The Music Group

Comedian, broadcaster and GP Dr Phil Hammond asks each of three guests to play the track of their choice for the delight or disdain of the others.

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20070912Comedian, broadcaster and GP Dr Phil Hammond asks each of three guests to play the track of their choice for the delight or disdain of the others.

This week's guests include anatomist Dr Alice Roberts and comedian Ed Byrne.

20070919Comedian, broadcaster and GP Dr Phil Hammond asks each of three guests to play the track of their choice. With Stephen K Amos, Miranda Sawyer and Pete Jenner.
20070926Comedian, broadcaster and GP Dr Phil Hammond asks each of three guests to play the track of their choice for the delight or disdain of the others. With Mark Steel, Joe Boyd and Dr Alice Roberts.
20071003Comedian, broadcaster and GP Dr Phil Hammond asks each of three guests to play the track of their choice for the delight or disdain of the others.

With Craig Brown, Caitlin Moran and Dr Brian Cox.

200710105/6. Comedian, broadcaster and GP Dr Phil Hammond asks each of three guests to play the track of their choice.
20071017Comedian, broadcaster and GP Dr Phil Hammond asks each of three guests to play the track of their choice for the delight or disdain of the others.
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20080416Comedian, broadcaster and GP Dr Phil Hammond asks each of three guests to play the track of their choice for the delight or disdain of the others.

With producer Trevor Horn, magazine editor Emma Soames and journalist Jonathan Freedland.

20080423Comedian, broadcaster and GP Dr Phil Hammond asks each of three guests to play the track of their choice for the delight or disdain of the others.

He is joined by poet John Hegley, design guru Stephen Bayley and cookery writer Rosamund Grant.

20080430Comedian, broadcaster and GP Dr Phil Hammond asks each of three guests to play the track of their choice for the delight or disdain of the others.

He is joined by comedian Alexei Sayle, journalist Mark Ellen and writer and actress Sue Perkins.

20080507Comedian, broadcaster and GP Dr Phil Hammond asks each of three guests to play the track of their choice for the delight or disdain of the others.

With Nick Clegg, Kate Adie and Robin Denselow.

20080514Comedian, broadcaster and GP Dr Phil Hammond asks each of three guests to play the track of their choice for the delight or disdain of the others.

Guests include Zoe Ball and Polly Toynbee in a show coming from the Pavilion Theatre at the Brighton Festival.

20080806Comedian, broadcaster and GP Dr Phil Hammond asks each of three guests to play the track of their choice for the delight or disdain of the others.

Guests include Zoe Ball and Polly Toynbee in a show coming from the Pavilion Theatre at the Brighton Festival.

20080813Comedian, broadcaster and GP Dr Phil Hammond asks each of three guests to play the track of their choice for the delight or disdain of the others.

Poet Benjamin Zephaniah, writer Lynn Barber and comedian Arthur Smith discuss such diverse subjects as a musical desire to sleep with common people and a joyful Parisian explosion.

20080820Comedian, broadcaster and GP Dr Phil Hammond asks each of three guests to play the track of their choice for the delight or disdain of the others.

With producer Trevor Horn, magazine editor Emma Soames and journalist Jonathan Freedland.

20080827Comedian, broadcaster and GP Dr Phil Hammond asks each of three guests to play the track of their choice for the delight or disdain of the others.

He is joined by poet John Hegley, design guru Stephen Bayley and cookery writer Rosamund Grant.

20080903Comedian, broadcaster and GP Dr Phil Hammond asks each of three guests to play the track of their choice for the delight or disdain of the others.

He is joined by comedian Alexei Sayle, journalist Mark Ellen and writer and actress Sue Perkins.

20080911Comedian, broadcaster and GP Dr Phil Hammond asks each of three guests to play the track of their choice for the delight or disdain of the others.

With Nick Clegg, Kate Adie and Robin Denselow.

20091020In a special edition from the courtroom at the University of Derby, the musical tastes of NUS president Wes Streeting, agony aunt Anna Raeburn and comedian and 'Inbetweener' Simon Bird are rigorously put on trial. Dr Phil Hammond grills his guests about a record of their choosing and hears what the jury has to say.

Phil Hammond grills his three guests about a record of their choosing.

20101014Comedian, broadcaster and GP Dr Phil Hammond asks three guests to play the track of their choice for the delight or disdain of the others. So what does their choice say about them? How will the other guests react?

They may have gone for a guilty pleasure, something they've heard recently and can't get out of their head. It might typify their taste or it might be a complete aberration. But the choices are subject to the scrutiny of the other guests. Tread carefully; it might be something with very specific personal significance.

Did you know Don Warrington is a fan of The Streets? Or that Felicity Finch aka Ruth Archer likes a song about Rwandan cows?

In previous series we've heard Noddy Holder wax lyrical about Little Richard, actress Liza Tarbuck go gooey over Georgie Fame, journalist Polly Toynbee confess a delight in Hi Ho Silver Lining by Jeff Beck and Bonzo D Dog Doo Dah bandsman, Neil Innes berate the banality of Jim Reeves' Old Tige.

Producer: Tamsin Hughes

A Testbed production for BBC Radio 4.

Phil Hammond's asks Mark Borkowski, Vicky Tuck and Julian Baggini to play a favourite song

20/10/200920110302A recording from The University of Derby. In the college courtroom, the musical tastes of former NUS president, Wes Streeting, agony aunt Anna Raeburn and comedian and 'Inbetweener' Simon Bird are rigorously put on trial.

Phil Hammond grills his guests about a record of their choosing and hears what the jury have to say.

Producer: Tamsin Hughes

A Testbed production for BBC Radio 4.

Phil Hammond grills his three guests about a record of their choosing.

Comic Relief Special20110315

The Music Group is back with a Comic Relief Special.

Comedian, broadcaster and GP Dr Phil Hammond asks his laughter-loving comedy guests to choose a track to delight, or otherwise, the audience assembled in the Radio Theatre.

Amongst Phil's guests are Sherlock's Mrs Hudson and sitcom veteran, Una Stubbs; comedy genius turned punk-folk troubadour, Ade Edmondson; and comedian Susan Calman who gave up corporate law for laughter.

