Posts Tagged ‘bbc’

Gegs | Radio 4

6 April, 2024

Good times talking to James Peak for this documentary.

And an Everyman puzzle to match.

Radio 4, 7 April 2024, 1915

The World At One | Radio 4

23 October, 2023

I’m right at the end of today’s episode:

House of Games | BBC2

25 September, 2023

Series seven:

A History of Britain in Just A Minute | BBC Books

20 September, 2022

On bookshelves 22 September.

Inside Inside No 9 | BBC Sounds

5 May, 2021

More detail than you could reasonably expect on Inside No 9’s Riddle of the Sphinx and Two Girls, One on Each Knee

… in this podcast episode.

Richard Osman’s House of Games | BBC2

8 October, 2020

Series four starts on 12 October. Happily (for me), the question-editor bit of production preceded … the Unpleasantness.

See also: my book for Penguin, The Joy of Quiz. And, to a lesser extent, the official spin-off book.

Inside No 9 | BBC2

25 February, 2020

You should watch this episode first

… then listen to the podcast to discover my indirect association.

The book in question is The Joy of Quiz.

See also: The Riddle of the Sphinx

The Shipping Forecast Puzzle Book | BBC Books

8 February, 2020

For every Shipping Forecast area, you find the places on the map indicated by various clues. Join the places to form the shapes of letters. Join the letters to form a sea shanty.

Out 5 November from your local bookshop / Penguin / Waterstones / Amazon etc.

It also gives a flavour of what it’s like to be in each of Dogger, Fisher, German Bight…

The Best of 2010-2015 Wipe | BBC2

28 December, 2019

Crikey.

Richard Osman’s House of Games | BBC2

7 October, 2019

Series three of House of Games; 100 episodes.

See also: my book for Penguin, The Joy of Quiz

Richard Osman’s House of Games | BBC Books

2 August, 2019
Book of Games

I am proud of this book, which comes out on 17 October.

It has some games from the TV show, and some new ones and, with a couple of exceptions, all new questions. There are some imaginary behind-the-scenes conversations and general nonsense.

Blurb:

Do you know how many post boxes there are in the UK? Could you guess how many times the word ‘goat’ appeara in the King James Version of the bible? Fancy playing a game of charades where all of the books, films and plays are entirely made up? Now, look around the room. Is anyone there the kind of person who’ll say ‘I just don’t understand this’, when faced with something that’s not just perfectly easy to understand, but is … well, fun? Ask them to leave. Have they gone? Good. Now welcome inside the House of Games.

Hotel California | BBC News

23 August, 2018

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A Smashed Hits about (the) Eagles’ Hotel California:

“Vaguery is the primary tool of songwriters,” Frey told a journalist during a 2003 pro-am golf tournament in California’s Pebbel Beach, where he was partnered with Huey Lewis. “It works, it means whatever the listener wants it to mean.”

Sources: History of the Eagles; Hit Story: It All Started Because Of Rattlesnakes; Rockin’ ‘Round The Round, SF Gate; Jennifer Parker’s McBusted: The Story of the World’s Biggest Super Band and this lovely data collection from Southern California Public Radio.

Trump, double-negatives and politics | BBC News

23 July, 2018
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A quick piece for the BBC about double negatives:

It’s hard to understate how often we find ourselves using two negatives when we don’t mean to – in fact, this sentence begins with a common example

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Richard Osman’s House Of Games | BBC2

29 May, 2018

Series two begins on BBC2 today.

particularly pleasing… This is trivia, plus; it requires a bit of wit, and imagination, even, certainly silliness — Sam Wollaston, Guardian

…just how much I loved BBC2’s new quiz show Richard Osman’s House of Games… Like all the best TV quizzes, ROHOG scores very highly on the playalongability chart – so the half hour fair flies by — Ian Hyland, Mirror

the BBC’s new infectiously funny prime time show… deserves praise for finding a sweet spot which fits all audiences — Adam Bloodworth, Metro

it shouldn’t be a surprise that [Richard Osman’s House of Games] is terrific… The victor gets to choose between a dartboard, pasta maker, cushion and dressing gown, but really, we’re all winners hereRobert Epstein, Independent

viewers couldn’t stop laughing… The show’s debut was a success by all means as fans loved Richard’s new format — Helen Daly, Express

Stand By Me | BBC News

21 May, 2018

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A piece for BBC News about the use of Stand By Me at the royal wedding:

That’s why Harry and Meghan’s choice of song meant more than if they’d gone with, say, Ed Sheeran’s Shape Of You. And the performance by the Kingdom Choir takes Stand By Me back further still, re-infusing it with the defiance as well as the devotion of gospel.

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Heat Map | BBC Radio 5Live

4 May, 2018

I am a panellist on Heat Map this Sunday.

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Under discussion: cultural appropriation, Kanye West and The Communist Manifesto.

My choice of intro music:

Arts Club with Will Gompertz | BBC Radio 5 Live

29 January, 2018

I am a guest on the first episode of BBC Radio 5 Live’s Arts Club. Tickets for the recording are available from The Bill Murray club in Islington.

Update: More episodes with me —

  • 2 Feb 2018: Art for Trump, Dylan v Cohen, What does Banksy look like and is The Bayeaux Tapestry a bit rubbish? (My sacred cow: The Laughing Cavalier)
  • 16 Feb 2018: Florence, portraits and the music of our youth (My sacred cow: The Great Bear)
  • 18 Mar 2018: Awards Shows, the NME, and TV shows for the Obamas (My sacred cow: Julius Caesar)

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Have I Got News for You | BBC1

1 October, 2017

Series 54 begins 9pm, Fri 6 October.

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Inside No 9 | BBC2

28 February, 2017

I am proud to have performed the minor role of “crossword consultant” for this excellent episode of Inside No 9, The Riddle of the Sphinx:

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I’m further proud to have filled the role of some kind of muse:

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