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Queen's Christmas Fest (Sky Arts UK)

You may have noticed that television stations in the UK often dedicate their listings around a theme, back-to-back episodes of a TV series or a set of movies. I have noticed that this has become common practice, particularly during the weekends and on bank holidays.

Christmas day is certainly no exception!

Whilst taking a look at the traditional double issue TV listings for the Christmas period, I couldn't help noticing that a few of the UK TV stations have applied the above criteria for their Christmas day listings. In particular, one channel peaked my interest with their dedication to Queen.....

Sky Arts, the UK TV channel that is a 24-hour channel dedicated to highbrow arts, including theatrical performances, movies, documentaries and music has dedicated Christmas Day to all things Queen.

For 24 hours, starting from 6am, the channel will feature Queen's archive library of live concerts and documentaries.

The following programmes are scheduled:

06:00 - 07:45 - Queen Live At The Rainbow

The early hits, recorded at the Rainbow Theatre in 1974

07:45 - 08:45 - Queen: Classic Albums

The story of how Queen created their seminal fourth album, A Night at the Opera

08:45 - 10:45 - Queen Rock Montreal

The live concert performed to a crowd of over 18,000 at the Montreal Forum in 1981

10:45 - 11:45 - Queen: Live At Milton Keynes

The 1982 concert, filmed live at the National Bowl in Milton Keynes

11:45 - 13:00 - Queen: Live in Rio

The legendary Rio concert, performed to a crowd of over 300,000 in January 1985

13:00 - 15:00 - Queen: Live In Budapest Hungarian Rhapsody

The legendary Magic tour of 1986 arrives in Budapest, entertaining over 80,000 fans

15:00 - 16:15 - Queen: Live At Wembley

The iconic and electrifying concert at Wembley Stadium, part of the 1986 Magic tour

16:15 - 17:30 - Queen: The Magic Years


17:30 - 18:00 - Bohemian Rhapsody: Special

Sky Cinema takes a special look at foot-stomping Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody

18:00 - 19:45 - Freddie Mercury: Tribute Concert

Live recording of the famous 1992 tribute concert for the late Queen singer Freddie Mercury

19:45 - 21:00 - Queen: The Phenomenon


21:00 - 22:45 - Freddie Mercury: The Great Pretender

Award-winning documentary offers a compelling insight into the solo work of Freddie Mercury

22:45 - 00:00 - Queen: From Rags to Rhapsody

Documentary charting the rise of Queen from pub gigs to world domination

00:00 - 01:45 - Queen & Adam Lambert: The Show Must Go On

Documentary telling the story of Adam Lambert's front-man role, with rare concert footage and interviews with band members

01:45 - 02:15 - Queen: Video Killed The Radio Star

Members of Queen reflect on their iconic music videos

02:15 - 04:00 - Freddie Mercury: Tribute Concert

Repeat - The famous 1992 tribute concert for the late Queen singer Freddie Mercury

04:00 - 05:00 - Queen: Classic Albums

Repeat - The story of how Queen created their seminal fourth album, A Night at the Opera

05:00 - 06:00 - Discovering: Queen

Friends and fans discuss their admiration for Queen and reflect on their remarkable career and enduring hit songs.

Sky Arts is a subscription channel available in the UK and Ireland via Sky, Virgin Media, Talk Talk TV and Now TV on channels:

Sky - 122

Virgin - 123 (UK) 141 (Ireland)

Talk Talk - 303

That is certainly a feast of Queen programmes scheduled, some of which I will certainly be setting up to record to enjoy after Christmas.

However you spend your Christmas, I hope you all have a good one and create happy long lasting memories.


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