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Radio 1: The Jocks


Dingling Dells not picturedSATURDAY-NIGHT-JAPESMITHERY-in-waiting with bearded bouffanted melange of zany stunts, madcap jokes and Funny Phone Calls™ (“Hello, your library book is twenty seven years overdue!”), firstly essayed on little-remembered tryout ‘character’ slot, then hasty propulsion Weekend Breakfast-wards to replace an inevitably booted Kenny Everett, then the main Breakfast gig (lots of pretending to spill coffee over Tony Blackburn), then most infamously Sunday mornings, where he pretended to present the show from – ahem – a country house with a funny name. ‘Dingley Dell’ played host to sonorous R4 bloke Brian Perkins reading the news, John Gielgud reading The Railway Children, ‘Desmond The Duck’, the inexplicable doling out of ‘Welly Boot Stickers’ as prizes, and Captain Beaky And His Band every bloody week. All tied in neatly with his Swap Shop duties, but once there were bigger televisual fish to fry, Radio 1 had to get the old heave-ho.



  1. Jakey Doodles

    April 1, 2010 at 6:36 pm

    smug doesn’t quite cover it.

  2. Glenn A

    September 2, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    Noel Edmonds is awful on Deal or no Deal, but was brilliant on the radio. He really should try and make a comeback with a show similar to his Sunday show on Radio 1 in the early eighties.

  3. Richard16378

    October 26, 2013 at 11:04 am

    My reckoned he was better one radio, & wasn’t bad on Swap Shop before his ego got the better of him.

  4. Richard16378

    October 26, 2013 at 11:05 am

    The above should start “My Dad….”

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