Here’s the first of our weekly pick of TV shows, radio programmes, podcasts and articles to download, stream, and print for your travels in the coming week.
As these are picked primarily from UK sources, many programmes will not be available for download or streaming from outside the UK. All should be available from Sunday evening for the next 30 days.
“The Nation’s Favourite..”
It has been a big week for broadcasting anniversaries.
Four of the BBC’s national radio networks, Radios 1 to 4, celebrate their 50th birthdays this weekend.
BBC Radio 1 is a station most people have listened to at some point in their lives. Radio 1 has launched a three day “pop-up” station Radio 1 Vintage featuring over 50 archive programmes over three days from Kenny Everett, to John Peel and Pete Tong. All are available for download on the BBC iPlayer radio app.
On Radio 1 itself, the celebrations have been a little more muted with 20 guest artists including Jay-Z, Foo Fighters, Miley Cyrus and Harry Styles visiting its Live Lounge which is also featured on BBC Four.
Continuing the radio theme BBC4 takes a look at pirate radio in the 1980s with The Last Pirates which ultimately led to the launch of Kiss FM.
“Don’t phone. It’s just for fun..”
It was 25 years ago that Channel 4’s “The Big Breakfast” burst on to our screens breaking every single rule of morning television and leaving the competition floundering in its wake. Broadcast magazines’s Talking TV podcast speaks to its creator Charlie Parsons and producers Duncan Gray, Lisa Clark and Paul Sandler.
“I am an intellectual, but at the same time I am not very clever.”
Sue Townsend’s creation Adrian Mole turns 50 this year. To mark the occasion, BBC Radio 4’s Book At Bedtime has begun a new 10 part serialisation of The Secret Diary Of Adrian Mole aged 13 3/4.
Labour MP Ed Miliband and former Absolute Radio presenter Geoff Lloyd have also launched a new podcast dedicated to exploring ideas Reasons To Be Cheerful. The first edition explores the concept of Universal Basic Income.
On to aviation industry matters, Routes Online has a podcast featuring International Airlines Group CEO Willie Walsh (who is never short of an opinion or two) at the Routes Online conference in Barcelona.
Turning to television, of note is another showing on BBC2 of Dawn French’s solo and highly personal show 30 Million Minutes.
The BBC iPlayer has also added a new “From The Archive” section featuring 100 hours of TV programmes from notable strands such as Arena, Horizon and Louis Theroux.
This week marks the return of what is likely to be a very fractious Conservative party conference in Manchester. Channel 4 looks at Boris Johnson’s Blond Ambition.
Your Time Capsule
On the subject of streaming and nostalgia, Spotify has launched a new automated playlist Your Time Capsule featuring tracks from your teenage years and early twenties. You can find it your Spotify app or here.
To the printed word, last week, Transport for London sent shockwaves through London (and San Francisco) by controversially not renewing Uber’s licence to operate in the capital. London Reconnections has produced by far one the better analyses of the economics, politics and technology behind Uber.
Also worth a read is The Inner Life of London’s Uber Drivers by Ben Judah for the Financial Times. A couple of other good reads from the Financial Times is Lunch with FT with “cult” Tory MP Jacob Rees-Mogg where he admits to having never cooked a meal in his life and an in-depth investigation into London’s secrets industry.
Stepping away from the FT, there’s an excruitiating encounter between The River Cafe’s Ruth Rogers and Decca Aitkenhead in The Guardian.
Finally, New York Times journalists recount One Day in the Life of Battered Puerto Rico after Hurricane Mario.