So, the Tour de France is over and I think we all did very well. Congratulations to Bradley Wiggins for becoming the first Brit ever to with Le Tour – its 99th outing. And also to Mark Cavendish for winning the final stage on the Champs Elysées. And to me for watching more of it on TV this year than, probably, ever.
And now of course we’re into tthe Olympics. We’ve already watched the Mens’ and Womens’ Cycling Road Race out on the road near Hampton Court and we’re looking forward to the Time Trials on Wednesday over at Hampton Court Palace. We have tickets for the Water Polo (yes, honest) in a couple of weeks’ time. Other than that, we’ll watch some of the other sports on TV until interest waivers, or naff or inept commentary or inane or disrespectful interviews drive us away. Yeah, well, I mean, it was amazing.
But what’s going on on radio? There’s a ‘new’ Tony Hancock sketch on Radio 4 Extra which I’m looking forward too.
BBC Radio 4 Extra – Hancock’s Half Hour, Welcome to London 1958.
The Proms are in full swing but I have discovered that listening to a classical music concert while I’m out walking the streets doesn’t really work. The volume has to be quite high so you can hear the quiet passages and then of course, it’s far too loud during the loud sections. But at home, I’ve enjoyed again some Beethoven symphonies so far and some strange music by Sibelius.
BBC – Proms – BBC Proms homepage.
If you’re quick, ie, within 10 hours or so of pressing the ‘Publish’ button on this thing, you can listen to a dramatisation of Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson. I haven’t heard it yet: I’m saving it for a rainy day.
The Ballads of the Games is a six-part series for BBC Radio 2 exploring the agony and the ecstasy of the Olympics, in the words of people who were there and through songs inspired by their stories.
The format is adapted from one created by Ewan McColl and Charles Parker in the 1950s, broadcast on the BBC Home Service. So it seems that even then, the nation’s Speech station was responsible for the best Music documentaries!
The first episode of Ballads of the Games takes us from the original games in 776 BC Greece through the origin of the modern Olympics movement in… Much Wenlock, Shropshire. There are some funny and some moving stories from previous London Olympics in 1908 and 1948.
BBC Radio 2 – The Ballads of the Games.
And of course, a hat-tip to Mike Harding who alerted us to this series during his own fantastic show on Radio 2.
Congratulations to George Entwistle, named as the new Director General of the BBC.
I’ve read this news in several places online, and I’ve even looked up his Wikipedia entry.
He’s been the producer and editor on several TV shows. He’s been the Head of TV Current Affairs, he was the Acting Controller of BBC Four for a while and he became Director of BBC Vision, that is, of TV, not radio.
Radio doesn’t appear in his CV at all as far as I can see. So that bodes well for us radio fans, then. We can hope that, at the very least, he is capable of tuning into the correct radio station, unlike his predecessor, Mark Thompson.
So, yes, Congratulations – but we’ll be watching you, George.
BBC News – George Entwistle named next BBC director general.
George Entwistle named as new BBC director general – Guardian.co.uk.
George Entwistle – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
George Entwistle Named New BBC Boss – Sky News.
Jubilee controller George Entwistle appointed BBC director general – Telegraph