Pam Ayres - The Radio Years

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In a special show recorded at The Storyhouse Theatre in Chester, as part of the City's literary festival, broadcaster Paul Blezard meets with Pam Ayres to celebrate the author and poet’s remarkable life and BBC radio career.

Pam Ayres has been a writer, broadcaster, and entertainer for over 40 years, and is one of the few authors who has had books in the Sunday Times bestseller charts in almost every decade since the 1970s. In front of an enthusiastic audience she reflects on the radio years that have encompassed many programmes including Open Road, Ayres On The Air, That Reminds Me, Just A Minute, With Great Pleasure, Desert Island Discs and many more.

As Paul Blezard charts the highs and lows of her life we hear rare radio footage including an early appearance with Frankie Howerd and with her unique brand of humour Ayres recalls her love of working on radio and introduces a new poem exclusive to 4 Extra.

** With Great Pleasure (1979). Pam Ayres presents her personal choice of poetry & prose with Martin Jarvis providing the readings.

** That Reminds Me (2002) Poet, writer and broadcaster Pam Ayres entertains an audience with stories, poems and anecdotes about her life and career.

** Ayres on the Air (2014) A classic episode from series 5 with Geoffrey Whitehead and Felicity Montagu.

Producer: Stephen Garner

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 Extra in March 2018.

Pam Ayres celebrates her remarkable life and radio career.

In a special show recorded at The Storyhouse Theatre in Chester, as part of the City's literary festival, broadcaster Paul Blezard meets Pam Ayres to celebrate the author and poet’s remarkable life and BBC radio career.

Pam Ayres has been a writer, broadcaster and entertainer for over 40 years, and is one of the few authors who has had books in the Sunday Times bestseller charts in almost every decade since the 1970s. In front of an enthusiastic audience, she reflects on the radio years that have encompassed many programmes including Open Road, Ayres on the Air, That Reminds Me, Just A Minute, With Great Pleasure, Desert Island Discs and many more.

As Paul charts the highs and lows of her life, we hear rare radio footage including an early appearance with Frankie Howerd and with her unique brand of humour, Ayres recalls her love of working on radio and introduces a new poem exclusive to 4 Extra.

With Great Pleasure (1979). Pam Ayres presents her personal choice of poetry and prose with Martin Jarvis providing the readings. Producer Brian Patten.

That Reminds Me (2002). A series of reminiscences by well-loved personalities. In this edition poet, writer and broadcaster Pam Ayres entertains an audience with stories, poems and anecdotes. Producer: Claire Jones

Ayres on the Air (2014) A classic episode from series five with Geoffrey Whitehead and Felicity Montagu. Producer Claire Jones