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PostPosted: Sat May 01, 2010 2:55 pm    Post subject: Chris Tarrant To Cover For Steve Wright Reply with quote

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Chris Tarrant returns to BBC Radio as he sits in for Steve Wright all week, playing three hours of top tunes and talking to celebrity guests.

Chris last presented on BBC Radio 2 with pop star and songwriter Nik Kershaw in December 2009, profiling the Great British Songbook Of The Eighties.

Chris has a rich and diverse history of broadcasting, ruling the London airwaves from 1987 to 2004 as the host of the legendary Capital Radio Breakfast Show, as well as changing the face of the television game show as presenter of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? from 1998 until today


http://www.bbc.co.uk/pressoffice/proginfo/radio/2010/wk20/mon.shtml#mon_radio2
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PostPosted: Sat May 01, 2010 6:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh dear God! are they determined to run this station into the ground ? Twisted Evil Twisted Evil
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PostPosted: Sat May 01, 2010 7:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Minx wrote:
Oh dear God! are they determined to run this station into the ground ? Twisted Evil Twisted Evil


Chris has been a recurring presenter on Radio 2 since December 2004. I am surprised Lesley Douglas never offered CT his own show. Instead, he ended up working for Global on Smooth radio alongside Mike Osman. I wonder if he will be one of his sidekicks?
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PostPosted: Sun May 02, 2010 8:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

mark occomore wrote:
Chris has been a recurring presenter on Radio 2 since December 2004.


Maybe I missed him when he was on but I don't remember him recurring that often Rolling Eyes

Compared to some other newcomers and standins he maybe an improvement.
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PostPosted: Sun May 02, 2010 9:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't recall him being on that often either Nod. I think he did a New Year's Eve (?) thing a few years ago but I didn't hear it.

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PostPosted: Sun May 02, 2010 1:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Given Tarrant's proven track record in radio, we should hopefully be spared the usual whines about "celebrity" presenters with no experience.

I'm looking forward to it; without meaning any disrespect to Mr. Tarrant, he's not Steve Wright so therefore I'll be tuning in! Wink
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PostPosted: Sun May 02, 2010 8:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gnasty Gnome wrote:
Given Tarrant's proven track record in radio, we should hopefully be spared the usual whines about "celebrity" presenters with no experience.

I'm looking forward to it; without meaning any disrespect to Mr. Tarrant, he's not Steve Wright so therefore I'll be tuning in! Wink


We used to listen to Chris Tarrant on Century Radio, (or it might have become Real Radio by then) and his shows were a good listen.
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PostPosted: Sun May 02, 2010 10:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Chris Tarrant did a few Christmas specials between 2004 and 2006. He's not made any appearances until now. I would like to hear him on Radio 2 permanently. At least he's not a 'yoof presenter' like Chris Evans, Zoe Ball etc.
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PostPosted: Mon May 03, 2010 6:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I can remember hearing him on Capital Radio when he had a morning show and enjoying it. I would certainly give this a listen.
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PostPosted: Mon May 03, 2010 9:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Angela W wrote:
Gnasty Gnome wrote:
Given Tarrant's proven track record in radio, we should hopefully be spared the usual whines about "celebrity" presenters with no experience.

I'm looking forward to it; without meaning any disrespect to Mr. Tarrant, he's not Steve Wright so therefore I'll be tuning in! Wink


We used to listen to Chris Tarrant on Century Radio, (or it might have become Real Radio by then) and his shows were a good listen.


The saturday show was networked across the smooth and real radio network. He presented it alongside Mike Osman.
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PostPosted: Mon May 03, 2010 9:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

mark occomore wrote:
Angela W wrote:
Gnasty Gnome wrote:
Given Tarrant's proven track record in radio, we should hopefully be spared the usual whines about "celebrity" presenters with no experience.

I'm looking forward to it; without meaning any disrespect to Mr. Tarrant, he's not Steve Wright so therefore I'll be tuning in! Wink


We used to listen to Chris Tarrant on Century Radio, (or it might have become Real Radio by then) and his shows were a good listen.


The saturday show was networked across the smooth and real radio network. He presented it alongside Mike Osman.


Did he? Neither of us can remember hearing anyones voice except Chris Tarrant's!
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PostPosted: Mon May 17, 2010 1:03 pm    Post subject: Chris Tarrant and Jeremy Vine Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Mon May 17, 2010 2:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, halfway through the show and personally I think it's dreadful. Juvenile and unprofessional.

As my OH just said, "it's beginning to get painful listening to the radio these days."
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PostPosted: Mon May 17, 2010 2:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Minx wrote:

As my OH just said, "it's beginning to get painful listening to the radio these days."


Well, listening to certain radio stations ,anyhow! I haven't heard a scrap of R2 today; I find that by not switching on at breakfast I tend not to listen to R2 at all. I don't think I'm missing much (certainly not at breakfast!).
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PostPosted: Mon May 17, 2010 6:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ho hum, and there was me thinking it was a thread about Chris Tarrant standing in for Steve Wright.
Well at least there were 12 replies before it was hijacked.
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PostPosted: Mon May 17, 2010 6:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well done, you've reached Chris Tarrant...here it is with your name on it..... but we don't wanna listen to that! Smile
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PostPosted: Mon May 17, 2010 7:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

How on earth was he so successful on Capital Radio?

A. The audience was deaf
B. The audience was hypnotised
C. The audience was asleep
D. The audience was pi*sed

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PostPosted: Mon May 17, 2010 7:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

He's a proffessional broadcaster. I think the show was bloody good. Give the man a chance to find his feet. It's his first time Radio 2 at running a whole live show for a week. He's getting to the grips how to run the desk, and some broadcasters don't even try that out.
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PostPosted: Mon May 17, 2010 8:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I winced when he related the altercation with the cyclist - he's got a bit of history when it comes to disagreements.
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PostPosted: Mon May 17, 2010 10:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I thought he was a bit manic and switched off after an hour of intermittent listening.

