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The Story of Fairytale of New York (2005)

A look at the creation of The Pogues' song "Fairytale of New York".


Nick Mattingly


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Credited cast:
Linda Dowling Almeida Linda Dowling Almeida ... Herself
Casandra Ashe ... Peeken Pixes
Martin Burke Martin Burke ... Himself
Bleddyn Butcher Bleddyn Butcher ... Himself
Gary Carpenter Gary Carpenter ... Himself
Nick Cave ... Himself
Philip Chevron Philip Chevron ... Himself
Matt Dillon ... Himself
J.P. Donleavy ... Himself
Peter Dougherty Peter Dougherty ... Himself
James Fearnley James Fearnley ... Himself
Jem Finer Jem Finer ... Himself
Richard E. Grant ... Narrator
Jools Holland Jools Holland ... Himself
Darryl Hunt Darryl Hunt ... Himself


A look at the creation of The Pogues' song "Fairytale of New York".

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Documentary | Music



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BBC Three [UK]





Release Date:

19 December 2005 (UK) See more »

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BBC Manchester See more »
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Producer Steve Lillywhite's wife was singer Kirsty MacColl. She was the daughter of folk legend and broadcaster Ewan MacColl (who wrote the Pogues favourite Dirty Old Town) and had contributed backing vocals on a number of her husband's productions including songs by Talking Heads, Simple Minds and The Smiths. Steve recorded Kristy's vocals at their home, and when the band heard the new version they instantly loved it. See more »


Fairytale of New York
Written by Jem Finer and Shane MacGowan
Performed by The Pogues with Kirsty MacColl
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Superb Documentary On A Modern Day Masterpiece!
18 May 2007 | by mike-4496See all my reviews

The Pogues are very close to my heart, so it was vitally important that the documentary captured the very essence, style and atmosphere that "Fairytale Of New York" evokes. It is rare that Shane MacGowan gives interviews compus mentis, but for this documentary I believe he's almost of sound mind! It's great to see the original members such as Philip Chevron, Spider etc take an active & enthusiastic approach to this doc and the involvement of Kirty McColl's mother was both productive and touching. This is a truly honest, stylish and professional documentary worthy of it's place in the BBC archives, and deserving of repeat airplay just like the sublime recording "Fairytale Of New York" - voted by the British Public as the greatest ever Christmas song (yet, ironically not directly related to the Festive period, more the Irish descendency upon New York!). Fantastic Documentary, Fantastic Song & A Fantastic Band!

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