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Episode 2

Gareth Malone and Karen Gibson conclude their series by looking at Christmas traditions in Victorian times, and the archbishop of Canterbury reveals how he celebrates Christmas.

Gareth Malone and Karen Gibson conclude their special series exploring how the season has been celebrated in Britain across the centuries. They discover why a ban on Christmas led to rioting in the streets, and how the festivities were revived with a vengeance in Victorian times. As they trace the stories behind now-common traditions – and take part in less familiar ones such as pub carolling - the archbishop of Canterbury explains how he celebrates Christmas, and why its meaning remains so relevant today. Plus, with their shared passion for music, Gareth and Karen orchestrate a rousing musical finale, putting a twist on a familiar favourite to celebrate the season.

58 minutes

Last on

Sun 13 Dec 2020 12:00

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Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:12

    The Watersons

    Apple Tree Wassail

  • 00:36

    Kate Rusby

    Joy to the world

  • 00:37

    Kate Rusby

    Young James

  • 00:55

    Arturo Sandoval

    Concerto In D Major (First Movement)

  • 00:56

    Gareth Malone

    O Holy Night With Sophie Denton Birmingham Gospel Choir & London Youth Choir

  • 00:58

    Jamie Pearce

    Sleepless Night


Role Contributor
Presenter Gareth Malone
Presenter Karen Gibson
Series Producer Karen Selway
Executive Producer Rob Unsworth