A change of pace for me for the next few days – I’m sitting in for Robert Elms on his legendary, much-coveted BBC Radio London slot.
As you know, I’ve been Robert’s film critic for 20 years but haven’t actually taken the helm of the whole three-hour show for over 10 years, when the station was based back in Marylebone.
So, starting on Saturday 22 Sept and then Mon 25 – Fri 29th Sept, I’ll be in the hot seat.
I’m very excited and I hope you’ll join me live 1000 – 1300 every day, or catch up on the listen again service.
My guests over the next six days will include David Baddiel, Mick Fleetwood, David Essex, Belinda Carlisle and Carla Bruni as well as all the usual Elms contributors – except me, of course. I’ll be welcoming Larushka Ivan-Zadeh from Metro to be my film critic and there’s cookery from Rose Prince, tales from the making of Dunkirk with author Joshua Levine and film director Saul Dibb will be popping up in an unexpectedly funk-filled slot ahead of his latest film premiering at the upcoming LFF.
And of course there’ll be the usual load of interesting London bits, so I’m hoping you’ll be mailing in, calling in and generally encouraging me along with your London notes and queries, and suggestions for the Forfer and Cover to Cover.
And, best of all, I’ll be selecting some fine tunes – there will be jazz, and reggae for sure – starting tomorrow (Saturday) when my main musical theme will be New York of the 70s and 80s, as we find out more about the great new film season at the Barbican called Grime and Glamour.
Good morning London….