Christmas 2011 on BBC Radio 5 live

Date: 02.12.2011     Last updated: 18.03.2014 at 18.03
Category: Radio 5 Live
BBC Radio 5 live has announced its Christmas and New Year 2011 schedule, which features a host of news, current affairs and sports specials, including several Olympic-themed programmes commissioned to usher in 2012.

Regular 5 live voices such as Peter Allen, Richard Bacon and Rachel Burden, will be joined by special guest presenters and contributors throughout the Christmas schedule including sporting stars Graeme Swann and Jimmy Anderson. Plus Maggie Philbin and Dr Chris Smith take part in 5 live’s first Science Night.

In addition to continuous live news and sports coverage, programme highlights over the festive period include:

News and Current Affairs

Friday 23rd December

6.00pm-7.00pm: Breadlines and Tinsel

(Repeat 25.12.11, 12.00am-1.00am)

With the season of eating, drinking and being merry upon us what is Christmas really like for the estimated four million Britons who are going hungry? Geoff Bird uncovers stories of the people who never thought they and their families would go hungry and be dependent on food hand outs.

Christmas Eve, Saturday 24th December

9.00am-11.00am: Chart The Year

(Repeat 25.12.11, 5.00am-7.00am)

Richard Bacon and special guests, including show regular Sam Delaney, look back on the year, discussing the top 20 most talked about stories from 2011.

10.00pm-11.00pm: One Week In August

Repeat 28.12.11, 6.00pm-7.00pm)

Rachel Burden examines the lasting impact of the August riots on the victims, the perpetrators, and those simply caught up in the chaos. From Birmingham to Bristol, London to Manchester, Rachel hears about the fear, tension and ultimately a "blitz spirit" felt by affected communities right across England. She also discovers how the riots changed lives and how those affected will now approach the future.

11.00pm-12.00am: The Arab Spring

(Repeat 30.12.11, 6.00pm-7.00pm)

Peter Allen looks back at the extraordinary story of the Arab Spring. With eyewitness accounts from those who saw revolution spread across Tunisia to Egypt and Libya, and reflections on what will happen next in the region.

Christmas Day, Sunday 25th December

3.00am-5.00am: Best Of Up All Night 2011

(Repeat 26.12.11, 1.00am-3.00am)

Rhod Sharp and Dotun Adebayo look back at highlights from a momentous year for world news, as featured in 5 live's overnight news magazine.

10.00am-1.00pm: Children’s Home At Christmas

Sam Walker joins the Christmas festivities of a children's home in Greater Manchester in this live Christmas Day show. She hears some powerful stories about what has been a busy year for all of the children, their families and carers.

1.00pm-2.00pm: 2011 Changed My Life

(Repeat 25.12.11, 10.11pm-11.00pm)

5 live’s Lesley Ashmall and Nick Garnett speak to people who find themselves in a completely different set of circumstances from last year. Events, successes, failures, or single split second moments have meant that their lives have changed in ways that give them a completely different view of the world. Hear their stories, and discover what their future holds after a momentous year.

7.00pm-9.00pm: The Radio Review Of 2011

(Repeat 26.12.11, 5.00am-7.00am)

Radio 4's Jane Garvey and Mike Toolan from Key 103 in Manchester are joined by some of the biggest names in BBC and commercial broadcasting as they celebrate the last 12 months in radio.

Tuesday 27th December

12.00pm-1.00pm: Crime and Punishment

(Repeat 28.12.11, 5.00am-6.00am)

Danny Shaw takes a detailed look at the criminal justice system and in particular sentencing policy. The programme considers where we go next, following a year of controversy as Justice Secretary Ken Clarke tried to balance toughness and rehabilitation against a background of tight budgets and prisons at full capacity.

Thursday 29th December

Science Night

7.00pm-9.30pm: The Naked Scientist Phone-In

From physics to psychology - botany to biotech - chemistry to chaos theory, Dr Chris Smith and the Naked Scientists from Cambridge University strip science down to the bare essentials.

9.30pm-10.30pm: The World Tomorrow

(Repeat 01.01.12, 9.00pm-10.00pm)

A panel of young scientists outline the discoveries that will change our lives in the very near future.

New Year’s Eve, Saturday 31st December

9.00pm-11.00pm: 5 live News Review of the Year: 2011

(Repeat 01.01.12, 5.00am-7.00am)

Tony Livesey and Stephen Nolan reflect on an extraordinary news year. With powerful audio from some of the biggest news stories of 2011 including the English riots, the News of the World hacking scandal, the Arab Spring and the killing of Bin Laden.


Friday 23rd December

2.00pm-4.00pm: Kermode and Mayo’s Film Review

Mark Kermode and Simon Mayo present two hours of festive film fun live from the Prince Charles Cinema in London's West End in front of an audience of moviegoers with film reviews, special guests and some Christmassy surprises.

