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Saturday 12 Jul 2014

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Network Radio
Seasonal Highlights for BBC Weeks 51/52

Female comedy duo French and Saunders make their BBC Radio 2 debut

French And Saunders

Boxing Day Sunday 26 December on BBC RADIO 2

Much-loved comedians Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders make their debut on BBC Radio 2 with the first of three two-hour shows featuring an eclectic mix of chat, music and, of course, the pair's trademark humour

Seasonal Highlights on BBC RADIO 1


The Official Chart With Reggie Yates

Sunday 19 December on BBC RADIO 1

Reggie Yates counts down the Top 40 and reveals the UK's Christmas No. 1

Seasonal Highlights on BBC RADIO 2


The Chris Evans Breakfast Show

Thursday 23 December on BBC RADIO 2

The show is on the road and today broadcasts from around the kitchen table at the Archbishop of York's home, Bishopthorpe Palace, with live music from James Dean Bradfield of the Manic Street Preachers, KT Tunstall and the choir from York Minster, Chris Evans also hosts The BBC Radio 2 Christmas Quiz on Christmas Day

Jeremy Vine

Thursday 23 December on BBC RADIO 2

During the last hour of Jeremy Vine's last show before Christmas he broadcasts not only on BBC Radio 2, but also to troops in Afghanistan and around the world on the forces' broadcaster BFBS

Friday Night is Music Night

Christmas Eve Friday 24 December on BBC RADIO 2

Barbara Windsor hosts a celebration marking the 80th anniversary of composer Lionel Bart's birth, whose vast repertoire includes the musicals Blitz, Maggie May, Twang and Oliver!

Wireless Kenny Everett

Christmas Eve Friday 24 December on BBC RADIO 2

Paul Gambaccini examines Kenny Everett's influential radio work; fans of the late DJ can also enjoy a celebration of his work on the network on Christmas day in Kenny Everett's Christmas Selection Box

Nine Alternative Lessons And Carols

Christmas Eve Friday 24 December on BBC RADIO 2

This complementary celebration to the traditional Bible readings and carols features nine modern stories of Christmas specially commissioned from writers including Willy Russell, Ian McMillan and Simon Armitage, which can also be heard on Ken Bruce and Jeremy Vine's shows throughout the week

Kylie Minogue's Line Of Enquiry

Christmas Day Saturday 25 December on BBC RADIO 2

Australian pop star Kylie Minogue answers questions from BBC Radio 2 listeners in an up-close-and-personal interview

Seasonal Highlights on BBC RADIO 3


Performance On 3 – Bach Cantata Pilgrimage

Tuesday 21 December on BBC RADIO 3

The Monteverdi Choir and Orchestra, directed by Sir John Eliot Gardiner, perform a programme of Bach cantatas for Advent and Christmas

FREE THINKING 2010
Night Waves At Free Thinking 2010

Thursday 23 December on BBC RADIO 3

Jazz star Soweto Kinch puts down his saxophone and steps up to the lectern to deliver the lecture Emancipation – A Listener's Guide, as part of BBC Radio 3's Free Thinking festival

World On 3

Christmas Eve Friday 24 December on BBC RADIO 3

This special Christmas Eve edition features the latest CDs from around the globe and contemporary English folk-singer Kate Rusby, recorded at London's Royal Festival Hall with a showcase of South Yorkshire village carols

Saturday Music Feature – Erik Satie Walks To Work

Christmas Day Saturday 25 December on BBC RADIO 3

Sarah Walker follows Satie's footsteps, taking his walk to work from Arcueil to Montmartre in Paris, to uncover the secrets behind his unique music

Opera On 3 – Wagner's Tannhäuser

Christmas Day Saturday 25 December on BBC RADIO 3

Tim Albery directs leading South African tenor Johan Botha in the title role of Wagner's Tannhäuser, as the opera is produced at London's Royal Opera House for the first time in 20 years

Seasonal Highlights on BBC RADIO 4


Jeeves In Manhattan

Monday 20 December on BBC RADIO 4

Martin Jarvis performs PG Wodehouse's The Artistic Career Of Corky single-handedly, for a packed audience at this year's Cheltenham Festival of Literature

Old Harry's Game

Thursday 23 December on BBC RADIO 4

The sitcom set in hell, written by Andy Hamilton, returns and Satan decides to ban Christmas

Marley Was Dead

Christmas Eve Friday 24 December on BBC RADIO 4

A Christmas Carol dissolves into a screwball comedy in the finest tradition, devised by hilarious theatre company Peepolykus, with special guests including Jonathan Dimbleby, Richard Madeley, Dara O Brian and Chris Evans

Cabin Pressure Christmas Special

Christmas Day Saturday 25 December on BBC RADIO 4

John Finnemore, Roger Allam, Stephanie Cole and Benedict Cumberbatch star in a Christmas special of the airline comedy

Pat And Margaret

Christmas Day Saturday 25 December on BBC RADIO 4

Victoria Wood's bitter-sweet comedy about two sisters reunited on a live television show stars Imelda Staunton and Sarah Lancashire

Woman's Hour Drama – Ladies Of Letters Go Crackers

Bank Holiday Monday 27 to New Year's Eve Friday 31 December on BBC RADIO 4

The much-loved letter-based comedy returns for Christmas starring Prunella Scales and Anne Reid

Fry's English Delight Winter Special – Word Games

Bank Holiday Tuesday 28 December on BBC RADIO 4

As the nation reaches for the Scrabble box, Stephen Fry considers the importance of word games

Seasonal Highlights on BBC RADIO 5 LIVE


BBC Sports Personality Of The Year

Sunday 19 December on BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

The network is live from the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham as the BBC Sports Personality Of The Year 2010 is announced

Seasonal Highlights on BBC 6 MUSIC


Adam And Joe's Christmas Special

Christmas Day Saturday 25 December on BBC 6 MUSIC

Adam Buxton and Joe Cornish are back for a special Christmas edition of their Sony Award-winning show

6 Mix

Boxing Day Sunday 26 December on BBC 6 MUSIC

Dave Pearce and Public Enemy front-man Chuck D reminisce about the birth of rap music in America and the UK

Scheduling information in Network Radio Programme Information is subject to change.

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