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A roundup of BBC activity for National Album Day

A roundup of BBC activity for National Album Day

A roundup of BBC activity for National Album Day

Our official media partner BBC will be celebrating National Album Day across Television, Radio and Online during the week lead up and on the day itself.


BBC Four will be reflecting the theme of Women in Music on Friday 15th October, with Billie: In Search of Billie Holiday at 9:30pm, Jazz Divas Gold at 10:30pm, and Radio 2 In Concert: Emeli Sandé at midnight.

BBC Two will be broadcasting music documentaries on Saturday 16th October including Nina Simone & Me, hosted by NAD ambassador Laura Mvula, at 11:40pm, and Paloma Faith: As I Am at 00:10am.



BBC iPlayer have put together a collection of female-led music documentaries and performances, called Women In Music: National Album Day, which will be promoted on the Music page throughout the week starting Monday 11th October.

BBC Radio 4’s Counterpoint have put together a special Women In Music digital quiz for National Album Day, and it will be available for you to put your knowledge to the test from Monday 11th October: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/3RVt93PN9cdq2bgyH7vQQwt/the-counterpoint-national-album-day-women-in-music-quiz




BBC Radio 2 will be marking National Album Day with an all-female playlist – from 6am-midnight they will exclusively be playing tracks by women. All their programmes that day will be reflecting the event, and Jo Whiley will be hosting a special countdown of The Official All-Time Female Artists Album Chart at 1pm. Trails for National Album Day will be running on the station from Sunday 10th October.

One Hit Wonders with OJ Borg – Monday 11th Oct, 2:30am-3am

This week is a One Hit Wonder Women special, with 4 Non Blondes, Zoe, Mary Mary and more. It’s all part of National Album Day, which takes place on Saturday 16th October 2021 and is themed Women In Music. There’s brilliant songs from female artists, plus a chat with Canadian singer Alannah Myles. She tells the story of her huge global hit 'Black Velvet'.

Jo Whiley – Wednesday 13th Oct, 7:30pm-9pm

NAD ambassador Joy Crookes plays a Sofa Session for Jo, including music from her debut album, Skin, which is out on October 15th.

Sound of the 60s – Saturday 16th Oct, 6am-8am

Tony B presents two hours of the best music from the 1960s, featuring special tracks from Dionne Warwick, Cher and many more to mark this year’s National Album Day.

Dermot O’Leary – Saturday 16th Oct, 8am-10am

Emeli Sandé joins Dermot for National Album Day. Emeli Sandé has won 4 Brits Awards, 3 Mobo Awards, 2 Ivor Novello Awards and two chart topping albums. She is back with her new single Family this Autumn.

Claudia Winkleman – Saturday 16th Oct, 10am-1pm

Claudia has guests including NAD ambassador Sharleen Spiteri in celebration of National Album Day.

The Official All-Time Female Artists Album Chart – Saturday 16th Oct, 1pm-3pm

To celebrate National Album Day, Jo Whiley counts down the 30 best-selling albums by women (based on UK sales and downloads), as compiled by the Official Charts Company. Expect to hear the biggest tracks from across the decades from the most popular women in pop.

Rylan – Saturday 16th Oct, 3pm-6pm

The original line up of girl band Sugababes speak to Rylan for National Album Day. Plus film and TV quiz ‘Couch Potatos’, actress Sally Lindsay, and mummy Linda will be catching up and sharing her dinner recipes.

The Rock Show with Johnnie Walker – Saturday 16th Oct, 8pm-9pm

Mollie Marriott picks her Rock God for this 'women in rock' special, to help celebrate this year's National Album Day.

Shaggy’s Reggae Hotspots – Saturday 16th Oct, 9pm-10pm

Shaggy has a show devoted to an all-female reggae playlist for tonight’s episode 3. Standby for tunes from Millie Small, Phyllis Dillon, Rita Marley, Marcia Griffiths, Janet Kay, Dawn Penn and Koffee.

The Craig Charles House Party – Saturday 16th Oct, 10pm-midnight

Craig Charles continues the celebration and features an Aretha Franklin Mixtape to round off National Album Day and celebrate Black History Month. It's not just a greatest hits compilation though - Craig's thrown in a few lesser-heard gems and album tracks too!

Ana Matronic – Sunday 17th Oct, 12am-2am

Ana Matronic celebrates women in music for National Album Day with an all-female playlist. Featuring music by Moloko, Sugababes, Texas and Chaka Khan. Plus, she curates a mix devoted to Robyn.




BBC Radio 6 Music will be celebrating National Album Day by getting behind the theme of Celebrating Women In Music.

