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Thanks for listening y'all.

Chris Evans | 11:59 UK time, Thursday, 27 October 2011

No, really - thanks a lot.

Our best 2nd quarter ever - and half a million up on last year at the same time.

We are enormously grateful and humbled by this latest audience research. The team are thrilled. And the bosses are happy!

I may even celebrate with a fry up. Depends what Mrs E has in store for dinner tonight.

But then again, if I have it early enough, I could probably squeeze in all that's on offer.

Look out on tomorrow's One Show for calorific evidence of over-indulgence..

Thanks again





  • Comment number 1.

    Chris: it is wonderful news about the ratings. Well-deserved congratulations to you and your fantastic team. The show is just brilliant.


  • Comment number 2.

    So plessed the show doing so well. Don't think fry up is a good idea. Been away for 8 weeks in Majorca as we have apartment there so been getting sun tan. Not long before CIN now.

  • Comment number 3.

    Hello CLP and everyone!

    Many congratulations, Christoff, on the increase of your listening figures. I can think of no better way to celebrate, enjoy!

    I'm off for an afternoon of fun and frolics with the grandchildren and their mums. It goes without saying, I shall return less well off!

    Happy thirsty Thursday everyone.

    Pen x

  • Comment number 4.

    Good afternoon all,

    Well done Chris, the show is great and you deserve it!

    Nothing to report here so have a good day everyone.



  • Comment number 5.

    When it was announced that you were taking over from Sir Terry of Wogan, my then boyfriend and I had a difference of opinion over what to listen to - Chris Evans or Chris Moyles. The bloggers advised me to ditch the boyfriend, but I stuck with him and we compromised, listening to different shows on different days. Fast forward a few years and the boyfriend is now the husband and he's finally, FINALLY, in the last week or so admitted that he's a Chris Evans convert! Huzzah! So I can count myself responsible for one extra listener, if not the other 499,999.

    Happy Thursday tout le monde x

  • Comment number 6.

    Congratulations Chris and the team - very well deserved - the show is brilliant!

    Not had a chance to catch up on the past few days posts. Hope everyone is well.

    Happy Friday eve!
    Mary xx

  • Comment number 7.

    Hello bloggers!!

    HUGE congrats Chris, Lynne, Hells Bells, Day, Vassos, Moira and stand in Phil.

    Plus all the other peeps who bring us The Breakfast Show.

    You absolutely deserve the numbers you get listening. I bet Nancy day had extra listeners.

    C x x

  • Comment number 8.

    Wonderful news Chris.

    Congratulations to you and the team.

    I love the show, it is fantastic.

    csn. xx

  • Comment number 9.


    Have a lovely afternoon with the grandchildren and their mums.

    csn. xx

  • Comment number 10.

    Chris, it's a pleasure!!

    See you on CiN day!

    Sezza xxx

  • Comment number 11.

    Congrats Chris and team, husband and I both listen to the show and Radio 2 all day long, me plugged into my mobi and him in his van on his travels round the borrough. Have tried to convert the boy but he is sticking to the other side.

    Absolutely hate it when you are on holiday as I like my kick up the backside in the morning with your music choices, yours and your teams musing. Ultimate favorite is Candyman on that Friday morning, makes me feel like the weekend has started.

    keep up the good work - chow!

    CB xx

  • Comment number 12.

    Afternoon One and All,

    Well done Chris and thoroughly deserved. I believe that I have converted 4 people to Radio 2 in the past year, so hooray for me....lol :)

    One quick thing before I forget, you said that Chris Martin might be a guest next Friday, but should you keep with your Strictly theme. Now I am a die hard Strictly fan, but you MUST have Chris Martin on your show, it would be a crime not too....Thank you.

    My two penny worth for the Halloween theme, I agree with Concerned's d) but also as a Christian I think that it has lots of underlying connotations, that we think are harmless fun, but are in fact dicing with the devil. That is just my humble opinion.

