Weekend Wogan

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Weekend Wogan
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Genre Talk, music
Running time 2 hours
Country of origin United Kingdom
Language(s) English
Home station BBC Radio 2
Starring Sir Terry Wogan
Produced by Alan Boyd
Executive producer(s) Anthony Cherry
Recording studio Western House, London
Original release 14 February 2010 (2010-02-14) – 29 November 2015 (2015-11-29)
No. of series 4
Audio format Stereo
Website Official Website
Podcast Official Podcast

Weekend Wogan was a Sunday morning radio programme on BBC Radio 2 in the United Kingdom, which was presented by Sir Terry Wogan. The show, which began its run on 14 February 2010, marked Sir Terry's return to the airwaves following his decision to step down as presenter of the weekday breakfast show, Wake Up to Wogan in December 2009.

From November 2015 the show took an extended hiatus due to Wogan's ill health, an illness from which he died in January 2016 making his final broadcast on 8 November 2015. The show continued with guest hosts until 29 November 2015 after which it was temporarily replaced by regular cover show Madeley on Sunday presented by Richard Madeley. Michael Ball took over the slot on a permanent basis from April 2016, returning to the show he vacated in 2010 to allow Wogan to present.

The programme featured guests and live music from BBC Radio 2 studios at Western House in London. It was broadcast for approximately 40 Sundays a year, with the remaining 12 being taken by an interim show, which since May 2012 was Madeley on Sunday. Previously the interim show was Michael Ball's Sunday Brunch.[citation needed]


Wogan confirmed to his listeners on 7 September 2009 that he would be leaving the breakfast show at the end of the year with Chris Evans taking over.[1] He presented his final edition of Wake Up to Wogan on 18 December 2009,[2] although by then it had been announced that Wogan would return to Radio 2 from 14 February 2010 to host a live weekly two-hour Sunday show, featuring live musical performance and guests, between 11.00am and 1.00pm.[3]

The three 2010 series took place in front of a live audience in the Radio Theatre at Broadcasting House and had an original run of three months. Some 30,000 people applied for 300 tickets to be in the audience,[4] and tickets for the first block of 12 shows had sold out within 24 hours.[5] Wogan's first guests on his new show were actor Ian McKellen and jazz singers Norah Jones and Jamie Cullum. The programme also featured a house band.[4]

In 2011 the televised version was decommissioned[citation needed] and Weekend Wogan was hosted from BBC Radio 2's studios in Western House.

On 3 July 2012 the BBC Trust ruled that Sir Terry had breached the broadcasting guidelines following an edition in January of that year in which he made comments that appeared to make light of the Costa Concordia disaster, which had occurred nine days earlier. After playing "Rock the Boat" by The Hues Corporation he questioned whether it was an appropriate choice of song and joked about the Costa Concordia's captain. The ship run aground and partially sank off the Italian Coast with the loss of lives.[6]

Show format[edit]

Airing from 11 am to 1 pm every Sunday, Weekend Wogan features a mix of live and recorded music, together with guest singers. The show also includes celebrity interviews, as well as contributions from Wogan's listeners and regular guests such as the newsreader John 'Boggy' Marsh.[7] Features include the infamous Janet and John stories featuring Marsh and which were a regular mainstay of Wake Up to Wogan. A podcast of the show is available online.

Wogan usually signs off the show saying "well, that's about the height of it" before thanking his guests and producers, previewing next week's show and playing his last record.

Throughout 2010 the show was also televised. Sir Terry was joined on stage by an eleven piece house band led by musical director Elio Pace with backing vocals from Kirstie Roberts, Sue Acteson and Chloe Buswell. Video highlights of Weekend Wogan could also be viewed on the show's website from Mondays[5] and on the Red Button.

Televised Episodes[edit]

Series 1[edit]

# Guests Original airdate
1 Ian McKellen, Jamie Cullum and Norah Jones 14 February 2010 (2010-02-14)
2 Andrew Lloyd Webber, David Gray and Sharleen Spiteri 21 February 2010 (2010-02-21)
3 Peter Alliss, Neil Sedaka, Beth Nielsen Chapman and John Barrowman 28 February 2010 (2010-02-28)
4 Carly Simon, Craig David and Jonathan Pryce 7 March 2010 (2010-03-07)
5 June Whitfield, Beverley Knight and Paul Carrack 14 March 2010 (2010-03-14)
6 Natalie Imbruglia, Mick Hucknall and Griff Rhys Jones 21 March 2010 (2010-03-21)
7 Timothy B. Schmit, Albert Lee and Sheila Hancock 28 March 2010 (2010-03-28)
8 Elkie Brooks, Mica Paris and Debbie Reynolds 4 April 2010 (2010-04-04)
9 Ringo Starr, Mika and Nell Bryden 11 April 2010 (2010-04-11)
10 Ricky Gervais, Don McLean and Scouting for Girls 18 April 2010 (2010-04-18)
11 Graham Norton, Billy Ocean, Richard Briers and Red Hurley 25 April 2010 (2010-04-25)
12 Katie Melua, Glen Campbell and Justin Lee Collins 2 May 2010 (2010-05-02)

