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Jonathan Wall Jonathan Wall | 10:12 UK time, Wednesday, 22 December 2010

I just wanted to highlight a few of the special programmes we have added to our schedule over the Christmas period.

On Christmas Eve at 6pm, in It Takes Two - How the Coalition was Born, Peter Allen looks back at the dramatic events in May when he presented his Drive programme from Westminster as the new coalition government was formed.

He replays some of the dramatic on-air moments from that period, and reviews the events with a panel of David Davis, David Blunkett and Sir Menzies Campbell.

Mark Chapman guides you through the 5 live Sport review of the year on Christmas Eve 8pm.

Christmas Day highlights include Mark Radcliffe and Stuart Maconie's quiz of the year - A Game of Two Halves - which is chaired by Miranda Sawyer. That's at 2pm.

Just before that, comedian Ian Stone tells the story of two stand up comics who travelled to Afghanistan to do a gig for the troops in Camp Bastian.

There is a three hour live Weekend Breakfast on Christmas morning with Rachel Burden and Ian Payne.

On Boxing Day, Colin Murray presents a two hour Fighting "Team" Talk - a special doubles version.

Arsenal v Chelsea on Monday 27 December at 8pm is one of the many live commentaries over the Christmas period, and of course, the Ashes continues at 11.30pm on Christmas night, with commentary on the Boxing Day test in Melbourne.

There are also a couple of Kermode and Mayo specials. On Christmas Eve, a special edition recorded in front of an audience, with special guests including Jason Isaacs. Then, on New Year's Eve, they'll be taking a look at the movies of the year.

If you miss any of these shows live, you can catch them again via the 5 live website or the BBC iPlayer.

I wish you all a really happy Christmas.

Jonathan Wall is 5 live's Deputy Controller and Commissioning Editor.


  • Comment number 1.

    I'm really looking forward to these. I've got the last two years' reviews saved on my ipod, and listen again often.
    Merry Christmas to all at the UK's best radio station

  • Comment number 2.

    Now why am I struggling to believe this?

  • Comment number 3.

    Maybe Mr Stumps you were naturally born to be a cynic.

    I for 1 cannot wait for the Arsenal v Chelsea game, i will be travelling so 5lives top notch commentary team, will no doubt keep me entertained.

    Its been a fantastic year for 5live, so lets hope 5live gets even better in 2011!!

  • Comment number 4.

    Happy Christmas Fed ... you just don't give up do you?

  • Comment number 5.

    Nor do you Stumps.

    At least we have something in common!!!

    Merry Christmas and Happy new year to Mr Stumps and the Clique and all the other bloggers, as well as Nigel Smith and the 5Live team!!!

    I hope 2011 brings happiness and joy for everyone

  • Comment number 6.

    "I wish you all a really happy Christmas."

    Thank you Jonathan. You too.

    I'm pleased that you decided not to insult your loyal listeners with this latest missive.

    I'm pleasantly surprised that we don't have to suffer Richard Bacon this Christmas, and thanks for the advanced warning about the two hour Colin Murray block. I'll make the radio is off.

  • Comment number 7.

    My head is bloody achin',
    Just thinking 'bout Richard Bacon.
    He really is a turkey,
    Replace him with Pat Murphy.
    Merry Christmas 5 Live, and well done for getting Rad 'n Mac, I'm a big fan of their Radio 2 show and I think they'll fit in well on 5.
    Lots of Lovely Love, Johnny

  • Comment number 8.

    ryanw, Bacon is on doing a review on Christmas morning. Sorry mate.

    Happy Christmas and a good New Year to one and all.

  • Comment number 9.

    Bacon's Christmas morning show is described as "Richard Bacon's top 20 countdown of the most talked about moments this year."

    Well as he talks mostly about himself this is going to be a somewhat inward viewing review me thinks,

    Thanks likewise for the advance warning of the Murrayfest!

  • Comment number 10.

    Chart the Year with Richard Bacon - why? It was dire when it was on Sundays why does it deserve a 'special'?

    The sooner Bacon transfers to North Norfolk Digital the better.

  • Comment number 11.

    Richard Bacon riding a log flume with David Quantick and Giles Coren at Dickens World live on air - radio gold it is not, no wonder Five Lite is Sony Station of the year ;-)

  • Comment number 12.

    BBC 3's 'Most Annoying People of the Year 2010' is being narrated by Richard Bacon

    How appropriate ;-)

  • Comment number 13.

    The tone of his sneering voice at Dickens World was very disrespectful. He and his good friend Giles Coren just think they are so special, funny and above us all. I didn't like the way he spoke at all. At least Gabby Logan at Crisis did make an effort to be interested in the people she met.

  • Comment number 14.

    Just to add to the Bacon comments, in keeping with his radio persona, I notice he is to present a run down of the 'Most Annoying People of 2010' on BBC 3 on New Years Eve. Irony or what?

  • Comment number 15.

    Manchester City Centre with Nolan, to see the New Year in?

    This is the Salford future folks.

    Wherever I have lived south of the Scottish border I have never watched/experienced New Year coming in from Manchester. Everyone watches Big Ben don't they, and the amazing fireworks Livingstone inaugurated. Please!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Comment number 16.

    Good performances by many of the stand-ins over the holiday period; Anna Foster was particularly good on Drive. We don't need or want personality presenters, simply those with a good journalistic background combined with the hard yards done in broadcasting - such people are there if you care to look Mr Controller.

  • Comment number 17.

    I couldn't agree more with post 16.Around this period of holiday time the ' stand-ins' ' generally do an excellent job and make 5live listenable for a change and no massive ego's on display of the regular overpaid presenters.I have been particularly impressed with the presenting of Corey Allen,Francis Finn and Rachel Hodges.What a pity this soon will all change.I had the misfortune to discover that Ms Derbyshire was back on air today and who started her programme with a clip of some listener proclaiming that he would be getting ' roaring drunk ' tonight and which she found highly amusing.I switched off in disgust.An ideal time to freshen up the 10am-12 spot I'd say AVK.There must be someone (perhaps those I have mentioned ) who can surely reach a higher standard of broadcasting than Ms Derbyshire.Think on it please Mr.Controller.Happy New Year to one and all.

  • Comment number 18.

    I listened to Radio 5 in the run up to the turning of the year. The ranting Bishop and the right wing American, all political and anti government. I would like to have heard some positives because that is what we should all concentrate on as we face a new year. For heavens sake this was New Year's Eve! Thank goodness the London fireworks were so spectacular, as I decided to watch rather than listen to Manchester seeing in 2011. London-can't beat it!!


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