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The BBC will host a raft of top programmes in Sheffield during the Betfred World Snooker Championship.

The BBC has confirmed the line up of some of its best loved programmes that will be coming live from Sheffield during the Betfred World Snooker Championship (18 April to 4 May), in addition to BBC Sport’s comprehensive coverage across TV, Red Button and online.

Cue Sheffield will feature some of the BBC’s most popular programmes including BBC TV’s The One Show, CBBC’s Blue Peter and Match of the Day Kickabout. They will be joined by radio favourites Woman’s Hour on Radio 4 and knockabout panel show Fighting Talk for BBC Radio 5 live hosted by comedian Josh Widdicombe.

All programmes and events in Cue Sheffield are free to attend, with tickets available from BBC Shows & Tours, #CueSheffield for all updates on Twitter or visit the Cue Sheffield homepage

Music will be firmly in the frame in Cue Sheffield as snooker legend Steve Davis co-hosts BBC 6 Music’s Sunday Service with Jarvis Cocker, as the pair share their favourite tracks, musical influences and some classic snooker anecdotes. Ken Bruce on BBC Radio 2 will broadcast live from the Winter Garden, then Steve Lamacq will broadcast a special 6 Music event live from the Leadmill on the evening of Monday 4 May 2015, to celebrate the iconic venue’s 35th anniversary with live music from the Mystery Jets.

Steve Davis, Barry Hearn and Shaun Murphy will join BBC Radio Sheffield’s one-off panel show ‘Snooker Heaven’ broadcast in front of a live audience at Sheffield Hallam University and BBC Radio Sheffield’s team including Paulette Edwards and Bernie Clifton will also be out and about soaking up the atmosphere, chatting to the crowds and – of course discussing snooker.

BBC Sport will be presenting its comprehensive live TV coverage of the championship, hosted by Hazel Irvine and Jason Mohammad. The pair will be joined in their Winter Garden studio by guests including snooker legends Steve Davis, John Parrott , Stephen Hendry, Ken Doherty with Terry Griffiths, John Virgo, Willie Thorne and Dennis Taylor on commentary duties. Full coverage will be available on BBC Two, the Red Button and BBC Online.

Peter Salmon Director of BBC England says: “Cue Sheffield brings some of the best of the BBC to the city – from music to sport, entertainment to news. It’s the latest in a long line of brilliant BBC output from Yorkshire, including unmissable TV dramas like Happy Valley and The Syndicate, plus teams working flat out to cover this huge county’s thrilling sporting life from The Tour de France to World Championship Snooker, plus we are back in June for Sheffield Doc/Fest. It’s great that Yorkshire is playing a bigger and bigger role in all things BBC.”

BBC Get Inspired will also be laying on a range of free sporting activities in and around the Winter Garden from Friday 1st May to Monday 4th May. Confirmed events include the Snooker-Football mash-up ‘Snookball’, a climbing wall and a chance to experience a virtual cycle of the Tour de Yorkshire.

This will be the 38th year that the World Snooker Championship has taken place in the city’s Crucible Theatre, and the 30th year since the nailbiting final in 1985 when Steve Davis lost 18-17 to Dennis Taylor. Last year more than 17 million people watched the tournament, which finished with Leicester’s Mark Selby claiming his first world title.

Event listings

18 to 29 April

– For the first 12 days of the tournament, Hazel, Jason and team present live coverage of the World Snooker Championships from the Winter Garden in Sheffield.

16 April

– Radio Sheffield’s sports discussion show ‘Snooker Heaven’ will be broadcast live (1900-2000) from Hallam University on Thursday 16th April. Ticket application details will follow.

17 April

– BBC One’s popular magazine show ‘The One Show’, will celebrate 30 years since the famous Steve Davis – Dennis Taylor, black ball final with a live feature on Friday 17th April (1900-1930). Steve will attempt to re-pot his final missed black, live on the One Show from the Winter Garden. Look out for a special 5 live documentary on the famous match on Tuesday 28th April (time tbc) and a full replay on the Red Button of that dramatic final frame that delivered BBC Two’s highest ever TV audience (18.5m).

18 April

– 5 live’s comedy panel show ‘Fighting Talk’ will be hosted by Josh Widdicombe live from The Leadmill in Sheffield on Saturday 18th April (1100-1200). Outspoken World Snooker Chairman, Barry Hearn, will join Pointless host Richard Osman plus FT regulars Bob Mills and Eleanor Oldroyd. Ticket application details will follow.

1 May

– Radio 4’s long-running magazine programme, ‘Woman’s Hour’, will be broadcast live from the Winter Garden on Friday 1st May (1000-1100).

– Comedian Bernie Clifton, will record his weekly Radio Sheffield programme later in the day from the same venue.

2 May

– Radio Sheffield’s, Paulette Edwards, will present her daily show live from the Winter Garden on Saturday 2nd May (1000-1300).

3 May

– Jarvis Cocker’s ‘Sunday Service’ (16:00 – 18:00) will broadcast live from the Winter Garden in his home town of Sheffield where he’ll explore its heritage, musically and otherwise, and is joined by music fan and snooker legend, Steve Davis. Expect live ‘snooker on the radio’.

– CBBC favourites ‘Match of the Day Kickabout’ and ‘Blue Peter’ will be recording from Tudor Square throughout the day on Sunday 3rd May and Monday 4th May respectively.

4 May

– Ken Bruce (09:30 – 12:00) presents his BBC Radio 2 show live from the Winter Garden, across from the Crucible on the final day of the World Snooker Championship. He’s joined by Steve Davis, Dennis Taylor, and live music from The Shires and Holly Johnson.

– Steve Lamacq (16:00 – 19:00) completes 6 Music Celebrates Sheffield as part of Cue Sheffield broadcasting from the city’s BBC Studios where he’ll explore the rich musical heritage of Sheffield with local musicians including Richard Hawley. From 8pm Steve hosts a live gig from Sheffield’s iconic music venue, The Lead Mill, featuring a headline set from the Mystery Jets.

Listings subject to change – more events and programmes are likely to be added. All events in & around the Winter Garden are free and do not require a ticket to attend or take part.