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PostPosted: Thu Nov 21, 2013 5:24 pm    Post subject: Christmas and New Year 2013/14 Reply with quote

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Annie Nightingale and Jon Holmes are back on BBC Radio 2 next month as part of the Christmas schedule, just announced.

Jon – now hosting the daily breakfast show on Global’s Xfm – will again partner with comedienne Miranda Hart to cover for Steve Wright, while Annie hosts a show on the evening of New Year’s Day, taking listeners on a journey through seven decades of music from the 1950s to 2014.

Robbie Williams makes his presenting debut on Radio 2, covering for Dermot O’Leary on Saturday 21st December, and there’s a festive Sounds Of The 20th Century spin-off on 23rd December, featuring two hours of Christmas music and news from the season between 1951 and 2000.

French and Saunders are back as well – doing the lunchtime slot on Christmas Eve and Boxing Day. On Boxing Day, they’ll be preceded by Dame Edna Everage.

Lewis Carnie, Head of Programmes for Radio 2, says: “BBC Radio 2 this Christmas features a dazzling array of some of the biggest stars you’ll find anywhere this festive season. It’s a feast of fantastic programmes presented by a star-studded line-up including Robbie Williams, Glee’s Matthew Morrison, Australian super-star Dame Edna Everage, comedy legends French & Saunders, Hollywood actor Michael Sheen and a whole host of others. They will be the perfect accompaniment to the nation’s celebrations.”


http://radiotoday.co.uk/2013/11/annie-and-jon-return-to-radio-2-for-xmas/

Vanessa Feltz review of the year Noon to 2pm on the 27th Dec. Why not Jeremy Vine?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/latestnews/2013/radio-2-christmas.html
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 21, 2013 7:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It all looks to be highly avoidable - so I'll do just that!
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 21, 2013 7:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It gets worse every year.

No doubt there will be a few gems tucked away, so a detailed perusal of RT when it comes out will be required!

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 21, 2013 8:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

One of the regular presenters on Radio Caroline today (one who plays a mix of music you never hear on drab Radio 2) refused to mention the "c" word until Christmas eve. That's my kind of radio! (meanwhile, goodbye Radio 2)
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 21, 2013 10:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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a star-studded line-up including Robbie Williams, Glee’s Matthew Morrison, Australian super-star Dame Edna Everage, comedy legends French & Saunders, Hollywood actor Michael Sheen


Helen May wrote:
It gets worse every year.
No doubt there will be a few gems tucked away, so a detailed perusal of RT when it comes out will be required!


I hope you are right H, BBC's press releases usually omit what I'm really interested in. I'm just an old fogey who wants a bit of Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers Smile and of course they will likely be on Sky Arts or TCM.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 25, 2013 4:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just what we need for Christmas...... yet more celebs having a lash at a radio show.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 25, 2013 4:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Just what we need for Christmas...... yet more celebs having a lash at a radio show.


And all pre-recorded weeks before, no doubt.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 27, 2013 9:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Just what we need for Christmas...... yet more celebs having a lash at a radio show.


And all pre-recorded weeks before, no doubt.


I don't have a problem with that,Colin.....good will to men/women and all that.Wink

Are programmes usually live over the Christmas period?
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 27, 2013 9:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd say most aren't, but it doesn't bother me either.

Ed Stewart's Christmas morning programme was last year but not sure of others he has done.

I vaguely remember someone I know getting a mention on I think a Christmas afternoon programme, but that was a few years ago.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 27, 2013 9:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Helen....good memory!
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 27, 2013 9:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd forgotten about the mention until I started writing the post!

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 29, 2013 10:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well I for one prefer live broadcasts to remain the norm, unless there's a decent reason for pre-records.
Celebs fancying the idea of having a radio show, but not the inconvenience of turning up for live broadcasts, is not a good reason.

Now I've written that, I'm wondering just how bad some of these shows might be if they were forced to do them live. Maybe I'm changing my mind!
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 29, 2013 11:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Despite my inference above, I don't actually mind whether a show is pre-recorded or not (after all, a lot of night-time and weekend shows are routinely recorded and it makes no difference), but what I was getting at was that the shows that feature the "Christmas special guest presenters" just sound so canned and contrived.

I'd much rather that lesser-known presenters (ones who actually do know and love real music) were given slots as a means of introducing them to a national audience. I can't see it happening though because the theory is that the celebrity "names" pull in the listeners - especially if they're excessively-trailed as usual on R2.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 29, 2013 8:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree Colin - they should give some of the better presenters on BBC Local Radio stations a chance - I'm sure they would jump at such an opportunity even if it did mean working over the Christmas period - and we might just uncover a proper knowledgeable music lover - for the time after Mr Shennan hangs up his boots Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 03, 2013 5:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

According to Digiguide.

