PERHAPS THE EMBODIMENT of eighties red-white-and-blue-bodywarmer, get-your-R1-bugs-from-Smiley-Miley-on- the-Goodiemobile DJs, carving a ludicrous niche as the network’s ‘sex symbol’ (“Young, Free and Single!”), with embarrassing nudge-nudge patter on his Bit In The Middle and ‘Woo! Gary Davies!’ jingles. Regular features included The Sloppy Bit (a tired ballad), producer-derived ivory-tinking Willie On The Plonker, and The Day To Day Challenge; a five-day competition where the prizes included a pair of Radio One boxer shorts. Later attempted to reinvent himself as a man with musical taste, discovering Radiohead in the process, but to no avail – he was one of the first casualties of Bannisterisation.
Creamguide's Pick of the Day
Doubtless Sky Arts have shown this a thousand times, and probably another channel before that, but we’re a bit quiet this week so it gets in. It’s Bing with all his mates, including Dino and Frank and Bob and of course Dame David, suitably seasonal for this time of year. We don’t know if it’s got him being impressed by Pan’s People, though.
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Points of View
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