Knowledge Identifier: &BBC_Radio
Founded in 1927.
Countries: United Kingdom (77%), United States (8%), Ireland (3%)
Linked to: BBC, International Broadcasting Company, BBC Radio Ulster, BSkyB
John Gielgud - Gielgud's brother Val Gielgud became the head of BBC Radio Production in 1928, and John made his radio debut there the following year in a version of Pirandello's The Man With the Flower in His Mouth, which he was performing at the Old Vic Theatre.
E. M. Forster - In the 1930s and 1940s Forster became a successful broadcaster on BBC Radio and a public figure associated with the Union of Ethical Societies
To provide a different service from the domestic audience the Corporation started the BBC Empire Service on short wave in 1932, originally in English but it soon provided programmes in other languages
Margaretta Scott - She appeared as Viola at The New Theatre and as Ophelia and Juliet in a couple of &BBC_radio (BBC_Radio) productions in 1932
D. G. Bridson - Douglas Bridson started as a freelance writer joined &BBC_radio (BBC_Radio) as a Feature Programmes Assistant for their North Region in 1933
Roy Plomley - Then, in 1941, he devised the BBC Radio series "Desert Island Discs"
Wilfred Pickles - His most significant work was as host of the BBC Radio show "Have A Go", which ran from 1946 to 1967 and launched such catchphrases as "How do, how are yer-", "Are yer courting-", "What's on the table, Mabel-" and "Give him the money, Barney", delivered in Pickles's inimitable style
Nigel Kneale - On 25 March 1946 Kneale made his first broadcast on BBC Radio, performing a live reading of his own short story "Tomato Cain" in a strand entitled "Stories by Northern Authors" on the BBC's North of England Home Service region
Rikki Fulton - Fulton began his professional acting career as a straight actor, mostly appearing in repertory theatre and BBC Radio, including "The Gowrie Conspiracy" in 1947
Roy Plomley - For television he produced "Dinner Date with Death" in 1949, claimed to be the first UK film made for TV, and in the same year chaired "We Beg to Differ" on BBC Radio, transferring with it to BBC Television in 1951
P. H. Newby - From 1949 to 1978 he was employed by the BBC, beginning as a radio producer and going on to become successively Controller of the Third Programme and Radio Three, Director of Programmes , and finally Managing Director, BBC Radio
Tolchard Evans - He was often featured on &BBC_radio (BBC_Radio), notably with his "Tuneful Twenties" series from 1949 on
Maurice Edelston - Around the late 1950s he went into broadcasting and was a regular &BBC_radio (BBC_Radio) commentator by 1960
Alun Owen - By the late 1950s, however, Owen was beginning to realise that his real ambitions lay in writing rather than performing, and he began to submit scripts to BBC Radio
Eddie Calvert - Calvert's style was unusually individualistic, and he became a familiar musician on BBC Radio and TV during the 1950s
Edmundo Ros - During the 1950s and 1960s the Ros orchestra appeared frequently on BBC Radio, continuing into the early 1970s on "Radio Two Ballroom"
Nigel Kneale - He returned to writing for radio for the first time since the 1950s in 1996, when he wrote the drama-documentary "The Quatermass Memoirs" for BBC Radio 3
Ted Moult - Moult first came to public attention in the 1950s on BBC Radio's general knowledge quiz "Brain of Britain", although he was knocked out in the first round
Nova Pilbeam - Pilbeam was married to BBC Radio journalist Alexander Whyte from 1950 until his death in 1972
John Mortimer - But he made his debut as an original playwright with "The Dock Brief", starring Michael Hordern as a hapless barrister, first broadcast in 1957 on BBC Radio's Third Programme, later televised with the same cast and subsequently presented in a double bill with "What Shall We Tell Caroline-" at the Lyric Hammersmith in April 1958, before transferring to the Garrick Theatre
Roy Plomley - He was Chairman of the Radio and Television Writers' Association, 1957-1959, and was voted BBC Radio Personality of the Year in 1979
Olaf Pooley - His other appearances include the 1958 &BBC_radio (BBC_Radio) play "Ambrose In Paris" and Sebastian in a 1956 film production of "The Tempest"
Jackie Lee - From 1959 to 1964 Lee was a member of The Raindrops, a successful quartet who made countless appearances on British TV and variety shows, had a BBC Radio show and released a string of records, the majority of which had Lee as lead vocalist
Jon Pertwee - From 1959 to 1977, he had a long-running role as the conniving Chief Petty Officer Pertwee in "The Navy Lark" on BBC Radio
