Cambridge 105 Radio Christmas schedule reflects the City & South Cambridgeshire

Over the Christmas and New Year holiday, Cambridge 105 Radio will treat listeners to a feast of programmes that reflect the City and South Cambridgeshire.

Highlights include a tribute to Allan Brigham, the road-sweeper and historian, who died in September, an extended interview with Rachel Rosborough, the real vicar of Grantchester, and a live New Year’s Eve programme with DJ Chris Brown.

Editorial Lead Julian Clover said: “It’s been a difficult year, but our producers and presenters have pulled out all the stops to bring listeners a schedule that is as varied as it is entertaining.

“There will also be the familiar Cambridge 105 Radio voices, many of whom have been broadcasting from home for much of the year. And of course, the best playlist found anywhere in the city and South Cambridgeshire.


Christmas Eve

18:00 - 19:00 Behind the Bike Shed

Phil Mynott is joined by Cambridge’s golden boy Paralympian and world track champion cyclist Louis ‘Rocket’ Rolfe. We learn how the history of Cambridgeshire Fenland skating links into cycling, from former national champion and adventure expedition camera man Adam Giles.

22:30 - 22:55 A Victorian Cambridge Christmas

Dr Sean Lang, Sandra Birnie and Alan Hay present Christmas readings from Cambridge’s past.

22:55 - 01:00 Midnight Mass – Live

Julian Clover presents live coverage from Our Lady & English Martyrs, Hills Road, Cambridge as Christians celebrate the start of Christmas.

Christmas Day

10:00 - 11:00 Christmas Day with the Vicar of Grantchester

In a Roundabout special, the real Vicar of Grantchester, the Reverend Rachel Rosborough, joins Tony Barnfield to celebrate the festive season, with music including a childhood love of Shakin’ Stevens to Van Morrison accompanying her wedding – and an annual Christmas favourite from Nat ‘King’ Cole, plus poems by WB Yeats and Ann Lewin.

11:00 - 12:00 The Cambridge Mayor’s Show

Mayor of Cambridge, Cllr Russ McPherson chooses his favourite music and tells Lucy Milazzo about his work.

12:00 - 13:00 The Rotary Christmas Concert

Neil Whiteside introduces a specially prepared concert, featuring the best performances from local schools and musical groups at the Rotary Club of Cambridge’s Charity Christmas Concerts over the past three years.

14:00 - 15:00 The Allan Brigham Story
Leigh Chambers presents a tribute to Allan Brigham, historian, tour guide and street sweeper, including memories and reflections from those who knew him best. Contributors include his brothers Robert and Nigel, his niece and nephew, those who worked with him at the Cambridge Folk Museum and the Mill Road History Project, friends from the Cambridge Labour Party and others whose lives he touched.

17:00 - 18:00 We Are Sound Christmas Cocktail

Musical ensemble We Are Sound present their unique take on a hootenanny-style Christmas concert recorded especially for Cambridge 105 Radio. Introduced by Alex Elbro.

19:00 - 20:00 Neil Meets…

In the first of three programmes, Neil Whiteside looks back at some of the celebrity guests who have appeared on his Cambridge 105 Radio shows, including singer Matt Goss, serial X-Factor contestant and Jungle celebrity Fleur East, Love Island’s Paige Turley and former Bond Girl and Northern Soul star Suzie Vanner

20:00 - 22:00 Smelly Flowerpot’s Albums of the Year

Dave Hammond presents his pick of new releases from 2020.

Boxing Day

10:00 - 12:00 Livin’ La Vida Lockdown with Trevor Dann

Trevor Dann presents a look at the world that was 2020 with contributions from the Cambridge 105 team.

14:00 - 15:00 Christmas Bookmark

Leigh Chambers welcomes Cathy Moore, Director of the Cambridge Literary Festival, as the featured guest on this special edition. She’ll be talking about founding the Festival, running it through the pandemic and naming some of her all-time favourite books, as well as choosing some great music.

15:00 - 16:00 15.00 David Lowe: A Journey through TV Themes

Matt Webb in conversation with acclaimed music, television and radio theme tune composer David Lowe. In a career spanning over 30 years David has produced some of the most recognised themes of all time, from Countryfile to BBC News.

18:00 - 20:00 Chris Brown’s Soul & Dance Show

Chris Brown has been presenting his soul show on a Saturday evening in Cambridgeshire for over 30 years.

New Year’s Eve

20:00 - 22:00 Neil & Linda’s New Year’s Eve – Live

Neil Whiteside & Linda Ness spend New Year’s Eve with some of their favourite music.

22:00 - 00:00 Chris Brown’s New Year’s Eve Soul Party – Live

Chris Brown sees in the New Year with some of the finest soul music.

New Year’s Day

12:00 - 13:00 From the Pavilion New Year Quiz

Ollie Slack chairs the annual test of local cricketing knowledge.

13:00 - 19:00 Virtual Strawberry Fair Revisited

This year Cambridge 105 Radio worked with the team at Strawberry Fair to recreate the annual event. The programme went on to collect honours at the Community Radio Awards and Audio Production Awards. The afternoon of highlights starts with a documentary looking at the history of the fair.