Chris Hawkins – Thursday 14th Oct, 1pm-4pm

Chris Hawkins will be speaking to Tori Amos and throwing forward to National Album Day on 6 Music’s afternoon show.

Radcliffe & Maconie – Saturday 16th Oct, 8am-10am

Mark Radcliffe and Stuart Maconie continue their new-look breakfast show for weekend mornings. Today they are joined by singer, songwriter and musician Rebecca Lucy Taylor AKA Self Esteem. Rebecca joins Mark and Stuart to share her 'First, Last and Everything’ - that’s the first record she owned, the most recent one she’s enjoyed and the record that means ‘everything’ to her. She also chats about her forthcoming second album ‘Prioritise Pleasure.’

Gilles Peterson – Saturday 16th Oct, 3pm-6pm

Gilles Peterson will be featuring one of his favourite albums for National Album Day.

The Blessed Madonna – Saturday 16th Oct, 9pm-10pm

The Blessed Madonna celebrates National Album Day with an hour of tracks from her favourite albums by women.

Amy Lamé – Sunday 17th Oct, 6am-8am

Amy Lamé will be spotlighting a female artist on her woman-focused feature Sunday Girl.



BBC Introducing on Radio 1 - Sunday 10th Oct, 11pm-midnight

Gemma Bradley is celebrating Women in Music, this year's National Album Day theme. Talking through some of her favourite artist's albums in the past like Amy Winehouse and Corinne Bailey Rae, and highlighting some incredible upcoming albums from musicians like Self Esteem and Joy Crookes. The playlist this week is also 100% women, all taken from the Introducing uploader.

Benji B – Wednesday 13th Oct, 11pm-1am

Benji B will be picking tracks from his favourite albums by women.

Radio 1’s Future Sounds – Monday 18th Oct, 7pm-8pm

Clara Amfo will be playing tracks from newly-released albums in Radio 1’s Hottest Records of the Week.



Benji B – Saturday 16th Oct, 3am-5am

Benji B will be picking tracks from his favourite albums by women.

Nick Bright – Saturday 16th Oct, 10am-1pm

Nick celebrates Black History Month, Women In Music and National Album Day with UK artist ENNY.



Dipps Bhamrah – Sunday 10th Oct, 1pm-3pm

Dipps will be celebrating Women In Bhangra! This week Dipps is in conversation with vocalist Kanika Kapoor about her latest track Jhanjar. Dipps presents a very special SOS Bhangra Mix ahead of National Album Day, the theme is Ladies Anthems and Dipps has collaborated with Radio 1's Adele Roberts to bring you 30 minutes of iconic female vocals celebrating women in music.

Bobby Friction – Tuesday 12th Oct, 6pm-8pm

In the week building up to National Album Day, Bobby spotlights the M.I.A. album Kala. Kala is the second studio album by the iconic British Asian hip hop artist. Bobby will play music from the album and will replay his earlier conversations with the celebrated artist.

Weekend Breakfast with Jasmine Takhar – Saturday 16th Oct, 7am-10am

To celebrate National Album Day, Jasmine plays out tracks from three of her favourite albums of all time - Bollywood soundtrack K3G, bhangra game-changing album Repazent by Specialist & Tru Skool and Jasmine Sandlas' album What's In A Name?. As well as all that, Jasmine will also have a brand new Weekend Anthem, and she'll also be giving her take on last week's TV.

SOS Bhangra Mix: Ladies Anthems – Sunday 17th Oct, 12:00-12:30am

Another chance to hear this special National Album Day mix… Dipps Bhamrah and Radio 1's Adele Roberts join forces to bring you the ultimate Ladies Anthems Mix! Hear 30 minutes of iconic female vocals celebrating women in music. Miss Pooja, Missy Elliot, Sarbjit Kaur and Mary J Blige are to name a few voices that you can expect to hear in this epic SOS mix!



5 Live Drive – Thursday 14th Oct, 4pm-7pm

5 Live Drive will be talking about the Official All-Time Female Artists Album Chart with NAD ambassador Sharleen Spiteri.

Fighting Talk – Saturday 16th Oct, 11am-12pm

Colin Murray plays judge and jury as guests compete for points with their sports punditry.  He will be featuring a question on albums for National Album Day. You can find the podcast on BBC Sounds.



Vic Galloway – Monday 11th Oct, 8pm-9:55pm

Vic Galloway looks ahead to National Album Day. Tonight's Triple A is the debut album by Garbage, plus in Hour 2 an extended chat with Sex Pistols icon John Lydon, and classic album tracks peppered throughout the show.

