Silver Screen Crackers

A festive look at music in the movies.


01Holiday Inn20041213A festive look at music in the movies.

Irving Berlin's songs Easter Parade and White Christmas sung by Bing Crosby first appeared in Holiday Inn, although they were written years before it. Hear a treasury of tunes and surprising stories from behind the scenes.

02It's A Wonderful Life20041214wasn't planned to be a Christmas movie, but it was based on a message written in a Christmas card. Most of its original score, by Dimitri Tiomkin, was cut before it was released, but it still became a classic of the silver screen.
03Mary Poppins20041215Disney composer Robert Sherman tells fascinating stories about writing the songs for Mary Poppins, revealing that the author of the Mary Poppins books, PL Travis, disliked the songs. Plus, how Sherman's favourite song Feed The Birds, was written to act as a subtle prayer for kindness.
04The Snowman20041216Composer Howard Blake reveals how he wrote the evocative score for the film based on Raymond Briggs' book, discussing how he came up with the theme tune Walking In The Air, a song that has become synonymous with Christmas in Britain.
05 LASTThe Muppet Christmas Carol20041217Based on Dickens' A Christmas Carol but with Kermit, Miss Piggy and Michael Caine offering a fresh take on Scrooge, this film has an array of clever and entertaining songs.

The composer Paul Williams and director Brian Henson reveal insightful and surprising stories from behind the scenes.