Antonia Quirke is an author and journalist. She writes for the Financial Times, presents Pick of the Week on Radio 4, and talks about film on Film 2014 and The One Show on BBC 1. She writes a column on radio for the New Statesman.
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Just over two years ago listeners started to comment abo
Was Dracula Irish?
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John Williams at 80
A comprehensive and amusing documentary about University
An enthralling edition of Archive on 4 (11 Augu
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I used to love Radio 3.
We Are Sixty: Radio 2
We Are Sixty: Radio 2
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The Prophet: Heart and Soul
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At a time when overexposure has long rendered vampires h
The first in a new series of Robert Winston's Musica
Conspiratorial revelations keep Antonia Quirke hooked an
Radio 1’s coverage of T in the Park (10-12 July, intermi
The Dalai Lama has more in common with a teenage girl th
An excellent documentary about self-improvement manuals
Two programmes about jazz have delighted your reviewer.
Two minutes into Zoë Ball’s new breakfast show (Radio 2,
Radio 2’s excellent four-part series on Charles Aznavour
The cross-network Haydn season starts in earnest this mo
Some things I heard on the radio this week: “I’ve got st
How’s this for greatest fantasy gigs?
At 7am on Sunday, the DJ Nick Grimshaw clocked on shift
On Sunday Worship from Wesley’s Chapel in the C
On 5 Live Katie Price was preparing to run the London Ma
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As part of April’s cross-network Handel explosion, Profe
On Westside Radio in Middlesex (89.6FM) the presenter Ma
Spud of the week was the first of Radio 4’s series of 15
At 1.15pm on Saturday, 5 Live and TalkSport were all ove
On TalkSport’s dawn show Fisherman’s Blues (Sat
On Radio 4, the technicians were having trouble with the
On the American prog-rock station Martha’s Vineyard Radi
So keen are we on tales of our sexual innocence that the
On Manchester's Key 103, Total Football (Sunday
On Gaydar (gaydarradio.com), the presenters Neil and Deb
If there's a more terrifying 90 minutes on national radi
It was a quiet day on Lochs Gairloch and Ewe.
In Winnie the Who? (Radio 4, 17 January, 10.30a
In A View Through a Lens (Sunday 11 January, 2.
On Lantern FM in Devon, the obsession with Leona Lewis h
The Ross-Brand scandal may have dominated the news in 20
The repeat of My Top Ten: Barry White (2 and 3
BBC Radio 4's ingeniously ambiguous series of 15-minute
Radio 2's documentary marking the 40th anniversary of th
Radio 4's The Goulash Archipelago (21 November,
Radio 2 has been through the wringer of late.
It's several months since the purchase of Virgin Radio f
Say this phrase softly: Saturday morning programming.
Crash. Tinkle. Boom. Sorry, BOOM.
Old Radio 4 programmes never die.
The age of austerity is upon us.
Not much happened in Julie Walters's early life, which i
If you caught the first couple of episodes of the weekly
The extended pre-recorded interview with Philip Roth on
Oh yeah, Heart 106.2, a station traditionally fonder tha
The Reunion is back, and with a breathtaking su
Stars of a clutch of programmes to mark the 50th anniver
The highlight of this year's Proms has been the clutch o
Rain stopped play all day at the Oval during Test Ma
A friend rang to complain about the proofs of his new bo
The Newsnight anchor Emily Maitlis presented
Once again Bob Dylan put in a performance of comedy geni
Casting around for something decent to listen to - the s
The latest round of The Essay: Greek and Latin Voice
The Wimbledon coverage (Radio 5 Live, on a loop) continu
Acid House: the Next Generation (24 June, 10.30
The BBC's ongoing Focus on China season featured the fir
The ingenious pace and weird poetry of the documentary
For an agonising 14 minutes last Sunday Marcus Brigstock
The George Lamb show on 6 Music (Mondays-Fridays, 10am-1
Radio 4's documentary to mark the 50th anniversary of th
A word of praise for Tom Service's rare interview with t
The big question of the week was not "Did Ken always loo
If you had ever hoped for an accessible programme on the
The vital noises of the week came courtesy of BBC Radio
Spring has arrived, daylight is no longer something that
Truly, 1978 was a time like no other - at least accordin
Radio 4's season of programmes looking at the pivotal po
In Kenneth Branagh's rendering of Cyrano de Bergerac
"A spectre is haunting you." So went one of the jumbled
Radio 4's history of the most famous acronym in the worl
At 00.48am every day, night-time radio begins, ushered i
Just when you think it's safe to be a woman and a person
Chain Reaction Radio 4
BBC Radio 1 97-99FM
Count Arthur Strong's Radio Show!
National Public Radio
Zine Scene Radio 4
Radcliffe and Maconie Radio 2
In the three blissful years since we jettisoned our tele
At a party in September celebrating his departure as BBC
A friend once surprised me by announcing that she was ma
The giggling archbishop who preached liberation to black
In curiously muted fashion, Today has celebrate
Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive - but to be aged t
The sad thing about fame and fortune is that, like share
Famously, when Greg Dyke arrived at the BBC as director
The actor Alan Howard turned 70 in August.
It was like awaking into a living nightmare.
