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I am slightly surprised at the level of outrage here. I can understand disappointment that the show is being promoted in a slightly crass way (“hear the speech in full for the first time!”), but I think opposition to broadcasting the words of the speech altogether is a bit misguided.

It seems clear the show is going to properly analyse and critique the speech, rather than letting it be broadcast unopposed. Claiming that it is unacceptable to broadcast it altogether risks making it taboo and giving it more power than it deserves.


And something slightly lighter:

I’m seeing Finnemore in a couple of months. Can’t wait.


I just found out about this.

Disappointing. Mair is the reason I listen to PM, I think he’s one of the best radio interviewers I’ve heard. I probably won’t listen without him at the helm.


This started on Radio 4 last night, the first episode was pretty funny.

Been a while since I’ve heard anything from Newman.



I don’t listen to that evening slot very often anyway, but Jo Whiley has always seemed like an awkward addition to it (but then, I’ve never particularly liked Whiley, and she was part of the reason I stopped listening to Radio 1). Despite what Mayo says about liking her (which I believe) it surely must have been a bit of a slap in the face for him to have had a co-host foisted upon him, whoever it was. I think with co-hosting, you either immediately gel - as Colin Murray and Edith Bowman did (though they had worked together previously on RI:SE) and Alan Carr and Melanie Sykes have - or it just never really works.

On a separate but related note, the entire regular Radio 2 daytime team is off today (and presumably the whole week). Sara Cox is in for Chris Evans, Mark Goodier for Ken Bruce, Vanessa Feltz for Jeremy Vine, Craig Charles for Steve Wright and Alan Carr for Mayo and Whiley. You don’t normally get so many holidays converging like that, even if it is half-term.



For those interested outside the UK - BBC Radio is not geoblocked like the TV is. They have the shows up for a week or so to play on demand if you go to the BBC Radio 4 site.


I’ll listen, but I wasn’t a big fan of the book. It’s okay, but not very Gaiman-y. I think Stephen Fry’s Mythos books are a better attempt at a similar idea (using Greek Mythology rather than Norse).