The surprising story of Christmas carols

Watch Christmas Carols with Lucy Worsley on BBC Select

Get ready for a festive treat!

Historian Lucy Worsley reveals that there’s much more to our favorite carols than meets the eye. She reveals how their stories add up to an alternative history of Christmas itself in this insightful Christmas documentary.

From pagan fertility rituals to French renaissance jigs and a hymn for peace during the First World War, carols fulfill an enduring need to celebrate and sing together at Christmas.

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