Ade has chosen a predictably anarchic, 'doo-dah' leftfield choice of music.

What will the other guests make of it?

A Testbed production for BBC Radio 4.

Una Stubbs and Ade Edmondson go 'doo-dah' discussing music in a Comic Relief Special.

The Music Group is back with a Comic Relief Special. Comedian, broadcaster and GP Dr Phil Hammond asks his laughter-loving comedy guests to choose a track to delight, or otherwise, the audience assembled in the Radio Theatre.

Amongst Phil's guests are Sherlock's Mrs Hudson and sitcom veteran, Una Stubbs; comedy genius turned punk-folk troubadour, Ade Edmondson; and comedian Susan Calman who gave up corporate law for laughter. Ade has chosen a predictably anarchic, 'doo-dah' leftfield choice of music. What will the other guests make of it?

Producer: Tamsin Hughes

010120070912This week's guests include anatomist Dr Alice Roberts and comedian Ed Byrne
010220070919With Stephen K Amos, Miranda Sawyer and Pete Jenner.
010320070926With Mark Steel, Joe Boyd and Dr Alice Roberts
010420071003With Craig Brown, Caitlin Moran and Dr Brian Cox
010520071010Janet Ellis, BEN GOLDACR.
0106 LAST20071017
02012008040920080813Poet Benjamin Zephaniah, writer Lynn Barber and comedian Arthur Smith discuss such diverse subjects as a musical desire to sleep with common people and a joyful Parisian explosion.
02022008041620080820With producer Trevor Horn, magazine editor Emma Soames and journalist Jonathan Freedland
02032008042320080827He is joined by poet John Hegley, design guru Stephen Bayley and cookery writer Rosamund Grant.
02042008043020080903He is joined by comedian Alexei Sayle, journalist Mark Ellen and writer and actress Sue Perkins
02052008050720080911
20100518
Nick Clegg, Kate Adie, Robin Denselow

02052008050720100518Comedian and GP Dr Phil Hammond asks three guests to play the track of their choice. With Nick Clegg, Kate Adie and Robin Denselow.

0206 LAST2008051420080806Guests include Zoe Ball and Polly Toynbee in a show coming from the Pavilion Theatre at the Brighton Festival.
030120090414Comedian, broadcaster and GP Dr Phil Hammond asks each of three guests to play the track of their choice for the delight or disdain of the others.

His guests include musician and composer Nitin Sawhney; actress, comedienne and Radio 2 DJ Liza Tarbuck; and children's author Terry Deary, creator of the the Horrible Histories series of books.

A Testbed production for BBC Radio 4.

. Phil Hammond's guests include Nitin Sawhney, Liza Tarbuck and Terry Deary.

03012009041420090418His guests include musician and composer Nitin Sawhney; actress, comedienne and Radio 2 DJ Liza Tarbuck; and children's author Terry Deary, creator of the the Horrible Histories series of books.
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Synopsis

Comedian, broadcaster and GP Dr Phil Hammond asks each of three guests to play the track of their choice for the delight or disdain of the others.

His guests include musician and composer Nitin Sawhney; actress, comedienne and Radio 2 DJ Liza Tarbuck; and children's author Terry Deary, creator of the the Horrible Histories series of books.

A Testbed production for BBC Radio 4.

. Phil Hammond's guests include Nitin Sawhney, Liza Tarbuck and Terry Deary.

03022009042120091225Comedian, broadcaster and GP Dr Phil Hammond asks each of three guests to play the track of their choice for the delight or disdain of the others.

His guests include actor Don Warrington, Guardian journalist Decca Aitkenhead and Professor Martyn Poliakoff, a pioneer in the field of green chemistry, who reveals a liking for Tom Lehrer.

A Testbed production for BBC Radio 4.

Phil Hammond's guests include Don Warrington, Decca Aitkenhead and Martyn Poliakoff.

His guests include actor Don Warrington, music writer Laura Barton and Professor Martyn Poliakoff, a pioneer in the field of green chemistry, who reveals a liking for Tom Lehrer.

Phil Hammond's guests include Don Warrington, Laura Barton and Martyn Poliakoff.

Synopsis

Comedian, broadcaster and GP Dr Phil Hammond asks each of three guests to play the track of their choice for the delight or disdain of the others.

His guests include actor Don Warrington, Guardian journalist Decca Aitkenhead and Professor Martyn Poliakoff, a pioneer in the field of green chemistry, who reveals a liking for Tom Lehrer.

. Phil Hammond's guests include Don Warrington, Decca Aitkenhead and Martyn Poliakoff.

His guests include actor Don Warrington, music writer Laura Barton and Professor Martyn Poliakoff, a pioneer in the field of green chemistry, who reveals a liking for Tom Lehrer.

. Phil Hammond's guests include Don Warrington, Laura Barton and Martyn Poliakoff.

Comedian, broadcaster and GP Dr Phil Hammond asks each of three guests to play the track of their choice for the delight or disdain of the others.

His guests include actor Don Warrington, Guardian journalist Decca Aitkenhead and Professor Martyn Poliakoff, a pioneer in the field of green chemistry, who reveals a liking for Tom Lehrer.

A Testbed production for BBC Radio 4.

Phil Hammond's guests include Don Warrington, Decca Aitkenhead and Martyn Poliakoff.

His guests include actor Don Warrington, music writer Laura Barton and Professor Martyn Poliakoff, a pioneer in the field of green chemistry, who reveals a liking for Tom Lehrer.

Phil Hammond's guests include Don Warrington, Laura Barton and Martyn Poliakoff.

Comedian, broadcaster and GP Dr Phil Hammond asks each of three guests to play the track of their choice for the delight or disdain of the others.

His guests include actor Don Warrington, Guardian journalist Decca Aitkenhead and Professor Martyn Poliakoff, a pioneer in the field of green chemistry, who reveals a liking for Tom Lehrer.

A Testbed production for BBC Radio 4.

Phil Hammond's guests include Don Warrington, Decca Aitkenhead and Martyn Poliakoff.

