Antonia Quirke is an author and journalist. She is a presenter on The Film Programme and Pick of the Week (Radio 4) and Film 2015 and The One Show (BBC 1). She writes a column on radio for the New Statesman.
Following his on-air announcement of a prostate cancer scare last week, the Radio 2 DJ has been in thoughtful mode.
The half-hour World Service program is just not cricket.
It was less “Remembering Elvis”, more “Praising Bill Kenwright”.
At this rate, the self-funded seven-inch may well make a comeback.
Rod Stewart laps it up in the BBC's first History Hour of 2015.
Antonia Quirke rounds up the best of the New Year's radio, including War and Peace and The Supernatural North.
All was harmony, until Jon mentioned the legend of how people in the audience in 1896 had ducked when the train suddenly appeared on-screen.
A seducing documentary used recordings of Orson Welles speaking unguardedly over lunches in a restaurant in Hollywood between 1983 and 1985.
One day Cumming was warned that it might emerge that he was not his father’s biological son. It was a bad moment in his life, no question. And yet, on some sad level, he greeted the news with relief.
Mozart was fond of “scatological smut” and found “the sound of rude words especially hilarious”.
From Trump to Brexit, the world is changing fast - and we need intelligent, incisive journalism more than ever.
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