This Christmas, BBC Radio 1, 1Xtra and Asian Network bring the best of festive cheer to listeners, whether it’s showcasing a new roster of DJs over the Christmas period, revealing this year’s Christmas Number 1, presenting the best in music mixes for the biggest nights of the year or hosting a series of takeovers from some of the biggest names in music and entertainment.
Annie Mac’s Hottest Record Of The Year
Radio 1, Thursday 19 December, 7pm-9pm
Every Monday to Friday at 7.30pm Annie Mac unveils her Hottest Record In The World on Radio 1’s Future Sounds and Radio 1’s Dance Party, in a slot known for breaking some of the most exciting new music on the planet.
This December, she will be counting down through her Top 20 Hottest Records from the past 12 months, as voted for by the Radio 1 listeners, before revealing which track has earnt the coveted title of Hottest Recor Of The Year. Jumpsuit by Twenty One Pilots was crowned Hottest Record of the Year in 2018, beating the likes of The 1975, Florence + The Machine, and Drake to the top spot.
Voting will open on Thursday 28 November and will close on Thursday 5 December.
Presenter: Annie Mac
Scott Mills Reveals The Official Christmas Number 1
Radio 1, Friday 20 December, 4pm- 5.45pm
The Christmas Number 1 will be revealed on The Official Chart with Scott Mills.
Presenter: Scott Mills
Christmas Day on Radio 1
Wednesday 25 December
Scott Mills will host a festive edition of Radio 1 Breakfast live on Christmas Day (7am- 10am) with Jordan North set to bring plenty of Christmas cheer to the drivetime slot live from 4pm- 7pm.
Throughout the day, a series of one-hour takeovers will see some of the biggest names in music and entertainment host their very own shows on Radio 1.
Presenters: Scott Mills and Jordan North
All-new schedule of presenters take over Radio 1
Thursday 26 - Tuesday 31 December
BBC Radio 1 is introducing a brand new roster of DJs over the festive period. From Boxing Day until New Year’s Eve, Radio 1 will be showcasing the best in new and emerging talent and offering a once in a lifetime opportunity to broadcast on the UK’s biggest youth radio station.
Asian Network Comedy Live
Friday 5 December, 9pm-10pm
Asian Network Comedy returns to the BBC’s Radio Theatre on Thursday 5 December for a night of cutting-edge laughs from some of the hottest names in stand-up. Featuring performances from Sunil Patel, Athena Kugblenu, Jamie D’Souza, Isma Almas and Ria Lina.
Hosted by BBC Asian Network DJ Yasser, the show will be broadcast live on BBC Asian Network from 9pm, with highlights available to watch on BBC iPlayer following broadcast.
The Asian Network Breakfast Show with Harpz Kaur
Wednesday 25 December, 6am-10am
Christmas morning is full of Desi cheer! Harpz Kaur (pictured) is joined by special guests in their favourite Christmas jumpers for festive chat, crackers and gifts. A gospel choir sing a mix of festive favourites and Harpz relives the show’s best 2019 moments.
Presenter: Harpz Kaur
Lata Mangeshkar at 90
Wednesday 25 December, 7pm-12am
Noreen Khan presents a five-hour musical extravaganza to celebrate the 90th birthday of one of the most famous singers in the world - Lata Mangeshkar. With a back catalogue of reportedly over 30,000 playback songs, Noreen picks some of her biggest Bollywood hits from her debut in the 40s right up to the noughties.
Presenter: Noreen Khan
Asian Network Comedy (part one)
Thursday 26 December, 10pm-12am
Harpz Kaur and Yasser relive the best of the Asian Network Comedy nights in 2019. Recorded at the BBC Radio Theatre and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the show will highlight performances from some of the hottest comedy stars, including Mawaan Rizwan, Rahul Kohli and Charlie Lee George.
Presenters: Harpz Kaur and Yasser
The Official Asian Chart Of The Year
Monday 30 December, 4pm-7pm
Join Yasser as he hosts the Official Asian Chart of the Year and reveals the most popular song of 2019.
Asian Network Rewind
Tuesday 31 December, 9am-7pm
Before you cross the threshold of a whole new decade, Asian Network reminds you of the music that made your last 10 years.
Asian Network's New Year’s Eve Party
Tuesday 31 December, 7pm-1am
Join the Network’s DJs and special guests for your New Year’s Eve soundtrack from 7pm-1am.
Asian Network Comedy (part two)
Wednesday 1 January, 10pm-12am
Harpz Kaur and Yasser present part two of the best of the Asian Network Comedy nights in 2019. Recorded at the BBC Radio Theatre and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the show will highlight performances from some of the hottest comedy stars including Shazia Mirza, Eshaan Akbar and Sunil Patel.
Presenters: Harpz Kaur and Yasser
Asian Network Anthems
Wednesday 1 January, 6am-10pm
Join your favourite Asian Network DJs as they celebrate the biggest British Asian and Bollywood tracks from the last 25 years.