The Story of Fairytale of New York – 18 December 2020 – 18/12/2020 – Friday – BBC Four

For the first time in 18 years, all eight members of The Pogues return to the studio where their biggest hit – and the nation’s favourite Christmas song – was recorded. The song’s producer Steve Lillywhite strips Fairytale down to the basics, and director Peter Dougherty reveals the tricks behind the making of the video – including how a cameo from Hollywood star Matt Dillon stopped The Pogues from almost being arrested. With contributions from Matt Dillon, Nick Cave, Jools Holland and of course Shane MacGowan and The Pogues, it lifts the lid on this seminal track and reveals the secrets behind its making.

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