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Radio shows for Russell Kane, Diane Morgan and Matt Lucas

Comics take over the airwaves this Christmas

Russell Kane, Diane Morgan and Matt Lucas are all presenting nationwide BBC radio shows this Christmas Day

Kane will be making his  Radio  5  Live  debut hosting a two-hour show from 9am, where he will be joined by  guests.

Meanwhile, Philomena Cunk star Morgan will be taking over digital station 6 Music for a mammoth ten-hour stint from 4pm.

She is one of three Wise Women being handed the reins of the station, presenting  three  hours  of  their  favourite  music from 4pm, followed by an  evening's  worth  of  programmes  from  the  6  Music  archives. Fresh Meat star Zawe  Ashton has the slot on Christmas Even and singer-songwriter Courtney  Barnett  on Boxing Day.

Finally, Matt Lucas will be hosting a live show on Radio 2 from 11am to 2pm.  

He said: ‘I’m  really  excited  to  be  live  on  Radio  2  on  Christmas  Day  with  a  big  show.  Please  don’t  rob  my  house.’

Other highlights of the Radio 2 festive schedule, released tonight, are an hour-long special of Jeremy  Vine:  Agony  Uncle following a pilot earlier this year.

The spoof features impressionist Lewis  MacLeod playing the broadcaster as he fields calls from the likes of the  Queen  via  Zoe  Ball,  Sara  Cox,  Kanye  West  and more.

Co-starring Jess  Robinson,  Terry  Mynott  and  Jon  Holmes, the show airs at 9pm on Christmas Eve.

And Dame Edna creator Barry Humphries is returning to Radio 2 for Barry’s Wireless Christmas, a nostalgia-based show mixing his memories – such as being sacked  from  his  Christmas  job  in  a  top  Melbourne  department  store –  with vintage musical numbers from the likes of Judy  Garland,  Vera  Lynn,  George  Formby,  Max  Miller and  Fred  Astaire,  

Humphries said says:  "I’m  looking  forward  to  once  again  spinning  my  turntable  time  machine  to  transport  Radio  2  listeners  back  to  the  first  half  of  the  twentieth  century  with  a  selection  of  my  favourite  festive  vintage  recordings.   It  was  a  time  before  video  Games,  microwaves,  skinny  lattes,  digital  watches  and  even  Darth  Vader.’

He previously hosted  the similar series Barry's Forgotten Musical Masterpieces in 2016, and this show goes out from 9pm on Christmas Eve..

Published: 22 Nov 2018

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