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Christmas/ New Year 2014/15 On Radio 2

 
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 21, 2014 6:12 pm    Post subject: Christmas/ New Year 2014/15 On Radio 2 Reply with quote

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The magical musical offering will see a feast of luminaries take to the airwaves – including Heston Blumenthal, John Hurt, French and Saunders, Christopher Biggins, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Len Goodman, Nicola Benedetti and a whole load more.


http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/latestnews/2014/christmas-on-radio-2
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 22, 2014 8:22 pm    Post subject: Re: Christmas/ New Year 2014/15 On Radio 2 Reply with quote

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The magical musical offering will see a feast of luminaries take to the airwaves – including Heston Blumenthal, John Hurt, French and Saunders, Christopher Biggins, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Len Goodman, Nicola Benedetti and a whole load more.


http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/latestnews/2014/christmas-on-radio-2


Thank you for posting this link Mark. I have had a look and there isn't anything much there that will excite me enough to tune in.

I wish we could have some presenters who think the music is more important than them. I do despair, when I think back to how R2 used to be/could be now ............ Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 28, 2014 2:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Junior Choice with Ed Stewart - Christmas Day, 10am-midday

Ed 'Stewpot' Stewart returns to the Radio 2 airwaves to present a special Christmas edition of Junior Choice.

For Christmas morning Ed ‘Stewpot’ Stewart returns with a nostalgic Junior Choice playlist and listeners young and old will be able to get in touch with the show via text, email and social media.

Is it live ?
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 28, 2014 7:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think it has been live in previous years nod but I don't know about this year Confused
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 28, 2014 8:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Mark. Not much for me although I shall try to hear FNIMN, Glenn Miller, Billy Cotton and Junior Choice.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 29, 2014 5:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I will catch Fearne Cotton on Billy Cotton.

But my heart sinks when I read on the first line of the preview notes: "...the flawed showman who was loved by millions", as usual the programme will dwell on negative aspects of his personality rather that 50 years of music making.

I expect the first ten years of his band's recordings will be condensed into 3 minutes, and they'll play "I've got a lovely bunch of coconuts" rather than any of his superb jazzy records from the early 1930s.

And the notes say "the conductor who “just waved his arms about” according to his son" yes well latterly Billy's job was to employ expert music arrangers, but his fans still wanted to see him front the band. Lots of band leaders had to do that.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 29, 2014 6:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

nod wrote:
Junior Choice with Ed Stewart - Christmas Day, 10am-midday

Ed 'Stewpot' Stewart returns to the Radio 2 airwaves to present a special Christmas edition of Junior Choice.

For Christmas morning Ed ‘Stewpot’ Stewart returns with a nostalgic Junior Choice playlist and listeners young and old will be able to get in touch with the show via text, email and social media.

Is it live ?


He's really the only Live show that day.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 30, 2014 10:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

"Radio 1 presenter Fearne Cotton, who makes her presenting debut on Radio 2."

Rolling Eyes Let's hope it doesn't go beyond that.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 30, 2014 12:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

They really are scraping the barrel. Rolling Eyes

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 30, 2014 2:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

nod wrote:
"Radio 1 presenter Fearne Cotton, who makes her presenting debut on Radio 2."

Rolling Eyes Let's hope it doesn't go beyond that.
Helen May wrote:
They really are scraping the barrel. Rolling Eyes

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I remember,years ago,that the hosts on the BBC POV boards were always quick to distance Fearne Cotton from Billy when posters said she was only on BBC radio because of her 'connections' saying they were very distant relatives and her getting her job at the BBC was nothing to do with them. Rolling Eyes

Thanks for the link,Mark

Craig Charles has been good entertainment when we've been travelling in years gone by so his programme might figure somewhere in my listening.

I'll definitely be listening to All is Calm – The Christmas Truce at some point.

As for some of the others it depends on what time I have and what mood I'm in.

Heston Blumenthal ??????? Confused
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 30, 2014 3:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've always enjoyed Craig Charles whenever I've listened to one of his shows as well Becky.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 30, 2014 5:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Why the hell should Fearne Cotton present the show just because she is related to Billy Cotton?
Why not get someone who loves his music or is an expert on his life to present it. I hope they aren't trying to get her onto Radio 2, I had the misfortune to have to endure some of her show the other day. I've never heard such excruciatingly bad music in my life, accompanied by her moronic "BANTER".
Will listen to the Glenn Miller programme, I think Len Goodman is a great presenter. The pantomime dame programme should be good fun too.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 30, 2014 6:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Helen May wrote:
I've always enjoyed Craig Charles whenever I've listened to one of his shows as well Becky.

