Friday, 09 December 2016
Radio Review: 9 December
Bob Mills is back and as eccentrically funny as ever
Written by Louis BarfeAbout 20 years ago, Bob Mills was the host of one of the funniest TV shows I’ve ever seen. It was called In Bed With Me Dinner, and consisted of Mills playing clips from old documentaries then making sarcastic comments about them.
This is an age-old format, but nobody has done it better than Mills, and various lines from the series pop into my head on a daily basis. If something is good, it’s ‘football’. If bad, it’s ‘muggy bonehead’. Furthermore, I can’t hear or say the word ‘abingdon’ without collapsing into fits of the giggles. The shows are all over YouTube, and if you get an idle moment, treat yourself.
Mills, a stand-up comedian of some distinction and a semi-regular on Five Live’s Fighting Talk, is also a damned fine radio presenter. I was a regular listener to his Sunday night BBC London show about 15 years ago, when he seemed to play an Edgar Winter record in every show and conducted lengthy discussions on the Veneer of the Week displayed by Shadbolt’s woodyard on the North Circular Road.
He’s back on the wireless, again on Sunday nights, with Tragedy Plus Time (Talkradio, 7pm), that being held by many to be the traditional formula for comedy. Listening in online later in the week, I found Mills on the usual excellent form, discussing Roy ‘Slither’ Jay and Cardew ‘The Cad’ Robinson with sidekick Tim Clark, and musing on the whereabouts of the subsidiary cast members of Lovejoy. Mills seemed very pleased to learn that Dudley Sutton is still with us. Quite right too.
The frustrating part was not being able to join in with the trivia on Twitter, so I’ll just have to listen live in future. Oh, and while Shadbolt’s is no longer on the A406, Veneer of the Week can now be found on Twitter at @ShadboltDoors.
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