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The Robert Elms Show Turns 20

Celebrating 20 years of the Robert Elms Show.

3 hours

Music Played

  • The Lee Thompson Ska Orchestra

    Tunnel One (Live In Session)

  • The Jam

    In The City

  • Amy Winehouse

    Love Is A Losing Game

  • Gary Kemp

    Chant No. 1 (Live In Session)

  • The Lee Thompson Ska Orchestra

    Bangarang (Live In Session)

  • Gregory Porter

    Real Good Hands

  • Gwyneth Herbert

    So Worn Out (Live In Session)

  • Rod Stewart

    I've been Drinking

  • The Lee Thompson Ska Orchestra

    Hello Josephine (Live In Session)

  • Nick Lowe

    I Will Live On A Battlefield (Live In Session)

  • Nick Lowe

    Alison (Live In Session)

  • Normal Jay's Funky Friday

    • Labi Siffre

      The Vulture

    • Ripple

      I Don't Know What It Is But It Sure Is Funky

    • Denzil Dumpy Rice

      De-Funky Dumpy

    • Rulus & Chaka Khan

      Live In Me

    • Georgie Fame


Robert Elms celebrates 20 years at BBC London 94.9

The Robert Elms show is 20 years old. Listen from midday to a special outside broadcast to celebrate at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in Soho.


Robert and his guests will be looking back over 20 years of life in the capital. We’ll have live music, archive clips of the show and special guests. 


Rod Stewart will be in conversation with Robert


Fashion Designer Paul Smith will join us to talk about how fashion and style has changed in London over the past 20 years


Gary Kemp will performing a classic Spandau Ballet track live


Our regular Funky Friday slot, half an hour of the funkiest tunes at the end of the show, will be DJ’d live by Norman Jay MBE, who will also be taking a look back at the last 20 years of London’s music scene.


The Lee Thompson Ska Orchestra are the house band for the duration of the show. They’ll be performing tracks with the full band throughout the broadcast, as well as one with Linda Lewis


Jazz singer and pianist Gwyneth Herbert will be performing live.


Nick Lowe will perform live


Artists Gilbert and George will talk about how their work is inspired by the changes in London


And former President of RIBA Maxwell Hutchinson will discuss how London’s architecture and skyline has changed over the past 20 years and regular design critic and former Director of the Design Museum Alice Rawsthorn will be looking at how Art and Design have evolved in the capital.


The London Playlist

The London Playlist

Listen to Robert Elms' playlist of London tracks with BBC Music