BBC Radio 2

The daunting, uplifting prose of The Psalms

20 April 2019 9:00 am

As if in defiance of the BBC’s current obsession with programming designed to entice in that elusive young and modish…

The way the BBC constantly asks you to log in to iPlayer is sneaky

12 August 2017 9:00 am

It’s sneaky, the way in which the BBC, so much regarded as part of the family as to be nicknamed…

I wish radio was more like I remember it as a child

24 June 2017 9:00 am

This week’s column is dedicated to my mother who loved her radio and encouraged us to be listeners. Without her,…

The making of Bach’s Passion

15 April 2017 9:00 am

It’s the oddest place to find a profound meditation on the death of Christ, but there it is on Radio…

Knowledge, experience, taste, are not enough to make a great radio DJ

25 February 2017 9:00 am

This weekend Brian Matthew will present his last-ever Sounds of the 60s show on Radio 2. Now 88, he’s been…

Sometimes allowing someone to die is in the patient’s best interest

14 January 2017 9:00 am

All that’s needed for Radio 4’s One to One series (Tuesdays) to succeed is a sharp-eyed interviewer, ready with the…

How singing helped the people of Aberfan overcome a tragedy

22 October 2016 9:00 am

‘I went in at seven and came out aged 22,’ said Brian as he looked back on the day in…

The man who read the whole of Anna Karenina, letter by letter, to the man next door

25 June 2016 9:00 am

I’d just heard (on catch-up) Jenny Abramsky (a former director of BBC radio) telling Gillian Reynolds (the esteemed radio critic…

‘I could do many things... but I could not listen to Bach’

26 March 2016 9:00 am

Six years ago, on Good Friday, the journalist Melanie Reid was thrown off her horse while on a cross-country ride…

The blind boy who learnt to see with sound

20 February 2016 9:00 am

The deadline for Radio 2’s 500 Words competition falls next Thursday. Children between the ages of five and 13 are…

Long before Twitter, Wogan offered continuous conversation

6 February 2016 9:00 am

For once, the superlatives that have greeted Terry Wogan’s death from cancer have been entirely in keeping with the man.…

Agincourt was neither necessary, nor great. We’re mad to celebrate it

29 October 2015 9:00 am

Can anyone explain this sudden enthusiasm for Agincourt, that unexpected victory over the French, now being celebrated, or rather commemorated,…

What’s the point of BBC Music?

29 August 2015 9:00 am

To Radio 2 to meet Bob Shennan, controller of the BBC’s most popular radio station (the station attracts one third…

Why it would be absurd to sell off Radio 2 - even if it could do with a refresh

25 July 2015 9:00 am

The idea that Radio 2 should be sold off by the BBC to a commercial rival is as nonsensical as…

Why wasn’t there more about the other faiths over Easter on the BBC?

11 April 2015 9:00 am

There was no shortage of Easter music and talks across the BBC networks with a sunrise service on Radio 4…

The man who discovered Ebola

31 January 2015 9:00 am

By some quirk of fate, just as news reached the papers that the Scottish nurse who had contracted Ebola while…

When did we become a nation of police informers?

10 January 2015 9:00 am

There’s a danger that in what follows your columnist may seem to be recommending an attitude. Please don’t think that.…

Children’s radio was once at the core of the BBC - now it’s all but disappeared

13 December 2014 9:00 am

It was a bit of a surprise to hear Jarvis Cocker, the embodiment of cool and former frontman of Pulp,…

The voices of Indian PoWs captured in the first world war

15 November 2014 9:00 am

At six o’clock on 31 May 1916, an Indian soldier who had been captured on the Western Front alongside British…

One man’s guilty pleasure is another’s palpable greatness

10 May 2014 9:00 am

The film critic Anne Billson wrote a typically pugnacious piece recently about the phrase ‘guilty pleasures’, which has spread like…

The sound of growing rhubarb

15 March 2014 9:00 am

When the BBC proposed to do away with 6 Music a few years ago, the media-savvy fans of the station…

Autumn shake-up in Radios 2 and 3 scheduling

5 October 2013 9:00 am

This time round in the autumn shake-up of the schedules it’s Radios 2 and 3 who are on the frontline…

Tom Stoppard’s Pink Floyd play gives Radio 2 a dark side

31 August 2013 9:00 am

How many listeners, I wonder, actually tuned in to Darkside as it went out on air on Radio 2, after…