The Late Show with JoAnne Good

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The Late Show with Joanne Good
Other namesLate nights with Jo Good Sunday Night Session
GenreTalk, Music, Entertainment
Running timeSunday to Thursday 10.00pm-2.00am
Country of originUK
Home stationBBC London 94.9
SyndicatesWorldwide on BBC i-Player
StarringJoanne Good
Produced byMel Polydorou
Recording studioBroadcasting House, London
Original release11 January 2010 – 24 November 2012
No. of episodes771 (as of 24 November 2012)
Audio formatFM and Digital radio
Opening themeWelcome to my Party - Lea de Laria
WebsiteBBC Portal
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The Late Show with Joanne Good was a live late-night radio programme on BBC London 94.9 that was broadcast from 11 January 2010 until 25 November 2012. It was presented by the actress and radio presenter JoAnne Good.[1][2] The show was broadcast from Sunday to Thursday from 10 pm to 2 am. The show had originally been broadcast Monday to Friday until 2011.[3]

From 25 November 2012, the first of many changes took place on BBC London 94.9. Good moved from The Late Show to the Afternoon Show, replacing Danny Baker. The Late Show is now hosted by Simon Lederman who is Goodo's co-host on Saturday Breakfast on BBC London 94.9. Some of her late show features have been incorporated into the afternoon show.

Since leaving the weekday late show, Good has annually presented the New Year's Eve party on the same station.


The Late Show with Joanne Good was first broadcast on Monday 11 January 2010. It was a live, late night show from 10 pm until 2 am on BBC London 94.9. It was an entertainment show[4] that entailed celebrity and local guests, arts and theatre, music and conversation. It originally broadcast Monday to Friday. Due to scheduling changes, it now broadcast Sunday to Thursday/ Friday Early morning. The preceding Late Show host was the late Big George, who hosted this slot from Monday 5 January 2009 until Friday 8 January 2010.[5]


Each show is divided into two two-hour segments.

Sunday Night Sessions: 10 pm – 12 am
The Late Show's first Sunday broadcast was on 2 January 2011.[6] On Sundays, local and independent bands come onto the show and perform their original music. After hearing the artists perform, Good and a panel of judges give their critiques. This segment has become popular. The first show had live music from 'Madam' and Jonny Eyden. In addition, each Sunday Tony Blackburn sent Dan Roberts ("Dan Dan the dating man") to the BBC record library to re-discover songs that have been in the archive for some time.

Monday - Wednesday: 10 pm – 12 am
Monday to Wednesday, the Late Show's first segment has celebrity guests (such as Bill Buckley, Stephen Less and Bibi Lynch) and local entrepreneurs talking in a roundtable setting about their personal lives, the theatre and arts, current events and general gossip.

Monday - Wednesday: 11 pm – 12 am
This segment of the show was known as 'Chewing the fat', where her guests were given topics to discuss in a roundtable setting. On occasions, Good asked her guests to come up with a talking point, which they could discuss for no more than five minutes.

Thursday's - Barking At The Moon: 10 pm – 12 am
On Thursday, The Late Show devoted 2 hours, famously known as "Barking in the Moon"[7] to dogs. It involved a weekly review of what was taking place in the dog world and featured special guests.

The Midnight Society: 12 am – 2 am
Each night of the week, this second segment was known as "The Midnight Society". Listeners had the chance to call in and talk about topics selected by Goodo. These were ranged from lifestyle and relationship topics to current affairs or topics currently affecting London and the South East.

Former Schedule: Fridays: 10 pm – 12 am (2010–11)
The first two hours on the Friday show were titled "Dating Night". This segment was co-hosted by Dan Roberts, who went to various venues in the city that were recommended as places to go on a date. On occasions, listeners were invited on-air for a blind date. While most were not successful, some did make new relationships. The Friday show ended when The Late Show's schedule changed in January 2011.

Notable shows[edit]

On 11 August 2011, The Late Show joined BBC One between 10:35 pm and 11:35 pm to broadcast a special edition of Question Time, which discussed the London riots.[8] After that cross over, "The Midnight Society" started a little earlier. During the same week, the show's format was altered because of the London riots and Good took texts, emails and phone calls from Londoners and listeners around the world and had special guests such as the Labour Member of Parliament Diane Abbott and the clinical psychologist Dr. Charlie Alcock.[9]

On 22 November 2011, Good co-presented the first two hours of The Late Show with James Argent, a popular reality star from The Only Way Is Essex.[10]

On 29 January 2012, Maverick Sabre came on the "Sunday Night Sessions" and performed four songs live.[11]

During the 2012 Summer Olympics, the show was regularly broadcast live from the London Olympics Media Centre at the Olympic Park in Stratford.

On 15 November 2012, Macy Gray was on The Late Show "Barking at the Moon" segment.[12]

Schedule change[edit]

In 2011, BBC London 94.9's programme schedule was changed and The Late Show started broadcasting on Sundays instead of Fridays. Part of the reason for this change was because Good also presents the Saturday breakfast show from 7 am until 10 am and her Friday night show lasted until 2 am Saturday morning, giving very little time in between. The schedule from Monday to Thursday remained the same.

New features included "What is on Mel’s Hostess Trolley?" (Mel is The Late Show producer), in which local caterers had Good and her guests taste and critique their products, and "Book At Bedtime", when guests recommended books that were good to read before bedtime.


Although this is a London-based show, The Late Show has a substantial audience across Europe as well as in countries such as Australia, Canada, the United States and Jamaica.[citation needed] Good regularly takes calls and reads e-mails from overseas listeners.


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