Pointless presenter Alexander Armstrong may be more famous for bamboozling viewers and contestants with obscure answers and confounding curios galore – but this year he is trying his hand as a Christmas crooner.
Joining the likes of Jason Manford, Shane Richie and Nick Knowles on the festive record trail, Armstrong has released In a Winter Light – a collection of Christmas classics and his self-penned ditties backed with the rousing support of various choirs.
I think every kind of Christmas music is valid and I very much include the kitsch in that as well
But unlike the other pretenders battling it out to be top of the tree come the 25th, Armstrong has already had two other entries in the charts: 2015’s A Year of Songs and follow-up Upon a Different Shore.
And the former choir boy claims that all Christmas tunes are fair game in this week’s Big Issue – even off-beat classics from the likes of kids’ favourites The Wombles.
“I think every kind of Christmas music is valid and I very much include the kitsch in that as well.” said Armstrong.
“Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas Is You has every Christmas element you could want in there. The Wombles’ We Wish you a Wombling Merry Christmas is another absolutely cracking song.