5 live takes a trip to Liverpool
The world famous Grand National is celebrating its 163rd year this year and 5 live is going to be there at Aintree and also in Liverpool as we broadcast some of our programmes live from the city. We're bringing together all the elements of the 5 live mix including news, sport, debate and entertainment in front of live audiences.
You can come along and watch some of the programmes as they broadcast live from the Art and Design Academy in Liverpool. We'll also have some off-air activities you can have a go at while you wait for the shows to start or after they finish. You can try your hand at some BBC commentary with help from one of the BBC Sports team or be the star of the 5 live website and take away your own special poster.
The logistics of trying to plan an event like this while the Grand National is on have been fraught with difficulties. At one point I thought a lot of the team might have to bunk down at my auntie's as hotel rooms are at a premium. It's taken a few trips to the city by our engineering and marketing guys to sort out the venue. The Art and Design Academy is a new purpose-built building in the heart of Liverpool's creative quarter and we really think it's a great place to broadcast from.
Amongst those presenting from there will be Mark Pougatch, Colin Murray and Tony Livesey. Richard Bacon's show on April 8th will be live from Aintree. On the day of the Grand National itself, Saturday April 10th, Mark Pougatch will present 5 live Sport from the racecourse from midday.
We want you to be part of it, so if you want to be in the audience for any of the following special broadcasts, head to the BBC Tickets website.
- Thursday April 8th
- Friday April 9th
7pm - 10pm Colin Murray's Sports Preview Show - Colin Murray looks ahead to the Grand National with some special guests from the world of racing, including Mick FitzGerald and Tony McCoy. Perry Groves and Pat Nevin will also join Colin to discuss the week's football stories.
- Saturday April 10th
Kate Williams is 5 live's Liverpool Project Manager