Monday 23rd December 2013:
3:00am - Alex Lester
6:30am - Richard Allinson
9:30am - Claudia Winkleman
12:00pm - At the BBC
2:00pm - Jon and Miranda at Christmas: Presented by Jon Holmes and Miranda Hart
5:05pm - Simon Mayo
7:00pm - Paul Jones
8:00pm - The Sounds of 20th Century Christmas
10:00pm - Jingle Bell Joe: Radio 2 House Party
11:00pm - Russell Davies with..
12:00am - Nicki Chapman

Tuesday 24th December 2013:
3:00am - Alex Lester
6:30am - Richard Allinson
9:30am - Claudia Winkleman
12:00pm - French and Saunders
2:00pm - Craig Charles Sweet Soul Christmas
5:05pm - Simon Mayo
7:00pm - Leo Green: Hollywood Special
8:00pm - Christmas with Cliff
10:00pm - Slade Versus Wizzard - The Battle for Christmas!
11:00pm - Big Bang Christmas
12:00am - Nicki Chapman

Wednesday 25th Decemeber 2013:
3:00am - Roger Royle
6:00am - A Celebration of Christmas Carols
8:00am - Good Morning Christmas with Clare Balding
10:00am - Junior Choice with Ed Stewart
12:00pm - Paul O'Grady
4:00pm - Bill Kenwright's Magnificent Seven
6:00pm - When I Get My Name In Lights
8:00pm - Bryan Ferry - For Your Pleasure
10:00pm - Oh Yes it is - Barbara Windsor on Panto
11:00pm - Robbie Williams in Concert
12:00am - Nicki Chapman

Thursday 26th December 2013:
3:00am - Alex Lester
6:30am - Richard Allinson
10:00am - Dame Edna's Christmas Leftovers
12:00pm - French and Saunders
2:00pm - Rhod Gilbert
5:00pm - Step Inside the Musical World of Cilla Black
7:00pm - Leo Green: Hollywood Special
8:00pm - Len Goodman
10:00pm - Who is The Doctor?
11:00pm - The Organist Entertains
11:30pm - Listen to the Band
12:00am - Nicki Chapman

Friday 27th December 2013:
3:00am - Alex Lester
6:30am - Richard Allinson
9:30am - Claudia Winkleman
12:00pm - Vanessa Feltz's Review of the Year
2:00pm - Rhod Gilbert
5:05pm - Johnnie Walker Meets Annie Lennox
7:00pm - Desmond Carrington: The Music Goes Round
8:00pm - Friday Night is Music Night
10:00pm - Katie Puckrik
12:00am - Huey Morgan

Saturday 28th December 2013:
3:00am - Richard Allinson
6:00am - Anneka Rice
8:05am - Sounds of the Sixties
10:00am - Graham Norton
1:00pm - Pick of the Pops
3:00pm - The Elton John Show
5:00pm - Elton John @BBC
6:00pm - The Liza Tarbuck Show
8:00pm - Michael Sheen's Eighties
10:00pm - Sounds of the 80's
12:00am - Bob Harris

Sunday 29th December 2013:
3:00am - Richard Allinson
6:00am - The Sunday Hour
7:00am - Good Morning Sunday with Clare Balding
9:05am - Steve Wright's Sunday Love Songs
11:00am - Madeley on Sunday
1:00pm - Elaine Paige on Sunday
3:00pm - Johnnie Walker's Sounds of the 70s
5:00pm - Paul O'Grady
7:00pm - Sunday Night with Michael Ball
9:00pm - Clare Teal
11:00pm - Don Black
12:00am - Nicki Chapman

Monday 30th December 2013:
3:00am - Alex Lester
6:30am - Richard Allinson
9:30am - Ken Bruce
12:00pm - Jeremy Vine
2:00pm - Craig Charles
5:05pm - Vanessa Feltz
7:00pm - Paul Jones
8:00pm - Country Music Live 2013
10:00pm - 12 Hours to Please Me - Revisited
11:00pm - Russell Davies with..
12:00am - Nicki Chapman

Tuesday 31st December 2013:
3:00am - Alex Lester
6:30am - Richard Allinson
9:30am - Ken Bruce
12:00pm - Jeremy Vine
2:00pm - Craig Charles
5:05pm - Vanessa Feltz
8:00pm - A Night to Remember
10:00pm - Tony Blackburn
1:00am - Nicki Chapman
3:00am - Alex Lester
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 04, 2013 4:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This Christmas, I will be mostly watching telly...what have we done to deserve French and Saunders? I'm amazed that Homeland haven't written them into a plot involving torture of Iraqis.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 04, 2013 4:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I'm amazed that Homeland haven't written them into a plot involving torture of Iraqis.


