Reaction Media Review Column 41: Charles Kennedy Documentary & Boom Radio

  • 2 Mar 2021

      Tearlach Ceannadach/Charles Kennedy: A Good Man Speaking, BBC Alba, iPlayer This documentary about the former leader of the Leader Democrats was a joy to watch. Having said that, it was more an adulatamentary than an objective look at Charles Kennedy’s life, ...

Reaction Media Review Column 40: Donald Trump Takes on the World & the Mile End Institute Podcast

  • 23 Feb 2021

This column first appeared on Reaction.   Trump Takes on the World, BBC2 Why, oh why, doesn’t the BBC commission more contemporary documentaries like this? As an institution, the BBC has unparalleled access to all the leading political players in the world. Just menti...

My Sunday Times West Ham Feature

  • 21 Feb 2021

This is from today's Sunday Times Sports Section.  My club: Iain Dale on his love for West Ham Broadcaster Iain Dale remembers the perfect day at Wembley and the decision to leave Upton Park for good. Interview by John Aizlewood Why West Ham? It wasn’t in my genes:...

Reaction Media Review Column 39: The Imposter by Tom Harris & An Inconvenient Ruth

  • 18 Feb 2021

This article was first published on Reaction.   The Imposter podcast with Tom Harris Tom Harris was a Labour MP between 2001 and 2015. He was also one of the first MPs to harness the power of the internet through his blog, And Another Thing. But in 2010, he announced ...

Reaction Media Review Column 38: Chesapeake Shores & Ian King Live

  • 9 Feb 2021

This column first appeared on Reaction. Chesapeake Shores, Netflix In the 1970s it was The Waltons and Little House of the Prairie that provided us with so-called ‘Feel Good’ programmes. They went out of fashion for quite a long time but in recent years, the advent of Ne...

Politicos Launches New Range of Political Pants

  • 5 Feb 2021

  As you know, I am a man of impeccable taste and decency. Back in the early 2000s at Politico's we had a range of political knickers with political slogans across the front.  When I relaunched Politicos.co.uk in December I thought I'd revive this genre, so I've ...

Reaction Media Review Column 37: It's & Sin & Westminster Insider

  • 2 Feb 2021

Westminster Insider with Jack Blanchard, Politico There’s a new political podcast on the block, as if we haven’t got enough already. Time will tell if this one – hosted by Jack Blanchard – has the necessary addictive qualities to attract a large audience. Blanchard is known...

Reaction Media Review Column 36: The Stranger & Question Time

  • 26 Jan 2021

The Stranger (Netflix) OK, OK, I am a year late to the party, but if I am, I suspect you might be too, and I wouldn’t want you to miss out. My partner and I have very different TV viewing habits but just occasionally we find a series we watch together. And that’s what happe...

It's Everyone's Civic Duty to Get the Vaccine

  • 24 Jan 2021

The vaccine rollout continues apace. So far, around 70% of people over the age of 80 have had a vaccination, although in some parts of the country, like North East Essex and Suffolk it hasn't even reached 40% yet. Some areas have now achieved 100% coverage with the first dose....

Reaction Media Review Column 35: In the Room, OppositionCast & the Tim Rice Podcast

  • 19 Jan 2021

  This week Iain takes a look at three new podcasts on the block…   OppositionCast with Dr Nigel Fletcher Everybody seems to be starting a political podcast nowadays, and half of them seem to have the word ‘Cast’ at the end of them. This one, hosted by the Centre f...

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...