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Network Radio Week 52

Christmas Day
Thursday 25 December 2008

BBC RADIO 1 Christmas Day
Thursday 25 December 2008
Huw Stephens' Weird & Wonderful Christmas
Christmas Day Thursday 25 December
12.00midnight-2.00am BBC RADIO 1


In the early hours of Christmas Day, Huw Stephens presents his Weird & Wonderful Christmas, introducing listeners to things they've never heard before and the most amazing Yuletide treats.


Presenter/Huw Stephens, Producer/James Watts


BBC Radio 1 Publicity

Wake Up To... Rob da Bank Vs Gilles Peterson
Christmas Day Thursday 25 December
4.00-7.00am BBC RADIO 1


Rob da Bank and Gilles Peterson co-present Wake Up To... Rob da Bank Vs Gilles Peterson on Christmas morning, bringing listeners an eclectic three-hour mix of music from worlds past and present.


Presenters/Rob da Bank and Gilles Peterson,
Producer/James Bursey


BBC Radio 1 Publicity

Scott Mills
Christmas Day Thursday 25 December
7.00-10.00am BBC RADIO 1


Scott Mills entertains the nation on Christmas Day morning, with some fun, Christmas treats and classic tunes to get listeners in the festive mood.


Presenter/Scott Mills, Producer/Rebecca Huxtable


BBC Radio 1 Publicity


BBC RADIO 2 Christmas Day
Thursday 25 December 2008
The Paul O'Grady Christmas Show
Christmas Day Thursday 25 December
1.00-3.00pm BBC RADIO 2


Paul O'Grady returns to BBC Radio 2 with a special show recorded for Christmas Day afternoon.


Featuring a seasonal mix of Christmas music and some of the biggest hits from 2008, Paul adds his own unique take on this special time of the year.


The eclectic mix of music featured comes from the likes of Leona Lewis and Dora Bryan, McFly and Pink Martini, Girls Aloud and Mae West.


Plus, there's a panto round-up and a look ahead to some of the highlights on Radio 2 over the holiday period.


Presenter/Paul O'Grady, Producer/Malcolm Prince


BBC Radio 2 Publicity

The Queen's Christmas Message
Christmas Day Thursday 25 December
3.00-3.05pm BBC RADIO 2


Her Majesty The Queen delivers her Christmas message.


BBC Radio 2 Publicity

The Best Bette – The Bette Midler Christmas Show
Christmas Day Thursday 25 December
3.05-5.00pm BBC RADIO 2

Bette Midler shares her favourite music on Christmas Day
Bette Midler shares her
favourite music on
Christmas Day

The Divine Miss M comes to BBC Radio 2.


Bette Midler is renowned for her incomparable wit and brash sense of style: and this special programme features both. With Bette's favourite music interspersed with her unique observations and stories about what those songs mean to her, this specially recorded, two-hour show proves The Divine Miss M is a good Bette for Christmas Day afternoon.


Bette features tracks from Bruce Springsteen and Sheryl Crow, Pink and Sam Cooke, Yvonne Fair and Tom Jones. Plus, there's seasonal fare from Perry Como, Peggy Lee and Ella Fitzgerald, and a few from Bette's own catalogue including The Wind Beneath My Wings, Hello In There and a seasonal version of From A Distance.


Presenter/Bette Midler, Producer/Malcolm Prince


BBC Radio 2 Publicity

Ken Bruce – Best Of The Sessions 2008
Christmas Day Thursday 25 December
7.00-8.00pm BBC RADIO 2


Ken Bruce presents an hour-long special for Christmas night featuring the best of this year's "Radio 2 Live In The Morning" sessions from his weekday morning show.


2008 has been a bumper year for live music on Ken's show and this programme is a reminder of just how good some artists can sound, even at half past nine in the morning.


A mixture of new and familiar songs feature, from the crème de la crème of the British music scene including Take That, Razorlight, James Morrison, Will Young, Sharleen Spiteri, The Kooks and The Feeling.


