Christmas Morning With Cathy Macdonald And Ricky Ross [Radio Scotland]



A fabulously festive celebration of music and conversation. Start your Christmas day in the company of Cathy, Ricky and their guests. There's a strong international flavour to their Christmas breakfast with Italian, Polish, Korean and American ingredients and a decent serving of Scottish flavours too. Fantastic music, beautiful poetry and great conversation.

Celebrating Christmas with some fantastic music, beautiful poetry and great conversation.


Join Cathy Macdonald and Ricky Ross in the company of singer Susan Boyle.

Take time out of your Christmas morning to join Cathy and Ricky in the company of a very special Christmas guest, Scotland's finest export Susan Boyle, talking about her life and music and what makes Christmas so special to her.

Blessed are the Hymn Makers, and John Bell has written over 500 of them, making him both prolific and hugely popular worldwide. He tells Cathy and Ricky who he writes for and how folk music has inspired his work.

Also joining Cathy and Ricky will be the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, Albert Bogle, to discuss the transformative power of music, and how he's become the first ever Moderator to release a Christmas single.

Reporter Anna Magnusson will be finding out about the work of Borderline, a homeless charity that helps Scots in London, and the work they're doing over the Christmas period.

Not everyone has the same Christmas day, we'll be finding out the many different ones there are, from midwives to volunteers, and what they'll all be doing on 25th December.

All this and our very own choir of carol singers, The Wild Myrtles, don't miss Christmas Morning with Cathy Macdonald and Ricky Ross on BBC Radio Scotland from 7am.


A festive celebration of fantastic music, Christmas-inspired writing and great conversation. Start your Christmas day in the company of Cathy, Ricky and their guests, including writers Alexander McCall-Smith and Angus Peter Campbell.


A festive celebration of fantastic music and great conversation in the company of Cathy, Ricky and their guests - all sharing their Christmas messages of hope.


Cathy and Ricky will be talking about home and hospitality, at a time of year when we welcome people in for food and company. Ian Galloway, minister of Gorbals Parish Church in Glasgow, and Alison Phipps, Professor at Glasgow University and co-convener of GRAMNet - Glasgow Refugee, Asylum and Migration Network, talk about what it means to open your doors to those far from their own homes.

Student Haian Dukhan talks about his former life in Palmyra in Syria, his life now in Scotland and the welcome he received when he first arrived.

Our reporter Monica Brown went to visit the Milk Café in Glasgow, opening its doors and offering hospitality to female asylum seekers, swopping life skills and recipes.

Writer Rachel McCrum is the BBC's Poet in Residence and she conjures up a magical poem especially for the Christmas Morning show. She's also joined by author Kerry Hudson talking about what home means to them.

Many Scots no longer spend Christmas in their country of birth but Cathy and Ricky catch up with two of them about how they celebrate now and what they remember of their childhood Christmases. Broadcaster and presenter, Gail Porter, and Strictly star and the nation's favourite weather woman, Carol Kirkwood.


Celebrate Christmas with some fantastic live music and great conversation.