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The Nation's Favourite Christmas Song

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They arrive in early December like a heavy snowfall of nostalgia. Some of them set your teeth on edge with a surfeit of sleighbells, others melt all resistance and deliver just the right kind of sentimental glow. Now ITV asks the vital question: which of these festive hits do we love the most?

As they count down through the likes of Greg Lake’s I Believe in Father Christmas and Chris Rea’s Driving Home for Christmas, we get to marvel at how well Bing Crosby and David Bowie dovetailed on Little Drummer Boy, while some Spice Girls, Cliff Richard and, naturally, Noddy Holder reminisce.


Originally shown in 2012 to mark the 70th anniversary of the release of the best-selling festive song of all time - Bing Crosby's White Christmas - this documentary counts down the top 20 tunes guaranteed to get people in to the Christmas spirit, as voted for by the public. Featuring hits such as Wizzard's I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday, Fairytale of New York by the Pogues and Kirsty MacColl, Slade's Merry Xmas Everybody and Mariah Carey's All I Want for Christmas Is You, the programme tells the stories behind these ever-popular seasonal favourites, with contributions by Cliff Richard, Jona Lewie, Paul Young, Aled Jones, Noddy Holder, Shane MacGowan, Greg Lake, Katherine Jenkins and many more.

Cast & Crew

Contributor Aled Jones
Contributor Alexandra Burke
Contributor Chris Rea
Contributor Cliff Richard
Contributor Emma Bunton
Contributor Greg Lake
Contributor Jim Lea
Contributor Johnny Mathis
Contributor Jona Lewie
Contributor Katherine Jenkins
Contributor Laurence Juber
Contributor Liz Mitchell
Contributor Melanie C
Contributor Midge Ure
Contributor Noddy Holder
Contributor Paul Young
Contributor Rob Davis
Contributor Shane MacGowan
Contributor Shirlie Kemp
Contributor Yoko Ono
Executive Producer Mark Robinson
Producer Kerry Allison
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