Radio 2 jumbles it all up again

Graham Norton Graham Norton will swap celebrities for a pipe organ

Radio 2 is planning to go 'crazy' again, when it shakes up its programmes and presenters for one day in May.

Early morning presenters will come in late, weekend hosts fill weekday slots and pop DJs play specialist tunes as part of 2Day, which returns on Thursday, May 10 after a successful launch last year.

There will be some imaginative pairings of presenters and performers throughout the 12 hour schedule. Graham Norton swaps Saturday morning and celebrity guests for Thursday breakfast and a Wurlitzer. The Organist Entertains host Nigel Ogden will play one of Norton's favourite songs on the pipe organ.

Dawn riser Vanessa Feltz will lie in until noon when she'll play reggae with David Rodigan and live rockabilly from JD McPherson.

Simon Mayo goes country in Nashville, building his own country super group from Music City's finest, while Ken Bruce goes to Orkney for a burst of Scottish folk.

Acoustic sets

Will Young plays an acoustic set for Dermot O'Leary, jazz singer (and Radio 2 presenter) Clare Teal does the same for Zoe Ball, while Lee Mack lends Tony Blackburn some local knowledge when he presents his slot in front of a live audience in Blackburn.

Chris Evans sees the audience through dinner rather than breakfast, as he rounds the day off with a live music extravaganza from London. Guests include Jamie Cullum, Chris Rea and the West End cast of Jersey Boys.

'Last year we worried that dismissing our daily 12-hour schedule was a crazy move - but we took the chance,' admits Bob Shennan, Radio 2 controller, 'and our audience appreciated hearing a variety of different programmes for one day only.'

Rather than being disorientated by the mixing and matching, he explains, 81% said they enjoyed the experiment, while 98% more of them crossed over to the Radio 2 website.

'With 2Day 2012 promising to be even bigger and better,' says Shennan, 'they won't be left disappointed.'

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