Angelina Jolie and Take That are part of BBC Radio’s Christmas

Angelina Jolie is to be one of the guest editors on Radio 4’s Today programme and Take That will appear in a special programme on Radio 2 over Christmas.

The Today programme will have a number of guest editors over the Christmas period with Angelina Jolie, who’s a special envoy to the UN Refugee Agency, taking over on 28th December.

A spokesperson for her said that she was “grateful for this opportunity to draw on the BBC’s global expertise and network to explore practical solutions to a number of pressing issues of our time.”

Take That will be sharing memories of the band from the last 30 years in a two-hour Radio 2 special on Christmas Day. Gary Barlow will also present a two one-hour shows on the station, in conversation with Sir Paul McCartney and Jeff Lynne.

Other highlights over the festive period include Comedian Matt Lucas hosting a live Christmas Day celebration, joined by celebrity friends, listeners and his mum on Radio 2. Diana Rigg, Derek Jacobi and Natalie Dormer star in an adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s Norse Mythologies on Radio 4, plus the world premiere of Craig Charles’ Scary Fairy Saves Christmas with the BBC Philharmonic and conductor Clark Rundell, recorded for Radio 2’s Friday Night Is Music Night.

Bob Shennan, BBC Director of Radio & Music, says: “This Christmas BBC Radio will offer an unrivalled collection of programmes featuring the finest DJs, musicians and actors. Across our stations, teams have curated brilliant schedules with world-class talent – all of which are available on BBC Sounds.”

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