BBC Radio 2 presents an Autumn schedule that has exciting new series’ and extended music programming, from the 80s to Big Band and the Blues.

Sounds Of The 80s is a brand new show presented by former Radio 1 Breakfast Show presenter and TV host Sara Cox, which will kick off the Autumn schedule on Saturday 5 October from 22.00-midnight. The decade of synthesisers, ghetto blasters, the moonwalk and pop videos, this show will celebrate the best of the era with new wave, synth pop and hip hop that will have you reminiscing. Expect Madonna, Michael Jackson, U2, Duran Duran, David Bowie, The Smiths, Prince and more. Sounds of the 80s will also look at the wider legacy of the 80s such as shellsuits, mobile phones, the Personal Computer, CD, the Yuppie and even ET.

Sara says, “I’m completely over the moon to be hosting an 80s shindig every Saturday night on Radio 2. Dig out your lace gloves and ra-ra skirts and join me for the BEST music from the BEST decade.”

Bob Shennan, Controller, BBC Radio 2, 6 Music, Asian Network and Popular Music says, “Sounds Of The 80s was a show waiting to happen and I’m happy to be welcoming Sara to Radio 2.”

Music fans can also look forward to Dave Pearce’s Dance Years which will return as a 13 part series in 2014.

Jo Whiley’s weeknight show will be extended from 90 minutes to two hours, Monday – Thursday from 30th September. From 20.00-22.00, Jo will treat listeners to her favourite album tracks and some musical gems rarely heard on Radio 2. “I’m delighted that the show will now be two hours long,” she says. “More time means more music, playing brilliant new artists and much loved classic songs. It means I have more time to hang out with my radio family in the evenings.”

Big Band is also on the agenda. Clare Teal’s Sunday night show will become a two-hour programme of big band music from 21.00-23.00. It will include a wide variety of Big Band recordings, archive material and special guests, incorporating music from the 1920s to the present day. “Big Band and swing music has been a passion of mine since I can remember,” says Clare. “I feel honoured and excited at the thought of sitting in a room every week for two whole hours, sharing some of the greatest big band tunes ever written.”

Russell Davies’ show (Sun 21.00-22.00) will move to Monday nights (23.00-midnight) for 26 weeks a year, with Jools Holland returning for the remainder. Nigel Ogden: The Organist Entertains (Tues 21.30-22.00) and Listen to the Band presented by Frank Renton (Weds 21.30-22.00) will move to Thursday evenings at 23.00 and 23.20 respectively. These shows replace Steve Lamacq’s Rock College. Steve will be returning to Radio 2 in 2014 to celebrate Britpop with a number of exclusive programmes, and can still be heard presenting every weekday on BBC Radio 6 Music from 4-7pm.

Hugh Laurie is joining BBC Radio 2 for his first series, Hugh Laurie’s Blues Changes, a six part series starting on 23rd September. Each week, Hugh will play a song with his acclaimed Copper Bottom Band, and trace the changes in blues through the electric Chicago period of Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf, the soul and rock influences of the 1960s to blues as we know it toady.

Radio 2 will spotlight the eventful year of 1963 throughout November, including celebrating the 50th Birthday of Doctor Who, first broadcast that year. On the evening of 22nd November, Dermot O’Leary and Jeremy Vine will be broadcasting live, telling the story of President Kennedy’s assassination in The Assassination of JFK: Minute by Minute.

These changes are sure to make for a diverse Autumn on BBC Radio 2.

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