The Chris Moyles Show

The Chris Moyles Show
The Chris Moyles Show
Genre Comedy, talk
Running time 210 minutes (6:30-10:00 am)
Country  United Kingdom
Languages English
Home station BBC Radio 1
Hosts Chris Moyles
Scott Mills (cover)
Sara Cox (cover)
Vernon Kay (cover)
Zane Lowe (cover)
Devin Griffin (cover)
Writers Chris Moyles
David Vitty
Producers Aled Haydn Jones
Freya Mehta
Exec. producers Rhys Hughes
Recording studio Studio Y2, Yalding House, London
Air dates since 5 January 2004
Audio format FM and Digital radio
Opening theme The Cheesy Song – since 1st Jan 2007
Podcast Best of Chris Moyles
Best of Chris Moyles Enhanced

The Chris Moyles Show is the current BBC Radio 1 breakfast show in the UK, and has been since Chris Moyles became the station's breakfast show presenter on 5 January 2004. From 2004 to 2007, the show was broadcast 6:55–10:00 am each weekday, but since 15 October 2007 it has started from 6:30 am. It is the longest running Radio 1 breakfast show in the station's history. On the 1st of July 2011 it was announced that Moyles had signed a contract to keep him on the show until 2014 making it a decade on the breakfast show.[1]


Show format

The show lasts three and a half hours, with news and sport read half-hourly between 06:30 and 10:00, except at 09:00. The show begins with the "Cheesy Song", an opening song performed like a Broadway musical number. A typical half-hour segment contains fifteen to twenty minutes of chat, discussing the team members' lives, Radio 1's features, music or popular culture. There are regular celebrity guest interviews usually between 08:00 and 09:00, with the occasional live music performance and frequent first exclusive plays of new single releases. At 10:00, when Fearne Cotton takes over (who took over the slot previously occupied by Jo Whiley from 21 September 2009) Chris and the team will typically talk to Fearne for the first few minutes. The show relies on a number of on-air contributions from background staff in a variation of the "zoo" format, with members of the production team, news and sport readers and other studio guests contributing throughout the show.


Car Park Catchphrase 
Two listeners in their cars have to guess a catchphrase answer from an anecdote-style clue. The first to beep their car horn gets a chance to give their answer but a wrong answer can get them frozen out and leave their opponent to guess as more of the clue is revealed. The feature is 'hosted' by voice samples of the Northern Irish comedian and original Catchphrase presenter, Roy Walker. Simple and resonably-obvious catchphrases are chosen and the anecdote clue often involves the fictional character Mr Fish. The game is played as a best-of-3 knockout and the prize is the chance to compete again when the feature returns, usually in the next show. The feature normally runs from Monday to Thursday and usually appears in the final 15 minutes of the final hour of the show. It makes way for the Golden Hour on Friday.
Tedious Link 
This feature was carried forward from Moyles' afternoon show and is a parody of Jo Whiley's now defunct feature Tenuous Link. Comedy Dave plays one song, first explaining how this song is linked to the last show's feature song with a deliberately ramshackle and vague succession of linking 'facts', some real and some ludicrous. The style is an extreme parody of the sometimes tenuous links used on other radio shows. After the song, any of the real facts contested by the team or listeners are debated, giving Dave the chance to explain and defend his logic. The feature normally runs from Monday to Thursday and usually appears in the first 15 minutes of the final hour of the show. It makes way for the Golden Hour on Friday.
The Golden Hour 
A well-established feature, previously on Radio 1 from 1973 to 2001. For the first half, records are played that all charted in the UK Singles Chart in a certain year and listeners are invited to guess the year. The second half are random songs chosen by each member of the team. The feature returned as part of Radio 1's 40th birthday celebrations in 2007. It now appears in the final hour of each Friday's show between 9 and 10.
Rob DJ's Monday Night Pub Quiz 
The team play a 5-question pub quiz against each other. The questions are taken from a real pub quiz run the previous evening by one of Chris's friends, Rob DJ, in their mutual home town of Leeds. Running totals of each team member's recent scores are kept and analysed. Since 2007, the quiz has been an interactive feature, with listeners able to play along via SMS and more recently through Facebook and Twitter. A basic rule of the quiz is that the only answer taken as correct is that given by Rob DJ, regardless of its accuracy or clarity. However, inaccuracies or any vagueness in Rob DJ's answers are usually vigorously debated amongst the team, often with Chris pushing for the answer to be taken in his favour. Chris Moyles won the pub quiz in both 2007.[2] and 2008[3] The feature appears every Tuesday on the show between 7:30 and 8, in the first full hour of the show.
Guess Who 
A Twenty Questions-style game amongst the team in which they try to guess the name of a celebrity spotted by one of them. Questions are supposed to be answered 'yes' or 'no' only but more is often given away, usually to stop the process hitting a dead end.
Duck Register 
A version of the school register on the song "Barbra Streisand" by Duck Sauce. Chris and Dave read out names of listeners who send in their name via text message. The feature debuted on September 27, 2010[4] and became popular very quickly, with the feature prompting over 15,000 text messages per session by the second day. Sometimes celebrity guests on the show are invited to join in reading out the register (e.g. JLS), or they do a customized Duck Register (e.g. with the show audience when on tour).
Westwood's "Where am I?" 
In 2010 a new daily feature was added in which a pre-recorded Tim Westwood was 'in' a certain location and the team had to guess, through a series of clues, where he claimed he was. A notable "Where am I?" quiz was held on Chris Moyles' 2010 birthday show, where Westwood was found sitting on Chris Moyles' toilet. The feature was removed from the show on 30 July 2010, before being re-introduced on 22 August 2011 "via popular demand" in its former time slot, replacing celebrity raspberry.

