‘In the Christmas programme of the monthly series, Mishal Husain introduces seasonal dispatches from journalists and writers around the United Kingdom which reflect the nature and range of contemporary life.
Ian McMillan in Barnsley recalls being a – rather unexpected – wise man when a boy and ponders what that traumatic but ultimately uplifting experience has taught him which still matters today.
As excitement mounts, Jane Labous visits an improbable school for Father Christmases to discover the dos and don’ts of the job and why too much ho-ho-ho can be frowned upon.
Horatio Clare in South Wales reflects on the peculiar sense of loss which the bereaved feel during the festive season and considers how best it can be relieved for old and young alike.
Charmaine Cozier has actually done what many would like to do and volunteered during the festive season. She ponders the ups and downs of the experience as the best – and worst – aspects of humanity are put vividly on display.
And Travis Elborough, in the company of a Captain Nemo-like brewer, takes on the onerous task of sampling locally fermented Christmas ale in Sussex, and discovers the uplifting spiritual dimensions to the creation of a unique seasonal libation.’
I appear, alongside the likes of Andrew Martin and Joe Kerr, in this Channel 5 documentary Keeping London Moving: Then and Now.
It can be viewed here:
‘In the latest programme of the monthly series, Mishal Husain introduces dispatches from journalists and writers around the United Kingdom that reflect the range of contemporary life in the country.
Martin Vennard in Saltburn reveals how surfing has improbably helped revive the fortunes of the once-proud Victorian resort on Tees-side; while Travis Elborough taps a surf music beat in Worthing where a 50 year-old musical phenomenon is garnering new fans.’
I’m one of the talking heads on a new BBC documentary about the golden age of the long playing record. The show airs on 8th Feb 2013 and you can find out more on the BBC site and of course watch on iPlayer once it’s broadcast. Noel Gallagher, Slash and Nile Rodgers also feature.
My book on the ascent of the vinyl album The Long Player Goodbye is still in all good bookshops too.