George Michael to
perform for BBC
George Michael is to
perform live at London's Abbey Road studios as part of a BBC
Radio 2 special next month.
The session, which will
broadcast on 18 December, will also see him talk about how his
biggest hits came about.
Michael's appearance is
part of the station's Sold on Song initiative, which explores
the art of songwriting.
The station also
confirmed that Chris Tarrant will be hosting a one-off New
Year's Eve programme. He left London's Capital FM this year
after 17 years.
The former breakfast show
host - who attracted some of the highest ratings in Britain,
despite only broadcasting to London - will offer his own
individual take on the year in the two-hour show.
"This should be
great fun," Tarrant said. "I've had a fantastic year
and I know that lots of other people have as well. I'm
definitely looking forward to being on Radio 2."
Other Christmas specials
from Radio 2 include singer Jamelia hosting a Christmas Day
concert from the London Community Gospel Choir, while actor
Christopher Lee will read Fireside Tales from the likes of Edgar
Allan Poe, E Nesbit and Ambrose Bierce.
Comedian Harry Hill will
host a spoof nostalgia show on Christmas Day, while singer Jamie
Cullum will perform a live concert for the station.