When I was growing up the radio played a large part of the entertainment in my home. Radio Two was always playing from the kitchen radio from getting up in the morning until bedtime. There used to be an hour in the evening from 10pm that had different shows such as ‘The Law Game’ ,which I loved. This was broadcast from the seventies until the eighties and the game involved listening to a real law case and deciding if they were found guilty or not. I still remember one that was a car had got stopped for going a little over the speed limit and could they be found guilty? The result was no as when the car was stopped it was in between lamp posts that were not working! Not sure if I have remembered that correctly so please do not quote me if you get stopped between two non working lamp posts!
‘I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue’ was another favourite which was repeated on Radio 2, from Radio 4, where it still resides today. I love this programme and think that Barry Cryer is a wonderful funny man and a fabulous writer, who I feel does not always get the credit he deserves. I was lucky enough to see him live at ‘Barton Arts Festival’ with Colin Sell, who is the pianist from ‘I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue’ and laughed the whole way through. If you have not already read Barry Cryer’s book then I totally recommend it. ‘The Chronicles Of Hernia’ I am honoured to have a signed copy. He started his career at the famous ‘Windmill Theatre’ but it is his involvement writing for ‘Danny La Rue’ that first drew my attention to him. If you think of any of the greats in variety such as Morecambe and Wise Tommy Cooper and The Two Ronnie’s it is highly likely that Barry Cryer has written jokes for them.
On New Years Eve 2019 I was in London around Camden and so excited to stumble on ‘Mornington Crescent’. A strategy game from ‘Have I Got News For You’ that I do not have the knowledge of London to join in but do enjoy listening to.
If Covid19 had not caused so much havoc then I would had been seeing ‘Tim Brooke-Taylor’ the other wonderfully witty panellist of the show, at Barton Arts Festival 2020. Sadly Tim Brooke-Taylor contracted the Corona Virus and passed away on April 12th 2020 aged 79. Such a devastating loss.
The Grumbleweeds was another show I remember. It ran on radio two, from the late seventies to the late eighties with comedy sketches and routines and ‘Living With Betty’ was a 1986 comedy on radio two with Barbara Windsor and Peter Sallis, two brilliant comedy actors. ‘To The Manor Born’ was another comedy radio show starring Penelope Keith, as in the television programme but Richard DeVere, on radio, was played by Keith Barron instead of Peter Bowles.
Penelope Keith is a wonderful comedy actress both on screen and radio and I recently discovered her portraying the M C Beaton character Agatha Raisin on Radio 4, which can be found on You Tube.
I am listening to lots of You Tube radio plays and audio books at the moment, usually when I am going to bed and so it takes quite a while as it often sends me to sleep. I often have to listen in the bath to finish the drama. Some are better than others and from different eras but some are brilliant and I can not recommend highly enough. You can purchase from websites such as Audible but there are plenty of variety on You Tube to suit all tastes and preferences.
I listen every Sunday from 12pm until 2pm to ‘Sunday Roast’ with La Voix on Three Counties Radio. It is lucky that you can access regional programmes on BBC Sounds App to listen live or catch up later. As you probably know I am a huge fan of La Voix and her choice of music and fun always lifts my mood and has me dancing around the kitchen.
I enjoy listening to radio. I put it on to motivate me, to build up my energy, to relax me, to help me sleep and to give me company as well as nostalgia.
Speaking of nostalgia Radio Four has been broadcasting ‘Desert Island Discs’ from 1942, and in tribute to this I have tried to comply my list but found it just so very, very difficult to find just eight. Here below is my list of 8 songs for ‘Desert Island Discs’
- The Man That Got Away -Judy Garland – This song has made me cry so many times and from my favourite film ‘A Star Is Born’
- New York New York – Liza Minnelli – This song performance finished off my eighteenth birthday party, high kicking fun!
- Let’s Get The Party Started -Shirley Bassey – This song always gets me in the mood to party!
- Once Upon A Dream – Lana Del Ray – Love this version, reminds me of childhood.
- A Lil’ Ole Bitty Pissant Country Place -Dolly Parton – Love this film and musical.
- Dynasty Theme Tune – Grew up on my favourite ever tv show and spent hours trying to learn it on the piano
- I Am What I Am – Gloria Gaynor – The true LGBTQ+ anthem. One to live by. Take me as I am. I may not fit your ideal but this is me!
- Don’t Forget Me – La Voix – I love the story of ‘Smash’ and this song I want at my funeral. Sorry to bring the mood down there!! haha!! Funny story I was listening to this in our car on a short journey. As La Voix was singing I turned to Pirate Mick who was driving and said ‘I want this as my funeral song’ just as he mistook a bend and we ended up in a field! ‘Not Yet!!!’ I shouted. We were fine and straight away back on our journey, a little shook up but a reminder to be careful what I wish for!! haha!!
I would love to know what your eight ‘Desert Island Discs’ are? Will you find it as difficult as me to just pick eight? I can not wait to find out and will probably had changed my mind on some of my choices! In fact could I be allowed albums instead?
Sparkle Hugs and Glitter Kisses xxx
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