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Re: The Mark and Maconie general thread.
« Reply #90 on: Oct 12th, 2007, 8:47am »
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Marc's very modest, but he is doing roughly the same thing as Peel did, and in a primetime slot but on a marginal station (which isn't particularly distinguished at other times of day).
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« Reply #91 on: Oct 12th, 2007, 6:55pm »
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on Oct 11th, 2007, 3:30pm, littlemissmosher wrote:
another good point well put Smiley
 
see how polite and good-tempered we all are here just now Grin

 
Down with this sort of thing  Grin
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« Reply #92 on: Oct 12th, 2007, 11:54pm »
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on Oct 12th, 2007, 6:55pm, Celebrity Sheep wrote:

 
Down with this sort of thing  Grin

 
Politeness and nicenessHuh?
Surely that's not what BB is aboutHuh
 
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« Reply #93 on: Oct 17th, 2007, 2:21pm »
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http://talk.radiotimes.com/thread.jspa?threadID=400000436
 
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When, back in March, Auntie announced that Mark Radcliffe would be joining forces with fellow BBC Radio 2 stalwart Stuart Maconie for the purposes of a new evening show, I was inconsolable. "Turncoats! Poltroons!" I roared, in the manner of a (marginally) less hirsute Captain Haddock, imagining a fate akin to that which befell Whizzer and Chips when it was forced, weeping, into an arranged marriage with fellow comic powerhouse Buster (ie a slow, agonising death).  
 
"Surely," I continued, raining tearful blows on my copy of the latest Radio Times, "anyone can see that the combination of such similar broadcasting styles will only dilute the award-winning presenters' considerable individual charms while depriving listeners of the vast and unalloyed weeknight joy that is the existing, solo Mark Radcliffe Show!"  
 
But I was wrong. How wrong? This wrong (throws open arms and grimaces to indicate a wrongness of humbling magnitude). Because the result of this enforced union, this putative Clash of the Broadcasting Titans, is, against all odds, a programme of seemingly effortless excellence.  
 
Indeed, just five months after they first found themselves peering at each other over a stack of pre-signed Ken Bruce publicity snaps, a couple of chewed biros and a teetering tower of unopened Michael Buble CDs, the Radcliffe-Maconie partnership already feels like an institution. A Sherbet Dip-Dab of fizzing wit and creamy nostalgia, it's as much a part of the Radio 2 furniture as Wogan's beloved breakfast bash or Sounds of the 70s.  
 
It's a sofa of literary snugness: a pouffe of eloquent glee. Their styles - earthy yet sensitive northerner with punk leanings, and earthy yet sensitive northerner with prog leanings, respectively - are complementary to the point that it's increasingly difficult to tell them apart.  
 
Monday's studio guest - itsy-bitsy Virginian singer/songwriter Devon Sproule - spoke for the nation when, in response to a question pertaining to the correct pronunciation of her surname ("sprawl", as it happens), she drawled, "I can't tell which one of y'all said that."  
 
Their easy banter is so un-self-conscious, so pass-the-butter-mother comfortable, they sound like a married couple, albeit a married couple that doesn't touch one another's bottom, obviously, and spends its evenings discussing the thematic intricacies of Van der Graaf Generator records as opposed to, say, skirting boards.
 
In the duo's quest to retrieve every last lump of joy from the mineshaft of rock history, Monday's show saw the introduction of a new feature, wherein they impart their favourite music-based anecdotes. So we heard about the time Ozzy Osbourne yanked down rotund Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward's eezy-fit jogging bottoms during a stadium gig ("e didn't moind," said Ozzy, apparently, "e's gorra big old schlong 'as Bill"), and about the time Supertramp stuffed tiny support act Chris de Burgh into a laundry basket as punishment for the Irishman's infuriating penchant for charging back on stage immediately after his set.
 
Best of all, however, is the duo's passion for words. Hence, Supertramp were described by Maconie (or was it Radcliffe?) as "hirsute counter-tenors of cheesecloth smock-rock," while Radcliffe (or was it Maconie?), upon learning a caller was from Shipley, sighed, "ah, Eldorado…" and, incredibly, managed not to sound like a prize plum in a village fete for condescending DJs.  
 
Arise, Sirs Radcliffe and Maconie, gallant knights of a new dawn in unexpectedly brilliant broadcasting.
 
