I live on the coast. I can hear French radio on the car stereo. Ferries leave for France every day. The fishermen here are related, way back in time, to families from Normandy and Spain. We’re nearer to France here than we are to Westminster … yet my town voted for Brexit, by a largeContinue reading ““This isn’t about the politics. We’re either side of the same sea.” Making The Walk: Across The Water (Calais and Dover) for BBC Radio 4″
EastEnders ain’t Cockney no more says June Brown in The Lost Cockney Voice, first broadcast on Radio 4 last year. Now the documentary I made with producer Jonathan Mayo is back at 4pm on Tuesday 2 January 2018 (or on iPlayer right now). You ’avin’ a laugh, mate? They don’t speak Cockney on EastEnders anyContinue reading “The Lost Cockney Voice returns to Radio 4”
Frank Gardner has a stronger handshake than Arnold Schwarzenegger. Neither smells like David Beckham. That is what I can reveal today as three pieces appear in different titles at once, thanks to an accident of timing. Black Friday is a totally spurious American festival of greed for which Britain is going crazy all of aContinue reading “Why Frank Gardner has a stronger handshake than Arnold Schwarzenegger on Black Friday”
Richard Coles used to be the piano player in the Communards, now he’s a broadcaster and a priest. Here’s an extract from his new review of Is God Still An Englishman? “We grew up through the same dramas: Thatcherism, the miners’ strike, the rise and fall of Lady Di and New Labour. Moreton writes about theseContinue reading “'Thatcher, the miners, Hillsborough, the rise and fall of Lady Di and New Labour … Moreton writes about these brilliantly,' says Richard Coles”
The music is ‘Wrapped Up In Books’ by Belle & Sebastian. But you knew that.