Are they trying to make the whole station sound like the breakfast show? Shocked

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PostPosted: Mon May 17, 2010 11:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

First time I've ever heard Chris Tarrant on the radio, only caught some of it as I was working.
Sounded OK, have to agree with Mark that people should give him a chance.
I always think it takes a while to get used to someone before you can form a proper opinion.
(For example) I'm glad the BBC took no notice of the Dads Army sample audiences as they didn't like it at all, but the BBC stuck with it and it became a much loved show.
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gazmando wrote:
. I'm glad the BBC took no notice of the Dads Army sample audiences as they didn't like it at all, but the BBC stuck with it and it became a much loved show.


Not such a good analogy, though, because Dad's Army was a product of brilliant scripting, believable and well-honed characterisation and absolutely superb performances by contributors who were all expert at their craft. Today, under the stewardship of the current BBC management, a pitch for Dad's Army wouldn't get a second look from the commissioning editor. It would be "Interactive Fun for All The Family" gameshows and soaps.

Compare Dad's Army with the superficiality and blandness of the "Radio 2 Breakfast Show (an Interactive Show for All The Family)". In fact, there's no comparison at all is there!

Helen May wrote:
Are they trying to make the whole station sound like the breakfast show?


I fear that's the plan, Helen. Shallow, superficial.... but "interactive". It has to be "interactive"!
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mark occomore wrote:
He's a proffessional broadcaster. I think the show was bloody good. Give the man a chance to find his feet. It's his first time Radio 2 at running a whole live show for a week. He's getting to the grips how to run the desk, and some broadcasters don't even try that out.


Mark, being a professional means that you donít get a chance to find your feet, professionals know exactly where their feet are, or professionals they aint. Most professionals train and practice again and again and again until they get it right every time, then, and only then do they get let loose on the public. In broadcasting itís called rehearsing, dry running, once more from the top just to make sure. You have to be as good as you can be from the first second and you should be able to do your very best work when you donít feel like doing it. Then youíre a professional- no excuses, no time to settle in, no , ďbut itís my first dayĒ try not; do or do not!
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PostPosted: Tue May 18, 2010 2:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

He's settled into the show very nicely today. The show is miles more entertaining with CT than messers.. Graham Norton and Dale Winton.
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PostPosted: Tue May 18, 2010 3:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's miles more irritating for me..... Rolling Eyes

And does he have to shout all the time? Oh yes, I suppose he does.... it's the new frantic R2.
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PostPosted: Tue May 18, 2010 6:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What I find interesting (not the show itself, obviously) is that it's a fairly like-for-like stand-in. Radcliffe and Allinson are a quieter, music-driven presenter, Norton and Winton have clearly defined personalities, but Tarrant - he shouts, reads snippets from newspapers and magazines, keeps giving us the weather and time checks, and does wacky interaction with fellow presenters and Joe Public. Which is pretty much what Steve Wright does!

I'd have thought Wrighty would be more precious of his slot. Either his power's slipping or he's happy for Tarrant to do it because there's no way on Earth Tarrant will commit full time.
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PostPosted: Tue May 18, 2010 6:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've listened a bit and it's OK. Lack of sycophantic wanabees is as much a bonus as anything.

I did enjoy the gag at the end of yesterday's show.... "If you liked it I was Chris Tarrant, if you didn't I was Chris Evans".
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Bring in Allinson.

Richard Allinson rocks.
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PostPosted: Tue May 18, 2010 8:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree it wasn't a great comparison Colin, also agree with everything you said about Dads Army (been listening to the Radio shows recently...superb)
Just that I think people should be given some time rather than switching off after part of one show.
What I have noticed about CT is that he asks a question and then talks over the person as they answer, which is pretty annoying.
I noticed he did it with Boyzone, the members of the public who chose their oldies and with Sally Traffic.
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PostPosted: Tue May 18, 2010 10:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mark occomore wrote:
He's settled into the show very nicely today. The show is miles more entertaining with CT than messers.. Graham Norton and Dale Winton.


I thought they did a very reasonable job, actually. They certainly weren't messers.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 09, 2010 7:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Chris is back covering for Steve on the 26th July after Dale has done his 3 week stint. I wonder when Wrighty is back.
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Chris is back covering for Steve on the 26th July after Dale has done his 3 week stint. I wonder when Wrighty is back.


I think Wright is on a training course - learning to broadcast in a style that's not rooted in the 80s.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 21, 2010 7:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

CT is covering for 2 weeks

http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio2/shows/steve-wright-in-the-afternoon/battle-of-the-oldies/
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 21, 2010 8:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What a pity that Dale Winton isn't continuing - I've been enjoying his stint on the "Big Show".
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 21, 2010 8:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So have I, Chris Tarrant was as manic as Evans the last time he was on. I lasted all of half an hour before having to switch him off!

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 21, 2010 10:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree. Tarrant was just trying too hard and it was painful to listen to. Dale Winton is a much better host in that slot.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 22, 2010 7:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dale mentioned on Wednesday show that he been critised on Digital Spy for forgetting telephone number and losing his bits of paper. Laughing. Yesterday he said " he forget where he parked his car on Tuesday"
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 22, 2010 8:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

(Crosses fingers) Has SW finally got the hint and left?
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 22, 2010 9:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It will be 5 weeks after Tarrant's 2 week stint.

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I'm always struck by how well-liked Dale is both by the inevitable phoners-in and by the artistes he is interviewing. I heard one guy yesterday complimenting him on how well he knew his music.

I wish he was doing the full stint. Won't be tuning in to Tarrant. Crying or Very sad
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