The Late Show with JoAnne Good

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The Late Show with Joanne Good
Other names Late nights with Jo Good Sunday Night Session
Genre Talk, Music, Entertainment
Running time Sunday to Thursday 10.00pm-2.00am
Country UK
Language(s) English
Home station BBC London 94.9
Syndicates Worldwide on BBC i-Player
Starring Joanne Good
Producer(s) Mel Polydorou
Recording studio Broadcasting House, London
Air dates 11 January 2010 to 24 November 2012
No. of episodes 771 (as of 24 November 2012)
Audio format FM and Digital radio
Opening theme Welcome to my Party - Lea de Laria
Website BBC Portal
Personal Website

The Late Show with Joanne Good is a live late-night program on BBC London 94.9 that has been broadcast since 11 January 2010, and is hosted by actress and radio presenter JoAnne Good.[1][2] The show currently airs Sunday through Thursday from 10pm - 2am. The show originally broadcast Monday to Friday until 2011.[3]

From 25 November 2012 the first of many changes took place on BBC London 94.9. Joanne moved from The Late Show to the Afternoon Show, replacing Danny Baker. The Late Show is now hosted by Simon Lederman who is Jo's co-host on Saturday Breakfast on BBC London 94.9. Some of her late show features have be incorporated into the afternoon show.

Jo will be back on The Late Show for one more night on 31 December 2012.


The Late Show with Joanne Good first broadcast on Monday 11 January 2010. It is a live, late night show from 10pm until 2am on BBC London 94.9. It is an entertainment show[4] that entails celebrity & local guests, arts and theatre, great music and conversation. It originally broadcast Monday to Friday. Due to scheduling changes, it now broadcast Sunday to Thursday/ Friday Early morning. The predecessor Late Show host was the Late Big George, who hosted this slot from Monday 5 January 2009 until Friday 8 January 2010.[5]


Each show is divided into two two-hour segments.

Sunday Night Sessions: 10pm-12am

The Late Show's first Sunday broadcast was on 2 January 2011.[6] On Sundays, local and independent bands come onto the show and perform their original music. After hearing the artists perform, Jo and a panel of judges give their critiques. This segment has become a popular segment on The Late Show. The first show featured live music from 'Madam' and Jonny Eyden. In addition, each Sunday Tony Blackburn sends Dan Roberts (Dan Dan the dating man) off to the BBC Grams library to re-discover songs that have been in the archive for some time.

Monday - Wednesday: 10pm-12am

Monday through Wednesday, the Late Show's first segment features celebrity guests (such as Bill Buckley, Stephen Less and Bibi Lynch) and local entrepreneurs talking in a roundtable setting about their personal lives, the theater & arts, current events, and general gossip.

Monday - Wednesday: 11pm-12am

This segment of the show is known as 'Chewing the fat', where her guests are given topics to discuss in a roundtable setting and on certain occasions Joanne Good asks her guests to come up with a talking point, which they can discuss for no more than 5 minutes.

Thursday's - Barking At The Moon: 10pm-12am

On Thursday, The Late Show dedicates 2 hours, famously known as "Barking in the Moon"[7] to dogs. It involves a weekly review of what is taking place in the dog world and features special guests.

The Midnight Society: 12am-2am

Each night of the week, this second segment is known as "The Midnight Society". Listeners have the chance to call in and talk about topics selected by Jo. These can range from lifestyle/relationship topics, to Current Affairs or topics currently affecting London and the South East.

Former Schedule: Fridays: 10pm-12am (2010-2011)

The first two hours on the Friday show was titled "Dating Night". This segment was co-hosted by Dan Roberts, who went to various venues in the city that were recommended as places to go on a date. On occasion, listeners were invited on-air for a blind date. While most where not successful, some did formulate new relationships. The Friday show ended when The Late Show's schedule changed in January 2011.

Notable shows[edit]

On 11 August 2011, The Late Show joined BBC One at 22:35 until 23:35 to broadcast a special edition of Question Time, which discussed the London Riots Special.[8] After that cross over, the midnight society started a bit earlier. During that same week, the shows format was altered due to the London Riots and she took texts, emails and phone calls from Londoners and listeners around the world and had special guests such as the Labour Member of Parliament Diane Abbott and Clinical psychologist Dr. Charlie Alcock.[9]

On 22 November 2011, Joanne Good co-presented the first two hours of The Late Show with James Argent, a popular reality star from The Only Way Is Essex.[10]

On 29 January 2012 Maverick Sabre came on the Sunday Night Sessions and performed four songs live.[11]

During the 2012 Summer Olympics the show was regularly broadcast live from the London Olympics Media Centre at the Olympic Park in Stratford.

On 15 November 2012 Macy Gray came on The Late Show, 'Barking at the Moon' segment.[12]

Schedule Change[edit]

In 2011, BBC London 94.9's programme schedule was changed, and The Late Show started broadcasting on Sundays instead of Fridays. Part of the reason for this change was because Joanne Good also presents the Saturday Breakfast show from 7am - 10am, and her Friday night show lasted until 2am Saturday morning, giving very little time in between. The schedule from Monday-Thursday remained the same.

New features included What is on Mel’s (The Late Show producer) Hostess Trolley?, where local caterers had Joanne and her guests taste and critique their products, and Book At Bedtime, where guests recommended books that were good to read before bedtime.


Although this is a London based show, The Late Show has a substantial audience across Europe as well as in countries such as Australia, Canada, the United States, and Jamaica. Jo regularly takes calls and reads e-mails from overseas listeners.


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