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Museum of the Year and Miranda Hart

Chris speaks Martin Roth, director of the winner of 2016's Museum of Year the Victoria and Albert Museum, and Miranda Hart shares her comedy writing tips.

As the Museum of Year winner is announced Chris speaks to V&A director Martin Roth about winning the largest museum prize in the world and how they aim to share the money and help other museums. Miranda Hart tells us her top comedy writing tips and about the BBC Comedy Classroom, the writing competition aimed at students aged between 13-15 years old. After hearing the news that tourists have been flocking to Kidlington in Oxfordshire, we ask for your tenuous links to this large village in today's Top Tenuous. Plus Dr Jim Harris has a Pause for Thought.

2 hours, 59 minutes

Music Played

  • Aztec Camera & Mick Jones

    Good Morning Britain

    • The Best Of Aztec Camera.
    • Warner E.S.P..
  • Travis


    • (CD Single).
    • Red Telephone Box.
    • 001.
  • Robbie Williams

    Beyond The Sea

    • Swing When You're Winning.
    • Chrysalis Records Limited.
    • 15.
  • Belinda Carlisle

    Heaven Is A Place On Earth

    • A Place On Earth - Greatest Hits.
    • Virgin.
  • Paolo Nutini


    • Sunny Side Up.
    • Atlantic.
    • 1.
  • Bee Gees

    You Should Be Dancing

    • Bee Gees - Their Greatest Hits.
    • Polydor.
  • Rick Astley

    Angels On My Side

    • (CD Single).
    • BMG.
    • 001.
  • Beck

    The New Pollution

    • Beck - Odelay.
    • Geffen.
  • Paloma Faith

    Upside Down

    • (CD Single).
    • Epic.
    • 1.
  • Eydie Gormé

    Blame It On The Bossa Nova

  • Adele

    Send My Love (To Your New Lover)

    • 25.
    • XL.
  • Justin Timberlake

    Can't Stop The Feeling!

    • (CD Single).
    • RCA.
  • Thin Lizzy

    Dancing in the Moonlight (It's Caught Me In Its Spotlight)

    • The Greatest Hits Of 1977 (Various).
    • Premier.
  • Coldplay

    Adventure Of A Lifetime

    • (CD Single).
    • Parlophone.
  • Guns N’ Roses

    Paradise City

    • F1 Rock (Various Artists).
    • Telstar.
  • Bryan Adams

    Don't Even Try

    • (CD Single).
    • Polydor.
    • 001.
  • David Bowie


    • David Bowie - Best Of Bowie.
    • EMI.
  • OneRepublic

    Wherever I Go

    • (CD Single).
    • Interscope.
  • The Verve

    Bitter Sweet Symphony

    • Now That's What I Call Music! 37 (Various Artists).
    • Now.
  • Barenaked Ladies

    One Week

    • New Hits 99 (Various Artists).
    • Sony Music TV.
  • Steve Miller Band

    The Joker

    • Steve Miller Band Greatest Hits 1974-.
    • Mercury.
  • Bright Light Bright Light

    All In The Name (feat. Elton John)

    • (CD Single).
    • Self Raising Records.
  • Joy Division

    Love Will Tear Us Apart

    • Glorious (Various Artists).
    • Columbia.
  • Frank Wilson

    Do I Love You (Indeed I Do)

    • The Best Northern Soul All-Nighter (V.
    • Virgin.
  • Electric Light Orchestra

    When The Night Comes

    • Alone In The Universe.
    • Columbia.
  • Mark Ronson

    Uptown Funk (feat. Bruno Mars)

    • (CD Single).
    • Columbia.
    • 001.
  • Elbow

    Open Arms

    • (CD Single).
    • Fiction.
    • 1.

Pause for Thought

Pause for Thought

Art Historian, Dr Jim Harris


I went to the pub on Tuesday with my daughter Esther, known in the family as Eddie. She's back from university for about 45 seconds before she heads off again for the summer.


Eddie is excellent company.  She’s smart.  She knows about maths and physics.  And she’s at least as argumentative as I am, which makes her a great drinking partner. On Tuesday we fought over politics in the way that only people who really love each other can without resorting to actual violence.  It was magic. Now that she's away, I miss her terribly.


The pain of being separated from those we love is something we all experience at one time or another.  Our culture is full of people who couldn’t be together, from Romeo and Juliet to Batman and Rachel Dawes, and our news is laden with images and stories of people parted by accidents of war, economics, geography and timing.

The bible tells a story of two friends, David and Jonathan, who found themselves on opposite sides of a political and military conflict, having to meet in secret and in fear of their lives. It’s a story of sadness and loss, of the memory of love and the tears we weep. Confusingly (considering it’s the Bible), God isn’t really in the story.  Perhaps that’s significant.


The German writer Dietrich Bonhoeffer knew about missing - he was imprisoned and then executed during the Second World War. What he said about absence and loss sounds truly bleak, but I reckon it’s worth hearing:


“There is nothing that can replace the absence of someone dear to us.  It is wrong to say that God fills the emptiness. Furthermore, the more beautiful the remembrances, the more difficult the separation. But gratitude transforms memory into silent joy. We carry what was lovely in the past as a precious gift, a hidden treasure of which we can always be certain.” 


So when I miss Eddie this summer, I won’t look to God for comfort for once.  Instead I’ll remember Tuesday and a hundred other occasions and let them be my silent joy, my precious gift, my hidden treasure and maybe then I’ll miss her a little less.



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