Can’t beat a nice long lie-in on a Saturday or a Sunday

Unusually for me, I am staying up late 4 nights out of 5, but I managed to get a few days off work, so I have plenty of opportunity to catch up on my sleep. I usually get up at 5am for work, so late nights are generally a no-no. But due to circumstances, here I am, out on Thursday (pub-style quiz at the local dramatics group), out on Friday (Rosanne Cash at Union Chapel), out on Saturday (farewell party for younger daughter who is soon moving to Australia) and out again on Monday (Robyn Hitchcock performing his 1984 album I Often Dream of Trains).

Today, Tuesday was warm and Springlike, and the newsman just told me that March had been the third warmest ever. Then the weathergirl told me it was likely to be very cold tomorrow and we may have sleet or snow.

Meanwhile, on Saturday and on Sunday morning, after I woke up, I listened to a few hours of radio. And not a bad collectiuon of programmes, either: I can recommend them all.

As I write, there are still 4 days to listen to a fascinating programme about Mozart and the many fake compositions attributed to him, some in error, some deliberately. The main nugget I came away with was, that Mozart wrote Super Trouper by Abba. Great stuff, have a listen to Faking the Classics.

I think the Garrison Keillor Radio Show has been broadcast here in the UK since BBC 7 (now 4 Extra) came into being almost ten years ago. It’s a lovely, gentle mix of story-telling and music, mainly bluegrass. Very relaxing.

I listened to most of Barry Took: Mr Point of View in bed that day, but I had to get up to eat, so I caught up with the final hour or so later on. It’s Barry’s autobiography, in a nutshell. I think it mentioned just about every comedy show on radio and TV for the last forty years. I was very fond of Barry Took, and think it’s odd that he’s best remembered now for presenting Points of View. That can’t be right, surely?

Sunday morning is mostly comedy.

The Horne Section is a new production, and last Sunday we heard the last of 4 episodes.

Then there are two sitcoms form the 1950s, which I like to think my folks listened to at the time.

Take it From Here features the very loud (for those days) Jimmy Edwards and a very young June Whitfield.

But this week’s episode of Meet the Huggetts is a classic – at least to me. On the grounds that it reminds me of someone very close to me…

But the comedy stops at 9.00am when I switch to Radio 4 for Broadcasting House. Well, it doesn’t completely stop, as the presenter Paddy O’Connell can be very funny, but this newsy magaziney programme is a good way to catch up on some of the week’s serious news but also to look at the lighter side of life (as they say). The newspaper review is usually so good, I have no desire to go out and buy a Sunday newspaper: it confirms that I’m not really missing much.

 

Some follow-ups

Well, I had a bit of a moan the other day about The Today Programme and why I don’t/can’t bear to listen to it any more. It seems I am not alone.

This week’s Feedback included a section in which my problems with Today were discussed by other listeners.

BBC Radio 4 Feedback

BBC Radio 6 Music, as they now seem to be calling it, has celebrated its tenth birthday (again) with a show on London’s Southbank Centre. Highlights are being broadcast this very evening on 6 Music, at 10pm. And highlights will be shown on the TV Red Button channle during the week.

6 Music at the Southbank

Johnnie Walker’s Long Players has come to an end, but I’m sure there’ll be another series soon.And I wouldn’t be surprised if the first series is repeated at some point, maybe overnight on 6 Music. The last programme featured Some Girls by the Rolling Stones and Rod Stewart’s Every Picture Tells a Story.

Johnnie Walker’s Long Players – sadly no longer on iPlayer.

It’s hard to keep up with all the good stuff on 4 Extra,even though I receive the newsletter every week

Garrison Keillor’s Radio Show is always entertaining, a couple of good stories and, unusually for 4 Extra, some good music content, mainly bluegrass.

Jerome K Jerome’s Three Men on the Bummel is very funny, and a 3-part radio serialisation has just begun. Well, I say ‘just’ You have a day to grab the first episode on iPlayer.

I’m not as big a fan of science fiction as I used to be, but I do enjoy some old favourites, so I’m looking forward to listening to JG Ballard’s The Drowned World which started a repeat run this week.