Grant Stott’s Vinyl Collective – Friday  15th Oct, 6pm-8pm

Celebrating the vinyl revival with classic records and new releases. Grant plays album tracks from his own collection and discovers the stories about your cherished LPs. In honour of National Album Day, he will be playing tracks from NAD ambassadors Laura Mvula and Kylie Minogue.



Radio Ulster & Foyle will be celebrating this year’s National Album Day across their programming, socials and online, on the day and throughout the week leading up to the event.

The Mark Patterson Show – Weekdays 1:30pm-3pm

Mark will be celebrating National Album Day all week by chatting to a different woman every day about their favourite album and playing three tracks from the album. He will be speaking to Kath Rowlandson, Cathy Taylor, Professor Siobhan O’Neill, Goretti Horgan, and Abby Oliveira.

The Stephen McCauley Show – Monday 11th Oct + all week, 7:30pm-9:30pm

American musician, singer-songwriter and producer Joan Wasser joins Stephen ahead of her 9th studio album and forthcoming tour. A look ahead to National Album Day with an induction of an artist into the Hall of Fame and Disc Brakes closes the show.

Introducing Across The Line – Monday 11th Oct, 9:30pm-11pm

Gemma Bradley will be celebrating the history of the album.

The Lynette Fay Show – Thursday 14th Oct, 3pm-4pm

Lynette Fay will be speaking with NAD ambassador Sharleen Spiteri. She will also be celebrating National Album Day all week.

The Ticket – Thursday 14th Oct, 6pm-7pm

Kathy Clugston will be celebrating the album with Roe.

Ralph McLean – Thursday 14th Oct, 9:30pm-11pm

To mark National Album Day, Ralph has music from Dolly Parton's classic LP The Grass Is Blue and tunes from Michael Nesmith, Asleep At The Wheel, John Prine and Emily Scott Robinson.

The Vinny Hurrell Show – Friday 15th Oct, 3pm-4pm

Vinny will be finding out the people’s favourite album.

The Mickey Bradley Record Show – Friday 15th Oct, 7:30pm-9:30pm

Mickey will be talking about his favourite album and asking listeners for theirs.

The John Toal Show – Saturday 16th Oct, 11am-12pm

John Toal will be speaking to Carroll Thompson in celebration of National Album Day and celebrating Kate Bush’s album Hounds of Love.

Caschlár: A World of Music – Saturday 16th Oct, 7pm-9pm

Brian Mullen presents music from pop to roots via trad, blues and soul. This week will be an all-female special for National Album Day.

Kerry McLean – Sunday 17th Oct, 2pm-4pm

Kerry will be celebrating Blondie’s album Parallel Lines.



Bethan Elfyn – Saturday 16th Oct, 7:30pm-10pm

Bethan will be playing tracks from some of her favourite albums.



Stereo Underground – Saturday 16th Oct, 6pm-8pm

BBC Radio Berkshire, Guernsey, Jersey, Kent, Oxford, Solent, Solent Dorset, Surrey, Sussex

Richard Latto brings you music with attitude that defines a zest for life and an alternative spirit. This week is an all-female special for National Album Day.

Bernie Keith’s Rock’n’roll Heaven – Saturday 16th Oct, 6pm-8pm

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire, Essex, Northampton, Three Counties Radio

The best of rock 'n' roll from the 1950s and 1960s through to the current rockin' scene. This week Bernie will be celebrating National Album Day by featuring the female artists in the rock scene from the 50s & 60s.

BBC Music Introducing in Berkshire – Saturday 16th Oct, 8pm-10pm

BBC Radio Berkshire

Alex West will be featuring the band Valeras. The lead singer Rose will be discussing her favourite albums and what has influenced her forthcoming EP.

BBC Music Introducing in Essex – Saturday 16th Oct, 8pm-10pm

BBC Radio Essex

Jake Peach will be featuring local female artists who have recently released their debut albums.

Boogie Wonderland – Saturday 16th October, 10pm-1am

BBC Radio Bristol, Cornwall, Devon, Gloucestershire, Guernsey, Jersey, Somerset, Wiltshire

David White will be celebrating National Album Day by featuring Donna Summer’s record I’m A Rainbow.

Mark Punter’s Vintage Vinyl – Sunday 17th Oct, 8pm-10pm

BBC Radio Essex, Kent, Suffolk, Norfolk

Mark Punter will be doing an A-Z special of 26 tracks in 2 hours in celebration of National Album Day.

A roundup of BBC activity for National Album Day