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Main claim

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The Critics' Awards 1998: Radio - Open your eyes to the airwaves

Like contact lenses, radio works directly on the brain, with no intervening distractions. It can transport you through time and space, into palaces and prisons, across barriers of class, sex, age and agility. It can inform, engross, encourage and delight. R3's Danube Week did all that and more, taking the listener to the concert-halls, monasteries, opera houses, ballrooms and bars of Vienna and Budapest, and elegantly displaying the grandeur of the Austro-Hungarian empire in its modern European context. Its begetter, John Evans, gets my top prize.

Racing: Venetia's command performance

TERRY WOGAN once asked whether the sun only shone on Ron Atkinson's part of Manchester. Yesterday, as she stood in the rain without getting wet, the reverse question could be asked about Miss Venetia Williams. It didn't seem to rain on her part of Kempton. She stood there, reluctant to infiltrate the next day's headlines, as acolytes and hacks huddled round, drenched to the bone. But not a drop seemed to fall on her jet black hair or to soak her red and yellow tartan jacket.

Ross replaces Norman. And why not?

BARRY NORMAN had a leather armchair. Jonathan Ross, unveiled by the BBC yesterday as its chief film reviewer's successor, gets a black sofa. And why not?

Football: Plymouth win blankety blank

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The week in radio: Live and dangerously breathtaking

There's a sad little rhyme about an innocent film-goer in the 1940s: "She didn't care much for the brave and the strong - less still for the burning kiss. But she'd sit in the cinema all day long, in the hope that the character beating the gong would miss." At the Albert Hall I once saw the character bashing the tubular bells miss, during an exposed passage towards the end of Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique. My guilty glee was soon replaced by a sense of awe that everybody else was getting it right.

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He may have made his career out of playing losers, but now Stephen Tomkinson is firmly on the winning side. By James Rampton

Arts: Friends, countrymen, lend me your ears

Proms: THE LAST NIGHT; BBC SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA AND CHORUS BBC SINGERS ROYAL ALBERT HALL

Why Are They Famous ? - Gloria Hunniford

Main Claim: Middle-of-the-road empress of blarney. Like a blonde Terry Wogan, Gloria's brand of smoothly polished populism has secured her a steady niche in soft broadcasting. A way with a dazzling smile, a smooth phrase, and a housewife-pleasing genius for light entertainment make her the consummate professional. Now Gloria has married at the ripe old age of 58-but-you'd-never-guess-it, wedding some millionaire crimper fellow. Gloria surprised us all by arriving in a horse-drawn carriage. James Galway played Danny Boy, and Cliff Richard read the lesson. You get the picture, readers. "I feel wonderful, absolutely on top on the world," said Gloria. New husband: "I found a woman with beauty, brains and a soul."

Potter may have written his own biography. Who knows?

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