Barry Humphries returns to the nation's favourite radio station with his Turntable Time Machine and in this special 2-hour Christmas show celebrates the Age of the Wireless. He plays the original, rarely-heard opening verse of Irving Berlin’s ‘White Christmas’ and reveals how Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer was actually born in Chicago. Barry also explains how he came to be sacked from his Christmas job in a top Melbourne Department Store and reveals his sadness that he's never received a Christmas card from Dame Edna, who is spending this Christmas on the Island of Mustique. There'll be music from: Judy Garland, Jimmy Durante, Peggy Lee, Julie London, Spike Milligan, Gert & Daisy, Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire... Plus there'll be a rare recording by Santa Claus himself!
“I’m looking forward to once again spinning my Turntable Time Machine to transport Radio 2 listeners back to the first half of the twentieth century with a selection of my favourite festive vintage recordings. As well as reliving childhood memories, I shall be paying tribute to the earliest recording starts and celebrating the birth of radio. It was a time before Video Games, Microwaves, Skinny Lattes, Digital Watches and even Darth Vader.”
“I shall be doing my level best to spread joy and festive cheer, through the magic of the wireless - my very favourite twentieth century invention!”
“Listening to music from the first half of the twentieth century is what I most love to do and, sharing my favourites with the Radio 2 audience, especially at this time of year, is an added bonus.”
“It’s difficult today for most of us to imagine that there was a time when listening to music at home on some sort of mechanical contraption, or on the wireless, was cutting edge technology.”
Barry Humphries celebrates his favourite invention - the wireless!