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Hay Festival 500 Words with Alex Jones and David Walliams

David Walliams and Alex Jones present the finale of Chris Evans' 500 Words competition, live from the Hay Festival. With special guests bringing the winners' stories to life.

David Walliams and Alex Jones present the finale of Chris Evans' 500 Words competition, live from the Hay Festival, while Chris performs his fatherly duties at the birth of baby Eli!

Launched in January 2012, Chris' story-writing competition attracted 74,075 entries in only its second year. Our wonderful team of volunteer teachers and librarians whittled these entries down to 2,000 stories, before The National Literacy Trust selected the talented young finalists, who join Chris for this broadcast from beautiful Hay-on-Wye.

500 Words' best-selling panel of judges - children's authors Dame Jacqueline Wilson, Lauren Child, Andy Stanton, Charlie Higson, and David Walliams - picked three winners in each category (which are children aged nine and under and those aged between 10-13).

These six winners are announced live on-air, with each young author hearing their words brought to life by Doctor Who alumni John Barrowman and Catherine Tate; pop idol Will Young; Blue Peter's Helen Skelton; Merlin's Richard Wilson and Outnumbered's Daniel Roche.

The Gold Medal winner in each category wins Chris Evans' height in books (6ft 2") plus 500 books for their school library; the runner up Silver Medal winner receives Alex Jones' height in books (5ft 6"); while the Bronze Medal winner leaves Hay with their own height in books!

2 hours, 59 minutes

Last on

Fri 1 Jun 2012 06:30

Music Played

  • Kelly Clarkson

    Dark Side

    • (CD Single).
    • RCA.
    • 1.
  • Louis Prima, Phil Harris & Bruce Reitherman

    I Wan'na Be Like You (The Monkey Song)

    • The Very Best of Disney.
  • The Jacksons

    ABC

    • The Best Michael Jackson & Jackson Fi.
    • Polygram Tv.
    • 1.
  • The Lightning Seeds

    The Life Of Riley

    • Sense - The Lightning Seeds.
    • Virgin.
  • The Rolling Stones

    Start Me Up

    • The Rolling Stones - Forty Licks.
    • Abkco.
    • 7.
  • Nell Bryden

    Buildings And Treetops

    • (CD Single).
    • 157 Records.
  • Madness

    Our House

    • Now 1983 - The Millennium Series.
    • EMI.
  • Simon & Garfunkel

    Cecilia

    • The Definitive Simon & Garfunkel.
    • Columbia.
  • Bruce Springsteen

    Hungry Heart

    • Bruce Springsteen - Greatest Hits.
    • Columbia.
  • Nancy Sinatra

    These Boots Are Made for Walkin'

    • The Greatest Hits Of Nancy Sinatra.
    • Boulevard.
  • Georgie Fame & the Blue Flames

    Yeh Yeh

    • 20 Beat Classics.
    • Polydor.
  • Sammy Davis Jr.

    The Candy Man

    • Hits Of 1971 & 1972 (Various Artists).
    • Polydor.
  • Paloma Faith

    Picking Up The Pieces

    • (CD Single).
    • Universal.
    • 1.
  • Elton John

    Crocodile Rock

    • Diamonds.
    • Virgin EMI Records.
  • The Sweet

    Ballroom Blitz

    • The Sweet - Originals.
    • RCA.
  • Will Young

    Your Game

    • (CD Single).
    • BMG/19.
  • Michael Kiwanuka

    I'll Get Along

    • (CD Single).
    • Polydor.
    • 3.
  • The Beatles

    Paperback Writer

    • The Beatles - 1.
    • Apple.
    • 014.

Broadcast

  • Fri 1 Jun 2012 06:30

Farewell Chris Evans: The best bits from his last shows at Radio 2

Farewell Chris Evans: The best bits from his last shows at Radio 2

After eight years of hosting the Breakfast Show, Chris Evans leaves Radio 2.

500 Words

500 Words

BBC Radio 2's story-writing competition for kids.