That's really made me smile Raver! Very Happy

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 04, 2013 4:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very Happy

Glad to be of service, H.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 04, 2013 4:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Helen May wrote:
oldraver wrote:
I'm amazed that Homeland haven't written them into a plot involving torture of Iraqis.


That's really made me smile Raver! Very Happy


Yes, me too. Nice one Raver. Smile
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 04, 2013 4:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Heheh....can't go too wrong, picking on those two!
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 04, 2013 5:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Most Iraqis are decent, hardworking individuals, and to even suggest inflicting the witless French and Saunders on them is cruelty beyond belief.
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Good point, Schizzo. They can torture Nasser Hussain instead..for the sole reason, that I can't think of an equally witty reply.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 12, 2013 6:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Christmas Day 4-6pm

Tony Blackburn's Top of the Pops Christmas

In a two-hour special Tony Blackburn recalls some of the Christmas No.1s from the last 50 years.


New Years Day

1am-3am Nicki Chapman
3am-6.30am Alex Lester
6.30am - 9.30am Richard Allinson
9.30am- Midday - Ken Bruce
Midday - 14.00 - Rhod Gilberts New Year's Resolutions
14.00 - 17.00 - Tony Blackburn So You Thought They Were Hits!
17.00 - 19.00 - Johnnie Walker Meets Fleetwood Mac
19.00 - 20.00 - Simon Fuller - Top Ten - Nicki Chapman meets the man who she worked with.
20.00 - 22.00 - Annie Nightingale . Whatever Next
22.00 - 23.00 - Radio 2 Live 2013 Pt1
23.00 - Midnight - Trevor Nelson Soul Show

2nd Janurary 2014

Same as above for morning

Midday - 14.00 - Jeremy Vine
14.00 - 17.00 - Craig Charles sits in for Steve Wright
17.05 - 19.00 - Simon Mayo
19.00 - 20.00 - Bob Harris Country
20.00- 22.00 - Harry Shearer Vinyl Tap
22.00 - 23.00 - Radio 2 Live 2013 Pt2
23.00 - 23.30 - Nigel Ogden
23.30 - Midnight - Listen To The Band

3rd January 2014

Normal Friday from 2013
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Johnnie Walker meets Fleetwood Mac sounds interesting, though I suspect it will be all about cheesy old Rumours, whilst the band's other albums will be overlooked as usual.
There certainly won't be anything about Peter Green.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 13, 2013 1:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Schizoidman wrote:
Johnnie Walker meets Fleetwood Mac sounds interesting, though I suspect it will be all about cheesy old Rumours, whilst the band's other albums will be overlooked as usual.
There certainly won't be anything about Peter Green.


Yes I feel the same way. It's as if Fleetwood Mac Version #1 has been erased from the history books. Pity, because I rate the Peter Green era as having produced vastly superior music to what you rightly refer to as the "cheesy" stuff.
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Come on chaps ! This is Radio 2 remember - the station for listeners aged mid twenties and upwards whereas in fact we know they have no interest in anyone over 55 and in specialist genre like rock. Aficionados of early Fleetwood Mac albums would be like me in their late 50's now and their style of rock too avant-garde for the R2 audience . Says it all.
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I wouldn't really describe the original incarnation of Fleetwood Mac as a rock band - more blues which personally I find very boring although I do agree that the later version of the band sold out their musical roots for commercial success

I certainly agree about R2 ignoring the over 55s and I've been banging on for months if not years about the absence of a decent rock show Mad
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 13, 2013 9:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

or a new station... it's way overdue. The situation is deteriorating rapidly for me. I find myself turning it off instead of listening to shouty female singers and that drip Vine...

anyway, yes.. early Fleetwood Mac.. superb.
Have you heard "Shake Your Money Maker" Ruddles??
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 13, 2013 9:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No I haven't heard that particular track Santa but the original line up of the band was far too bluesy for my liking

The only so called 'blues' artist I really like is Gary Moore - and even he's far better when he plays out and out rock Smile
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 13, 2013 11:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Shake Your Money Maker is a great blues track, and certainly not boring Ruddles! It was of course a cover version and many tracks on their eponymous 'dustbin' album in 1968 were covers.

