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Steve Wright in the Afternoon
Other names The Big Show
Genre Comedy, Talk
Running time 3 hours
Country  United Kingdom
Languages English
Home station BBC Radio 2
Hosts Steve Wright
Starring Tim Smith
Janey Lee Grace
Recording studio London
Air dates since 1997
Audio format 88–91 FM, DAB digital radio, TV and online
Website Official BBC Website
Podcast Steve Wright in the Afternoon - The Big Podcast

Steve Wright in the Afternoon is the name of the current afternoon show on BBC Radio 2, hosted by Steve Wright. The show is one of the most popular on the station, and is often referred to as The Big Show. The show is broadcast from 14:00 until 17:00 Monday to Friday.



The show originally started on Radio 1 in the 1980s where it ran successfully for a number of years until ending in the early 1990s. Steve Wright then worked on other shows for the network until moving to Radio 2 in 1996. He started as a weekend presenter hosting a Saturday morning show (later taken over by Jonathan Ross) and Sunday morning's Steve Wright's Sunday Love Songs. Steve Wright in the Afternoon was revived in 1999 following a shake-up at Radio 2 and Wright now presents the show every Monday to Friday from 2:00pm to 5:00pm. It has built up a huge following and was given its own podcast in 2006 as part of a trial period. This is still available every week with highlights from the show.

Team Members

The Show follows the zoo format, with Steve Wright as the host, and co-presenters Tim Smith and Janey Lee Grace, as well as input from news and travel presenters on the day. There is also the character 'The Old Woman'. No one knows her identity, and there are many rumours circulating on the internet as to her true identity. However, these were proved wrong on the 15th July 2009 show when both Janey and 'The Old Woman' appeared on the show. Finally there is 'Elvis', who appears in the feature Ask Elvis.

Show Format

The show begins at 14.00 after the lunchtime news with the show jingle/theme. The show is well established as being a 'brand' over just a normal DJ like most other shows and Steve regularly uses the standard BBC Radio 2 jingles along with the specially written 'Steve Wright In the Afternoon' jingles, written/composed and performed by AJ Productions. Guests regularly appear on the show, often connected with an upcoming television series. The guest will often read the entertainment news as well talking about their project, and what BBC events are coming up. The team will often chat amongst themselves for a while.


Some regular features include;

This is along with entertainment news, music and chat, and news on the hour

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