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The 500 Words Final - Live From The Hampton Court Palace Festival!

Chris Evans presents the Final of BBC Radio 2's 500 Words short-story writing competition, live from the Hampton Court Palace Festival.

Chris Evans presents the final of BBC Radio 2's Chris Evans 500 Words short-story writing competition. Live from the Hampton Court Palace Festival where 3000 of this year's entrants, top 50 finalists and volunteer judges were in the audience.

Now in its eighth year, the competition for children aged between 5 and 13 has seen another record year attracting a staggering 135,000 entries. In addition, 500 Words was supported by Oxford University Press in 2018 to reach over 20,000 schools.

This morning's show is an extravaganza of live music and sensational story-telling, with the six winning wordsmiths announced on-air by celebrity narrators David Walliams, Jim Broadbent, Amanda Abbington, Jason Isaacs, Shobna Gulati and Dara O'Briain. With fantastic music from John Newman, Alexandra Burke, and Bastille.

The 500 Words' panel of judges - Charlie Higson, Francesca Simon, Frank Cottrell Boyce, Malorie Blackman and Honorary Judge, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall - was also at this extra special edition of the Breakfast Show .

Each and everyone one of this year's entries was read by a fantastic team of 5000 volunteer teachers and librarians from around the UK, before being whittled down to the Top 50 finalists by The Reading Agency. The 500 Words' panel of judges then had the gruelling task of selecting three winners in each of the two age categories (5-9 and 10-13 years) from this group of talented young writers.

2 hours, 59 minutes

Music Played

  • Queen

    Crazy Little Thing Called Love

    • The Game.
    • Island.
    • 5.
  • John Newman

    Love Me Again (500 Words 8 Jun 2018)

  • The Maisonettes

    Heartache Avenue

    • History Of The 80's (Various Artists).
    • Br Music.
  • John Newman

    Crazy In Love (500 Words 8 Jun 2018)

  • John Newman

    Fire In Me (500 Words 2018)

  • Tom Jones

    It's Not Unusual

    • Fifty Number Ones Of The 60's (Variou.
    • Global Television.
  • Pratt & McClain

    Happy Days

    • Television's Greatest Hits Volume 3 70s & 80s.
    • Silva Screen Records Ltd.
  • Bastille

    Pompeii (500 Words 2018)

  • Bastille

    Good Grief (500 Words 2018)

  • Jess Glynne

    I'll Be There

    • Always In Between.
    • Atlantic.
  • Bastille

    Quarter Past Midnight (500 Words 8 Jun 2018)

  • The Jackson 5


    • The Best Michael Jackson & Jackson Fi.
    • Polygram Tv.
    • 1.
  • The Beatles

    Paperback Writer

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


    • (CD Single).
    • Polydor.
  • Alexandra Burke

    Proud Mary (500 Words 2018)

  • Alexandra Burke

    The Truth Is (500 Words 2018)


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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.