|Other names||Drivetime From Radio 2|
|Running time||2 hours|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|Home station||BBC Radio 2|
|Hosted by||Simon Mayo|
|Recording studio||Wogan House, London|
|Original release||11 January 2010 - 4 May 2018, 21 December 2018|
|Audio format||88-91 FM, DAB digital radio, TV and online|
|Opening theme||Enjoy Yourself by Prince Buster and Jools Holland|
|Ending theme||As opening|
|Website||Official BBC Website|
|Podcast||The Weekly Mayo|
Simon Mayo's Confessions
Simon Mayo Drivetime was the incarnation of the drivetime show on BBC Radio 2 between 11 January 2010 and 4 May 2018, being revived briefly for Mayo's final show with the station on 21 December that year. It was broadcast on weekdays from 17:00 to 19:00 in the United Kingdom. It was presented by broadcaster Simon Mayo, who moved to drivetime from his weekday afternoon show on BBC Radio 5 Live after Chris Evans moved to take over the Radio 2 Breakfast Show.
On 10 January 2018, the BBC announced that Jo Whiley would become Mayo's co-host from 14 May. The drivetime show would also be extended to 8pm (being cut back an hour to make room for Tony Blackburn's Golden Hour every Friday from 7pm.) The final regular show was broadcast on Thursday 3 May 2018, with the show officially ending with All Request Friday the following day. The new show was not a success, with Mayo announcing his departure from the station on 22 October that year. They presented their last show together on 20 December, with Mayo hosting solo the following day, marking the end of his 17-year stint at the station. He revived the theme music and jingles used on this incarnation of the programme.
Matt Williams was the sports reporter on the show, presenting Matt's World of Sport at 17:50 and 18:50 each day. On Fridays, in the second report he interviewed somebody who is involved in a sport that is not regularly reported in the general media, known as the Friday Fixture. He also announced the weekly rock tune on Wednesdays as "Doctor Mosh", as well as participating in the daily confessions as 'Brother Matt'.
Bobbie Pryor is the regular weekday afternoon travel reporter on Radio 2, and read the travel news at 17:15, 17:55, 18:30 and 18:55 each day. Pryor was previously the weekend travel reporter but from 11 August 2014 became the regular weekday reporter, replacing Sally Boazman who moved to weekends. She participated in the daily confessions as 'Sister Bobbie'.
Radio 2's resident chef, who cooked for the team every Thursday. He participated in Thursday's confession as 'Novice Nigel'.
Sally Boazman was the regular travel reporter on the show, Boazman was known as 'Mother Superior' in the daily confessions. but in August 2014 made the move to weekends on BBC Radio 2. Due to holidays, her final show with Mayo was on 24 July 2014, but her last report for weekdays was on 8 August 2014.
Alan Dedicoat was the regular newsreader and continuity announcer on BBC Radio 2, who read the 17:00 news occasionally, coming into the show. He also occasionally participated in the daily confession, Dedicoat retired from newsreading and continuity announcing duties on BBC Radio 2 on Friday 27 March 2015, but briefly returned on Monday 30 March 2015 for one final confession.
Rebecca Pike presented the business news at 17:30 and 18:40 every day, and at the end of the 17:30 bulletin also reports on the FTSE market data and exchange rates. On Fridays she interviewed a guest with a new invention, known as the Innovation Slot. Pike was known as 'Sister Rebecca' when participating in the daily confession. She left the programme and the station on 17 December 2015.
The show's opening and closing theme tune was a 2003 recording by Jools Holland and Prince Buster of the 1948 song "Enjoy Yourself (It's Later than You Think)" by Carl Sigman and Herb Magidson. Before the theme plays, a re-written, a cappella version of "Day-O (The Banana Boat Song)" by Harry Belafonte played, with "Day-O, me say Day-O" replaced with "Mayo, Simon Mayo". Previously, some editions of the show also used the 1950 hit version by Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians, or occasionally the version by The Specials from their 1980 album More Specials.
The instrumental "Garden Party" by Mezzoforte was used as a backing track during one of the show's features.
To allow Mayo time to continue to present Kermode and Mayo's Film Review on 5Live and following on from Chris Evans' Drivetime show, on Fridays all records played were chosen by the listeners - hence the name. The regular features from Mondays-Thursdays did not appear. Regular background music used on Fridays included "On the Rebound" by Floyd Cramer, "Tom Hark" by The Piranhas, "A Swingin' Safari" by Bert Kaempfert, "Giorgio by Moroder" by Daft Punk and "House of the King" by Focus, as well as other stock instrumentals in different musical styles.
