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The Battered Suitcase June 2008

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In December 2013, JP Devlin of BBC Radio 4 fame recorded me throwing and talking about throwing for Saturday Live. You can hear it , about 13 mins in.

I think Richard Coles has done a great job (with or without Sian Williams, whom the BBC needed to find something for, once she’d decided not to move to Salford). My request is for JP Devlin (the man who loves the sound of his own voice, more than even Libby Purves and that’s saying something!) to leave the show. His digs about Richard moving on and presumably him taking over (big out loud laugh here) fill me with horror!

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    I couldn’t agree more. Although I hope Richard Coles isn’t going as I think he is an excellent presenter and if he is replaced with JP Devlin then I shall give up listening to the programme.

    JP Devlin is a delight to listen to as well as being warm and witty. Sorry he doesn’t sound like Philip Schofield but the UK is a big varied country of which England is just one of four constituent countries (for the time being) and the national networks should reflect our diversity. I remember how horribly Gerry Anderson was treated by many Radio 4 listeners in 1994 when his wonderful how Anderson Country was taken off the air because no-one could abide his accent. I often wonder when someone says they dislike an accent if it isn’t a cipher for regarding the people who have such accents as second class citizens. Well Radio 4’s loss was Radio Ulster’s gain in the end.