Steve Wright In The Afternoon

Steve Wright in the Afternoon
Other names The Big Show
Genre Comedy, Talk
Running time 3 hours
Country  United Kingdom
Language(s) English
Home station BBC Radio 1 (1981-1994)
BBC Radio 2 (1999 onwards)
Host(s) Steve Wright
Starring Tim Smith
Janey Lee Grace
Recording studio Western House, London
Air dates since 1981 (except 1994-1999)
Audio format 88–91 FM, DAB digital radio, TV and online
Website Official BBC Website
Podcast Steve Wright in the Afternoon - The Big Podcast

Steve Wright in the Afternoon is the name of the current afternoon show on BBC Radio 2, hosted by Steve Wright. The show is one of the most popular on the station, and is often referred to as The Big Show. The show is broadcast from 14:00 until 17:00 Monday to Friday.


The show originally started on Radio 1 in the 1980s where it ran successfully for a number of years until ending in 1993. Steve Wright then worked on other shows for the network until moving to Radio 2 in 1996. He started as a weekend presenter hosting a Saturday morning show (later taken over by Jonathan Ross) and Sunday morning's Steve Wright's Sunday Love Songs. Steve Wright in the Afternoon was revived in 1999 following a shake-up at Radio 2 and Wright now presents the show every Monday to Friday from 2:00pm to 5:00pm. It has built up a huge following and was given its own podcast in 2006 as part of a trial period. This is still available every week with highlights from the show.

Team members

The Show follows the zoo format, with Steve Wright as the host, and co-presenters Tim Smith and Janey Lee Grace, as well as input from news and travel presenters on the day. There is also the character 'The Old Woman'. No one knows her identity, and there are many rumours circulating on the internet as to her true identity. Other spoof characters include 'Barry from Watford' (the octogenarian lifestyle coach - played by the actor Alex Lowe) and 'Elvis', who appears in the feature Ask Elvis.


The show begins at 14:00 with the show's main theme. Unlike most shows, it is well established as being a "brand", with its own unique style of presentation, although Steve regularly uses the standard BBC Radio 2 jingles along with jingles unique to the show, written and performed by AJ Music Productions.[1]

Guests regularly appear on the show, often to plug a new TV show or movie.

There are no stand-in presenters for Steve Wright in the Afternoon per se, as the name and format is unique to Steve Wright and the show's production crew. Because of this, when Steve is not hosting the show, the stand-in host does very much their own thing, rather than replicating the normal show. The main theme and unique jingles are not played, and otherwise regular features (such as the factoids) are not present. In the past, stand in presenters have included Mark Radcliffe, Aled Jones, Craig Charles, Liza Tarbuck, Dale Winton, Richard Allinson, Patrick Kielty and Tony Blackburn. More recently, the regular stand-in hosts have been either Jo Whiley or Chris Tarrant.


Some regular features include;

  • Factoids (This has been made into a book)
  • Barry from Watford: Approximately once a month, "elderly lifestyle guru" Barry from Watford (actually actor/comedian Alex Lowe) visits Steve and delivers his take on popular culture.
  • Ask Elvis: Comedian Mitch Benn answers questions from listeners in the voice of Elvis Presley.
  • Guest interviews, usually 2 or 3 per show.
  • Big Shout Outs: Listeners send Steve messages via text or email. If the message is sensible and entertaining it may be read out. The likelihood of your message being read on air is greatly increased, if a phrase such as "Absolutely loving the Big Show" is included in the message. This feature is particularly enjoyed by bored workmen, spoof messages are often sent on behalf of their colleagues.

This is along with entertainment news, music and chat, and news on the hour

External links

  • BBC Programmes
  • AJ Productions


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