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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
Former US presidential candidate Rev Jesse Jackson calls for an end to petty politics and hypocrisy, and delivers a message to British politicians
Brigitte Bardot discusses animal rights as she delivers Channel 4's Alternative Christmas Message
Neville and Doreen Lawrence, the parents of murdered black teenager Stephen Lawrence, deliver Channel 4's Alternative Christmas Message
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
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.
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
Barry and Michelle Seabourne from Wife Swap share their Christmas with viewers. Let's hope Barry's bought Michelle a present!
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
Acid attack survivor Katie Piper delivers Channel 4's traditional alternative to the Queen's Christmas Day broadcast
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.
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.
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.
Whistleblower Edward Snowden, who revealed the mass surveillance programmes organised by the US and other governments, gives this year's The Alternative Christmas Message
An All 4 treat from the staff and pupils of Thornhill Academy, who reflect on their life lessons in 2013
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
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
Brendan Cox, the widowed husband of MP Jo Cox, delivers Channel 4's 2016 Alternative Christmas Message
Five children who survived the Grenfell Tower disaster deliver a moving message, urging other families to love and respect each other, and calling for everyone to be given a home
Danny Dyer delivers the 2018 Alternative Christmas Message. What does Danny think of our leaders in Westminster and Donald Trump, and who are his heroes?
John Bercow delivers the 2019 Alternative Christmas Message: a pro-democracy and pro-Parliament message of tolerance and respect
A comedic parody which serves as a stark warning about misinformation and fake news in a digital age. The Queen speaks 'plainly and from the heart'. Is what we see and hear always as it seems?