Mark Radcliffe and Stuart Maconie are on BBC Radio 2, Monday-Thursday at 8:00pm.
 
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Re: The Mark and Maconie general thread.
« Reply #94 on: Oct 17th, 2007, 2:30pm »
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With that fantastic description, I urge you, Erotic Baubles, to close this debate.
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« Reply #95 on: Oct 18th, 2007, 7:44pm »
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That sounds like a great show. When's it on?
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« Reply #96 on: Oct 20th, 2007, 2:56am »
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Hahahahaha.
 
It starts so well.
 
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"Surely," I continued, raining tearful blows on my copy of the latest Radio Times, "anyone can see that the combination of such similar broadcasting styles will only dilute the award-winning presenters' considerable individual charms while depriving listeners of the vast and unalloyed weeknight joy that is the existing, solo Mark Radcliffe Show!"

All that!
 
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just five months after they first found themselves peering at each other ... the Radcliffe-Maconie partnership already feels like an institution
that they positively race to abandon at times.
 
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A Sherbet Dip-Dab of fizzing wit and creamy nostalgia
and copious factoids from the books they have lying around.
 
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a sofa of literary snugness
that on occasion becomes a sofa of literary smugness.
 
I can understand Devon Sprawl struggling as they mumble, interrupt each other and talk in an excitable chatter at times. But do any of us struggle to tell them apart?  
 
Their penchant for parroting rock lore can get tiresome at times. My rose tinted ear trumpet has convinced me the Mark Radcliffe Show used to be about the music and the guests. Mark and Maconie feels more about the presenters.
 
It's weird though. We ardent followers of The Mark Radcliffe Show, for the most part, appear to be unimpressed by this "unexpectedly brilliant broadcasting". For me, the shows they do alone are usually more palatable then the ones they do together.
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« Reply #97 on: Oct 20th, 2007, 8:46am »
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on Oct 20th, 2007, 2:56am, Erotic_Baubles wrote:

I can understand Devon Sprawl struggling as they mumble, interrupt each other and talk in an excitable chatter at times. But do any of us struggle to tell them apart?  
 
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No, I don't,  If she was a listener to Mark and then Stuart joined you would think that she could tell them apart.
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« Reply #98 on: Oct 20th, 2007, 12:45pm »
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on Oct 20th, 2007, 2:56am, Erotic_Baubles wrote:
a sofa of literary smugness

I remember in the first week it was a wing-backed armchair...
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on Oct 20th, 2007, 12:45pm, Solarman wrote:

I remember in the first week it was a wing-backed armchair...

 
I think you'll find that Stuart had a stripy deck-chair 'on loan' from Wigan Pier Wink
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« Reply #100 on: Oct 20th, 2007, 10:17pm »
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"...as much a part of the Radio 2 furniture as Wogan's beloved breakfast bash or Sounds of the 70s."
 
MY arse!!!!!
It'll be dead by Spring 2008.
 
Wogan is a legend. Neither of these chancers have got the guts to stand up for what they believe in.
 
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« Reply #101 on: Oct 20th, 2007, 10:36pm »
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on Oct 20th, 2007, 10:17pm, Velcro-Incident wrote:
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Whilst one is tempted to concur with your assessment of the likely longevity or otherwise of the current offering, and its paucity in the face of the towering behemoth of achievement that is Wake Up To Wogan, nevertheless Doze Off To Wigan (Or Bolton) is but a stepping-stone in two illustrious and hitherto markedly different careers, presently hovering between greatness and... who knows.
 
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« Reply #103 on: Oct 21st, 2007, 12:33pm »
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Doze off to Wigan (or Bolton)  Grin Grin
 
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« Reply #104 on: Oct 21st, 2007, 3:28pm »
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on Oct 20th, 2007, 10:36pm, Solarman wrote:

Steady on, old fellow...
 
Whilst one is tempted to concur with your assessment of the likely longevity or otherwise of the current offering, and its paucity in the face of the towering behemoth of achievement that is Wake Up To Wogan, nevertheless Doze Off To Wigan (Or Bolton) is but a stepping-stone in two illustrious and hitherto markedly different careers, presently hovering between greatness and... who knows.
 
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I was having an extremely grumpy day Solarman. Appreciate you well tempered reply.  
 
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