Former features

Cheggers' Pop Quiz 
In January 2009, Car Park Catchphrase was replaced by another feature, starring Keith Chegwin, called 'Cheggers' Pop Quiz', a play on 1970s television show Cheggers Plays Pop. Within this, Moyles asks two callers questions related to pop music and popular culture. The winning caller (the contestant who has answered the most questions correctly) returns the following day in a 'winner stays on' format. On 29 July 2009, Moyles announced that it would be the last edition.
Face Your Fears
A week long feature (end of June/early July 2011) that involved team members facing their various phobias. Monday began with the feature being introduced by fellow BBC Radio 1 host Fearne Cotton. Tuesday had Tina Daheley facing her Acrophobia by climbing aboard a cherry picker to travel to the BBC Radio 1 buildings roof. Wednesday saw Comedy Dave face Claustrophobia by climbing through a "tunnel". Thursday saw Chris (and latterly Dave) fight Cynophobia with a police dog attack. Friday saw Aled Jones (radio producer) facing his arachnophobia by holding a spider and Dominic Byrne facing his pteromechanophobia by going out on a plane. He was meant to jump out of it, but he couldn't do it.
Celebrity Raspberry 
A new feature brought into the show on 16 August 2010 to replace "Where am I?" (and based on previous feature "Celebrity Tarzan") whereby a single phone contestant has one guess at the secret identity of the celebrity recorded blowing a raspberry. The competition continues over successive shows until someone gets the correct answer. The winner will be sent a mug with the face of a team member of their choice. The feature appears daily on the show at around 7:20, in the first full hour of the show. In August 2011, "Where's Westwood" returned to replace the feature.

Numerous other features of past shows include "Celebrity Tarzan", "Celebrity Two Word Tango", "Who Knows Dom?", "One Word Weather with Nelson Mandela", "One Road Travel", "Yesterday's Weather" and "Birthday Corner".

Other former regular competitions hosted included Viaduct (named by Simon Mayo when asked for a suggestion about what to call the quiz when Moyles stood in on the breakfast show). It was based on a Two Ronnies sketch (in turn based on Mastermind, with a specialist subject of "answering the question before the last").

Team members

Current team members

Of the current team members, Comedy Dave has worked with Chris the longest; even presenting his own show; Chappers and Dave, alongside former Newsbeat host Mark "Chappers" Chapman, intermittently from 2004 to 2009. Aled worked with Chris before the Breakfast Show, joining the afternoon programme in 2002.

Chris Moyles 
Host of the show.
"Comedy" Dave Vitty 
Co-presenter, who is responsible for most of the written content and games on the show.
Dominic Byrne 
Newsreader since the move to mornings. He also does regular celebrity interviews and presented several features in the past such as "One Road Travel" and "Who Knows Dom?".
Tina Daheley 
Sportsreader since 15 February 2010, replacing Carrie Davis who left to have a baby.
Aled Haydn Jones 
The show's producer. He has previously worked as the Assistant Producer and Day Producer. He is also the presenter of The Sunday Surgery.
Matt Fincham 
Assistant Producer of the show.
Freya Mehta 
Day Producer since Monday 13 June 2011, replacing previous day producer Sam Moy who left for 6 Music.


Scott Mills covers the show if the whole team are on holiday. If only Chris is away, Vernon Kay or Sara Cox present in his place. If Tina or Dom are absent, then the other fills in for them, doing both the news and sport. From 4–8 April 2011 Olly Murs covered for Comedy Dave as a 'Special Guest Presenter'.

