The BBC have unveiled their full content offering for Eurovision 2023.
Earlier this year, the BBC announced special Eurovision programming that would be coming to BBC One in the run up to Eurovision 2023, and now the broadcaster has revealed even more Eurovision television and radio content coming up in the coming weeks.
Alongside various programming coming to BBC Radio 2 from Tuesday 9th May onwards, there will also be lots of Eurovision themed programming coming to BBC One, BBC Two, BBC Three, BBC Four, CBBC and various other BBC television channels.
BBC Breakfast will be live from Liverpool from Tuesday 9 May until Sunday 14 May. There will be reporters live from the waterfront, in the Eurovision village and in and around the arena. The famous red sofa will be on location outside the Liverpool Museum on Friday 12 May and Saturday 13 May, with Charlie Stayt co-presenting live from Liverpool. There will also be a special live event planned with Steve Rosenberg and Carol Kirkwood.
Morning Live will be helping the audience get in to the Eurovision spirit with a mix of stories, lives on location and a very special Eurovision takeover of Strictly Fitness, headed by Ukrainian Strictly
star Nikita Kuzmin. She will also present films which explore how Eurovision is bringing communities together, meeting Ukrainians who have settled in Liverpool and chatting with fans ahead of the semi finals.
The One Show will be temporarily relocating to Liverpool, broadcasting every night from May 9th to May 13th. They will have a special week of Eurovision programmes presented by Alex Jones and Ronan Keating, titled The One Show at Eurovision. They will have a mix of guests, exclusive behind the scenes action from Eurovision 2023 film shots across the United Kingdom and live link ups to fans across the country. The one-off Eurovision Countdown with The One Show will be broadcast on May 13th on BBC One and BBC iPlayer from 19:30 GMT.
Cheryl Baker of winning Eurovision 1981 group Bucks Fizz will be joining the cast of soap opera Eastenders for one episode, something she is thrilled about: “I was so thrilled to be asked to take part in an episode of EastEnders. It’s a British institution, for goodness sake! As a real-life ‘Eastender’, I have loved the show since day one and I literally can’t wipe the smile from my face.”
Bargain Hunt, Pointless Celebrities: Eurovision Special and The Hit List: Eurovision Special will all feature Eurovision singers from the United Kingdom and beyond, whilst Saturday Kitchen will feature chefs from various Eurovision nations.
BBC Two will broadcast Between The Covers, hosted by Sara Cox. In each episode, Sara will be joined by a panel of four famous guests to discuss a newly published book which deserves to be put in the spotlight. In honour of Eurovision 2023 being in the United Kingdom, each episode of the series features a novel set in a Eurovision country. It is available to watch on BBC iPlayer.
BBC Three will be airing a rewatch of Eurovision 2022 on May 5th. Alongside this, they will broadcast The A-Z of Eurovision (first broadcast in 2020); The Big Eurovision Party: Sam Ryder: Road To Eurovision and finally Eurovision 2023: Meet The U.K. Act. Storyville Live will be coming to BBC Four, showing the very best of international feature documentaries, as well as films showcasing Ukraine’s rich cultural heritage.
The United Kingdom’s Junior Eurovision 2022 representative Freya Skye will be reporting for Newsround on CBBC live from Liverpool during Eurovision week, and will be live on Blue Peter on May 12th. CBBC will also air Eurovision Live Lesson, where primary schools across the United Kingdom will be invited to take part in a Eurovision-themed Live Lesson.
Various other Eurovision themed programming will be coming to BBC News, BBC Ukraine, BBC Scotland, BBC Wales, BBC Arts and BBC Food. award-winning BBC Correspondent Steve Rosenberg will also be back with Eurovision Piano Party, available on BBC News channel and website, iPlayer and BBC Sounds.
Are you excited for all the Eurovision themed programming that will be coming to the BBC television channels in the coming weeks? Which of these television shows are you most looking forward to? Let us know in the comments below!