7 launches Sunday 15 December
best of BBC comedy, drama and books;
Launch day features two-hour simulcast with BBC Radio 4;
Search starts to find the greatest comic ever
7, a new digital radio network, launches on Sunday 15 December 2002.
mix of entertainment with the best of BBC comedy, drama and books
as well as a brand new daily live kids' radio show, BBC 7 is the
fifth BBC digital radio station to launch this year and completes
the BBC's digital radio portfolio.
Abramsky, Director of BBC Radio & Music, says: "The launch
of BBC 7 marks the end of an astonishing year for BBC Radio in which
we have doubled the number of national radio stations.
BBC 7 and its companion digital services 6 Music, Five Live Sports
Extra, 1Xtra and the Asian Network we have made a huge addition
to public service broadcasting which should prove attractive to
new as well as existing listeners.
mark a major step towards the digital future."
18 hours a day, from 7.00am to 1.00am, the BBC 7 schedule is "stripped"
across the week, with regular programme zones at the same time each
first day's broadcasting, Sunday 15 December, features a special
two-hour programme (8.00 to 10.00pm) showcasing BBC 7 and simulcast
on BBC Radio 4.
shows include: Knowing Me, Knowing You; Dr Who; Hancock's Happy
Christmas; The Goons; The Woman In White; Fatherland and I'm Sorry
I Haven't A Clue.
BBC 7's comedy is zoned across the day
and includes all-time classics such as Hancock's Half Hour, The
Goons and Round The Horne, great panel games like I'm Sorry I Haven't
A Clue and Just A Minute and, in the Comedy Club zone, the best
in stand-up from Greg Proops, Jo Brand, Rory Bremner, Graham Fellows
and Sean Hughes.
radio comedy hits such as The Boosh and Little Britain get another
airing as well as shows that have successfully transferred to television:
Room 101, They Think It's All Over, Goodness Gracious Me, Alan Partridge
and The League Of Gentlemen.
in all, BBC 7 presents over six hours of comedy every day.
7 Drama zone offers a daily feast of great
drama - A Suitable Boy, The French Lieutenant's Woman, This Sporting
Life - and the best in crime and thrillers, from Inspector Rebus
to George Smiley.
BBC 7 provides a daily fix of science fiction and horror in 7th
Dimension from Dr Who and A Wizard Of Earthsea to Pet Sematary.
best reads in fiction and non-fiction can be found each weekday
morning, including The Shipping News, Behind The Scenes At The Museum
and Notes From A Small Island.
days a week, from 4.00 to 6.00pm, there is BBC 7's Big
Toe, a live, interactive show for nine to 11 year-olds packed
with stories, competitions, quizzes, interviews, discussions, games
day there are continuing stories from the best authors including
Jacqueline Wilson, Philip Pullman and Roald Dahl.
Younger children have not been forgotten - each morning Little Toe
airs the best children's stories for the younger age group, starting
with Wiggly Park and including Thomas The Tank Engine, read by John
Kalemkerian, Editor BBC 7, says: "Nothing beats being asked
to create a brand new network from the biggest broadcasting archive
in the world.
underlying theme throughout the schedule is quality. BBC 7 offers
a treasure trove of treats for people who love good radio."
Boaden, Controller BBC Radio 4 and launch controller for the new
station, adds: "It's not every Radio Controller who has the
privilege of launching a totally new station.
tremendously proud of the team that has developed such an exciting,
fresh sound and programmed such an innovative schedule for BBC 7."
the place for entertainment, BBC 7 is asking people to vote for
who they think is the funniest
person they have ever heard.
can be for comedy groups as well as individuals and votes can be
registered via the website at www.bbc.co.uk/bbc7
or by phone on the BBC 7 Information Line on 0800 100 700.
are welcomed from the whole range of comedy talent featured on BBC
7 - from The Goons to The League Of Gentlemen, from Tony Hancock
to Steve Coogan, from Kenneth Williams to Julian Clary.
opens on Wednesday 13 November and closes on Wednesday 11 December.
The winner will be announced on launch day (15 December).
7 will broadcast across the UK on digital radio, digital television
(cable, satellite, Freeview) and online.
material is drawn from BBC Radio 4, Radio 2 and Radio 1, with other
acquired material not previously heard on radio before.