His guests include actor Don Warrington, music writer Laura Barton and Professor Martyn Poliakoff, a pioneer in the field of green chemistry, who reveals a liking for Tom Lehrer.

Phil Hammond's guests include Don Warrington, Laura Barton and Martyn Poliakoff.

030320090428Comedian, broadcaster and GP Dr Phil Hammond asks each of three guests to play the track of their choice for the delight or disdain of the others.

His guests are BBC economics editor Stephanie Flanders, whose musical heritage is bound up with the lyrics made famous by her father, 'mud, mud, glorious mud' and 'I'm a gnu', historian Dominic Sandbrook, author of White Heat: A History of Britain in the Swinging Sixties, and comic broadcaster and author Karl Pilkington.

A Testbed production for BBC Radio 4.

. With Stephanie Flanders, Dominic Sandbrook and Karl Pilkington.

03032009042820090502His guests are BBC economics editor Stephanie Flanders, whose musical heritage is bound up with the lyrics made famous by her father, 'mud, mud, glorious mud' and 'I'm a gnu', historian Dominic Sandbrook, author of White Heat: A History of Britain in the Swinging Sixties, and comic broadcaster and author Karl Pilkington.

A Testbed production for BBC Radio 4.

With Stephanie Flanders, Dominic Sandbrook and Karl Pilkington.

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030420090505Comedian, broadcaster and GP Dr Phil Hammond asks each of three guests to play the track of their choice for the delight or disdain of the others.

His guests are Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band member Neil Innes; Graham Linehan, writer of The IT Crowd, Black Books and Father Ted; and actress Felicity Finch, who plays Ruth Archer in The Archers.

A Testbed production for BBC Radio 4.

. Phil Hammond's guests are Neil Innes, Graham Linehan and Felicity Finch.

03042009050520090509His guests are Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band member Neil Innes; Graham Linehan, writer of The IT Crowd, Black Books and Father Ted; and actress Felicity Finch, who plays Ruth Archer in The Archers.

A Testbed production for BBC Radio 4.

Phil Hammond's guests are Neil Innes, Graham Linehan and Felicity Finch

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030520090512Comedian, broadcaster and GP Dr Phil Hammond asks each of three guests to play the track of their choice for the delight or disdain of the others.

Phil's guests include soul food chef Momma Cherri and crime writer Mark Billingham. Will the tastes of his popular, country music-loving detective Tom Thorne be making an appearance?

A Testbed production for BBC Radio 4.

. Featuring soul food chef Momma Cherri and crime writer Mark Billingham.

03052009051220090516Phil's guests include soul food chef Momma Cherri and crime writer Mark Billingham.

Will the tastes of his popular, country music-loving detective Tom Thorne be making an appearance?

A Testbed production for BBC Radio 4.

030520090516. Featuring soul food chef Momma Cherri and crime writer Mark Billingham.
030520090516Featuring soul food chef Momma Cherri and crime writer Mark Billingham.
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0306 LAST2009051920100101Phil is joined by poet Grace Nichols and former Slade frontman Noddy Holder.

Noddy uses the record he brings in to help explain his love of rock'n'roll, and Grace's record offers a Caribbean take on Don Juan.

A Testbed production for BBC Radio 4.

Phil Hammond is joined by Slade frontman Noddy Holder and poet Grace Nichols.

Comedian, broadcaster and GP Dr Phil Hammond asks each of three guests to play the track of their choice for the delight or disdain of the others.

Phil is joined by poet Grace Nichols and Slade frontman Noddy Holder.

The record that Noddy chooses to bring to the group sparks some lively discussion about his love of rock and roll.

Phil is joined by poet Grace Nichols and former Slade frontman Noddy Holder. Noddy uses the record he brings in to help explain his love of rock'n'roll, and Grace's record offers a Caribbean take on Don Juan.

Comedian, broadcaster and GP Dr Phil Hammond asks each of three guests to play the track of their choice for the delight or disdain of the others.

Phil is joined by poet Grace Nichols and Slade frontman Noddy Holder. The record that Noddy chooses to bring to the group sparks some lively discussion about his love of rock and roll.

A Testbed production for BBC Radio 4.

. Phil is joined by Slade frontman Noddy Holder and poet Grace Nichols.

Phil is joined by poet Grace Nichols and former Slade frontman Noddy Holder. Noddy uses the record he brings in to help explain his love of rock'n'roll, and Grace's record offers a Caribbean take on Don Juan.

. Phil Hammond is joined by Slade frontman Noddy Holder and poet Grace Nichols.

Comedian, broadcaster and GP Dr Phil Hammond asks each of three guests to play the track of their choice for the delight or disdain of the others.

Phil is joined by poet Grace Nichols and former Slade frontman Noddy Holder. Noddy uses the record he brings in to help explain his love of rock'n'roll, and Grace's record offers a Caribbean take on Don Juan.

A Testbed production for BBC Radio 4.

Phil is joined by poet Grace Nichols and former Slade frontman Noddy Holder.

Noddy uses the record he brings in to help explain his love of rock'n'roll, and Grace's record offers a Caribbean take on Don Juan.

A Testbed production for BBC Radio 4.

Phil Hammond is joined by Slade frontman Noddy Holder and poet Grace Nichols.

Comedian, broadcaster and GP Dr Phil Hammond asks each of three guests to play the track of their choice for the delight or disdain of the others.

Phil is joined by poet Grace Nichols and Slade frontman Noddy Holder.

The record that Noddy chooses to bring to the group sparks some lively discussion about his love of rock and roll.

Phil is joined by poet Grace Nichols and former Slade frontman Noddy Holder. Noddy uses the record he brings in to help explain his love of rock'n'roll, and Grace's record offers a Caribbean take on Don Juan.

Comedian, broadcaster and GP Dr Phil Hammond asks each of three guests to play the track of their choice for the delight or disdain of the others.

03SPECIAL2009102020110302In a special edition from the courtroom at the University of Derby, the musical tastes of NUS president Wes Streeting, agony aunt Anna Raeburn and comedian and 'Inbetweener' Simon Bird are rigorously put on trial.
040120100417Janet Street Porter joins saxophonist Soweto Kinch and technology writer and academic Aleks Krotoski to explain why they've brought a Cole Porter classic, a nine-minute bebop jazz odyssey, and some Sixties boyband pop for discussion on this week's show.