In the 1969 singles charts they outsold everyone else. They had a number one (Albatross) and two number twos (Man Of The World and Oh Well), all Peter Green numbers. The only time you'll hear them on Radio 2 is occasionally on POTP. The numbskulls who run Radio 2 would never have heard of them. Oh Well.
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How many have heard both parts of 'Oh Well'? I can only recall hearing the full shebang once on Liz Kershaw's 6 music show about 4 - 5 years ago, since a Top Of The Pops appearence when all of it was aired, well anyway, here it is, I hope you enjoy! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rN4FMVqq1cg
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Just listened to it, LEE. Nine minutes of perfection. Far too long for cheesy old Radio 2.

It's interesting how all the comments attached to the link really praise PG's Mac and slag off the Buckingham/Nicks Fleetwood Mac (though I have to say I really liked a lot of the latter as well, Tusk, Tango In The Night etc.).
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I would be lying if I didn't say that there were some of their latter incarnation that I enjoyed, because I do like some of what came later. At least one of those tracks was heard on Richard Allinson's old Saturday afternoon show (produced by Gary Bones) That was 'Isn't It Midnight' from Tango In The Night. But, I also agree that they should also acknowledge the previous Peter Green Fleetwood Mac, beyond 'Albatross' and the other well known tracks. I challenge Radio 2 to dig into the pre 1975 Fleetwood Mac and play some of it, you never know, you might even get to like it!
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Nickbucks wrote:
Come on chaps ! This is Radio 2 remember - the station for listeners aged mid twenties and upwards whereas in fact we know they have no interest in anyone over 55 and in specialist genre like rock. Aficionados of early Fleetwood Mac albums would be like me in their late 50's now and their style of rock too avant-garde for the R2 audience . Says it all.


The original Fleetwood Mac was never a rock band. Their music was very much rooted in the 60s British white-boy blues movement of which other bands like the Yardbirds, Graham Bond, John Mayall et all were members. Peter Green was among the first wave of electric blues guitarists who - like Jimmy Page and Eric Clapton - gave us a new interpretation of deep-south twelve bar blues. Peter Green was a superb 12-bar blues guitarist who, sadly, succumbed to depression and substance abuse and who never properly recovered from this.

I saw his Splinter Group a few years back the superb Stables Theatre in Wavendon near Milton Keynes (set up and run by Cleo Laine and John Dankworth) with my son and although the band was a very good electric blues band, Peter Green wasn't capable of replicating his classic guitar playing of the late 1960s and this was entrusted to his sideman.

However, there's no way he himself would ever claim to having been a rock guitarist. The post-Green era of Fleetwood Mac was the rock band.
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Jennifer Saunders has just tweeted a picture of herself and Dawn French recording their Radio 2 shows, just in case you thought there was a remote possibility of them actually being live and spontaneous on the day.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 17, 2013 6:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Jennifer Saunders has just tweeted a picture of herself and Dawn French recording their Radio 2 shows, just in case you thought there was a remote possibility of them actually being live and spontaneous on the day.


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 21, 2013 11:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

On show this week Chris said 'that he would have liked to have gone right up to Christmas rather than finish on Friday'. I wonder why the powers that be decided to end his show on Friday, I can only think it was a cost issue. Does Chris get paid per show?
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oldraver wrote:
This Christmas, I will be mostly watching telly...what have we done to deserve French and Saunders? I'm amazed that Homeland haven't written them into a plot involving torture of Iraqis.

In amongst the blurb for this programme in the Radio Times it says...."It's like opening the door on two schoolgirls in an unstoppable stream-of-consciousness natter and not being told to get lost"

I think that's supposed to be complimentary!
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 21, 2013 5:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

becky sharp wrote:
oldraver wrote:
This Christmas, I will be mostly watching telly...what have we done to deserve French and Saunders? I'm amazed that Homeland haven't written them into a plot involving torture of Iraqis.

In amongst the blurb for this programme in the Radio Times it says...."It's like opening the door on two schoolgirls in an unstoppable stream-of-consciousness natter and not being told to get lost"

I think that's supposed to be complimentary!


Probably written by a trainee who's just got a first class degree in Bolloxology
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mark occomore wrote:
On show this week Chris said 'that he would have liked to have gone right up to Christmas rather than finish on Friday'. I wonder why the powers that be decided to end his show on Friday.

There is a god!! And as Greg Lake sings at this time each year 'I Believe In Father Christmas!!
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