‘Desert Island Discs’ turn 75!

Perhaps the coolest show on the planet is BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs, which premiered on BBC radio in 1942. Created by Roy Plomley, the format is about as simple as you can get. A guest ‘castaway’ is invited to choose the eight records they would take with them to a desert island. In […]

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Sherlock co-stars reunite for Radio 4’s ‘My Dear Bessie’

My small and, until now, closed circle of actors that I would enjoy just hearing read the phone book has just expanded. Originally, only founding members Bill Nighy and Patrick Stewart were part of this exclusive club. Now, Benedict Cumberbatch has just entered the small, but growing circle. Cumberbatch, along with his Sherlock co-star, Louise […]

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Father Ted's Ardal O'Hanlon heads to BBC Radio 4 for new sitcom

In addition to the abundance of regional theater readily available throughout the UK, the other bit of brilliance that makes me want to hop on the next Boeing 777 and head east is the very civilized process of continuing to develop of good comedy via BBC Radio 4, which is also home to one of […]

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Lenny Henry to star in stage version of 'Rudy's Rare Records'

Rudy’s Rare Records is a tiny, on its last breath, reggae and ska record shop in Birmingham. It is one of a dying breed, a place with real soul and stacked with piles of vinyl where the slogan is “If we don’t have it – them don’t mek it.” Unfortunately, much like Championship Vinyl in […]

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Hugh Laurie's Desert Island Discs playlist

For those telly watchers that spent eight series of House thinking that they’d like to be stranded on a desert island with Hugh Laurie, rather than Dr. Gregory House, probably had a roller coaster ride recently with the actor’s appearance on the BBC Radio 4 program, Desert Island Discs. At long last, the opportunity would […]

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The brilliance of Desert Island Discs on BBC Radio 4

Perhaps the coolest show on the planet is BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs, which premiered on BBC radio in 1942. Created by Roy Plomley, the format is about as simple as you can get. A guest ‘castaway’ is invited to choose the eight records they would take with them to a desert island.  In […]

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Father Ted co-creator to write sitcom for BBC Radio 4

Arthur Mathews, one-half of the brilliant Father Ted writing team, alongside Graham Linehan, has written a new comedy for BBC Radio 4 about life in BBC Broadcasting House in the 1930s. The Golden Age will star Robert Bathurst who played Sir Anthony Strallan in that little-known series, Downton Abbey, and BAFTA winner Vicky McClure, from […]

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Alan Partridge – He's alive!

Thankfully, for all our sakes, not to mention Alan Partridge, Steve Coogan has decided to not pull the plug on his alter-ego any time in the near future. What started out as a brief stint as a spoof sports reporter on the BBC Radio 4 program, On the Hour, has led to a comedic empire […]

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