Radio Live - a hilarious romp through broadcasting history

Radio Live!

A hilarious romp through broadcasting history

Wednesday 26 October 2022, 19:30

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Bringing together a unique group of seasoned radio pros for a celebration of broadcasting, in an unforgettable evening of comedy, music and nostalgia.

Hosted by the BBC Radio Today programme’s Garry Richardson (‘and here’s Garry with the sport’), join Sir Richard Stilgoe, Alistair McGowan, Joe Stilgoe and Paul Gambaccini as they reminisce in a show packed with hilarious anecdotes, sketches and music. Together these presenters have been broadcasting on our airwaves for over two centuries.

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Meet the presenters

Sir Richard Stilgoe

Sir Richard Stilgoe has spent 50 years as a performer and writer. On television he appeared on Nationwide, That’s Life and several series of his own. On stage he toured with his one-man show and subsequently his two-man show with Peter Skellern.

He wrote lyrics for Cats, Starlight Express and The Phantom of the Opera. His broadcasting work has earned him the New York Radio Festival Gold Award, three Monaco Festival Prizes and the Prix Italia. In 1997 he founded the Orpheus Centre in Surrey, where taking part in performing arts helps to prepare young disabled people for independent living. Richard was High Sheriff of Surrey in 1998, during which year he was awarded the OBE. In the Jubilee honours list of 2012 Richard was knighted for charitable service through the Alchemy Foundation.

Alistair McGowan

Alistair McGowan is a cherished household name, a master impressionist, a stand-up comic, an actor, a pianist, a writer of sketches, articles, stage and radio plays but is still probably best known to British audiences for The Big Impression which was, for four years, one of BBC1’s top-rating comedy programmes – winning numerous awards, including a BAFTA. In 2017 Sony Classical released Alistair McGowan; The Piano Album which went to Number One in the Official Classical Charts and No. 2 in the Classic FM chart and was John Brunning’s ‘Album of The Week’. He has just released his second album.

Garry Richardson

Garry Richardson joined the BBC in 1974 and ‘here’s Garry with the sport’ has been heard on Radio 4’s Today programme since 1981, making him the longest-serving member of the team and giving him a wealth of hilarious “behind the scenes” stories to tell! He is infamous for his racing tips which never win and once famously got David Cameron to select two horses on his first day as Prime Minister. Garry is also the regular presenter on Radio 5 Live’s Sportsweek and has interviewed some of the world’s most famous names, including an impromptu 15 minutes with President Bill Clinton, live from Wimbledon’s centre court.

Paul Gambaccini

Paul Gambaccini’s broadcasting career began while he was still a student at the University of Oxford. He is now the only broadcaster to have had his own series on BBC Radios 1, 2, 3 and 4. Paul’s thousands of television appearances include regular slots on BBC 1, BBC 2, ITV, Channel 4 and Sky. His The Classic Countdown on Classic FM achieved the highest ratings in the history of the network, while his American hits show ran for 41 years, the longest-running, single-presenter music programme in British history. Paul currently presents Pick of the Pops on Radio 2 and Counterpoint on Radio 4.

Joe Stilgoe

Joe Stilgoe is an internationally acclaimed singer, pianist and songwriter. His live shows are a mixture of virtuoso musicianship and breathtaking theatricality, combining on-the-spot improvisation and the quickest of wits.

Joe has toured the world with his band and as a solo act, and works extensively on radio, having hosted BBC Radio 2’s Friday Night is Music Night and his own show on Jazz FM, and guested on The Now Show and The Horne Section for Radio 4. He appeared in the smash-hit musical High Society at The Old Vic and enjoyed sell-out runs at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, garnering acclaim and glowing reviews.

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