Brian Johnston - Johnners: "Down Your Way's" Favourite People: v. 1CD-Audio
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- Publisher: BBC Audiobooks Ltd
- Format: CD-Audio
- Dimensions: 126mm x 142mm x 10mm | 59g
- Publication date: 4 March 2010
- Publication City/Country: Bath
- ISBN 10: 1408426463
- ISBN 13: 9781408426463
- Edition: Unabridged
- Edition statement: Unabridged
- Sales rank: 862,899
Down Your Way was one of the most popular programmes on radio and spanned six decades. Every week the presenter would visit towns and villages throughout the UK, discovering fascinating people and places. Brian Johnston presented the series for fifteen years and 733 programmes. For this recording, his son Barry has selected the most eccentric, famous and interesting people, and the most colourful places, that his father visited on his travels. Along the way Brian meets such famous people as Sir Roger Bannister, HRH Prince Philip, Denis Compton and John Laurie (Private Frazer in Dad's Army), as well as Frank Searle, who has spotted the Loch Ness Monster. Brian also takes in Land's End, Alice Springs, and even goes underground to visit the Cabinet War Rooms and the Bank of England's gold vault. Released for the first time on audio, this recording includes part of Brian Johnston's final programme. It presents a timeless view of Britain, a land peopled by countless characters among its rich heritage. 1 CD. 1 hr 12 mins.
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Brian Johnston was born in 1912. He joined the BBC's Outside Broadcasts Department immediately after the war and worked first on live radio broadcasts from theatres and music-halls all over Great Britain. He was one of the first broadcasters to work for both television and radio and began his long association with cricket commentary in the summer of 1946. Between 1948 and 1952 he also presented the live feature 'Let's Go Somewhere' for the popular Saturday night programme In Town Tonight. He became the BBC's first Cricket Correspondent in 1963 and held this post until his retirement in 1972, after which he continued as a regular member of the Test Match Special team. He took over presenting Down Your Way from Franklin Engelmann in 1972 and continued for fifteen years. He published two autobiographies and fourteen other books, including Now Here's a Funny Thing, It's Been a Piece of Cake and Someone Who Was. He died in January 1994.
"A classy piece of classic radio, well worth revisiting" Chichester Observer