James May lands a gig as rock DJ
Published 21/04/2010 | 12:42
James May is turning DJ with a rock show for the BBC.
Channel 4's Hotel Rescue star Ruth Watson will also take up a guest slot on digital station 6 Music.
James will step in for Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson on the Rock Show this Friday at 9pm for one night.
The presenter, who has a passion for classic rock, will be playing acts such as AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, Guns N' Roses, King Crimson, Jethro Tull and The Stooges.
He said: "I've never had a whole radio show to myself and I'm very much looking forward to inflicting the soundtrack of my youth on the nation."
Ruth, who also hosts Country House Rescue, will take over Craig Charles' Funk And Soul Show on Saturday, for another one-off show.
She said: "It's such a thrill to be given the chance to stand in for Craig and I can't wait to play some of my own favourite tunes."
Paul Rodgers, BBC 6 Music Editor, said: "We wanted to add a bit more of a challenge to the usual celebrity plus a bunch of songs format. We wanted to find people who were able to demonstrate their passion and knowledge about music on our specialist music shows.
"Quite a tall order, but having seen the music our celebrity guests plan to play, I think listeners will be impressed."
The digital station is currently threatened with closure - along with the Asian Network - under the BBC's strategic review, prompting a number of leading figures to protest about the proposed axe. Last week Gordon Brown spoke out in favour of 6 Music.