A feast of 5 live programmes for Christmas and New Year
Controller, Radio 5 Live
There are plenty of special treats, as well as all the live sport and live news programmes on 5 live over Christmas and New Year. Our schedule this year has more live output than ever before.
Then at 1pm we have a special taped edition of Not Just Cricket with Greg James, Jimmy Anderson and Graham Swann, recorded towards the end of England’s recent successful tour of India.
The Radio Review of the Year on Christmas Day 4pm-6pm celebrates the highlights of UK radio in 2012 and reflects on all the big news stories in the radio industry from 5 live’s coverage of the Olympics to Chris Moyles’ departure from Radio One. Mike Sweeney, a legend for over thirty years in commercial radio co-presents that with Radio 4’s Jane Garvey. It really is a compelling listen.
The Olympic and Paralympic year will be reflected across three special programmes – we thought our Olympics Soundtrack programme, which contains all of the great moments from London 2012, including every single Team GB medal, set to music, would be perfect for 6pm-7.30pm on Christmas Eve as many people drive to family and friends.
Tanni Grey Thompson and Marc Woods present Tanni and Marc’s Paralympic Feast on 30th December at 11am, with guests including David Weir and Sarah Storey.
Listen to 5 live commentary as David Weir takes a second gold in the T54 1500m.
We also have the 5 live Sport Review of the Year 10am-midday on Boxing Day capturing not just the Olympics but everything from Manchester City’s dramatic title win to the Ryder Cup comeback of comebacks, and from Andy Murray’s first Grand Slam win to Chelsea’s Champions League final triumph.
On Thursday 27th, Tony Livesey and Stephen Nolan look back at the biggest news stories of the year featuring the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, the Eurozone financial crisis, the Syrian uprising, the fallout following revelations on Jimmy Saville, and Barack Obama’s re-election as US President.
I also want to give a mention to one other news programme we commissioned – Hillsborough: Faith and Justice in which Shelagh Fogarty talks at length to the Bishop of Liverpool, chair of the Hillsborough Independent Panel. This really is a must listen interview on one of the news stories of the year, and is first broadcast at 6pm on December 28th.
We get in the mood early for one of the big football weekends of the year with FA Cup Third Round Memories on Monday December 31st at 8pm-9pm. Mark Chapman and Robbie Savage host a retrospective journey through the stories of the FA Cup Third Round, compiled by the 606 football community highlighting the magic, despair, frivolity and uniqueness of the oldest club competition in the world.
It all starts this weekend (Sunday 23rd), with a big Roy Hodgson interview on Sportsweek with Garry Richardson at 8.30am and then our behind the scenes documentary with American football team Green Bay Packers at 11am - 5 live NFL – A Week with the Cheeseheads.
Darren Fletcher talks to Bea, who has missed only one game since 1957. But why?
I wish you all a very nice Christmas and a Happy New Year wherever you are listening. I do hope there is something in the above list that you will really enjoy. I know how much our teams have enjoyed making these special shows.
Jonathan Wall is acting controller for BBC Radio 5 live and BBC Radio 5 live Sports Extra
You can download a selection of 5 live's Christmas and New Year programmes by subscribing to our 5 live Christmas Specials feed.