Richard and Judy's Blog

Early Mornings!

Friday 1 October 2010


Hi everyone – sorry neither of us have blogged for a few days: I’ve been getting to grips hosting the Chris Evans Breakfast Show on Radio 2, and Judy’s been taking advantage of the peace and quiet to immerse herself in her own novel. It’s coming on really well – she’s probably about a third of the way through now. I think it reads beautifully (yes, yes, I know it’s a case of ‘he would say that wouldn’t he’ but as I’ve said before, actually I wouldn’t because if it was rubbish I’d look an idiot further down the line!).

Doing the brekkie show’s been a riot. I’ve sat in for various other R2 live shows – Zoe Ball’s Saturday Breakfast Show, Simon Mayo’s Drivetime, so I’m familiar with the general principles of live sequence radio programmes but they’re all different. On Monday, my first Evans sit-in, it felt a bit like getting into a hire car at the airport, and a model you haven’t driven before. You may have been driving for years but you take it a bit carefully until you work out how the thing handles, where all the knobs and buttons are, etc. Then on day two, you can step on the gas.(I think I’d better abandon this motoring metaphor now, before I run out of roa – DOH!!!).

Lots ask how different live radio is to live TV. It’s massively so. The principal difference is that on telly, when you are talking to camera, however relaxed you try and appear, the fact is that the lens is usually at least ten feet away, so at some level you are projecting. It’s rather as if there is an invisible proscenium arch above your head. However deconstructed the set might be, it’s still a set – and for set, read stage – and there is a faint whiff of the theatre about the whole thing.

Radio, by contrast, is deeply intimate. Your lips are only a few inches from the mic, the studio is essentially a room, not a stage, and, crucially, there are only two or three other people – the studio technicians and your producer – in your eyeline, and they are on the other side of a soundproof sheet of glass. (In a TV studio there can be well over a dozen people moving around you). So you feel you are connected almost physically with the listener, a bit like talking to a friend in the car. And you can assume they are basically friendly, otherwise they wouldn’t be listening.

I only go into this because I have been asked so often this week about the TV/Radio schism for presenters, and I thought you might be interested to know.

Well, another week on the Breakfast show next week, and I’ll be back for a week in early November, and again in the week ending on Christmas Eve. I’m enjoying myself so much I feel I should be paying them.

The Snowman is the new book to be reviewed by us and has now moved to its appointed place right next to WHSmith’s tills. It’s one of my personal favourites, I have to say. See the int with author Jo Nesbo and our personal reviews of his book, on the web now.

Last thought... although our website is predominately on books, we will, as time goes by, be blogging, posting videos, and generally featuring completely disconnected subjects.

By for now, and hope you can join me next week on R2 – and enjoy The Snowman. Keep a baseball bat under the bed – when you put the light out after reading it, it’s a comfort!!!

All the best everyone – Richard.

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  • Appreciate you getting up early to to brighten our day Its been great to hear you in the mornings Richard , much enjoyed, thank Judy for sharing you with the nation ! I only have one problem and that was today. You had the Reverand Rob Gillian on celebrating my favourite saint Saint Francis of Assisi patron saint of animals and birds. Now I am a vegan so to hear you then referring to the dead cow you ate at the week end did not make my heart very happy ! Humans can be so hypocritical, they say we are a nation of animal lovers oh no we abuse animals without even a thought for our actions. THank god there are a few million vegans who realise that the anatomy and physiology of humans has no requirement to eat the flesh or by products of animals hence the explosion of alzheimers, cancer, diabetes, kidney disease etc. all linked to meat and dairy consumption. When someone has a stroke/heart attack and the blood sample returns it always contains animal lipids (fats and cholesterol) not remnants of broccoli and rice ! Thank you for listening please think about it my friend has a wonderful website worth looking at love and blessings and remember every slice of cheese you eat has the life of a calf and a mother cow in it.


  • I'm really enjoying your breakfast show - so much better than silly Chris Evans! I am still cringing over the wrong text sent by the woman to her father instead of her returning boyfriend..... Keep up the good work.

    Victoria Barnett

  • agree with victoria on the blog, loved waking up to you every morning, miss you now, chris is ok but too silly at times and a little hyper , more for cbeebees.

    gail x

  • I really love listening to Richard on the radio. It is like listen to an old friend talking to me. Hope to hear alot more of Richard on the radio

    Jayne Dafforn