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Countdown To Christmas (Up to 24/12)

The two weeks running up to the Christmas break were as busy as ever on Phoenix FM Drive. We followed the progress of Matt Cardle's 'When We Collide' on the midweek charts ahead of it becoming the 2010 Christmas number one. Congratulations to Take That as well for their multi-platinum 'Progress' being named the festive chart topper too.

We continued our look at various Pantos in and around London with the cast of the Harlow Playhouse spending time to chat to us ahead of curtain up one night. Holly Matthews, MI High’s Chris Stanton & former Eastenders star Aaron Sidwell told us how much they were enjoying the run of Aladdin. Aaron also told us how he enjoys splitting his time between acting and playing in his band.

Also on over Christmas and the New Year is Red Riding Hood at the Theatre Royal Stratford East. Delroy Atkinson plays Hooty The Owl and chatted with us on the phone about the pride of performing at his local theatre, and the fun he had in Avenue Q in the West End.

Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without Christmas music and so we thought it would be fun to ask fellow guests and presenters to try their hand at a Christmas name that tune quiz. Very simple: 10 songs, 10 artists & a point for each correct answer. Girl Friday Steph laid down the gauntlet with a respectable half marks, but it was Father Garry Jenkins that waltzed the competition with all but one carol correctly named and alternative lyrics for each provided as well. Genius! A Thomas The Tank Engine advent calendar is on its way to him. Here's the full breakdown of how everybody got on:

Father Garry Jenkins - 18
Jules Botazzi - 13
Keith Brown -  11.5
Girl Thursday Pip - 11
The Quirky - 10.5
Girl Friday Steph - 10
Girl Tuesday Rebecca - 9.5
Nikki Mills - 9
Producer Dean - 8
Scott Ross - 5.5

And from everybody at the Drive team, a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous 2011.



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