Notable former team members

Rachel Mallender (née Jones) 
She was show producer, and a regular contributor, from January 2004 until her marriage in 2009. In March 2010 she was confirmed as the acting Executive Producer of the show and left her role as Day Producer. On 18 August 2010 it was announced that she will be the new weekend Executive Producer which formally ended her stint with the show.
Carrie Prideaux (née Davis) 
Sportsreader and regular contributor to the Breakfast show from 2004-2010. She left the show in February 2010 to have her first child Poppy Prideaux on March 28, 2010. Carrie now works as a presenter on the BBC News Channel.
Sam Moy 
Day producer and contributor to the show between 2010-2011.
A semi-frequently heard contributor who used to own a sandwich shop. He is currently a personal trainer and lives in Florida with his wife.
Juliette Ferrington 
(2004) – Original sportsreader on the Breakfast Show, after making frequent appearances on the Afternoon Show. She left in October 2004 to join BBC Radio 5 Live as their North of England football correspondent.

Regular contributors

Ant Danbury 
Creator of the Best of Chris Moyles podcast. He edits the highlights of the show from the past week and creates the podcast from it. He is a grown man with the voice of a cartoon child.
Rob DJ 
Chris' friend from Leeds who is the author and presenter of Rob DJ's Monday Night Pub Quiz in Chris' local pub in Leeds. This is also a feature with the same name, but is done on Tuesdays.
Andi Peters 
Former children's TV presenter who frequently calls up the show, or is called by the team, usually unannounced, and has conversations with the team.
Roy Walker 
Host of Car Park Catchphrase (in pre-recorded form).
Keith Chegwin 
Keith (aka Cheggers) sends in jingles, spoof ads and other songs remixed in his studio to the show, probably the most notable of these is 'Cheggae', a mix between Church music and Reggae. When the show returned in 2009 Cheggers had his own feature called "Cheggers' Pop Quiz".
Will Kinder
(2000–2005, 2008, 2009, 2011) – Producer of the Afternoon Show (2000–2003). He currently produces most of the video output on the BBC Radio 1 website.
Jake Humphrey 
Reports live on the Friday of a Formula 1 Weekend from the track.

Radio 1's Longest Show Ever with Chris Moyles and Comedy Dave for Comic Relief

On 28 February 2011, it was announced that Moyles and Vitty would attempt to beat the record for the longest continuous Radio 1 show in aid of Comic Relief. The previous record of 37 hours was set by Simon Mayo in 1999.[5]

Moyles and Vitty began their record attempt on the morning of 16 March 2011. At the beginning of the show, Moyles announced that they would attempt to break the Guinness World Record for "Radio DJ Endurance Marathon (Team)" and attempt to continuously broadcast for 51 hours 30 minutes.[6] At 19:30 on 17 March they were joined by Simon Mayo who held the previous record and also revealed that they had raised £1,009,033. Moyles and Vitty were presented with a cake by Radio 1 controller Andy Parfitt.[7][8]

On Friday 18 March 2011 at 08:30 Chris Moyles and Comedy Dave broke the Guinness World Record for the 'Longest Marathon Radio DJ (team)' and by the end of the show (at 10:00), they had hit the 51 and a half hour mark. The duo opted to 'round it off' by going to 10:30 and thus set a new record of 52 hours. In doing, so they raised a final total of £2,406,648 for Comic Relief,[9] which is an average of £46,282 for each hour they were on air. During the attempt the duo were joined by many celebrity guests including The Wanted, Chipmunk, Jimmy Carr, Craig David, Katy Perry and Ricky Gervais.[10] The grand total has since increased to £2,821,831 and with an audience of 2.84 Million, the event was the most popular live BBC Red Button radio feature ever.[11] 3.8 Million people watched on the Radio 1 Website.


Guests in 2011

There have been a number of guests on the show so far during 2011.[12]

Guest(s) Date Guest(s) Date
Nathan and Max from The Wanted 12 Jan Louie Spence 13 Jan
Paul McKenna 14 Jan Paddy McGuinness 18 Jan
Davina McCall 24 Jan Stacey Solomon 26 Jan
Justin Lee Collins 27 Jan Billie Piper 01 Feb
Nick Frost and Simon Pegg 08 Feb Kimberley Walsh 10 Feb
James Corden 15 Feb Heston Blumenthal 16 Feb
Katherine Kelly 8 Mar Olly Murs 9 Mar
Kevin Bridges 10 Mar Simon Mayo 14 Mar
Alan Carr 23 May Lord Alan Sugar 08 Jun
Robbie Savage 15 Jun Calvin Harris 16 Jun
Cameron Diaz 17 Jun Adele 05 Jul
Eddie Izzard 06 Jul Olly Murs 07 Jul
Pixie Lott 11 Jul John Barrowman 3 Aug
Jonathan Ross 31 Aug Keith Lemon 1 Sep
Matt Cardle 5 Sep Robbie Savage 7 Sep
Example 8 Sep David Guetta 13 Sep
Gary Barlow 14 Sep Jon Culshaw 2 Nov

