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Queen at 80: TV and Radio highlights
Queen Elizabeth II (Photo: Gareth Fuller/PA.)
To mark Queen Elizabeth II's 80th birthday the BBC is broadcasting a series of television and radio programmes.

You will be able to listen to the BBC Radio programmes live and on-demand through the BBC Radio Player.

Click on the links below to listen to a live stream of BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio 4.


The Day I Met the Queen
1030 BST, BBC Radio 4

Emma Freud tells stories of how different people react to meeting the monarch. Featuring Anthony Worrall Thompson, Humphrey Lyttelton and a man in a bright pink suit.

Archive Hour: Royal Tours
2000 BST, BBC Radio 4

In the last 50 years, the Queen has undertaken more than 250 official overseas visits to 128 countries. Denys Blakeway looks at the history and purpose of the royal tour, exposing the practicalities, pressures and politics within the tour as well as remembering the gaffes and glory moments.


The Queen At 80
2100 BST BBC One

In the second and final programme, the BBC's Andrew Marr joins the Queen during the busiest season of the year, the summer schedule. He follows her for the remainder of 2005 and continues to look back at her life. Andrew also interviews three of the ten British prime ministers who have served during the Queen's reign and examines the impact of the death of Princess Diana.


Book Of the Week: The Biographer's View
0945 BST BBC Radio 4

Five extracts from a selection of biographies about the Queen are read each day.

  • Monday: The Little Princesses by Marion Crawford (the Queen and Princess Margaret's governess)
  • Tuesday: George VI by Sarah Bradford (illuminates the close relationship between the Queen and her father)
  • Wednesday: Royal: Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Robert Lacey
  • Thursday: The Firm by Penny Junor
  • Friday: Ben Pimlott's The Queen


Writing The Royals
2000 BST Radio 4

Denys Blakeway examines how royal biographies have evolved over the years. He explores the responsibility involved in writing the Royals, the differences between official and unauthorised works, the pitfalls faced by royal biographers and talks to authors such as Philip Ziegler, Hugo Vickers and Jonathan Dimbleby about their experiences and approach.


The Queen At 80: Live from Windsor
1200 BST BBC One/BBC News 24

Sophie Raworth hosts a special programme live from Windsor on the morning of the Queen's 80th birthday. Alan Titchmarsh, Rolf Harris, Vivienne Westwood and others join the celebrations as the Queen meets members of the public on a walkabout outside Windsor Castle.

Friday Night is Music Night - A Special Birthday Tribute for Her Majesty the Queen
1930 BST BBC Radio 2

In a special edition of the programme, Robin Stapleton conducts the BBC Concert Orchestra with young British musicians including pianist Benjamin Grosvenor, soprano Ailish Tynan and tenor Andrew Kennedy.

Happy Birthday, Ma'am
2130 BST BBC Radio 2

Mariella Frostrup presents an account of the Queen's life and reign through the decades. Former royal press secretary Michael Shea, former foreign secretary Lord Hurd, Lady in Waiting, Lady Pamela Hicks and actress June Whitfield are among the contributors.


The Queen at 80: A Service of Thanksgiving
1042 BST BBC Radio 4

Her Majesty the Queen and members of the Royal Family gather in St George's Chapel, Windsor, for a service to celebrate the Queen's 80th birthday. Introduced by the BBC's Nicholas Witchell.

The service is also shown at 1700 BST on BBC One and is introduced by Sophie Rayworth.


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