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500 Words is back!

2 hours, 59 minutes
First broadcast:
Monday 21 January 2013

The first ladies of 500 WORDS, ALEX JONES and HELEN SKELTON, stop by the studio to help Chris launch the 2013 competition.
Chris also talks to the CBBC and Top Gear star RICHARD HAMMOND, who read one of the finalists' stories in the very first year of our competition. The terrifying tale scared him witless, but he was so impressed by the creative talent, that he's returning to head our panel of judges!
Radio 2's writing competition for children, aged 13 and under, first launched in 2011 and last year's competition received an incredible 74,075 entries.

Music Played

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    Ben E. King Stand By Me

    Shades Of Soul (Various Artists), Global Television

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    Fleetwood Mac Oh Diane

    Fleetwood Mac - Greatest Hits, Warner Bros

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    The Dandy Warhols Bohemian Like You

    (CD Single), Capitol, 7

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    The Beatles Eight Days A Week

    The Beatles - 1, Apple, 8

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    The Beatles The Ballad Of John & Yoko

    The Beatles - 1, Apple, 11

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    Bellowhead Roll The Woodpile Down

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    The Coasters Poison Ivy

    Dreamboats And Petticoats Four (Various Artists), Universal, 25

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    Phil Collins Two Hearts

    Phil Collins ...Hits, Virgin

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    Manfred Mann Do Wah Diddy Diddy

    Ages Of Mann, Polygram Tv

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    Belinda Carlisle Heaven Is A Place On Earth

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    Bob Marley & The Wailers and Bob Marley Iron Lion Zion

    (CD Single), Tuff Gong

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    Danny Wilson Mary's Prayer

    Meet Danny Wilson, Virgin

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    Wizzard See My Baby Jive

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  • Image for The Killers

    The Killers Human

    Day & Age, Mercury, 1

  • Image for Lawson

    Lawson Learn To Love Again

    (CD Single), Global Talent Records

  • Image for Renaissance

    Renaissance Northern Lights

    (Single), Warner Bros

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    T. Rex I Love To Boogie

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    Emilia Mitiku You're Not Right For Me

    I Belong To You, Warner Bros, 1

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    Carly Simon Why

    The Very Best Of Carly Simon, Global Television

  • Image for The Police

    The Police Every Breath You Take

    The Ivor Novello Winners, EMI

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    The Revolution and Prince Purple Rain

    The Love Songs Album (Various), Universal

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    The Human League Mirror Man

    Rip It Up (Various Artists), EMI

  • Image for Pet Shop Boys

    Pet Shop Boys Memory Of The Future

    (CD Single), Parlophone, 1

  • Pause for Thought

    From Rev Rob Gillion, Rector of Holy Trinity Church and St Saviours.

    I would like to offer some encouragement to anyone thinking of entering the 500 word story competition. Stories that I have read that have inspired me are those with a strong element of surprise, stories with a twist in the tale.

    That was a device that Jesus used in all his parables, such as the Good Samaritan helping a man beaten up in a ditch, would be like a hoodie helping a policeman in trouble today or the story of the prodigal son being hugged by his dad and forgiven.

    One author that I would always recommend to young and old alike to read who is a master of the art, of storytelling is Roald Dahl. Well I warm to his work because I have appeared in a few 'Tales of the Unexpected' when I was an actor. I only ever played very small parts, blink and you would have missed me. When you are filming it can be very boring waiting for your fleeting moment, so I always imagined how my character could be the star in the story. I would imagine the moment when I dashed out from the crowd and rescued the damsel in distress, or discovered the missing clue as a bystander which solved the mystery. I have been reading a number of last years entries and noticed that many of the young writers put themselves at the heart of their story. Up front and personal.

    The thrill of reading a good suspense thriller or a great story with that big surprise is what keeps us all buying books and watching our favourite thrillers.

    But for now, I am looking forward to listening and reading 'Tales of the Unexpected' from our young story tellers.


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