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Kate Williams Kate Williams | 13:08 UK time, Wednesday, 17 March 2010


The world famous Grand National is celebrating its 163rd year this year and 5 live is going to be there at Aintree and also in Liverpool as we broadcast some of our programmes live from the city. We're bringing together all the elements of the 5 live mix including news, sport, debate and entertainment in front of live audiences.

You can come along and watch some of the programmes as they broadcast live from the Art and Design Academy in Liverpool. We'll also have some off-air activities you can have a go at while you wait for the shows to start or after they finish. You can try your hand at some BBC commentary with help from one of the BBC Sports team or be the star of the 5 live website and take away your own special poster.

The logistics of trying to plan an event like this while the Grand National is on have been fraught with difficulties. At one point I thought a lot of the team might have to bunk down at my auntie's as hotel rooms are at a premium. It's taken a few trips to the city by our engineering and marketing guys to sort out the venue. The Art and Design Academy is a new purpose-built building in the heart of Liverpool's creative quarter and we really think it's a great place to broadcast from.

Amongst those presenting from there will be Mark Pougatch, Colin Murray and Tony Livesey. Richard Bacon's show on April 8th will be live from Aintree. On the day of the Grand National itself, Saturday April 10th, Mark Pougatch will present 5 live Sport from the racecourse from midday.

We want you to be part of it, so if you want to be in the audience for any of the following special broadcasts, head to the BBC Tickets website.

  • Thursday April 8th
8pm - 9pm Meet the BBC Racing Team - Chaired by Mark Pougatch with guests including Clare Balding, Cornelius Lysaght, John Hunt and Luke Harvey. It's your chance to hear from the experts who are covering the Grand National.
  • Friday April 9th
1pm - 2pm The 5 live debate - Presenter Mark Pougatch with a panel of experts.

7pm - 10pm Colin Murray's Sports Preview Show - Colin Murray looks ahead to the Grand National with some special guests from the world of racing, including Mick FitzGerald and Tony McCoy. Perry Groves and Pat Nevin will also join Colin to discuss the week's football stories.

  • Saturday April 10th
11am - 12 noon Fighting Talk - Topical sports comedy show. Host Colin Murray acts as judge and jury as the contestants battle to win points for their punditry.

Kate Williams is 5 live's Liverpool Project Manager

Get tickets for 5 live's Liverpool shows


  • Comment number 1.

    hi, I have recently recieved a text message saying ''looking forward to seeing you tomorrow evening for kicking off with Colin Murray'', but no contact details of how or when to collect tickets or where destination is!!!
    Please let me know how !!!!!

  • Comment number 2.

    Came today and had a really good day. I think my friend and I were 1st there this morning and didn't leave till gone 3. It was a really great show and was pleased to get on air myself.

    Also thanks for the commentary thing as a budding sports journalist it was a good experience and hope I wasn't too cheeky by asking to do a 2nd one.

    Thanks all again


  • Comment number 3.

    What a fantastic day. Spent loads of time with Mike Sewell and Conor McNamara, getting tips on preparing for commentating, and getting into broadcasting.

    Got home with a DVD of me commentating on a match, getting as many cliches in as possible!

    Lively debate with Mark Pougatch and Colin Murray as well!

    Well done 5 live


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