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Simon Mayo Drivetime

Simon Mayo Drivetime
Other names Drivetime From Radio 2
Genre Music, Talk
Running time 2 hours
Country United Kingdom
Language(s) English
Home station BBC Radio 2
Host(s) Simon Mayo
Starring Sally Boazman
Rebecca Pike
Matt Williams
Recording studio Western House, London
Air dates since 11 January 2010
Audio format 88–91 FM, DAB digital radio, TV and online
Opening theme Enjoy Yourself by Prince Buster and Jools Holland
Ending theme As opening
Website Official BBC Website
Podcast Simon Mayo's Confessions

Simon Mayo Drivetime is a programme on BBC Radio 2, which airs on weekdays between 17:00 and 19:00 in the United Kingdom.[1] It is presented by broadcaster Simon Mayo, who moved to drivetime from his weekday afternoon show on BBC Radio 5 Live after Chris Evans moved to take over the Radio 2 Breakfast Show.[2]

Co-Presenting Team

Rebecca Pike

Presents the business news at 17:30 and 18:40 every day, and at the end of the 17:30 bulletin also reports on the FTSE market data and exchange rates. On Fridays she interviews a guest with a new invention, known as the Innovation Slot.[3] Pike is known as 'Sister Rebecca' when participating in the daily confession.

Matt Williams

The sports reporter on the show, presenting Matt's World of Sport at 17:50 and 18:50 each day. On Fridays, in the second report he interviews somebody who is involved in a sport that is not regularly reported in the general media, known as the Friday Fixture. He also announces the weekly rock tune on Wednesdays as "Doctor Mosh", [4] as well as participating in the daily confession as 'Brother Matt'.

Sally Boazman

The regular Monday-Thursday afternoon travel reporter on Radio 2, and reads the travel news at 17:20, 17:55, 18:20 and 18:55 each day.

Bobbie Pryor

Reads the travel news on Friday's show, and also provides holiday cover.

Alan Dedicoat

Alan Dedicoat is the regular weekday newsreader on Radio 2, who reads the 17:00 news coming into the show. He also occasionally participates in the daily confession as 'The Dean of Deadly' (a reference to his long-standing nickname, coined by Sir Terry Wogan).

Nigel Barden

Radio 2's resident chef, who cooks for the team every Thursday. He participates in Thursday's confession as 'Novice Nigel'.

Stand-in Presenters

Stand-in presenters on the show have included Patrick Kielty, Liza Tarbuck, Ryan Tubridy and Richard Allinson.

Show Features

The show's opening and closing theme tune is a 2003 recording by Jools Holland and Prince Buster of the 1948 song "Enjoy Yourself (It's Later than You Think)" by Carl Sigman and Herb Magidson. Previously, some editions of the show also used the 1950 hit version by Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians, or occasionally the version by The Specials from their 1980 album More Specials.

Monday-Thursday Regular Features

  • Three Word-ers: Listeners send in a summary of their day in no more than three words, which are read out sporadically throughout the show. There is also a "talking text service" where listeners read out their three word-er live on air.
  • The Oldies: A selection of five or six songs all related to a particular topic relevant to that day's events are played throughout the show, chosen by readers of the show's blog and followers of the show's official Twitter and Facebook accounts.
  • "Subject" Guest: At around 5:20, a guest is introduced and they discuss an issue raised in the previous day's show, or in the news on that day. The guest is generally an expert in the subject area under discussion. The music used in this section is usually an instrumental version of Ray LaMontagne's "Repo Man" from his 2010 album God Willin' & the Creek Don't Rise, although occasionally the theme to children's sci-fi series Joe 90 is used.
  • Homework Sucks: Listeners are invited to send in questions to see if other listeners can answer them.[5] These can be any form of question, and are answered (to varying degrees of success) by the general public, before a definitive answer is provided by an academic or other expert in whatever subject area the question relates to. This was previously only open to children wanting help with their homework (hence the title) but was soon expanded to general questions from anyone. The music used in this section is Chicken Man by Alan Hawkshaw, best known in the UK as the theme tune to children's school-based drama Grange Hill.
  • Confessions: Carried on from Mayo's previous radio shows on BBC Radio 1, listeners send in embarrassing or funny stories about them offending, injuring, or playing practical jokes on people, that they never owned up to at the time it happened.[6] Mayo's co-presenters offer forgiveness (or not, as the case may be) before listeners being invited to text or email in their verdicts on the story, some of which are read out over the course of the rest of the show. The confessions from the week are compiled into a weekly podcast, released on Fridays.
  • Facts of the Day: After the news at 6 o'clock, humorous "facts of the day" are read relating to the specialist subject area of each of Mayo, Williams and Pike. Each fact has its own title relating to the content of the fact.
  • Celebrity Guests: On most days, the show invites a celebrity guest(s) on in the second hour of the show (when it is not taken up by Nigel Barden's food slot, or the Book Club), who are there to plug a newly released film, TV series or book.
  • The Drivetime Live Sessions: Occasionally, an artist or band will perform a number of their tracks live in the studio. In between songs, they are interviewed by Mayo.
  • The Radio 2 Book Club: (fortnightly, Mondays) An author is interviewed about a recently published book that they have written, and the team review and discuss the book. Listeners also send in their reviews, and a preview chapter is usually uploaded onto the show's webpage.[7]
  • Nigel Barden's Recipes: (weekly, Thursdays) The show's resident chef, Nigel Barden, cooks the team some (sometimes unusual) dishes.
  • Matt's Middle-Aged Midweek Mosh: (weekly, Wednesdays) Sports reporter (and rock fan) Matt Williams announces a weekly classic rock record, played at around 18:45, and encourages everyone listening to act as if they are in a mosh pit, and "rock out".[8]
  • The Showstopper: Listeners are invited to email in their suggestions for the last song to be played on the show, which is in the same musical genre as the specialist music show following Drivetime on any particular day.[9] Previously, a listener vote decided the choice but this was replaced in September 2012 with the current system. At present the different genres are:

All-Request Friday

To allow Mayo time to continue to present Kermode and Mayo's Film Review on 5Live and following on from Chris Evans' Drivetime show, on Fridays all records played are chosen by the listeners - hence the name. The regular features from Mondays-Thursdays do not appear. Regular background music used on Fridays includes "On the Rebound" by Floyd Cramer, "Tom Hark" by The Piranhas and "House of the King" by Focus, as well as other stock instrumentals in different musical styles.

  • Mah Nà Mah Nà: A regular song played on All Request Friday is the 1976 Muppets version of Piero Umiliani's Mah Nà Mah Nà. Introduced as "that song", it is usually the second track played on the show.
  • Innovation Slot: In her 6:40 bulletin, Pike interviews an inventor who has created an obscure - but helpful - product. Information about featured inventions can be found by accessing the individual webpages for each Friday's show on the BBC website.
  • Friday Fixture: In a similar vein to the Innovation Slot, Williams has the Friday Fixture where a participant in an "obscure" sport (i.e. one which is not widely reported in the media) is interviewed.

Special shows

Occasionally there is a special edition of the show, covering special events in the UK. Such events have included pre-show coverage of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, a fortnight of special shows for the London 2012 Olympics and a special programme from the Science Museum in London to commemorate the BBC's 90th anniversary on 14 November 2012.


The show won the title of Best Music Programme in the 2011 Sony Radio Academy Awards.[10]

See also


External links

  • BBC Programmes
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