FA Cup Final 2017 across the BBC

As a thrilling FA Cup campaign reaches its climax, the BBC will bring audiences first class coverage of Cup Final day across TV, radio and online. Saturday’s final is one of the most highly anticipated moments in the 2017 sporting calendar and the prefect finale to a season long FA Cup journey.Barbara Slater, Director of BBC Sport
Date: 25.05.2017     Last updated: 25.05.2017 at 00.01
This Saturday, the BBC will deliver a wide range of programming dedicated to the finale of the most famous club cup competition in football.
  • BBC devotes a raft of programming to FA Cup Final 2017
  • Chelsea v Arsenal live on BBC One, Radio 5 live and BBC Sport website
  • A range of great FA Cup programmes including Football Focus, The Road To Wembley, The Wenger Years and the FA People's Cup Finals: From 5-a-Side to Wembley
  • Gary Lineker leads presentation duties on BBC One alongside Alan Shearer, Ian Wright and Frank Lampard

The FA Cup Final 2017 (kick-off 5.30pm, BBC One) will see a highly anticipated London derby between rivals Chelsea and Arsenal at the home of English Football, Wembley Stadium. Newly crowned Premier League champions Chelsea could secure a double in Antonio Conte’s first season in charge but Arsene Wenger will be looking to record a record seventh FA Cup triumph and a third FA Cup trophy in four seasons.

BBC Breakfast (6.30-10am, BBC One) will kick-off proceedings with live reports from the hallowed turf of Wembley on Saturday morning.

Dan Walker then presents a special edition of Football Focus (noon-1pm, BBC One) pitchside alongside Chelsea and Arsenal legends, Ruud Gullit and Martin Keown. The programme will see interviews with two key players in Saturday’s final, Mesut Özil and Eden Michael Hazard alongside a one-to-one with Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte ahead of his first FA Cup Final in charge.

The Road To Wembley will celebrate all the twists and turns from this season’s glorious competition before The Wenger Years in which Jonathan Pearce sits down for an in-depth interview with the Arsenal manager.

Omid Djalili’s Balls: The History of the Football Joke, sees the British stand-up comedian explore the relationship between comedy and football.

The FA People's Cup Finals: From 5-a-Side to Wembley will showcase the incredible and surprising stories of the best walking football, adult, disability and youth teams in the country and audiences will be treated to an extensive Cup Final build-up featuring an FA Cup Pointless Special.

Barbara Slater, Director of BBC Sport, says: “As a thrilling FA Cup campaign reaches its climax, the BBC will bring audiences first class coverage of Cup Final day across TV, radio and online. Saturday’s final is one of the most highly anticipated moments in the 2017 sporting calendar and the prefect finale to a season long FA Cup journey.”

Gary Lineker alongside Alan Shearer, Ian Wright and Frank Lampard present the main event on BBC One (from 4.15pm) including features on N'Golo Kanté, Mesut Özil and David Luiz. Guy Mowbray and Danny Murphy will provide live match commentary and Gabby Logan, Dan Walker and Ruud Gullit will be on pitchside reporting duties.

In addition to the wealth of programming on BBC One, CBBC will broadcast a special FA Cup Final edition of MOTD Kickabout (7.45-8.15am), where presenter Ben Shires looks at Chelsea and Arsenal’s routes to the final and celebrates the best bits from the whole campaign.

On Radio 5 live, Jermaine Jenas and Darren Fletcher will present the Friday Football Social looking ahead to Saturday’s derby. On Saturday, Mark Chapman presents live coverage of Cup Final day from midday, bringing all the colour and excitement from Wembley before John Murray takes over on commentary duties alongside Ian Dennis and Jermaine Jenas.

In a first for BBC football coverage, Alex Scott will lead social media duties taking audiences behind the scenes at Wembley giving fans access and insight in the lead up to the final. The BBC Sport website will offer audiences all the build-up, match action clips and reaction with live text commentary from noon, reflecting a busy day of Cup Final content across the BBC. BBC Sport wants fans to share the Wembley atmosphere and send in Cup final day photos no matter where in the world they are watching from. Fans can also vote on the all-important goal of the tournament. Audiences will also be able to choose their preferred Arsenal and Chelsea starting XIs with our Team Selector, and share them with other fans across social platforms. There will also be the normal match coverage, report, analysis and highlights. From Sunday, audiences will be able to watch the FA Cup Final catch-up video via BBC Sport online and read Alan Shearer’s exclusive post-match analysis.

Audiences in London will be able to listen to pre-match build up from 2pm followed by live match commentary at 5.30pm on BBC Radio London.

For those who are unable to watch the action live, Match Of The Day will bring audiences extensive highlights at 11.35pm on BBC One.

SK