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3 hours
First broadcast:
Tuesday 07 December 2010

If you are looking for a reason not to go to sleep, then look no further; The Best Time of the Day show is here to keep you entertained through the night with a great selection of music and Alex's witty chat. This morning, following the announcement of Alex's engagement, he is searching for ways in which he can outdo himself, another "Cupid P.R. Stunt". There are more spitting images in "The Look-alike Society", updates on "Panto Lotto", "Antler Watch", more useful tips for the festive season from Noel the Christmas Badger, another chance to get into the 4.15 One-Off Canteen, and more Pause for Thought at 3.20am.
From Lester's Library there are is a track from Suzy Bogguss and a new track from Human League. Your selection from Listener's Library is an album track by Derek and the Dominoes, plus there's another track from Album of the Week by Annie Lennox, and Record of the Week by Hurts.

Music Played

40 items
  • Image for ABBA

    ABBA Ring Ring

    Abba, Polydor

  • Image for Phil Collins

    Phil Collins I Missed Again

    Phil Collins - Face Value, Virgin

  • Image for Cee Lo Green

    Cee Lo Green It's OK

    The Lady Killer, Warner Bros, 1

  • Image for Aretha Franklin

    Aretha Franklin See Saw

    Aretha Franklin - Queen Of Soul, Atlantic

  • Image for Argent

    Argent Hold Your Head Up

    (Single), Epic, 2

  • Image for Pet Shop Boys

    Pet Shop Boys Together

    (CD Single), Parlophone, 1

  • Image for C.W. McCall

    C.W. McCall Convoy

    The No.1 Country Album (Various), Polygram Tv

  • RECORD OF THE WEEK released on RCA Records

    • Image for Hurts

      Hurts All I Want For Christmas Is New Year's Day

      (CD Single), RCA, 1

  • Image for Sister Sledge

    Sister Sledge Thinking Of You

    Heart Full Of Soul 2 (Various Artist, Global Television

  • LESTER'S LIBRARY from the double CD, "SOMEWHERE BETWEEN/ MOMENT OF TRUTH" (Humphead Records)

  • Image for Creedence Clearwater Revival

    Creedence Clearwater Revival Bad Moon Rising

    Green River, Fantasy, 1

  • Image for Bruce Springsteen

    Bruce Springsteen Ain't Good Enough For You

    The Promise, Columbia, 1

  • Image for Gene Chandler

    Gene Chandler Duke Of Earl

    Million Sellers Vol.9 - The Sixties, Disky

  • Image for The Jackson 5

    The Jackson 5 Blame It On The Boogie

    Disco Fever (Various Artists), Global Television

  • Image for Sheryl Crow

    Sheryl Crow A Change Would Do You Good

    Woman (Various Artists), Polygram Tv/Sony Tv

  • Image for Manic Street Preachers

    Manic Street Preachers and Ian McCulloch Some Kind Of Nothingness

    Postcards From A Young Man, Columbia, 17

  • Image for John Oates

    John Oates and Daryl Hall I Can't Go For That (No Can Do)

    Duets - 36 Of The World's Greatest Ever, Telstar

  • Image for Rickie Lee Jones

    Rickie Lee Jones Chuck E's In Love

    Country Roads (Various Artists), Polygram Tv

  • Image for Paul Carrack and The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

    Paul Carrack and The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra It Ain't Over ('til It's Over...)

    (CD Single), Absolute, 1

  • Image for Guns N’ Roses

    Guns N’ Roses Live & Let Die

    Guns N' Roses - Use Your Illusion I, Geffen

  • Image for Fontella Bass

    Fontella Bass Rescue Me

    Shades Of Soul (Various Artists), Global Television

  • Image for Talking Heads

    Talking Heads Road To Nowhere

    Now 1985 - The Millennium Series, Now

  • LESTER'S LIBRARY from the fotrhcoming CD, "CREDO" (Wall of Sonud)

  • Image for Alicia Keys

    Alicia Keys You Don't Know My Name

    (CD Single), BMG

  • Image for New Radicals

    New Radicals You Get What You Give

    (CD Single), MCA

  • Image for Frankie Valli

    Frankie Valli Grease

    Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons - Ve, Polygram Tv, 18

  • Image for Dawn Penn

    Dawn Penn You Don't Love Me (No No No)

    Reggae Love Songs (Various Artists), Sanctuary

  • Image for Josh Groban

    Josh Groban Hidden Away

    Illuminations, Warner Bros, 1

  • Image for Terence Trent D’Arby

    Terence Trent D’Arby If You Let Me Stay

    Fantastic 80's Disc 1 (Various Artis, Columbia

  • Image for Hawkwind

    Hawkwind Quark Strangeness and Charm

    Quark Strangeness and Calm, CHERRY RED RECORDS LTD, 3

  • Image for Ellie Goulding

    Ellie Goulding Your Song

    Bright Lights, Polydor, 1

  • Image for Bobby Darin

    Bobby Darin Dream Lover

    The Bobby Darin Story, Atco


    • Image for Annie Lennox

      Annie Lennox God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

      A Christmas Cornucopia, Island, 2

  • Image for Los Bravos

    Los Bravos Black Is Black

    Rediscover The 60's - With A Little H, Old Gold

  • Image for Justin Timberlake

    Justin Timberlake Rock Your Body

    (CD Single), Jive

  • Image for Eliza Doolittle

    Eliza Doolittle Skinny Genes

    (CD Single), Parlophone, 1

  • LISTENER'S LIBRARY from the CD, "LAYLA AND OTHER ASSORTED LOVE SONGS" (Polydor) suggested by Rosalie Stoate from Devon

  • Image for Isaac Hayes

    Isaac Hayes Theme From Shaft

    Shades Of Soul (Various Artists), Global Television

  • Image for Mim Grey

    Mim Grey Xmas Kiss

    (CD Single), Right Track Records, 1

  • Image for Chuck Berry

    Chuck Berry Maybellene

    The Best Of Chuck Berry, Music Club, 3


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The A-Z of Alex Lester

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