Guests in 2010

There were 72 guests on the show during 2010.[13]

Guest(s) Date Guest(s) Date
N-Dubz 12 Jan Gordon Ramsay 18 Jan
Jedward 19 Jan James Corden 20 Jan
Davina McCall 22 Jan Max Beesley 26 Jan
Paul McKenna 28 Jan Peter Andre 03 Feb
Katie Price 09 Feb Peter Kay 16 Feb
John Barrowman 23 Feb Leonardo di Caprio 24 Feb
Matt Damon 08 Mar Christine Bleakley 09 Mar
Louie Spence 22 Mar Graham Norton 24 Mar
Jason Manford 25 Mar Holly Willoughby 26 Mar
Justin Lee Collins 29 Mar Philip Glenister 01 Apr
Warwick Davis 22 Apr Florence from Florence and the Machine 27 Apr
Gemma Arterton 29 Apr Louis Walsh 11 May
Matt Smith 12 May Kylie Minogue 14 May
Davina McCall 09 Jun Alan Carr 17 Jun
Mark Ronson 06 Jul Peter Jones and Duncan Bannatyne 13 Jul
Diana Vickers 14 Jul Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith 15 Jul
Tom Jones 27 Jul Marina and the Diamonds 29 Jul
Jason Derulo 19 Aug Robbie Williams and Gary Barlow 26 Aug
Jay Kay 01 Sep Patsy Kensit 08 Sep
Dizzee Rascal 09 Sep David Haye 13 Sep
Will Ferrell 14 Sep Stephen Fry 15 Sep
Rob Brydon 16 Sep Gordon Ramsay 20 Sep
Tinie Tempah 21 Sep Sheridan Smith 22 Sep
Sir Michael Caine 29 Sep JLS 01 Oct
Lord Alan Sugar 05 Oct Phillip Schofield 06 Oct
Justin Timberlake 13 Oct Simon Pegg 14 Oct
Michael McIntyre 15 Oct Cheryl Cole 16 Oct
Peter Kay 08 Nov John Barrowman 17 Nov
Eddie Izzard 18 Nov John Bishop 23 Nov
Holly Willoughby 25 Nov Jon Culshaw 26 Nov
Tim Minchin 29 Nov Chipmunk 30 Nov
Will Ferrell 01 Dec Weird Al Yankovic 02 Dec
Eliza Doolittle 08 Dec Dean Gaffney 09 Dec
Jimmy Carr 09 Dec Jeremy Clarkson 10 Dec
Alan Carr 13 Dec Matt Cardle 14 Dec
Ke$ha 16 Dec Matt Lucas and David Walliams 17 Dec

Guests in 2009

There were 70 guests on the show during 2009.[14]

Guest(s) Date Guest(s) Date
Davina McCall 15 Jan Will Smith 15 Jan
Graham Norton 16 Jan Andrew Lloyd Webber 16 Jan
Jimmy Carr 22 Jan Kiefer Sutherland 23 Jan
Peter Jones 26 Jan Zöe Salmon 29 Jan
Mollie King 09 Feb Ronan Keating 12 Feb
Denise Van Outen 19 Feb Christine Bleakley 23 Feb
Lewis Hamilton 25 Feb Nick Frost & Gemma Arterton 23 Mar
Whoopi Goldberg 03 Apr John Barrowman 16 Apr
Marco Pierre White 27 Apr Dizzee Rascal 7 May
Davina McCall 04 Jun Michael McIntyre 05 Jun
Yasmina and Kate Walsh from The Apprentice 08 Jun Jerry Springer 08 Jun
Lewis Hamilton 10 Jun Katy Perry 10 Jun
Alan Carr 11 Jun Peter Andre 3 Jul
Chipmunk 08 Jul Noel Gallagher 09 Jul
JLS 14 Jul Peter Jones 27 Jul
Alexandra Burke 25 Aug Lily Allen 26 Aug
Christine Bleakley 02 Sep Robbie Williams 04 Sep
Jack Osbourne 14 Sep Jamie Oliver 15 Sep
Dizzee Rascal 21 Sep Kelly Jones 21 Sep
Ant & Dec 24 Sep Mika 28 Sep
N-Dubz 29 Sep Ozzy Osbourne 01 Oct
Alesha Dixon 02 Oct Cat Deeley 08 Oct
Ian Wright 12 Oct Cheryl Cole 13 Oct
Tim Minchin 15 Oct Jack Dee 26 Oct
Calvin Harris 28 Oct Gary Barlow 30 Oct
Dave Grohl 04 Nov Kimberley Walsh 09 Nov
Natalie Cassidy 11 Nov Jon Culshaw 12 Nov
Alan Carr 17 Nov Peter Kay 20 Nov
James Corden and Ruth Jones 26 Nov Jeremy Clarkson 27 Nov
Ronan Keating 01 Dec Denise Van Outen 02 Dec
Alesha Dixon 03 Dec Lewis Hamilton 03 Dec
50 Cent 04 Dec Justin Lee Collins 08 Dec
Jake Humphrey 09 Dec Sarah Harding 15 Dec
Joe McElderry 17 Dec