With Phil Hammond.

The Music Choices are:

"Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye" by Ray Charles and Betty Carter.

"Children of The Night" by Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers from the album Mosaic.

"Pleasant Valley Sunday" by The Monkees.

Producer: Tamsin Hughes. This is a Testbed production for BBC Radio 4.

Phil Hammond's guests are Janet Street-Porter, Soweto Kinch and Aleks Krotoski.

Janet Street Porter joins saxophonist Soweto Kinch and technology writer and academic Aleks Krotoski to explain why they've brought a Cole Porter classic, a nine-minute bebop jazz odyssey, and some Sixties boyband pop for discussion on this week's show.

Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye" by Ray Charles and Betty Carter.

Children of The Night" by Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers from the album Mosaic.

Pleasant Valley Sunday" by The Monkees.

Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye"" by Ray Charles and Betty Carter.

"Children of The Night"" by Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers from the album Mosaic.

"Pleasant Valley Sunday"" by The Monkees.

Janet Street Porter joins saxophonist Soweto Kinch and technology writer and academic Aleks Krotoski to explain why they've brought a Cole Porter classic, a nine-minute bebop jazz odyssey, and some Sixties boyband pop for discussion on this week's show.

The Music Choices are:

Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye"" by Ray Charles and Betty Carter.

Children of The Night"" by Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers from the album Mosaic.

Pleasant Valley Sunday"" by The Monkees.

040220100424Novelist Marina Lewycka joins artist Grayson Perry and self-proclaimed "bird nerd" Professor Nicky Clayton to explain why they've brought along a bittersweet aria, an autobiographical rant about father/son relationships and a popular Argentine tune, in some frank and funny discussion.

Find out what Mozart has in common with a pop song about a polka dot bikini; what happens to cross-dressers when they hit the age of fifty and what the sexual behaviour of birds has to do with the history of tango.

With Phil Hammond.

The Music Choices are:

Dove sono i bei moment from Mozart's Marriage of Figaro

Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini by Brian Hyland

Surviving Twin by Loudon Wainwright

III Pavadita by Alfredo De Angelis y su orquesta

Producer: Tamsin Hughes.

A Testbed production for BBC Radio 4.

Phil Hammond's guests are Marina Lewycka, Grayson Perry and Professor Nicky Clayton.

Novelist Marina Lewycka joins artist Grayson Perry and self-proclaimed bird nerd" Professor Nicky Clayton to explain why they've brought along a bittersweet aria, an autobiographical rant about father/son relationships and a popular Argentine tune, in some frank and funny discussion.

Phil Hammond's guests are Marina Lewycka, Grayson Perry and Professor Nicky Clayton.

Novelist Marina Lewycka joins artist Grayson Perry and self-proclaimed bird nerd"" Professor Nicky Clayton to explain why they've brought along a bittersweet aria, an autobiographical rant about father/son relationships and a popular Argentine tune, in some frank and funny discussion.

Phil Hammond's guests are Marina Lewycka, Grayson Perry and Professor Nicky Clayton."

Novelist Marina Lewycka joins artist Grayson Perry and self-proclaimed bird nerd"" Professor Nicky Clayton to explain why they've brought along a bittersweet aria, an autobiographical rant about father/son relationships and a popular Argentine tune, in some frank and funny discussion.

Find out what Mozart has in common with a pop song about a polka dot bikini; what happens to cross-dressers when they hit the age of fifty and what the sexual behaviour of birds has to do with the history of tango.

The Music Choices are:

Dove sono i bei moment from Mozart's Marriage of Figaro

Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini by Brian Hyland

Surviving Twin by Loudon Wainwright

III Pavadita by Alfredo De Angelis y su orquesta

Producer: Tamsin Hughes.

A Testbed production for BBC Radio 4.

Phil Hammond's guests are Marina Lewycka, Grayson Perry and Professor Nicky Clayton.

Novelist Marina Lewycka joins artist Grayson Perry and self-proclaimed bird nerd"" Professor Nicky Clayton to explain why they've brought along a bittersweet aria, an autobiographical rant about father/son relationships and a popular Argentine tune, in some frank and funny discussion.

Find out what Mozart has in common with a pop song about a polka dot bikini; what happens to cross-dressers when they hit the age of fifty and what the sexual behaviour of birds has to do with the history of tango.

The Music Choices are:

Dove sono i bei moment from Mozart's Marriage of Figaro

Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini by Brian Hyland

Surviving Twin by Loudon Wainwright

III Pavadita by Alfredo De Angelis y su orquesta

Producer: Tamsin Hughes.

A Testbed production for BBC Radio 4.

Phil Hammond's guests are Marina Lewycka, Grayson Perry and Professor Nicky Clayton.

040320100501Comedian Milton Jones joins editor of 'The Lady' Rachel Johnson and Wilf Lunn - best known for his satirical inventions on Vision ON - to explain why they've brought a pop-punk record, a Californian country ballad and a Swedish harmonica epic to this week's show.

Milton makes public his desire to be Billy Idol. Rachel reveals what happened when her Sixties liberal dad caught her with a Mohican-wearing boyfriend and Wilf explains how he got sacked from his job as a projectionist - for not playing Larry Adler. And in one surreal episode, a guest muddles up a 'rubbery egg' with a well known lyric. It all makes for some bizarre conversation.

Hosted by Dr Phil Hammond.

The music choices are:

Swedish Rhapsody by Larry Adler

Rebel Yell by Billy Idol

Me and Bobby McGee by Janis Joplin

Producer: Tamsin Hughes. A Testbed production for BBC Radio 4.

Dr Phil Hammond is joined by Milton Jones, Wilf Lunn and Rachel Johnson.

Comedian Milton Jones joins editor of 'The Lady' Rachel Johnson and Wilf Lunn - best known for his satirical inventions on Vision ON - to explain why they've brought a pop-punk record, a Californian country ballad and a Swedish harmonica epic to this week's show.

