Sheen to highlight hits of the 80s

Salisbury Journal: Michael Sheen will reveal his playlist on Radio 2 Michael Sheen will reveal his playlist on Radio 2

Michael Sheen is turning DJ after being handed a Radio 2 show to highlight the hits of the 80s with which he grew up.

The Hollywood star, who was acclaimed for his roles in Frost/Nixon and The Queen, will host a pair of two-hour shows for the station over the Christmas period.

Sheen, who also appeared in the Twilight movies and can currently be seen in Channel 4's Masters Of Sex drama, will take a nostalgic look at the era.

The first programme will examine songs from the New Romantic period with tracks by acts Japan, Ultravox and Culture Club, while the second will look at other tracks which chart his formative years.

Michael, 44 said: "The prospect of doing two live shows on Radio 2 is really exciting - this is the music I grew up to.

"I was 11 in 1980 and every day of that decade, every crush, every fight, every hope and every heartbreak is inextricably linked for me to its music. It is as much a part of me, I realise now, as the experiences that shaped my life."

The station will also broadcast a show by actor Harry Shearer, best known for his voiceover work on The Simpsons and his role as bass player Derek Smalls in This Is Spinal Tap.

He will delve into his favourites from the thousands of records he has collected over the years, from Ella Fitzgerald to Dave Edmunds in his two-hour programme Harry Shearer's Vinyl Tap on January 2.

The station's seasonal offerings will also include a documentary called When Noddy Stole Christmas which focuses on the festive hits of glam rock acts Slade and Wizzard and the race for the Christmas number one in 1973.

Slade deposed Gary Glitter's I Love You Love Me Love from the number one spot in December of that year and Glitter - later a convicted child sex offender - was at number two for much of their reign at the top. Glitter, whose music has largely been airbrushed from radio playlists, is not among the contributors to the show.

The programme is billed as "the greatest battle for the Christmas number one ever" by the BBC, although Wizzard did not actually get beyond number four in the singles chart behind Glitter and the New Seekers.

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