Presenter/Ken Bruce, Producer/Day Macaskill


BBC Radio 2 Publicity

Growing Up With The Goons
Christmas Day Thursday 25 December
8.00-9.00pm BBC RADIO 2 (Schedule Addition 1 December)

For years, Andy Secombe was hounded by teachers and classmates expecting the son of Neddie Seagoon to be as feckless as his father, Sir Harry's, Goon character. Thus, despite a successful career as an actor, including playing a leading character in two Star Wars movies, Andy made it a point of policy not to publicly discuss the Goons. It was only in 2001, after being persuaded to take part in the 50th anniversary BBC Radio 2 Goon Show re-creation, that he felt he was ready to accept his inheritance.


"Think of it as taking over the family business," was his father's endorsement, and the favourable reaction to Andy's performance as the "Son of Ned" in Goon Again made him want to re-examine the experience of growing up in the febrile atmosphere that surrounded the creation of The Goon Show, both good and bad.


In this programme, Andy goes in search of the other children of the Goons to discover their experiences – good and bad – of living in the shadow of one of the most influential 20th-century British radio comedy shows. He also meets some of today's radio comics, Mitch Benn and Steve Punt, whose fathers both introduced them to the Goon Shows in the Seventies.


Interviewees in Growing Up With The Goons include: Sile Milligan, daughter of Spike; Sarah Sellers, daughter of Peter; Janet Brown, who performed with the Goons; Bobby Jaye, a BBC studio manager who did sound effects on the shows and who went on to become Head of BBC Radio Light Entertainment; Charles Chilton, a producer of the Goons; Jenny Secombe, Sir Harry's daughter; Myra Secombe, Sir Harry's widow; and comedians Mitch Benn and Steve Punt.


Presenter/Andy Secombe, Producers/Dave Morley and Dirk Maggs


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Elaine Paige Meets Johnny Mathis
Christmas Day Thursday 25 December
9.00-10.00pm BBC RADIO 2


Elaine Paige talks to one of her idols in a special programme for Christmas Day evening.


Earlier this year, Elaine met and interviewed Johnny Mathis at his home in Los Angeles. Part of that meeting was broadcast on Elaine Paige On Sunday. This programme features much more of that special interview.


Johnny Mathis recalls how he became established as a key interpreter of the popular song in the Fifties and how he's managed to remain at the top of his game for over 50 years. The programme features many of the songs most associated with Johnny including, The Twelfth Of Never, Chances Are and Misty. And, because it's Christmas Day, Johnny explains how he became known as "the voice of Christmas".


Johnny also discusses his friendship with the lyricists Alan and Marilyn Bergman, his early endeavours in Hollywood, and why he has decided to retire from singing to focus of his new passion: golf.


Presenter/Elaine Paige, Producer/Malcolm Prince


BBC Radio 2 Publicity

Liza With A "Z" – And All That Jazz!
Christmas Day Thursday 25 December
10.05-11.00pm BBC RADIO 2


In a special programme for BBC Radio 2, Liza Minnelli presents a selection of her favourite Kander and Ebb songs from their catalogue of Broadway musicals and Oscar-winning movies.


For nearly five decades, composer John Kander and lyricist Fred Ebb were one of Broadway's pre-eminent song-writing teams, the longest-running music-and-lyrics partnership in Broadway musical history. And Liza Minnelli was with them right from the very beginning.


Kander and Ebb have given the world some of the great creations of the American musical stage: Cabaret, Chicago, Kiss Of The Spider Woman and nearly a dozen more, ranging from The Act to Zorba. In a specially recorded programme, Liza plays the songs that helped to shape her career and that of Kander and Ebb. "They became my voice and later, they both told me, I became theirs."


Kander and Ebb worked with Liza on her award-winning television specials, her record-breaking concert tours and her Oscar-winning movies. Their story is forever intertwined with hers and, in this unique programme, Liza tells part of that remarkable story which includes such hits as: And The World Goes Round from New York, New York; Wilkommen from Cabaret; and I Move On from Chicago.


