Stuff you’d only get on Radio Four part 2364 – a drama about S4C! Of course it’s the thirtieth anniversary of both that and its English language brother this week but while the current Channel Four, never knowingly interesting, isn’t doing anything about it, it looks like S4C are churning out the clips most nights and showing programmes voted for by viewers – and brilliantly, the schedules all have “subsequent programmes are subject to change” disclaimers, so clearly they don’t know what they’re going to be showing and how long it’ll be. The only English celebrations of this penblwydd hapus are here, which tells the true story of how Gwynfor Evans went on a hunger strike until the Government promised there’d be a Welsh TV channel.
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The great excitement of this run continues to come from hearing songs for the first time in years or, indeed, ever, and we’d never heard that Kelly Marie track before that slab of Scottish Disco (TM) appeared here the other week – although in a funny sort of way we had heard it before, when it was called Feels Like I’m In Love. Such is the way these repeats work too we end up hearing it more times than the one that got to number one. In the late edition, Pete told us she’d also just been named Scotland’s Female Singer of the Year. No wonder Sheena Easton pissed off to America! Tonight we have surely the earliest slot ever for the extended edition, and quite right too because most of the brilliant songs from seven days ago get another outing.
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- In 'PICK OF THE DAY', Richard Davies says: "It sounds like it’s worth writing a feature on the rise of stand-up comedy over the last 20 or so years."
- In 'Play School', David Smith says: "Don Spencer is also, in one of my favourite pieces of telly trivia, Russell Crowe’s father-in-law."