Hosted by Dr Phil Hammond.

Me and Bobby McGee by Janis Joplin

Dr Phil Hammond is joined by Milton Jones, Wilf Lunn and Rachel Johnson

Comedian Milton Jones joins editor of 'The Lady' Rachel Johnson and Wilf Lunn - best known for his satirical inventions on Vision ON - to explain why they've brought a pop-punk record, a Californian country ballad and a Swedish harmonica epic to this week's show.

Milton makes public his desire to be Billy Idol. Rachel reveals what happened when her Sixties liberal dad caught her with a Mohican-wearing boyfriend and Wilf explains how he got sacked from his job as a projectionist - for not playing Larry Adler. And in one surreal episode, a guest muddles up a 'rubbery egg' with a well known lyric. It all makes for some bizarre conversation.

Hosted by Dr Phil Hammond.

The music choices are:

Swedish Rhapsody by Larry Adler

Rebel Yell by Billy Idol

Me and Bobby McGee by Janis Joplin

Producer: Tamsin Hughes. A Testbed production for BBC Radio 4.

Comedian Milton Jones joins editor of 'The Lady' Rachel Johnson and Wilf Lunn - best known for his satirical inventions on Vision ON - to explain why they've brought a pop-punk record, a Californian country ballad and a Swedish harmonica epic to this week's show.

Hosted by Dr Phil Hammond.

Me and Bobby McGee by Janis Joplin

Dr Phil Hammond is joined by Milton Jones, Wilf Lunn and Rachel Johnson

040420100508Actor David Morrissey joins columnist Suzanne Moore and money man Vincent Duggleby - who they discover plays banjo, double bass and sousaphone - to explain why they've brought a misanthropic solo record, a risque Seventies pop song and a hitherto unheard BBC recording to this week's show.

Whilst giving a trad jazz masterclass, Vincent explains what track he has in common with Robert Peston. Suzanne admits to being scared at a Beatles concert and David reveals that he once interviewed Kenny Ball. However, his musical knowledge and exquisite taste suggest he'd be just as at home as a DJ on the radio as he is acting and directing his own films.

With Phil Hammond.

The music choices are:

Street In the City by Pete Townshend

Froggie Moore Rag by Mike Daniels and his Delta Jazzmen

Walk On The Wild Side by Lou Reed

Producer: Tamsin Hughes

A Testbed production for BBC Radio 4.

Dr Phil Hammond is joined by David Morrissey, Vincent Duggleby and Suzanne Moore.

Actor David Morrissey joins columnist Suzanne Moore and money man Vincent Duggleby - who they discover plays banjo, double bass and sousaphone - to explain why they've brought a misanthropic solo record, a risque Seventies pop song and a hitherto unheard BBC recording to this week's show.

Whilst giving a trad jazz masterclass, Vincent explains what track he has in common with Robert Peston.

Suzanne admits to being scared at a Beatles concert and David reveals that he once interviewed Kenny Ball.

However, his musical knowledge and exquisite taste suggest he'd be just as at home as a DJ on the radio as he is acting and directing his own films.

With Phil Hammond.

The music choices are:

Street In the City by Pete Townshend

Froggie Moore Rag by Mike Daniels and his Delta Jazzmen

Walk On The Wild Side by Lou Reed

Producer: Tamsin Hughes

A Testbed production for BBC Radio 4.

Dr Phil Hammond is joined by David Morrissey, Vincent Duggleby and Suzanne Moore.

Actor David Morrissey joins columnist Suzanne Moore and money man Vincent Duggleby - who they discover plays banjo, double bass and sousaphone - to explain why they've brought a misanthropic solo record, a risque Seventies pop song and a hitherto unheard BBC recording to this week's show.

Suzanne admits to being scared at a Beatles concert and David reveals that he once interviewed Kenny Ball.

Dr Phil Hammond is joined by David Morrissey, Vincent Duggleby and Suzanne Moore.

Actor David Morrissey joins columnist Suzanne Moore and money man Vincent Duggleby - who they discover plays banjo, double bass and sousaphone - to explain why they've brought a misanthropic solo record, a risque Seventies pop song and a hitherto unheard BBC recording to this week's show.

Whilst giving a trad jazz masterclass, Vincent explains what track he has in common with Robert Peston.

Suzanne admits to being scared at a Beatles concert and David reveals that he once interviewed Kenny Ball.

However, his musical knowledge and exquisite taste suggest he'd be just as at home as a DJ on the radio as he is acting and directing his own films.

With Phil Hammond.

The music choices are:

Street In the City by Pete Townshend

Froggie Moore Rag by Mike Daniels and his Delta Jazzmen

Walk On The Wild Side by Lou Reed

Producer: Tamsin Hughes

A Testbed production for BBC Radio 4.

Dr Phil Hammond is joined by David Morrissey, Vincent Duggleby and Suzanne Moore.

Actor David Morrissey joins columnist Suzanne Moore and money man Vincent Duggleby - who they discover plays banjo, double bass and sousaphone - to explain why they've brought a misanthropic solo record, a risque Seventies pop song and a hitherto unheard BBC recording to this week's show.

Suzanne admits to being scared at a Beatles concert and David reveals that he once interviewed Kenny Ball.

Dr Phil Hammond is joined by David Morrissey, Vincent Duggleby and Suzanne Moore.

040520100511Comedian, broadcaster and GP Dr Phil Hammond asks three guests to play the track of their choice for the delight or disdain of the others.

Under scrutiny this time are the music choices of The Thick of It's Rebecca Front, novelist Robert Hudson and ex-NME hack James Brown. Which one has a love of musical theatre?

The producer is Tamsin Hughes, and this is a Testbed production for BBC Radio 4.

Dr Phil Hammond is joined by Rebecca Front, Robert Hudson and James Brown.

04052010051120100515The Thick of It's 'glummy mummy' Nicola Murray - better known as actress Rebecca Front - joins journalist James Brown and novelist Robert Hudson to explain why they've brought a slice of Sixties musical theatre, a punk rock rap record and a song about imminent environmental apocalypse to be scrutinised by the group this week.

