The Story of Carols

Christmas Day, 5pm-8pm. Anne-Marie Minhall uncovers the stories behind your favourite Christmas carols.

Join Anne-Marie Minhall for the stories behind some of your best-loved Christmas Carols.

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On Christmas Day, find out why the French sing a very different version of The Twelve Days of Christmas: there’s no mention of a pear tree or gold rings; instead, it’s all about pigs' trotters, spitted rabbits and partridges with cabbage.

Plus: what was the first carol ever played on the radio?

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