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Radio Cambridgeshire Presenters

Antonia Brickell

It’s a homecoming for local girl Antonia Brickell who’s joining the station after a stint as a breakfast presenter in Yorkshire. Listen every weekday from 4pm to 6pm.

Q: What’s your first memory?

A: Being on the beach down in Bournemouth with my mum and my gran on a hot, summer’s afternoon, playing in the sea.

Q: What's the first record you bought?

Antonia Brickell

A: Donna Summer, I Feel Love.

Q: Your favourite three songs?

A: 1) Shirley Bassey, Diamonds are Forever (Mantronik 007 mix)
2) Coldplay, Fix You
3) Ezio, Alex

Q: Who’s been your best interviewee and why?

A: This is a really tricky one because I’ve met lots of characters. I think it would have to be Julian Clary; he was surprisingly shy. So I made it my mission to try and get him to open up and find out what he was really like.

Q: What’s the most embarrassing thing you’ve said on air?

A: Where do I start? I need a whole page for this one! One very uncomfortable situation (that will probably stick in my mind forever) is the time I was discussing the issues surrounding impotence with a Chinese doctor and herbalist.

He started to talk incessantly about encouraging women to wear thigh high, black leather boots. No matter how I much I tried, I couldn’t steer him away from the subject and the unconscious double entendres were flowing in my flustered state. Some of the texts and calls we got from listeners were... interesting!

Q: What’s been your career highlight?

A: I was asked to compere the local Race for Life in aid of Cancer Research UK. Thousands of women and children took part; it was an incredibly moving experience. The fact that it really meant something and made a difference to people’s lives is why it’s my highlight.

Q: How do you spend your time away from the microphone?

A: Keeping fit, staying in touch with friends and family, watching movies, going to the theatre & music gigs whenever I can and food plays a big part in my life; I really enjoy eating out (and eating in).

I also have a real love for boxing; I kick-boxed for seven years which is where my passion was born for watching the professionals fight.

I always feel like there are things to be done; sitting down and doing nothing doesn’t come naturally to me. In amongst all that, I love my bed!

Q: As a 10-year-old child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

A: An actress - my mum used to call me ‘Sarah Bernhardt’ because I was always so dramatic.

Q: Who would you like to be trapped in a lift with?

A: To look at: George Clooney; to listen to: Ronnie Barker; to talk to: Stephen Fry

Q: Favourite food & drink?

A: Chili, seafood and champagne.

Q: What do you never miss on television?

A: I’m more of a radio girl, but when I watch television it’s either for the news (BBC News 24) or for something that makes me laugh like Will & Grace.

Q: What would you do if you won the lottery?

A: Sort the family out, whisk a whole load of friends off on a decent holiday, buy a house abroad, start my own production company and make some time to start drawing and painting again.

You can listen to Antonia every weekday from 4pm to 6pm. If you want to get in touch with Antonia, you can send her an e-mail.

last updated: 01/05/09
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