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Special programmes for Christmas on 5 live

Jonathan Wall Jonathan Wall | 16:03 UK time, Friday, 18 December 2009

Xmas Decorations

I'm sat at my desk today waiting for the avalanche of special taped programmes for Christmas to appear.

We've got twenty taped shows sprinkled throughout the Christmas and New Year schedule on 5 live this year. Programmes are made for us by our news programmes, sports production team and a variety of independent production companies.

Earlier this year our tennis pundit Annabel Croft spent a week on the streets of London for a BBC One documentary on homelessness. She spent some time, outside Waterloo Station with a chap called James. She was left with a real sense that James really wanted to try to help himself move off the streets.

On Christmas Eve at 1800, you can hear Annabel's documentary James - My Alcoholic Friend. It's a special follow-up to that TV documentary in which Annabel's aim is to get James off the streets and re-united with his family.

On Christmas Day at 1700, repeated on New Years' Day at 1300, you can hear In Search of the Real Drogba. Football journalist Ian McGarry travelled to the Ivory Coast with the Chelsea striker to find out more about his mission to build a new hospital in the country.

Ian gets some great access and you will hear some in-depth interviews with Didier Drogba who talks about life as a controversial Premier League player, what part religion plays in his life and why his charity work is so important to him.

Stephen Nolan turns into news quiz host on Christmas morning at 1100 for Beat the Newsmaker with guests including tv news host Nicolas Owen and Jackie Brambles.

Soccer AM'S Max Rushden makes his 5 live debut in a live show on Christmas Day at midday. Snapshot Christmas spends one hour capturing as many stories as possible from people all over the country to get a real sense of the variety of ways people are spending their Christmas Day.

Jenson Button - Champion of the World on Christmas Night at 2100 looks back at a dramatic Formula One season.

5 live Drive host Peter Allen has broadcast his programme in 2009 from Catterick barracks, from Afghanistan, and from a new miltary hospital in Edinburgh. They were three of his most powerful shows this year and the best bits from each of them can be heard in Frontline 09 which will be broadcast on New Years' Day at 1800.

We hope you enjoy some of the festive treats and best wishes to all on the blog for a happy Christmas.

Jonathan Wall is Commissioning Editor for BBC Radio 5 live

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