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Alex Lester

Hear Alex on After Midnight. Friday-Sunday 0000-0300

"It’s the best time of the day" he crows. And it is for a growing army of night time people and 'halflings' - those whose wakeful periods coincide with some, if not all of the show.

It gives people a chance to use their imaginations and a programme never goes by without someone coming up with a brilliantly funny idea
Alex Lester

Described variously as "surreal, bizarre, hilarious and unfathomable" the programme sets out to do what no other programme does - entertain with an eclectic mix of music including selections from Alex's personal collection, his spare bedroom and a unique take on the world at large.

Where else would you get music from The Tubes, Muddy Waters, Sonny Rollins, and Loretta Lynn mixed in with all the usual Radio 2 favourites?

It's probably the most interactive show on the air giving you the chance to write, text or email on topics of your choice or some of the threads that are regularly changed for something new so that boredom never sets in. Flights of fancy have included 'ageing' people by their choice of TV's Doctor Who, owning up to 'Puppet Love' and creating a 'National Conscious Anthem'.

"It gives people a chance to use their imaginations and a programme never goes by without someone coming up with a brilliantly funny idea," says Alex.

"He's like a mate in the cab" said one listener and breakfast show DJs up and down the country regularly say "thanks for the material".