    Pen, Have fun with the grand kids and mums xx

    Sezza, I hope you are enjoying your week off xx


  • Comment number 13.

    well i'm listening again, yes new car - radio that works - Its great to be back with Chris and the gang!

  • Comment number 14.

    Afternoon all,

    Congratulations Chris and the team on the listening figures! It is nice to know I am part of such a large statistic. ;-)

    Keep smiling


  • Comment number 15.

    Hello CE & Everyone.


    I'm going to be good and have a salad for my tea tonight but because of this I have bought myself a cream cake. And some eccles cakes for later.

    I don't know about Halloween but I've been asked for 'penny for the guy' many times today outside shops. Should we be giving children money to buy fireworks (I don't know. we did this when we were children).

    MM xxx

    PS Nothing to complain about regarding the weather today!

  • Comment number 16.

    Came across these and thought I would pass them on.


    Waiting just outside Colchester to catch speeding drivers the police officer sees a car pottering along at 12mph. He turns on his lights and pulls the car over. Approaching the car, he sees an old man driving with 3 old ladies in the car all wide eyed and white as ghosts. The driver opens the window: 'Officer what seems to be the problem?'

    'Sir, you weren't speeding, but you should know that driving so slowly can also be a danger to other drivers.'

    'No sir,' he replied, 'I was doing the speed limit exactly ... 12 miles an hour.'

    The officer, trying not to laugh explains that A12 is the road number not the speed limit. The old man, embarrassed, grins, and thanks the officer for pointing out the error.

    'But before I let you go sir, I have to ask, is everyone OK? These women all seem to be in shock.'

    'Oh they'll be all right in a minute officer. We've just come off the A120.'


    The farmer's donkey had fallen into a well and try as he may, the farmer couldn't find a way to rescue him. He decided the animal was old, and not worth much and the well needed to be filled in anyway. He brought a couple of friends over to help him fill it in and put the animal out of its misery. As they shovelled dirt and rocks into the well the donkey began to cry as he realised what was happening. Then suddenly he quietened down.

    A few shovel loads later they looked over the edge to see how they were doing and saw an amazing sight. Each time a shovel load of dirt hit the donkey, he would shake it off then step on it, and he was gradually rising to the top. Pretty soon he was out and happily trotted off.

    Lesson: life is going to shovel dirt on you; when it does, shake it off and take a step upwards. You can get out of some pretty deep wells this way. Don't stop; don't give up.

  • Comment number 17.

    Like it Ali.



  • Comment number 18.

    Ali, loved reading the stories.

    csn. xx

  • Comment number 19.

    Hi everyone:

    Just trying to have a catch-up:

    mtd: hope you have a terrific holiday. This will set you up nicely for CiN!

    CB: we had fireworks in our area last night - for a solid hour. I did think of the poor wee animals, they have night after night of this from now until the 5th - bless them.

    CSN: loved your broomstick comment! Made me pine for my witch's hat from years ago!

    CG: glad to see you had a lovely evening with Mr CG and yes, I did know what you meant! xx

    Maddy: re: fireworks. I clearly remember me and my friends always made a guy and we would sit outside shops asking for "a penny for the guy". We did get money, but I think it was spent on sweeties! It's another world now, would I give children money ... oh, I really don't know!

    AliB: loved that post, funny wee joke, and the story of the donkey is quite inspiring. xx

    Hope everyone is ok.

    C xx

  • Comment number 20.

    Chrissie, it was very loud last night and constant for 4 hours. I dont know where people get the money from to just set alight to it.

    Luckily Milo is getting old now and unless he actually catches the sight of them in the corner of his eye he doesnt notice them anymore, but when he does we all know about it.

    I have never been keen on fireworks but when the boy was younger we always went to the big organised fireworks displays would never have them in the garden.

    Maddy - a penny for the guy havent seen anyone do that for years.