Series 2[edit]

# Guests Original airdate
1 Jeff Goldblum, Nerina Pallot and Des O'Connor 13 June 2010 (2010-06-13)
2 Ronnie Corbett, Sandi Thom and Ben Montague 20 June 2010 (2010-06-20)
3 Tony Hadley, Jodie Prenger and Rick Astley 27 June 2010 (2010-06-27)
4 Maureen Lipman, Brian Kennedy and The Real Thing 4 July 2010 (2010-07-04)
5 Bernard Cribbins, Gabriella Cilmi and Jon Allen 11 July 2010 (2010-07-11)
6 Esther Rantzen, Richard Hawley and Joe Longthorne 18 July 2010 (2010-07-18)
7 Tony Christie, Gretchen Peters and Kiri Te Kanawa 25 July 2010 (2010-07-25)
8 Richard Wilson, Marti Pellow and Paloma Faith 1 August 2010 (2010-08-01)
9 Sharon Corr, Ben's Brother, Leon Russell, and James Martin 8 August 2010 (2010-08-08)
10 Brian May, Kerry Ellis, Fyfe Dangerfield and Robert Lindsay 15 August 2010 (2010-08-15)
11 Kiki Dee and Incognito 22 August 2010 (2010-08-22)

Series 3[edit]

# Guests Original airdate
1 A special show live from the London Palladium for Children in Need. Guests Included Status Quo, JLS, KT Tunstall, Beverley Knight, Imelda May, Ben Montague, Jimmy Tarbuck, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Danielle Hope 3 October 2010 (2010-10-03)
2 Chris De Burgh, John Legend and Sandie Shaw 10 October 2010 (2010-10-10)
3 The Hoosiers, Huey Lewis, Tift Merritt and Joshua Radin 17 October 2010 (2010-10-17)
4 Judie Tzuke, Ruthie Henshall and Seth Lakeman 24 October 2010 (2010-10-24)
5 Lulu, Mary Chapin Carpenter and Roy Hudd 31 October 2010 (2010-10-31)
6 Westlife, Raul Malo and Thea Gilmore live from BBC Maida Vale Studios 7 November 2010 (2010-11-07)
7 Money can't buy auction in aid of children in need live from the Radio 2 Studio 14 November 2010 (2010-11-14)
8 The Script, Charlotte Church and Elaine Paige from BBC Maida Vale Studios 21 November 2010 (2010-11-21)
9 Russell Watson, Brenda Edwards, Richard Craker and OMD[8] 28 November 2010 (2010-11-28)
10 Katherine Jenkins, Patrick Stewart and Chelsea Pensioners 5 December 2010 (2010-12-05)
11 Josh Groban, Rumer and Great British Barbershop Boys 12 December 2010 (2010-12-12)
12 Gilbert O'Sullivan, Nell Bryden and Jimmy Carr 19 December 2010 (2010-12-19)


  1. ^ "Sir Terry to leave breakfast show". BBC News. 7 September 2009. Retrieved 14 March 2010. 
  2. ^ "Sir Terry Wogan bids farewell to show". BBC News. 18 December 2009. Retrieved 14 March 2010. 
  3. ^ "Sir Terry Wogan to launch brand new Sunday programme on Radio 2 in 2010". BBC Press Office. 16 October 2009. Retrieved 14 March 2010. 
  4. ^ a b Thomas, Liz (15 February 2010). "Terry Wogan hobbles back into action as he arrives for his new Radio 2 show on a walking stick". Mail Online. Retrieved 14 March 2010. 
  5. ^ a b "Sir Terry Wogan makes radio comeback". BBC News. 14 February 2010. Retrieved 15 March 2010. 
  6. ^ "Sir Terry Wogan rapped by BBC for Costa Concordia 'Rock the boat' joke". The Daily Telegraph. Telegraph Media Group. 3 July 2012. Retrieved 5 July 2012. 
  7. ^ "Synopsis for Weekend Wogan". BBC Radio 2. 14 February 2010. Retrieved 15 March 2010. 
  8. ^ "OMD - Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark | news". Omd.uk.com. Retrieved 2014-06-07. 

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