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The best radio this week: Paul O'Grady remembers the Light Programme

The broadcaster and comedian celebrates Radio 2’s predecessor, while Johnnie Walker meets Justin Hayward of the Moody Blues

In The Story of the Light (18 September, 10pm, Radio 2) Paul O’Grady prepares for the 50th anniversary of Radio 2 at the end of the month by recalling the Light Programme that the channel replaced. In this first of two episodes, veterans remember the days when comedy, drama and fledgling soaps rubbed shoulders with request shows such as Two Way Family Favourites, whose 17 million listeners could make or break a record.

Justin Hayward was a teenager when he was drafted in to the Moody Blues in 1966. He brought with him one song he had written for his girlfriend. This was called Nights in White Satin which subsequently made a fortune for a lot of people. Fifty years on, Hayward jets in from the home in Monaco that the song no doubt paid for to talk about the group’s 1967 album Days of Future Passed for a new series of Johnnie Walker’s Long-Players (20 September, 11pm, Radio 2).

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