The Year in Review: Best radio of 2010
Friday 24 December 2010
A History of the World in 100 Objects, Radio 4
Neil MacGregor's epic tour around the British Museum was a vindication for Mark Damazer's bold scheduling. Sometimes daunting, but infinitely rewarding, seeing past civilisations wax and wane provided a sense of perspective increasingly missing in our lives. The head of Ramasses II and the stone hand axe are two of the items that linger in the mind.
Jonathan Ross, Radio 2
I'm sure he won't be gone long but I miss Jonathan Ross and so does Radio 2. His show was just what you wanted for a lazy Saturday morning, slick and witty, with upbeat music that was totally untroubled by fashion.
BBC 6 Music
Reprieved by the BBC trust from closure, 6 Music survived the axe and the audience swelled to make it the most listened to BBC digital radio station with an average weekly audience of 1.194 million. Whatever you think about George Lamb, there's always Adam and Joe and the excellent Stuart Maconie.
I, Claudius, Radio 4
The Friday Play has been axed and World Service drama seems certain to go the same way, but impressive highlights of last year's 650 hours included David Hare, a memorable Pinter, and the continuingly excellent dramatisation of John le Carré with Simon Russell Beale. Robert Graves' vivid and grisly saga of the Roman emperors was a great treat to end the year.
The Today Programme, Radio 4
It reached a record audience in election year, but on any old day it's still making headlines. The giggle factor may have risen with Justin Webb and Evan Davis, not to mention Jim Naughtie's slip of the tongue, so perhaps another tough female anchor is the answer, alongside Sarah Montague. Though God forbid the day John Humphrys retires.
Review: Of Mice and Men
By opportunistic local hoping to exhibit the work
Fans will be hoping the role finally wins him an Oscar
What do gigantic horse heads tell us about Falkirk?
Finnish Postal Service praises the 'self irony and humour' of the drawings
The actor has confessed to his own insecurities
Allotments are the focus of a new reality show
Arts & Ents blogs
The best movies on Netflix: 32 films that will end your endless scrolling
Game of Thrones season 4 episode 2 breaks torrent record as fans watch online
The original Breaking Bad ending saw every character die
Ricky Gervais: 'People are waiting for me to fail. If you think it's awful, then just don't watch it'
Paul Walker's brothers stand in for actor’s final scenes for Fast & Furious 7 movie
The food poverty scandal that shames Britain: Nearly 1m people rely on handouts to eat – and benefit reforms may be to blame
US Navy christens huge $3 billion destroyer ship USS Zumwalt that appears as a fishing boat on enemy radar
Scottish independence: It is the English who should be on their knees, begging the Scots to vote ‘No’
Nigel Farage fatigue? Half of voters ‘immune’ to Ukip’s appeal
Nigel Farage on Have I Got News For You: Ukip leader ridiculed over expenses and party 'fruitcakes'
Nigel Farage: I’m taking on the status quo, and the Establishment’s fighting back
- 1 Poveglia: 'World's most haunted island' up for sale...is anyone brave enough to buy it?
- 2 Big Bang Theory to get special Star Wars episode with help from Lucasfilm
- 3 Babies cry at night to stop mothers procreating, scientists claim
- 4 Pharrell Williams 'Happy': British Muslims dance to song in video
- 5 24 people applied for the 'world's toughest job', here are their interviews