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.

Posted on Tuesday, April 25th, 2017 at 12:20 pm by Roy Martin

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6 Comments

  1. Neal says

    What is this complete fascination every radio station has in this country of employing celebrities???!!! Many thanks Lewis in your continuing bid to make the BBC and especially Radio 2 sound like Heart ,Capital, Magic, Smooth and the rest.

  2. MARK LEVY says

    It’s a crying shame, when the best talent can be found on the dole queue!

    1. Neal says

      Completely agree Mark. How about giving the airwaves back to people like Mark Lamarr. But can’t do that can we Lewis as people like him have an encyclopedic knowledge of music and might play something different or a little obscure. The BBC over the last few years seems to have a acquired a first class honours degree in getting rid of DJs like Mark in favour of TV celebrities. As another example what a complete waste taking America’s Greatest Hits from Gambo where he had freedom to play his choice of music and giving him Pick Of The Pops where he is confined to playing the Top 20. Pathetic and frankly totally insulting. Since Jim Moir’s departure Radio 2 has been on a ever increasing decline into mediocrity. Getting more convinced Lewis is somehow related to Richard Park he certainly seems to be sharing his brain pattern in what he thinks makes good radio. Difference is we are paying the BBC to provide an alternative type of radio which it is now frankly failing miserably to do.

  3. ryan says

    Lewis carnie … yeah you got rid of Brian Matthews…… new talent is out here
    …. that includes replacing creeps like carnie

  4. Joe Smith says

    Thanks for the warning. Would hate to stumble across this pair by mistake.

  5. Mr B says

    Haven’t listened to Radio 2 since January,this definitely isn’t encouraging me to go back

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