Friday 12 March 2010, 17:20
Sheila Cook is producer of Radio 4's weekly personal essay slot - A Point of View. Simon Schama takes over this evening for a 10-week run of the short programme that's been filling the gap left by Alistair Cook's America.
Simon and Sheila stayed on in the studio after Monday's recording to record this fascinating interview - exclusively for the blog. On what's different about writing for radio, Simon says:
This is more 'organised stream of conciousness', which is a danger really because Schama's consciousness is intensely disorganised most of the time but what you lose in formality I hope that everyone - including me - will gain in fun.
On the programme's legacy:
Alistair Cook... was amazingly good at discovering what seemed to be an incidental anecdote and then bolting it to a major theme that connects us all. If I can manage that with even a fragment of his genius for putting things together then I'll be happy.
And on possible themes for later essays, he warns us to expect some sport (although probably not baseball, which he's covered before) and teases us:
I'm sort of besottedly interested in singer-songwriter kind of pop music. It just may be that there's something interesting to talk about there. Who knows?
Listen to the interview:Steve Bowbrick is editor of the Radio 4 blog
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