Men's Hour to return to 5 Live for second series

Men’s Hour is to return to BBC Radio 5 Live schedule next year after being recommissioned for a longer series and a one-off Christmas special.

The BBC launched Men’s Hour as an alternative to Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour in July with Culture Show presenter Tim Samuel hosting the six-part series which gave men a platform to discuss issues of modern masculinity.

The show brought in a diverse set of guests including Louie Spence, Andy McNab, Mark Ronson, Wayne Hemingway and Dave Lee Travis.

The second series of the show will start in the spring of next year; the original programme ran in a Sunday evening slot.

Jonathan Wall, Radio 5 Live commissioning editor, said: “Men’s Hour wasn’t going to join Woman’s Hour as a national broadcasting institution within six programmes.

“But I do think Tim and the team have provided some intelligent, thought provoking and entertainingly honest discussion which has convinced us to commit to a longer series next year.

“I am delighted that some of the critics, who thought it was just a PR stunt, appear to have been won over by the quality of the live discussion and the open and frank views of the contributors.”

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