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Dan and Phil
Dan And Phil Vidcon.jpg
Dan Howell (left) and Phil Lester (right), presenters of the show, at VidCon 2014
Other namesThe Dan and Phil Show
The Radio 1 Request Show with Dan and Phil
GenreMusic, chat
Running time120 minutes (7:00 pm–9:00 pm)
Country of originUnited Kingdom and Worldwide
Home stationBBC Radio 1
Hosted byDan Howell and Phil Lester
Produced byAlistair Parrington, Victoria Easton
Recording studio82A, Broadcasting House, London
Original release13 January 2013 (2013-01-13) – 24 August 2014
No. of series4
No. of episodes80
Audio formatStereophonic sound

Dan and Phil (previously known as The Radio 1 Request Show) was a British radio show hosted on BBC Radio 1 on Sunday evening, by presenters Dan Howell and Phil Lester, who are most commonly known as Dan and Phil. The show was a spiritual successor to the original Request Show on the station, allowing listeners to request songs to be played but also encompassing additional entertainment features. It was loosely based on Dan and Phil's now discontinued internet series, The Super Amazing Project, which included segments such as Internet News.[1][2][3]

The show's successor, The Internet Takeover, began airing on 1 September 2014 at 9pm.


In the past, the Radio 1 Request Show has been hosted by Reggie Yates on Saturday afternoons (October 2007 until April 2012), and Jameela Jamil on Sunday evenings (April 2012 until January 2013).

After doing a variety of other work for BBC Radio 1, such as one-off shows at Christmas and work at the station's presence at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, in November 2012 it was announced that Dan and Phil would present the show, with the visual element bringing a change of format. Part of the reasoning behind this was to add to the station-wide effort of lowering the average listener age.[4]

In June 2014, it was announced that from 1 September 2014, the presenters would move to a weekly Monday night slot, from 9pm to 10pm, to a show that would continue to be fully visualised.[5] In August 2014, it was announced that this new show would be a different format, with new presenters from the online world (including Troye Sivan and Tyler Oakley among others) hosting shows; Dan and Phil would present the first broadcast of each month.[6] This show is known as the Internet Takeover, and incorporates some features from the original Dan and Phil show, such as the Internet News and the audience's music videos (though listeners are unable to request songs to be played).

The final Dan and Phil show was broadcast on 24 August 2014, effectively leaving the station without a request show.[7]


The entire show was visualised, enabling visitors of the BBC Radio 1 website to watch the programme live; watching in real time what is happening in the studio; the presenters' challenges; interviews with musicians or people involved in internet culture; and music videos created by the audience.

During the show, listeners were encouraged to call, text, tweet and post on Facebook to the station. Listeners could have their comments read out and call in to talk live on the show.[8]

Fan Wars (2013)

Dan and Phil used to have a section entitled Fan Wars in which two listeners would call in to represent two musical artists in a competition, which varied every week. The winner of the competition would get their respective artist's song played.[8] Fan Wars was replaced with a new segment; Sorry, I Don't Know How to Internet, for 2014.[8]

Internet News (2013 - 2014)

In Internet News, Dan and Phil read out bizarre and off-beat news stories, discovered from around the internet. The segment was a parody of regular news programming, with an orchestral soundtrack and the presenters wearing glasses with no lenses which they called their "news glasses".[8]

Dan vs. Phil (2013 - 2014)

A physical challenge is chosen by BBC staff for the presenters to take part in on video, while music from the Radio 1 playlist can be heard in the background. The winner is chosen from the number of points each presenter receives; a different caller announced the winner of the segment each week. In early episodes, the segment had been more interactive, with listeners of the show being able to choose a challenge on the Facebook page and Twitter of Radio 1,[3][8] and the audience being able to vote on the winner of each week.

Rehab Topic (2013 - 2014)

Each show had a themed hashtag that listeners could use on Twitter to share their experiences on the topic. For example, #FoodFails, where people gave their negative experiences on cooking. If someone's experience is particularly interesting or humorous, the producers of the show would allow that listener to call in and explain it to Dan and Phil.

Music Videos (2013 - 2014)

During the show, numerous music videos were shown which were created by the audience to a song of their choice. Listeners could submit these in advance of the show via email.[8] These videos acted as a different way to request a song; the accompanying music was often not on the Radio 1 playlist.

Sorry I Don't Know How to Internet (2014)

Sorry I Don't Know How to Internet was introduced at the start of 2014 as a replacement for Fan Wars. The segment consisted of Dan and Phil reading out humorous stories of elder relatives and people new to IT being unable to use modern technology. Often, stories were read out by other presenters on the station, such as Greg James.

The stories were sent in by listeners and other BBC Radio 1 DJs.[9]


Pocket-lint called the addition of the show to BBC Radio 1's schedule a "bold move"[10] while The Telegraph described the show as "reminiscent of that film Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure with Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter".[11] The Guardian made reference to the show's young demographic, stating that while the viewer-made music videos were "sweet", it was "too tame to be funny to adults".[12]

Awards and nominations

Year Award Nominee Result
2013 Sony Golden Headphones Award Dan and Phil Won[13]


  1. ^ "Vernon Kay and Reggie Yates to leave Radio 1". 9 November 2012. Retrieved 9 October 2013.
  2. ^ "Dan And Phil". BBC. March 2013. Retrieved 9 October 2013.
  3. ^ a b Burrell, Ian (31 May 2013). "Dan & Phil: The YouTube stars tasked with bringing new young listeners to Radio 1". The Independent. Retrieved 9 October 2013.
  4. ^ "Rewind radio: Dan and Phil; – review".
  5. ^ "Radio 1 and 1Xtra changes specialist, weekend schedules". BBC Newsbeat. BBC News. Retrieved 5 June 2014.
  6. ^ "New youth presenters for Radio 1".
  7. ^ "The Final Sunday show!". BBC Radio 1. Retrieved 28 August 2014.
  8. ^ a b c d e f "Be in the Show". BBC Radio 1. Retrieved 9 October 2013.
  9. ^ "Sorry I Dont Know How To Internet Youtube". BBC Radio 1, Youtube.
  10. ^ Henderson, Rik. "BBC Radio 1 hires YouTube sensations as part of massive station shake-up". Pocket Lint.
  11. ^ Reynolds, Gillian. "Radio review: Jameela Jamil's Official Chart Show (Radio 1), and last week's highlights". The Telegraph. The Telegraph.
  12. ^ Sawyer, Miranda. "Rewind radio: Dan and Phil; Generations Apart – review". The Guardian.
  13. ^ Lucey, Kate (13 May 2013). "Dan and Phil win a Sony Radio Academy Award all suited up". Sugarscape. Retrieved 9 October 2013.

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