2013 - the year in review: The best radio of the year
The People’s Songs
Radio 2’s year-long mega-series, a labour of love for its presenter Stuart Maconie, was consistently wonderful on people, the times through which they have lived and the songs that sound-tracked those times. A landmark social and cultural retrospective.
Russell Brand and Noel Gallagher on XFm
What a double act. This one-off collaboration in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust was a non-stop treat as Brand, drunk on his own verbiage and forever teetering on the edge of a lawsuit, was repeatedly cut down to size by Gallagher.
Tweet of the Day
A simple idea brilliantly executed. Radio 4’s series of early-morning shorts about British birds based on their dawn song, accompanied by the mellifluous murmurings of Sir David Attenborough, proved to be an excellent way to start the day.
Derbyshire’s Five Live show is the best of its kind, shining a light on controversial topics without hectoring or hysteria. “The Abuser’s Tale”, an investigation into domestic violence which talked to abusers involved in rehabilitation was bold and important radio.
Tony Harrison’s V
This expletive-laden poem didn’t provoke as much fuss as it did 25 years ago when there were calls for it to be banned. But Harrison’s late-night reading on Radio 4 was power - ful nonetheless, not least because, with its portrait of social and cultural divisions, Britain didn’t seem so different now to how it was then.
Discovery of the year
Blood, happiness and how Manhattan disposes of its poo. No subject is too big or bizarre for Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich’s podcast on the US station WNYC, which brings wit and intelligence to matters scientific and philosophical.
Turkey of the Year
There was a sort of bravery in Five Live’s decision to air a disastrous interview with the actress Naomi Watts on Kermode and Mayo’s Film Review. It was also a cringing illustration of the orchestrated nature of the celebrity interview. Watts cut the conversation short and we all breathed a sigh of relief.
Artists unveils new exhibition inspired by Hastings beachart
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 I was a Woman Against Feminism too
- 2 Is Gideon Levy the most hated man in Israel or just the most heroic?
- 3 Students offered grants if they tweet pro-Israeli propaganda
- 4 The Tory donor whose firm is one of Britain’s biggest tax avoiders - with HMRC's blessing
- 5 John Barrowman praised for Commonwealth Games opening ceremony gay kiss
Comic-Con 2014: Sherlock's Benedict Cumberbatch and Game of Thrones' George RR Martin set to attend
Hercules, review: Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson takes centre stage in preposterous movie
Can Secret Cinema sell 80,000 'Back to the Future' tickets?
George R. R. Martin responds to 13-year-old fan's 'heartfelt' letter asking for a grisly death in Game of Thrones
Star Wars 7: Plot details 'leak', with sequel's opening sequence and premise revealed
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Vladimir Putin is given 'one last chance' to end hostilities in Ukraine
The 'scroungers’ fight back: The welfare claimants battling to alter stereotypes
The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Ukrainian military jet was flying close to passenger plane before it was shot down, says Russian officer
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Massive rise in sale of British arms to Russia
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: victims’ bodies bundled in black bags and loaded onto trains