Vince Hill - At the beginning of the 1960s, he joined the critically acclaimed British vocal group, "'The Raindrops"', which gave him his first opportunity to perform in television and radio shows, especially on the &BBC_radio (BBC_Radio) show "Parade Of The Pops"
Philip French - In the 1960s he produced "The Critics" on the BBC Home Service and from 1974 to 1990 he produced its successor programme "Critics' Forum" on BBC Radio 3
Will Wyatt - His career began in 1964 as a trainee journalist on the "Sheffield Telegraph" newspaper, before moving to the BBC in 1965 as a sub-editor in &BBC_radio (BBC_Radio) news
Roy Plomley - Plomley's broadcasting career was not restricted to "Desert Island Discs"; he compiled and presented several feature programmes and was the chairman of BBC Radio's game show "Many a Slip" from 1964 to 1979, and a participant in such panel games as "Does the Team Think-", on BBC Radio
By 1967 millions were tuning into these commercial operations and the BBC was rapidly losing its radio listening audience
Paul Daneman - He played Bilbo Baggins in the 1968 BBC Radio dramatisation of J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Hobbit"
Terry Wogan - After covering Jimmy Young's mid-morning show throughout July 1969, he was offered a regular afternoon slot from 3 to 5 pm This was officially on BBC Radio 1, but lack of funding meant that it was broadcast on BBC Radio 2
Vincent Price - During the early 1970s, Price hosted and starred in BBC Radio's horror and mystery series "The Price of Fear"
Jon Pertwee - Pertwee is best known for a series of famous roles, firstly his 18-year stint on BBC Radio as Chief Petty Officer Pertwee in "The Navy Lark", secondly his role in the BBC science fiction television series "Doctor Who", in which he played the third incarnation of the Doctor from 1970 to 1974 and thirdly as the title character in the series "Worzel Gummidge"
Terry Wogan - In April 1972, he took over the breakfast show on BBC Radio 2, swapping places with John Dunn, who briefly hosted the afternoon show
Although no other broadcasting organisation was licensed in the UK until 1973, commercial competition soon opened up from overseas
Tony Benn - In October 1973 he announced on BBC Radio that he wished to be known as Mr Tony Benn rather than as Anthony Wedgwood Benn, and his book "Speeches" from 1974 is credited to "Tony Benn"
Brian Matthew - Later, Matthew returned to prominence as the host of BBC Radio 2's arts magazine "Round Midnight", from 1978 to 1990
Richard Allinson - Allinson has been heard on the various BFBS radio networks since 1980, first on Most Wanted for BFBS Radio 1, where he played mostly new music with a cutting edge, later moving to BFBS UK and others, and moved to BFBS Radio 2 in 2003 presenting in a style which the public have grown accustomed to with his shows on BBC Radio 2
Anthony Burgess - Burgess was a frequent guest-speaker on the BBC Radio 4 programme "Start the Week", broadcast on Monday mornings during the 1980s
Peter Vaughan - Vaughan was heard as Denethor in the celebrated 1981 BBC Radio production of "The Lord of the Rings"
Edward Judd - He was heard in an episode of the BBC Radio comedy "Drop Me Here, Darling", starring Leslie Phillips, in 1983, as well as playing Barrymore in The Hound of the Baskervilles the same year, and the BBC radio play "Philadelphia Moonshine" in 1985
Ian Lavender - In 1983, he revived the role of Frank Pike in the BBC Radio sitcom "It Sticks Out Half a Mile"
Sian Williams - Prior to her career in television journalism, Williams spent over a decade with BBC Radio after joining the corporation in 1985
Lonnie Brooks - And in 1987, BBC Radio broadcast an hour-long live performance
Jon Pertwee - During the 1990s, he made a guest appearance in the "Lords and Ladies" episode of the BBC Radio 4 comedy series "Harry Hill's Fruit Corner", playing a Time Lord and spoofed the role in the Radio 4 comedy "The Skivers"
Barry Johnston (writer) - In 1990 he joined the new BBC Radio 5 as presenter of the Sunday breakfast show "Sunday Edition"
Terry Wogan - In January 1993, he returned to BBC Radio 2 to present the breakfast show, called "Wake Up to Wogan"
Eartha Kitt - One of her more unusual roles was as Kaa the python in a 1994 BBC Radio adaptation of "The Jungle Book"
John Rawling - Rawling previously commentated on boxing and athletics for BBC Radio, and was named Sony Radio Sports Broadcaster of the Year in 1994
Jakko Jakszyk - "The Road To Ballina" was broadcast on BBC Radio 3 in December 1996 - a slightly shorter and compressed version was released on CD via Resurgence in early 1997
Richard Allinson - Allinson joined BBC Radio 2 in 1997, presenting the Monday - Thursday late night show from 10,30pm-Midnight, which included a mix of music and guests
