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Lucy Worsley's Christmas Carol Odyssey

In this festive treat featuring the Kingdom Choir and Hampton Court Choir, Lucy Worsley reveals that there’s much more to our best-loved carols than meets the eye. She reveals how their stories add up to a special kind of history of Christmas itself. In the ancient past, the wassail, a pagan fertility ritual, gave us door-to-door carol singing. Wassailing was also an integral part of an older midwinter festival that was adopted by Christianity when it came to Britain, and was rebranded as ‘Christmas’.

  • Originally Aired December 9, 2019
  • Runtime 58 minutes
  • Network United Kingdom BBC
  • Notes Is the series finale
Name Type Role
Lucy Worsley Host Presenter