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.
musicReview: Culture Club performs live for first time in 12 years
Children's bookseller wins The Independent's new author search
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 This 'woman calls police to order pizza' story isn't going where you're expecting
- 2 Axe wielding man shot dead after attacking four New York policemen on busy street
- 3 Watch what happened when food critics were unknowingly served McDonald's
- 4 Jimmy Carr's Oscar Pistorius joke goes a bit too far at the Q Awards
- 5 Ottawa shootings: Bruce MacKinnon's cartoon is the perfect tribute to soldier Nathan Cirillo
This is what a film sex scene actually looks like on set (mostly awkward)
Taylor Swift, 1989 - album review: Pop star shows 'promising signs of maturity'
American Horror Story season 4, Fox - review: Silly, sensational but still sensitive
The Apprentice 2014: Nurun Ahmed and Lindsay Booth sent home in double firing
Russell Brand's Revolution - book review: Witty banalities aside, the comic has an authentic voice
Of course, teenage girls need role models – but not like beauty vlogger Zoella
Cameron is warned 'no possibility' of UK reducing immigration and that bid to bring in quota on migrant workers would be illegal
Support for EU membership 'at highest level since 1991' with most Brits wanting to stay 'in'
Thousands with degenerative conditions classified as 'fit to work in future' – despite no possibility of improvement
Residents should throw a street party and mix with immigrant neighbours, councils told
Attacks on 'Ukip Calypso' show how skewed people’s priorities are