Going Out with Alan Carr

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Going Out with Alan Carr
Genre Music, chat
Running time 2 hours (120 minutes)
Country of origin United Kingdom
Language(s) English
Home station BBC Radio 2
Hosted by Alan Carr
Melanie Sykes
Emma Forbes (2009-10)
Recording studio Western House, London
Original release 25 April 2009 – 31 March 2012
Audio format 88–91 FM, DAB digital radio, TV and online
Website Official BBC Website

Going Out with Alan Carr was a BBC Radio 2 show hosted by British comedian Alan Carr and Melanie Sykes. Launched in 2009, it was broadcast for two hours on Saturday evenings. The final show was broadcast in March 2012 after Alan Carr announced his departure stating that he wanted to reclaim his weekends.[1]


The show was launched on 25 April 2009, and was originally presented by Carr alongside Emma Forbes. Forbes unexpectedly quit the show and wider radio station in April 2010 when, after requesting a holiday, the BBC refused her request to present Going Out as usual, despite Melanie Sykes having already been recruited as a stand-in presenter.[2] Sykes was confirmed as Forbes's replacement in May 2010.[3] In March 2012 the BBC announced that Liza Tarbuck would start presenting her new Saturday night show on BBC Radio 2 from 12 May 2012. It will be on between 6pm and 8pm, replacing the programme presented by Alan Carr and Melanie Sykes, who broadcast their last show together on 31 March 2012 after Carr's decision to leave the network.[4][5]


The programme aired on Saturday evenings between 6pm and 8pm, and contained the following features, although not every segment was present in every episode.

  • Wardrobe Disasters: listeners phone in seeking fashion advice from Alan and Mel.
  • Alan's Telly Quiz: two listeners compete to answer the most questions on television trivia in two minutes and win a "Going Out With Alan Carr" rosette. This segment became known for contestants often amassing very low scores.
  • Carr-oake: at the end of each episode, a listener duets with Alan over the telephone.

The show ran for two hours, with the second hour presented under the banner Party Tunes, where listeners could place requests for classic party songs to be played.

Special Editions[edit]

On 5 September 2009, the programme was broadcast live from aboard a Blackpool tram as part of Radio 2's 'Live in Blackpool' series. Carr had turned on the famous Blackpool Illuminations the previous night, and the show also contained live music from Mika.[4]

On Christmas Eve 2009 and again in 2010, a special show entitled 'Alan Carr's Office Party' was broadcast, containing festive music and discussions.[5]

Guest Presenters[edit]

On occasions when either presenter was unavailable, comedian Patrick Kielty and Gaby Roslin stood in respectively. When both Carr and Forbes were unavailable, Kielty and Roslin presented together, with the show renamed Going Out With Patrick and Gaby. Other famous faces to stand in on the show include former Spice Girl Melanie Chisholm, television presenters Kate Thornton and Penny Smith, talent show winner Jodie Prenger and comedian Stephen K. Amos.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Alan Carr leaves BBC Radio 2 Saturday show". London: bbc.co.uk/news. 2012-03-06. Retrieved 2012-04-05. 
  2. ^ Plunkett, John (2010-04-30). "Emma Forbes quits BBC Radio 2". London: Media Guardian. Retrieved 2010-05-16. 
  3. ^ "Melanie Sykes appointed new BBC Radio 2 presenter". London: Telegraph.co.uk. 2010-05-15. Retrieved 2010-05-16. 
  4. ^ "BBC - Radio 2 - Blackpoll Live 2009 - Alan Carr's Tram-Cam". BBC Radio 2. Retrieved 2010-04-12. 
  5. ^ "BBC - BBC Radio 2 Programmes - Alan Carr's Office Party". BBC Radio 2. 2009-12-24. Retrieved 2010-04-12. 

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