    AliB, I think I am that there donkey....

    Bad news started the festive holiday about 8 weeks aways shopping today. bar humbug!

    Have a good evening everyone.

    CB xx

  • Comment number 21.

    Ali- I loved the stories, the first one made me laugh and the second one had a good moral.

    Chrissie-I did give money as I was in a generous mood but was beginning to get fed up after the third lot. I don't know whether we should but. as you say, they buysweets and some boys appeared to be going into Gre**s for pasties & cakes.

    Fireworks started here last night too. It's not right for the poor animals. I used to have a cat who was terrified of them. Luckily Tom & Daisy are not scared (Tom actually enjoys sitting in the window watching the display from the nearby park)

    MM xxx

  • Comment number 22.

    Last nights fireworks were for Diwali "Festival of Lights".


  • Comment number 23.

    Hi CB.

    They are all over the place around here asking for a penny for the guy! It is a bit early too!

    It;s so distressing for the poor little animals who are scared, as well as the cat I also had a dog who would hide under furniture.

    I've just had an email from an online company re products for frightened pets.

    MM xxx

  • Comment number 24.

    As Ali said, last night was Diwali - the festival of lights for the Sikh community - hoping it will go quiet now again until the 5th November, which is a Saturday this year so only one round of bangs.

    I wouldn't give kids money, not even for a guy, surely that is jsut begging? If I had done that as a kid I would have got a smack for it!

  • Comment number 25.

    CB: I did actually mean to say the cost of fireworks are a fortune, I don't know how anyone can afford them night after night!

    AliB and Baggy: thanks for the clarification. That may have accounted for some of the noise last night, but in my experience, this is the start of it. Last year, from the moment the fireworks went on sale, we had them every single night until 5th Nov - and indeed beyond!

    C xx

  • Comment number 26.

    Just booked my train tickets for CiN day, getting very 'cited now!!

    Tiggs xxx

  • Comment number 27.

    Ali/Chrissie and Maddy

    Just congratulated my friend on Diwali so you could be right, will know tonight if it happens again, we have a park and canal behind our house, so it can become a draw for kids who want to play around with fireworks, fingers crossed it does go quiet.

    Everything seems to get earlier at this time of the year it is one thing after another, more reason for shops to try to part you from your cash.

    Wish me luck tonight hopefully it wont feel like I am in the East End of London in the blitz with me hard hat on again.

    Have a good evening everyone. CB xx

  • Comment number 28.

    Aye ooop!

    Just a quickie as I'm about to head out to a business networking event run by the local chamber of commerce. Suited and booted at 5.30 pm just seems wrong - that's PJ o'clock innit!?!?

    Ali - loved the A12/A120 story above - took me right back to Essex it did - thank you!

    CLP - good news on the RAJARs, and to Simon Lord Drivetime too. Well deserved. I still don't "get" Mr Moyles. Praps I'm just too old ....

    So, three weeks tomorrow and a group of blogpoppets from here and over the fence will descend on R2 HQ to do our collective bit for Pudsey. If you read this blog but don't contribute (affectionately known as "lurkers round these parts) please, pleasep ick the phone up on 18th November and make a pledge for Pudsey - you can guarantee a friendly blogger voice at the end of the phone from 10am - 7pm.

    Right, time to get on my boots, my sexy boots boot ...... I can hear the sound, I can hear the sound ..... ooops, sorry. Went off on a Bono tangent there for a mo!

    Muchos Amore, and beware Trickle Treaters!


  • Comment number 29.

    CSN and AliB, thank you for your kind words. Had a fab afternoon with the family, lots of fun and laughter, such a tonic.

    AliB #16, loved it!

    Tiggs, I can tell your 'cited.

    Re fireworks etc, when we had cats, I made sure they were safe. There are some owners that don't give a stuff, it makes me seethe!

    Pen x

  • Comment number 30.


