The first Christmas box sets are being released in the coming weeks on BBC Sounds with festive podcast specials and exclusive seasonal music mixes.
Highlights include: His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales discusses his lifetime passion for music in Private Passions; new festive music mixes including from Matt Lucas, Little Mix and Cheryl; new podcasts for example on surrogacy with Dustin Lance-Black, a series of rare interviews – some previously unheard – with music’s biggest icons including David Bowie, Bob Marley and Madonna, and a new podcast which lifts the wig on UK Drag Culture.
Bob Shennan, Director of BBC Music and Radio, said: “BBC Sounds lets us bring seasonal cheer to everyone in a new way through an unparalleled mix of world class on demand audio – from podcasts which tell us something about the world to music that moves us.
“Since launch there have been over 5 million weekly plays with people listening to more than 2 million hours. For the first time this Christmas and New Year listeners can indulge in box set specials as well as festive podcasts and music mixes on BBC Sounds.”
On Boxing Day BBC Radio will wish listeners ‘Happy Box Set Day’ to mark the back catalogues of programmes and podcasts available on BBC Sounds for on demand listening. Listeners can enjoy box sets of radio programmes such as the Best of Live Lounge, Wise Women interviewed over Christmases past as well as comedy and dramas such as Tinsel Girl, Small Scenes and Curious Under the Stars.