A new schedule, The Archers and cuts
Editor's note - Feedback is back. And highlights of the first episode of the new series are a wide-ranging interview with Controller Gwyneth Williams and an encounter with Archers editor Vanessa Whitburn for two of her listeners - SB.
Hardly had Feedback gone off the air before Christmas then James Naughtie and Andrew Marr struggled to say "Jeremy Hunt the Culture Secretary" without lapsing into language more usually associated with Mellors, Lady Chatterley's lover. Trebles all round and the inevitable puns about Naughty Naughtie and Marred reporting.
Not much humour, intentional or otherwise in the first Feedback of the new run. Instead we travel with lovers of The Archers on their journey to Ambridge, still livid at the death of Nigel Pargetter and intent on resurrection or revenge. There is an emotional confrontation with Nigel's killer, Archers editor Vanessa Whitburn. Does she regret pushing him off the roof?
We also hear from the newish controller of Radio 4, Gwyneth Williams, who after four month in the job is now ready to announce some initial changes. Good news for fans of science and foreign affairs. Bad news for those of you who enjoy series like The Choice or On The Ropes.
Gwyneth's previous role was at the BBC World Service and I'll be talking to the director of the World Service, Peter Horrocks on next week's programme so if you have a question you want me to ask, do let me know.
So this week, there are two extracts from Feedback for you.
The first is that visit to Ambridge, the second the interview with Gwyneth Williams (by the way, rumours that she walks everywhere in bare feet as an economy measure are not true - in her office maybe but not in the Feedback studio when I interviewed her. And you'll be glad to know that biscuits and croissants she mentions in her blog post were not provided. Only water... from the tap.
Roger Bolton is presenter of Feedback
- Listen again to this week's Feedback, produced by Karen Pirie, get in touch with Feedback, find out how to join the listener panel or subscribe to the podcast on the Feedback web page.
- Feedback is on Twitter. Follow @BBCR4Feedback.
- Gwyneth Williams blogged about her planned schedule changes earlier this week and Vanessa wrote about reactions to the 60th anniversary episode on the Archers blog.
- Finding pictures to illustrate blog posts about The Archers is getting harder. This one shows the visit of DJ John Peel and his producer John Walters to the programme in 1984. On the left is Graham Seed playing Nigel and on the right, Trevor Harrison as Eddie Grundy.