Christmas Eve, Saturday 24th December

11.00am-12.30pm: Fighting Talk: 5 live v 6 Music

Recorded in front of an audience at the legendary Maida Vale studios Colin Murray presents a special inter-radio station showdown between 5 live and 6 music with a festive and musical twist.

It's no holds barred as 6 Music's Steve Lamacq and Shaun Keavney take on 5 live's Pat Nevin and Tony Livesey as they use wisdom and wit to score points for punditry on all things sport and music. The show also features it's very own house band, Kaiser Chiefs, to provide musical accompaniment and their own unique input into the occasion. There can only be one winner so who will walk away with the FT crown?

6.00pm-7.00pm: The Sound Of 2011

(Repeat 25.12.11, 2.00pm-3.00pm)

Jamie Stangroom looks back at the music of 2011 with interviews from some of the biggest stars of the year including Adele, Professor Green, Snow Patrol, Olly Murs, Alice Cooper, Emily Sande, Buddy Greco, Bootsy Collins, Journey and the cast of Rock of Ages.

Friday 30th December

2.00pm-4.00pm: Kermode and Mayo’s Film Review: Movies Of The Year

(Repeat 31.12.11, 5.00am-7.00am)

Mark Kermode joins Simon to review the biggest movies, and re-live the fiercest Kermodian rants of the year.

New Year’s Day, Sunday 1st January

7.00pm-8.00pm: Men’s Hour: New Year New Man Special

(Repeat 02.01.12, 5.00am-6.00am)

Men's Hour meets some men who are facing epic personal journeys in 2012. Tim Samuels talks to three men who are facing life-changing challenges in the months ahead. From the athlete charged with pulling it all together for a split-second's Olympic test, to a comedian who is expecting to die this year. Warm and insightful perspective from men whose year will be like no other.


Friday 23rd December

9.00pm-10.00pm: Ulster’s Major Year

(Repeat 25.12.11, 11.00pm-12.00am)

5 live Sport looks back over Northern Ireland's remarkable double golfing success this summer; Rory McIlroy at the US Open and Darren Clarke in the Open Championship at Sandwich.

Christmas Eve, Saturday 24th December

8.00pm-10.00pm: 5 live Sport: Review Of The Year: 2011

(Repeat 26.12.11, 10.00am-12.00pm)

Colin Murray looks back at the big sporting moments of the last 12 months.

4.00pm-4.30pm: Meet The Team: A Question Of Sport

(Repeat 26.12.11, 3.00am-3.30am)

5 live goes behind the scenes of A Question Of Sport, Britain's longest continuously-running game show. Host Sue Barker and team captains Phil Tufnell and Matt Dawson discuss the magic of the show as they settle in at their new studios in Salford.

4.30pm-6.00pm: Not Just Cricket

(Repeat 26.12.11, 3.30am-5.00am)

England bowlers Graeme Swann and Jimmy Anderson join Radio 1's Greg James to look back at the 2011 cricket season. We hear first-hand how this England team became the first team in a generation to win The Ashes down under and how they whitewashed India to become the best test nation on the planet.

9.00pm-10.00pm: 5 live Formula 1: 2011: Review Of The Year

(Repeat 27.12.11, 5.00am-6.00am)

David Croft and the 5 live Formula 1 team look back on a season dominated by Sebastian Vettel.

Tuesday 27th December

10.00pm-10.30pm: Meet The Team: Match Of The Day

5 live goes behind the scenes at Match Of The Day, to meet the people who put Britain's most famous football show on the air.

Saturday 31st December

11.00am-12.00pm: Fighting Talk: Olympic Special

(Repeat 01.01.12, 8.00pm-9.00pm)

Fighting Talk has 5 live’s first ‘official’ Olympic preview show on the eve of 2012. John Rawling, Bob Mills, silver Olympic medal holder in Badminton Gail Emms and Team GB long jumper Chris Tomlinson join Colin Murray to discuss all things Olympic, fighting to gain points for punditry with the usual dose of story-telling and opinion.

11.00pm-1.00am: New Year Live from the Olympic City

Colin Murray and guests see in the New Year in central London with a special Olympic theme as we enter London’s big Olympic year.

New Year’s Day, Sunday 1st January

11.00am-12.00pm: Ed Moses Meets Dai Greene

(Repeat 02.02.12, 8.30pm-9.30pm)

Athletics legend Ed Moses meets Britain's Dai Greene and looks ahead to the 2012 Olympics. Can the advice of double Olympic 400m hurdles champ Moses inspire Greene to win gold?

Moses also looks at what's needed to ensure a successful Olympic Games and whether London will deliver an exciting championships, as well as its promised legacy of inspiring the nation to take up sports and enjoy a fitter, more active lifestyle. The programme also features London 2012 boss Lord Coe and IOC President Jacques Rogge.