Rebecca reveals how Sammy Davis Jr has helped her children's swimming lessons, and James tells tales of what happened when he visited some hip hop superheroes in the Hollywood Hills.

Robert wonders why his father didn't give it all up for music and The Free Electric Band.

With Phil Hammond.

The music choices are:

The Rhythm of Life by Sammy Davis Jr

Sabotage by The Beastie Boys

We're Running Out by Albert Hammond

Producer: Tamsin Hughes

A Testbed production for BBC Radio 4.

Dr Phil Hammond is joined by Rebecca Front, Robert Hudson and James Brown

Under scrutiny this time are the music choices of The Thick of It's Rebecca Front, novelist Robert Hudson and ex-NME hack James Brown.

Which one has a love of musical theatre?

The producer is Tamsin Hughes, and this is a Testbed production for BBC Radio 4.

040520100515The Thick of It's 'glummy mummy' Nicola Murray - better known as actress Rebecca Front - joins journalist James Brown and novelist Robert Hudson to explain why they've brought a slice of Sixties musical theatre, a punk rock rap record and a song about imminent environmental apocalypse to be scrutinised by the group this week.

Rebecca reveals how Sammy Davis Jr has helped her children's swimming lessons, and James tells tales of what happened when he visited some hip hop superheroes in the Hollywood Hills. Robert wonders why his father didn't give it all up for music and The Free Electric Band.

With Phil Hammond.

The music choices are:

The Rhythm of Life by Sammy Davis Jr

Sabotage by The Beastie Boys

We're Running Out by Albert Hammond

Producer: Tamsin Hughes

A Testbed production for BBC Radio 4.

Dr Phil Hammond is joined by Rebecca Front, Robert Hudson and James Brown.

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0406 LAST20100522Comedian, broadcaster and GP Dr Phil Hammond asks three guests to play the track of their choice for the delight or disdain of the others.

Journalist John Harris joins comedian Sarah Millican and ex-army captain Patrick Hennessey to explain why they've brought a swampy Cajun blues number, a TV soundtrack staple and an infamous song about mortality to the final group in the series.

In a wide ranging debate that takes in the impenetrable nature of Captain Beefheart and the emotional blackmail of bands like Coldplay, John describes a moment of epiphany outside a Leominster service station, Sarah revels in her taste for "mother-in-law" music and Patrick reveals what made his troops cry in Afghanistan. It wasn't always the hard combat and the casualties.

The music choices are:

Clear Spot by Captain Beefheart and his Magic Band

Chocolate by Snow Patrol

The Great Gig in the Sky by Pink Floyd

Producer: Tamsin Hughes

A Testbed production for BBC Radio 4.

Dr Phil Hammond is joined by Patrick Hennessey, Sarah Millican and John Harris.

Comedian, broadcaster and GP Dr Phil Hammond asks three guests to play the track of their choice for the delight or disdain of the others.

Journalist John Harris joins comedian Sarah Millican and ex-army captain Patrick Hennessey to explain why they've brought a swampy Cajun blues number, a TV soundtrack staple and an infamous song about mortality to the final group in the series.

In a wide ranging debate that takes in the impenetrable nature of Captain Beefheart and the emotional blackmail of bands like Coldplay, John describes a moment of epiphany outside a Leominster service station, Sarah revels in her taste for mother-in-law" music and Patrick reveals what made his troops cry in Afghanistan.

It wasn't always the hard combat and the casualties.

The music choices are:

Clear Spot by Captain Beefheart and his Magic Band

Chocolate by Snow Patrol

The Great Gig in the Sky by Pink Floyd

Producer: Tamsin Hughes

A Testbed production for BBC Radio 4.

Dr Phil Hammond is joined by Patrick Hennessey, Sarah Millican and John Harris

In a wide ranging debate that takes in the impenetrable nature of Captain Beefheart and the emotional blackmail of bands like Coldplay, John describes a moment of epiphany outside a Leominster service station, Sarah revels in her taste for mother-in-law"" music and Patrick reveals what made his troops cry in Afghanistan.

Dr Phil Hammond is joined by Patrick Hennessey, Sarah Millican and John Harris"

Comedian, broadcaster and GP Dr Phil Hammond asks three guests to play the track of their choice for the delight or disdain of the others.

Journalist John Harris joins comedian Sarah Millican and ex-army captain Patrick Hennessey to explain why they've brought a swampy Cajun blues number, a TV soundtrack staple and an infamous song about mortality to the final group in the series.

In a wide ranging debate that takes in the impenetrable nature of Captain Beefheart and the emotional blackmail of bands like Coldplay, John describes a moment of epiphany outside a Leominster service station, Sarah revels in her taste for mother-in-law"" music and Patrick reveals what made his troops cry in Afghanistan.

It wasn't always the hard combat and the casualties.

The music choices are:

Clear Spot by Captain Beefheart and his Magic Band

Chocolate by Snow Patrol

The Great Gig in the Sky by Pink Floyd

Producer: Tamsin Hughes

A Testbed production for BBC Radio 4.

Dr Phil Hammond is joined by Patrick Hennessey, Sarah Millican and John Harris

050120101014Comedian, broadcaster and GP Dr Phil Hammond asks three guests to play the track of their choice for the delight or disdain of the others.

So what does their choice say about them? How will the other guests react?

They may have gone for a guilty pleasure, something they've heard recently and can't get out of their head.

It might typify their taste or it might be a complete aberration.

But the choices are subject to the scrutiny of the other guests.

Tread carefully; it might be something with very specific personal significance.

Did you know Don Warrington is a fan of The Streets? Or that Felicity Finch aka Ruth Archer likes a song about Rwandan cows?

In previous series we've heard Noddy Holder wax lyrical about Little Richard, actress Liza Tarbuck go gooey over Georgie Fame, journalist Polly Toynbee confess a delight in Hi Ho Silver Lining by Jeff Beck and Bonzo D Dog Doo Dah bandsman, Neil Innes berate the banality of Jim Reeves' Old Tige.

