Greg James will announce the official Christmas Number One on Christmas Day this year – live on BBC Radio 1.
He’ll host the usual chart show on a Friday, but around lunchtime rather than the usual afternoon drive slot. We can’t work out the last time BBC Radio 1 announced the Christmas Number One live on Christmas Day, but let us know in the comments if you know!
Other special Christmas programmes from the BBC this year include Eagles frontman Don Henley hosting the country show, and Mary Berry chatting with Liza Tarbuck at Mary’s home, Christmas eve on BBC Radio 2.
The Chemical Brothers join Lauren Laverne for a three-hour special on 6 Music’s Chemical Christmas, Eddie Izzard shares his favourite classical music on Essential Classics on Radio 3, and Jeremy Irons reads TS Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book Of Practical Cats poems on Radio 4, 78 years after their first BBC Radio broadcast on Christmas Day in 1937.
And here’s one for the anoraks – 5 live examines The Full Force of Star Wars and how the franchise changed the film industry through its merchandising. One thing missing from the 5 live festive schedule this year is Trevor Dann’s look back at the last 12 months in radio. Trevor will offer something similar on the RadioToday Programme instead.
Helen Boaden said: “BBC Radio creates the soundtrack to the festive season to millions of people around the country. Whether you’re peeling a parsnip, driving home for Christmas or desperate for the football commentary whilst stuck in a Boxing Day traffic jam, BBC Radio is perfect company.
“This year, BBC Radio will deliver distinctive and enchanting content across the Christmas period with exclusives, specials and truly world-class performances. Our music offer is unparalleled and our spoken word programmes will captivate, amuse and surprise. There really is something for everyone, and I hope that our listeners will enjoy this festive feast of delightful content.”