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1 hour, 55 minutes
First broadcast:
Wednesday 01 February 2012

Put your pedal to the metal with Simon Mayo's Drivetime - a programme packed with entertainment, information, intelligent conversation and you too!

Tonight Simon is joined in the studio by Question Time host David Dimbleby.

Matt Williams joins Simon with the sports news, Rebecca Pike presents the Money feature while Sally Boazman has travel news.

Music Played

13 items
  • Image for Pulp

    Pulp Disco 2000

    (CD Single), Island, 6

  • Image for Maverick Sabre

    Maverick Sabre No One

    Lonely Are The Brave, Mercury, 1

  • Image for Tears for Fears

    Tears for Fears Shout

    Songs From The Big Chair: Deluxe Edition, Mercury

  • Image for James Taylor

    James Taylor How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You

    James Taylor - Classic Songs, CBS

  • Image for Ottawan

    Ottawan Hands Up

    Disco Hits Vol. 4, Fat Boy Records, 562

  • Image for Goldfrapp

    Goldfrapp Melancholy Sky

    (CD Single), Mute, 1

  • Image for The Manhattan Transfer

    The Manhattan Transfer Who, What, When, Where, Why?

    Pastiche, Rhino, 634

  • Image for Don Henley

    Don Henley The End Of The Innocence

    Don Henley - The End Of The Innocence, Geffen

  • Image for Sade

    Sade Smooth Operator

    Walk On - Hits From The Last 2 Decade, Columbia, 2

  • Image for Nerina Pallot

    Nerina Pallot All Bets Are Off

    Year Of The Wolf, Geffen, 1

  • Image for Ronan Keating

    Ronan Keating When You Say Nothing At All

    Boyzone - By Request, Polydor

  • Image for Sweet

    Sweet Set Me Free

    The Collection, CASTLE COMMUNICATIONS, 633

  • Image for John Martyn

    John Martyn May You Never

    Classic John Martyn, Island

  • Choose our "Folky" Showstopper

    OPTION A :
    John Martyn – May You Never

    OPTION B :
    Simon & Garfunkel – Homeward Bound

    OPTION C :
    Thea Gilmore feat Dave McCabe – Old Soul

    OPTION D :
    Mumford & Sons – Winter Winds

    Text the word ‘FOLK’ plus your choice A, B, C or D – *** with no gaps in between *** - to 88291.

    Texts are charged at your standard message rate.

    You have until 6.45 tonight…then join Mike Harding after 7 for the best in Folk.

  • Today's Confession: Black Swan

    Dear Father Simon and your pardoning collective

    I am an avid and loyal listener the Confessions. However each & everyday I listen to your show I feel guilty that I have yet to tell my story of the Black Swan.

    About eight years ago I was working for a promotional & marketing company in the south of England. I was two years into my employment and was soon becoming the company’s top salesman and my success led to further responsibilities that involved the training of new staff. This included taking new staff members out of the office to visit various T-shirt printers, helping them to understand the process & costs involved when quoting customers for branded clothing. It was on the return back from the printers with my new staff members – I’ll call them Sally & Matt – that my sad story begins, with myself as a key witness to events that will soon unfold and hopefully conclude with your forgiveness…

    Matt was driving, Sally in the passenger seat and I was in the back. I was gazing out of the window, daydreaming a little, when I noticed a beautiful swan that had flown into a barbed wire fence, its long neck and head tangled up and gasping for breath. The swan looked like it was turning black I think either with the lack of oxygen or because of the muddy field it was frantically flapping to escape from…it was an awful site and I was horrified.

    Throughout my life I have always loved swans and thought it was my life duty to help rescue this lonely and scared majestic bird with whatever means possible. Immediately I called the operator and asked to be put through to the RSPCA at whatever cost, so after a no doubt expensive redirection and connection I began explaining my harrowing story to a member of RSPCA staff. I clearly explained the exact location of the field, and that they had no time to spare as the swan was turning black due to it being slowly strangled by the barbed wire fence. They took my details so that the emergency team could contact me should they need further guidance to find this poor and frightened creature.

    At this point myself, Driver Matt & Sally had arrived back at our office. We all regaled the various members of staff with the story of the tragic bird, even though I was the only one who’d actually seen it. Someone suggested that I should immediately contact a local company – let’s call them SwanSavers – that protect swans on the local river, as they may be able to get there quicker. Great idea, I thought, so I called them and explained the whole heartbreaking story again.
    Soon after I received a call from the RSPCA saying they’d deployed an ambulance from London that will be soon arriving at the field, which was about a 40 mile journey. This was quickly followed by another call from SwanSavers saying they were only 20 miles away and would be at the location I’d given them shortly. At this point I felt like a true hero for the Royal Swan Kingdom.

    The whole office was on tenterhooks waiting with anticipation what would happen next, a little in awe of their newfound hero (me) and his selfless act…then the office phone rang and the receptionist said “It’s for you George, I think it’s the RSPCA”. The office fell silent. However it wasn’t the RSPCA, but it was my most important customer and a call that I had no choice to accept, or I would have lost a big sale.

    Whilst on the phone to my customer, the RSPCA called and wanted to reconfirm the field’s location whilst at the same time confirm that they had also met up with the SwanSavers doctor who was also in the same field. Because I was on the phone, the receptionist asked Driver Matt to speak to them instead to reconfirm the black swan’s location. During Driver Matt’s explanation to the RSPCA my customer’s call had ended, so Matt put the call on loudspeaker for me and the office to listen to…

    RSPCA: We are at the exact location you had confirmed, but we don’t see any swans, black or otherwise, tangled in barbed wire.
    Driver Matt: Really, what can you see…?
    RSPCA: Well sir, all we can see is a large black bin liner tangled in a fence flapping in the wind.

    Matt then turned to me and looked in shock with embarrassment, then softly said sorry followed by hanging up the phone in horror. The office went silent for a few seconds, followed by hysterical laughter, all aimed at me. Oh the shame.

    I would like to ask for forgiveness for misleading and wasting the time of the RSPCA and the SuperSwans Doctor. Plus I would like to ask the forgiveness to driver Matt who had to apologise on my behalf for hallucinating this event.
    I await your punishment for this birdbrain, bird-lover that only wanted to save swan life rather than waste human time.



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