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The Life of Brians: A Boxing Day special with Brian Cox and Brian Eno

Brian Eno and Brian Cox join Shaun Keaveny for a Boxing Day special that celebrates science, discovery and inquisitive minds.

Eno, Keaveny and Cox. It may sound like a firm of solicitors, but for one day only they become the world's greatest Radio presenters. Join Shaun Keaveny for a Science and Music special as celebrated musician and producer Brian Eno and Professor Brian Cox join for Boxing Day Breakfast.

Professor Brian Cox has been a regular on Shaun's Breakfast Show for around 8 years now. Joining weekly to chat about the latest science stories, to answer listener's questions, or just to talk music. Once, whilst in a car and stuck in traffic, Brian even read out local traffic reports for us. He has enriched Shaun's programme with intelligent debate, respected opinion and incredible insight. Aside from perhaps David Attenborough, he is the foremost voice of science on our television screens and his popularity is not just because of his past career as a keyboard player in 90s pop group D:Ream, but rather his evident passion for science and his ability to convey both the complexities and mysteries of the universe to the general public.

Quite why he bothers still coming onto this show is a mystery to all of us.

Brian Eno is a relative new friend to the programme. After his BBC Music John Peel lecture last year, Brian and Shaun struck up a friendship that saw Brian sending emails to the show and even making us some radio jingles in his home studio.

Recorded in a central London pub just before Christmas, BBC Radio 6Music brings two of the most intelligent and most respected minds in UK together for the first time. We promise this will be a Breakfast Show that celebrates science, discovery and inquisitive minds. There will of course be music chat and the trio will discuss the connection between music and science as well as bringing in various choice cuts that have inspired them over their careers.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Black Sabbath


    • Telstar.
  • The xx

    On Hold

    • Young Turks.
  • EL VY

    Return To The Moon

    • 4AD.
  • Mantronix

    Got To Have Your Love

    • BEST OF MANTRONIX 1985-1999.
    • Virgin.
  • Elbow


    • V2.
  • Bow Wow Wow

    C30 C60 C90 Go

    • 1977 - The Spirit Of Punk (Various Artists).
    • Virgin.
  • Jimmy Cliff

    The Harder They Come

    • Jimmy Cliff - The Singles.
    • BR Music.
  • Whyte Horses

    The Snowfalls

    • CRC Recordings.
  • Four Tops


    • Motown.
  • Lindstrøm

    Closing Shot

    • Smalltown Supersound.
  • Loyle Carner

    The Isle Of Arran

    • AMF/Virgin EMI.
  • Air

    All I Need

    • Source Records.
  • The Flaming Lips

    Race For The Prize

    • Warner Bros.
  • Zero 7

    Simple Science

    • Make Records.
  • Level 42

    Lessons In Love

    • Now That's What I Call Music '86.
    • Now.
  • The Searchers

    Love Potion No. 9

    • The Searchers.
    • MFP.
  • Paul Weller


    • Heavy Soul.
  • Big Audio Dynamite


    • Alternative Eighties (Various Artists).
    • Sony Music TV.
    • 3.
  • Thomas Dolby

    She Blinded Me With Science

    • EMI.
  • Nerve & JoJo Mayer


  • Emmylou Harris

    How High The Moon

    • Evangeline.
    • Warner Bros.
  • Liam Lynch

    United States Of Whatever

    • Global Warming.
  • The Beatles

    And Your Bird Can Sing

    • Parlophone.
  • Muse

    Supermassive Black Hole

    • Warner Bros.
  • The Gift

    Clinic Hope (feat. Brian Eno)

    • La Folie Records.
  • They Might Be Giants

    Science Is Real