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The Great Gildersleeve



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 10, 2010 2:29 pm    Post subject: Anyone Happy With Radio 2's Christmas Schedule? Reply with quote

I think I'll be listening most of the day and evening.

Good to see Bill Kenwright's Golden Years has been given a two hour special on Boxing Day in the afternoon.

That should please a few people on here after what we said on the Radio 2 board before it was closed.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 10, 2010 2:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Radio has always been gack over the festive period and it looks like the broad offer on radio 2 is no exception. Worth avoiding methinks.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 10, 2010 2:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's great news GG! I've got the RT but not had time to read any of it yet.

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 11, 2010 9:59 am    Post subject: Anyone Happy with R2's Christmas Schedule? Reply with quote

I haven't got mine yet.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 11, 2010 11:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good to see that Kenny Everitt getting some air-time over Christmas.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 11, 2010 6:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I may tune in to Jnr Choice on Xmas Day. I'll probably be listening to Paul O'Grady
For the rest It'll probably be CDs, Internet radio & possibly a bit of Magic
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 12, 2010 10:21 am    Post subject: Anyone Happy with R2's Christmas Schedule? Reply with quote

Finally I got RT - I'll listen to the Kenny Everett programmes and the Kirsty MacColl documentary.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 12, 2010 10:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Apart from some interesting documentaries, which mabe repeast I missed, and repeated concerts and hopefully Ken I expect R2 to become radio gaga over the festive period as usual with the usual standins and sometimes worse Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 12, 2010 10:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like the fact they do try to offer something different at holiday times rather than the same programmes we gett every day of the year.

Helen, Bill's show is on between 3pm and 5pm.

I don't think it's too bad on Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

Ed's Junior Choice, The music special on Dean Martin with his daughter, Kenny Everett of course(even if it's been pieced together from previous output)Documentaries on Eric and Ern, The London Paladium, Jools Holland interviewing Clapton(even if its really to promote his new album)and other specials during the week are welcome and we can always dip into the output of Radio 4 which have some great comedy, drama and documentaries too.

BBC Radio is offering me more entertainment than what is on the tv in general.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 16, 2010 8:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Avid there's a documentary on Smooth at 1pm this Sunday about Kirsty McColl if you are interested

I remember I was in America in 2000 not far from the place where she met her death
It was big news in America at the time so that says quite a lot about her
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 23, 2010 12:30 pm    Post subject: Anyone Happy with R2's Christmas Schedule? Reply with quote

Ruddlescat, I missed the Smooth documentary! I'm listening to the R2 documentary on I-player as I write.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 24, 2010 9:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

is this R2 ? Rolling Eyes

05:0006:30 The Early Breakfast Show - Lynn Parsons Sits In Rolling Eyes
06:3009:30 The Chris Evans Breakfast Show - Aled Jones Sits In Rolling Eyes
09:3012:00 Ken Bruce - Richard Allinson Sits In
12:0014:00 Jagger's Jukebox Very Happy
14:0016:05 Steve Wright in the Afternoon - Craig Charles Sits In Smile
16:0518:00 Simon Mayo Drivetime - Patrick Kielty Sits In Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 24, 2010 9:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Three words come to my mind: "Same Old Crap".

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 25, 2010 11:10 am    Post subject: Is Anyone happy with Radio 2's Christmas schedules? Reply with quote

I'm listening to the Kenny Everett documentary and I heard that Jack Jackson was an influence in his using comedy clips and music out of context - would the Dickie Goodman 'break-in' records have also been an influence? I've listened to a lot of those on YouTube.

I would say Everett would have influenced Harry Hill iand Russell Howard in the way he took the michael out of his superiors!
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 25, 2010 7:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I heard the second hour of the Kenny Everett show. Superb!! I'll catch up on Listen again facility. I thought Kenny's take off of that hippy dippy Beatles tune was hillarious Laughing
The London Paladium docu presented by Michael Freedland is superb. I'll certainly listen to part 2 tommorow, probably listen to this one again on listen again, too! MF always does the show biz docu's better than anyone else.
I did tune in this morning to Jnr choice, but too many dodgy tune & when he played "Too Little boys" I could stand it no more & turned over.
I heard much of Paul O Grady while cooking the chicken! Cool
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 25, 2010 7:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

OOPS!! Embarassed I just checked-it is Not M Freedland- it is Michael Grade Surprised Surprised But he's doing a good job
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 26, 2010 9:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Listened to both KE shows (Christmas Eve and Christmas Day) - great stuff - a presenter who could have a lot of fun but didn't treat the audience as though they were idiots. Smile
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 26, 2010 11:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Colin

I think you are being a tad harsh on the Christmas schedule. There's been an impressive variety of stuff thus far. Of course with variety it does by definition mean that there will be some shows that are not to everybody's taste. However a mix of Ed Stewart, Paul O'Grady, Dean Martin, Kenny Everett and a documantary about the Palladium is I think worthy of more than "the same old crap."
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 26, 2010 1:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

OK, let's just say that I don't find much to inspire me. I haven't listened to R2 at all since before Xmas eve and I haven't missed it at all. I have, however, been listening to loads of really good music on Radio Caroline; no "celeb" presenters, no cheesy "Christmas wrapping" of every programme and absolutely no songs containing the words "Christmas", "Sleigh Bells", "Snow", etc etc., in lyrics. Oh, and all of the programmes have been live as well.