Other Notable Guests

In the summer of 2004, Moyles interviewed the then British Prime Minister, Tony Blair as part of Sport Relief. Among questions posed to the PM was to name his favourite type of cheese, to which Blair replied Cheddar.[citation needed]

Policy with Late Guests

Since David Gest did not show up to an interview with the show there has been a policy where if the celebrity who is due to be interviewed is not there on their call time, they will be cancelled. This has happened three times to date. The first was David Gest, who was followed by Katie Price. On 25 February 2008, Adrian Chiles was due to be a guest on the show but was late. However, his interview was then rescheduled rather than cancelled entirely due to the reason of promoting the charity Sport Relief. On 10 October 2008, Kelly Osbourne was meant to be promoting BBC Switch on the show, but was not there for her call at 8 am, and was cancelled. Davina McCall amongst other guests have previously had concerns about being late for the show; it seems that a certain amount of discretion is used depending on how much the show producers and Chris Moyles likes the guest.


Starting on 28 July 2005, as part of a BBC podcasting trial, a weekly podcast entitled the Best of Chris Moyles was released, containing the highlights from the past week of the show. Originally updated every Thursday, and now Friday as from January 2006, the podcast features highlights from the five previous broadcasts. It featured as the most downloaded podcast in the UK iTunes Music Store for much of 2005; however, in December 2005, it was overtaken by the Ricky Gervais Podcast. The podcast is downloaded by over three hundred thousand people worldwide[citation needed]. The podcasts also contain original opening and closing links.

As of July 2011, the podcast is now referred to as a Free Download and this was marked by the team on the 24 June 2011 episode.[15]


There have been a number of complaints about the Chris Moyles Show. These have included complaints of bad language, racism, homophobia, transphobia and sexism. Several of these complaints have been upheld by Ofcom, many more have been dismissed.

See also


  1. ^
  2. ^ The Chris Moyles Show - Radio 1–6 December 2008
  3. ^ The Chris Moyles Show - Radio 1–16 December 2008
  4. ^ The Chris Moyles Show - Radio 1–27 September 2010
  5. ^
  6. ^ "Chris Moyles and Comedy Dave attempt world record radio broadcast"; SWNS; 16th March 2011, (Retrieved 16th March 2011)
  7. ^ "BBC - Radio 1 - The Chris Moyles Show - Radio 1 boss Andy presents Chris with a congratulatory cake as he passes the 37 hour mark!"; BBC; 17th March 2011, (Retrieved 17th March 2011)
  8. ^ "BBC - Radio 1 - The Chris Moyles Show - Simon Mayo joins Chris & Dave for the moment they break his record for Radio 1's Longest Show Ever - 37 hours!"; BBC; 17th March 2011, (Retrieved 17th March 2011)
  9. ^ "Chris Moyles breaks radio show record for Comic Relief" (Retrieved 13:13 Friday, 18 March 2011)
  10. ^ "BBC Radio 1's Longest Show Ever with Chris Moyles and Comedy Dave for Comic Relief"
  11. ^ "Moyles record grabs 2.8m on Red Button,". March 23, 2011. Laughlin Andrew,
  12. ^ "CHRIS MOYLES GUESTS 2011". BBC Radio 1 website. BBC. Retrieved 5 July 2011. 
  13. ^ "CHRIS MOYLES GUESTS 2010". BBC Radio 1 Website. BBC. Retrieved 5 July 2011. 
  14. ^ "CHRIS MOYLES GUESTS 2009". BBC Radio 1 website. BBC. Retrieved 5 July 2011. 
  15. ^

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