Alan Carr and Mel Sykes return to BBC Radio 2
Summer programmes on BBC Radio 2 include the return of Alan Carr and Mel Sykes with a season of live Saturday morning summer specials for a ten-week run.
They’ll be on-air from 8 July to 9 September between 10am and 1pm in place of Graham Norton.
Alan and Mel said: “We can’t wait to return to Radio 2 for a summer of fun on Saturday mornings, and look forward to hearing all about your weekends with loads of great music and some really special games and guests – see you in the summer!”
Alan’s last regular show on BBC Radio 2 was in 2012 but he has returned a few times over the years to cover shows.
Also, Radio 2 will celebrate the centenary of the birth of music legend Ella Fitzgerald, celebrating her life, career and legacy. The tributes start today with Jamue Cullum celebrating her life during his Jazz Show, Tuesdays at 7pm.
And actress Jill Halfpenny makes her Radio 2 presenting debut on Saturday 6th and 13th May as she covers for Liza Tarbuck. She says: “I’m a huge fan of Liza Tarbuck’s show on Radio 2, so I’m slightly terrified yet excited to be covering for her for a couple of weeks on my favourite radio station. I hope listeners will tune in for great music and chat as we all prepare for our Saturday nights out – or in!”
Meanwhile musicians Bryan Adams, Niles Rodgers, Olivia Newton-John, Randy Newman, Gregory Porter and Gene Simmons host special programmes.
Lewis Carnie, Head of Radio 2, says: “Radio 2’s success is a combination of distinctive documentaries coupled with the best in music entertainment. This bumper raft of programming highlights announced today is an absolute treat for music fans, as there’s something for everyone.”
Other highlights include:
Ian Rankin celebrates Deacon Blue, a Friday Night is Music Night special for Bill Kenwright’s 50 years in show business, Jo Whiley will broadcast live from the Cheltenham Jazz Festival and host a BBC Introducing showcase and Tony Blackburn is to present a three-hour special on The Bee Gees.