    I respect your opinion but I don't think that it's begging. The annual traditions of trick 'n treat, penny for the guy and Christmas carol singing should be fun things but, unfortunately, society especially the greed of the large retail companies at these times can cause major problems.

    MM xxx

  • Comment number 31.

    Try giving a kid a penny nowadays, most likely they'd throw it back at you!

  • Comment number 32.

    Evening all

    This week the weather has really changed - it feels properly autumn

    Haven't heard any fireworks yet this year. Maybe as fireworks night is a Saturday, most will be let off then

    Just have to say, the comments on here the last couple of days, have made me realise what good kids we have living round here

    Sezza xx

  • Comment number 33.

    Good Evening to all.

    Ali lovely tales. I do love a donkey. Here is a true story from Taunton that might interest you....


  • Comment number 34.

    It's a pleasure Christoph, well done.

    Fireworks? I plan to buy a rocket and save it for March for when my very first grandchild is born so I can light up the sky and perhaps even shed a little tear of joy.

    Loli x

  • Comment number 35.

    Hi all

    We're in the pre-flight hotel, we have dined and wined and now back in room before a 9.30 lights out (we have got to get up at 2.30 to go to the airport at 3.30!!!).

    We saw some fireworks tonight from the hotel restaurant. We really like them but when our dog was alive, he hated them and needed to be cuddled constantly otherwise he would try to get to the most inaccessible places so that he could hide. The worst thing was trying to take him for a walk (so that he could do his business before bedtime - I know tmi....) if a firework went off as we opened the door - he would refuse to go out, if one went off while we were out - he would run home. Many is the time the OH had to take him out at about 2am when the fireworks had finished and he had calmed down.....

    Sorry Marje, Penny for the Guy, trick or treat and carol singing seem to be begging these days. Sorry to the people who enjoy this sort of activity, as long as the participants are in agreement (i.e. neighbours who have been pre-warned) it would be OK but the groups of teenagers who knock on doors indiscriminately are menacing and cause fear.

    Anyway - I'm out of here and am missing both Halloween and Bonfire night, although we are on an American ship and I have a feeling they may make a big deal about Halloween....

    Night night all and play nicely while I'm away.

    mtd ffb xxx

  • Comment number 36.

    Evening all,
    Well done on the listening figures Chris, nice to hear Zen Bruce's figures have also gone up.
    It's been really cold here today, I had to put the heating on at 4, OW.
    Anyone else watching the Dale Farm docu?

  • Comment number 37.

    T, I'm watching Dale Farm. Is not that far from us so have folloed it with interest - and watched the open green space in the village carefully

    Seems to be a bit of wanting cake and eating it being expressed

    Mtd, Have a wonderful time won't you

    MTF, Hi.Hope you've been travelling safely today

    Loli, What a lovely idea. Make sure you get a big, super-sparkly one!

    Sezza xxx

  • Comment number 38.

    Loved listening to Russell Grant this morning, what a hoot!

  • Comment number 39.

    Morning all

    I feel all sparkly this morning after Russell on the radio

    He sounds like a really nice chap and how much is he enjpying what he's doing just now!

    Right, suppose I'd best look busy


    Sezza xxxx

  • Comment number 40.

    Morning all.

    Lovely and sunny here.

    I loved listening to Russell Grant too.

    Hope everyone has a good day.

    csn. xx

  • Comment number 41.

    Russell rocks!

    It's Friday - yaaaay!

    Away from the desk for the rest of the day so have a great weekend everyone - see you on Monday

    CG xx

  • Comment number 42.

    Morning All,

    It's nice and bright here too and it's supposed to be a really nice weekend too (well where I live), so no heating on yet!

    MTF, Thanks for the link xx

    I loved Russell this morning, he really does make me smile :)

    mtd, Have a good holiday xx

    So what wild and exciting things do people have planned for the weekend, specially that extra hour we are all going to get?


  • Comment number 43.





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