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Radio 4: The Programmes

Pirate Radio 4

TYPICALLY futile mid-eighties attempt at luring the school holidaying kids away from Why Don’t You? and back towards the radio, albeit with a more culturally appealing agenda than usual. Steve Blacknell presided over the proto-Radio 5 potpourri, notably incorporating new Adrian Mole monologues, specially written by Sue Townsend and performed by original radio Mole Nicholas Barnes, and the six-part hiatus-plugging original-cast-recorded Douglas Adams-aping Doctor Who serial Slipback, notorious for its vast superiority to anything seen on television during the Colin Baker era.



  1. Glenn A

    July 11, 2009 at 6:51 pm

    Flopped as no kid would dare admit to listening to Radio 4, esp in a Northern working class area I did. I once admitted to listening to it for the news and was blackballed at school as a weirdo.

  2. Radio Cream

    July 11, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    Northern working class Radio 4 listener since childhood and proud of it.

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