So, in that sense it looks very much to me like Radio 2's schedule did indeed consist mostly of the "same old crap"!!! Wink
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 26, 2010 2:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, I think it was good entertainment.. particularly the Paul O'Grady show.. he definitely seems to have what it takes to make a decent presenter. I thought the Dean Martin programme was fabulous.. in fact I didn't turn it off until the end, even though I'd moved into the lounge by then. Simply excellent.
I've yet to enjoy the two Kenny Everett shows but from snippets I heard, it too sounded very good.
Weren't you tempted to listen to the KE shows Colin?
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 26, 2010 3:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

SantaFefan wrote:
Weren't you tempted to listen to the KE shows Colin?


I'll catch up with them in the next couple of days. The thing is that we tend not to watch any TV over the holiday period (although I make an exception for The Royle Family!) and I get so fed up with all the "christmassy" cheese over the period that I avoid radio as well. The other thing is that we're doing things which means we don't even listen to radio that much. I did, however, listen to Radio Caroline whilst preparing food yesterday (25th) which provides a great respite for anyone wishing to escape the usual contrived festive fayre. Christmas hardly gets a mention, which I have to say is a great credit to the presenters and programme policy of the station. It really is different to the rest of the junk that's found on the dial these days!

I think I've done well this year - I've avoided hearing Slade singing that appalling anthem of theirs "...and here it is, Merry Christmas" (ie: Noddy Holder's Pension Plan) and other such seasonal naffness completely!

I've got some work to get on with tomorrow (Monday) so I'll probably stream the Everitt programme then. I like Kevin Howlett's work, so it's bound to be a good listen.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 26, 2010 4:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So you didn't make a point of watching the "Stictly Come Dancing - Christmas Special" either then?
Vince Cable was quite a mover.... Laughing
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 26, 2010 4:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

SantaFefan wrote:
So you didn't make a point of watching the "Stictly Come Dancing - Christmas Special" either then?
Vince Cable was quite a mover.... Laughing


I have two friends who were in the audience during the VT at Television Centre and they tell me that the funniest bits were those not recorded!! Smile
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 26, 2010 5:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cherskiy wrote:
Listened to both KE shows (Christmas Eve and Christmas Day) - great stuff - a presenter who could have a lot of fun but didn't treat the audience as though they were idiots. Smile


Yes, great shows Very Happy Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 26, 2010 5:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ColinB wrote:
SantaFefan wrote:
So you didn't make a point of watching the "Stictly Come Dancing - Christmas Special" either then?
Vince Cable was quite a mover.... Laughing


I have two friends who were in the audience during the VT at Television Centre and they tell me that the funniest bits were those not recorded!! Smile


That sounds like a fishermans story of the one that got away Laughing
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 26, 2010 5:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Enjoyed Bill Kenwright's two hour slot, but have just had to change to 'Listen Again' (Deana Martin) to get away from the witless wittering of French and Saunders. They were playing some good music when they weren't indulging in unfunny banter - shame.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 29, 2010 5:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I heard most of the Dean Martin special and thought I had it on here to listen to later but seem to have deleted it and my present set up isn't really any good with the online player since they changed the settings...

I was happy with a lot of the output on Christmas Day and have listened mainly to radio over Christmas(mostly BBC networks)

Bill's show was worth a listen too but like you French and Saunders just wittered on and I gave up...I won't be listening to the other two programmes planned.

It was pointless but if I had listened to that for two hours I'd feel exhausted.

So I feel much as you do Minx...
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 30, 2010 9:25 am    Post subject: Anyone Happy with R2's Christmas Schedule? Reply with quote

I've got Stewpot on the I-player at the moment but the choices are very staid. I found Billy Howard's King Of The Cops and the Rockin' Berries' Rock-A-Bye Nursery Rhyme on YouTube previous to this! Ditto Stan Freberg's Banana Boat Song and George & The Dragnet/Little Blue Riding Hood.

Harry Belafonte's Mary's Boy Child was depressing stuff of the 'Sunday morning God slot' variety.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 30, 2010 9:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm very pleased to say that I didn't listen to R2 for three days over the Xmas break. I have since cherry-picked a couple of items from iPlayer but that's it. It doesn't appear that I missed much.

Radio Caroline wasn't "christmassy" at all - and for that reason I enjoyed its output hugely!
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 30, 2010 9:39 am    Post subject: Anyone Happy with R2's Christmas Schedule? Reply with quote

Re:Frankie Howard's Three Little Fishes - it was a re-recording with 80's synths instead of the big band backing on the original.

When the 'church organ' sound came on at the beginning I thought Stewpot had cued up Yes's Parallels by mistake!
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 31, 2010 3:05 pm    Post subject: Anyone Happy with R2's Christmas Schedule? Reply with quote

I'm listening to Johnnie Walker's interview with the Davies brothers on I-player.

When the Kinks were the Ramrods, was the muscle man they backed the same one who went on Opportunity Knocks?
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 01, 2011 8:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The programme was spoilt by problems with DAB reception Rolling Eyes

I notice the Cliff Richard programme was a repeat today and not as billed in the Radio Times or on the BBC website...it was supposed to be an interview between him and Penny Smith and we got the 2006 Cilla Black programme The Ultimate Cliff Richard Top 20 or something.

I assume they are holding the new programme back or it has never been recorded in the first place. Thye never gave an announcement explaining why the new programme was substituted.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 01, 2011 9:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It has been nice to have R2 on continuously from breakfast to teatime without having to race for the off button, or retuning to something less irritating than Evans, Vine and Wright.

I also enjoyed the Kenny Everett specials, and I think that Craig Charles deserves a wider audience for his undisputed talent as a daytime radio host.

Shame that it all went to pot at 16.00 when motormouth Kielty came on air. I'm sure that man talks more rubbish than Evans does, and if anything he's marginally more irritating.
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