This afternoon I'm on BBC Radio Leicester as a guest of Ed Stagg. Ed (photo above) hosts a weekly panel show, broadcast live from 1200-1400, discussing what he describes as “the Big Questions, from the scientific to the silly.” Ed hopes "to create the atmosphere of a relaxed and fun 'coffee-table' chat" on air.
The two other guests are Gordon Cooper (Professor of Renaissance Studies at the University of Leicester) and Elaine Pantling (comedienne, actress and writer who performs as the one-woman Laurie Lorry Theatre Company).
I know Elaine (indeed the last time I did this show she was on the panel too) but not Gordon. I’m surprised Elaine and I are back together so soon, as they normally mix the guests up a bit more. But Ed tells us that we worked together so well last time, that they thought they should have us back together.
|In the studio: Elaine Pantling, Gordon Cooper, Ed Stagg|
I've been on Radio Leicester's Saturday afternoon show three times before, when the show was hosted by Damien St John (see blog entries for 14 July 2012 and 3 November 2012) and once with Ed as host (see blog entry for 26 January 2013).
A couple of days before the show we each receive an email and phone call from Ed, briefing us on the forthcoming show. We each have a question to which he'd like us to respond, then encourage us all to discuss - and for listeners to email, text or tweet about. Our questions are as follows:
- "What’s a garden for?" (for Gordon)
- "Are we funny?" (for Elaine)
- "How do I keep the faith?" (for me)
- "What’s in a name?" (for everyone)
Elaine has us indulge in a quarter of an hour of improvised comedy, which had to be heard to be believed. We were each issued with props for sound effects ( yes, the mind boggles, faithful reader!)
|Gordon, Elaine & Ed - with props!|
Each of us gets to choose a song. Ed asks us to keep it "radio-friendly" and preferably something that relates to our specialism, our question or something that fits the week. Mine is King for a Day by XTC for what I hope are obvious reasons.
Oh, and while I was writing this blog post, I made an unexpected find: XTC performing King for a Day on Late Night with David Letterman, 30 June 1989. Enjoy this lovely piece of serendipity, my friends.