Michael Ignatieff - In 1998 he was on the first panel of the long-running BBC Radio discussion series "In Our Time"
Dudley Sutton - In 1999 he appeared in the BBC Radio play "Cosmos the Mystic Dog"
Mark Gatiss - In the same year the show transferred to BBC Radio 4 as "On the Town with the League of Gentlemen", and later arrived on television on BBC Two in 1999
Jakko Jakszyk - In March 1999 BBC Radio 3 broadcast a second Jakko piece called "The Church of Lanza", which used many of the same techniques as "The Road To Ballina"
Olivia Williams - In 2000, Williams wrote the short story "The Significance Of Hair" for BBC Radio, and read it on the air
Sophie Thompson - In a BBC Radio play "Blue Veils and Golden Sands" by Martyn Wade first broadcast in December 2002, Thompson stars as Delia Derbyshire
Tony Benn - In 2003, his show with Bailey was voted 'Best Live Act' at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards
Ron Atkinson - A BBC Radio documentary about The Three Degrees, repeated on 16 May 2004, was cancelled owing to Atkinson's central contributions
Clare Teal - Since 2005 Teal has been the presenter of the BBC Radio 2 show, "Big Band Special", on a Monday night and regularly appears as a presenter on "Friday Night is Music Night"
Christopher Eccleston - On 11 June 2005, during a &BBC_radio (BBC_Radio) interview, when asked if he had enjoyed working on "Doctor Who", Eccleston responded by saying, "Mixed, but that's a long story
The most recent was in 2006 when it became "Director of Audio and Music" to reflect the BBC's online audio services
William Hogarth - Hogarth's engravings inspired the BBC radio play "The Midnight House" by Jonathan Hall, based on the M. R. James ghost story "The Mezzotint" and first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2006
Richard Allinson - From 8 January 2006 until 24 February 2007, Allinson presented a regular weekly show on BBC Radio Oxford on Sunday mornings from 9 am - 12 noon
Stanley Vann - The 24 September 2006 edition of the Sunday BBC Radio 3 programme "The Choir" celebrated the forthcoming 80th anniversary of the weekly broadcast of Choral Evensong on BBC Radio
David D'Or - He performed in the 2007 WOMAD festival concert, and in reviewing his performance "BBC Radio" referred to his voice as "sensational"
Richard Allinson - Since January 2007, he has presented the two hour live show "Allinson's Albums" between 12-2 pm every Saturday on BBC Radio Oxford, and from 4 March 2007 is repeated on Sundays from 5-7 pm
N. F. Simpson - A radio documentary about his life and work, "Reality is an Illusion Caused by Lack of N. F. Simpson", produced by Curtains For Radio on BBC Radio 4 on 5 April 2007, featured contributions from Eleanor Bron, Jonathan Coe, John Fortune, Sir Jonathan Miller, Sir John Mortimer, David Nobbs, Ned Sherrin, Eric Sykes and Simpson himself
Terry Wogan - The shortlist of 16 candidates had been published on the BBC Radio 2 website and the winner was announced live on Radio 2 during Family Favourites with Michael Aspel on 30 September 2007
Jack Nicholson - His ardent refusal to miss a Lakers home game means that studios are rumored to have to schedule filming around the Lakers home schedule although he disputed this claim in an interview with &BBC_radio (BBC_Radio) in 2008.
John Westbrook (actor) - This production has been repeated over a long period, most recently at Christmas 2008 on BBC Radio 7
Mark Gatiss - In 2009 he was The Man in Black when BBC Radio 7 revived the character to introduce a series of five creepy audio dramas
Andrew Sachs - The play has subsequently been repeated a number of times on BBC Radio 7, most recently in August 2009
Stephen Mason (musician) - Mason was married on October 24, 2009 to former BBC Radio Producer, Jude Adam
Terry Wogan - Before he retired from the weekday breakfast programme "Wake Up to Wogan" on BBC Radio 2 on 18 December 2009, it had a regular 8 million listeners, making Wogan the most listened-to radio broadcaster of any European nation
Mark Gatiss - In March 2010 he was a guest on "Private Passions", the biographical music discussion programme on BBC Radio 3
Andrew Sachs - From 4 August to 8 September 2010, Sachs starred as "Edmond Dantes" in a 7-part adaptation of "The Count of Monte Cristo" on BBC Radio 7's "Young Classics" series
Neil Dudgeon - In 2012, Dudgeon starred as "Norman Birkett, KC" on BBC Radio 4's "Afternoon Play" series in four plays written by Caroline and David Stafford based on Birkett's cases
Richard Allinson - The show was broadcast on BBC Radio York on Saturday lunchtimes from 1-3pm, and on BBC Radio Cumbria each Wednesday evening, repeated on Sunday afternoons; the last edition of this was broadcast on 6 January 2013