Producer: Tamsin Hughes

Phil Hammond's asks Mark Borkowski, Vicky Tuck and Julian Baggini to play a favourite song

050120110426Comedian Stewart Lee and voiceover artist Julie Berry are joined by the author of One Day, novelist David Nicholls to discuss three personally significant pieces of music.

Amongst their choices are a soulful rendition of a song about the Falklands' conflict, a piece that survived a Carnegie Hall protest involving red paint; and a painful and experimental journey into playing guitar when suffering from a degenerative disease.

In the process, we discover one Music Group member had an adolescent passion for Space themes played by the Geoff Love Orchestra, whilst another has experienced the benefits of Bach in a hotel bathroom. We also discover what the free jazz movement has to do comedy and more specifically, with Morecambe and Wise.

The Music Choices are:

Shipbuilding sung by Robert Wyatt

Bach's Chaconne from Partita No.2 for solo violin performed by Yehudi Menuhin

5 Weeks Later by Derek Bailey

Presenter: Phil Hammond

Producer: Tamsin Hughes

A Testbed production for BBC Radio 4.

Phil Hammond's guests are David Nicholls, Julie Berry and Stewart Lee.

05012011042620110430Comedian Stewart Lee and voiceover artist Julie Berry are joined by the author of One Day, novelist David Nicholls to discuss three personally significant pieces of music.

Amongst their choices are a soulful rendition of a song about the Falklands' conflict, a piece that survived a Carnegie Hall protest involving red paint; and a painful and experimental journey into playing guitar when suffering from a degenerative disease.

In the process, we discover one Music Group member had an adolescent passion for Space themes played by the Geoff Love Orchestra, whilst another has experienced the benefits of Bach in a hotel bathroom. We also discover what the free jazz movement has to do comedy and more specifically, with Morecambe and Wise.

The Music Choices are:

Shipbuilding sung by Robert Wyatt

Bach's Chaconne from Partita No.2 for solo violin performed by Yehudi Menuhin

5 Weeks Later by Derek Bailey

Presenter: Phil Hammond

Producer: Tamsin Hughes

A Testbed production for BBC Radio 4.

Phil Hammond's guests are David Nicholls, Julie Berry and Stewart Lee.

Comedian Stewart Lee and voiceover artist Julie Berry are joined by the author of One Day, novelist David Nicholls to discuss three personally significant pieces of music.

Shipbuilding sung by Robert Wyatt

Bach's Chaconne from Partita No.2 for solo violin performed by Yehudi Menuhin

Presenter: Phil Hammond

Phil Hammond's guests are David Nicholls, Julie Berry and Stewart Lee

050120110430Phil Hammond's guests are David Nicholls, Julie Berry and Stewart Lee.
050220110503John Cooper Clarke and psychiatrist Sube Banerjee are joined by the actress Samantha Morton to discuss three personally significant pieces of music.

Amongst their choices are a classic slice of secular gospel, a 1970s punk rock call to arms; and a song that is guaranteed to get one music group member dancing, exactly one minute fifty seconds into the track.

Along the way we find out what head teachers like to play to pupils in assembly and the influence Joe Strummer had on dementia strategy at the Department of Health. We also discover the difference between song writing and poetry, in the English language, and who stole John Cooper Clarke's hair.

The Music Choices are:

Please, Please, Please by James Brown and The Famous Flames White Man (In Hammersmith Palais) by The Clash Scarlet Fields by The Horrors

Presenter: Phil Hammond

Producer: Tamsin Hughes

A Testbed production for BBC Radio 4.

Phil Hammond invites guests to select and dissect their personal choice of music.

05022011050320110507John Cooper Clarke and psychiatrist Sube Banerjee are joined by the actress Samantha Morton to discuss three personally significant pieces of music.

Amongst their choices are a classic slice of secular gospel, a 1970s punk rock call to arms; and a song that is guaranteed to get one music group member dancing, exactly one minute fifty seconds into the track.

Along the way we find out what head teachers like to play to pupils in assembly and the influence Joe Strummer had on dementia strategy at the Department of Health. We also discover the difference between song writing and poetry, in the English language, and who stole John Cooper Clarke's hair.

The Music Choices are:

Please, Please, Please by James Brown and The Famous Flames White Man (In Hammersmith Palais) by The Clash Scarlet Fields by The Horrors

Presenter: Phil Hammond

Producer: Tamsin Hughes

A Testbed production for BBC Radio 4.

Phil Hammond invites guests to select and dissect their personal choice of music.

Along the way we find out what head teachers like to play to pupils in assembly and the influence Joe Strummer had on dementia strategy at the Department of Health.

We also discover the difference between song writing and poetry, in the English language, and who stole John Cooper Clarke's hair.

John Cooper Clarke and psychiatrist Sube Banerjee are joined by the actress Samantha Morton to discuss three personally significant pieces of music.

Please, Please, Please by James Brown and The Famous Flames White Man (In Hammersmith Palais) by The Clash Scarlet Fields by The Horrors

Presenter: Phil Hammond

Phil Hammond invites guests to select and dissect their personal choice of music.

050220110507Phil Hammond invites guests to select and dissect their personal choice of music.
050320110510Julian Assange's lawyer, Mark Stephens and the British Museum's Irving Finkel are joined by TV presenter Konnie Huq to discuss three personally significant pieces of music.

Amongst their choices are an inspirational seven minutes of time-wasting Seventies introspection; an 80s club classic from some British soul pioneers and a delicate French love song from an English soprano, which was originally recorded at 78rpm.

Along the way we find out who has played opposite Jude Law in a theatre production, what Arthur Scargill bought in a high end fashion outlet and how a 1950s reel to reel tape recorder can bring love into your life.

The Music Choices are:

Time by Pink Floyd

Back To Life (Back To Reality) by Soul II Soul

Tu N'es Pas Riche from Offenbach's La Parichole sung by Dame Maggie Teyte

Presenter: Phil Hammond

Producer: Tamsin Hughes

A Testbed production for BBC Radio 4.

Phil Hammond's guests are Konnie Huq, Mark Stephens and Dr Irving Finkel.

05032011051020110514Julian Assange's lawyer, Mark Stephens and the British Museum's Irving Finkel are joined by TV presenter Konnie Huq to discuss three personally significant pieces of music.

