Celebrating David Bowie

Lots of David Bowie around at the moment. A new album, ‘The Next Day’, and exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum, ‘David Bowie Is’ and to cap it all, a big celebration over the Easter weekend on BBC 6 Music and Radio 2.

Already during the last week, I’ve heard two Bowie tracks that I don’t think I’ve heard played on radio before, despite one being 40 years old: Lady Grinning Soul and Repitition.

I don’t know if this list is complete so please let me know if I’ve missed anything big, important, major, unmissable.

Celebrating Bowie.

David Bowie on 6 Music.

From the Media Centre: 6 Music.

From the Media Centre: BBC 2 (in May).

Jools Holland on Radio 2

Broadly speaking, this weekly programme is in two halves. The first half hour is usually old records, jazz, boogie-woogie, music from the 1920s up to the 1950s. And in the second half, there’s usually a guest talking about their music and playing a couple of tunes.

Last week’s guest was Judie Tzuke whose voice is as delicious as it was when we first heard her all those years ago. If you’re quick, you can catch this show on the iPlayer.

Jools performs with his rhythm Section, I guess a few members of his Big Band. I can only imagine how crowded the studio is.

I also like Later with Jools on BBC2 TV I think there are two series each year plus a special Hootenanny show for new years eve. This is, I think, the only ‘live’ music show on TV at the moment, not a bad replacement for The Old Grey Whistle Test, but it would be nice it it were on every week!

Meanwhile, the radio show is very entertaining and informative, exactly what the BBC should be doing.

Actually, I’m a little cross with Jools. Back in 1999, he said he would chain himself to the piano in the basement to protest against the demise of GLR. He didn’t do so … and look where we are now.

So that’s Jools Holland on Radio 2 Monday nights at 11pm.

Just a Minute – soon to be on TV

Just a Minute has been broadcast on Radio 4 for nearly 45 years. To celebrate this amazing achievement, ten episodes from the next series will also be shown on BBC2. Recordings take place later this month. The game involves panel members attempting to speak for 60 seconds without hesitation, deviation or repetition on a subject given by the chairman, Nicholas Parsons. Several contenders have been very successful over the years. I particularly remember Clement Freud, Derek Nimmo and Kenneth Williams but more recently, Paul Merton and Ross Noble have been very entertaining. Sometimes, interpretation of the rules appears to be a bit hit and miss but it’s all good, safe fun. While usually predictable, the odd surprise makes this programme a continued joy, whether you listen to its every utterance or just have the show on in the background.

Just a Minute