Christmas TV History

Christmas TV History is a 5-part podcast by author Joanna Wilson, tracing the history of Christmas on TV from its earliest years to today, through its major themes and across genres such as variety, sitcoms, anthology series, hour-long dramas, made-for-TV movies and more.

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Sunday Nov 28, 2021

Author Joanna Wilson and Jeff Fox, of Name That Christmas Special dot com talk about collecting Christmas records, what they look for, where they look and what they're interested in. This conversation focuses primarily on collecting Christmas records (vinyl, mainly) with a TV or movie connection.

Sunday Sep 15, 2019

TV adaptations of Charles Dickens' classic story A Christmas Carol are as old as TV itself. In part 5 of a 5-episode series on the history of Christmas on TV, author Joanna Wilson surveys the most noteworthy Christmas Carol adaptations from the earliest days of TV through today.

Sunday Sep 15, 2019

In this podcast, part 4 of a series on the history of Christmas on TV, author Joanna Wilson explores the history of Christmas-themed TV variety shows and specials. Wilson covers the prolific output of Christmas variety shows and specials from performers Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Perry Como and Andy Williams, along with variety from other Hollywood and music luminaries.

Saturday Sep 14, 2019

In this 30-minute podcast, author Joanna Wilson explores the history of Christmas made-for-tv movies from the earliest dramatic anthologies, to what is arguably the first made-for-tv Christmas movie—1964's Carol for Another Christmas (written by Rod Serling)—through the 70s, 80s, 90s and 2000s to today's made-for-tv Christmas movies, which are numerous and spearheaded by Hallmark's prolific yearly output.

Saturday Sep 14, 2019

In this podcast, author Joanna Wilson explores the history of Christmas TV Animation from the earliest examples, to the golden age of Christmas TV Animation (Charlie Brown Christmas, Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Rudolph and others), to the animated Christmas specials and TV episodes that were created in the 1970s, 80s, 90s, and the 2000s through today.

Saturday Sep 14, 2019

Joanna Wilson is the author of Tis the Season TV: the Encyclopedia of Christmas-themed Episodes, Specials and Made-for-TV Movies.

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