Nigel Rees says he has been ‘broadcasting-struck’ since the age of eight but had no very clear idea what he might end up doing in either radio or television. In my radio times, Nigel recounts how he held on to that ambition during a Liverpool upbringing and schooling, and then at the University of Oxford, before landing his first job with Granada TV in Manchester.
It was there that Nigel realised he wanted to be a writer and broadcaster of some description. After a short and undistinguished stint as a hard news reporter with ITN, he gradually established himself as a freelance contributor to a wide range of BBC radio programmes. In time, he became a presenter in news and current affairs (Today on Radio 4, Twenty-Four Hours on World Service) as well as in arts and entertainment. As Nigel relates in my radio times, he also somewhat unusually combined his presentation work with acting in a radio comedy classic (The Burkiss Way to Dynamic Living) and a radio comedy disaster (The Betty Witherspoon Show).
This last experience did, however, mean that he got to work with Kenneth Williams. my radio times contains a notable portrait of that extraordinary character. There are, too, verbal snapshots of the many other people whom Nigel has encountered along the way, from film stars to politicians, from leading figures in the arts to the odd arch-villain.
Eventually, it was Nigel’s particular mix of enthusiasms that gave rise to Quote ... Unquote, the radio show he has devised and introduced for approaching forty years. Nigel relates how it came about, his experiences with an astonishing variety of guests, and how the brand established him as something of an authority on aspects of popular language – the chief subject of his many books.
Alongside Nigel’s narrative in his ‘radio autobiography’ is an intriguing account of the personal life that has underpinned the professional.
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