On Monday 1 October, at 9am, Radio 4's flagship talk sho
Comparisons, we are taught, are odious, and those betwee
Sadism, sadomasochism, buggery, fellatio, cunnilingus, c
In between the BBC's reliable fleet of schooners and com
The market research people have their own ways of divvyi
The radio talk belongs to the era of the Third Programme
Did you hear the big 8.10am interview with David Cameron
It is that time of year when programmes hibernate.
In America there is an orthodoxy that, for a phone-in to
After 400 shows the details are fuzzy in my mind, but th
If you're going to make a documentary about working-clas
DJs have been saving my life every night since 1988 or t
David Mamet's Keep Your Pantheon, the world pre
I have discovered the greatest nitwit broadcasting in Br
Awards are lotteries.
Writing in the Daily Telegraph on 28 April, Ton
When four years ago Brian Aldridge impregnated his mistr
Have you been listening to the new arts programme going
There was a little tussle this past week over who deserv
"It was raining and everyone was at Dougal's place watch
What is happening to BBC 5 Live?
Listeners to Radio 4 live in fear of celebrity presenter
I've been ill (I told everyone that I'd caught bird flu
I think I'm turning native.
On Radio 4, a two-part series has begun called Battl
I've been revisiting the newspaper podcasts to see if th
When I was tipped off that Lesley Douglas, the controlle
It seems that George Galloway will definitely not be put
Occasionally, I wake up early enough to listen to On
Quite a lot happened in the world of radio over the holi
A strange year.
Radio 4 is full of hidden gems just now.
Michael Portillo says that life as a journalist is more
Russell Brand has left BBC 6 Music - where he is credite
At last, I've met him! The Axeman.
Newspapers are busy getting into podcasting.
Last week, a friend took me out to Ronnie Scott's, which
Has the moment come for me to share with you what I thin
As you may know by now, I cannot stand phone-ins.
A lot of people think podcasting is really cool.
Interesting times at Radio 1.
The issue of trailers is a vexed one for listeners of Ra
I can't get enough of Radio 4's Uncovering Iran
This is a good time of year for radio: a bracing, back-t
I was looking forward to hearing the shows I'm going to
We now find ourselves in the middle of the celebrations
Not long ago, I wrote a piece in a newspaper about fat r
The Rajar figures - the radio ratings - make for ever mo
I don't usually think much of Great Lives, the
So what do you think of the BBC's memory season so far?
A few weeks ago, I got a letter from someone suggesting
This month, Mark Thompson, director general of the BBC,
Now that it is summer, perhaps you feel tempted to do mo
Strange how a place that can't be found on any map can s
In the interests of modernity, I was going to write this
My heart sank like a stone to the bottom of a well when
Some people never quite get over youthful glory.
On Monday, it was Primal Scream Day on BBC6 Music.
Kelvin MacKenzie, the former editor of the Sun,
Well, I'm back, and already I'm spitting chips.
Imagine my delight.
The BBC's recent report on its coverage of the Israeli-P
An ominous development at Radio 4.
As I write, the salaries of Radio 4's leading presenters
Easter, and all I wanted to do - apart from break my non
Usually, I wouldn't dream of reviewing a programme prese
On Radio 4, a new comedy show has begun.
For a period in my twenties, I had a boss of whom I was
This week, I was longing to write about the anachronism
A new sitcom has begun on Radio 4.
Did Gordon Brown, lately so concerned with Britishness,
In the pages of the Guardian, an enjoyable row
Not long ago, I recommended a recently relaunched women'
When I began this column five months ago, I said that Ia
The BBC 5 Live website is incredibly weird.
An update on my search for breakfast-time listening.
Winifred Robinson is wasted on You and Yours, R
Back to my hunt for breakfast listening.
I know I was supposed to be investigating breakfast show
I have made several radio New Year resolutions.
When, three years ago, I began telling people that my st
I feel I've been neglecting Radio 2 in this column, thou
Trevor's World of Sport, a sitcom starring Neil
Why anyone would want to buy a Sarah Montague eggcup, I
Since I began this column I have been unstinting in my s
Why is everyone amazed that Andrew Davies's new BBC1 ada
I used to avoid BBC 6 Music.
It was stupid of me to write, as I did last week, that I
I love the way the steady pleasures of the radio schedul
The other day I was in a garage, waiting for my car to r
Above all else, BBC Radio and most of the commercial sta
If I were a noble, sensible, cultural kind of person, I
About 40 years ago, when I was in the brash prime of my
The primary selling points for digital audio broadcastin
For wireless humorists and parodists, local radio is eas
In these days when most computers are capable of becomin
Danny Baker divides public opinion violently.
After Kenneth Clarke's Jazz Greats series ended
Ken Bruce recently joked on his Radio 2 show that he was
Many politicians like to suggest that they have a rich "
A great deal of fuss was made last year about the BBC's
Last July, the BBC World Service ended short-wave transm
What does it take to get ahead in radio these days?
Back in the days before News 24, when television made it
Anyone who has heard the new Saturday morning show with
Back in the Fifties when I used to waltz clumsily around
"Edwina Currie has a brass neck, a silver tongue and a g
Radio 4 producers still chatter nostalgically about the
As a working definition of the BBC World Service, the 19
Although it didn't exactly pique national interest, a so