Liza recalls her first meeting with the guys: "Freddy opened the door and said 'Hello' and that simple welcome was the beginning of my career. It was! Fred soon became my mentor, my best friend, my inspiration, my guide and my parent figure, because at the time I was a teenager living by myself in New York. I was 16. There was a door opening for both of us and we walked through it together."


Liza plays the song that Kander and Ebb wrote for her which really spelt it out: "Liza With A Z is really a character, it gave me my career and made me an individual. It was the greatest gift I've really ever received."


Naturally, Liza plays the song, written especially for her by Kander and Ebb, that is the anthem of the place all three of them called home: New York, New York.


On presenting for Radio 2 Liza says: "The hosting a programme like this is simply, how do you include everything you want to? Well, you can't! I was once asked to describe John and Freddy and I remember thinking, 'Where do I start?'. Between the sense of humour, the integrity and the talent, and what they brought out in each other, you really have to look at their work. And the work speaks for itself."


The playlist includes: All That Jazz; If I Were In Your Shoes; Sing Happy; Say Liza; But The World Goes Round; The Day After That; Cabaret; Sara Lee; and New York, New York. All performed by Liza, plus Wilkommen (performed by Joel Grey) and I Move On (performed by Renee Zellweger and Catherine Zeta Jones).


Liza Minnelli's quotes are taken from the programme, which was first broadcast in 2006.


Presenter/Liza Minnelli, Producer/Malcolm Prince


BBC Radio 2 Publicity

Theme Time Radio Hour With Bob Dylan
Christmas Day Thursday 25 December
11.00pm-12.00midnight BBC RADIO 2


This revised, one-hour edition of Bob's Christmas themes, holiday dreams and jingle-bell schemes, features: A Party For Santa Claus by Lord Nelson; Who Took The Merry Out Of Christmas? by The Staple Singers; Please Come Home For Christmas by Charles Brown; Jingle Bells by Johnny Paycheck; Blue Xmas by Bob Dorough and Miles Davis; Far Away Christmas Blues by Little Esther and Mel Walker with the Johnny Otis Orchestra; Don't Believe In Christmas by The Sonics; and Silent Night by Huey "Piano" Smith And The Clowns.


Presenter/Bob Dylan, Producer/Phil Hughes


BBC Radio 2 Publicity


BBC RADIO 3 Christmas Day
Thursday 25 December 2008
Christmas Day Thursday 25 December
7.00-10.00am BBC RADIO 3


For the first time on BBC Radio 3, Rob Cowan and Sara Mohr-Pietsch join forces to present a special edition of Breakfast on Christmas Day. Their musical choices include: the Hallelujah chorus from Handel's Messiah, performed by the Dunedin Consort And Players under John Butt; Haydn's exuberant Symphony No.1 in D major, recorded by the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra; a selection of Peter Cornelius's Christmas Carols, sung by Angelika Kirchschlager and Hermann Prey; the latest installment of Bach Dances; and a specially recorded carol by Howard Skempton, sung by the BBC Singers.


Presenter/Rob Cowan and Sara Mohr-Pietsch, Producer/Elizabeth Arno


BBC Radio 3 Publicity

A Festival Of Nine Lessons And Carols From
King's College, Cambridge

Christmas Day Thursday 25 December
2.00-3.40pm BBC RADIO 3


BBC Radio 3 offers listeners another chance to hear yesterday's broadcast of the traditional Christmas carol service from King's College, Cambridge (broadcast live on BBC Radio 4 on Christmas Eve). Featured carols include: Once In Royal David's City; O Come All Ye Faithful; and Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.


Producer/Stephen Shipley


BBC Radio 3 Publicity

Paradise Lost Ep 4/12
Monday 22 December to Friday 2 January
5.00-6.05pm BBC RADIO 3


Anton Lesser continues to read John Milton's Paradise Lost to mark the 400th anniversary of the writer's birth.


Today, in Book Four, Satan journeys to Paradise where, sitting as a Cormorant on the Tree Of Life, he looks at the Garden and sees Adam and Eve.


