Series 2 - The Unbelievable Truth Christmas Special
Graeme Garden - Christmas Trees
- The word "spruce" derives from the old word for "Prussia". Found by Jack.
- Originally, artificial Christmas trees were made out of goose feathers dyed green, stuck on wires. Found by Armando.
- In the Ukraine, they hang cobwebs of the Christmas tree. Successfully smuggled.
- If you bring a Christmas tree into the house you might accidentally bring in a turnip moth. Successfully smuggled.
Jack Dee - Charles Dickens
- Dickens was asthmatic and treated his symptoms with opium. Found by Sean.
- Dickens called his wife "Pig". Found by Sean.
- Dickens had a pet raven called "Grip". Found by Graeme.
- Before arriving at the name "Tiny Tim" in his book A Christmas Carol, other suggested names included "Little Larry", "Puny Pete" and "Small Sam". Found by Sean.
- David Copperfield contains a reference to a kangaroo. Successfully smuggled.
Sean Lock - Turkeys
- Christmas is coming and the goose is getting fat. Found by Graeme. Accidentally included by Sean.
- King Charles I's favourite dwarf wrestled turkeys. Found by Armando.
- Israel eats more turkeys than any other nation on Earth. Found by Jack.
- Turkeys where driven from Norfolk to London in little leather boots. Found by Graeme.
- Only male turkeys gobble. Found by Armando.
- Sean loves to eat turkey dripping on toast on Boxing Day morning. Found by Jack. Accidentally included by Sean.
- In Turkey, turkeys are called "The American bird". Successfully smuggled.
Armando Iannucci - Father Christmas
- The Dutch refer to Father Christmas as "Sinterklass", which is where we get "Santa Claus" from. Found by Sean.
- It is believed Sinterklass was present at the Council of Nicaea in 325AD where they fixed the date for Christmas as 25th December. Found by Graeme.
- In 2001, a Mother Christmas sued an American store for $100,000 who sacked for having breasts. Found by Sean.
- According to research in New York stores only 1% of children were happy to see Santa Claus. 82% were indifferent and 16% were hesitant. Found by Sean.
- Santa gets more mail than any other fictional character or divine entity. God and Sherlock Holmes come next. Found by Sean.
- Santa Claus does exist. Found by Sean, in keeping with the Christmas spirit.
- Sean Lock: 5 points
- Graeme Garden: 3 points
- Jack Dee: 1 point
- Armando Iannucci: 0 points
- Monday 15th December 2008
- BBC Radio 4
- 30 minutes
Cast & crew
|David Mitchell||Host / Presenter|