Sound Of first launched in 2003 with the aim to showcase the most exciting and innovative rising stars.
16 years on and the list continues to give a glimpse into the future of music and predict some of the biggest stars in the world. Previous winners include Sam Smith, Adele, Ellie Goulding, HAIM and Years & Years and last year’s champion Ray BLK. Sound Of alumni also includes Stormzy, Florence + The Machine, Rag’n’Bone Man, Chance the Rapper, Dua Lipa and Frank Ocean.
The longlist of artists for Sound Of 2018 will be announced on Monday 27 November, with the top five being revealed by Annie Mac and Clara Amfo on Radio 1 from 8-12 January 2017.
Produced by BBC Music
Monday 1 December, BBC iPlayer
Home Turf is a three part documentary series that will see Radio 1 take up-and-coming artists back to their hometowns to explore their influences, and capture a special performance on their home turf.
We start by taking a personal journey with Anne-Marie, ahead of a very special festival performance. We meet her amazing Grandad, find out about her karate prowess, and join her at V Festival.
We watch as a whirlwind summer for The Amazons ends with a hometown tour and a very special gig - finding out where it all began for Matt, Chris, Elliot and Joe on their Reading home turf.
The final show explores the background of Declan McKenna - where he comes from, his interests, and how his hometown - Cheshunt - influences his career. Through his family and his local community, we discover what he’s really like and what’s important to him.
Produced by Stripey Horse
My Mind and Me
Thursday 4 December, BBC iPlayer
Throughout 2017, as a part of Radio 1, 1Xtra and Asian Network’s year-long My Mind and Me mental health campaign, Newsbeat follows four BBC Radio 1 listeners who want to share their mental health experiences. They allow an intimate glimpse in to their world, lifting the lid on the highs and lows of living with conditions like anxiety, depression, an eating disorder, OCD and schizophrenia.
Produced by BBC Newsbeat
Brows On Fleek
Wednesday 20 December, BBC iPlayer
Fashion has always been obsessed with eyebrows, but as beauty bloggers go wild for the 2017 trend of microblading (tattooing on permanent or semi-permanent make-up), Radio 1 looks at the latest extreme eyebrow decisions which may affect our faces forever. In this film, Radio 1 DJ B.Traits follows those on the hunt for the perfect brow and the extremes they will go to. We’ll meet Chanel who loves to try out all the latest Instagram trends, Lucy who had a disastrous reaction to an eyebrow dye treatment, and we’ll explore the rise of male brow-grooming with vlogger Oliver Large.
Produced by Wise Buddah
Greg James reveals The Official Christmas Number 1
Friday 22 December, 4-5.45pm, BBC Radio 1
Greg James reveals The Christmas Number 1 in Radio 1’s Official Chart.
Produced by Radio 1 Production
Christmas Day on BBC Radio 1
Christmas Day, BBC Radio 1
Christmas Day on BBC Radio 1 will truly get young listeners in the festive spirit, beginning with a live edition of The Radio 1 Breakfast Show with Scott Mills (6.30-10am). Jordan North will take listeners live from 4-7pm, and as well as the very best moments from Ali Plumb’s 2017 movie interviews from 7-9pm, there will be a Christmas special of The 8th with Charlie Sloth - the late night entertainment show hosted by the self-confessed best looking fat guy in the universe, taking listeners through Christmas evening from 9-11pm.
BBC Radio 1Xtra at Christmas
Christmas Day, BBC Radio 1Xtra
BBC Radio 1Xtra will be bringing all the vibes this Christmas day. To get the festivities started, DJ Ace (10am-1pm) will begin the morning with an R&B twist to some Christmas classics, while Seani B will take over the decks and spin some festive Reggae tunes to see listeners into the evening.
Produced by BBC Radio 1Xtra Production
Radio 1’s most enjoyed music features
Boxing Day to New Year's Eve, BBC Radio 1
From Boxing Day through to New Year’s Eve, Radio 1 will be broadcasting some of its most enjoyed music features - from Scott and Chris’ Bangers, The Best of Radio 1’s Live Lounge, to The Best of the Nixtape.
Radio 1 will bring the party vibes to New Year’s Eve with a string of dance music shows throughout the day, kicking off the celebrations to welcome in the New Year from 6am.
Radio 1’s Gaming Show: New Year, New Games
Wednesday 27 December, BBC iPlayer
Radio 1’s Julia Hardy runs down the big games to get excited about in 2018, and takes a look at the developments we’re expecting for Xbox, PS4 and Switch. Available to watch on BBC Radio 1’s BBC iPlayer channel and on BBC Red Button.