7 Zones and Programme Highlights
Hour: original radio comedies which went on to become tv hits, including
Knowing Me, Knowing You (with Steve Coogan as Alan Partridge), The
League Of Gentlemen (with Mark Gatiss, Steve Pemberton and Reece
Shearsmith), Goodness Gracious Me (featuring Sanjeev Baskar and
Meera Syal), People Like Us (with Chris Langham as Roy Mallard),
Dead Ringers and Room 101 (with Nick Hancock in the chair).
Comedy: some of the best-loved radio shows of all time - Just A
Minute, I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue, I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again,
The Goons, Hancock's Half Hour, Round The Horne and The Frankie
Zone: tv favourites made for radio and the best of current radio
comedy - Dad's Army, Steptoe & Son, Yes Minister, As Time Goes
By, One Foot In The Grave, The Masterson Inheritance (improvisation
with Paul Merton and Josie Lawrence), Little Britain (with Matt
Lucas and David Walliams and about to move to tv) and The Mark Steel
7 Comedy Club: the best names in stand-up comedy, recorded live
- Graham Fellows, Sean Hughes, Greg Proops, Jo Brand, Rory Bremner,
Linda Smith, Hattie Hayridge and Marcus Brigstocke.
great radio drama, including The Piano, The French Lieutenant's
Woman, This Sporting Life, A Suitable Boy, Don't Look Now, War And
Peace, Little Dorrit plus the complete canon of Sherlock Holmes.
And Thrillers: Bitter Medicine (Sara Paretsky's VI Warshawski),
Let It Bleed (Ian Rankin's Detective Inspector Rebus), Monk's Hood,
Virgin In The Ice (Ellis Peters' Cadfael), Cover Her Face, Devices
And Desires (PD James' Commander Dalgleish), The Spy Who Came In
From The Cold (John le Carré), Murder On The Orient Express
(Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot), Fatherland (Robert Harris).
Dimension: leave planet earth and enter the world of aliens, daleks
and dragons - The Foundation Trilogy (Isaac Asimov), Dr Who, Tales
Of The Bizarre (Ray Bradbury), Pet Sematary (Stephen King).
Sellers: best-selling books read by leading actors and sometimes
the authors themselves - Notes From A Small Island (Bill Bryson),
The Shipping News (Annie Proulx), Behind The Scenes At The Museum
Toe: stories for younger listeners every day from 7.00 to 8.00am
and 3.00 to 4.00pm - Wind In The Willows, Just William, Jennings,
Alice In Wonderland, Peter Pan And Wendy, Doctor Doolittle, Winnie
The Pooh, Treasure Island, Ballet Shoes, Charlotte's Web.
7's Big Toe: radio just for kids, with two hours each day (4.00
to 6.00pm) of games, gossip, competitions, quizzes and stories for
team of eight presenters includes Jez Edwards and Kirsten O'Brien,
well-known faces from CBBC, and Kevin Duala from Nickelodeon and
day's show features three children in the studio and others joining
the fun by phone, email and the internet.
readers include Natalie Cassidy (Sonia from EastEnders) reading
Anne Fine's Charm School, Ralf Little reading Neil Arksey's Brooksie,
Adrian Edmundson reading Roald Dahl's Charlie And The Chocolate
Factory, Kathy Burke reading Dahl's The Witches and author Eoin
Colfer reading his own Artemis Fowl.
Selection: on Saturdays Mark Radcliffe presents his selection of
award-winning radio comedies, including Sony Award winners (the
radio Oscars). His first programme on Saturday 21 December features
the Sunday newspaper spoof The Sunday Format.
Theme Nights: the first Sunday of every month BBC7 sets aside three
hours to highlight some of the greatest stars and cult shows of
first theme night, on Sunday 5 January, is Spike Night, an evening
dedicated to Spike Milligan and presented by Eric Sykes, which includes
Fear Of Wages, Spike's favourite Goon Show, and More Plain Tales
From The Raj (Spike talking about his childhood in India).
Comedy Controller: the first Saturday of every month a guest comedy
controller takes over the BBC7 studio to schedule an evening of
their favourite comedy programmes and discuss the influences on
their brand of humour. First in the controller's seat, on Saturday
4 January, is Steve Punt.
7 poll to find the greatest comic
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