Reaction Media Review Column 34: Virgin River

  • 12 Jan 2021

This article first appeared on Reaction. Virgin River, Netflix Like most people I like to find a couple of shows on Netflix or Amazon Prime to binge on. Most of my staples like House of Cards, 24, Desperate Housewives and Designated Survivor have now been discontinued, s...

My Top Ten Songs of 2020

  • 3 Jan 2021

My musical tastes are, shall we say, not to everyone's liking. I like pop, pure and simple. I like misery ballads. I also like electro-pop and African music. You'll find lots of examples here in my list of ten favourite songs of 2020. These are songs I discovered in 2020, but ...

Twenty Predictions Which Won't Come True in 2021

  • 2 Jan 2021

  In a desperate bid to get rid of his charisma bypass, Sir Keir Starmer changes his name to DJ K Starm. Jealous of the titles of his fellow party leaders Boris Johnson awards himself a knighthood, but it's rejected by the Honours Committee. The Radio 4 controller de...

My Predictions for 2021 (And How My 2020 Predictions Turned Out)

  • 1 Jan 2021

So how did my predictions for 2020 pan out? Well, not very well.   Here were my 2020 predictions. In 2019 I got 7/10, this year, not so good! Rebecca Long-Bailey will not become leader of the Labour Party CORRECT LBC will hit 3 million listeners per week by the e...

Twenty Five (Good & Bad) Personal Reasons to Remember 2020

  • 31 Dec 2020

New Year is always a time to reflect on what's happened over the previous twelve months - the good and the bad. Friends you've made, loved ones you have lost. Workwise, 2019 was a great year for me. The move to the evening slot tuirned out to be a great thing, given much of...

When Podcasts Interview Iain... My Podcast Archive!

  • 30 Dec 2020

Someone said to me the other day I should collate all my different podcast interviews in one place, so here goes. These are all appearances I have made on other people's podcasts, not my own! I've added links to listen to the podcast on Apple Podcasts, but if you use another p...

My Book of the Year: "I Never Promised You a Rose Garden by Jonny Oates

  • 29 Dec 2020

Unless you're a political geek, or a LibDem, you've probably never heard of Jonny Oates, but take it from me, if you read his book you'll want to know more about him. This is not the book I expected it to be. Given his background in Liberal Democrat politics, and his positi...

My Best Bits on LBC in 2020

  • 27 Dec 2020

Here is an hour long compilation of my 'best bits' of 2020 on LBC   And here is my Christmas Day show with Jacqui Smith where we named our People of 2020.    

My Top Tweeters of 2020

  • 26 Dec 2020

This is a list of 250 Tweeters I have most enjoyed during 2020. This is the seventh year I have compiled this list.  I follow about 4000 people on Twitter. Anyway, these are the ones who have entertained, informed, educated, annoyed and, most of all, made me laugh most this...

My Top Ten Books of 2020

  • 26 Dec 2020

I've probably read fewer books this year than ever before, which is odd when you think about the circumstances. I've got piles of unread books I've bought on my bedroom floor. I've read three books in the last few days, so I'm beginning to pick up the pace. Two of them feature...

Reaction Media Review Column 33: Mrs Brown's Boys, Radio Today Podcast & George VI

  • 24 Dec 2020

This column first appeared on Reaction. Mrs Brown’s Boys, BBC1 This week we learned that Mrs Brown’s Boys had been renewed by BBC1 for – wait for it – another five years. Perhaps it’s the circles I move in, but I have yet to find a single person who watches it, let alone...

Reaction Media Column 33: Kay Burley & Britain's 'Shagaluf'

  • 17 Dec 2020

This column first appeared on Reaction. Kay Burley at Breakfast, Sky News I had intended to review Kay Burley’s breakfast show today, but events have scuppered me. Or rather, Kay herself has scuppered me. Her 60th birthday celebrations (60? Never!) have made some Cumming...

Review Media Column 32: All or Nothing - Tottenham Hotspur

  • 8 Dec 2020

This article first appeared on Reaction. All or Nothing, Tottenham Hotspur, Amazon Prime “Iain, I’m going to make you feel empathy with Tottenham Hotspur and within six hours you’re also going to have a sneaking liking for Jose Mourinho.” No, not the words of a hypnotist...

Reaction Media Column 31: The Crown

  • 1 Dec 2020

This article first appeared on Reaction. The rise in popularity of TV subscription services like Netflix and Amazon Prime is, in no small part, due to the popularity of bingeworthy series such as Outlander, You, House of Cards, and, of course, The Crown. The Crown, in pa...

Reaction Media Review 30: Simon Reeve in Cornwall & Naked Attraction

  • 24 Nov 2020

Cornwall with Simon Reeve, BBC2 I’ve become a bit of a Simon Reeve groupie. It was several years ago that I encountered one of his travel programmes where he was travelling around some far flung neck of the woods and I was instantly entranced. He’s a slightly gawky thirty-s...

Reaction Media Column 29: Location, Location, Location & Alan Johnson's Podcast

  • 20 Nov 2020

Location Location Location, Channel 4 There’s nothing more pleasurable than a bit of property porn on TV, and Channel 4 is certainly the place to get it. They pioneered the genre with Location, Location, Location twenty years ago and it’s sprouted several offshoots since, a...

Ranking Our 55 Prime Ministers - An Impossible Task, But a Fascinating One

  • 12 Nov 2020

Today is publication day for my new book THE PRIME MINISTERS 1721-2020 - THREE HUNDRED YEARS OF POLITICAL LEADERSHIP. It was lovely to get an invite to mark the occasion to go on the TODAY PROGRAMME to talk about what makes a great Prime Minister. This isn't in the book, b...

Reaction Media Column 28: Breaking News

  • 3 Nov 2020

This column first appeared on Reaction. The Nice Terror Attack and  the EHRC Report into Antisemitism in the Labour Party, Sky News & BBC News Channel The problem with breaking news for any broadcast organisation is that you often have very little information to go o...

Reaction Media Review Column 27: Top Gear & Pointless Celebrities

  • 31 Oct 2020

This article first appeared on Reaction. Top Gear, BBC1 The new series of Top Gear is a revelation. It’s got back to its roots, and then some. I could never understand why the country’s premier car show was tucked away on BBC2, but now, after several decades it’s finally...

The 'Pointless Celebrities' Experience

  • 25 Oct 2020

Back in early January Jacqui Smith and I were invited to appear on Pointless Celebrities (insert your own joke here), so off we tootled to the BBC Elstree Studios, not quite knowing what to expect. In my case, I had never even watched the programme, so wasn't wholly familar wi...