Radio

Lin Cook, who died before Christmas, personified that odd breed: the celebrity widow

4 January 2017 15:52

Amid the flurry of famous deaths during 2016, one particular passing has been more or less forgotten. Peter Cook’s third…

Kate Chisholm’s radio top five from 2014

25 December 2014 9:00

1. My top gong would be shared by June Spencer and Patricia Greene for their brilliant character acting on Radio…

Did Adnan Syed do it?

12 December 2014 16:21

I doubt most people would have been familiar with the relatively unremarkable murder of a Baltimore high school student by…

Dylan Thomas: speeches for Hitler, balderdash for Walton and the true meaning of Under Milk Wood

24 October 2014 11:11

My father came across Dylan Thomas in a Swansea pub in 1947. ‘Chap over there,’ said one of the regulars…

More big changes expected at the BBC

22 July 2014 14:05

Mr S hears that the race to succeed Paxo came down to two candidates: the PM programme’s Eddie Mair and…

LBC coy on ‘Grill Gove’

17 July 2014 16:15

Talk radio station LBC are coy about the prospect of a Michael Gove phone-in show, mooted by Mr S yesterday. When…

Nick Clegg’s self-pitying guide to parenting

8 July 2014 17:08

‘I’m like any parent,’ says Nick Clegg (Deputy Prime Minister, privy councillor and universally derided leader of the Liberal Democrats). Speaking to the…

The age of Selfish Whining Monkeys

2 June 2014 20:13

I had a horrible dream last night that I’ve never had before. In the dream, I knew I had to…

Spot-a-doodle-do! Tony Blackburn’s spot the difference

19 May 2014 17:59

‘Great meeting Rob Brydon at the Chelsea Flower Show today,’ tweeted veteran broadcaster Tony Blackburn earlier. ‘What a very funny…

The secret life of the leader writer

30 April 2014 14:47

The latest series of Andrew Rawnsley’s ‘Leader Conference’ on Radio 4 starts tonight…keenly awaited obviously. But having been on the…

‘Directionless and drifting’ Ed Miliband ‘regrets nothing’

25 November 2013 9:22

Seasoned Miliband observers learned relatively little about the Labour leader from his appearance on Radio Four’s ‘Desert Island Disks’ on…

Radio is more representative of middle England than TV

15 October 2013 12:45

Greetings from the 2013 Radio Festival, in Salford. I’m here to take part in a debate about whether or not…

Spectator Play: what’s worth watching, listening to or going to this weekend

17 May 2013 18:23

It feels like the only film anyone’s been talking about recently is The Great Gatsby. Given that even the release…

Spectator Play: Audio and video for what we’ve reviewed this week

5 April 2013 17:52

If you succumbed to Downton fever, then the BBC’s latest period-drama, The Village, might have attracted your attention. But if…

William Hague works on the government’s women problem

28 March 2013 18:18

It beat the baseball cap. William Hague’s trip to the DRC and Rwanda created several wonderful photo opportunities with no…

In praise of Plum

8 February 2013 12:26

This blog post is not going to say anything original. You’ll have read it all before. Its sole purpose is…

Writing of walking

7 February 2013 10:00

At 3pm this afternoon Radio 4’s Ramblings with Clare Balding will broadcast a programme about The Walking Book Club, to…

Any suggestions for ‘Any Questions’?

11 January 2013 11:54

I’m doing Radio 4’s ‘Any Questions?’ tonight with Harriet Harman and Simon Hughes. It’s a strange news week, in which…

Thank you, Christopher Martin-Jenkins

2 January 2013 13:01

The children who grew up when Christopher Martin-Jenkins began to commentate on cricket (both in print and on the air)…

Previewing my Week in Westminster

24 March 2012 9:05

I’m presenting Week in Westminster at 11am on Radio Four today, and get to choose four topics for discussion. My…

Letts for DG

21 February 2012 14:05

How does Quentin Letts for Director General of the BBC sound to CoffeeHousers? He’s certainly putting himself forward, and in…

My week in Westminster

28 January 2012 10:03

I’m presenting Radio Four’s Week in Westminster this morning, on deficit wars, London wars, welfare wars, and another set of wars…

A day of gaffes

6 December 2010 16:00

You really couldn’t make this up: it wasn’t Michael Moore’s PPS who was on the World at One resigning but…

Naughty Naughtie

6 December 2010 8:58

James Naughtie with some very improper language on the Today Programme this morning. NSFW, and all that. You have been…

The BBC and other Great British Anachronisms

6 July 2010 7:13

I suspect Rod Liddle’s analysis of the BBC and, more especially still, the mentality of its top brass is acute…