Mandy Miller

    Junior Choice

    • All Aboard.
    • EMI.
    • 13.
  • Wizzard

    I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday

    • That's Christmas (Various Artists).
    • EMI.
  • Bernard Bresslaw

    You Need Feet

    • British Comedy Classics.
    • EMI.
    • 3.
  • Allan Sherman

    Junior Choice

    • Dr Demento 20th Century.
  • Jimmy Durante

    Make Someone Happy

    • Sleepless In Seattle (Soundtrack-1993.
    • Epic.
  • The Seekers

    Morningtown Ride

    • The Seekers.
    • EMI.
    • 2.


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BBC Music Playlist: Junior Choice

BBC Music Playlist: Junior Choice

A selection of your favourite tunes from Radio 2's seasonal classic hosted by Ed Stewart.