Presenter/Anton Lesser, Producer/Nicolas Soames


BBC Radio 3 Publicity


BBC RADIO 4 Christmas Day
Thursday 25 December 2008
Christmas Service
Christmas Day Thursday 25 December
9.00-9.45am BBC RADIO 4


BBC Radio 4 visits the fan vaults of Bath Abbey for worship at this special moment in the Christian year. Leading the service is the Rector, the Reverend Prebendary Edward Mason, and the preacher is the Abbey's Canon Theologian, the Reverend Dr Alan Garrow.


They lead a service including a specially prepared sequence of music, readings, and prayers with the renowned Abbey choir, under the direction of Dr Peter King, singing carols, some of which are special to Christmas Day.


Producer/Philip Billson


BBC Radio 4 Publicity

With Great Pleasure At Christmas
Christmas Day Thursday 25 December
10.00-10.45am BBC RADIO 4


Best-selling author Terry Pratchett reads from his many novels
Best-selling author Terry
Pratchett reads from his
many novels

Terry Pratchett, creator of the Discworld series of books and Britain's best-selling author, introduces a special edition of With Great Pleasure for Christmas Day.


Terry spent time looking through his many books in search of pieces for the programme and has come up with an idiosyncratic selection which illustrates his endless fascination with the way things work: the Victorian Post Office; arsenical poisoning; the work of goldsmiths; and the way the Chinese used to train pigeons to steal rice.


Many of these intriguing by-ways of the world have found their way into his fiction and one of the delights of the programme for Pratchett devotees will be in linking the references to their favourite books.


Other readers for With Great Pleasure At Christmas are Michael Fenton Stevens, Michael Maloney and Helen Atkinson Wood.


Producer/Christine Hall


BBC Radio 4 Publicity

Strictly Come Brucie
Christmas Day Thursday 25 December
11.00-11.30am BBC RADIO 4


Bruce Forsyth talks about seven decades in show business
Bruce Forsyth talks about
seven decades in show

In a rare, in-depth interview, octogenarian Bruce Forsyth talks revealingly to Paul Morley about his professional career in show business, which is now in its seventh decade.


Bruce was 14 when he turned professional as "Boy Bruce – The Mighty Atom" and he hasn't stopped working since. Now a sprightly 80, he talks frankly about his family background, auditioning at The Windmill, National Service and 16 years paying his dues on the provincial circuit before hitting the big time presenting Sunday Night At The London Palladium.


In a Christmas treat for the whole family, Bruce reveals what it takes to remain at the top of the entertainment tree, how he likes to relax, and the dedication required to maintain such a calm exterior when fronting family favourites such as The Generation Game, Bruce's Price Is Right and Strictly Come Dancing.


Presenter/Paul Morley, Producer/Paul Kobrak


BBC Radio 4 Publicity

Pick Of The Year
Christmas Day Thursday 25 December
2.15-3.00pm BBC RADIO 4


Sandi Toksvig hangs the baubles of broadcasting on the BBC Radio 4 Christmas tree as she chooses the best bits of BBC Radio 2008.


Presenter/Sandi Toksvig, Producer/Harry Parker


BBC Radio 4 Publicity

The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency
Christmas Day Thursday 25 December
3.00-4.30pm BBC RADIO 4


It has never occurred to Precious Ramotswe of The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency that there might be disadvantages to being the best-known lady detective in Botswana. But when she receives an anonymous threatening letter, she is forced to reconsider her unconquerable belief in a kind world and good neighbours.


In a story based on The Miracle At Speedy Motors, book nine of The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, Precious ponders the identity of the letter-writer while having a further set of problems to solve, both professional and personal. There is an adopted child's poignant search for her true family and Mr J.L.B. Matekoni's pursuit of an expensive miracle for their own foster daughter, Motholeli.


Claire Benedict, Nadine Marshall and Ben Onwukwe return as Mma Precious Ramotswe, Mma Grace Makutsi and Mr J.L.B. Matekoni.


