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Episode 49: Ranking the Santas

Ho, ho, ho!

For this year’s Christmas special, we’re ranking the greatest screen Saint Nicks of all time.

Our five are:

  • Mel Smith (Father Christmas)
  • Edmund Gwynne (Miracle on 34th Street)
  • Richard Attenborough (Miracle on 34th Street)
  • Tim Allen (The Santa Clause)
  • David Huddleston (Santa Claus: The Movie). But which order will we pick them?

Plus, plenty of other honourable mentions, and a brief history of Santa as we know him. See, it’s an educational show too!

We also explain the difference between different types of Santa on screen, including ‘imposter Santas’ (eg Bad Santa).

Merry Christmas! Check out our previous Christmas-themed episodes here.

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Developments since broadcast: We definitely would be putting Kurt Russell up high if we recorded it now, after his portrayal of Santa in The Christmas Chronicles in 2018 and its 2020 sequel.

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