AND NOW, A FEW OTHER INTERESTING NEWS SNIPPETS WE COULDN’T LET YOU MISS
1. The Twelve Films of Christmas Revealed!
Radio 2 has been asking listeners to vote for their Ultimate Christmas Film. They had an amazing response and can now reveal The Twelve Films of Christmas – as voted for by their listeners!
Radio 2’s resident movie expert James King whittled down hundreds of Christmas films to a shortlist of 25 – all about Christmas or with the festive season as a significant backdrop. There were big hits, critical triumphs, and cult classics to really make the choice as varied – and difficult – as possible. But only twelve could make the final cut, and only one could be crowned the winner. Here is the Countdown:
- Scrooge – Starring: Alastair Sim UK Release: 1951
- Santa Claus: The Movie Starring: Dudley Moore, David Huddleston, John Lithgow UK Release: 1985
- The Polar Expiress Starring: Tom Hanks UK Release: 2004
- White Christmas Starring: Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, Vera-Ellen UK Release: 1954
- Miracle on 34th Street Starring: Richard Attenborough, Mara Wilson, Elizabeth Perkins, Dylan McDermott UK Release: 1994
- National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation Starring: Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo, Randy Quaid
UK Release: 1990
- Love Actually Starring: Hugh Grant, Laura Linney, Colin Firth, Alan Rickman, Emma Thompson, Bill Nighy, Liam Neeson, Martine McCutcheon, Keira Knightley, Rowan Atkinson UK Release: 2003
- Elf Starring: Will Ferrell, James Caan, Bob Newhart, Zooey Deschanel, Ed Asner, Mary Steenburgen
UK Release: 2003
- Home Alone Starring: Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern, Catherine O’Hara, John Heard UK Release: 1990. Did you know? John Candy did Home Alone as a favour to John Hughes. He asked for his day rate of just over $400 dollars for the work which took 23 hours to shoot, in return, he was the only actor allowed to go off script during filming.
- The Muppet Christmas Carol Starring: Michael Caine, The Muppets UK Release: 1992
- Die Hard Starring: Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia UK Release: 1989
One of the best loved action films of all time, Die Hard sees Bruce Willis as NYPD cop John McClane trying to save his marriage at his wife’s office Christmas party.
- It’s A Wonderful Life Starring: James Stewart, Henry Travers, Donna Reed UK Release: 1947
Arthur Christmas (2011)
A Christmas Story (1984)
The Holiday (2006)
Home Alone 2 Lost In New York (1992)
How The Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
Jingle All The Way (1996)
Joyeux Noel (2005)
The Nightmare Before Christmas (1994)
The Preacher’s Wife (1997), The Santa Clause (1995)
I have to say most of my favourites are on the list but I was so disappointed the following was not on. A brilliant film!
A Christmas Carol (2009)
2. Snowstorm breaks records in the US
The first major snowstorm of the season has set new records in parts of the US. Reporting 24.7 inches (62.7cm) of snow in Pennsylvania, the National Weather Service in State College said: “Williamsport regional airport made history.” Forecasters said the previous record was 24.1in (61.2cm) in 1964.
3. COST OF COVID-19 VACCINATION
The cost per dose of Oxford University and AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine is just £3. That compares with £25 for the US’s Moderna vaccine, £15 for the US and Germany’s Pfizer-BioNTech shot and £7.50 for the jab developed by Russia’s Gamaleya.
4. The Top 10 most-googled lyrics of 2020
Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s WAP was the UK’s most Googled song lyrics in 2020.
The sex-fuelled banger came out on top of Google’s Year in Search 2020, as far as music lyrics were concerned.
The first single from Cardi’s second album, WAP united her with hot girl rapper Meg for one of 2020’s most controversial hits, full of explicit lyrics that, it turns out, we all just couldn’t stop googling.
Turns out, we all want to be certified freaks, seven days a week.
Cardi and Meg triumphed on the search list – in second was the late, great Dame Vera Lynn. The lyrics to her signature hit We’ll Meet Again got a huge boost after the Queen referenced the track in her speech to the nation during the pandemic in April, and again following Vera Lynne’s death earlier this year at the age of 103.
Other entrants on the list include Eminem with Godzilla, Roddy Rich with his breakout hit The Box, Billie Eilish’s chart-topping James Bond theme No Time To Die.
WAP’s dominance on the list, of course, is no surprise. In September the song hit Number 1 on the Official Singles Chart and spent three weeks at the top, giving both Cardi and Meg their first UK Number 1 singles.
The Top 10 most-googled lyrics of 2020 in the UK in full:
- Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion – WAP
- Dame Vera Lynn – We’ll Meet Again
- Eminem – Godzilla
- Roddy Rich – The Box
- James Thomson – Rule Britannia
- Tones and I – Dance Monkey
- Billie Eilish – No Time To Die
- Matthew Wilder – Break My Stride
- Arthur Christopher Benson – Land of Hope and Glory
- Jawish 685 ft. Jason Derulo – Savage Love
5. FORTNUM & MASON’s HAMPERS
You cannot beat a hamper for Christmas! And Fortnum & Mason’s Hampers have to be the best in the world.
Although I did used to quite enjoy an ‘arrod’s ‘amper (Harrods Hamper)
Or an hamper of books or CDs or an Anne Summer’s HHamper for Mamma!
6. BILL BAILEY & OTI MABUSE WIN STRICTLY COME DANCING 2020
Bill Bailey has been crowned the winner of this year’s Strictly Come Dancing.
The comedian and his professional partner Oti Mabuse beat fellow finalists Maisie Smith, HRVY and Jamie Laing to win the BBC ballroom competition during Saturday’s emotional live finale.
It also marked the second consecutive Strictly win for Oti, who becomes the first professional to achieve this in the show’s 16-year history.
7. LEWIS HAMILTON WINS BBC SPORTS PERSONALITY 2020
Seven-time Formula 1 champion Lewis Hamilton has been named BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2020. Hamilton, who won the same award in 2014, won the overall vote ahead of Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson in second, while Sky Sports Racing ambassador Hollie Doyle came third.