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.
Art Somebody is going around telling people he's Banksy - but it isn't the street artist
Maisie Williams single-handedly rises to the challengeTV
Academy criticised after no non-white actors nominated
tvAn expose of hooliganism masquerading as an ideological battle
artLee Hadwin can't draw when he's awake, but by night he's an artist
Arts & Ents blogs
- 2 Mystery man who gave mum heart-warming note on train 'wanted to put a smile on her face'
- 5 Amal Clooney gives excellent answer to fashion question at European Court of Human Rights
Heavy metal producer's corpse to be mutilated by models as per his dying wish
Game of Thrones season 5: Grey Worm actor Jacob Anderson is all for more male nudity – as long as it’s not him
The Jump 2015 line-up: Joey Essex, Phil Tufnell, Heather Mills and co take to the slopes
Costa Book Awards 2015: H is for Hawk named book of the year
New Ghostbusters movie lands all-female cast with Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
French court convicts three over homophobic tweets, in case hailed as a 'significant victory' by LGBT rights campaigners
Greece elections: Syriza and EU on collision course after election win for left-wing party
British Muslim school children suffering a backlash of abuse following Paris attacks
British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford faces execution by firing squad in Indonesia
Liberal Democrat minister defends comments suggesting immigration causes pub closures