The Truth About Christmas Carols

The Truth About Christmas Carols


Composer Howard Goodall uncovers the often turbulent and uncomfortable relationship between carols and the celebration of Christmas. Though around since the 12th century, the hymns have only been a feature of services for the past 150 years, as the Church believed them to be pagan or of no value. They have been used as secret codes, saved from the brink of extinction and subject to state censorship. The programme includes performances by folk star Bella Hardy, the Purbeck Village Choir and the Truro Cathedral Choir, who recreate the very first Service of Nine Lessons and Carols.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Howard Goodall
Performer Bella Hardy
Executive Producer Jean Claude Bragard
Producer Jonathan Mayo