Producer/Gaynor MacFarlane


BBC Radio 4 Publicity

Christmas Meditation
Christmas Day Thursday 25 December
12.15-12.30am BBC RADIO 4


James Hanvey SJ delivers a spiritual meditation and reflection for the close of Christmas Day.


James Hanvey is the director of the Heythrop Institute for Religion, Ethics and Public Life. He is an internationally renowned Catholic theologian and post-modernist commentator.


The Christmas Meditation is a topically based reflection, recorded during the week before Christmas.


Producer/Philip Billson


BBC Radio 4 Publicity


BBC RADIO 5 LIVE Christmas Day
Thursday 25 December 2008
Adrenalin Anthems
Christmas Day Thursday 25 December
11.00am-12.00noon BBC RADIO 5 LIVE


Colin Murray examines the relationship between sport and music and finds out what tunes inspire sporting legends to greatness – just what do they listen to before they compete?


Experts tell Colin whether listening to Survivor's Eye Of The Tiger really can improve sporting achievement and Colin reveals how some famous sporting anthems happened by complete accident. He also speaks to musicians about the inspiration behind their sporting anthems and discovers how they feel about their songs being forever linked to sporting history, as well as attempting to define the Ultimate Adrenalin Anthem of all time.


Contributors include Olympic gold medallists Christine Ohuruogu and Victoria Pendleton, footballer Jermaine Jenas, sprinter Iwan Thomas, DJ Judge Jules, MotoGP rider James Toseland and musicians from New Order, Glasvegas and, of course, Survivor.


Presenter/Colin Murray, Producer/Mike Holt


BBC Radio 5 Live Publicity

Dom And Danny Do Christmas
Christmas Day Thursday 25 December
12.00noon-1.00pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE


Comedians Dom Joly and Danny Wallace examine the good, bad and weird traditions of the festive period and try to come up with the perfect Christmas Day.


Christmas – a time for carols, mince pies and family arguments. Do we have turkey or goose? Why do we kiss under the mistletoe? Which is better, a real or a plastic tree? How long does it take Father Christmas to deliver all his presents and is there anyone in the UK actually called Ebenezer?


Dom, Danny and guests attempt to answer all of these festive conundrums, as well as revealing their favourite Christmas films, exploring different festive traditions from around the world and attempting to track down frankincense in London.


Presenters/Dom Joly and Danny Wallace,
Producer/Rosie Seed


BBC Radio 5 Live Publicity

Best Of Simon Mayo
Christmas Day Thursday 25 December
1.00-3.00pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE


A look back at the most memorable guests and features on the Simon Mayo Show from 2008, including Keira Knightley, Guy Ritchie, Geri Halliwell, the Top Gear team and bluegrass music from Louisville.


Presenter/Simon Mayo, Producer/Robin Bulloch


BBC Radio 5 Live Publicity

The Movie Game
Christmas Day Thursday 25 December
4.00-5.00pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE


Simon Mayo and Mark Kermode present a fast-moving film quiz, where the questions are only part of the plot.


Mayo and Kermode test a celebrity panel of movie-makers and fans with questions on cinema and their own lives. Rounds include Where Am I?, with BBC 5 Live listeners describing famous film locations and The Pitch, where contestants put forward arguments that go against public opinion. Other festive treats include Mark Kermode playing film theme tunes on the ukulele.


Presenters/Simon Mayo and Mark Kermode,
Producer/Henrietta Harrison


BBC Radio 5 Live Publicity

The Unsporting Review Of 2008
Christmas Day Thursday 25 December
5.00-6.00pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE


Tam Cowan and Stuart Cosgrove take an alternative look at the home nations' sporting highs and lows during 2008.


Tam and Stuart present sketches, comedy guests from all four countries and all-round cathartic inter-nation baiting. The Unsporting Review Of 2008 explores the soft underbelly of Great British sport, sniggering at those who made the sporting headlines in 2008, including Olympic medallists, Champions League winners, Formula One champions, and the home nations' unbeaten record at Euro 2008.


