The Christmas No 1 Story

The Christmas No 1 Story


Feeling jingly? The year’s most important chart has changed immensely since its unofficial start 60 years ago, when well-varnished crooner Al Martino spent nine weeks at the top with Here in My Heart.

With sombre moods and charity pleas represented alongside all-out, exuberant silliness and real quality, there’s an argument for the idea that the list reflects the national mood.

Here Pete Waterman, Edith Bowman and the Reverend Richard Coles are among the musical commentators trying to trace a link between British society 1952 to 2011 and our support of Rolf Harris, Cliff Richard, Benny Hill, Pink Floyd and Matt Cardle.


Documentary exploring 60 years of British Christmases by way of the songs the public put at the top of the most important chart of the year. The programme looks back through the decades at the personalities and circumstances that gave rise to the festive number ones. With contributions by some of the artists involved, including Noddy Holder, Roy Wood, Boney M, Johnny Mathis, Midge Ure, Shakin' Stevens, Cliff Richard, Jason Donovan, East 17 and Alexandra Burke, as well as from Pete Waterman, the Rev Richard Coles, Tony Blackburn and Edith Bowman.