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Bruce Springsteen on Christmas Desert Island Discs

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Bruce Springsteen recently published his autobiography

Rock star Bruce Springsteen will be one of the castaways on Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs this Christmas.

The singer-songwriter will be Kirsty Young’s guest on 18 December.

He said of his track choices: “This is the music that electrified me – they galvanised me into changing my life in some way.”

Other BBC radio highlights over Christmas includes Carey Mulligan guest editing Radio 4’s Today programme and Glenda Jackson in King Lear.

Jackson said: “This is a very exciting prospect for us all. It will be very interesting to see how the play transfers from stage to microphone. I look forward to it.”

The radio dramatisation of the current Old Vic production also includes Celia Imrie, Jane Horrocks and Rhys Ifans in the cast.

The production will air on Radio 4 on Boxing Day, 410 years to the day that it was performed for the first time in front of King James I.

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Parton will present a programme on Christmas Eve

Radio 2 highlights include last year’s Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain inviting listeners for a festive family feast in the run-up to the big day, while Dolly Parton will relive childhood memories of Christmas in the Appalachian Mountains with her sister Stella on Christmas Eve.

Choirmaster Gareth Malone will follow on from Parton with two hours of his favourite choral music.

Malone will share his personal favourites on Desert Island Discs on Christmas Day.

Martha Reeves will also reminisce about Motown Christmases past as well as playing some of her favourite tracks from the likes of Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, Marvin Gaye and The Supremes.

Radio 1 will reveal the the top five artists for Sound of 2017 on Clara Amfo’s Radio 1 show from 2 to 6 January.

And Radio 1Xtra will announce the 10 acts from the world of black music that the station predicts to be big in 2017.

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Andy Murray has enjoyed a hugely successful 2016

On Radio 3, Planet Earth II presenter Sir David Attenborough reveals another side of himself as he tells stories behind music he has recorded from his travels around the world.

Composer of the week over Christmas will be Ivor Novello as Donald Macleod explores several works specially recorded for the series, some of which have not been heard for 100 years.

Radio 5 live will feature the usual festive programme of Premier League football games, and round-ups of the year in sport, including The Andy Murray Story.

6 Music’s offerings include Three Wise Women, with Natasha Khan, of Bat for Lashes, Laura Marling and Annie Nightingale presenting their own shows.

And Kate Tempest returns to the station to look ahead to the coming year.

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