Occasionally there was a special edition of the show, covering special events in the UK. Such events included pre-show coverage of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, a fortnight of special shows for the London 2012 Olympics and a special programme from the Science Museum in London to commemorate the BBC's 90th anniversary on 14 November 2012.
As with several other shows across BBC Radio, highlights from the show were released as a podcast, which could be downloaded from the BBC's website and from other sources (such as iTunes). Two weekly podcasts were produced, both released on Fridays. The Weekly Mayo featured highlights of the interviews from the preceding week, whilst Simon Mayo's Confessions was a collection of the confessions.
Two books have been released by Bantam Press, both based on features from the show. The first, Confessions, was released on 13 October 2011 featuring a collection of the best confessions featured on the programme, and the second, entitled Homework Sucks!, was released a year later on 11 October 2012 featuring a selection of the "Homework Sucks" questions and answers.
An album featuring a selection of live tracks performed on the show, alongside other tracks picked by Mayo was released on 24 February 2014.
|1.||"Ho Hey"||The Lumineers||2:44|
|4.||"Home Again"||Elton John||4:59|
|6.||"Never Tear Us Apart"||Paloma Faith||3:04|
|7.||"Beneath Your Beautiful"||Labrinth feat. Emeli Sandé||3:57|
|8.||"Tangled Up"||Caro Emerald||3:16|
|9.||"Forever Autumn"||Jeff Wayne feat. Liam Neeson and Gary Barlow||7:55|
|11.||"L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N."||Noah & The Whale||3:46|
|13.||"Only Love"||Ben Howard||3:48|
|15.||"Shout"||Tears for Fears||4:04|
|16.||"Fill My Little World"||The Feeling||3:39|
|17.||"The Love Cats"||The Cure||3:39|
|18.||"Somewhere Only We Know [note 1]"||Keane||3:47|
|19.||"Feel [note 1]"||Robbie Williams||4:01|
|20.||"Wild Wood [note 1]"||Paul Weller||3:57|
|1.||"Pride (In the Name of Love)"||U2||3:49|
|2.||"Let Me Go"||Gary Barlow||3:40|
|3.||"Called Out in the Dark"||Snow Patrol||3:28|
|5.||"All I Wanna Do"||Sheryl Crow||4:33|
|6.||"Just Give Me a Reason"||P!nk feat. Nate Ruess||4:03|
|7.||"Army of Two"||Olly Murs||3:45|
|8.||"Video Games"||Lana Del Rey||4:02|
|9.||"Alive and Kicking"||Simple Minds||4:46|
|11.||"Turn Back the Hands of Time"||Mick Hucknall||2:37|
|12.||"Suddenly I See"||KT Tunstall||3:12|
|13.||"Love is the Drug"||Roxy Music||4:07|
|14.||"Why Does It Always Rain on Me?"||Travis||4:25|
|16.||"Weather with You"||Crowded House||3:46|
|17.||"Life in a Northern Town [note 1]"||Sugarland||3:52|
|18.||"Babies [note 1]"||Noah & The Whale||4:01|
|19.||"Knockin' on Heaven's Door [note 1]"||The Pierces||3:31|
|20.||"We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together [note 1]"||Taylor Swift||3:21|
|1.||"The Man Who Can't Be Moved"||The Script||4:01|
|2.||"Greatest Day"||Take That||3:57|
|3.||"Silenced By the Night"||Keane||3:16|
|4.||"If I Die Young"||The Band Perry||3:43|
|5.||"Drops of Jupiter"||Train||4:20|
|6.||"That Don't Impress Me Much"||Shania Twain||4:01|
|7.||"Say What You Want"||Texas||3:50|
|8.||"Don't Stop the Dance"||Bryan Ferry||3:58|
|10.||"It Must Be Love"||Madness||3:21|
|12.||"Johnny Got a Boom Boom"||Imelda May||2:58|
|14.||"When You Really Loved Someone"||Agnetha Fältskog||3:31|
|15.||"Edge of Something"||Jamie Cullum||4:41|
|16.||"Enjoy Yourself (It's Later Than You Think)"||Jools Holland and Prince Buster||3:03|
|17.||"It's My Life [note 1]"||Bon Jovi||3:47|
|18.||"Labelled With Love [note 1]"||Squeeze||4:28|
|19.||"Give It All Up [note 1]"||Amy Macdonald||3:31|
|20.||"Shame [note 1]"||Gary Barlow and Robbie Williams||3:48|