The home lives of Radio 4 Royalty
Head of Interactive, Radio 3
It went like this. I called the nice people in the Radio Times press office and asked if I might have a pile of Christmas double issues for a special project on the blog. They arrived in the internal post the following day and I started sending them out to important Radio 4 people. A handful weren't able to join in - they were on holiday already or recording in remote parts - but ten agreed to help me out and, once they'd received their copies of the magazine, enthusiastically circled their Christmas listening directly onto the pages of the radio section (you can't miss it, it's right at the back). Some added notes (and Fi Glover did the whole thing using blue sticky notes).
You can see all the pages on Flickr. I haven't counted them properly but there are at least 300 selections from the Radio 4 Christmas schedule plus a few from the other networks. It's a genuinely fascinating selection and a real insight into the holiday habits of Radio 4 Royalty. And in many cases you can click right through from the cutting to the programme's page on the Radio 4 web site - handy if you'd like to listen again to the ones that have already gone out. You can also add your own comments or notes to their selections. Here are some highlights, with links to the scribbles themselves:
- Julian Worricker, You and Yours presenter, chose Spitting in Russian on New Year's Day, about Roger Law's visit to Moscow to track down the Russian version of Spitting Image.
- Evan Davis chose Martha Kearney's UK Confidential on 30 December, calling it "real history."
- Quentin Cooper, Material World presenter, chose Boxing Day's Archive on 4 about the lost episodes of Doctor Who.
- BBC Radio boss Tim Davie chose today's first episode of The News at Bedtime, which has been chosen by several of the others too.
- Eddie Mair, PM legend, chose Rob Brydon's Pick of the Year (as well as a bunch of programmes from Radio 2 and Radio 7 - cheeky).
- Libby Purves, Midweek presenter, gave an unqualified 'wow!' to the New Year's Day dramatisation of Keats' Lamia. Can't wait.
- Fi Glover, from Saturday Live, liked the idea of 29 December's Bright Young Things, a series of short stories about 'the perils of youth'.
- Mark Damazer, the boss, wasn't the only one to choose this afternoon's Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols. "Christmas begins here, " he says.
- Tim Bentinck (David Archer) chose Bill Nighy's Educating Rita on Boxing Day, not least because he wonders if Nighy can better his own performance in the same role on stage earlier this year.
- Kirsty Young was, she promises, wrapping presents while listening to this morning's Woman's Hour with Jane Garvey.
Please feel free to add your own notes and comments to the pages on Flickr, or as comments here on the blog. And if you're on Twitter, tell the world what you're listening to on Radio 4 over Christmas and the New Year using the hashtag #MyXmasOn4. Happy Christmas!
Steve Bowbrick is editor of the Radio 4 blog