The Gambaccini Years



Paul Gambaccini is the only broadcaster who has presented regular programmes on Radios 1, 2, 3 and 4. This year marks his fortieth anniversary in British broadcasting, since his arrival at Radio 1 in 1973 from American college radio and Rolling Stone magazine.

In a series of special shows, recorded with an audience, Paul and invited guests look back at his long career, with extracts from some of his all-time favourite interviews. The programmes cover interviews with his pop music heroes, as well as with major figures from the world of theatre, cinema and comedy, conducted during his time as a presenter and interviewer on arts programmes such as Kaleidoscope.

Joining Paul in the studio for the first in the series are music legends Elton John and Joan Armatrading, lyricist Tim Rice, writer and former Python Michael Palin, and fellow music broadcaster Bob Harris.

Producer: Paul Bajoria.



Paul Gambaccini made his first ever appearance on British radio in 1973 as a graduate student and writer for Rolling Stone magazine. In this series he reflects on a career in which he has become one of Britain's most versatile and recognisable broadcasters.

The second part of the series covers his memories of his late radio colleague Kenny Everett, his work with Tim Rice on the successful series of Guinness Books of Hit Singles, and his interviews backstage at Live Aid.

Paul is joined by special guests Michael Palin, Joan Armatrading, Tim Rice and Bob Harris.

Producer: Paul Bajoria.



Paul Gambaccini's series reflecting on his 40 years as one of Britain's most respected broadcasters looks at the 1980s, and the campaign to make the public aware of the threat posed by AIDS.

Paul is joined by the Chief Executive of the Terence Higgins Trust, Sir Nick Partridge, who recalls the work they did together to raise funds for AIDS related causes.

Paul also reminisces about his favourite moments from the Radio 4 show Kaleidoscope, with fellow presenter Tim Marlow; and about his time as a broadcaster at Classic FM, with former colleague Nick Bailey.

Producer: Paul Bajoria.

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Paul Gambaccini's series celebrating his 40th anniversary as a broadcaster in Britain reaches the 21st century. With guests including Jude Kelly of London's South Bank Centre, Paul recalls favourite interviews he has conducted with personal heroes such as Dave Brubeck, Stephen Sondheim and Bob Newhart.

Producer: Paul Bajoria.