Unfortunately, Barry Cryer is recovering from a hip injury and will no longer be appearing in Wireless Wise. The broadcasters will instead be joined by Alastair McGowan.
Join five veteran broadcasters, Sir Richard Stilgoe, Alistair McGowan, Reverend Richard Coles, Charlotte Green and Garry Richardson, for an evening of comedy and music. Hilarious anecdotes, songs and sketches are on the running order from our broadcasters who between them have been appearing on the wireless for two centuries!
Brilliant composer and lyricist, Sir Richard Stilgoe began broadcasting on BBC Radio in 1965 on a programme called This Time of Day on the old BBC Home Service. Later that year he began contributing topical songs on the Today programme presented by the legendary Jack de Manio. In Wireless Wise Richard will perform some of his wonderful comedy songs as well as composing on the spur of the moment with random words provided by members of the audience.
Impressionist, actor, writer, stand-up comedian and latterly, pianist, Alistair McGowan is perhaps best known for his BBC One show The Big Impression. Alistair has frequently worked for BBC Radio - first appearing on Radio Four's Weekending in 1990. He was a mainstay of the station's comedy output in the early nineties starring in The Harpoon, The Nick Revell Show, The Young Postmen, Hair in The Gate, The House of The Spirit Levels, First Impressions and Look Away Now. Alistair has written (and starred in) three plays for BBC Radio and has also appeared on Radio Four's Just A Minute.
Reverend Richard Coles is sometimes described as “Britain’s most famous Vicar”. He’s a regular presenter on Radio Four’s Saturday Live and on Radio 2. A colourful career saw Richard form the pop band The Communards in the 1980’s and he’s the only vicar to have had a number one record, so he’ll have plenty of tales to share from his extraordinary journey from popstar to priest to Strictly Come Dancing and beyond!
Charlotte Green has one of the most recognisable voices on Radio through her appearances reading the news on Radio 4 and from her contributions on programmes like the News Quiz and The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. A great raconteur, Charlotte can be heard on Saturday evenings reading the football result on 5 Live and was once voted the nation’s favourite voice in a poll by the Radio Times.
Garry Richardson joined the BBC in 1974 and since 1981 he’s been appearing on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme where he’s now the longest serving member of the team so has a wealth of hilarious stories to tell from behind the scenes on BBC Radio. He’s notorious on the programme for giving “racing tips” that never ever win and famously got David Cameron to select two horses on his first day as Prime Minister. Garry is also the regular presenter on 5 Live’s Sportsweek, and has interviewed some of the world’s most famous names.