Radio 2 launches listener vote to find Your Ultimate Rom-Com

BBC Radio 2 wants to know Your Ultimate Rom-Com, so has opened a listener vote for you to have your say.

Earlier, in Jo Whiley’s show with Will Young sitting in, Radio 2’s resident movie critic James King unveiled the list of his favourite romantic comedies. The most popular film as voted for by listeners will be revealed just in time for Valentine’s Day.

From Richard Curtis to Richard Gere and from Doris Day to Dustin Hoffman, James’ handpicked shortlist takes in more than 80 years of classic, feel-good, romance-filled films. It’s up to listeners to decide which is the nation’s favourite.

James King says: “Rom-Coms come in all shapes and sizes but they nearly all have one thing in common: an utter belief in true love.  Boundaries such as class or culture, politics or personality, are swept away in pursuit of a happy-ever-after.

“Predictable? Sometimes.  But there’s something so comforting about rom-coms too – a flash of optimism that points to a more hopeful world.  So do place your vote to let Radio 2 know YOUR favourite rom-com of all time!”

Laura Busson, Commissioning Executive for Radio 2, added: “Radio 2 features some of the biggest movie stars across our schedule, so we’re delighted to be launching this vote to find our listeners’ favourite rom-com and share the feel-good vibes that come from this much-loved genre.”

The vote is now open until Tuesday 25 January at 23.59pm.   Here’s James’ list of 40 films to vote for at www.bbc.co.uk/romcom:

Title

 

10 Things I Hate About You

500 Days Of Summer

Amelie

Annie Hall

As Good As It Gets

Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Bridget Jones’s Diary

Brown Sugar

But I’m A Cheerleader

Crazy Rich Asians

Crazy Stupid Love

Four Weddings & A Funeral

The Graduate

Gregory’s Girl

His Girl Friday

It Happened One Night

Jab We Met

Kissing Jessica Stein

Kuch Kuch Hota Hai

Love, Simon

Monsoon Wedding

Moonstruck

My Best Friend’s Wedding

My Big Fat Greek Wedding

Notting Hill

The Philadelphia Story

Pillow Talk

Pretty In Pink

Pretty Woman

The Princess Bride

Roman Holiday

Say Anything…

Sleepless In Seattle

Some Like It Hot

Something’s Gotta Give

Strictly Ballroom

There’s Something About Mary

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before

The Wedding Singer

When Harry Met Sally

UK Release Date

 

1999

2009

2001

1977

1998

1961

2001

2003

2000

2018

2011

1994

1968

1981

1940

1934

2007

2002

1998

2018

2002

1988

1997

2002

1999

1941

1960

1986

1990

1988

1953

1989

1993

1959

2004

1992

1998

2018

1998

1989

The top 20 to 11 films will be announced across Sunday 13 February during Steve Wright’s Love Songs, The Michael Ball Show, Elaine Paige on Sunday and Paul O’Grady shows.

James will count down the Top 10 in Your Ultimate Rom-Com between 9-10pm, revealing the winning film at the end of the show. He’ll hear from listeners who voted, and special guests connected to the films together with star-studded interviews from the BBC archives. He’ll be celebrating these classic movies by discovering the story behind these great rom-coms and finding out what makes them so special and much-loved.

Your Ultimate Rom-Com show will be available first on BBC Sounds.

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