Alternative Christmas Message

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    Alternative Christmas Message 1993

    In 1993, Channel 4 presented a very distinctive alternative to the queen's speech - a heartfelt Christmas message from New York's famous British émigré Quentin Crisp

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  • Alternative Christmas Message 1994

    Former US presidential candidate Rev Jesse Jackson calls for an end to petty politics and hypocrisy, and delivers a message to British politicians

  • Alternative Christmas Message 1995

    Brigitte Bardot discusses animal rights as she delivers Channel 4's Alternative Christmas Message

  • Alternative Christmas Message 1998

    Neville and Doreen Lawrence, the parents of murdered black teenager Stephen Lawrence, deliver Channel 4's Alternative Christmas Message

  • Alternative Christmas Message 2000

    Helen Jeffries, who lost her 14-year-old daughter Zoe to vCJD, reflects on a tragic year, when she was betrayed by bureaucracy and officialdom but heartened by the overwhelming support of the public

  • Alternative Christmas Message 2001

    Genelle Guzman was the last survivor to be rescued from the rubble of the Twin Towers. She describes her ordeal and its aftermath, and how it has strengthened her faith.

  • Alternative Christmas Message 2002: Gunther Von Hagens

    Gunther Von Hagens explains why a public autopsy he conducted and his Body Worlds exhibition are a vital part of freedom of expression, and demonstrates his unique approach to dissecting a turkey

  • Alternative Christmas Message 2003

    Barry and Michelle Seabourne from Wife Swap share their Christmas with viewers. Let's hope Barry's bought Michelle a present!

  • Alternative Christmas Message 2008

    With relations between Iran and the West playing a central role in world affairs, Channel 4's 2008 Alternative Christmas Message is delivered by the President of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

  • Alternative Christmas Message 2009

    Acid attack survivor Katie Piper delivers Channel 4's traditional alternative to the Queen's Christmas Day broadcast

  • Alternative Christmas Message 2011: Just Be Yourself

    Inspirational people from 2011's most powerful and celebratory factual programming give their unique take on Christmas in a festive message titled Just Be Yourself. Featuring Katie Piper.

  • Alternative Christmas Message 2011: Educating Essex

    Vic Goddard and Stephen Drew, who featured in 2011's most powerful factual programming, give their unique take on Christmas in a festive message titled Educating Essex Christmas Special.

  • Alternative Christmas Message 2012

    Comedian Adam Hills helped challenge perceptions of disability as part of Channel 4's Paralympic coverage. Now he presents Channel 4's alternative to the Queen's Christmas Message.

  • Alternative Christmas Message 2013

    Whistleblower Edward Snowden, who revealed the mass surveillance programmes organised by the US and other governments, gives this year's The Alternative Christmas Message

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    All 4 Exclusive: A Message from Educating Yorkshire

    An All 4 treat from the staff and pupils of Thornhill Academy, who reflect on their life lessons in 2013

    This episode is subtitled2 mins 48
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    Alternative Christmas Message 2014

    William Pooley, the NHS trained nurse who survived Ebola, delivers 2014's Alternative Christmas Message, speaking about the epidemic that has so far cost the lives of over 7000

    This episode is subtitled2 mins 28
  • Alternative Christmas Message 2015

    Abdullah Kurdi, the father of Alan Kurdi, the drowned Syrian boy whose body was photographed on a Turkish beach, delivers Channel 4's 2015 Message

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    Alternative Christmas Message 2016

    Brendan Cox, the widowed husband of MP Jo Cox, delivers Channel 4's 2016 Alternative Christmas Message

    This episode is subtitled2 mins 58
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