Guests include YouTube footballer impressionist sensation Darren Farley.


Presenters/Tam Cowan and Stuart Cosgrove,
Producer/Gus Beattie


BBC Radio 5 Live Publicity

Rafa And Roger – The Greatest Final
Christmas Day Thursday 25 December
7.00-8.00pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE


Jonathan Overend presents a look back at one of the most memorable sporting events of 2008, the Wimbledon Men's Final featuring Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, two of the greatest tennis players of all time.


Contributors include Tim Henman and John McEnroe.


Presenter/Jonathan Overend, Producer/Steve Rudge


BBC Radio 5 Live Publicity

The Best Of Beijing
Christmas Day Thursday 25 December
8.00-9.00pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE


John Inverdale relives some of the best moments of BBC Radio 5 Live's coverage of the Beijing Olympic Games. From the lavish opening ceremony and Usain Bolt's record-breaking performances to Team GB's golden medal haul, The Best Of Beijing has the most memorable highlights from the summer's Games.


Presenter/John Inverdale, Producer/Tony Shearman


BBC Radio 5 Live Publicity

The Galveston Giant
Christmas Day Thursday 25 December
9.00-10.00pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE


Boxing Days marks 100 years since Jack Johnson defeated Tommy Burns. Lennox Lewis charts the life and career of the world's first black world-heavyweight boxing champion.


Johnson's victory over Burns enraged white society and prompted the search for the "great white hope", a white challenger for the crown. Jackson provoked further anger with his marriages to white women and was subsequently jailed in what is now seen as a racially motivated charge after being accused of illegally "transporting women across a state line for immoral purposes".


In September 2008, the US Congress passed a resolution recommending a posthumous presidential pardon, stating that Johnson was "wronged by a racially motivated conviction prompted by his success in the boxing ring and his relationships with white women", adding that he had paved the way for black athletes to participate and succeed in integrated professional sports.


The Galveston Giant tells Johnson's story, of racial prejudice, exile and imprisonment, while Lewis traces his own path to the world-heavyweight championship as part of the Johnson legacy. Contributors include world boxing expert Budd Schulberg, promoter Frank Warren, commentator Steve Bunce and Johnson's biographer, Professor Randy Roberts.


Presenter/Lennox Lewis, Producer/Nick Low


BBC Radio 5 Live Publicity


BBC 6 MUSIC Christmas Day
Thursday 25 December 2008
Lily Allen
Christmas Day Thursday 25 December
10.00am-1.00pm BBC 6 MUSIC


Fresh from recording her second album, Lily Allen presents a special Christmas Day show on BBC 6 Music, playing her favourite tunes and talking to some very special guests.


Bluesman Seasick Steve, the toast of the UK festival circuit, comes into the studio to play a set for Lily, while Martin Freeman, star of The Office and Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy, drops in for a chat and to spin a couple of Christmas tunes from his fantastic soul collection.


Lily also catches up with the man who has sprinkled some magic on the British pop scene during 2008, producer and performer Mark Ronson. Former manager and friend George Lamb, the man whose chair Lily is keeping warm, also pops by to wish her a Merry Christmas.


Presenter/Lily Allen, Producer/James Stirling


BBC 6 Music Publicity

Steve Lamacq – Kings Of Leon Special
Christmas Day Thursday 25 December
3.00-6.00pm BBC 6 MUSIC


Without a doubt, this year has belonged to the Kings Of Leon. After their storming headline set at Glastonbury in June, the four boys from Tennessee released the massive selling album Only By The Night in September, sealing their place as one of the biggest bands on the planet.


The band join Steve Lamacq to talk through their amazing year. Including live tracks from their headlining Glastonbury performance, some choice selections from the band themselves and perhaps even a special Christmas tune or two, Steve and the band spend three hours easing listeners out of the post-lunch lull and dragging them kicking and screaming into a rock 'n' roll Christmas evening.


Presenter/Steve Lamacq, Producer/Gary Bales


BBC 6 Music Publicity



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