5 live F1 expert Jennie Gow waves the chequered flag on a momentous year for British Formula 1. 2017 saw Lewis Hamilton secure his fourth Formula One World Championship making him one of the most successful racing drivers of all time. Jennie will look back on an incredible year on the race circuit, with its huge drama, incident and unrivalled excitement - right down to the nail biting finale in Mexico. A must for F1 fans everywhere.
Produced for 5 live by USP Content
Executive producer: Francesca Bent
5 live Breakfast with Colin Murray and Nomia Iqbal
Christmas Day, 7-10am
Christmas Day on 5 live gets off to a flying start as one its favourite voices Colin Murray co-hosts Breakfast live with former Radio 1 colleague Nomia Iqbal.
5 live Breakfast Editor: Gill Farrington
Ed Byrne on 5 live
Christmas Day, 10am-midday
Expect more Irish charm and razor sharp wit as comedian Ed Byrne makes his 5 live presenting debut in a pre-recorded mix of mayhem and madness. He’ll be filling the show with festive calls to friends and he’s invited some of his pals to pop in to keep him company too.
Produced for 5 live by TBI Media
Executive producer: Mark Sharman
Flintoff, Savage and the Ping Pong Guy
Christmas Day, 12.30-1.30pm
Recently named best new podcast, best new show and best new presenter for Freddie Flintoff at the ARIA awards, Flintoff, Savage and the Ping Pong Guy takes pride of place in BBC Radio 5 live’s Christmas Day line-up as the team relive some of their funniest moments.
Listen as Times journalist Matthew Syed attempts to wrangle his boisterous teammates, as Robbie Savage recalls the time he bought a pink sports car as well as his very worst commentary gaffes, and Freddie Flintoff relives an incredibly ill-timed lavatory break in a plane cockpit.
Executive producer Mike Holt for 5 live
Putting on the Glitz
Christmas Day, 2-3pm
With the 2017 Strictly Come Dancing champion having been crowned, 5 live repeats its affectionate behind-the-scenes peak at TV’s sparkliest show, revealing eye-opening secrets, dazzling backstage gossip and discovering how the series keeps dancing its way in the nation’s hearts.
Presented by TV critic Emma Bullimore, Puttin’ on the Glitz features fabulous interviews with the Strictly team as well as a glitter ball full of hilarious anecdotes. Contributors include Vicky Gill, the costume designer who reignited the nation’s love affair with sequins, Vinnie Shergill, the talent executive who gave us Ed Ball’s Gangnam Style, and legendary props buyer Bobby Warans, who turned Russell Grant into a human cannonball.
Producer: Emma Bullimore for 5 live
Executive producer: Lolita Laguna
Boxing Day, 10am-midday
To mark Test Match Special’s 60th anniversary, 5 live relives the most memorable moments as chosen by listeners, players and commentators. From extraordinary stories of whole villages in India listening during a power cut to the sailor pumping out sea water from a sinking boat as Devon Malcolm took nine wickets against South Africa, and the woman who gave birth listening to Aggers and co. - all of cricketing life is here!
Produced by Tim Peach for BBC Radio 5 live
5 live Sport
Boxing Day would not be complete without a feast of live sporting action.
5 live offers coverage of all the day’s football action, with live Premier League commentary of Liverpool v Swansea and Tottenham Hotspur v Southampton.
Produced by BBC 5 live Sport
There will also be full coverage of the Fourth Ashes Test live from Australia (simulcast with 5 live Sports Extra) on December 25-29. As England hope there’s still everything to play for as they take on the Aussies in Melbourne, the Test Match Special team will bring ball by ball coverage of this crucial penultimate test.
Produced by Adam Mountford for BBC Radio 5 live Sport
During The Ashes, don’t miss Tail Enders, the brand new cricketing podcast presented by Radio 1’s Greg James. Each week, Greg will be joined by Jimmy Anderson, England’s most successful bowler, and Felix White, a cricket-loving musician most famous for being a guitarist in The Maccabees. The trio will be discussing England’s Ashes tour down under and, thanks to Jimmy’s participation in the campaign, we’ll get the real inside track on what’s going on in the England camp as they look to retain the much-prized urn.
Produced for 5 live by TBI Media
Executive producer: Mark Sharman
Kermode and Mayo’s Film Review of 2017
Friday 29 December, 2-4pm
Mark Kermode and Simon Mayo look back on the best films of 2017. From box office smashes to awards hopefuls and surprising hits, this is your comprehensive guide to what you should, and shouldn’t, have watched during 2017.
Produced for 5 live by Somethin Else
Producers: Robin Bulloch and Simon Poole
Beyond Reasonable Doubt?
New Year's Eve, 10am-midday
New Year’s Eve sees the first radio airing of the number one podcast phenomenon retelling the real life crime that gripped America for decades. Presented by Chris Warburton, Beyond Reasonable Doubt? is the most captivating true-crime story you have never heard of - the famous novelist, a body at the bottom of the staircase, a series of extraordinary events and a court case that grabbed the attention of the world.
In this unique series, BBC Radio 5 live uncovers the incredible story of Kathleen and Michael Peterson. Kathleen was a successful business woman and head of a multi-national communications company; her husband Michael was a famous novelist. The pair lived an idyllic life with their children in a beautiful mansion in the enclave of Durham, North Carolina. But on the evening of 9 December 2001, everything changed.
Beyond Reasonable Doubt? tells the story of what happened that night through exclusive archive material and interviews with those directly involved. In a case that stretches over more 16 years, the twists and turns will shock you; make you question your own beliefs and leave you pondering the ultimate question… what did actually happen on that fateful evening and who was responsible?
Produced for 5 live by Wise Buddah
Executive producer: Mark Sandell
2017 In Short
New Year's Eve, 8-10pm
A year packed with major news stories is reviewed by BBC 5 live’s Sarah Brett. She co-hosts Afternoon Edition from 1-4pm Mon to Thursday with Nihal Arthanayake. The pair were on air as the Westminster terrorist attack unfolded and hosted their programme in the devastated aftermath of the Grenfell Tower tragedy and the Manchester Arena Attack. Here she remembers how 5 live covered the biggest stories of 2017, from searingly difficult human tragedies to turbulent events at Westminster and beyond.
Produced for 5 live by Audio Always
Executive producers: Stuart Morgan and Robert Green