Radio 2's Beatles Bank Holiday

Radio 2's Beatles Bank Holiday

Friday 28 August

1700 - 1900 Beatles All Request Friday with Chris Evans

  • Chris Evans

    Chris wraps up the week with a very special Beatles-only All Request Friday, so decide what you want to request and stand by to give the team a call.

    Send a request

1900 - 1930 Don't Start Me Talking About The Beatles

  • The Beatles

    Another chance to hear the story of The Beatles in the words of their fans. Radio 2's oral history series offers a unique insight into the way the Fab Four impacted on the everyday and the commonplace.

    Find out more about the series

2200 - 2300 The Day John Met Paul

  • The Beatles

    Featuring an interview with Sir Paul McCartney and the music and memories of John Lennon’s group the Quarrymen, this programme re-creates the moment when John and Paul met for the first time at a Quarrymen gig at a sunny garden fete in Woolton, Liverpool on 6 July 1957.

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2300 - 2400  In The Beginning

  • Holly Johnson

    Holly Johnson visits Hamburg to explore how marathon sessions in smoky cellars, and friendships with local teenagers, helped create the incredible chemistry that turned a British beat group into the all-conquering Beatles.

    Find out more

Saturday 29 August

0800 - 1000 Sounds Of The Sixties

  • Brian Matthew

    Brian Matthew presents the programme for all fans of the 1960s. This week, to mark Radio 2’s Beatles Bank Holiday, Brian plays four songs in a row featuring each of the Beatles on lead vocals.

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2000 - 2200  America's Greatest Beatles Hits with Paul Gambaccini

  • Paul Gambaccini

    To mark Radio 2’s Beatles Bank Holiday, several of Paul’s regular features take on a Beatles theme, including The First, My Last, My Everything and It’s Not The Same Old Song.

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2200 - 2300 George Harrison: What Is Life

  • Michael Palin

    Michael Palin presents a tribute to his friend George Harrison, who died in November 2001. It features archive interviews with George, as well as contributions from his wife and son, Bob Geldof, Jeff Lynne, Brian May, Gary Moore, Tom Petty, Ringo Starr, Ravi Shankar and the Beatles’ producer George Martin.

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2300 - 2400  Bigger Than Jesus

  • John Lennon

    Another chance to hear the documentary that tells the story of John Lennon's infamous quote: "Christianity will go. It will vanish and shrink. I needn’t argue about that. I’m right and I will be proved right. We’re more popular than Jesus now. I don’t know which will go first - rock ‘n’ roll or Christianity."

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Sunday 30 August

Midnight - 0200  Sgt Pepper Recreated

  • St Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

    Another chance to hear the special re-recording of Sgt Pepper, broadcast on Radio 2 to mark the 40th anniversary of the classic album including performances from Bryan Adams,  Razorlight, Russell Brand, Jamie Cullum and Kaiser Chiefs.

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1500 - 1700 Sounds Of The 70s: Paul McCartney Special

  • Johnnie Walker

    Johnnie Walker talks to Sir Paul McCartney about his solo career and work with Wings during the 1970s.

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Monday 31 August

0930 - 1200  The Great Beatles Songbook Part 1

  • Ken Bruce

    Ken Bruce presents The Great Beatles Songbook: Volume 1, a countdown of the Top 30 biggest selling Beatles tracks in the UK as compiled by the Official Charts Company. There’s also a special Beatles edition of PopMaster.

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1200 - 1400 The Beatles @ The Beeb

  • The Beatles @ The Beeb

    Bill Kenwright presents a two hour journey through the many Beatles songs and interviews recorded at the BBC during the 60s.

    In addition to the archive Beatles interviews with presenters such as Brian Matthew and Alan Freeman, Brian and Alan (recorded in 1988) will be heard reminiscing about their time with The Beatles at the Beeb.

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1400 - 1700 The Great Beatles Songbook Part 2

  • Craig Charles

    Craig Charles shares the Radio 2 listeners’ Beatles stories, with choice tracks from the Fab Four’s albums and solo projects. Includes the Top 10 selling Beatles albums as supplied by the Official Chart Company.

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1700 - 1900 The Beatles Covered With Cilla Black

  • Cilla Black presents Sunday Love Songs

    Cilla Black presents a two-hour special calledThe Beatles Covered. She'll be playing the Fab Four's biggest UK singles, but instead of hearing the original hits, Cilla will have some terrific cover versions, including tracks from Ella Fitzgerald and Kris Kristofferson; Aretha Franklin and Tom Jones; and many, many more. You'll know the songs, but will you know the artists?

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1900 - 2000 The Record Producers - George Martin

  • ringo starr

    The Record Producers profiles a man often labelled "The Fifth Beatle" - Sir George Martin.

    In his exclusive interview, Sir George talks about various aspects of the studio and recording process, the albums Sgt Pepper and Abbey Road, along with a number of songs, including Strawberry Fields Forever, Tomorrow Never Knows and Rain.

    Find out moreListen to exclusive interview clips

2230 - 2400 Paul McCartney: Sold On Song

  • Paul McCartney

    Another chance to hear a unique insight into the songwriting of Sir Paul McCartney.

    In this very special programme, first broadcast in September 2005 Paul returns to Studio 2 at Abbey Road, the room where all the Beatles records were made, for an intimate journey through his songwriting history, from his very first Beatles song to the work on his new album "Chaos & Creation In The Backyard".

    Find out more

Exclusive George Martin Interview

Interview extras with George MartinExclusive George Martin Interview Audio

Hear Beatles producer George Martin discussing everything from the first time he heard The Beatles to the making of their final albums.

Listen to the interview extras

The Beatles Messageboard

Talk on the Beatles 'boardBeatles Banter

It's wall to wall Beatles this Bank holiday and as per usual, we want your thoughts on the shows and the music.

Talk on the messageboardWhich Beatles album tracks have a special place in your heart?

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