Sir Jimmy Young returning to BBC Radio 2

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Sir Jimmy Young left Radio 2 in 2002 after 35 years with the station

Veteran broadcaster Sir Jimmy Young is to return to BBC Radio 2 to celebrate his 90th birthday.

The presenter, who hosted a weekday current affairs show on the station for 35 years before leaving in 2002, will return for a one-hour special looking back over his life and career.

Sir Jimmy Young at 90 will feature the broadcaster in conversation with former colleague Ken Bruce.

The programme will be broadcast on 20 September at 22:00 BST.

"It's great to be making a programme for Radio 2 - especially with my mate Ken Bruce," Sir Jimmy said.

"To be reunited with Sir Jimmy is a pleasure and a privilege," Bruce added. "He's a fantastic broadcaster with an amazing story.

"Having him back at Radio 2, if only for an hour, is a treat for us all."

Sir Jimmy - known to his fans as 'JY' - had a successful music career before becoming a broadcaster.

In 1955 he became the first British singer to have two consecutive number one singles, with Unchained Melody and The Man from Laramie.

He went on to join the BBC as one of the original Radio 1 DJs at the station's inception in 1967, moving to Radio 2 in 1973.

There he occupied the early afternoon slot where he interviewed every serving British prime minister during his time on air, as well as many other leading world figures.

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