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I have heard Craig deputise for Jo Whiley a number of times on her evening show.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 01, 2014 11:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, I suppose there are a few new things in the schedule to sample.

I'm not quite sure why Christmas is regarded as a good time to experiment with a load of untried novelty presenters.... it would be sensible to blood them beforehand.

You never know, Heston Blumenthal might be a hidden radio talent!

I shall avoid French and Saunders, who have the effect of making me want to do violence to something.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 01, 2014 12:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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You never know, Heston Blumenthal might be a hidden radio talent!

It must be very well hidden - he's crap on TV! Has no personality or charisma at all, and I doubt he's got much imagination when it comes to music.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 01, 2014 1:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ian Robinson wrote:
unclebuck wrote:
You never know, Heston Blumenthal might be a hidden radio talent!

It must be very well hidden - he's crap on TV! Has no personality or charisma at all, and I doubt he's got much imagination when it comes to music.

I can never hear his name without thinking of snail porridge Evil or Very Mad
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 01, 2014 2:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Radio's general Christmas / New Year menu is the antithesis of what I consider to be good radio and only one word comes to mind to describe what's on offer: "Crap".
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 01, 2014 4:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

unclebuck wrote:
Well, I suppose there are a few new things in the schedule to sample.

I'm not quite sure why Christmas is regarded as a good time to experiment with a load of untried novelty presenters.... it would be sensible to blood them beforehand.

You never know, Heston Blumenthal might be a hidden radio talent!

I shall avoid French and Saunders, who have the effect of making me want to do violence to something.

You could well be right,unclebuck...it's just that his name was a bit of a surprise (to me) when I looked at the listings.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 02, 2014 5:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

nod wrote:
"Radio 1 presenter Fearne Cotton, who makes her presenting debut on Radio 2."

Rolling Eyes Let's hope it doesn't go beyond that.


Your thinking outside the box which could come true along.with Scott Mills.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 02, 2014 1:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

nod wrote:
"Radio 1 presenter Fearne Cotton, who makes her presenting debut on Radio 2."

Rolling Eyes Let's hope it doesn't go beyond that.


I'll put money on it that it does!
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 02, 2014 4:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree Colin.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 02, 2014 6:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good place to start get listeners to Radio 2 used to Fearne Cotton voice then give her a cover show in 2015. Early Breakfast a good start, then over to her Radio 1 show. Sara did it. Wink
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I wonder what the midweek early mornings are going to be like in the immediate run-up to and over the Christmas / New Year period this year. I remember last year we had Alex Lester (who's own show was extended to cover the early breakfast slot) followed by Richard Allinson. Hearing Alex again before leaving for work took me back 10-15 years and really reminded me what I had been missing and still am. Hearing Richard follow on just showed me the Radio 2 that I have missed so very much for far too long. Sadly Richard has now been dumped, so that part of the equation is sadly unlikely to happen. I also remember that my heart really sank when grim 'normality' was due to be restored Sad
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 02, 2014 9:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The answer is simple: look for alternatives to boring, predictable, unadventurous R2 at every opportunity!
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 02, 2014 9:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Colin wrote:
The answer is simple: look for alternatives to boring, predictable, unadventurous R2 at every opportunity!


There still doesn't seem to be much choice as an alternative though Colin, especially when you live in a 'not spot' as we do here. Sad
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 03, 2014 5:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The answer would be Alex cover breakfast?
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 03, 2014 10:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You're duly appointed as Controller, Mark!
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 03, 2014 9:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

According to digital spy Richard Allinson is covering Breakfast apart from Christmas day.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 04, 2014 6:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Whose Breakfast?
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 05, 2014 5:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Radio 2 breakfast RA is covering.

Then the station has shot themselves in the foot. Alex used to cover past Early breakfast until the main breakfast show. What now repeats until then orearly breakfast?
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 05, 2014 5:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is Richard doing breakfast on Radio 2 and then drive time on Magic.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 06, 2014 7:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mark Mayhew wrote:
Is Richard doing breakfast on Radio 2 and then drive time on Magic.


Richard covering. R2 Breakfast Christmas week apart from Christmas Day. Magic during the festive period usually has shows 6-10/10-2 and 2-6 and miss out Drivetime. Possible Magic for those 3 days prior to Christmas?

Sara Cox is doing Early Breakfast over the festive period and Jo Whiley is covering Ken prior to Christmas..
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 13, 2014 1:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

New Years Eve from 10pm

Tony Blackburn leads Radio 2's New Year's Eve celebrations, with a selection of upbeat soul hits from the past 50 years.

New Years Day from 2pm

Tony Blackburn plays 3 hours of songs, most of which you should recognise and all of which failed to make the UK top 75 at their time of release
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