BBC reveal television programming schedule in the run up to Rotterdam

April 30, 2021

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"Eurovision is coming back with a boom bang a bang to the BBC this year! After a year without the live contest, we can’t wait for it to return bigger and better. We’ll be celebrating Eurovision across the BBC on all our platforms, from TV, Radio and Online. Over on BBC Four, coverage will go beyond the Semi-Finals, where viewers can watch some classic Eurovision moments from across the years. Radio 2 continues to be the home of Eurovision on the airwaves, and Radio 1 Newsbeat brings an exclusive documentary to iPlayer following James Newman and his journey to Rotterdam! Not forgetting the Grand Final over on BBC One, plus so much more brilliant Eurovision content not to be missed this May on the BBC!"

Kate Phillips, Director of Entertainment for the BBC

British broadcaster BBC have revealed all of their television programming that will be aired in the run up to this years Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam. The BBC’s Eurovision 2021 coverage is a BBC Studios production, which has been commissioned by Kate Phillips, Director of Entertainment, with Head of Delegation Andrew Cartmell as executive producer, and assistant Head of Delegation Lee Smithurst as series producer. 

As usual, the grand final of Eurovision 2021 will be broadcast live on BBC One on Saturday May 22nd at 8pm GMT, with Graham Norton resuming his duties as commentator. As has been the case since 2016, the two semi finals will be broadcast live on BBC Four at 8pm GMT on Tuesday 18th May and Thursday 20th May respectively. Scott Mills, Rylan Clark-Neal and Chelcee Grimes will be providing commentary. Viewers in the United Kingdom will be able to vote in the second semi final. But aside from the three live shows, what other Eurovision programming will the BBC be airing?

The A-Z of Eurovision:

On Friday 21st May, the BBC will be showing “The A-Z of Eurovision”, hosted by Rylan Clark-Neal. In the show, which was first broadcast in May 2020, Rylan takes us through all things Eurovision, with a compilation of highlights, disasters, costume changes and more.

Eurovision at 60:

“Eurovision at 60”, which was first broadcast in 2015 to mark the 60th anniversary of the contest, will once again be aired on the BBC Four on Friday 21st May. The show tells the story of Eurovision, from its humble beginnings in 1956 up to present day, and includes interviews from Graham Norton, Conchita Wurst and former Eurovision commentator Terry Wogan, among a many other Eurovision stars.

ABBA at the BBC:

“ABBA at the BBC” documents the rise of Swedish band and Eurovision 1974 winners, ABBA, with a compilation of some of their greatest performances at the BBC and elsewhere. Starting from their appearance on Top of The Pops in 1974, we will get to hear many classic ABBA tunes, including their winning Eurovision entry “Waterloo”, before ending with their last ever performance on “The Late Late Breakfast Show” in 1982. The show will be broadcast on Friday 21st May.

Are you excited for the BBC’s coverage of Eurovision 2021? Which show are you most looking forward to watching? Let us know in the comments below!

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