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David Walliams was on the show!

3 hours
First broadcast:
Friday 04 February 2011

David Walliams was live in the studio with Chris and the team to talk about writing as the climax of the launch week of our short story competition, 500 WORDS.

Our bank of cameras, which has now become the most famous bank of cameras in the universe, were also set up and to catch highlights, log onto the BBC Radio 2 website - bbc.co.uk/radio2

You may not know it but David Walliams is not just a pretty face and award-wining comedian. He's also the author of three rather good books for children, The Boy in the Dress, My Stink and Billionaire Boy. David talked about his inspiration, his favourite books and gave some top tips to all you budding young writers out there.

Music Played

24 items
  • Image for Joe Walsh

    Joe Walsh Life's Been Good

    Driving Rock (Various Artists), Global Records & Tapes

  • Image for The Script

    The Script If You Ever Come Back

    (CD Single), RCA, 1

  • Big Screen Belter

    • Image for Sonny

      Sonny and Cher I Got You Babe

      Duets - 36 Of The World's Greatest Ev, Telstar

  • Image for Amy Macdonald

    Amy Macdonald This Pretty Face

    (CD Single), Mercury, 1

  • Image for The Cure

    The Cure Boys Don't Cry

    Staring At The Sea: The Singles, Fiction

  • Image for Jackson Browne

    Jackson Browne Doctor My Eyes

    The Next Voice You Hear - Jackson Bro, Elektra

  • Image for Lily Allen

    Lily Allen Smile

    (CD Single), Regal

  • Image for Beady Eye

    Beady Eye The Roller

    (CD Single), Beady Eye Records, 1

  • Image for George Michael

    George Michael Outside

    George Michael - Ladies & Gentlemen, Epic

  • Image for Sugar Ray

    Sugar Ray Every Morning

    (CD Single), Lava/Atlantic

  • Golden Oldie

    • Image for Amen Corner

      Amen Corner If Paradise Is Half As Nice

      Sunny Afternoon - Sound Of The 60's,V, Old Gold

  • Image for Marli Harwood

    Marli Harwood It's Called A Heart

    (CD Single), Marli Records, 10

  • Image for The Real Thing

    The Real Thing Can't Get By Without You

    Time For Love (Various Artists), Truetrax

  • Image for Plain White T's

    Plain White T's Hey There Delilah

    (CD Single), Hollywood Records

  • Image for Sammy Davis Jr.

    Sammy Davis Jr. The Candy Man

    Hits Of 1971 & 1972 (Various Artists), Polydor

  • Image for Morrissey

    Morrissey First Of The Gang To Die

    (CD Single), Polydor

  • Image for Elton John

    Elton John I Want Love

    (CD Single), Rocket

  • Image for Johnny Cash

    Johnny Cash Folsom Prison Blues

    Johnny Cash - Man In Black, Columbia

  • Image for Pet Shop Boys

    Pet Shop Boys Left To My Own Devices

    Pet Shop Boys - Discography, EMI

  • Image for Nancy Sinatra

    Nancy Sinatra You Only Live Twice

    The Best Of James Bond 30th Anniversa, EMI

  • Image for The Beatles

    The Beatles I've Got A Feeling

    Let It Be, Apple, 8

  • Image for McAlmont & Butler

    McAlmont & Butler Yes

    Bridget Jones's Diary 2 (Various), Mercury

  • Image for Imelda May

    Imelda May Inside Out

    (CD Single), Decca, 1

  • Image for Barbra Streisand

    Barbra Streisand Woman In Love

    All Time Greatest Love Songs: Vol III, Columbia

  • Pause For Thought

    From Nick Baines, the Bishop of Croydon:

    "A couple of months ago the statue of John Lennon at Liverpool Airport was defaced. The inscription says: ‘Above us only sky’ – underneath someone had written, ‘below us only Wolves and West Ham’. By the end of the next game even this was optimistic. Lennon probably would have thought it was funny.

    The most famous John Lennon song – and from which the inscription was taken – is Imagine. It’s a load of nonsense, of course, but that doesn’t stop it being memorable or even telling some truth. I still don’t understand how John Lennon wrote ‘Imagine no possessions’ on an expensive grand piano in a massive house on a huge estate worth millions.

    But despite this he was getting at something really important. Unless we imagine a different and a better future – a different way of being in the world and shaping our common life – we are surely condemned to a life of fatalism or resignation to however the world is now. The Berlin Wall would still be up. Tunisians and Egyptians would stay at home and make the tea. The corrupt and the powerful would rule the roost, hoping to anaesthetise people into believing that nothing can ever change.

    But human beings are made with imagination. In the creation narratives of Genesis God has a ball imagining everything into being. The Old Testament prophets beg people to wake up and dare to believe that the powerful empires are transient. The poets and musicians awaken and keep alive the echoes of another world – ringing in the memory and minds of oppressed and depressed people. Jesus dares people to live now as if heaven were already here.

    I have no idea how to imagine that any bloke in shorts is worth £50 million – even with an expensive hair-do. But, footballers aside, the ordinary and powerless people of Egypt have reminded us that we need imagination – whether we be a country or an ordinary person."

  • The Depth Of Your Affection is The Secret Of Your Power

    Today's show was dedicated to anyone who's been priced up and said yes!

  • Today's show starred:

    Dywayne and Grant from Glasgow who chose the Big Screen Belter

    Maria Indelicato from Bristol is leaving Cheddar Grove Primary School

    Jo tiwddy from Amersham who is preparing for her 13 mile major incident hike

    Sean Comerford from Steeple Morden is bracing himself to serve 200 full English breakfasts today in aid of charity

    Orla Errington from Malmsbury ate a Chinese Takeaway with her family to celebrate Chinese New Year

    Eva Fox-Ford from Liverpool is getting her feet nibbled by fish over the weekend

    Sue McGrath from Ruislip chose the Golden Oldie

    Children's author and top comedian David Walliams co-hosted the show and was revealed as the last of our judges on the 500 Word Short Story Competition

    Nick Baines, the Bishop of Croydon gave us reason to Pause For Thought


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