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Duration: 1 hour

It's over 40 years since Annie Nightingale's very first show on Radio 1 - she was the station's first female DJ and is its longest-serving broadcaster. A lifelong champion of new music, first with punk, then new wave, acid house and dubstep, Annie is still at the cutting edge in her current incarnation as the 'Queen of the Breaks'.

In this film Annie takes us on a counter-cultural journey through the events, people and sounds that have inspired her career. Full of insightful anecdotes about her sonic adventures and the numerous pop-cultural shifts that have helped shape her idiosyncratic outlook and tastes, the film features exclusive contributions from some of the many artists Annie has worked with and admired, including Sir Paul McCartney and Mick Jones of the Clash. We also hear from the new generation of artists who confirm that she's an icon of the British music scene.

Last on

Fri 4 May 2012 00:10 BBC Four

  • BBC Radio 1: Annie Nightingale

    BBC Radio 1: Annie Nightingale

    Listen to Annie Nightingale on BBC Radio 1.

    Go to the BBC Radio 1: Annie Nightingale website
  • BBC Breakfast: Annie Nightingale celebrates 40 years on-air

    BBC Breakfast: Annie Nightingale celebrates 40 years on-air

    When Annie Nightingale spun her first disc at BBC Radio 1, The Beatles were still together and Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison were still alive. Forty years later and the station's first female DJ is still there - and now she's won a Guiness World Record as the world's longest serving female radio presenter.

    Watch Annie Nightingale on BBC Breakfast
  • Photo: Annie Nightingale, 1970.

    Photo: Annie Nightingale, 1970.

    Wikipedia: Annie Nightingale


Annie Nightingale
Simon Brook
Simon Brook
Executive Producer
Paul Bullock
Executive Producer
Gethin Scourfield


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