Amongst their choices are an inspirational seven minutes of time-wasting Seventies introspection; an 80s club classic from some British soul pioneers and a delicate French love song from an English soprano, which was originally recorded at 78rpm.

Along the way we find out who has played opposite Jude Law in a theatre production, what Arthur Scargill bought in a high end fashion outlet and how a 1950s reel to reel tape recorder can bring love into your life.

The Music Choices are:

Time by Pink Floyd

Back To Life (Back To Reality) by Soul II Soul

Tu N'es Pas Riche from Offenbach's La Parichole sung by Dame Maggie Teyte

Presenter: Phil Hammond

Producer: Tamsin Hughes

A Testbed production for BBC Radio 4.

Phil Hammond's guests are Konnie Huq, Mark Stephens and Dr Irving Finkel.

Julian Assange's lawyer, Mark Stephens and the British Museum's Irving Finkel are joined by TV presenter Konnie Huq to discuss three personally significant pieces of music.

Along the way we find out who has played opposite Jude Law in a theatre production, what Arthur Scargill bought in a high end fashion outlet and how a 1950s reel to reel tape recorder can bring love into your life.

Presenter: Phil Hammond

Phil Hammond's guests are Konnie Huq, Mark Stephens and Dr Irving Finkel.

050320110514Phil Hammond's guests are Konnie Huq, Mark Stephens and Dr Irving Finkel.
05042011051720110521Fashion designer Betty Jackson joins founder member of The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, George Hinchliffe and astrophysicist Lucie Green to discuss three personally significant pieces of music.

Amongst their choices are a sweeping Sixties soundscape, some philosophising Canadian power rock and eight minutes of magnificent trombone solo played by a man with a pork pie hat.

Along the way we discover what makes a fashion entrepreneur weep at the kitchen table, why comedy instruments can produce very moving music, how rock has contributed to the public understanding of science and the name of the Italian singer that links the occult film Don't Look Now with the phrase 'The weekend starts here!'

The Music Choices are:

You Don't Have To Say You Love Me by Dusty Springfield

Closer To The Heart by Rush

The Lord Is Listening To Ya, Hallelujah by The Carla Bley Band

Presenter: Phil Hammond

Producer: Tamsin Hughes

A Testbed production for BBC Radio 4.

Phil Hammond's guests are Betty Jackson, Dr Lucie Green and George Hinchliffe.

050420110521Phil Hammond's guests are Betty Jackson, Dr Lucie Green and George Hinchliffe.
0505 LAST20110524Joining The Music Group this week are the host of Carpool, Scrapheap Challenge and Kryten in Red Dwarf, Robert Llewellyn; chef, cookery writer and co-founder of fast food chain Leon, Allegra McEvedy and artist, TV director and ex-Slits' guitarist Viv Albertine.

Their choice of music includes a rousing piece of power folk, a personal manifesto for female empowerment and a 1970s tribute to Thirties' night life in Berlin.

Along way we discover out how to bring a machete back from Burma and what aerobics has to do with punk rock.

There's some lively disagreement over The X-Factor, militancy and The Woodcraft Folk and a track to which two of the guests can't help but sing along.

The Music Choices are:

Little Lion Man by Mumford and Sons

Gloria sung by Patti Smith

Maybe This Time sung by Liza Minnelli from the film Cabaret

Presenter: Phil Hammond

Producer: Tamsin Hughes

A Testbed production for BBC Radio 4.

Phil Hammond's guests are Allegra McEvedy, Robert Llewellyn and Viv Albertine.

Along way we discover out how to bring a machete back from Burma and what aerobics has to do with punk rock. There's some lively disagreement over The X-Factor, militancy and The Woodcraft Folk and a track to which two of the guests can't help but sing along.

Joining The Music Group this week are the host of Carpool, Scrapheap Challenge and Kryten in Red Dwarf, Robert Llewellyn; chef, cookery writer and co-founder of fast food chain Leon, Allegra McEvedy and artist, TV director and ex-Slits' guitarist Viv Albertine.

Their choice of music includes a rousing piece of power folk, a personal manifesto for female empowerment and a 1970s tribute to Thirties' night life in Berlin.

Along way we discover out how to bring a machete back from Burma and what aerobics has to do with punk rock. There's some lively disagreement over The X-Factor, militancy and The Woodcraft Folk and a track to which two of the guests can't help but sing along.

The Music Choices are:

Little Lion Man by Mumford and Sons

Gloria sung by Patti Smith

Maybe This Time sung by Liza Minnelli from the film Cabaret

Presenter: Phil Hammond

Producer: Tamsin Hughes

A Testbed production for BBC Radio 4.

Phil Hammond's guests are Allegra McEvedy, Robert Llewellyn and Viv Albertine.

Joining The Music Group this week are the host of Carpool, Scrapheap Challenge and Kryten in Red Dwarf, Robert Llewellyn; chef, cookery writer and co-founder of fast food chain Leon, Allegra McEvedy and artist, TV director and ex-Slits' guitarist Viv Albertine.

Their choice of music includes a rousing piece of power folk, a personal manifesto for female empowerment and a 1970s tribute to Thirties' night life in Berlin.

Along way we discover out how to bring a machete back from Burma and what aerobics has to do with punk rock.

There's some lively disagreement over The X-Factor, militancy and The Woodcraft Folk and a track to which two of the guests can't help but sing along.

The Music Choices are:

Little Lion Man by Mumford and Sons

Gloria sung by Patti Smith

Maybe This Time sung by Liza Minnelli from the film Cabaret

Presenter: Phil Hammond

Producer: Tamsin Hughes

A Testbed production for BBC Radio 4.

Phil Hammond's guests are Allegra McEvedy, Robert Llewellyn and Viv Albertine.

Along way we discover out how to bring a machete back from Burma and what aerobics has to do with punk rock. There's some lively disagreement over The X-Factor, militancy and The Woodcraft Folk and a track to which two of the guests can't help but sing along.

0505 LAST20110528Phil Hammond's guests are Allegra McEvedy, Robert Llewellyn and Viv Albertine.