Graham Norton, Dolly Parton and Melanie C to join Zoe Ball at Breakfast

This Friday, Dolly Parton, Graham Norton and Melanie C will all join Zoe Ball on the BBC Radio 2 Breakfast Show.

Dolly Parton, the country music icon, chats to Zoe about her Christmas album, A Holly Dolly Christmas, and new book, ‘Songteller: My Life in Lyrics’. Dolly Parton is the most honored and revered female country singer-songwriter of all time. Achieving 25 RIAA-certified gold, platinum, and multi-platinum awards, she has had 26 songs reach number one on the US Billboard country charts, a record for a female artist. She has 44 career Top 10 country albums, a record for any artist, and 110 career-charted singles over the past 40 years. In 2014 the RIAA recognized her impact on recorded music with a plaque commemorating more than 100 million units sold worldwide.


Graham Norton, the author, comedian and broadcaster, is on the phone to talk about his latest novel, Home Stretch. The story starts with a car crash that happens the night before a wedding and six young people are in the car with only three surviving. The story follows the driver over the following decades and the stigma, secrets and consequences of that night. Graham is one of the UK’s most loved comedians and presenters, born in Clondalkin, a suburb of Dublin, his first big TV appearance was as Father Noel Furlong on Channel 4’s Father Ted in the early 1990s. Graham now hosts his own chat show on BBC One since 2007 and has won 9 BAFTAs for his work.


Melanie C, singer songwriter and famously one fifth of the Spice Girls, has recorded two special live tracks at home for Zoe and joins her on the phone. Her 8th studio album has just been released, called ‘In And Out Of Love’, and has disco, electronic, and pop influences. Melanie’s solo debut album ‘Northern Star’ was released 21 years ago.

Along with Tina Daheley on news, Richie Anderson on travel and Mike Williams on sport, she and the team have the best start to your morning.

There’s also a daily Pause For Thought with Reverend Kate Bottley as Zoe entertains the nation with fun for the family!